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Here’s a look at how some college/amature athletes with local ties fared recently:

MARATHON



Corey Creasey (Nevada Union, ’97; University of California-Berkeley, ’02); Transports adidas Running Club – Creasey bettered his personal best in the marathon by more than three minutes at the 2004 U.S. Olympics Men’s Marathon Team Trials in Birmingham, Ala. Saturday, but it wasn’t enough to make the three-man team.




Creasey, who posted a time of two hours, 17 minutes and 58 seconds in only his second full marathon, took 17th.

TRACK & FIELD

Paul Litchfield (Bear River, ’99); Idaho State University (Pocatello) – The senior pole vaulter posted a season-best height of 17 feet, 6 1/2 inches at the ISU/Weber State University (Ogden, Utah) Dual Meet in Pocatello Jan. 30 to be named the Big Sky Conference’s Co-Field Athlete of the Week for Jan. 26-30.

Litchfield, who shares the award with Montana State University’s (Bozeman) Blake Jackson, holds the school’s pole vault record at 18-0 1/2.

Matt Tyrrell (BR, ’01); Idaho State University (Pocatello) – The junior long distance runner posted a time of 8:56.48 to take fifth in the men’s 3,000 meter run at the Mountain States Games in Pocatello, Idaho Saturday.

Sarah Prout (NU, ’03); University of Nevada-Reno – The freshman hurdler/multi event athlete took third in the 55-meter hurdles, (8.52), 10th in the long jump (15-11 3/4) and 18th in the shot put (30-04 3/4) in the Silver State Invitational Saturday. UNR won the team event.

James Litchfield (BR, ’03); Idaho State University (Pocatello) – The freshman pole vaulter posted a height of 13-7 to finish tied for 15th in the Mountain States Games in Pocatello, Idaho Saturday.

FOOTBALL

Jefferson Heidelberger (NU, ’01); The University of Montana (Mizzoula) – The junior wide receiver/return specialist was among 32 University of Montana athletes to be named to the Big Sky Conference’s All-Academic team.

Athletes had to participate in at least half of the team’s competitions, carry a 3.2 G.P.A. and complete at least one academic term at their current academic institution to be eligible.

BASEBALL

Gary Daley (NU, ’03); California State Polytechnic University-San Luis Obispo –

The freshman pitcher gave up two hits and fanned three in an 1 1/3 inning’s work in the Mustang’s 13-3 win over Westmont College (Santa Barbara) Tuesday.

Justin Deme’ (NU, ’03); CSU-Sacramento – The freshman pitcher walked two and gave up three hits in 2 1/3 inning’s work in the Hornets’ 11-2 loss to CSU-San Diego Feb. 1.

Kevin Holt (Forest Lake Christian, ’01); The Master’s College (Santa Clarita) – The junior pitcher allowed six runs on eight hits in a 12-5 loss to Claremont College Tuesday.

Holt, who struck out two, got the loss.

BASKETBALL

Women’s

Kassidy Johnson (NU, ’99); CSU-Chico – The senior guard went 5-5 from the field and 3-3 from the charity stripe to finish with 13 points in an 80-71 win over CSU-Dominguez Hills (Carson) Friday.

Johnson also had three rebounds, three assists, two steals and blocked a shot.

Nicole Scott (BR, ’03); Sierra College (Rocklin) – The freshman forward tallied 14 points and hauled down 12 rebounds in a 112-51 win over Yuba College (Marysville) Tuesday.

Briana Thomas (Bear River, ’02); The Air Force Academy (Colorado Springs, Colo.) – The sophomore forward totaled seven points and three rebounds in a 69-37 loss to the University of Wyoming (Laramie) Thursday.

Tami Swanson-Cades (NU, ’99); California State Polytechnic University-Pomona – The senior guard had five rebounds, two assists and a steal in an 85-43 win over CSU-Stanislaus (Turlock) Friday.

Men’s

Jon Sheets (NU, ’03); Yuba College (Marysville) – The freshman point guard tallied a team-best 16 points, including a game-high four 3-pointers, in a 74-71 loss to Sacramento City College Friday.

Tony Parilo (NU, ’02); American River College (Sacramento) – The freshman forward finished with 13 points in an 84-56 win over Consumnes River Colllege (Sacramento) Friday.

GYMNASTICS

Tiffany Chan (NU, ’01), Mei-Ling Clark (NU, ’02), Julia Richards (NU, ’03); University of California-Davis – Chan, a junior, posted a third-place finishes in both the vault (9.675) and balance beam (9.750) as the Aggies took third in a triangular meet with the University of Alaska-Anchorage and host Seattle-Pacific University Saturday.

Clark, a sophomore, took fifth in the floor exercise (9.700). Richards, a freshman, had a 9.575 in the vault.

SOFTBALL

Michelle Mathis (BR, ’03); St. Mary’s University (Moraga) – The freshman second baseman/shortstop went 0-1 in a 2-1 win over the University of Alabama-Birmingham at the Hawaii Paradise Classic in Honolulu Saturday.

VOLLEYBALL

Kevin Keyser (NU, ’00); University of California-San Diego – The senior middle hitter finished with 10 kills and an ace in a 3-1 loss to defending national champion Lewis University (Ill.) at the Penn State Invitational in University Park, Pa. Friday.

WRESTLING

Paul Gross (NU, ’99); Stanford University (Palo Alto) – The senior 133-pounder scored a 7-3 decision over Oregon State University’s (Corvalis) Tim Norman to help lead the Cardinal to its first in over the Beavers Saturday, 18-17.

If you know of a college/professional athlete with local ties, please contact sports reporter

Keith Jiron at 477-4244, or online at keithj@theunion.com


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