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Saturday, May 3, 2003

Bulls drop Gold Cup opener SAULT SAINT MARIE, Mich. — Ryan Webb came up with the winning goal as the Pittsburgh Forge worked overtime Friday afternoon in beating the Billings Bulls 3-2 in a semifinal game at the Gold Cup national junior hockey tournament.

Webb tallied the game-winner 4:55 into overtime.

The Bulls, who won the America West Hockey League regular-season title, will play Bismarck for third place today at 3 p.m. Mountain. Pittsburgh will play Soo for the championship at 6 p.m.

Soo defeated Bismarck 2-1 in three overtimes in Friday's other game.

Steve Canter and Andrew Stearns scored goals for Billings.

Pittsburgh, champions of the North America Hockey League, outshot Billings 38-15 overall and 20-4 in the second period.

Billings goalie Treye Kettwick recorded 35 saves in nearly 65 minutes of play.

"It was a good effort," said Derek Eisler, who is an assistant with the Bulls. "We're proud of the young men and where they've gone this year. As a coaching staff, all you can ask for is a chance to win the Gold Cup. We got our chance."

Box score in Scoreboard, Page 9C.

Daniel out as DSU men's coach DICKINSON, N.D. — Tim Daniel has been removed as the men's basketball coach at Dickinson State University after 11 seasons.

Daniel will remain part of the DSU athletic staff. He will continue his current position as men's and women's golf coach, and will add assistant men's and women's track coach to his duties. Daniel will also retain his position as assistant professor in the Department of Health and Physical Education.

In his 11 seasons, Daniel compiled a 151-153 record and twice guided the Blue Hawks to the NAIA men's national tournament. DSU was 11-18 this past season.

"We are very appreciative of the years of service coach Daniel has given to Dickinson State during his 11-year tenure," DSU athletic director Roger Ternes said in a statement. "Given his past experience we also look forward to his additional involvement in the Blue Hawk track and field program.

"At this time the move is in the best interest of our intercollegiate athletics program."

Ternes said a search for a new men's basketball coach will begin immediately.

Jacket softball drops 2 COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Montana State-Billings dropped a pair of Pacific West Conference softball games to fifth-ranked Western New Mexico Friday, losing 6-5 in the opener and 8-0 in the second game.

The Lady Yellowjackets, who had won 12 of their last 15 games, fell to 6-12 in PacWest play and 15-18 overall. The Lady Mustangs, who have already clinched the conference title, improved to 16-2 and 50-8.

MSU-B, trailing by four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, rallied for three runs with a three-run blast by Christy Wankel, making the score 6-5. The home run was the third of the season for Wankel. WNMU pitcher Angela Slaugh improved to 28-4 with the win.

In the second game, Tiffany Mondhink pitched a no-hitter for her 22nd win of the season.

The teams play again today at 10 a.m. and noon.

Munsinger to join MWBA shrine Sharon Munsinger of Dodson will be inducted into the Montana Women's Bowling Association Hall of Fame tonight at an awards ceremony in Billings.

Dodson, who is vice president of the MWBA, will go into the Hall of Fame for meritorious service.

The induction ceremony will take place at the Holiday Inn Grand Montana. Billings is currently playing host to the 73rd annual state women's bowling tournament.

Cleo Lowther and Jeanette Strausburg of Billings will receive special recognition awards from the MWBA. Lowther and Strausburg have offered their auditing services to the state association for several years, said state secretary Marian Campbell.

This will be the fourth weekend of state competition at Fireside Lanes and Sunset Bowl.

Among the bowlers this weekend will be Peggy Cloninger of Helena, who is the MWBA Hall of Fame for superior performance. Also competing will be Arlene Ayers of Fort Benton, who won the MWBA's Montana Woman Bowler of the Year award in 2001.

Ferries honored by PLU TACOMA, Wash. — Billings West graduate Jenny Ferries has been named the 2003 Woman of the Year in Sports at Pacific Lutheran University.

Ferries, a senior infielder on the PLU softball team, has helped PLU to a 30-1 record this season and the current No. 1 ranking in NCAA Division III softball. The Lutes recently won their fifth straight Northwest Conference championship and fifth straight berth to the Division III national tournament.

Ferries is a two-time all-Northwest Conference selection. This season, Ferries has .392 batting average with four home runs and 29 RBIs.

Regional play in the Division III national tournament begins May 9.

Old Works to host ESPN tourney ANACONDA — The Old Works Golf Course is the only Montana qualifying site for the ESPN National Golf Challenge, an annual competition for amateur players.

Players wishing to qualify at Old Works can do so any weekday in May except May 29. Sunday, May 11 and Sunday, May 25 also will be available for qualifying, said course manager Steve Wickliffe.

"The format for the event is four-ball stroke play, commonly know as best ball of twosome, with teams not having combined handicaps of more than 27 strokes," Wickliffe said.

The ESPN National Golf Challenge will benefit the V Foundation for cancer research, established in memory of North Carolina State's legendary basketball coach at Jimmy Valvano, who died from complications relating to cancer.

Qualifiers will be held at approximately 120 golf courses across the country, leading to the national finals at Lost Canyons Golf Club at Simi Valley, Calif., in July.

The entry fee — a donation to the charity — will be $75 per player, while Old Works will be offering a $5 discount off their regular price greens fee for anyone wishing to qualify.

Volunteers needed for AA Divisional Volunteers are needed for the Eastern AA Divisional track and field meet scheduled for May 16-17 at Metra Park.

The meet begins at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 16 and at noon on Saturday, May 17. Interested persons should contact Diane at the School District 2 activities office at 247-3762.