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Saturday, March 17, 2012

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The Union

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Section B

SPORTS ■

COMMUNITY SPORTS

NCAA TOURNAMENT

Norfolk State stuns No. 2 seed Missouri ASSOCIATED PRESS

Photo courtesy of Deborah Roberts

NU pair earn trip to Junior Nationals Nevada Union’s Lauren Mickel, left, and Amanda Roberts pose for a photo at an open-division national qualifying volleyball event in Denver where their Sacramento Club team finished third, earning a spot in the 2012 Junior Nationals. This is Roberts’ second year with the team and second trip to the finals, and this is Mickel’s first year with the team and first trip to the finals. The team is currently ranked No. 5 in the nation in the 15-year-old division, according to USA Volleyball. ■

NBA BASKETBALL

Kings break streak by slamming Celtics ASSOCIATED PRESS

SACRAMENTO — Marcus Thornton hit five 3pointers scored a season-high 36 points and the Sacramento Kings snapped a three-game losing streak with a 120-95 win over the Boston Celtics on Friday night. The Kings set a season high ■

for points and pulled away in the third quarter, shooting 70 percent and scoring 41 points in building a 19-point lead. Jason Thompson matched his season high with 21 points and had 15 rebounds for the Kings, who are 3-3 on their franchise-record nine-game homestand. DeMarcus Cousins had 20

points and seven rebounds. Isaiah Thomas had 13 points and 10 assists, helping the Kings set a season-best with 29 assists. Thornton scored 10 points in the first half for the Kings, who went into halftime with a 52-51 lead. Pierce had 15 points for the Celtics and Allen had 13.

Bucks 120, Warriors 98 OAKLAND — Monta Ellis returned

to Oracle Arena in his much-hyped Bucks debut and finished with 18 points, four rebounds and four assists as one of six Milwaukee players in double figures in a 120-98 win over the Golden State Warriors that was plenty emotional for both sides. Luc Mbah a Moute had a careerhigh 22 points and season-best 17 rebounds for Milwaukee, which played without starting forward Ersan Ilyasova because of an illness that kept him at the team hotel in San Francisco.

SPRING TRAINING

Surkamp goes 4 innings for Giants in win over Cubs ASSOICATED PRESS

MESA, Ariz. — Eric Surkamp made another pitch to become part of San Francisco’s rotation. A long shot to claim a spot, Surkamp threw four effective innings as the Giants beat the Chicago Cubs 3-2 Friday.

ROSSI: Continued from B2 which was looking to ‘shakedown’ the new FR3.5 chargers, get a handle on the new technical system and assess the car’s reliability. Numerous red flag situations punctuated track time in the morning; however, Rossi found a good car balance to end

GYMNASTICS: Continued from B2 around score of 76.6. The girls Level 4 team was hosted by Technique Gymnastics in Rancho Cordova for the Golden State Classic. Amira Afshartabar took

Seattle Mariners split-squad 6-1 on Friday night. Manny Ramirez added an RBI double and Colin Cowgill singled home a run for the A’s, who lead the majors with 107 runs in their 15 games. Oakland starter Graham Godfrey allowed a run after just three batters, but settled down to retire the final 11 hitters he faced. He gave up two hits and a one walk and had five strikeouts in 3 2-3 innings.

Surkamp went 2-2 in six starts for San Francisco as a rookie last season. He gave up one run and four hits, striking out four. “I’m happy with how I did,” said Surkamp, nicked only by Anthony Rizzo’s home run. “My arm speed is coming back a little bit. I ran into a little dead arm

early in spring training. But I’m starting to feel better.” Surkamp’s chances to make the rotation rest on whether the Giants start somebody on the disabled list.

the session competitively within the top three. By the end of the day, he had completed 29 laps and finished fourth overall with a fastest lap of 1 minute, 47.302 seconds, just 0.296 seconds off the quickest time. For day two, Arden Caterham worked on a baseline set up program to try to understand how the new car would

react to changes the team and Rossi made. Despite making good testing progress and the car proving to be reliable, it soon became apparent that there was a power discrepancy during Alexander’s running this morning. He was never able to maximize on the straight line speed the team knew should be in the car and he

ended the morning in 12th position. “The car was good, but we still had some work to do,” said Rossi. “Unfortunately, on day two, we could not capitalize on our set-up programs due to technical problems throughout the day.”

first on vault with a score of 8.85 and first on floor with an 8.775 to finish with an all around of 34.275. Samantha Gobert scored an 8.125 on bars for second and an 8.65 floor for second and finished in second place all around with a 33.225. Clara Luisetti took sec-

ond with an 8.8 on vault, third with a 7.9 on bars and third place all around with a 31.950. Megan Kiser scored 8.6 vault and 8.0 on floor to finish in fourth place all around with a 30.9. Katelyn Carter took third on vault with an 8.775, third on beam with a 7.6 and fifth

all around with a 30.425. Alissa Vandra scored an 8.3 on floor for third and scored an 8.3 vault for sixth place all around with a final score of 29.15.

VOLLEYBALL: Continued from B2 The Miners have five players who top the 6-foot, 4-inch mark, including 6-foot, 8-inch sophomore standout Lucas Vojak. Leading the team with eight solo blocks and third on the team with 20 kills, Vojak is just one of several NU threats. “Honestly, we have some of the strongest guys hitting wise,” senior captain Roman Seghezzi said. “At any point, our front line could be 6-8, 6-6 and 6-5.” Through the first four games, Seghezzi is having no problem finding his big men, averaging a team-high 7.8 assists per set. On the killing end of the majority of Seghezzi’s sets have been Curtis with 48 kills and D.T. Grininger with 27 kills this season. “Last season was last season,” Grininger said. “I feel like we have the experience and talent to go undefeated. We have the best front line in the league, we have the biggest block, and

Athletics 6, Mariners (ss) 1 PHOENIX — Josh Reddick hit a two-run double to key a four-run first and the Oakland Athletics beat a

we will beat teams with our offense.” Another important piece in the Miners’ quest toward a section title will be the play of senior libero Kyler Malarae. The second-year varsity player keeps the team focused at practices and keeps the ball off the floor in games. “My job is to not let the ball hit the floor,” he said. “No matter where it lands, it’s my fault if it hits the floor.” So far, Malarae is doing a good job of keeping the ball alive and leads the team with 44 digs in 12 sets. The Miners felt they were on the brink of being a top tier team last year, Salcedo said. But it has taken them until now to achieve that. “Our team has improved a lot,” Salcedo said. “Last year we lost 27 (sets) by two points. Last year our team was a glorified JV team. We made all the mistakes a JV team would make. “This year we are hitting through the roof. They’ve matured. They’re smarter. Roman (Seghezzi) is setting a smart game. My middles are unstoppable. On the outside, Bobby (Curtis) is

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at .500 or .600 hitting percentage with only one or two errors a game. “They’ve had time to gel, and I thought it would take a little longer, but I saw it by the second game this season.” Salcedo believes that the Miners first real challenge of the season will come when they head to the Granite Bay Volleyball Tournament March 24. “The big test is at the Granite Bay tournament,” he said. “We’ve got the biggest target on our back. Everyone knew it last year.” Before the Granite Bay tournament the Miners have a Tuesday home game against Vista Del Lago and a Thursday away game against Pleasant Valley of Chico. League play starts March 27 against rival Granite Bay.

Bear River looks to claw to top of league The Bruins are off to a strong start and hope to keep that momentum as they head through league play and look to grab a playoff berth for the second straight season. Second-year head coach Lance Mansuetti looks to return to postseason play and possibly

OMAHA, Neb. — Kyle O’Quinn had 26 points and 14 rebounds, making several key plays in the closing minutes, and Norfolk State held on to stun Missouri. Pendarvis Williams and Chris McEachin each added 20 points for the MEAC champion Spartans (26-9), who made their first trip to the NCAA tournament a memorable one. They became the first No. 15 seed to beat a No. 2 since fellow conference member Hampton knocked off Iowa State in 2001. O’Quinn had a chance to take some of the drama out of the finish when he went to the free throw line with 3.8 seconds to go, but the 70-percent foul shooter missed both tries.

No. 7 FLORIDA 71, No. 10 VIRGINIA 45 OMAHA, Neb. — Bradley Beal had 14 points and 11 rebounds, reserve Casey Prather scored a career-high 14 and Florida pulled away in the second half to beat Virginia. The Gators (24-10) finished the first half on a 17-4 run to shake off a slow start and get out to a 30-22 lead. They shot 70 percent in the second half, pushing their lead to more than 20 points.

No. 1 MICHIGAN STATE 89, No. 16 LIU BROOKLYN 67 COLUMBUS, Ohio — Draymond Green scored 24 points in a triple-double and top-seeded Michigan State fought off the upset bug that took down two No. 2 seeds in the NCAA tournament. The Spartans (28-7) finally put away the pesky No. 16 Blackbirds (259) with a 14-4 run midway through the second half.

No. 9 SAINT LOUIS 61, No. 8 MEMPHIS 54 COLUMBUS, Ohio — Kwamain Mitchell scored 22 points, including three big 3-pointers, and Saint Louis rode its gritty defense to a victory over Memphis. Mitchell closed the first half by banking in a 3, then nailed two others to help coach Rick Majerus and the Billikens (26-7) overturn an eight-point deficit in the second half. They moved on to play the winner of LIU Brooklyn and top-seeded Michigan State on Sunday.

SOUTH REGIONAL No. 10 XAVIER 67, No. 7 NOTRE DAME 63 GREENSBORO, N.C. — Tu Holloway banked in the go-ahead shot over Jack Cooley with 21.3 seconds left, helping Xavier rally for the win. Holloway finished with 25 points on 10-for-15 shooting, including a flurry that helped the 10th-seeded Musketeers (22-12) rally from a 10point second-half deficit against the seventh-seeded Fighting Irish (22-12). His final points came when he rounded a screen from Kenny Frease and sent a high-arcing shot over Cooley’s outstretched arm for the 64-63 lead.

EAST REGIONAL No. 3 FLORIDA STATE 66, No. 14 ST. BONAVENTURE 63 NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Bernard James scored 19 points and Florida State barely avoided a big upset, rallying to beat St. Bonaventure. The Seminoles (25-9) shook off a slow start and won their sixth straight game, including their run to the

nab a Capital Boys Volleyball League title by utilizing the Bruins’ abundance of athleticism. “I think our athleticism is our biggest strength,” he said. “We have a lot of good athletes. They’re aggressive. They dive. We’re not the biggest team out there, but we have some incredible athletes.” The Bruins boast an athletic squad but a squad that lacks height. Bear River has just two players 6-foot, 3inches tall or taller. Leading the Bruin big men are Justin Beskeen and Nathan Mansuetti. Beskeen, a 6-foot, 6-inch junior, leads the team in kills, and Nathan Mansuetti is second on the team. “They bring size and power,” Lance Mansuetti said. “They both serve really tough, and for big men, they play really good defense. They’re two of our best defenders, and they put up a good block.” Senior captain Nathan Mansuetti also leads the team in digs. Despite Bear River’s lack of size, Lance Mansuetti views it as an asset. “The other three guys for us are great leapers,” he said. “They just jump really well, and that’s deceptive. You get the big guys who think they have it, and we have guys who jump high and have time to make an adjustment. Our guys have a lot of time above the net to see the court and make that adjustment.” Senior co-captain Ryan Young is just one example. The 5-foot, 11-inch outside hitter is currently third on the team in kills. Integral to the Bruins success over the long league season will be senior Jed Lyon.

Atlantic Coast Conference championship last week. They will play sixth-seeded Cincinnati on Sunday in the third round.

No. 6 CINCINNATI 65, No. 11 TEXAS 59 NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Yancy Gates had 15 points and 10 rebounds as Cincinnati started strong and then withstood a late rally by Texas. The Bearcats (25-10) jumped out to a 16-2 lead while Texas opened the game 1 of 14 from the field and shot 16 percent for the first half. After trailing 31-17 at halftime, the Longhorns attacked, hitting five of their first seven from 3-point range.

MIDWEST REGIONAL No. 1 NORTH CAROLINA 77, No. 16 VERMONT 58 GREENSBORO, N.C. — Tyler Zeller had 17 points and 15 rebounds to help North Carolina beat Vermont in its NCAA tournament opener despite playing without injured starter John Henson. Freshman forward James Michael McAdoo added a season-high 17 points for the Tar Heels (30-5), who pushed ahead by double figures late in the first half and then broke the game open after halftime. They improved to 30-1 in NCAA tournament games played in their home state.

No. 8 CREIGHTON 58, No. 9 ALABAMA 57 GREENSBORO, N.C. — Doug McDermott scored 16 points and Creighton overcame an 11-point deficit in the second half to beat Alabama for its first NCAA tournament victory in 10 years. Alabama had a chance to win during the frantic final seconds, but Josh Jones blocked Trevor Releford’s 3point attempt from the top of the key as time expired.

No. 13 OHIO 65, No. 4 MICHIGAN 60 NASHVILLE, Tenn. — D.J. Cooper scored 21 points and Ohio held off Michigan for yet another second-round upset in the NCAA tournament. The underdog Bobcats (28-7) had the Wolverines on their heels throughout the game, but Trey Burke hit a 3-pointer with 4:12 left to cut it to 6360. Michigan then missed its final five shots, four by Burke.

No. 12 SOUTH FLORIDA, No. 5 TEMPLE 44 NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Victor Rudd Jr. and Anthony Collins each scored 17 points, and South Florida shook off a frigid first 20 minutes to earn the upset.

No. 3 GEORGETOWN 74, No. 14 BELMONT 59 COLUMBUS, Ohio — Jason Clark scored 21 points, Otto Porter added 16 and Georgetown’s ruthless defense bottled up Belmont’s shooters, sending the Hoyas into the next round of the NCAA tournament after early exits the past two years.

No. 11 N. CAROLINA ST. 79, No. 6 SAN DIEGO STATE 65 COLUMBUS, Ohio — Richard Howell scored 22 points, double his season average, and North Carolina State used its muscle inside and sticky defense to beat San Diego State.

No. 2 KANSAS 65, No. 15 DETROIT 50 OMAHA, Neb. — Thomas Robinson had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and second-seeded Kansas rolled to the victory.

No. 10 PURDUE 72, No. 7 SAINT MARY’S 69 OMAHA, Neb. — Lewis Jackson made the go-ahead free throws for Purdue with 22.8 seconds left after Saint Mary’s had rallied late from 11 points down to take its first lead.

“Jed stepped into the setting role and never really had set before,” Lance Mansuetti said. “But he has played volleyball for a number of years and has a high IQ for volleyball but was never a full time setter, and he’s really stepped up this year.” Lyons is currently leading the team in assists. The Bruins are off to a 2-1 start this season in league play, already topping last season’s No. 2 team in league, Antelope, in straight sets. “I expect to make playoffs,” Lance Mansuetti said. “We made playoffs last year with a less talented team in my opinion, and (Antelope) was one of our biggest rivals from last season.” If Bear River wants to climb to the top of the Capital Boys Volleyball League this season, the road will go through Whitney. Last season’s undefeated league champion, Whitney will host the Bruins Tuesday in the first match of three in league play. “This year, there’s a lot more maturity,” Lance Mansuetti said. “Last year we had some issues that needed to be resolved. We’re a more mature team. “I definitely think we’re a stronger team than we were last year. Players have grown physically and mentally, so all around we’re a more balanced, strong team. Last year, we had two weapons. This year we have five or six weapons.” To contact Sports Writer Walter Ford, email wford@theunion.com or call the Sports department at (530) 477-4232.


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