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Nealy survives scares, rolls into Oregon Amateur finals.

Byline: The Register-Guard


PORTLAND - Former University of Oregon golfer Johnna Nealy survived a scare in the quarterfinals and then handily reached the finals of the Women's Oregon Amateur golf tournament on Friday at Portland Golf Club.

Nealy, 22, of Grants Pass, beat Molly Edmunds of Portland 1-up in the quarterfinals before beating Kate Hildahl of Tualatin 4 and 3 in the semifinals.

Nealy will meet Tracy Broders of Tigard in the 36-hole final beginning at 7 a.m. today.

"I'm a good match-play player," Nealy said, "but I had little expectations since I took about seven months off from playing so that I could focus on school."

Nealy graduated from UO on June 17 after finishing her career as the top player for the Ducks in 2005. Last year Nealy lost in the semifinals, 3 and 2, to eventual champion Kim McCready.

Nealy and Broders have faced each other in collegiate and amateur matches. Broders plays for Washington State. In last year's tournament, Nealy beat Broders in a quarterfinal match, 1-up.

Former University of Oregon golf coach Lara Tennant, now living in Portland, lost 1-up to Hildahl in the quarterfinals.

In the men's division, current Sheldon High golfer Jack Dukeminier and former Irish standout Chris Polski both lost their quarterfinal matches.

Polski lost 3 and 2 to Oregon State golfer Mitchell Gillis, and Dukeminier lost to Scott Hval of Portland in 19 holes.

Gillis reached the final by beating Hval 3 and 2, and he will meet Brad Skreen of West Linn in the 36-hole final beginning at 7:15 today.

Chargers rally for IBL victory in Denver

DENVER - Jay Anderson scored 31 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, and the Eugene Chargers rallied for a 17-point, third-quarter deficit to earn a 131-129 victory over the Colorado Crossover in an IBL basketball game on Friday.

Anthony Stubbs added 22 points and 12 rebounds, and Travis Melvin had 11 points and six assists for the Chargers (12-6), who played most of the game without center Bo Colas, who was suffering from food poisoning.

Thunder wins first two at national qualifier

SALEM - The Eugene Thunder won its first two games at the 14U ASA National Qualifying softball tournament on Friday, defeating the Gresham Riptide 5-0 and the Bellevue, Wash., Blast 8-0.

Tara Glover was 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored and Megan Harvey and Jordan Goschie both had a double and two RBIs in the first win.

Nyree White and Morgan Barnes combined to pitch a one-hitter with nine strikeouts and one walk.

Kayla Braud and Harvey were both 2-for-3 with a double, with Braud also scoring two runs in the win over the Blast.

Barnes pitched a one-hit complete game with nine strikeouts and a walk in the second victory.

Lind, Hunter help Titans to tournament victory

ROSEBURG - The Springfield Titans scored two runs in the first inning and hung on to defeat Richey's Market of Corvallis 2-0 at the Doc Stewart American Legion baseball tournament on Friday.

Spencer Lind was 2-for-3 to lead a seven-hit attack for the Titans.

Darrell Hunter pitched six innings before Tyrell Poggemeyer threw the last frame of a four-hit shutout.

Riley leads North past South in prep battle

PORTLAND - Beaverton's Kevin Riley threw for 236 yards and three touchdowns as the North routed the South 49-25 Friday night in the Les Schwab Bowl, the state's annual all-star football game for prep seniors.

California-bound Riley took MVP honors for the event, which drew a crowd of 7,530. Sheldon quarterback Cory Moran passed for 201 yards, completing 12 of 30 attempts, and scored on a 3-yard run.

Westview's Cody Kempt, headed to Oregon next year, threw a 19-yard touchdown pass for the North and was 14-of-27 for 101 yards.
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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Jun 24, 2006
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