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Sports Briefs

Posted: Sunday, August 03, 2003

Walsh posts top score in qualifying

Tim Walsh posted the top gross score Saturday in the qualifying round of the Kenai Amateur Match Play Championship at Kenai Golf Course.

Saturday's qualifying round determined which eight golfers will play in the gross match play finals today and which eight golfers will play in the net match play finals today.

Walsh led the eight gross qualifiers with a 5-over 77. Matt Matarrese was second with 78, Doug Jung was third with 78, Nick Horn was fourth with 83, Lorne Smagge was fifth with 83, Tom Reese was sixth with 88, Eric Brogdon was seventh with 89 and Josh Lansing was eighth with 89.

Kirk Hyman led all qualifiers in the net portion of the tournament. Hyman shot 81 and his handicap of 16 brought him to 65. Cliff Baker was second with a round of 97 and a handicap of 25 putting him at 72.

There was a four-way tie for third with Paula Crowley (98-24-74), Craig Jung (85-11-74), Mike Navarre (85-11-74) and Dwight Kramer (85-11-74).

There also was a three-way tie for seventh between E.Z. Hoyez (96-20-76), Dustin Jung (87-11-76) and Rich Edwards (89-13-76). However, Edwards was carded out and will not play for the net match play championship today.

Homer holds 3-miler

Monte Garroutte and Aleta Phelps won the high school division at the third annual Mariner 3-Miler Saturday at the Homer High School cross country running trails.

Garroutte had a time of 17 minutes, 47 seconds, while Phelps was timed at 20:09. George Althaus won the men's open division in 18:49, while Holly McCune won the women's open division in 25:57.

Mariner 3-Miler

at Homer

Saturday

High school 1. Monte Garroutte, 17:47; 2. Mike Farrens, 19:30; 3. Ivan Heimbuch, 19:32; 4. Dylan Anderson, 20:46; 5. Garrett Hoanin, 22:10; 6. Sterling Gillon, 28:21; 7. Peter Sheppard, 28:38; 8. Jude Murphy, 33:51.

Open 1. George Althaus, 18:49; 2. Vance Felton, 20:10; 3. Charlie Button, 21:00; 4. Kirk Strosahl, 34:02; 5. Deland Anderson, 34:26.

Women

High school 1. Aleta Phelps, 20:09; 2. Megan Mahan, 23:03; 3. Melanie Mach, 24:07; 4. Hannah Harrison, 24:38; 5. Kristan Vantrease, 25:51; 6. Kelliann McCune, 25:56; 7. Monica Peters, 26:24; 8. Samantha Halpin, 26:56; 9. Johanna Spaeder, 31:16.

Open 1. Holly McCune, 25:57; 2. Leslie Klaar, 26:26; 3. Suzanne Haines, 33:21; 4. Patti Robinson, 34:02; 5. Sharon Gorman, 34:11; 6. Christine Anderson, 34:25; 7. Cindy Farrens, 36:10.

Elementary school 1. Jaron Button, 37:54.

Junior high 1. Tia Halpin, 27:32.

Gladish takes Main Event

Jim Gladish won the B-Stock Main Event Friday in a Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions-Circle Track Division event at Twin Cities Raceway.

Gladish's victory in the Main Event stopped Richard McGahan's effort to sweep all four races. McGahan had won the Trophy Dash, Heat I and Heat II.

In the Late Model Division, a big accident cut short the racing. Mike Young won the Trophy Dash and Chet Soares took Heat 1.

However, during Heat 1 Sean Lucas spun out between Turns 1 and 2 and was hit by Billy Soares. Soares ended up with a bruised shoulder and a concussion, while Lucas had a bruised wrist. Chet Soares, Billy's father, had to stop racing because he went to the hospital to be with his son. That left only Young to race.

The next Circle Track Division will be Aug. 15 at Twin Cities Raceway.

Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions-Circle Track Division

at Twin Cities Raceway

Friday

B-STOCK DIVISION

Trophy Dash (5 laps): 1. Richard McGahan; 2. William Broussard; 3. Jim Gladish; 4. Michael Broussard; 5. Debbie Yancy.

Heat 1 (10 laps): 1. Richard McGahan; 2. Jim Gladish; 3. Debbie Yancy; 4. William Broussard; 5. Michael Broussard.

Heat 2 (10 laps): 1. Richard McGahan; 2. Jim Gladish; 3. William Broussard; 4. Debbie Yancy; 5. Michael Broussard.

Main Event (15 laps): 1. Jim Gladish; 2. Debbie Yancy; 3. William Broussard; 4. Michael Broussard; 5. Richard McGahan.

LATE MODEL DIVISION

Trophy Dash (5 laps): 1. Mike Young; 2. Chet Soares; 3. Sean Lucas; 4. Billy Soares.

Heat 1 (10 laps): 1. Chet Soares; 2. Mike Young; 3. Billy Soares; 4. Sean Lucas.

Heat 2 (10 laps): 1. Mike Young.

Main Event (15 laps): 1. Mike Young.

Crewsers fund-raiser set for Saturday

The Kenai Crewsers Rowing Club will host a fund-raiser at Veronica's Coffeehouse in Kenai from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free, and a buffet dinner spread is available for a $15 donation.

The event will feature a variety of auctions of local artists' work, dogsled tours, oysters, and goods and services from local businesses. There will be live entertainment, door prizes and Alaska microbrew samples for those 21 and older.

The Crewsers are raising money to repair and replace equipment damaged in a boat trailer accident two weeks ago. For more information, contact Lori Cramer at 260-5225.

Agassi, Roddick upset by Henman, Gonzalez

WASHINGTON Andre Agassi doesn't let leads like this get away very often.

Up one set and a break in the second set to Fernando Gonzalez, Agassi's advantage slipped away Saturday night in a 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5) loss in the semifinals of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic.

The fourth-seeded Gonzalez will play No. 10 Tim Henman, who also rallied from a set down and beat No. 2 Andy Roddick 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (1) to reach his first final of the year.

Having battled James Blake through three sets on Friday, Agassi, now 21-2 on hard courts this year, failed to put away a match at a tournament he's won five times in the 15 years he's entered.

Player's mother says she reported drug use

DALLAS The mother of a former Baylor basketball player who lived with a teammate now accused of murder said she warned the school about rampant drug use on the team, according to a published report.

Sonya Hart, whose son Robert left the team in February, told The Dallas Morning News in Saturday's editions that her son gave her the names of five players who were using marijuana and drinking alcohol, and she gave the information to the athletic department.

Her son shared an apartment with Carlton Dotson, who has been charged in the shooting death of another former teammate, Patrick Dennehy. She said she never heard back from the school after the drug report.

Dotson's estranged wife, Melissa Kethley, has also made claims to the newspaper that members of the basketball team smoked pot and drank alcohol, sometimes before practice. She also said she witnessed Dotson fake a drug test by using urine provided by a fellow player.

A Baylor spokesman declined comment Friday on the drug accusations.

Baylor coach Dave Bliss had said Monday that, as far as he knew, his players had no more to do with drugs ''than the man in the moon.''

Dotson was arrested July 21 and charged with murdering Dennehy, who had been missing for about six weeks. His body was found a week ago in a field near the Baylor campus, and he had been shot in the head. Dotson has disputed police claims that he admitted shooting Dennehy in a statement to the FBI.

Robert Hart declined to provide the newspaper with names of teammates who used drugs, saying he didn't want to hurt his friendships with those still at Baylor.

But he said the house he shared with Dotson was ''the party house.''

''It was one big party,'' he said. ''There was always drinking and smoking.''

Hart left the team after playing only two minutes in the first two games of the season.

''It wasn't a good situation for me. I wasn't playing and I had problems with my roommate,'' he said. ''It was time for me to go.''

Baylor has appointed a panel to examine potential NCAA violations in its basketball program, including the possibility that improper financial assistance allowed Dennehy to attend the university during the 2002-2003 academic year without an athletic scholarship.

Meanwhile, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported in a copyright story Saturday that Bliss left Southern Methodist University in 1988 months after an NCAA investigation uncovered evidence of what would typically be considered major rules violations, including booster payments to a player.

Neither Bliss nor SMU received NCAA penalties stemming from the allegations contained in an NCAA memo obtained by the paper.

Robert L. Stroup III, a former NCAA enforcement representative who wrote the memo, told the Star-Telegram he stopped investigating the program at the direction of his supervisor, who said the university had already paid a heavy price by receiving the ''death penalty'' for violations in its football program.

''It was just kind of decided, 'We gave them the worst (penalty). What more can we do?''' Stroup said.

Bliss declined to be interviewed for the report but has said he has always complied with NCAA rules.

NCAA spokesman Jeff Howard declined to comment specifically about the report, but said that under the organization's policies, it makes public only major infractions by college athletic programs.



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