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Speedway to celebrate anniversaryMagic City Speedway in Billings will celebrate this weekend’s 50th anniversary of dirt track racing in Montana with an Old-Timers barbeque and picnic before the races Saturday evening.

The barbeque is set for 5 p.m. at the speedway, which is located 2 miles past the Heights Kmart on the Shepherd highway.

Racing will begin at 7 p.m. with the Late Model, Modified, Super Stock and Street Stock classes in action.

For information, call the speedway hotline at 406-373-9303.Golfers sought for Rex ScratchThree-time champion Jeff Ballard of Billings will be back to defend his title at the sixth annual Rex Scratch Match golf tournament scheduled for Aug. 10-12 at Yellowstone Country Club.

Entries have already been sent to the top amateur players in Yellowstone County. Some spots remain in the 32-player field and additional entries will be accepted based on the lowest handicap index.

The entry deadline is July 31 and first-round pairings will be announced on Aug. 9.

There will be 32 players in the amateur division. Laurel Golf Club pro Tom Anderson will head the eight-golfer pro division.

The amateurs and pros will play separate brackets. The winners will meet in the 18-hole championship match on Aug. 12.

The entry fee is $125 and includes a cart, lunch and at least two rounds of competition.

The three-days of match-play competition has been held at The Briarwood the past five years.

For entry information contact the YCC pro shop at 656-1706.Blues split at Washington tourneyLACEY, Wash. — The Billings Blues softball team split a pair of games at the Cosies Invitational Thursday.

Tara Petersen pitched a two-hit shutout as Billings defeated the Elmira Falcons 2-0. Billings lost to the Washington Classics 4-1.Washington Classics 4, Billings Blues 1

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Washington — Kelli Johnson 0-4, Sarah Ripperger 1-3, Sierra Chaffee 0-4, Megan Kaas 1-4, Tara Alverson 0-2, Sonja Cadarere 0-2, Syd Robinson 0-0, Jamie Roth 1-1, Adrienne Moore 0-3, Sara Watson 0-1, Tara Peerenboom 0-1.

Billings — Faith Johnson 0-4, Amy Kuka 0-3, Jenny Whitman 0-3, Rachel Quarnburg 1-4, Amber Reese 0-3, Kelly Jackson 0-2, Bree Baracker 0-2, Shannon Raidiger 1-3, Rachel Durette 0-3. Doubles: Raidiger.Billings Blues 2, Elmira Falcons 0

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Tara Petersen & Shannon Raidiger; Kacey Sconce & Katie Garcia

Billings — Faith Johnson 2-3, Amy Kuka 0-3, Jenny Whitman 1-3, Rachel Quarnburg 2-4, Amber Reese 0-4, Kelly Jackson 0-3, Shannon Raidiger 0-3, Bree Baracker 1-3, Rachel Durette 1-3. Doubles: Baracker. RBIs: Baracker, Whitman.

Elmira — Lydia Foster 0-2, Robin McMahon 1-2, Alicia Cook 0-3, Kacey Sconce 0-3, Kim Kelsey 1-2, Katie Garcia 1-2, Amanda White 1-3, Chelsea Tiddall 0-3, Amber Dratt 1-2.Parker turns down job at L-C StateBOZEMAN — Bruce Parker, an associate athletic director at Montana State University, said he turned down an offer to become the athletic director at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho.

“(Lewis-Clark State) is a great program with winning coaches and an administration that cares,” Parker said. “It was two great opportunities and I chose to stay (at MSU).”

Parker interviewed at Lewis-Clark State last Thursday and was offered the job shortly thereafter. He told Lewis-Clark of his intentions to stay at MSU Monday morning after “agonizing over the decision” through the weekend.

He said part of the reason he stayed is that his wife Lisa couldn’t find a teaching job.

Parker, who spent 11 years as assistant athletic director for corporate partnership and special events before being promoted to the associate athletic director for external affairs, said he sees a “bright future” for MSU athletics.Shelby student wins scholarshipGREAT FALLS — Ryan Davis of Shelby is one of 25 student-athletes to win a $7,500 Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache Award.

The award, sponsored by the Milk Mustache Campaign and USA Today, recognizes college-bound students for athletic excellence, academic performance, leadership skills and community service.

Davis was one of over 9,000 applicants and was selected by celebrity judges Cal Ripken Jr., Pete Sampras, Mia Hamm, Tony Hawk and Kurt Wagner, and other milk mustache models.

Davis and the other winners will appear in milk mustache advertisements scheduled to appear in Sports Illustrated and ESPN Magazine. Davis appeared in a similar ad in the June 22 edition of USA Today.

The winners were honored during an awards ceremony at Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex at Orlando, Fla.MSU’s Gibson 2nd at national meetBOZEMAN — Montana State track and field athlete Jonathan Gibson finished second in the steeplechase at the 2001 United States National Junior Invitational Track and Field Championships.

The native of Woodinville, Wash., closed a personal best of 9 minutes, 19.25 seconds at the meet June 17 in Richmond, Va.

By finishing second, Gibson will represent the United States in dual meets against Great Britain on Aug. 15 and Scotland on Aug. 18, at Stoke-on-Trent, England.

Gibson finished seventh in the steeplechase at the 2001 Big Sky Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships this spring with a time of 9:34.35.Hawley joins UM marketing staffMISSOULA — Dan Hawley, assistant director of marketing at the University of Wyoming, is the new director of marketing at the University of Montana, UM athletic director Wayne Hogan announced.

Hawley will be responsible for the development and production of promotional themes to enhance interest and awareness of UM’s athletic teams, oversee the logistics for radio, television and print advertising for all athletic events and coordinate game-day events.Nies named Green River coachGREEN RIVER, Wyo. — Green River High School on Monday named Paul Nies as its third head football coach in the last three years.

Nies, 42, was defensive coordinator at Garden City, Kan., last season.

He played football at Augsburg College in Minnesota and has been coaching the sport since 1980, mostly in Texas.

Nies, who has four years of head coaching experience, replaces Scott Reekie, who resigned after one season.

Green River was 1-7 last year.

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