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Alumni Notebook: Moving on up

Alexander Rossi announced today that he will drive for Eurointernational in the 2008 Formula BMW Americas Championship, pairing the series’ top-returning American driver with the most successful team in series history.

Rossi, 16, of Nevada City, finished third overall in the 2007 Formula BMW USA Championship (now renamed Formula BMW Americas). He won three of last season’s final six races; San Jose round 9, Road America round 11, and Mosport round 13, to become the series top-finishing American driver. Catching the attention of owner Antonio Ferrari, Rossi drove for Eurointernational in the 2007 Formula BMW World Final laying the foundation for what is expected to be one of the strongest driver-team pairings of the 2008 season.

“Driving for Eurointernational is a great opportunity and a privilege given their credentials,” said Alexander Rossi in a press release. “Formula BMW is a very competitive series and I am proud to have finished third overall in my rookie season. I know Eurointernational is the team to help me become the first American to win the Formula BMW Americas Championship. I know what is expected of me and the team. We are now aligned to get the job done. I raced at Montreal, Lime Rock and Road America last season and have turned quite a few laps at Laguna Seca in a Skip Barber formula car. I have confidence going into 2008 at these four circuits. I am thrilled and thankful this agreement has been reached. Without the effort of Antonio Ferrari and my sponsors, it would not have been possible”



A special group of hometown partners support Alexander Rossi and Team Rossi Motorsports including; The Larkin Cottage, Meyers Investment Group, Emagine Design, Seghezzi Enterprises, Robinson Enterprises, John Deere Credit, BP Landscapes, Villagio Di Vigneto, Grass Valley Sign, Sierra Foothills Construction, Specialized Travel, Alaska Coffee Roasting, G. Russell Enterprises, McSweeney and Associates, and The Union.

“Signing Alexander has been one of my top priorities since last season,” said Antonio Ferrari, owner of Eurointernational in the same press release.




On the Web: http://www.alexanderrossi.com.

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Sauer injured, scratched

Cal State Fullerton junior heavyweight Wade Sauer has been scratched from this weekend’s Pac-10 Wrestling Championships at Eugene, Oregon, due to a neck injury suffered Feb. 17 in a match at Northern Colorado.

Sauer is ranked No. 1 in the Pac-10 and No. 5 in the nation. He placed sixth at the 2007 NCAA Championships. He had a 27-3 record including a 17-0 mark in dual matches until he had to default at the end of the first period to Reece Hopkin of Northern Colorado in the final match of the regular season.

Kurt Klimek, a sophomore from Oceanside and Carlsbad High School, will replace Sauer in Oregon. Klimek has a 12-4 record but is only 1-0 in dual matches.

– Mel Franks, Cal State Fullerton

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Here’s a look at how some athletes with local ties fared recently at the college and pro level:

Baseball

Steve Sitter (Bear River ’06); Yuba Community College – On Thursday, Sitter pitched one inning of relief, retiring all three batters he faced on seven pitches as Yuba won the first league game of the season, defeating Los Medanos College 13-8.

On Saturday, he pitched the final two innings, giving up three hits, no runs, with one strikeout and one walk to earn the save as the 49ers beat Contra Costa 8-5.

Golf

Erik Flores (Nevada Union, ’05); University of California, Los Angeles – On Feb. 26, Flores won his first collegiate title at the Cal State Baskersfield Invitational.

Flores birdied the 54th hole to win by one stroke.

Christina Stockton (Forest Lake Christian, ’06); The University of San Francisco – Stockton shot a one-over 73 in the final 18 holes of the 2008 Kitahara Fresno State Invitational.

Her team secured fourth place in the 36-hole event at Copper River Country Club.

Swimming

Kellyn Loehr (Bear River, ’04); University of the Pacific – Loehr took fourth place in the 100 breastroke at the 2008 Big West conference championships.

Her time of 1:04.04 was almost four seconds behind the leader.

Women’s Basketball

Meaghan Noud (Bear River, ’03); University of California, San Diego – Noud scored 15 points as UC San Diego beat San Francisco State 63-47 Friday night.

The Tritons look toward the California Collegiate Athletic Association tournament now, which pairs them with the Gators again this Tuesday.

Taylor Kilgore (Forest Lake Christian, ’06); California State, Humboldt – Kilgore finished with three points as the Lumberjacks beat Cal Poly Pomona 55-51 Friday night.

Rachel Harter (Bear River, ’07) Corban College, Salem, Ore. – On Feb. 23, Harter grabbed five rebounds as her team lost to Oregon Tech 60-55

Wrestling

Drew Maraglia (Nevada Union, ’05); The University of California, Davis – Maraglia is entering the Pac-10 Championships this week for 157-pounders.

It’s the first the championships for the sophomore, who enters unranked after 11 wins this year.

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Have we missed anyone? If you know of a college/professional athlete with local ties, please contact Brian Hamilton via e-mail at bhamilton@theunion.com or by phone at 477-4240.


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