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Jackson, Stepp make U.S. team.

Byline: From Register-Guard and news service reports

ORLANDO, Fla. - The U.S. men's basketball team at the Pan American Games will have a definite Eugene influence this summer.

REGIONAL ROUNDUP

Luke Jackson, the Creswell standout who is entering his fourth season as a starter at the University of Oregon, and Blake Stepp, a South Eugene High School graduate now starring at Gonzaga, were selected to the 12-player team on Friday.

"We had so many players who could have made the team and probably deserved to make it, but you can only have 12," said Tom Izzo, the Michigan State coach who will lead the U.S. team.

"The trademark of this team will be toughness. We need to gel now and get everyone in a position to be successful."

Jackson, who joined with Luke Ridnour to anchor the Oregon team for three seasons before Ridnour jumped to the pros, has put up strong numbers for the Ducks.

He has 1,314 points, which is 11th on the Oregon career list, and 121 steals, which is fifth. He also has 285 assists and 523 rebounds. He scored 513 points last season despite sustaining a major cut on his right hand that limited his effectiveness for several games.

Jackson is listed as a 6-foot-7 guard on the U.S. roster.

Stepp, a 6-4 guard who was the Class 4A state player of the year during his senior year at South Eugene, was honorable mention on The Associated Press All-America team last season while leading Gonzaga in scoring.

He is the fourth Gonzaga player selected to a U.S. national team, joining John Stockton (a member of the U.S. Dream Teams at the 1992 and 1996 Olympics), Matt Santangelo (1999 World University Games) and Dan Dickau (2001 World University Games).

The Pan Am Games will be held Aug. 2-6 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The U.S. will be joined by the host country, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Canada and three South American teams that will qualify this weekend at a regional tourney in Uruguay.

Other members of the U.S. team will be Ike Diogu of Arizona State, Josh Childress of Stanford, Brandon Mouton of Texas, Chuck Hayes of Kentucky, Arthur Johnson and Rickey Paulding of Missouri, Emeka Okafor and Ben Gordon of Connecticut, Chris Hill of Michigan State and Andre Barrett of Seton Hall.

UO single-game tickets

go on sale Monday

Reserved seats for four of the six University of Oregon home football games and standing room-only tickets for the Michigan game on Sept. 20 will go on sale to the general public at 9 a.m. Monday.

Tickets, at $32 each, will be available for the games against Nevada (Sept. 6), Washington State (Sept. 27), Stanford (Oct. 25) and California (Nov. 8). SRO tickets only are available for the Michigan game, at $20 each.

All tickets for the Civil War game against Oregon State on Nov. 22 have been sold.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the south ticket building at Autzen Stadium, off Leo Harris Parkway, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets also can be purchased with Visa or Mastercard by calling 346-4461 or 1-800-WEBFOOT, or via the Internet at www.goducks.com.

No tickets will be sold at the Casanova Center ticket office at this time.

Emerald Valley evens

American Legion series

SPRINGFIELD - Brian Barley and Johnny Bowden had two hits and an RBI each, and Emerald Valley took advantage of four errors in the seventh inning to beat Cascade Paving of Salem 9-7 and even their best-of-three Area 3 American Legion baseball playoff series at a game each.

Bryan Hansen picked up the victory in relief for the Titans (29-24).

The teams will meet in the deciding game of the series at 4 p.m. today at Willamette University in Salem.

Glide advances

in Junior State tourney

PLEASANT HILL - Taylor Larson drove in three runs and Brandt Pederson struck out 13 to lead Glide to a 6-4 victory over Pleasant Hill on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Oregon State Junior State baseball tournament.

Glide will take on Beaverton at 7 p.m. today at Pleasant Hill, and Pleasant Hill will play Seaside at 4 p.m. for a chance to play for fourth place.

In consolation-round games Friday at Marist High School, Marist beat West Linn 11-7 as Michael McCormick hit a grand slam; Lakeridge eliminated South Eugene 12-2 despite J.D. Hansen's two RBIs; and Tillamook beat Junction City 8-6.

Marist will play Tillamook at noon today at Marist in the consolation semifinals.

Oregon Amateur champion

leads at Emerald Valley

CRESWELL - Defending Oregon Amateur champion Brian Hughes shot a 69 on Friday to take a three-shot lead after the first day of the Emerald Valley Players Championship at Emerald Valley Golf Course.

Ted Whitney, a former standout at Sheldon High School, was tied with Carl Johnson for second place at 72.

Oregon Reign lose

twice in tournament

IRVINE, Calif. - Christina Cooke threw a one-hitter Friday, but it wasn't enough as the Oregon Reign 18-under fastpitch softball team lost 1-0 to American Pastime in the Gold Rush Tournament.

The Reign also lost 6-2 to another California team, Danger Zone.

The Oregon team will take part in the ASA 18U national tournament in Garland, Texas, beginning Tuesday.

ESPN.com columnist

to appear in Eugene

Rob Neyer, baseball columnist and senior writer for ESPN.com, will be at the Borders book store in Eugene's Oakway Center on Monday from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Neyer will appear in conjunction with the release of his new book, "Rob Neyer's Big Book of Baseball Lineups."

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Blake Stepp, here driving by Arizona's Salim Stoudamire in the NCAA Tournament, is one of six guards on the U.S. team.
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Date:Jul 26, 2003
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