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The Montrose American Legion Post 154 baseball team advanced to the District 15 championship series where it fell short of repeating as champion.
Honesdale swept Montrose, 9-4 and 3-1, in the championship series.
Montrose did, however, win the West Division title in another successful season that included a 14-3 league record.
The team did not go out quietly.
In its final game Sunday, Honesdale built a 3-0 lead after three innings and carried it into the last inning. Montrose scored and had two men on before Honesdale closed out the win.
"We had a good run," coach Harry Ehrie said. "We are a young team so we have some of our players back.
"But we lose some key people, like Seth Button, Tony Survilla, Jeremy Page and Bryan Lavo. They will be hard to replace."
Montrose reached the final by rallying past Elk Lake, 10-4, in the West Division final.
Elk Lake took a 4-0 lead in the first inning, but winning pitcher Aaron Taylor did not allow another run the rest of the way.
Jesse Tyler drove in six runs with a single, double and home run. Survilla also had a home run.
Button, a Cleveland Indians draft pick, had two hits in the first loss to Honesdale.
Button, Tyler and Survilla were the team's top power hitters throughout the season.
Button, Taylor, Jordan Smith and Mike Mullen handled the bulk of the pitching.
Page received the McKelvey Scholarship Award. He will attend Lock Haven.
Josh Rudock won the Sportsmanship Award in the Mansfield Tournament.
WEEK IN REVIEW
Craig Stadler made history Sunday with his victory at the B.C. Open, the PGA Tour's nearest stop to the area.
With the win at En-Joie Golf Club in Endicott, NY Sunday, Stadler became the first PGA Champions Tour member to win on the regular tour.
A week earlier, Stadler won the Senior Players Championship.
At En-Joie, Stadler shot a closing round 63 to come from eight strokes behind.
The win was Stadler's first on the PGA Tour in seven years.
In local golf, three Montrose players all enjoyed recent success in the Southern Tier of New York.
Sam Lewis won the Triple Cities Golf Association Amateur championship.
Montrose players led at the end of each of the three days of competition.
Mike Stranburg, who is heading into his senior season at Montrose, led after the first day and went on to finish tied for fourth.
Dylan Maxey, a recent Montrose graduate, led after the second day and finished tied for second.
Lewis shot 73 at Tioga Country Club, 74 at Heritage, then a closing 68 at Maple Hill.
Stranburg continues to dominate when playing on the junior level. He improved to 3-for-3 in Anthracite Golf Association Junior Tour events by shooting even-par, 72 for a three-stroke victory at Paupack Hills. He was 3-under with four holes left.
In arena football, offense gave the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers three 11-point leads in the first half Friday night.
The defense's failure to make a single stop allowed the Mohegan Wolves to rally for a 63-53 victory in a game that had major implications on the arenafootball2 playoff race.
Mohegan clinched an American Conference playoff berth with the home-field win and eliminated the Pioneers.
Chris Boden set team records for passing yards (348), completions (33) and attempts (51) as the Pioneers fell to 6-9. Boden also matched a team record with six touchdown passes.
In professional baseball, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons were prominent in Wednesday night's Triple-A All-Star Game.
It was a former Red Baron, however, who made the biggest impact.
Richmond catcher Johnny Estrada was the game's Most Valuable Player in the International League's 13-9 victory over the Pacific Coast League. Estrada went 3-for-3 with a home run, a double, two runs and three runs batted in.
Estrada was also an IL all-star while playing for the Red Barons before being traded to the Atlanta Braves organization for Kevin Millwood.
Marc Bombard was the manager and four of his Red Barons players were on the team as the IL broke a four-game losing streak.
Wayne Gomes pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning.
Ryan Madson gave up one unearned run and struck out two while pitching just the first inning.
Chase Utley and Travis Chapman started and were held hitless.
In professional hockey, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced a new coach.
Michel Therrien once held the dream job of many French-Canadians when he was head coach of the Montreal Canadiens for parts of three seasons.
In an effort to work his way back to the National Hockey League, Therrien has taken a step back to accept what may be the dream coaching job in the minor leagues.
"I have heard about the fans and the building," Therrien said on his first visit ever to the city where he will coach. "In the sport, we've all heard about it.
"As far as on the ice, we all knew about the young prospects that the Penguins are building with."
No team in minor-league hockey had more first- and second-round draft picks on the roster than the Penguins last season.
The Keystone State Games are scheduled for July 29-August 3 in the Wilkes-Barre area.
TOM ROBINSON writes a weekly local sports column for the Susquehanna County Transcript. He can be reached on-line at RobbyTR@aol.com.
JOHNSON Wins New England 300
Loudon, NH Fuel mileage played a crucial role in winning a NASCAR Winston Cup race for the third time in four weeks.
Sunday, it was Jimmie Johnson, the driver of the No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet who wound up in victory lane after his team used good fuel strategy.
Johnson took the lead on lap 264 of the 300 lap race and went on to win by 1.6 seconds over Kevin Harvick.
"Chad Knaus (crew chief on the No. 48) told me earlier in the race we had enough fuel," said Johnson. "He said we had enough to go into turn one after the checkered flag lap, but later, he told me to conserve any fuel I could.
"This is what we really needed to kick off the second half of the season."
Johnson's other 2003 win came in May at Charlotte. It was also his fifth win in 58 Winston Cup starts.
Winston Cup points leader Matt Kenseth, who was also close to running out of fuel, finished third, followed by Ryan Newman, Robby Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Jeff Gordon, who started from the outside pole led the most laps, but had problems in his pits late in the race and finished 24th.
Kenseth's lead in the points increased from 165 to 234 points over Jeff Gordon. Dale Earnhardt Jr. is still third, 273 points behind the leader.
Top ten finishing order: 1. Jimmie Johnson, 2. Kevin Harvick, 3. Matt Kenseth, 4. Ryan Newman, 5. Robby Gordon, 6. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 7. Dale Jarrett, 8. Steve Park, 9. Jeff Burton, 10. Greg Biffle.
Top-10 points leaders after 19 of 36 races: 1. Kenseth-2848, 2. J. Gordon-2614, 3. Earnhardt Jr.-2575, 4. B. Labonte-2472, 5. Johnson-2429, 6. Waltrip-2373, 7. Harvick-2316, 8. Busch-2243, 9. Stewart-2226, 10. J. Burton-2200.
Race Fans Are All Over The Globe In the summer of 2002 Christian Fittipaldi signed on to drive the No. 43 for Petty Enterprises, replacing John Andretti. An open-wheel star, Fittipaldi, 33, is a two-time CART race winner (California Speedway and Road America) and Formula One World Championship driver. Fittipaldi is the first-ever Brazilian native to run full time in NASCAR's top series and is the only full-time NASCAR driver to have raced full-time in Formula One and CART.
"There are a lot of race fans everywhere," said Fittipaldi. "If you take a step back and look at the big picture, race fans are all over the globe - or maybe that's just what I've been able to witness first hand. Fans, just like the racing, are different depending on where you are. In Europe the fans are very loyal to the country and to Formula One racing. They are fans of the drivers from their own country. They will cheer for the German drivers, the French drivers, or the Brazilian drivers. In America the fans are more loyal to a specific driver, and to an extent, the car make.
"Look around this weekend at New Hampshire. Look at the t-shirts or hats that the fans are wearing. They'll be wearing Kyle Petty t-shirts or whoever their favorite driver might be. That's what makes NASCAR fans the most unique. They are diehard fans and very loyal to their favorite driver. I am excited and looking forward to continuing to build my fan base in this series. We could use a few more Christian Fittipaldi t-shirts in the stands, don't you think?
"One of the other differences between the fans in Formula One to fans here in NASCAR is the fact that NASCAR races are three days long. Formula One race's are only two days, but most of the fans come on race day. You don't see a lot of camping or people staying in campers. They come race morning and just come to see the race. The races are very well attended, but the fans mostly attend on race day."
DAVID GREEN Wins, Takes Busch Lead David Green took the lead from Winston Cup regular, Kevin Harvick on lap 145 of the 200 lap, New England 200, and then held him off to win his second Busch race of the season.
Top ten finishing order: 1. David Green, 2. Kevin Harvick, 3. Matt Kenseth, 4. Brian Vickers, 5. Scott Wimmer, 6. Bobby Hamilton Jr., 7. Jason Keller, 8. Ron Hornaday, 9. Kasey Kahne, 10. Stacy Compton.
Top-10 points leaders after 20 of 34 races: 1. D. Green-2748, 2. Riggs-2712, 3. Vickers-2682, 4. Hornaday-2676, 5. Keller-2657, 6. Hamilton Jr.-2584, 7. T. Bodine-2567, 8. Wimmer-2396, 9. J. Sauter-2385, 10. Hmiel-2358.
GAUGHAN Gets St. Louis Truck Victory The top ten results of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Dodge Ram Tough 200, run Saturday night at Madison, IL: Finishing order: 1. Brendan Gaughan, 2. Jason Leffler, 3. Travis Kvapil, 4. Carl Edwards, 5. Rick Crawford, 6. David Starr, 7. Ted Musgrave, 8. Dennis Setzer, 9. Terry Cook, 10. Matt Crafton.
Top-10 points leaders after 12 of 25 races; 1. Kvapil-1849, 2. Gaughan-1815, 3. Musgrave-1794, 4. Setzer-1779, 5. Crawford-1763, 6. Hamilton-1734, 7. Wood-1721, 8. Leffler-1687, 9. Cook-1616, 10. Edwards-1527.
All three of NASCAR's major series are at different tracks. Winston Cup teams go to Pocono Raceway, Pocono, PA and the Busch Series is at Pike Peak Raceway in Fountain CO. The Craftsman Trucks are Brooklyn, MI.
Saturday, July 26, Craftsman Trucks Sears 200, race 13 of 25, 100 laps/200 miles, 1 p.m. TV: Speed Channel.
Busch Series Trimspa Dream Body 250, race 21 of 34, 250 laps/250 miles, 3:30 p.m. TV: NBC.
Sunday, July 27, Winston Cup Pennsylvania 500, race 20 of 36, 200 laps/500 miles, 12:30 p.m. TV: TNT; Distance.
Racing Trivia Question: What year did Rusty Wallace move into Winston Cup racing?
Answer To Last Week's Question: A term used in all NASCAR racing for the last official practice session before a race.
Gerald Hodges/the Racing Reporter is a syndicated NASCAR columnist. If you have a racing question that you would like answered send it to The Racing Reporter, P.O. Box 160711, Mobile, AL, 36616, or e-mail it to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Endless Summer Baseball Camp, located in Montrose, PA, will hold two one-week sessions this summer for players ages 8-17. The sessions will be July 28 - August 1 and August 4 - 8 at the Montrose High School. Players may attend either or both sessions. Camp hours are from 9:30 to 3:00, Monday through Friday.
The camp is taught in a noncompetitive learning atmosphere led by camp director David Culp, a former Division I college player at Kansas University. David has been a successful high school coach at Abington Friends School for ten years and a coach at the Philadelphia Phillies camp in Philadelphia. He has coached players from the ages of 6-18 in leagues in Kansas City and Philadelphia.
All phases of the game will be covered at the camp, including throwing mechanics, hitting, drag and sacrifice bunting, base running, defense, pitching, catching and game situations. Drills are varied and break down the mechanics of the game into individual parts. The camp provides each camper with an Endless Summer tee shirt and hat.
For information or a brochure, call (570) 278-4457.
Rally For A Cure with Golf For Women Magazine, the worlds largest grassroots womens golf program, registered more than 2,800 clubs across the country in 2002 and gained the participation of some 150,000-plus golfers for this novel awareness and early detection campaign that benefits the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Golden Oak Golf Course is an official site for the 2003 Rally For A Cure initiative and this year marks the first time that the club has pledged its support and teed off against breast cancer.
Women golfers in all 50 states will join in this years crusade to increase breast cancer awareness and will help raise important research funds for the Dallas based Komen Foundation. While the primary mission of Rally For A Cure is to promote early detection, the program to date has generated more than $7 million in its seven-year existence and has earned four national awards.
A total of 25 players of the Monday Night Ladies League and Monday Night Mens League are expected for the rally day at Golden Oak on July 28. As part of the Rally For A Cure activities, a closest-to-the-pin contest is held at a designated par-three rally hole. Titleist golf balls bearing the pink ribbon breast cancer awareness symbol are awarded to every player who hits the green and a prize is given for the shot that lands nearest to the hole. Golfers received important early detection literature and an exclusive rally pink ribbon golf pin to wear for the day, plus a full-year subscription to Golf For Women Magazine, the programs title sponsor.
Breast cancer is the leading cause of death for women ages 35-54, and the disease also accounts for more than 75% of all cancer deaths in women 55 years of age and older.
Rally For A Cure is organized and directed by two Connecticut companies, The Wrenfield Group and Norton Communications. For further information about hosting a rally golf event to benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation call (800) 327-6811 or visit the website at www.rallyforacure.com.
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