HILLSDALE DAILY NEWS
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Garcia one up on Tiger Noce resigns as Chargers coach at Players Championship Hillsdale College
By Doug Ferguson The Associated Press
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Sergio Garcia had one of those stretches where it felt like every putt was going to drop. He needed every one of them Friday for a 7-under 65 to match his best score on the TPC Sawgrass and take a one-shot lead over Tiger Woods at The Players Championship. Next up is Woods and Garcia in the ﬁnal group on the weekend, which is sure to add even attention to the stage that is Sawgrass. Garcia didn’t miss a fairway and putted for birdie on every hole on the back nine and wasn’t gaining any ground. That changed on the front nine when he made seven straight putts — ﬁve of them from about 15 feet or longer — to race by Woods and into the lead. “When you start going like that, obviously it feels great,” said Garcia, who was at 11-under 133. “Everything seems kind of clearer in your head. You seem to see the break. You seem to feel like everything is a little bit easier, a little bit smoother, and you hit the putt and it manages to go in. “If it was easy, we would have plenty of those, but it’s not,” he said. “Enjoy them while you have them.” Woods looks like he’s having a good time on the course that has vexed him more than any other on the PGA Tour, and he could be the greater threat on the weekend. Already a three-time winner this year on tour, Woods has rarely put himself in trouble and had his second straight 67. Woods was at 134, his best 36-hole total by six shots at this tournament, including the year he won. He tied for the lead with
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an estimated 460 feet — according to a Tigers' spokesman, who cited ESPN Stats and Info. The Indians answered with a run in the fourth when
Tiger Woods pumps his fist as his ball goes in the cup for birdie on the ninth hole during the second round of The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass on Friday. Woods shot 5-under-par for the round, for a two-day score of 10-under par. JOHN RAOUX/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
a 5-wood into 20 feet for eagle on the par-5 second hole, and then took the lead alone with a short birdie on the fourth. But it didn’t last long. Garcia, playing in the group ahead of him, ran off ﬁve straight birdies, ﬁnishing that stretch with a 20-foot putt on No. 5 and a 25-footer on No. 6. Woods and Garcia have played together on big stages — Bethpage Black, Royal Liverpool — with a big edge for Woods. They ﬁrst were linked when the Spaniard was 19 and gave Woods all he could handle at Medinah in the 1999 PGA Championship. They were paired in the ﬁnal round of the 2002 U.S. Open and 2006 British Open, both won by Woods. Asked about the possibility of playing with Woods on Saturday, Garcia said he wouldn’t see it as anything but another round of golf. “I don’t have to measure myself against anybody,” Garcia said. “I know what I want to try to do, and any given day I can shoot a round like this and any
other day he can shoot a good round and beat me. Like we always say, it’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon. So there are going to be good days and not so good days, so just got to enjoy the good ones as much as possible.” Woods again handled the par 5s and now has played them in 8-under for the week, including his eagle. What impressed him more was his overall game. He was asked if there was any part of his game that made him unhappy. “No, I’m pretty pleased with where it’s at right now,” Woods replied. The reporter looked at him, waiting for more. Woods looked back and ﬁnally added with a grin, “Did I answer that?” With the tournament only halfway over, this is far more than a duel between Woods and Garcia. The 18 players within ﬁve shots of the lead include three current major champions — Adam Scott, Webb Simpson and Rory McIlroy — along with Lee Westwood, Henrik Stenson, Steve Stricker,
Hunter Mahan and Zach Johnson. Westwood chipped in from 100 feet for eagle on the 11th hole and was atop the leaderboard until making pars on his last eight holes. He had a 66 and was two shots behind, along with Kevin Chappell (66) and Stenson, who had two eagles on the front nine in his round of 67. Ryan Palmer, who learned Thursday night that one of his best friends died in a car accident in San Antonio, had two eagles in a round of 69 and was three shots behind. Defending champion Matt Kuchar birdied three of his last four holes for a 66 and was at 7-under 137, along with Scott, Mahan and Johnson. McIlroy was coming off back-to-back bogeys when he chose to go for the green in two at the par-5 ninth — he had planned to lay up each day. He hit the trees and got into a mess, and McIlroy made his third straight bogey. He rallied on the back for a 72 and was in the group at 6-under 138.
Nick Swisher tripled and scored on Carlos Santana's groundout. Detroit broke the game open in the bottom half. With one out, Infante hit his second double of the game and took third on Austin Jackson's single. After Hunter struck out,
Cabrera hit his seventh homer of the year. The defending Triple Crown Winner has 40 RBIs in 33 games in 2013. Avila had three RBIs on Friday — his ﬁfth-inning single scored Peralta to make it 8-2. Scherzer's previous start
was Detroit's 17-2 victory over Houston last weekend. He received plenty of support this time, too, and he retired eight in a row after Swisher's triple. Cleveland, which entered the day with a major league-leading 49 homers, didn't hit any Friday.
earned the win, striking out seven. The Rams visit Burr Oak on Tuesday.
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with a hit, a RBI and a run. Culbert allowed three hits and struck out six for the pitching win.
North AdamsJerome at ClimaxScotts (DH) A long road trip west resulted in 13-5 and 15-11 victories for the North Adams-Jerome High School softball team Friday. Cheyenne Monahan went 3-for-5 with a grand slam home run and four RBIs to lead the Rams in the ﬁrst game. Becca Tittler had a three-RBI triple, while Alyssa Davis went 2-for-5 at the plate. Reagan Rhoades ﬁnished 1-for-3 in the game. Davis struck out three and walked ﬁve for the win in the circle. Desiree Morrison went 4-for-5 at the plate with six RBIs to lead North Adams (9-7, 7-3 SCAA) in the nightcap. Kayla Blevins was 3-for-4, while Rhoades was 2-for-2 with three RBIs. Cheyanne Jermeay ﬁnished 1-for-2 with two RBIs. Davis pitched six innings in relief and
Tekonsha at Waldron (DH) The Waldron High School softball team settled for a split of Friday's SCAA doubleheader with the Tekonsha Indians. The Spartans won the opener 5-4 before dropping the second game 10-7. Lindsey Lockwood had two hits and three runs scored to lead Waldron (57) in the ﬁrst game. Bailey Lawson and Caitlyn Leach both added two hits and a run, while Shelby Fellabaum had the game-winning RBI. Alexis Birdsell, Autumn Bailey, Kilie Sheffer and Kylie Spencer each added a hit. Daneel Dixon earned the pitching win, striking out seven. Lockwood had two hits and three runs scored to lead the Spartans in the second game, while Fellabaum had two hits and two runs. Lawson ﬁnished with two hits and a run scored, while Sheffer added a hit and a run. Leach and Bailey both collected a hit.
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HILLSDALE — For the ﬁrst time in two decades, the Hillsdale College baseball team is searching for a new head man in the dugout. Paul Noce has stepped down from his position as the head Noce coach of the Chargers, the school announced Friday. He had been the longest-tenured current head coach of the Chargers at the time of his departure. Hillsdale College Athletic Director Don Brubacher said a search for a new coach would begin immediately, and thanked Noce for his many years of service. "In his 20 years at the college, Paul led his
program with dignity and the highest degree of character," Brubacher said. Noce took over the baseball program prior to the start of the 1994 season. In his career, Noce had an overall record of 349548-1, easily making him the winningest coach in Charger baseball history. He led Hillsdale to the 2003 GLIAC Tournament, and in 2013, took the program to its ﬁrst 20-win season since 2005. Noce concluded his coaching tenure with the Chargers on a four-game winning streak. Prior to his appointment at Hillsdale, Noce served as a roving instructor in the Pittsburgh Pirates' minor league system. He played professional baseball for the San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, and the Cincinnati Reds, including in when the Reds won the World Series.
SCOREBOARD MLB American League EAST DIVISION TEAM W L PCT. New York 21 13 .618 Baltimore 22 14 .611 Boston 22 14 .611 Tampa Bay 17 18 .486 Toronto 13 24 .351
GB — — — 4½ 9½
WCGB — — — 4½ 9½
L10 6-4 7-3 4-6 5-5 3-7
STR W-3 W-1 W-1 W-3 L-3
HOME 12-7 9-6 13-8 11-6 7-12
AWAY 9-6 13-8 9-6 6-12 6-12
CENTRAL DIVISION TEAM W L PCT. Detroit 20 13 .606 Kansas City 18 14 .563 Cleveland 18 15 .545 Minnesota 16 16 .500 Chicago 14 19 .424
GB — 1½ 2 3½ 6
WCGB — 2 2½ 4 6½
L10 7-3 5-5 8-2 5-5 4-6
STR W-1 L-1 L-1 L-1 L-1
HOME 11-4 10-6 10-7 7-7 7-8
AWAY 9-9 8-8 8-8 9-9 7-11
WEST DIVISION TEAM W L PCT. Texas 22 13 .629 Oakland 18 18 .500 Seattle 16 19 .457 Los Angeles 13 22 .371 Houston 10 26 .278
GB — 4½ 6 9 12½
WCGB — 4 5½ 8½ 12
L10 6-4 4-6 7-3 4-6 2-8
STR W-2 L-4 W-1 W-2 L-2
HOME 11-4 9-8 9-8 7-9 6-14
AWAY 11-9 9-10 7-11 6-13 4-12
TODAY’S GAMES (All times EDT) Toronto (Buehrle 1-2) at Boston (Buchholz 6-0), 1:35 p.m. San Diego (B.Smith 0-0) at Tampa Bay (Hellickson 1-2), 6:10 p.m. Cleveland (U.Jimenez 2-2) at Detroit (Verlander 4-2), 7:08 p.m. Baltimore (S.Johnson 0-0) at Minnesota (Worley 0-4), 7:10 p.m. L.A. Angels (Williams 1-1) at Chicago White Sox (Quintana 2-0), 7:10 p.m. N.Y. Yankees (Pettitte 3-2) at Kansas City (Shields 2-2), 7:10 p.m. Texas (Darvish 5-1) at Houston (Bedard 0-2), 7:10 p.m. Oakland (Parker 1-5) at Seattle (Maurer 2-4), 9:10 p.m. FRIDAY’S GAMES Detroit 10, Cleveland 4 Tampa Bay 6, San Diego 3 Boston 5, Toronto 0 Baltimore 9, Minnesota 6, 10 innings L.A. Angels 7, Chicago White Sox 5 N.Y. Yankees 11, Kansas City 6 Texas 4, Houston 2 Oakland at Seattle, late
SUNDAY’S GAMES (All times EDT) Cleveland at Detroit, 1:08 p.m. Toronto at Boston, 1:35 p.m. San Diego at Tampa Bay, 1:40 p.m. Baltimore at Minnesota, 2:10 p.m. N.Y. Yankees at Kansas City, 2:10 p.m. Texas at Houston, 2:10 p.m. Oakland at Seattle, 4:10 p.m. L.A. Angels at Chi. White Sox, 8:05 p.m.
National League EAST DIVISION TEAM W L PCT. Atlanta 21 13 .618 Washington 20 15 .571 Philadelphia 16 20 .444 New York 14 18 .438 Miami 10 25 .286
GB — 1½ 6 6 11½
WCGB — — 4½ 4½ 10
L10 6-4 7-3 4-6 4-6 4-6
STR W-2 W-5 L-2 L-1 L-3
HOME 9-5 12-7 8-10 9-10 5-11
AWAY 12-8 8-8 8-10 5-8 5-14
CENTRAL DIVISION TEAM W L PCT. St. Louis 22 12 .647 Cincinnati 20 16 .556 Pittsburgh 19 16 .543 Milwaukee 15 18 .455 Chicago 13 22 .371
GB — 3 3½ 6½ 9½
WCGB — ½ 1 4 7
L10 8-2 6-4 4-6 3-7 3-7
STR W-2 W-1 W-1 L-2 L-2
HOME 8-5 14-6 10-7 10-11 7-11
AWAY 14-7 6-10 9-9 5-7 6-11
WEST DIVISION TEAM W L PCT. Arizona 20 15 .571 San Francisco 20 15 .571 Colorado 19 16 .543 San Diego 16 19 .457 Los Angeles 13 20 .394
GB — — 1 4 6
WCGB — — 1 4 6
L10 5-5 7-3 4-6 7-3 2-8
STR W-4 L-1 L-3 L-1 L-7
HOME 9-8 12-7 11-7 10-8 7-11
AWAY 11-7 8-8 8-9 6-11 6-9
TODAY’S GAMES (All times EDT) Pittsburgh (Liriano 0-0) at N.Y. Mets (Niese 2-3), 1:10 p.m. Colorado (Chacin 3-1) at St. Louis (Wainwright 4-2), 2:15 p.m. Atlanta (Maholm 4-3) at San Francisco (Bumgarner 3-1), 4:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs (E.Jackson 0-5) at Washington (Strasburg 1-4), 4:05 p.m. Milwaukee (Burgos 1-0) at Cincinnati (Latos 3-0), 4:10 p.m. San Diego (B.Smith 0-0) at Tampa Bay (Hellickson 1-2), 6:10 p.m. Philadelphia (Lee 3-2) at Arizona (Cahill 2-3), 8:10 p.m. Miami (Slowey 1-2) at L.A. Dodgers (Ryu 3-2), 9:10 p.m. FRIDAY’S GAMES Washington 7, Chicago Cubs 3 Pittsburgh 7, N.Y. Mets 3 Tampa Bay 6, San Diego 3 Cincinnati 4, Milwaukee 3 St. Louis 3, Colorado 0 Philadelphia at Arizona, late Miami at L.A. Dodgers, late Atlanta at San Francisco, late
The Hillsdale High School boys golf team celebrates with their trophies after winning Friday’s Hillsdale Invitational. JIM DREWS PHOTO
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Josh Dirlam posted a 77 to lead Jackson County Western, while Carson Riehl shot an 81 for Leslie. Connor Ford also shot a 77 to lead Columbia Central. Onsted was sixth with a round team score of 354, while Concord placed seventh with 367. Rounding out the ﬁeld was Michigan Center (eighth, 373), Lansing Christian (ninth, 374), Vandercook Lake (10th, 376) and Addison (11th, 422).
Jackson Christian at Hillsdale The Hillsdale High School girls soccer team posted a 3-1 victory over the Lansing Christian Royals in an Independent Soccer League match Thursday at the Fields of Dreams Complex. It was the ﬁnal home game for the Hornets, and they went out in style. The team's seniors were honored in a pregame ceremony. "We really played well, and that might have been our best game of the season," Hillsdale coach Michael Mitchell said. Alyssa Anderson scored two goals, while Emily Holroyd also scored.
NBA PLAYOFF GLANCE (x-if necessary) (Best-of-7) CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS EASTERN CONFERENCE CHICAGO 1, MIAMI 1 Monday, May 6: Chicago 93, Miami 86 Wednesday, May 8: Miami 115, Chicago 78 Friday, May 10: Miami at Chicago, late Monday, May 13: Miami at Chicago, 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 15: Chicago at Miami, 7 p.m. x-Friday, May 17: Miami at Chicago, TBA x-Sunday, May 19: Chicago at Miami, TBA
SUNDAY’S GAMES (All times EDT) Milwaukee at Cincinnati, 1:10 p.m. Pittsburgh at N.Y. Mets, 1:10 p.m. Chicago Cubs at Washington, 1:35 p.m. San Diego at Tampa Bay, 1:40 p.m. Colorado at St. Louis, 2:15 p.m. Atlanta at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. Miami at L.A. Dodgers, 4:10 p.m. Philadelphia at Arizona, 4:10 p.m.
Friday, May 10: San Antonio at Golden State, late Sunday, May 12 San Antonio at Golden State, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 14: Golden State at San Antonio, 9:30 p.m. x-Thursday, May 16: San Antonio at Golden State, TBA x-Sunday, May 19: Golden State at San Antonio, TBA
NHL PLAYOFF GLANCE
FIRST ROUND (x-if necessary) (Best-of-7) EASTERN CONFERENCE PITTSBURGH 3, N.Y. ISLANDERS 2 Wednesday, May 1: Pittsburgh 5, NY Islanders 0 Friday, May 3: NY Islanders 4, Pittsburgh 3 Sunday, May 5: Pittsburgh 5, N.Y. Islanders 4, OT Tuesday, May 7: N.Y. Islanders 6, Pittsburgh 4 Thursday, May 9: Pittsburgh 4, N.Y. Islanders 0 Saturday, May 11: Pittsburgh at N.Y. WESTERN CONFERENCE Islanders, 7 p.m. SAN ANTONIO 1, GOLDEN STATE 1 x-Sunday, May 12: N.Y. Islanders at Monday, May 6: San Antonio 129, Golden Pittsburgh, TBA5: Ottawa 6, Montreal State 127, 2OT Wednesday, May 8: Golden St. 100, San Antonio 91 INDIANA 1, NEW YORK 1 Sunday, May 5: Indiana 102, New York 95 Tuesday, May 7: New York 105, Indiana 79 Saturday, May 11: New York at Indiana, 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 14: New York at Indiana, TBA Thursday, May 16: Indiana at New York, 8 p.m. x-Saturday, May 18: New York at Indiana, TBA x-Monday, May 20 Indiana at New York, 8 p.m.