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local athletes to compete at games

Eight local athletes will compete in the tenth annual Special Olympics world summer games in Raleigh, N.C., June 26 to July 4.

The eight athletes will make up a portion of a 52 member team representing Oregon. More than 7,000 athletes from 150 countries will compete this year.

The following athletes will represent Southern Oregon: Micki Amaral, aquatics; Robert Chaney and Erin Parnell, gymnastics; Robert Jenkins, golf; Jason LaMere, power-lifting; Jerry Pinkert, Cathy Eldred and Nick Maudlin, soccer.

Volunteers are need to coach, help with competitions and assist with public education.

For more information contact Ian Tisdale, Southern Oregon Timberjacks Director of Media Relations at 770-5364, or Karen Parnell, Special Olympics Area Director at 779-7120.

wins opener at Olympic tourney

MARQUETTE, Mich. -- Ricky Gallegos got off to an impressive start Tuesday at the National Junior Olympic Boxing Championships at Northern Michigan University.

Gallegos, representing Medford's Bulldog Boxing Club, pounded out a unanimous three-round decision over No. 5-ranked Dan Carroll, of Utica, N.Y., in the 132-pound division.

He basically dominated, said Bulldog trainer Jim Pedrojetti. He fought from the outside real well. He really punished the guy with his right hand. He made it an easy fight by using his head.

The Bulldog Club's other fighter in the competition for 15-16-year-olds, Mike Wilson, received a bye in the first round of the super heavyweight division.

Wilson was runner-up last year in the 201-pound-plus division. Wilson is matched against Matthew Burney from Dayton, Ohio, in today's bout.

Manuel Ibarra of the White City Cougar boxing club came out on the losing end of a 3-2 decision to Brandon Youngwolf of Newtown, N.D., in a 112-pound opening round bout Monday.

Van capture gold medals

Josh and Jeremy Van Schoonhoven combined to win four cycling gold medals Sunday in the first race of the Oregon State Championship Series at Mt. Hood.

Josh Van Schoonhoven, 18, won the gold medal in the observed trials competition and the 18-and-under cross country championship at Sunday's Rose Festival Cup.

Jeremy Van Schoonhoven, 16, placed first in the observed trials in the expert men's category and won the expert men's cross country race.

The Van Schoonhoven's, who ride for Spin Cycle/NAC, will compete again this weekend at Coos Bay. The second race of the series will be at the State Games of Oregon July 9-11.

shoots age for eighth year in row

Monk Karterman shot his age for the eighth straight year recently with a 75 at Stewart Meadows Golf Course.

Karterman, who turned 77 in February, shot the round -- 38 on the front, 37 on the back -- last Friday.

It was the fourth straight year he accomplished the feat at Stewart Meadows, a par-70 course. In that time, he also pulled it off at StoneRidge Golf Course. He first did it with a 70 at Del Norte Golf Club in 1992.

Karterman, a former 5-handicapper at the Rogue Valley Country Club, now plays to a 13.