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DCC headed back to World Series AUSTIN, Minn. - Michelle Block and Brooke Lowman had two hits apiece, and Chelsea Rathie and Sami McDonald combined on a shutout Saturday afternoon as Dawson Community College defeated Ridgewater Community College of Willmar, Minn., 4-0 in the championship game of the NJCAA Division III Region 13 softball tournament.

The win sends Dawson to the NJCAA Division III World Series for the third straight year. The World Series begins Thursday in Joliet, Ill.

Dawson went 3-0 in the tournament, improving to 28-17 overall on the season and 8-1 against Division III junior colleges. DCC is ranked No. 5 in the current NJCAA Division III poll.

McDonald, Laura Harthan, Whitney Jensen and Jessica Haugen made the regional all-tournament team for Dawson.

Miles City horse racing opens today MILES CITY - Ten races are on tap for this afternoon at Custer County Fairgrounds as the state's live horse racing schedule gets under way.

Post time is 1 p.m. Futurity and derby trials are set for paint and quarter horses, covering 300 yards to 350 yards.

Five or six horses are included in each race. All of the races will have a purse of $1,000.

The finals will be staged next weekend (May 17-18) when the three-day meet concludes.

Fairfield's Brunner to play at MCC MILES CITY - Fairfield's Cassidy Brunner has committed to play basketball for Miles Community College.

Brunner, a first-team all-state and all-conference selection her senior year, averaged 17 points, 3.5 assists and three steals per game while leading Fairfield to a second place finish at the State B tournament.

Gall, Klee triumph at Women's Run Karen Sanford Gall and Emily Klee - both of Billings - finished as the overall winners Saturday morning at the 22nd annual Montana Women's Run in downtown Billings.

Gall, who is the executive director of the Big Sky State Games, won the five-mile portion of the Women's Run with a time of 30 minutes, 27 seconds.

Klee, a senior distance runner at Billings Central, was the winner of the two-mile race in 12:09.

The Montana Women's Run had a record 4,509 runners register for the races. The old mark was 4,220 set last year.

The race is a benefit event for local women's services.

Runners participated from as far away as California, Utah, South Dakota, Washington and Texas.

Top five results in each age division in Scoreboard, Page 9B

Cow Pie bike race is May 18 The annual Cow Pie Classic mountain bike race has moved to Swords Park in Billings this year.

The race, sponsored by the Yellowstone Valley Cycling Club, will be Sunday, May 18. Registration runs from 7 to 9 a.m. on the day of the race only.

The cost is $10 for riders in the beginner class and $20 for riders in the sport and expert classes. Riders who don't hold a current National Off-Road Bicycle Association license will also need to purchase a $5 one-day license.

Registration will be at the bottom of Black Otter Trail. The bottom part of Black Otter trail will be closed from 6 a.m. to about 2 p.m. and used as part of the race course, said YVCC Mountain Bike Race Director David Palmer.

The beginner class race will begin at 9:45 a.m. The expert and sport classes will begin about 10:45 a.m.

Helmets are required, said Palmer.

There is a $300 purse to split among the top three male and female riders in the sport and expert classes.

This year's course was moved to Swords Park to provide a more central location.

"The course is also on a two-mile lap, so it is more spectator friendly," Palmer said. "Almost the entire course can be seen from a central vantage point."

For more information, call Palmer at 252-8680 or visit the YVCC Website at www.imt.net/~yvcc.

Legion games rained out All American Legion baseball games scheduled for Saturday and today have been canceled due to the weather and field conditions.

The Scarlets were supposed to have played Rapid City, S.D. and Bozeman. The Royals had been scheduled to play Laurel and Rapid City.

Both teams will be in town next weekend. The Scarlets play Missoula and the Royals meet the Great Falls Stallions on Saturday. The teams swap opponents on Sunday.

Also, today's doubleheader between Laurel and the Billings Lobos at 1 p.m. has been canceled. The Dodgers and Lobos will play a nine-inning contest Tuesday night at 6 p.m. at Laurel's Thompson Park.

District golf entry forms available Entry forms for the District 4 state-qualifying tournament are now available to junior golfers at area pro shops.

The District 4 tournament will be played June 9 at Pryor Creek. The top four boys and girls in each age category (ages 16-17, 14-15 and 13-under) will advance to the state juniors tournament June 23-24 at Missoula Country Club.

The entry deadline for the District 4 tournament is June 4. For information, contact Nels Christiansen at 256-1263.

Bleskin leaving CMR football staff GREAT FALLS - Longtime Great Falls Russell defensive assistant Don Bleskin is leaving the football staff and teaching profession to join his father's car dealership.

Bleskin was a defensive assistant at CMR.

AAU honors Ronan's Edington BUTTE - Dave Edington of Ronan is the sixth person from Montana to be inducted into the AAU National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Orlando, Fla.

Edington was inducted last year in Detroit, and will be formally recognized by the Montana AAU Saturday at its annual meeting in Helena.

Edington is considered one of the two founding fathers of AAU wrestling in Montana. He organized the first tournament in 1968.

Edington, a member of the Montana Coaches Hall of Fame, started the wrestling program at Ronan High School in 1968. He coached 32 individual state champions, eight state title teams and had six undefeated seasons.

He was named the Montana wrestling coach of the year seven times, the National District 7 coach of the year three times and was a finalist for the National High School Association wrestling coach of the year two times.

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