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Saturday, May 17, 2003

Rocky golfers finish in tie for 10th PALM COAST, Fla. — Rocky Mountain College finished in a tie for 10th Friday at the 9th annual NAIA women's golf championship tournament.

The Lady Bears tied with California State-San Marcos at 1,348. Northwood University of Florida won the national title at 1,263, five strokes ahead of Oklahoma City.

"I'm proud of them," Rocky coach Randy Northrop said of his Lady Bears. "This is the third straight year they've been in the Top 10. That's something to hang your hat on."

Rocky shot 43 strokes better than it did last year when it also finished 10th.

Northwood's tournament total broke the 72-hole tournament record of 1,285 set by British Columbia in 2001.

Rocky senior Sara Hamilton closed out her career with a 7-over-par 79. She placed 42nd overall at 330 (86-84-81-79). Teammate Ashley Griffith placed in a tie for 48th after her fourth consecutive round of 84.

The other Lady Bear finishers included: Amber Griffith, 59th at 341 (87-88-76-90), Abbie Poll, tied for 67th at 344 (95-83-84-82) and Emily Jewett, 99th at 371 (95-93-96-87).

Lewis-Clark State of Lewiston, Idaho, placed 14th in the 23-team standings at 1,371. Dickinson (N.D.) State was 23rd at 1,604.

Ilka Loubser of L-C State placed in a tie for 15th at 322 (81-79-80-82). DSU's top finisher was Sara Bergland, who placed 46th at 333 (84-87-82-80).

Brescia (Ky.) University sophomore Dana Langdon dominated the individual championship on her way to the title with a score of 303 (76-72-74-81).

Grob makes cut at PGA tourney IRVING, Texas — Billings golfer Mike Grob shot a 2-over-par 72 on Friday, but it was a birdie on No. 18 that helped him survive the cut at the $5.6 million EDS Byron Nelson Championship.

Grob is situated at even-par 140 (68-72) heading into weekend play. He is 10 strokes behind leader Vijay Singh, and is in a 14-way tie for 67th place.

The cut was at even-par. Today's third-round will be carried on CBS from 1-4 p.m.

Simulcast set for Preakness Simulcast wagering on today's Preakness Stakes will be available at the Circle Inn in the Heights and at Doc & Eddy's on 15th and Broadwater.

The 10-horse field at Baltimore's Pimlico Downs will include Funny Cide, winner of the May 3 Kentucky Derby.

The second leg of the Triple Crown is expected to start at 4:12 p.m. (Mountain time).

Funny Cide is the morning line favorite at 7-5. Peace Rules is second at 8-5.

In addition to the Preakness, local bettors will be able to place wagers on other horse and greyhound races from tracks across the country.

NRA season opens in Conrad The Northern Rodeo Association/Northern Women's Rodeo Association season will begin this weekend in Conrad.

There are 2 p.m. performances today and Sunday.

The NRA/NWRA is tentatively sanctioning 34 rodeos this year across the state of Montana. More rodeos may be added to the schedule, pending approval.

The annual MontanaFair Rodeo in Billings has been trimmed to just two performances, Aug. 15-16. Last year, the rodeo feature two performances with a championship go-round.

Four rodeos — Ennis, Harlowton, Roundup and Choteau — are scheduled for July 4.

The regular season will end Aug. 31-Sept. 1 with rodeos in White Sulphur Springs and Helmville.

Dawson finishes 5th at nationals JOLIET, Ill. — Dawson Community College went 2-2 in four games and took home a fifth-place finish at the NJCAA Division III World Series softball tournament.

The Lady Bucs fell 1-0 to the DuPage, Ill., in their opener on Thursday. DCC bounced back to beat Hesston College of Kansas 5-1 later in the day.

In loser-out play Friday, the Lady Bucs lost to Brookdale CC of New Jersey 7-3. Dawson defeated Itasca CC of Minnesota 8-0 in the fifth-place game Friday night.

Roberts helps Emory to win SALEM, Va. — Emory University scored two runs in the first inning and that proved to be enough as the Eagles cruised past Wartburg 7-0 in the first day of the NCAA Division III Women's Softball Championships Friday.

Melissa Roberts, a 1999 graduate of Billings West, was 0-for-1 and scored a run for the Eagles, who improved to 37-4.

Nicole Kovski and Christine O'Brien combined on the shutout for Emory, which plays Illinois Wesleyan (37-6) today.

Montanans spark win by Mary DECATUR, Ala. — Helena's Danelle Murphy pitched a one-hit shutout and Billings' Miranda Kephart belted a solo home run as the University of Mary beat Wilmington (Del.) College 4-0 Friday in the first round of the NAIA women's softball championships.

Murphy struck out three and walked none during her seven-inning stint for the Bismarck school.

The Marauders, 34-13, pounded out 11 hits. Sara Buening of Billings doubled twice for the winners. Kephart's home run came in the sixth inning.

Mary lost to fourth-seeded Houston (Texas) Baptist 2-0 in a late game Friday night. Hope Johnson, another Billings athlete, had one of the Marauders' three hits.

The Marauders will play a loser-out game this afternoon.

Shea Washington leaving Bobcats BOZEMAN — Montana State forward Shea Washington is leaving to play at Southern Oregon, Bobcat coach Mick Durham said Friday.

Washington, a 6-foot-7 forward from Springfield, Ore., is listed as one of seven new recruits by Southern Oregon, an NAIA school which competes in the Cascade Conference.

"It's mind-boggling to me when a player would leave a Division I program to play NAIA; I'm puzzled by this decision," Durham said. "But his best friend is playing point guard (at SOU) and he was homesick. He wanted to be closer to home."

Durham said Shea was expected to be one of the main returning players for next season.

Washington was a major contributor for last season's squad, which finished 11-16 overall and 5-9 in Big Sky Conference play. He averaged 7.6 points and 4.6 rebounds per game for the Bobcats and led the team in blocked shots at 15 total and steals at 1.2 per game.

He started five games and recorded two double-doubles when no other MSU player had even one.

Durham said the loss of Washington puts his program in a bit of a bind but he expects the 17 other players to help fill the void.

"Shea just never felt like he fit in here. We love Bozeman and think it's a great place, but Bozeman isn't for everybody," he said.

Since the Bobcats already signed a full allotment of players, Washington's departure doesn't free up a scholarship, Durham said.

"Shea's a good player," Durham said, "but we want guys that want to be here."

UW men sign 2 juco players LARAMIE, Wyo. — The Wyoming men's basketball team has signed a pair of junior college athletes from Michigan and Utah.

Tim Henry is a 6-foot, 5-inch, 185-pound guard/forward from Salt Lake Community College in Salt Lake City. Dion Sherrell is a 6-foot, 3-inch, 210-pound guard from Schoolcraft Community College in Livonia, Mich.

Henry averaged 19.7 points, 3.2 assists and 31 minutes per game last season and was a First Team All-Scenic West Athletic Conference selection.

In back-to-back games late last season, Henry scored a season-high 39 points in a double-overtime loss, 109-101, at Snow College, and then 37 points toward a 65-61 road win at North Idaho College.

For the season he shot 49.4 percent from the field, making 237 of 480 field goal attempts and hitting 34.9 percent from 3-point range. He converted 69.8 percent on free throws.

"In addition to his skills and the fact that he's a fit, we're excited that he will have three years of eligibility remaining," Cowboys head coach Steve McClain said in a release.

The Sporting News last season ranked Sherrell No. 4 on its list of the nation's best junior college shooting guards.

Sherrell averaged 19.6 points per game as his team built a 9-0 record. In the 10th game of the season, Sherrell broke the little toe in his right foot and had to sit out until late February. He ended the season averaging 13.7 points and 3.4 rebounds.

Schoolcraft won the 2003 Michigan State Community College Championship and advanced to the National Junior College Athletics Association National Tournament, where it beat Redlands Community College 67-60.

"Most recruiting services had Dion among the top five 'two' guards in the country," McClain said. "He got off to a great start this past season, then he broke his foot. He didn't play in 17 games, so his numbers were misleading."

Two early signees for the Cowboys were Jarrod Boswell (7-0, 265 pounds), a center from El Capitan High School in Lakeside, Calif., and Mikel Watson (6-1, 168 pounds), a point guard from El Camino High School in Oceanside, Calif.