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LCC prepares for two big games.

Byline: The Register-Guard

The Lane Community College men's and women's basketball teams travel to Clackamas today with heavy playoff implications in both games.

The Titans men (19-5, 9-3 NWAACC) are tied with Clackamas and Mount Hood atop the Southern Division standings with two games left in the regular season. Lane closes the regular season Wednesday against Linn-Benton, which is out of the playoff picture, meaning the Titans can go a long way toward clinching at least a share of the division title tonight.

"We're literally playing for a championship," Lane coach Jim Boutin said.

Should the Titans and Mount Hood both win out, they would play in Gresham late next week to determine the division's top seed to the NWAACC Championships, scheduled for March 7-10 in Pasco, Wash. A loss tonight would assure Lane the No. 3 seed into the playoffs.

Churchill graduate Jered Alsup is the leading scorer for Lane at 19 points per game, with six rebounds per contest. Sophomore wing Paul Miller is scoring 13 points per game with five rebounds, three assists and three steals, while point guard Joel Worcester of Churchill averages 11 points and four assists per game.

Like the men, the LCC women have clinched a playoff spot. The second-place Titans (20-5, 10-2) are a game ahead of Clackamas and Umpqua, and a game behind Chemeketa.

The women also remain in the running for a division title, which they would earn with a sweep of their final two games, and two losses by Chemeketa, which plays Umpqua and Clackamas to close the season.

Thunder come from

behind to defeat Kootenai

SPOKANE - Powell Gallagher scored twice and assisted on a third goal as the Eugene Thunder remained in first place in the Northern Pacific Hockey league with a 7-3 victory over the Kootenai Colts.

The Thunder scored five goals in the third period to earn the victory. Mike Senseman, Adam Seward, Craig Lindgren and Jake O'Neal added goals for Eugene.

The victory kept the Thunder one point ahead of Tri-City, at 25-12-4-3.

Beavers pound out the hits to beat Lobos

EL PASO, Texas - The wind was blowing to straightaway center field in west Texas, and it showed Friday in Oregon State's game against New Mexico.

The Beavers (4-3) got a school-record five hits apiece from Andy Jarvis and Seth Pietsch to earn an 18-16 victory in the opener of the Baseball Fiesta.

Pietsch hit two doubles and a triple, and Jarvis hit a double and a home run and drove in seven runs. Tony Calderon also homered for the Beavers, who had 22 hits.

Jared Sanders got the final out, breaking the OSU record with his 11th career save.

Two Duck softball players earn suspensions

HOUSTON - No. 25 Oregon had its games against Texas Tech and Texas-San Antonio at the Houston Invitational postponed due to rain on Friday night, but there was plenty of action off the field for the Ducks.

Coach Kathy Arendsen suspended seniors Alyssa Laux and Andrea Vidlund for two games apiece on Friday for a violation of team rules.

Rain delays tournament for OSU softball team

COLUMBUS, Ga. - A severe rainstorm on the East Coast postponed 18th-ranked Oregon State's opening games at the NCFA Leadoff Classic. The Beavers trailed No. 25 Massachusetts 7-1 in the sixth inning when the game was suspended.

Holliday places second

at regional track meet

NAMPA, Idaho - Oregon's Becky Holliday cleared 14-1 3/4 to finish second in the pole vault in the opening day of the Mountain Pacific Track Championships on Friday.

Holliday was one of three Ducks in the top 10 in the event, joining Kirsten Riley, who finished eighth in 12-8 and Georgette Moye, who was 10th.

Also Friday, Amanda Brown went 18-9 to finish third in the long jump, and Jordan Sauvage finished ninth in the weight throw with a toss of 53-5.

In qualifying, Janette Davis ran 56.55 in the 400 meters to earn a spot in the final, and Sara Schaaf ran 2:15.29 to finish in the eighth and final qualifying spot in the 800.

The Ducks' Eric Mitchum ran 7.98 seconds to win his heat in the 60 meter hurdles.

Nelson leads OSU

gymnasts to upset win

CORVALLIS - Lindsay Nelson won the all-around with a personal-best score of 39.575 as No. 9 Oregon State upset No. 3 Utah in a gymnastics meet on Friday.

Elizabeth Jillson scored a 9.950 to win the uneven bars for the Beavers, Nelson finished second in the vault and Angela Morales took second in the floor exercise to lead the way to victory.

Kraayeveld, Chapman make all-academic team

Oregon forward Cathrine Kraayeveld and Oregon State forward Hollye Chapman were named to the Academic All-District VIII team on Friday.

Also Friday, South Eugene High grad Blake Stepp of Gonzaga was named to the first team of the Men's Academic All-District VIII team. Stepp,

a junior, has a 3.21 grade-point average in business administration.

Kraayeveld, a junior with a 3.24 GPA in education, earned a spot on the second team, along with former South Eugene High standout Wendy Gabbe of UC Irvine.

Chapman, a junior from Cottage Grove with a 3.58 GPA in visual arts, made the third team.

Robinson signs on

with Portland State

PORTLAND - Willamette's D.J. Robinson has signed a football letter of intent with Portland State, the school announced Friday.

Robinson, a 6-foot-1, 220 pound linebacker, was named third-team All-State last season.
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Date:Feb 22, 2003
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