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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Peninsula Daily News

Up-and-down Hawks return Whitehurst put in tight spot against Giants

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Sequim’s Haleigh Harrison (29) spikes the ball against White River’s Dannie Stroud (5) and Cassidy Kunst on Friday at the district tournament.

Sequim, PA advance to state Peninsula Daily News

TACOMA — The Port Angeles and Sequim volleyball teams both advanced to the Class 2A state championship. The Roughriders advance as the West Central District fourth seed while Sequim is the fifth seed. This is only the second time in school history that the Riders have played at state. The other time was 1989. The Riders went 2-2 at district, held at Franklin Pierce. “We played very well and played very aggressive,” Port Angeles coach Christine Halberg said. “But we are young playing at this level of competition.” The Riders won two matches on Friday, beating Evergreen 3-0, then Interlake 3-1. Emily Drake managed a total of 62 assists for both games while Danielle Rutherford had nine kills, five digs and two aces against Evergreen. Kiah Jones had 10 kills, 16 digs, three blocks and served 10-for-10 to help lead the team past Interlake in its second of back-to-back matches. The Riders lost to top ranked Fife 3-0 in their first match on Saturday, then gave it all they had against North Kitsap before falling 3-2 and landing them the fourth seed heading into the state tournament. The Riders will play Friday morning at state in Kennewick at the Toyota Center.

Sequim moves on

District said. “We have a few days of practice, so hopefully we can get some work done.” The Wolves defeated Sumner 3-0 but fell 3-1 to White River on Friday. Moving on to Saturday’s matches, Sequim beat Evergreen 3-0 and cut it close against Olympic, taking a 3-2 victory. The Wolves advance to the state tournament and will play in Kennewick on Friday as the fifth seed after winning a coin toss against sixth-seed Interlake.

Girls Soccer Sumner 1, Port Angeles 0, SO SUMNER — The Riders faced off against the topseeded Spartans on Friday at the Class 2A West Central District championships but had their postseason appearance cut short with the heartbreaking loss. The two teams played to a 0-0 deadlock through regulation and overtime before the Spartans won the penalty-kick shootout 3-1. “They are a top-ranked, two-way team who has been averaging five goals a game,” Port Angeles coach Scott Moseley said. “To hold them scoreless was our goal, but we didn’t get the penalty kicks like we wanted.” This had been the first district appearance for the Port Angeles girls soccer team in at least 10 years.

Girls Swimming

TACOMA — The Wolves PA at districts went 3-1 at the district RENTON — The tourney. “We did really well mix- Roughriders captured third ing it up,” Sequim coach place at the West Central Jennie Webber-Heilman District championships,

Kiah Jones (13) of Port Angeles spikes against Evergreen’s Jennifer Truong (2) on Friday. sending one of their largest groups ever to the state meet. “This is by far our biggest state team,” coach Rich Butler said. The Riders will be represented at every state event, 14. The state championships are set for Thursday and Friday at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. Earning individual state berths are swimmers Tracie Macias in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100 butterfly, Tarah Erickson in the 50 and 100 freestyle, and Ashlee Reid in the 100

free and 100 backstroke. All three relay teams also are going, including the 200 medley with Reid, Jenna Moore, Macias and Erickson, the 200 free with Kelly Winn, Moore, Erickson and Macias, and the 400 free with Tori Bock, Brooke Sires, Winn and Reid. Three divers also earned state berths, including Allison Hodgin, Kyrie Reyes and Tannesha Jackson. The state preliminaries are set for Thursday with the top 16 in each event advancing to the finals Friday.

California holds on against WSU The Associated Press

growth between the first and second game,” said Mansion, who will lead his team against No. 1 Oregon next week. “I am really excited to see how much I can improve from here until next week.” Mansion’s lackluster numbers didn’t matter against the Cougars, who have now lost 16 consecutive Pac-10 games and haven’t beaten an FBS team since September 2009. WSU quarterback Jeff Tuel played his worst game of the season. He completed just 9 of 25 passes for 92 yards, a product of a relentless Bears pass rush that battered Tuel for six sacks. “We put a lot of pressure on the passer at times,” Tedford said. “Unfortunately, he got out of it a lot of times. That guy is a very good player. I said it throughout the week. He cannot only beat you with his arm, but he can beat you with this legs and he is a great competitor.” Cal held WSU to just 60 yards of total offense in the second half and 194 for the game. “I can’t really pinpoint one thing,” Tuel said of the Cougars’ poor passing. “Just execution and things here and there.” WSU coach Paul Wulff

The Associated Press

The Washington State defense swarms to the ball and tries to pull it out of the grasp of Cal running back J.P.Hurrell on Saturday. was more blunt. “Our protection today was not great,” he said. “Jeff was being pressured tremendously.” Washington State managed a 10-7 lead at halftime thanks to a 51-yard field

goal by Andrew Furney, the Cougars’ first halftime lead in a Pac-10 game since 2007. Cal responded early in the third, though, as Jeremy Ross took a fly sweep 27 yards for a touchdown.

Time/TV: Sunday at 1 p.m., Ch. 13 Opening line: Giants by 5 Last meeting: Giants beat Seahawks 44-6, Oct. 5, 2008 Last week: Giants had bye; Seahawks lost to Raiders 33-3 Giants unit rankings: Offense overall (3), rush (4), pass (8t); Defense overall (2), rush (3), pass (2). Seahawks unit rankings: Offense overall (30), rush (26t), pass (25); Defense overall (26), rush (10), pass (29). Giants streaks, stats and notes: After starting 1-2, Giants have won four straight. Beat Dallas 41-35 before bye week. Giants 4-6 coming off bye weeks since 2000 and 3-3 under coach Tom Coughlin. QB Eli Manning has thrown for more than 300 yards twice this season. Even with week off RB Ahmad Bradshaw still ranks second in NFC and third in league in yards rushing (708). He leads league with 10 carries of 20-plus yards. Giants defense has knocked out five QBs this season and are tied for league lead with 24 sacks. DE Osi Umenyiora tied for second in NFL with eight sacks. Hawks streaks, stats and notes: Seahawks have won previous four home meetings with Giants dating back to 1986. Seattle placed DL Red Bryant and G Ben Hamilton — both starters — on injured reserve for injuries suffered against Oakland. Bryant has a knee injury, Hamilton a concussion. RB Marshawn Lynch held to 7 yards on nine carries last week against Oakland. K Olindo Mare saw streak of 30 straight made field goals end with two misses against Oakland. Was tied for sixth-longest streak in league history.

Saints last week but they remain one of the two or three most dangerous teams around. The way their defense plays, the Seachickens probably would score minus points against them. 3. Indianapolis Colts (5-2) — They deserve to be high on the list after manhandling the Texans despite missing three key starters on their offense. 4. New York Giants (5-2) — I keep hearing players from other teams rank the Giants’ defensive line as the best in the league. And here come the sack kings to Qwest Field to feast on Whitehurst. 5. Atlanta Falcons (5-2) — They can be strong for the next few years, especially with their young but talented defense, led by linebacker Curtis Lofton. 6. Baltimore Ravens (5-2) — They get the final spot over the Jets, shut out last week at home.

Bottom Six

27. Minnesota Vikings (2-5) — The Detroit Lions, with the same record, are playing much better right now. 28. San Francisco 49ers (2-6) — Moving up in the world, but barely. A Top Six win against the Broncos in 1. New England London doesn’t say a lot. Patriots (6-1) — Take 29. Denver Broncos that Brett Favre! Old (2-6) — They might need a gimpy wobbled onto the therapist pretty soon. field despite two fractures 30. Carolina Panto an ankle and helped the thers (1-6) — At least Vikings lose 28-18 to the they have an excuse with Pats last Sunday. Matt Moore and Jimmy I can see it now: Favre Clausen as their QBs. will be 55 years old, some31. Dallas Cowboys one will hand him his (1-6) — One win and Tony walker and he’ll wobble Romo is out for several out to the field for some weeks. Can it get worse? team, still hoping to make 32. Buffalo Bills (0-7) his third Super Bowl. — They probably shouldn’t That said, I have to be this low any more. They hand it to Favre for misswere competitive in their ing only 10 of 32 passes last two games — losing in thrown for 259 yards and a overtime both times on the passer rating of 80.1. road. But they are the only Hasselbeck, meanwhile, winless team left. had a miserable 43.8 ________ passer rating against OakBrad LaBrie is the sports ediland on the same day. tor for the Peninsula Daily News. 2. Pittsburgh Steelers He can be reached at brad.lab(5-2) — They lost to the

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PULLMAN — It turns out California didn’t need the help of quarterback Kevin Riley to snap a sixgame road losing streak. Handing the ball to tailback Shane Vereen proved effective enough. So did the Bears’ defense. Vereen ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns, and California snapped a streak that dated to last season by taking a 20-13 win over Washington State on Saturday. “It’s going to be a nice plane ride home,” Cal coach Jeff Tedford said. “It’s been a thing, obviously, that a lot of people have been talking about, and this is our last road game so it was nice to get a victory today.” Last week’s 35-7 setback against Oregon State proved the most costly loss yet, as Riley went down with a season-ending knee injury. Junior Brock Mansion started in his place against the Cougars (1-9, 0-7), completing 12-of-24 passes for 174 yards while throwing two interceptions against a defense that ranked at or near the bottom of the conference in nearly every defensive statistic. “I think there is a lot of

WE’RE BACK ON the roller coaster ride called the Seattle Seachickens. And yes, we’re Brad back to LaBrie calling them the Seachickens. At least I am. I guess Seattle has to have two weeks to prepare to have a decent game on the road. Their lone good road game was 23-20 against the Chicago Bears the week after the Seahawks’ bye week. The other road games were all disasters against beatable teams: 31-14 at Denver, 20-3 at St. Louis and now 33-3 at Oakland last Sunday. How hard is it to be competitive against these three teams? I don’t want to hear about injuries. Every NFL team has injury problems. The Colts were missing offensive starters Austin Collie, Dallas Clark and Joseph Addai but still steamrolled Houston last Sunday. “Whoever’s in there has to find a way to do the job,” team leader Peyton Manning said after the game. “It’s not always going to be pretty, but we’ve just got to keep grinding and making some plays.” There you have it. A team has to have bench players who can make some plays. The Seachickens need to find those players if they don’t have them. And now that the streaking New York Giants are coming to Seattle today, the Seachickens will be missing Matt Hasselbeck, who was erased from the lineup Thursday because of a concussion. Don’t go out and put your money on the Seachickens this week. On the other hand, sometimes a team can get a spark or boost from the backup quarterback, in this case Charlie Whitehurst. “The circumstances are good,” Whitehurst told The Associated Press. “We’re playing a good team. Playing at home. It’s all you can really ask for. “I plan on going out there and executing and helping this team win.” Well said, I must say. Whitehurst can talk the talk. We’ll find out today if he can walk the walk.

N.Y. Giants (5-2) at Seattle (4-3)