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NorthStars win four at 16U regionals.

Byline: From Register-Guard and news service reports

The Eugene NorthStars won four games, three of them in extra innings, to stay alive at the 22-team 16U Division A regional softball tournament in Spokane on Saturday.

The Eugene-Springfield-area team (27-6-1 overall) opened second-day action with a 2-0 victory over the Salem Tremor as Kelly Dyer had a triple, single and two RBIs and Ashley Likens pitched a two-hitter with seven strikeouts.

Next came a 5-4 win in eight innings over the Salem Flash, with Denee Johnson driving in Lisa Dudley with the winning run as the NorthStars came back from a 4-0 seventh-inning deficit. Amy Perkins added a triple, two RBIs and a run scored.

The NorthStars then defeated the Spokane Attack 5-4 with a three-run eighth. Dudley drove in one run with a squeeze bunt and Cotie Howard knocked in two with a double. Perkins added two singles and two RBIs in the game.

The NorthStars ended the day with a 4-3 triumph over the Tacoma Team Speed, getting two runs in the eighth on an RBI double by Howard and an RBI single by Dudley. Dyer had a double and two singles and Howard added a double, single and RBI.

Dyer pitched a three-hitter with three strikeouts in the final game.

Swimming

Sarah Boam of Emerald Aquatics won two events at the 11-and-over long course state championships at Amazon Pool on Saturday.

Boam captured the 11-14 400 individual medley in a time of 5:26.43 and claimed victory in the 13-14 200 freestyle with a time of 2:15.44.

Other Eugene-Springfield-area winners in the girls' competition were Adriana Quirke of Eugene City Swim Club in the 15-and-over 200 freestyle (2:09.54) and teammate Tara Berringer in the 15-and-over 200 backstroke (2:25.41).

Kimberly Jasmer of South Coast Aquatic Team was second in the 15-and-over 200 freestyle (2:09.93) and 50 freestyle (28.75).

In boys competition, Marty Moen and Josh Jordan, both of Eugene City Swim Club, won events. Moen captured the 15-and-over 100 breaststroke (1:10.59) and Jordan was victorious in the 15-and-over 50 freestyle (25.42).

Christian Breeden of Emerald Aquatics was second in the 13-14 100 breaststroke (1:13.93).

Baseball

The Willamette Valley All-Stars 13-year-old team reached the title game of the Babe Ruth state tournament in North Bend with a 15-0 victory over Medford. The win gives Willamette Valley a 5-0 record since forming its postseason team.

Leading a 13-hit attack for the All-Stars was Skyler Wilgus with two doubles, a single, five RBIs and three runs scored. He was followed by Andrew Schumacher with a triple, single, two RBIs and two runs and Devin Cooley with three singles and three RBIs.

Combining for a one-hitter for Willamette Valley were Jerad Thompson, Alex Besaw and Schumacher.

Willamette Valley will meet either Klamath Falls or Medford today at 10 a.m. at Clyde Allen Ballpark in North Bend for the championship.

The Willamette Valley Red ended pool play with a 10-0 win over Prince George, B.C., and a 3-0 triumph over Cowlitz, Wash., to reach today's semifinals in the Cal Ripken 10-year-old Pacific Northwest regional tournament at Bethel Park.

Spencer Jorgensen and Skyler Gilmore had two hits apiece against Prince George, with Jorgensen also knocking in two runs, and Warner Strausbaugh pitched a one-hitter. Against Cowlitz, Will Swindling gave up one hit and struck out eight in six innings.

In other games, the Eugene Challengers defeated Ellensburg, Wash., 17-2; Willamette Valley Blue downed Meridian, Idaho, 13-3; Helena, Mont., beat Meridian 3-2; and West Linn defeated Prince George 19-8.

In today's semifinals, Willamette Valley Red meets Helena and Ellensburg takes on Cowlitz, both at 9 a.m. The championship game between the winners will be at noon, with the winner advancing to the Cal Ripken World Series in Bakersfield, Calif.

Jerry Gonzalez collected a triple, double, single, five RBIs and two runs to lead West Eugene to an American Legion doubleheader sweep over Springfield Woolley's at Civic Stadium.

West Eugene won the first game 10-0 as Brian Bodtker pitched a five-inning shutout, and West Eugene took a 9-0 victory in the nightcap.

Dunham Sage had three singles, two RBIs and two runs and Mike Bauman pitched a three-hitter over seven innings in the second game.

Auto racing

Kevin Ropchan of Eugene won the Sportsman division Twin 25 championship at Cottage Grove Speedway the hard way. Ropchan needed to win the "B" main event, then placed second in main event No. 1 and captured main event No. 2 to take the championship.

Jon DeBenedetti of Rogue River won the Twin 25 championship in the Modified division and Kevin Journey of Springfield won the main event in the Sportsman Sprints.

Fast time winners were Bruce Rayburn of Eagle Point in the Modifieds, Johnny Stroud of Yoncalla in the Sportsmans and Shane Forte of Junction City in the Sportsman Sprints.

David Reese of Eugene placed fourth in the motorcycle division at the VP Racing Fuels Championship Series at Woodburn Dragstrip.

Reese had an elapsed time of 10.27 and a top speed of 127.28. The motorcycle division was won by John Yochum of Bellevue, Wash.

Football

Named MVP of the National Nine-Man Football League earlier in the day, Ryan Fox showed why in the league's championship game.

Fox scored his third touchdown of the game late in the fourth quarter as the Oregon Outlaws beat the Northwest Timberwolves 22-16 to win the league title at Crow High School on Saturday.

Fox, the league's offensive player of the year, was named MVP of the championship game as well. He scored on runs of 30 and 3 yards before halftime as Oregon took a 14-0 lead into the break.

But the Timberwolves stormed back to lead 16-14 before Fox scored from 2 yards out with about three minutes left in the game.
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Title Annotation:Regional Roundup: The Eugene team won three games in extra innings to stay alive in the tournament.; Sports
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Jul 21, 2002
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