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Posted: Monday, August 15, 2005

Barrel horse racing results announced

The Kenai Peninsula district of the National Barrel Horse Association held an event Wednesday at the Soldotna Rodeo Grounds. The total prize money available was $540 and points were accumulated for year-end district standings. The next sanctioned event is Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Soldotna Rodeo Grounds. The public is welcome to attend.

The results follow:

Open barrels 1D — 1. Shane Wilson, 16.059 seconds; 2. Mellissa Fowler, 16.106; 3. Chelsey Fowler, 16.443.

Open barrels 2D — 1. Amber Davis, 16.566; 2. Beth Fowler, 16.650; 3. JoAnn McWhorter, 16.762.

Open barrels 4D — 1. Corey Wilkinson, 19.010; 2. Tina Williamson, 22.483.

Youth barrels 1D — 1. Jennifer Murray, 15.541.

Youth barrels 2D — 1. Jake Fowler, 16.25; 2. Colten Jensen, 16.52.

Youth barrels 3D — 1. Ciarra McKenzie, 16.622; 2. Sara Jensen, 16.894.

Youth barrels 4D — 1. Lisa Orth, 17.581; 2. Brittney Morris, 18.16; 3. Kassy Ferganchick, 18.226; 4. Shelby Rogde, 18.601; 5. Jenna Jensen, 18.81.

Open poles 1D — 1. Amber Davis, 23.709.

Open poles 2D — 1. JoAnn McWhorter, 24.941.

Open poles 3D — 1. Corey Wilkinson, 26.709; 2. Tina Williamson, 32.679.

Youth poles 1D — 1. Jake Fowler, 23.627; 2. Sara Jensen, 23.939; 3. Brittney Morris, 24.273; 4. Ciarra McKenzie, 24.42.

Youth poles 3D — 1. Shelby Rogde, 26.719; 2. Lisa Orth, 27.610; 3. Shawnacee Brooks, 30.197; 4. Alex Rodriquez, 45.196.

KPSC under-12 girls finish a 9-5-2 season

The Kenai Peninsula Soccer Club Comets, an under-12 girls team, finished their season Aug. 5, 6 and 7 with the Zane Cup. The team compiled a 9-5-2 record in tournaments this season.

The Comets made it to the semifinals in three of the four tournaments they played in this summer. They won one of those tournaments, The Far North, in Anchorage. In that tournament, held in mid-July, the Comets came back to defeat the Goldstrikers of Anchorage in the championship game after losing to the Goldstrikers in preliminary play. The score of the championship game was 1-0.

The Comets won one individual award. Sydney Goggia, the goalie, won the Ina K award. It is named after Ina Kristiansen and is given to the player that best emulates her fighting spirit, love of the game and competition.

Coach Pete Goggia said the team met all of its goals this year except for defeating the KPSC under-12 boys in league play.

Anyone interested in the KPSC can go to the Web site www.kpsc.us.

Sanders beats Matarrese in state match play

Anchorage's Greg Sanders defeated Birch Ridge Golf Course's Matt Matarrese in the Alaska Championship Match Play Finals Sunday at Eagleglen Golf Course.

Matarrese had qualified for the tournament in early July. Saturday, 16 players, including Kenai Golf Course's Chris Sonnichsen and Birch Ridge's Josh Lansing, started playing matches to get to the championship match on Sunday. Matarrese made it to the final match, but could not get past Sanders.

For the women, there were eight qualifiers, including Kenai Golf Course's Paula Crowley. Anchorage's Margaux Sheehan defeated Matanuska-Susitna valleys' Allegra Butler for the women's title.

Nadal beats Agassi in three sets at Montreal

MONTREAL — Neither Andre Agassi nor a quick hardcourt could stop Rafael Nadal.

The 19-year-old Spainard won on a hardcourt for the first time, beating the 35-year-old Agassi 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 in the Rogers Cup final Sunday.

The French Open champ's left-handed shotmaking got the better of Agassi, who was missing the lines with his winners in a baseline battle interrupted 58 minutes after the first set by rain.

It was the top-seed's third victory in a row and his ATP-tour-leading ninth tournament win of the year. His eight previous wins, including the French Open, were on slower clay courts.

''I don't want to think about it because I always want to stay the same,'' Nadal said of his breakthrough season. ''I only want to think about next week. I'm happy I've won a grand slam, three Masters Series and five (other) tournaments, but I can't think about that now. I'll think about it at the end of the year.''

Nadal, who has a 16-match winning streak, won $400,000 while Agassi pocketed $200,000.

Fourth-seeded Agassi, who was coming off a win in Los Angeles two weeks ago, ended a 10-match winning streak.

It was the first meeting between Nadal, considered the sport's next superstar, and Agassi, who has won 60 tournaments, including eight grand slams and three wins in the Canadian event, in his 19-year career.

''It's easy to see why he's won so many matches,'' said Agassi. ''He's just a great mover on the court and he gets good power from stretched positions, so you're never sure if you have control of a point.

''His serve was more awkward than I anticipated. If you don't get a good return, he immediately gets on the offense. That's the sign of a great player.''

Later Sunday, Agassi withdrew from the Cincinnati Masters, which begins Monday.

Perry Rogers, Agassi's agent, called Cincinnati tournament director Bruce Flory after the final to inform him that Agassi was unable to play.

''He said, 'Andre does not want to start something he can't finish,' Flory said in a release that did not give a reason for Agassi's decision.

Nadal and Agassi had some spectacular rallies, with Nadal repeatedly running down crosscourt shots that looked impossible to reach.

Nadal had lost only one of 53 service games in the tournament going into the final, and held nine more times before Agassi broke his but precisely placed serve in the final game of the second set.

But Nadal didn't collapse, breaking a faltering Agassi for 2-1 and 4-1 leads in the final set.

The 16-year age gap between finalists was the largest on the ATP tour since 1979, when 35-year-old Tom Okker beat 19-year-old Per Hjertquist in Tel Aviv.

Nadal, coming off wins at Bastad and Stuttgart, has not lost since falling to Gilles Muller of France in the second round at Wimbledon.

It was Nadal's fourth final of the year in a Masters Series event — the nine tournaments ranked just below grand slams in prize money and importance — and his third win.

It was the first time Agassi has lost after reaching a Masters Series final since Miami in 1998, ending an eight-match winning run.

Nadal's tour-leading 65 match wins this year is second best ever by a teenager to Boris Becker's 69 in 1986. The last teenager to win the Canadian tournament was Michael Chang in 1990, when he was 18.

Agassi's last loss to a teenager in a final was in 1990, when he was beaten by a 19-year-old Pete Sampras.

And Nadal has the most wins by a teenager since Agassi won 63 in 1988. His ninth tournament victory tied Mats Wilander in 1983 as the most by a player under 20.

The win should be a major confidence-booster for Nadal going into the U.S. Open on hardcourts at the end of August.

''It's very important,'' Nadal said. ''I know I can play good on hard because I had good scores this year.

''But I've got confidence now. I hope to play at the same level next week because it's good for the confidence — for the U.S. Open especially.''



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