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Pennington reaches quarters at boys amateur.

Byline: REGIONAL ROUNDUP The Register-Guard

MILL CREEK, Wash. - Marist High School senior Jack Pennington won two matches Wednesday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Pacific Northwest Golf Association Junior Boys Amateur Championship at Mill Creek Country Club.

Pennington, who tied for seventh place after Tuesday's second day of stroke-play qualifying, beat Portland's Alex Harding on the second extra hole of their first-round match and then defeated Chris Olmstead of Puyallup, Wash., 3 and 2 in the second round later in the day.

South Eugene High School junior Bobby Monaco beat Alex Mroz of Woodinville, Wash., 1-up in the first round before falling 5 and 4 to Vinnie Murphy of Edgewood, Wash.

Former Churchill player gets job at Southern Utah

Churchill graduate Julie Strand has been named head softball coach at Southern Utah University. Strand has been the top assistant at SUU for the past four years under coach Jodi Jackson, who left to become head coach at Ohio University.

"I'm thrilled," Strand said. "This is a great opportunity for me personally, I couldn't ask for a better place to be for my first head-coaching job. I know the girls and they know me and I really like it here,"

During her four years as an assistant, Strand has helped the Thunderbirds reach back-to-back NCAA tournaments and win two Summit League titles.

"Coach Strand has undoubtedly played a key role in the success of our softball program over the past four years," SUU athletic director Ken Beazer said. "She knows and understands the program, the campus, the community and the current student-athletes."

After graduating from Churchill in 1997, Strand was a two-time, all-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference selection at Colorado State University-Pueblo. She began her coaching career as an assistant at CSUP and was an assistant at Denton and Cedar Hill high schools in Texas before joining the Southern Utah staff.

NCU picked ninth in CCC volleyball race

Northwest Christian University is picked to finish ninth in the Cascade Collegiate Conference volleyball race in a poll of conference coaches released Wednesday.

The Beacons went 6-14 in the CCC last season, their first in the conference. They were picked to finish ahead of Cascade College and Evergreen State.

College of Idaho was picked to win the conference title and got seven first-place votes and 116 points. Southern Oregon was second with three-first place votes and 111 points, and Oregon Tech was picked to finish third with one first-place vote and 94 points.
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Date:Aug 14, 2008
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