Gilmore wrestlers place in regional competition
Lyman Gilmore’s wrestling team took third place at the Northern California Middle School Regionals at Elk Grove Saturday, as four area wrestlers were among the top finishers in their respective weight divisions.
Brandon Cantrell claimed the 153-pound championship, Matt Manuel won the 100-pound class and Drew Hoskins took first place at 83 pounds. Jake Cena earned third place at 95 pounds.
Lyman Gilmore will send nine wrestlers to the Tournament of Champions at Del Oro High School next weekend, including Cantrell, Cena, Hoskins and Manuel in addition to Robin Callas, Jordan Stillwaugh, Tucker Trathen, Patrick Beauchamp and Kyler Caldwell.
– The Union staff
Fiori wins MasterCard Classic
HUIXQUILUCAN, Mexico – Ed Fiori won the MasterCard Classic for his first Champions Tour title Sunday, beating Australia’s Graham Marsh with a par on the third hole of a playoff.
Fiori, seven strokes back after the second round, shot a 5-under 67 to match Marsh at 6-under 210 on the Bosque Real Country Club course. The 60-year-old Marsh closed with a 74.
Fiori, a four-time winner on the PGA Tour, earned $300,000 – taking home his biggest check ever.
“It’s the thrill of my life,” said Fiori, who was treated by doctors Saturday for high blood pressure.
Fiori said he had a heart attack just months ago on New Year’s Eve, and was unsure he would complete the MasterCard Classic after spending more than an hour in an ambulance on Saturday.
“They took good care of me,” he said of his doctors. “And the Lord looked after me.”
Marsh had a chance to win on the final hole of regulation, but his birdie try missed by inches. Both players bogeyed the first playoff hole – the 18th – and they had matching pars on the second – the 16th – before Fiori won on the par-4 17th.
Marsh attributed his second-place finish to his putting during regular play and a wild shot in the playoff.
“I didn’t loose in the playoff. I lost with the two three-putts,” Marsh said, referring to bogeys on the 16th and 17th holes. “I hit that pathetic wedge into the water hazard” at the 18th hole during the playoff.
South Africa’s Hugh Baiocchi shot a 74 to finish a stroke out of the playoff. Jim Ahern (73), Jack Sprandlin (72) and Jay Sigel (75) tied for fourth at 3 under.
Angels top Athletics
TEMPE, Ariz. – David Eckstein hit his first homer of the spring to lead a split squad of Anaheim Angels to a 5-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday.
Right-hander Bobby Jenks, who was clocked at 103 miles-per-hour this winter in Puerto Rico, allowed only one hit over three scoreless innings to pick up the win.
“Bobby is starting to show why everybody is getting excited about him,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “Everyone knows the tremendous arm he has. But I think you’re starting to see some command and his ability to change speeds. That’s what it’s going to take for him to become a big-league pitcher.”
Barry Wesson, Adam Kennedy and Jared Abruzzo each had two hits in the Angels’ 11-hit attack. Abruzzo drove in two runs.
Eric Byrnes and Adam Melhuse had two hits apiece for Oakland, which had seven hits.
Left-hander Barry Zito allowed four hits and two runs in two innings, including the lead-off homer to Eckstein.
– The Associated Press
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