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GLIDE COACH RETIRES: Glide High School volleyball coach Sharon Costanzo has retired after 30 years of involvement with the sport, a career that included being named coach of the year in the Sky-Em League on three occasions.

`I just feel in my heart it's time to retire,' the 52-year-old Costanzo told the Roseburg News-Review. `I love the sport and I love the kids. But right now, I need to take some time out for myself.'

Under Costanzo, the Wildcats finished at .500 or above in all but three seasons. Besides volleyball, Costanzo also coached track for six years and basketball for three years.

One of Costanzo's career highlights was working as the assistant personnel coordinator for the volleyball competition staff at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.

She also guided five Oregon high school volleyball teams on overseas trips for international competition.

`The whole time I've been coaching has just been a wonderful experience,' Costanzo said.

ALUMNI WATCH: Springfield graduate Dustin Sackett, a senior at Pacific University, was named first-team all-Northwest Conference in men's soccer for the second straight season. Sackett led the Boxers with seven goals and had a career-high four assists. He ranked third in the NWC in shots (63), tied for seventh in goals and 10th in total points (18). Sackett led the team in scoring in each of his four seasons at Pacific.

Churchill graduate Candace Lee was the lone representative from the University of Washington on the six-member Pac-10 all-freshman team. Lee led the Huskies with 3.37 digs per game as a libero, which ranks sixth in the conference.

Orange Coast College sophomore tailback Niles Mittasch was a unanimous first-team selection to the all-Mission Conference football team. Mittasch, a former standout at Churchill, led OCC with 929 yards rushing and nine touchdowns this season. Mittasch finished his career ranked fourth on the OCC all-time rushing list. The school is located in Costa Mesa, Calif.

Marshfield's Aaron Young, a junior at Willamette University, became an all-American (top 35) in cross country for the second time with a 15th-place finish at the NCAA Division III national championships in Northfield, Minn., at St. Olaf College. Young covered the 8,000-meter course in 25:34 as the Bearcats placed fifth overall with 190 points.

Former McKenzie High School standout John McDowell, a senior at Willamette University, earned honorable mention recognition as a linebacker by the Northwest Conference.

Springfield's Brandi Geider, a junior striker for the Jamestown College women's soccer team, has been named to the NAIA Region III first team. The Jimmies recently completed their most successful season in the team's four-year history. The school is located in Jamestown, N.D.

Oregon Tech senior Bree Pollard, a former standout at North Eugene, was named first-team all-Cascade Conference in volleyball. Pollard started in all 29 matches for the Owls (19-10) and averaged 2.79 kills, 1.65 digs, 0.98 blocks and 0.33 service aces per game. Pollard, who also was named to the District VIII Verizon all-academic team, now shifts her focus to basketball.

MILLERS RANKED FIFTH: The Springfield boys basketball team hasn't reached the postseason since 1991, but this year's team has already generated some excitement without playing a game.

In the first Class 4A coaches' poll released Monday, the Millers were ranked fifth in the state with 42 votes. No other Midwestern League team appeared in the top 10, although Thurston (four) and South Eugene (one) each received votes.

Jefferson is ranked No. 1 followed by Sunset, Lincoln and Lake Oswego. The second five are Hillsboro, West Albany, Barlow, Benson and Redmond.
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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Dec 3, 2002
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