Sports Briefs

Posted: Sunday, December 16, 2001

Ski race called off

The Mat-Su Pursuit, hosted by Colony High School, could not be completed Saturday due to cold temperatures. Peninsula schools Homer, Seward, Nikiski, Soldotna, Skyview and Kenai were in the Matanuska-Susitna valleys at the competition.

Cirillo traded to Mariners for three pitchers

The Seattle Mariners completed their trade for third baseman Jeff Cirillo early Saturday, getting him from the Colorado Rockies for reliever Jose Paniagua and two pitching prospects.

The AL West champion Mariners also sent Dennis Stark and Brian Fuentes to Colorado for the two-time All-Star.

There has been speculation the Rockies will now trade Paniagua to Detroit for all-purpose player Shane Halter.

Cirillo hit .312 with a career-high 17 home runs and 83 RBIs last season. He led major league third baseman with a .982 fielding percentage.

''I had a feeling in August that I would be traded in the winter,'' Cirillo said. ''I was just hoping it would be the Mariners.''

Since 1991, Cirillo has lived during the offseason in the Seattle suburb of Redmond, Wash., where his wife, Nancy, was born and raised.

Red Sox get pitching help

BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox acquired right-hander Dustin Hermanson from the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday in exchange for three minor leaguers.

''Dustin Hermanson is hard-throwing quality right-hander,'' Red Sox general manager Dan Duquette said. ''He'll be a solid and dependable addition to our rotation behind Pedro Martinez.''

The Cardinals got outfielder Rick Asadoorian and first basemen Luis Garcia and Dustin Brisson.

''It was difficult to trade Dustin,'' Cardinals general manager Walt Jocketty said, ''but with our excess of pitching, we felt it was the right thing to do in order to create some payroll flexibility that will allow us to pursue an everyday player. In addition, we get three quality prospects to help replenish our farm system.''

Slovenian sets record in 100 medley

ANTWERP, Belgium -- Slovenia's Peter Mankoc set a world record in the 100-meter medley Saturday to reach the final at the European short course championships.

Mankoc, who already won the 200 medley at the championships, finished his semifinal heat in 52.63 seconds. he shaved .16 seconds off the mark set by Neil Walker of the United States last year.

Mankoc was almost two seconds faster than his closest challenger in the semis. The final is Sunday.

Fort Myers woman gets two aces in one round

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Norma Menoher couldn't help giggling after leaving the golf course. Two holes-in-one in a single round will do that to a person. ''I'm giddy,'' she said. ''Excuse me.''

Menoher, a 64-year-old Fort Myers resident who moved from Greensburg, Pa., less than a year ago, had a pair of aces Friday during her morning round at Heritage Palms Golf & Country Club.

''This makes five holes-in-one I've had,'' said Menoher, a 12-handicap player who shot a 77 Friday.

Menoher knocked in her first ace with a 7-iron on the 99-yard sixth hole.

Five holes later, she used an 8-iron on the 108-yard 11th hole for her second ace.

''I couldn't have hit either one of those balls any better,'' said Menoher, who owned and operated a driving range and miniature golf course with her husband in Pennsylvania. ''You know when they come off the iron when they're good.''

The odds of making two holes-in-one in a round of golf are 67 million to one, according to Golf Digest.

The club's head golf pro got a call from Menoher's playing partner, Kyong Bacon, after the second ace.

''She called up, going crazy on the phone,'' Bob Kelly told the News-Press of Fort Myers. ''I've never seen it at a golf course I've been around. You see it in a golf magazine once in a while, but I've never known anyone who's done it.''

At least three other golfers have recorded two aces in one round in the United States this year.

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