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, Oregon State lose in NCAA softball

The University of Oregon women's softball team dropped its first game in the No. 8 NCAA Regional Thursday but remains in action.

The Ducks, seeded fourth, were beaten 1-0 by third-seeded Illinois-Chicago. No. 19 Oregon drops into the loser's bracket of the double-elimination tourney, facing No. — seed Texas today.

In another regional, Oregon State suffered a similar fate, losing 1-0 to Southern Mississippi in Region No. 5 at Baton Rouge, La.

UO's Missy Coe, a freshman from Medford, was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.

Oregon mustered only two hits off UIC's Samantha Luli but stayed close behind freshman Connie McMurren pitching.

UIC scored on a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning.

Oregon is 39-28.

Mathewson third in championships

Masters swimmer Geri Mathewson of Medford took third place in the 1,000-yard freestyle at the National Short Course Championships in Santa Clara, Calif., last weekend.

She competes in the 50-55 age division.

Mathewson's time in the 1,000 free was 14 minutes, 13 seconds. She also placed ninth in the 200-yard free.

Oregon, comprised of 58 swimmers, was third in team competition.

More than 2,000 swimmers competed, including 26 ex-Olympians.

wins Laurel Hill event

The foursome of Jan Fish, Normalee Roberts, Cheryl Wilson and Patty Moser won the recent Laurel Hill Ladies Golf Club tournament.

Second went to Charlotte Yarbrough, Darla Bennett, Tone Higgins and Sandy Stephani and third to Mary Cooney, Corinne Miller, Lucille Stroh and Myrna Keith.

Moser won closest-to-the-pin, and Cecelia Rayburn won long drive.

duo earn honors

Two former Southern Oregon Conference softball players, Sharon Morales of Ashland and Molly Schroeder of Crater, distinguished themselves at Shasta Community College in Redding, Calif.

Morales was Golden Valley Conference most valuable player, all-conference first team and second-team All-American. She won the state junior college stolen base title, stealing 51 in 52 attempts.

Schroeder was also first-team all-Golden Valley and first-team all-Northern California. She set a school record with 67 hits and batted .435.

Shasta was 42-16, the ninth-best record in the state among 80 junior colleges.