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Oregon golfers place 6th at Americas Cup tourney

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — — Tai Kinney of Medford and Johnna Nealy of Grants Pass helped the Oregon golf squad to sixth place at the 17-and-under 2000 Girls? Junior Americas Cup team matches Thursday.

Mexico edged Northern California by one stroke for the title in the 54-hole competition of 18, four-person teams on the 6,181-yard Eisenhower Golf Club at the Air Force Academy. Mexico's winning score was 674. Oregon posted a 705 total.

Kinney carded rounds of 84, 75 and 76 for a 235, while Nealy came in at 86, 78 and 81 for a 245. Other members on the Oregon team were Kailin Downs of Bend (229) and Kristin Svicarovich of Aloha (241).

Mexico's Violeta Retamoza was the medalist with a 218.

— Babe Ruth Baseball

KLAMATH FALLS SOUTH SUBURBAN 5, CENTRAL POINT — -At Coos Bay, despite Kevin Mulder's one-hit performance with no earned runs, Central Point dropped its opener in the 15-year-old South State eight-team double-elimination tournament at Clyde Allen Field.

Central Point's Thomas Hammond accounted for two RBIs.

Central Point plays today against Gold Coast at noon.

In other tournament action, Medford lost to host Bay Area Thursday after winning its opener Wednesday against Umpqua Valley.

MEDFORD 4, KLAMATH FALLS SOUTH SUBURBAN 0 -At Roseburg, David Soria pitched a three-hit shutout and drove in Medford's first run during an opening-round victory in the 14-year-old South State tournament.

Medford plays again today at noon in the double-elimination tournament at Stewart Park.

Medford padded its 1-0 lead with three fourth-inning runs when Andy Card stole home and Sam McHenry provided an RBI double, then scored on a passed ball.

Medford third baseman Matt Icenhower excelled in the field.

— Boys Basketball

OREGON ICE 89, SNBA 70 — —

At Las Vegas, South Medford High's Ryan Heil scored 12 points and Eric Fiegi added nine points and a team-high nine rebounds as the 16-year-old Oregon all-star team opened the Las Vegas Grand Finale tournament with a victory over a hometown squad.

Tyler Hayes of Bend scored 30 points to lead a balanced attack that saw four Oregon players reach double figures.

The Ice led 39-38 at halftime.

Oregon plays its second pool game at 1:30 p.m. today against On To Hoops.

INDIANA STORM 70, OREGON ICE 50 -At Colorado Springs, Colo., Chris Strahm, a sophomore-to-be at North Medford, tallied a team-high 12 points in Oregon's final game in the 15-year-old BCI National Tournament at the Air Force Academy.

Two North incoming freshman, Ryan Lucas and Beau Hovland, combined for 10 points.

The Oregon team, made up of players from throughout the state, went winless in five games in the tournament.

The Oregon Ice was coached by North Medford's Gene Quilhaugh.

— Girls Soccer

CORVALLIS INVITATIONAL — —

At Corvallis, the Jefferson State Velocity, a regional girls U-16 team made up of players from Ashland, Henley, Cascade Christian, Klamath Union and Yreka high schools, finished second in pool play and lost in the medal round to Maple Valley FC Flames of Washington, 3-2.

Ashland players on the team were Kali Caleb, Chloe Hansen, Brittany Reinhardt and Kelly and Kimberly Thompson. Another local player on the team was Jessica Tresser, who lives in Rogue River and attends Cascade Christian.