Sports Digest

Posted: Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Knutson-Lombardo wins Northwest Conference title

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JUNEAU - Tristan Knutson-Lombardo captured the Northwest Conference cross country championship on Oct. 27 while running for Willamette University in Wheatland, Ore.

Knutson-Lombardo, a 2005 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, also helped the Bearcats win the men's team championship.

Knutson-Lombardo, a Willamette junior, nipped teammate Ian Batch at the line for the title. Knutson-Lombardo finished the 8-kilometer course in 25 minutes, 0.34 seconds. Batch finished in 25:08.70.

With the win, Knutson-Lombardo earned first-team All-NWC honors.

Willamette will compete in the NCAA Division III West Regional on Saturday at McIver Park in Estacada, Ore. The race will take place at 10 a.m. Alaska Standard Time. The Bearcats are ranked fifth in Division III.

Dinnan twins help lead teams to conference titles

JUNEAU - Tyler Dinnan, a 2006 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, helped lead Quinnipiac University to its second-straight Northeast Conference cross country title on Oct. 27 in New Britain, Conn.

Dinnan, a freshman with the Bobcats, finished ninth overall in the 8-kilometer race. Dinnan completed the course in 26 minutes, 54.2 seconds.

Quinnipiac placed five runners in the top 16 to run away with the NEC title.

Quinnipiac, ranked 15th in the Northeast Region, will compete in Saturday's NCAA Division I Northeast Regional in Boston.

Also on Oct. 27, Wesley Dinnan was part of the University of New Hampshire men's cross country team's effort to win the America East conference championship.

Wesley Dinnan finished 20th overall at Stony Brook, N.Y. He completed the 8,124-meter course in 26:54.1.

The Wildcats are ranked eighth in the Northeast Region and will race in Saturday's regional championships.

Talisa Rhea makes her exhibition debut for Oregon State hoops

JUNEAU - Oregon State freshman guard Talisa Rhea made her debut for the Beavers' women's basketball team on Thursday in Corvallis, Ore.

Oregon State defeated NCAA Division III school Lewis & Clark 71-39 in an exhibition contest.

Rhea came off the bench to score 15 points, pull down four rebounds and force two steals. She made six of 14 shots and one of three 3-point shots.

Rhea, a 2006 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate and three-time state player of the year, played 21 minutes in the game.

Oregon State opens the regular season Saturday at home to Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo.

Egolf sees action in Bradley exhibition game against Quincy

JUNEAU - Former Juneau-Douglas High School basketball player Will Egolf saw action for Bradley University in an exhibition game last week.

Egolf, a 2006 JDHS graduate and two-time first-team all-state selection, hit a 3-pointer in the Braves' 105-92 win over NCAA Division II Quincy on Sunday.

On Thursday, Bradley beat Saint Ambrose 110-84.

The Braves open the regular season Saturday at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Greta Thibodeau leads Whitworth to national tournament

JUNEAU - Greta Thibodeau helped lead Whitworth university to the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Tournament.

The Pirates received an at-large bid to the 60-team tournament. Whitworth will take on University of California-Santa Cruz in the first round Saturday in Tacoma, Wash. It'll be Whitworth's first-ever national tournament appearance.

Thibodeau, a 2004 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate and forward for Whitworth, leads the Pirates with six goals and 12 assists for a team-high 24 points.

Whitworth finished second in the Northwest Conference with a 14-2 conference record. The Pirates finished an all-time best 17-2 overall.

Whitworth is ranked fifth in the NCAA West Region.

Ryan Fagerstrom helps Black Hills State reach NAIA top 25

JUNEAU - Black Hills State University junior Ryan Fagerstrom helped his team become ranked in the latest NAIA Football poll.

The Yellow Jackets (7-3) are ranked 21st in the top 25.

Fagerstrom, a wide receiver, caught three passes for 62 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 52-0 win over Valley City State University.

On the season, Fagerstrom has 42 receptions for 640 yards with five TDs.

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