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Kinney makes cut with six-shot rally at Pumpkin Ridge

NORTH PLAINS — After the first day of the U.S. Girls Junior Championship, Medford's Tai Kinney appeared in a difficult position to make the cut of 64 for the match play portion of the event.

Kinney was bunched in a 13-player tie for 102nd place after an opening round 12-over-par 83 Monday on the Witch Hollow Course at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club.

But Kinney put together a 6-over-par 77 on the Ghost Creek Course at Pumpkin Ridge Tuesday to finish in a 10-player tie for 53rd with a 160 total for 36 holes.

The cut for match play came at 19-over-par 161, with a seven-way playoff to decide the final one berth.

Johnna Nealy of Grants Pass shot rounds of 81 and 81 for a 162, just missing the playoff by one stroke.

Kinney, a 17-year-old incoming senior at North Medford High, will open today's first round of match play at 11:56 a.m. against Dayna Burleigh of Horsham, Pa., on the par-71 Witch Hollow course. Burleigh shot a 151 in the two-day qualifier.

Erica Blasberg, 16, of Corona, Calif., shot a 2-over-par 144 to capture medalist honors. Three strokes behind were 14-year-old twin sisters Aree and Naree Wongluekiet of Bradenton, Fla. Aree Wongluekiet is the defending champion.

PGA JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP -At Sand Point, Idaho, Medford's Abby Fowler came up two strokes short in the final round of the Pacific Northwest section PGA Junior Championship golf tournament at Hidden Lakes Country Club.

Fowler, a senior-to-be at South Medford High, carded a 74 and finished tied for second with Katie Street, who also shot a 74.

Brooke Jackson rode the momentum of Monday's tournament-leading 71 to earn the title with a 76 on Tuesday.

I missed a couple of putts, some three footers that I should have had, said Fowler. I just wasn't very lucky with my putting today.

Jackson moves on to play in the national championships in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Ashland's Stephanie Johns shot an 89 after carding a 76 on Monday to earn the top spot in her age group.

— Little League

MEDFORD AMERICANS 6, PENDLETON 5 -At Ontario, the undefeated Medford Americans were down to their last out in the third round of the 11-12-year-old major boys state tournament at Beck Kiwanis Park.

But Tommy George's two-run single lifted the Americans to the dramatic victory in their final at-bat.

The victory moves Medford to within one win of qualifying for the Western Regional in San Bernadino, Calif.

Medford (3-0) advances to the championship game Thursday against the winner of today's Pendleton-Gresham match. If Medford loses the 9 a.m. game, it will have another opportunity at — p.m. Thursday to win the eight-team, double-elimination state tournament.

Pendleton scored one run in the top of the sixth inning to break a 4-all tie.

In the bottom of the sixth, Michael Harthun reached base on an error and Ryan Folsom was brought in as a pinch runner. Zach James walked and both runners advanced to second and third on a wild pitch. With two outs, George singled up the middle, scoring both runners.

Medford starting pitcher Jared Adamson collected two hits, including a first-inning solo homer, and Tyler Heil added two hits. Heil also picked up the victory with a one-inning relief effort.

— Bowling

BROOKINGS INTERSTATE TOURNAMENT -At Brookings, Scharie Bostrom of Medford bowled a scratch 702 series to help her women's doubles team to the top spot after the first of two weekends of the handicap event at Azalea Lanes.

Bostrom and Debbie Corcoran of Medford lead the division with a 1,426 total.

Bostrom put together games of 225, 259 and 218 in the women's doubles division, while Corcoran had a high-game 202 to accompany a 532 scratch series.

Corcoran leads the women's singles division with a 737 total. She bowled games of 236, 190 and 179 for a 605 scratch series.

Corcoran and Bostrom also hold the lead in the four-person mixed team event with former Medford Lanes owner Andy Anderson and Corcoran's husband Chris.

The Anderson's Best Bowling Supply team has a 3,476 score.