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Comets continue roll in Seattle

SEATTLE — The Crater girls summer basketball squad posted another perfect day in the 50-team Midsummer Night's Madness 2000 basketball tournament, notching three victories Wednesday as the Comets closed in on bracket play.

The Comets steamrolled Lake Oswego 73-50 and routed Meadowdale, Wash., 66-33 in their first two games Wednesday. In the third game of the day, Crater defeated Seattle Prep 85-59.

In the first game, Lake Oswego watched Crater break away from a 34-34 halftime tie with an 18-0 run in the first 10 minutes of the second half.

Jody McLeod paced the Comets with 21 points, seven rebounds and four steals. Sarah Pool added 12 points and seven assists and Amy Denson had 12 points, four rebounds and four assists.

In the victory over Meadowdale, Pool exploded for 23 points while McLeod had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Denson 10 points and 10 boards.

The Comets led 30-21 at halftime and then thoroughly dominated the second half, largely due to a 30-6 rebounding advantage.

Kelsy Anhorn came off the bench to hit two 3-pointers and score eight points.

In the third game of the day, Crater coach Scott Dippel said the Comets started slow due to weary legs but came on strong as the game wore on.

Seattle's star player, Joy Hollingsworth, scored 20 points in the first half but Crater recovered and ended the half up 47-40.

In the second half, Crater made further adjustments by double-teaming Hollingsworth and held her scoreless. Then Pool and McLeod began to find the rhythm of their isolation plays and Carissa Nafie came off the bench to lift Comet spirits with eight points and three rebounds.

Pool ended with 25 points, two rebounds, four assists and six steals. McLeod scored 22 with 12 rebounds.

The Comets play Woodinville, Wash., today at 3:30 p.m. and begin single-elimination bracket play on Friday.

— Golf

STATE JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS -At Grants Pass, Tai Kinney breezed past her second round opponent Wednesday at the State Junior Golf Championships at Grants Pass Golf Club.

Kinney downed Jeana Lee, 6 and 4, while Abby Fowler also moved on with a 2 and — victory over Cassie Cassleman.

RVCC's Kacy Clark couldn't get by Meagan Hoover, falling 4 and — while Amy Faulkner of Grants Pass lost to Lexi Reece, 1-up.

Grants Pass? Johnna Nealy cruised by Kelly Groff, 5 and 3, and Danae Thomason, also of Grants Pass, fell to Jill Ferrante, 5 and 4.

In second round boys? action, Noah Horstman struggled in his matchup with Kyle Peyton, falling 5 and 4.

Also on the boy's side, Rogue Valley Country Club's Adam Huycke edged by Akbar Chisti in the 22nd to move on to today's third round.

Nick Daggitt got past Gavin Haladay, 1-up, and RVCC's Jonathan Curtright lost on the 19th hole to Craig Crandall.

Nick Nieto, also of RVCC, lost a 5 and 4 decision to Blake Koster while Cedar Links? Ryan Ulbricht was knocked out after a 19th-hole loss to Ryan Faucett.

— Baseball

CARSON CITY 14, MEDFORD MUSTANGS — -At Miles Field, the Medford Mustangs yielded 15 hits while garnering only three themselves in a non-conference loss to the Carson City Capitols.

The Capitols are a non-legion team that attracts talent from throughout the country. They boast a 25-man roster with a 12-man deep pitching staff.

Carson City put things away early with six runs in the first and four more in the third, bolting to a 10-1 lead.

Dustin Hahn highlighted the first-inning outburst with a mammoth two-run dinger and Joe Jacobitz capped off the rout with another two-run shot in the seventh.

Ken Halpin broke the Mustangs? career hit by pitch record when he was drilled for the 21st time in his two-year stint with the Medford team.

The Mustangs host an Area 4 doubleheader today at Miles Field with the Eugene Challengers at 4 p.m.

Carson City..............................................................................604 011 2 — 14 15 2

Medford.......................................................................................100 020 0 — — 3 3

Reilly, Jepsen (5), Priess (6), Quaglieri (7) and Jacobitz; Bottjer, Rhodes (2), Tester (5), Gonzales (6) and Shine. W — Reilly. L — Bottjer (2-4). 2B — CC: White 2, Jacobitz 2, Pedoria 2, Mercer. HR — CC: Hahn, Jacobitz.

ASHLAND 10, NORTH MEDFORD 6 -At Ashland, Mike Allen had two hits and knocked in two runs during a decisive second inning to lead Ashland past the North Medford Mavericks.

Allen's two-run triple highlighted an eight-run outburst for Ashland in the second which put the game out of reach.

Phil Rowe, Dan Lanini and Ian Swallow each added two hits for Ashland (5-5, 5-4 conference), which hosts North Medford again today at 6 p.m.

North Medford............................................................................000 204 0 — 6 8 3

Ashland...................................................................................180 001 x — 10 12 1

Gonzales and Brewington; Rowe, Schroeder (6) and George. W — Rowe (1-0). L — Gonzales. 2B — NM: Zupan; A: George, Rowe. 3B — NM: Folsom; A: Allen, Newfield.

— Little League Baseball

MEDFORD 15, ROGUE RIVER 0, 4 innings -At Grants Pass, Tim Ekwall smacked a two-run home run to lead the Medford Nationals Little League all-star team to a win at the District 8 11-12-year-old all-star tournament.

Ekwall's blast came during a 13-run, third-inning outburst for Medford that put the game away.

Zach Wilson went 3-for-3 with two doubles and three RBIs while C.J. Helman struck out seven and gave up four hits for Medford, which improved to 1-1 in the double elimination tournament.

The Nationals play today at 4:30 p.m.

— Little League Softball

DISTRICT 6 -the Phoenix/Talent 11-12-year-old Little League softball all-stars routed Lakeview, 17-3, to move on to the next round of the Little League softball tournament at the Medford American Field.

Tracy Dunn and Laci Lockett each went 3-for-5 for Phoenix/Talent, which moves on to face Klamath Falls South Suburban today at 6 p.m.

In the 9-10 division, South Suburban claimed its third straight District 6 crown with a 10-0 championship game win over Medford Red.

South Suburban moves on to the state all-star tournament in Grants Pass on July 22.

CENTRAL POINT 19, GRANTS PASS 8, 5 innings -At Grants Pass, Jennifer Shelamer pitched the Central Point softball senior all-stars to a convincing win at the District 8 14-15-year-old girls senior softball all-star tournament on Tuesday.

Central Point now travels to Portland to take part in the state tournament on July 22.