Fleming West's best
Another day, another award for Cal State Stanislaus pitcher Marquis Fleming. The senior made it a clean sweep of the regional awards Wednesday as he was named the West Region Pitcher of the Year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Teammate Kyle Loretelli, a junior outfielder from Modesto, is on the NCBWA All-Region first team. The West Region's coaches and sports information directors also tabbed Fleming with top honors.
Stanislaus senior golfer Erick Justesen was named PING Division II First-Team All-America, as announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Justesen, of Sacramento, finished tied for third at the National Championship tournament, one stroke behind the leaders. Justesen, a two-time CCAA champion at Stanislaus, was also an All-American in 2007.
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Section drops ball
Rather than pick up a bat and swing, Sac-Joaquin Section officials never stepped from the dugout Wednesday. The section said it will not even attempt to shift the Division IV baseball final, pitting Valley Oak League rivals Oakdale and East Union, from Sacramento to a closer site. As a result, teenagers and adults will take their lives into their hands during a three-hour, round trip on Highway 99 on Memorial Day -- one of the busiest and deadliest driving days. If section officials are interested, Richard T. Estrada offers a number of solutions in his blog at thehive.modbee.com/warningtrackpower.
Roenick still a Shark
Jeremy Roenick agreed to a one-year contract to return to the San Jose Sharks after his revitalizing comeback season with the club. Roenick, a 19-year veteran, had 14 goals and 19 assists for the Sharks after coming out of semi-retirement for another shot at the Stanley Cup. The nine-time All-Star became the third U.S.-born player to score 500 career goals in early November. The Sharks didn't announce terms of his deal. Roenick has 509 goals, ranking 36th in league history, and 694 assists.
Bryant lifts Lakers
Kobe Bryant (pictured) scored all but two of his 27 points after halftime, and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied from a 20-point deficit to beat the San Antonio Spurs 89-85 in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. Page C-6