Sports Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, September 03, 2003

Twenty-six finish Homer Half Marathon

John Clark and Jason Ross both ran 13.1 miles in 1 hour, 17 minutes and 2 seconds, to tie for first place in the seventh annual Homer Half Marathon Sunday. Carie Setian won the women's title in 1:35:19, while Emily Grossman was runner-up at 1:40:30.

The race started at Homer High School, traveled on the Homer Spit, then returned to the high school.

Proceeds from the Half Marathon benefit the Homer Foundation, which is a publicly supported, tax-exempt organization created to foster and encourage philanthropy and charitable giving, prudently manage endowed assets and provide a year-round grants program for the greater Homer area.

Homer Half Marathon


in Homer

13.1 miles

1 (tie). Jason Ross, John Clark, 1 hour, 17 minutes, 2 seconds; 3. Matt Setian, 1:29:37; 4. Randy Wiest, 1:30:07; 5. David Spangler, 1:37:27; 6. Jeff Smith, 1:38:37; 7. Gary Lyon, 1:40:20; 8. Dan Fisher, 1:41:56; 9. Brad Mondeel, 1:47:30; 10. Tim Yarbrough, 2:01:52; 11. George Beldon, 2:06:19.


1. Carie Setian, 1:35:19; 2. Christine Seville, 1:40:01; 3. Emily Grossman, 1:40:30; 4. Bethany Glotfelty, 1:43:49; 5. Sandra Hudson, 1:44:28; 6. Sue Mauger, 1:45:17; 7. Jen Chapple, 1:46:27; 8. Elaine Flagg, 1:55:47; 9. Amy McVee, 1:56:13; 10. Janet Arneson, 1:58:59; 11. Lanie Hughes, 2:00:45; 12. Jill Rife, 2:00:53; 13. Ruth Clare, 2:04:44; 14. Ginny Litchfield, 2:08:06; 15. Aunnie Steward, 2:14:27; 16. Paula Smith, 2:48:54.

Seward netters top Soldotna

The Seward volleyball team defeated host Soldotna Tuesday in nonconference action 25-19, 25-21, 12-25 and 25-16.

It was the first official game of the season for Soldotna and, despite the loss, Stars coach Pako Whannell is excited about the potential of her team this season.

"They were really positive when we had the team talk after the game," Whannell said. "This team is young. We have just two seniors.

"They realize this is just the beginning. As long as they stay positive and support each other like they did tonight, we should have a good season."

Stacey Foster, Taryn Moeglein and Kala Fowler each had three kills for Soldotna, while Heather Roach, Allyssa Roach and Jacquelyn Cowan each had one kill.

Moeglein, Fowler and Heather Roach each had a kill block.

Heather Roach led the defense with four saves, while Foster and Megan Needs had two saves apiece.

Heather Roach led the team with three aces, while Allyssa Roach and Needs had two aces apiece.

Lions running back Stewart to miss season

ALLEN PARK, Mich. Detroit Lions running back James Stewart will miss the season after separating his right shoulder in the final exhibition game.

Stewart was placed on injured reserve Tuesday by Detroit, which acquired Olandis Gary on the weekend to replace him. Detroit's leading rusher the past three seasons was hurt during Thursday's preseason game against Buffalo. Coach Steve Mariucci said the next day he hoped Stewart would return by the sixth week of the season. Tuesday's move eliminated that possibility.

Bryant's attorneys ask for accuser's records

DENVER Kobe Bryant's lawyers have subpoenaed a Colorado hospital to see his accuser's medical records the first indication they might make her mental health an issue if the sexual assault case against the NBA star goes to trial.

The subpoenas were disclosed in a court filing by a Greeley hospital where the 19-year-old accuser was treated in February after police at the University of Northern Colorado determined she was a ''danger to herself.''

Campus police have refused to say whether the woman attempted suicide, saying only that the hospitalization was for a mental health issue.

Attorneys for the North Colorado Medical Center and its psychiatric care center asked a judge to quash the subpoenas and destroy the records already sent to him, citing medical privacy laws.

Medical center attorney Mike McConnell said there are legal provisions for giving medical records to attorneys in criminal cases, and the hospital wants to make sure it is taking the required steps.

The woman's attorney has told the hospital she has ''explicitly not waived her medical privilege,'' according to the filing.

Calls to the accuser's attorney and Bryant's defense team were not returned Tuesday.

Bryant, 25, is charged with sexually assaulting the 19-year-old Colorado resort employee June 30. The Los Angeles Lakers guard has said the sex was consensual. An Oct. 9 hearing will determine whether there will be a trial.

Information about the woman's mental health might never be presented to the jury if the case goes to trial, a legal expert said.

''Whether that would be allowed depends on whether there's anything else there other than (attempted) suicide, some other indication of mental instability or something that would point toward her being an unreliable observer or witness,'' said Christopher Mueller, a professor at the University of Colorado law school.

Meanwhile, an Iowa college student pleaded innocent in Denver federal court Tuesday to making a death threat against Bryant's accuser in a profanity-laced telephone message last month.

John Roche, 22, said nothing in court and ignored reporters outside. He remains free on $250,000 bail.

U.S. Magistrate Patricia Coan barred Roche from drinking alcohol and limited his travel to Colorado and to Iowa, where he attends the University of Iowa. A Nov. 3 trial was scheduled before U.S. District Judge Walker Miller.

Roche's attorney, Nathan Chambers, said there was a good chance of a plea bargain, but would not elaborate. If convicted, Roche could get up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

A friend of Roche has said Roche is a ''sports fanatic'' who had been drinking all day at a golf tournament when he allegedly made the call.

Some Web sites have disclosed the identity of Bryant's accuser, and the judge in the case has said some letters sent to authorities included death threats. Also, the father of Bryant's accuser has called police at least twice in recent weeks to report suspicious incidents.

Also Tuesday, a group of news organizations said they intend to appeal Eagle County Judge Frederick Gannett's order to withhold from the public most of the detailed court records of the case. Attorney Chris Beall, whose clients include The Denver Post, CNN and NBC, has said court records can remain secret only for a compelling reason.

Prosecutors have said they will not appeal Gannett's order. Bryant's attorneys have not indicated their plans.

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