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Legion tourney down to final four

Three games slated to hit Ted White Field at Nevada Union High School today will decide which area teams play for the American Legion Senior Tournament Championship.

Grass Valley No. 1 and Roseville will square off at 10 a.m. in the winner’s bracket final. The victor in that matchup heads to Friday’s championship. The loser will fall into the consolation bracket.

At 1:30 p.m., Bear River and El Dorado meet in the consolation bracket semifinal. The winner will meet the loser of the Grass Valley-Roseville game in the consolation bracket final at 5 p.m. today. The loser will be eliminated from tourney play.

In Wednesday’s action, Roseville defeated Bear River 7-4 in the first game of the day. El Dorado then eliminated Grass Valley No. 2 by a 7-6 count. In the final matchup of the day, Bear River bounced back from its defeat earlier in the day to down Auburn by an 11-1 score.

Friday’s championship is slated to start at 1:30 p.m. If the winner’s bracket finalist loses to the consolation bracket winner, the two teams will meet again at 5 p.m.

River Cats to host Operation Backpack collection event

Sacramento River Cats players will be accepting donations of new backpacks at Raley Field (400 Ballpark Drive, West Sacramento) prior to the start of their game against the Salt Lake Bees Saturday, July 21, on behalf of Volunteers of America’s Operation Backpack.

The gates open at 6 p.m. for the 7 p.m. game. Sacramento River Cats volunteers will continue to accept donations of backpacks, as well as financial contributions, during the game on the Raley Field concourse.

Now in its third year, Operation Backpack is Volunteers of America’s annual community campaign to provide new backpacks and school supplies to homeless and disadvantaged youth in the Greater Sacramento area.

A complete list of drop-off locations, school-supply lists, as well as information on how individuals, groups and businesses may participate in Operation Backpack 2007, also can be found at

Free admission to Reno-Tahoe for military

For active members of the United States Armed Forces, the Reno-Tahoe Open, the West Coast’s only summer PGA TOUR stop, is extending free admission to catch all the tournament action at Montrêux Golf & Country Club July 30 to Aug. 5.

Active members of the military and their dependents simply present a current military identification card at the tournament’s ticket office to receive a Good Any Day pass for admission the 2007 Reno-Tahoe Open.

The 9th annual Reno-Tahoe Open at Montrêux Golf and Country Club is part of the FedEx Cup schedule, a new competition series for PGA Tour professionals as a regular full-field stop on the PGA Tour.

For more information on the 2007 Reno-Tahoe Open, log on to or call the tournament office at 775-322-3900.

– The Union staff

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