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Thursday, May 29, 2003

Scarlets take 2 from Dodgers LAUREL — The Billings Scarlets played aggressive baseball in winning the second game of a doubleheader 3-2 against the Laurel Dodgers in AA Legion baseball at Thompson Park Wednesday.

The Scarlets drag bunted a couple guys to third with two outs in the second and seventh and scored both times on a passed ball. In the fourth inning, the Scarlets used a squeeze play to score. Scarlets coach Cory Hansen tipped his hat to Laurel pitcher Nolan Gallagher, who only gave up one hit.

"He wasn't going to be touched, we had to manufacture tonight," said Hansen.

In the first game, the Scarlets Joe Reidelbach and Rusty Gilmore homered for a 6-2 win. Reidelbach hit a two-run homer in the fifth and Gilmore hit a solo shot in the sixth. Billings' Cole Pryor laced a two-run double.

Chris Smith hit a solo homer for Laurel in the first game and Brent Evans hit a two-run homer in the second game.

The Scarlets next game is against the Billings Royals Friday at 7 p.m. at Cobb Field.

One Open slot available to Coleman LITTLETON, Colo. — Jim Bob Coleman, an assistant pro at The Briarwood, will be one of 29 golfers competing Monday at Columbine Country Club for one spot in next month's U.S. Open.

Coleman, 29, advanced to the 36-hole sectional tournament after winning a local qualifier May 15 at Old Works Golf Course in Anaconda. He must win the sectional competition to advance to the 103rd U.S. Open, which is scheduled for June 12-15 at Olympia Fields Country Club in Illinois.

The field in Littleton will include Gary Hallberg, who has played in nine U.S. Opens, but none since 1999. He was the first four-time collegiate All-American, playing at Wake Forest.

Earl Svenningsen, 57, of Golden, Colo., is the oldest golfer attempting to qualify at any of the 13 sectionals. If he makes it to Olympia Fields, he will be the second oldest in the field. He's about two months younger than Hale Irwin.

John Hayes, 21, is a member at Columbine Country Club. He figures he has played the golf course about 1,000 times since age 5, with a best score of 66.

Brian Guetz and Bret Guetz are brothers, who grew up playing at Columbine Country Club. Both are now professionals with Brian, 28, living in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Bret, 24, living in Littleton. Both have played at Columbine for nearly 20 years.

Coleman is a former Idaho state prep golf champion from Priest River. He is also the former men's and women's golf coach at Lewis-Clark State in Lewiston, Idaho.

MSU-B tennis signs 2 Jeremy Heninger of Havre and Stevensville's Kevin Koepplin have signed NCAA letters of intent to play for the Montana State-Billings tennis team next season.

Heninger teamed last weekend with Daine Solomon to win the Class A state doubles title. Koepplin reached the second round of the consolation round in singles.

MSU-B competes in the Pacific West Conference, an NCAA Division II conference that has produced the last two national champions for both men's and women's tennis.

MSU track adds 6 athletes BOZEMAN — Four prep stars in Montana track and field and two out-of-state standouts have signed national letters of intent to join the Montana State track and field squad next year.

The Montana prospects are Caleb Ambrose of Kalispell, Steve Heberly of Havre, Julie Ho from Baker, and Justin Schwartzenberger from Butte.

The out-of-staters are Lori Anderson of Everett, Wash., and Rachel Estacion of Rapid City, S.D.

Ambrose is the state champion in both the 3,200 and 1,600 meter runs, and his 9:36 in the 3,200 is the best time in the state.

Heberly won Class A state titles in the 100, 200 and 400. He won three straight 100- and 200-meter titles, set an all-class record in the 100, and has anchored two state championship 400-meter relay teams.

Ho comes to MSU as a sprinter and hurdler. She won the state Class B 300-meter hurdles this year and finished second as a junior.

Schwartzenberger, a hurdler from Butte, won the state Class AA 300 hurdles championship last weekend, and was third in the 110 hurdles. He finished second in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles as a junior.

MCC baseball adds 6 recruits The Miles Community College baseball program has received commitments from six Montana recruits for the 2003-04 academic year.

Steven Falcon plays shortstop for the Glasgow Reds Legion program and led the team in doubles as a junior with 22. He also knocked in 63 runs, recorded 66 hits and compiled a .402 batting average.

Evan Krause, from Sidney, has been selected to this summer's Montana American Legion all-star team. Krause led the Richland Patriots with eight home runs.

Doug Longfellow, a shortstop and center fielder for the Lewistown Redbirds, led his team in batting average (.405), doubles (19), triples (9), RBIs (60) and runs scored (62) as a junior. Longfellow also earned a 10-1 record on the mound with an ERA of 1.92.

Cody Becker, of Florence, hit .340 as a junior while earning a 5-1 record on the mound for the Bitterroot Bucs Legion program.

Noxon's Nathan Herbig is a pitcher and shortstop for the Libby Loggers Legion program, while Dustin Berg is a catcher for the Kalispell Lakers.

Shepherd's Treptow to play at DSU DICKINSON, N.D. — Dustin Treptow of Shepherd has signed a letter of intent to join the football program at Dickinson State.

The 6-foot-5, 295-pound Treptow was a three-year letterwinner in football and wrestling at Shepherd. He has been selected to play in the Class B football all-star game to be held June 6 in Billings. Treptow plans to major in business at DSU.

Lorenz wins Gatorade award CHICAGO, Ill. — Chelsey Lorenz of Flathead High School in Kalispell has been awarded the Gatorade Montana High School Softball Player of the Year award.

Lorenz guided Flathead to the State AA championship this past weekend. During the regular season, Lorenz threw four no-hitters, including one perfect game.

Lorenz joins recent Montana High School Girls Softball Players of the Year Rachel Quarnburg (2002, Billings Senior), Maron Buck (2001, Missoula Sentinel) and Lindsey Graham (2000, Great Falls Russell) in the Gatorade Circle of Champions.