Local Digest: Turlock High graduate drafted by Houston Astros, defending champ shares City Golf lead

June 7, 2014 

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DARRYL BUSH/dbush@modbee.com Vince Wheeland of Turlock playing for the West Large team pitches in the first inning against the East team at the Sunrise Rotary Baseball Classic at Thurman Field, in Modesto, on Saturday, June 12, 2010.

DARRYL BUSH — Modesto Bee

TURLOCK’S WHEELAND DRAFTED BY ASTROS

Turlock High graduate Vince Wheeland, a senior at Oklahoma State University, was selected by the Houston Astros on Saturday in the 24th round of the MLB Draft. Wheeland is a two-time all-Big 12 First Team selection. He was 10-0 with a 1.53 ERA this season in 30 games (two starts,) striking out 42 and walking 15 in 761/3 innings before Saturday. Wheeland took the loss against UC Irvine, which advances to the College World Series after beating the Cowboys 1-0 in their Super Regional.

MANTECA’S SPEED WINS X GAMES GOLD

Manteca native Scott Speed won gold in rallycross Saturday at the X Games in Austin, Texas. Speed also won gold at last year’s X Games in Brazil. The race also served as the second stop in the Red Bull Global RallyCross season. Speed won the GRC opener in Barbados last month. Speed, a former NASCAR and Formula 1 driver, was more than five seconds faster than X Games star Bucky Lasek, who has 20 medals from the annual event. Lasek also competed in the Skateboard Vert on Thursday. Nelson Piquet Jr. was third.

DEFENDING CHAMP SHARES CITY LEAD

Defending champion Raymon Tira shot a 4-under-par 68 at Dryden Park Golf Course on Saturday to gain a share of the lead in the 32nd annual Modesto City Golf Championship. Tira, who tees off in today’s final round in the last pairing at Creekside Golf Course at 12:15 p.m., is tied with Tom Clark. Each are a stroke ahead of Kenny Verschelden.Tied for fourth place three shots behind are former champion James Atchison and Jesse Contreras. Former two-time champion, Jane Findarle, is out in front of the women’s competition by four shots after an even-par 72 at Creekside. She plays this morning at Dryden. Kenny Webb shot a 1-under at Dryden for a three-stroke advantage heading into today’s final round at Creekside in the senior championship flight. Scores and today’s pairings, Page C5

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