Sports Briefs

Posted: Tuesday, August 19, 2003

Leaders unchanged at Homer Halibut Derby

The August leaders and the overall leader did not change last week at the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby.

The derby leader and August leader is still Joseph Volk of Reedsville, W. Va., and the 345.6-pound fish he landed on Aug. 6.

Also in the August standings, Gerald Schmitz of Waterloo, Iowa, is second with a 330.4-pound fish landed Aug. 9; Robert Killey, Sr., of Riviera Beach, Fla., is third with a 300.4-pound fish landed Aug. 8; Paul Forsberg of Montauk, N.Y., is fourth with a 264.8-pound fish landed Aug. 7; and William Stephens of Mobile, Ala., is fifth with a 260.4-pound fish landed Aug. 5.

Complete results posted for Bartlett Relays

Complete results are now available for the Bartlett Relays, which were held Saturday. In the event, five-person relay teams run a two-mile course that is filled with various obstacles, like a water hazard.

Below are the results:

Team results: 1. Chugiak, 1 hour, 0 minutes, 34 seconds; 2. Service, 1:00:44; 3. East, 1:00:49; 4. Dimond, 1:00:57; 5. West Valley, 1:02:05; 6. Juneau, 1:02:20; 7. East, 1:02:48; 8. Valdez, 1:03:11; 9. Seward, 1:03:23; 10. Kenai, 1:04:16.

Other peninsula teams

19. Soldotna, 1:06:39; 28. Soldotna, 1:08:40; 29. Soldotna, 1:08:53; 39. Seward, 1:10:35; 46. Skyview, 1:12:26; 52. Homer, 1:15:01; 55. Homer, 1:15:07; 61. Homer, 1:17:27; 72. Kenai, 1:20:00; 82. Seward, 1:23:27; 94. Skyview, 1:29:56; 97. Seward, 1:34:58; 99. Seward, 1:45:28.

1. Jeff Quickel, Dim, 10:37; 2. Jesse Cherry, Chu, 10:40; 3. Peter Doner, Col, 10:56; 4. Trevor Baldwin, Ken, 11:03; 5. Justin Singleton, Chu, 11:06; 6. Stig Yngve, Kod, 11:06; 7. Tristan Knutson-Lombardo, Jun, 11:07; 8. Ryan Beckett, Ser, 11:11; 9. Tony Tomsich, WV, 11:19; 10. George Brell, Wes, 11:20.

Other peninsula finishers

13. Matt Adams, Sew, 11:22; 14. Monte Garroutte, Hom, 11:25; 15. Ryan Walton, Sol, 11:27; 36. Jed McGlassen, Ken, 11:56; 57. Tom Blair, Sew, 12:17; 66. Walter Moore, Sew, 12:24; 68. Eli Hutchison, Sky, 12:25; 79. Mick Boyle, Ken, 12:32; 82. Mathew Blair, Sew, 12:34; 94. Nate Buchanan, Sew, 12:40; 105. Alex Hundertmark, Sol, 12:55; 107. Matt Habermann, Sol, 12:56; 113. Caleb Chase, Sol, 13:01; 120. Mike Farrens, Hom, 13:08; 124. Colin McArthur, Hom, 13:10; 129. Rob Navario, Sol, 13:13; 131. Garrett Hoanin, Hom, 13:14; 155. Travis Hines, Hom, 13:42; 167. Ruben Glades, Sol, 14:03; 189. Anton Vaissenberg, Sol, 14:45; 190. Tyler Christa, Sew, 14:46; 195. Dale Leach, Sky, 14:54; 196. Jon Sanchez, Ken, 14:57; 223. Al Law, Sol, 15:54; 238. Peter Sheppard, Hom, 17:20; 251. Harley Maxson, Sky, 19:48.

GIRLS

1. Juliane Smith, Ser, 12:03; 2. Ari Goldstein, Sol, 12:07; 3. Whitney Anderson, Sew, 12:20; 4. Leah Besh, Eas, 12:34; 5. Katie Franzmann, Sol, 12:50; 6. Aleta Phelps, Hom, 13:04; 7. Brittney Muma, Chu, 13:06; 8. Katelyn Stearns, Eas, 13:08; 9. Aubrey Equevilley, Was, 13:11; 10. Liz Quinley, Eas, 13:20.

Other peninsula finishers

15. Jessica Weimer, Sol, 13:25; 33. Rachel McCartan, Sol, 14:10; 35. Katy Pankoski, Sol, 14:12; 40. Marci Mohler, Sky, 14:15; 42. Brittney Osland, Sol, 14:16; 48. Lauren Baldwin, Ken, 14:20; 63. Sara Hermann, Sew, 14:46; 68. Jolie Glaser, Sew, 14:49; 72. Megan Mahan, Hom, 14:55; 73. Sierra Williams, Sol, 14:55; 79. Hannah Harison, Hom, 15:02; 86. Michelle Oberg, Ken, 15:07; 88. Anna Clock, Sew, 15:16; 95. Kendra Merkes, Sky, 15:22; 101. Katie Sela, Sew, 15:28; 103. Ariel Barker, Sky, 15:29; 113. Kristan Vantrease, Hom, 15:41; 128. Erika Klaar, Hom, 15:57; 130. Elsa Gaule, Sew, 15:58; 131. Elena Bird, Ken, 15:59; 132. Brittany Sebastian, Sky, 16:01; 144. Katie Thornton, Sky, 16:18; 150. Teal Hetrick, Sew, 16:30; 161. Larissa Cochran, Ken, 16:45; 178. Monica Peters, Hom, 17:06; 181. Karlyn Remsen, Ken, 17:10; 187. Kasey Aberhold, Hom, 17:37; 197. Monica Banic, Sew, 18:00; 199. Stephanie Clausen, Sew, 18:02; 200. Chelsea Pullins, Sew, 18:03; 201. Jude Murphy, Hom, 18:03; 202. Johanna Spaeder, Hom, 18:05; 204. Britney Sawyer, Sew, 18:11; 209. Melissa Johnson, Sew, 18:29; 211. Paris King, Sky, 18:35; 218. Dutchess Marolf, sew, 18:55; 221. Sasha Anderson, Sky, 19:11; 222. Jessica Nelson, Sew, 19:13; 224. Alicia Monnier, Sew, 19:35; 225. Shannon Hohl, Sew, 19:37; 230. Autumn St. Amond, Sew, 20:08; 239. Ruya Norton, Sew, 22:53; 246. Brittany Dahlberg, Sew, 25:28.

Hornish to leave Panther Racing at season's end

INDIANAPOLIS Two-time defending IRL champion Sam Hornish Jr. is leaving the Panther Racing when his three-year contract expires at the end of the season.

Hornish, 24, did not say if his new team will be in the IRL, NASCAR, or both.

''The opportunities I've been given are too good,'' he said Monday.

Hornish, who got his record-breaking ninth IRL victory Sunday at Kentucky Speedway, said money was not a factor in his decision to leave Panther.

Massachusetts wins pool at LLWS

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. Craig Cole admits he was nervous while batting leadoff for his Saugus, Mass., team.

After he batted just .143 in his first two games, his coaches moved him down to sixth in the order, and now he's batting just fine.

Cole hit an RBI single in the first and scored the eventual winning run in the fourth in a 4-3 victory over Boynton Beach, Fla., on Monday night to win Pool A at the Little League World Series.

''The first couple days, I was batting first and I was nervous,'' Cole said. ''They moved me back to get my confidence back, and it worked.''

Michael Broad hit a booming homer over center field, his second of the series, to bring Boynton Beach within 4-3 in the bottom of the sixth, but Cody Emerson hit into a double play to end the game.

Saugus (3-0) will face either Wilmington, Del., or Richmond, Texas, in Thursday's U.S. semifinal. Boynton Beach (2-1) will play in Wednesday's semifinal against Pool B winner Chandler, Ariz.

Mexico and Venezuela advanced to the international semifinals from Pool D. Mexico beat Guam 11-3, and Venezuela defeated Russia 7-1. They'll play Tuesday to determine their semifinal seeding.

In other games, Tallmadge, Ohio, beat Richland, Wash., 5-4; Netherlands Antilles beat Saudi Arabia 9-2; and Japan beat Canada 7-0.

Moore not about to sign off at U.S. Amateur

OAKMONT, Pa. The first thing Ryan Moore did after shooting a best-in-the-field 65 Monday at the U.S. Amateur was sign his scorecard.

After all, a missing signature almost cost him a chance to play for the oldest national championship in American golf.

Moore earned an exemption for the 103rd U.S. Amateur by reaching last year's quarterfinals, but didn't make the deadline for filing his application. A second chance namely, his selection to the U.S. Walker Cup team last week earned him another invitation.

''It wasn't too bright,'' the UNLV junior said. ''I don't know how it happened. ... My dad must have filled it out online, then had trouble sending it and forgot to go back and finish it. But I didn't beat myself up over it. My dad probably did.''

Moore tops the leaderboard at 5-under following the first of two days of medal play that will cut the 312-man field to 64 for match play Wednesday.

Baylor investigators listen to another tape

WACO, Texas Investigators looking into allegations of NCAA violations at Baylor University heard another audio tape Monday of former basketball coach Dave Bliss in the widening scandal at the school.

Kirk Watson, counsel for Baylor's in-house investigations committee, said the tape would be available to local prosecutors to determine if any laws were broken. He wouldn't say what the committee heard on the newest tape, provided by Richard Guinn, the father of senior center R.T. Guinn.

The investigative committee has already heard secretly recorded tapes in which Bliss apparently tried to persuade players and an assistant coach to portray slain player Patrick Dennehy as a drug dealer.

Richard Guinn recorded a conversation Bliss had Saturday with his son at their Waco home. Richard Guinn turned his tape over to investigators.

Richard Guinn wouldn't disclose the nature of the conversation, but said Bliss at one point apologized to R.T. Guinn, saying, ''I'm sorry about the things that happened.'' Bliss, who knew Guinn was recording him, also brought a tape recorder to the meeting but didn't say why he wanted to record the conversation.

The earlier tapes capturing conversations among Bliss, assistant Abar Rouse and players indicate Bliss thought the drug story would steer investigators away from allegations the coach had improperly paid for Dennehy's tuition, an NCAA violation.

Dennehy's stepfather, Brian Brabazon, has told The Associated Press he plans to pursue a civil lawsuit in the case.

Dennehy was found shot to death on July 25. An autopsy found no alcohol, opiates, amphetamines or barbiturates in his system, but his body was too decomposed to test for marijuana.

A former teammate, Carlton Dotson, has been charged with Dennehy's murder.

Also Monday, Baylor president Robert Sloan said the university is committed to remaining in the Big 12 Conference and putting a complete team on the court next season.

''I fully intend to compete,'' Sloan said.

Sloan participated in an online discussion with Baylor fans on the school's Web site. He answered about 15 of the approximately 500 questions sent in. They included questions about Bliss, the future of the Baylor program and why Sloan himself hasn't resigned.

Sloan said he was ''shocked and disappointed,'' by the coverup plot involving Bliss. ''On the other hand, all of us need to remember that Dave Bliss and his entire family are in need of our prayers.''

Sloan said he believed Baylor had support throughout the university and the Big 12 for staying in the league.

''The answer is not to run away from the problems,'' Sloan said. ''I can tell you that our Big 12 colleagues have been very supportive.''

He said the university granted current players their release because that's what he would have wanted if he was a player's father.

''There is no question that we might well lose players,'' he said. ''I asked myself what I would want for my son, if my son had innocently been involved in such tragic circumstances. So, applying the Golden Rule, we offered releases.''

Asked why he hadn't resigned like Baylor athletic director Tom Stanton, Sloan said, ''I serve at the will of our board. I am totally committed to this university.''

Stanton resigned Aug. 8, the same day as Bliss, although Sloan said there's no evidence Stanton participated in any of the alleged NCAA violations or the coverup.

Star junior forward Lawrence Roberts said Monday that he's transferring to Mississippi State, and his decision could trigger a large-scale defection from the team.

Baylor officials have granted several players their release to allow them to look at other schools.

Sloan did not say where the team, which still doesn't have a head coach since Bliss resigned, will get new players if most of the current roster leaves. He also gave no timeline for how quickly Baylor will hire a new coach.

Dotson is in a Maryland jail on a Texas murder warrant. In Chestertown, Md., jailers stepped up their observation of Dotson after he began throwing clothing and other belongings out of his cell Saturday.

Ronald Howell, warden of the Kent County Detention Center, said reports that Dotson was placed on a suicide watch were incorrect but jailers did keep a closer eye on him.

''It's more intensive than what he was on,'' Howell said, adding that Dotson didn't try to hurt himself and apparently calmed down later the same day.



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