Valentinepicks Penguins
YOUNGSTOWN -- Tennis player Ryen Valentine, a Marion High graduate, has signed a letter of intent to continue his athletic career at Youngstown State University.
Valentine was a state tournament participant and advanced to the second round before being eliminated by the eventual state champion.
Volleyballclass slated
BOARDMAN -- The Mahoning Valley Volleyball Officials Association will hold a mandatory school for new volleyball officials on Aug. 6 at the Boardman High gym at 6 p.m.
Jim Pepperney, secretary of the association, said all candidates must attend the school to become officials, as recently mandated by the Ohio High School Athletic Association. Candidates also must take an examination.
To make reservations to attend the school, call Pepperney at (330) 702-9901. Pepperney also is director of the school and an instructor.
Buhl Club BikeClassic is set
SHARON, Pa. -- The 19th annual F.H. Buhl Club-Sharon American Legion Bike Classic is set Saturday.
The 31-mile bicycle race begins and ends in downtown Sharon but takes riders on a scenic route that crosses the Shenango Reservoir and goes nearly as far north as Greenville.
Registration is from 7 to 8 a.m. at the Three By the River parking lot on Connelly Boulevard. Race time is 8:30 a.m.
The race ends in front of the F.H. Buhl Club on East State Street.
Awards will be presented to the first place overall winners for men and women. There will be awards for the first three places in seven age divisions for men and five for women.
Entry fees will be $22 on race day.
7 area Titanson honor roll
NEW WILMINGTON -- Seven Youngstown-area student-athletes were among the 27 from Westminster College who were selected to the 2001 Presidents' Athletic Conference Spring Academic Honor Roll.
The honor goes to winter or spring sports participants who achieved a 3.6 grade-point average or higher in the spring 2001 semester
Heading the list were J.P. Maszczak from Canfield High in basketball and Don Augustine from Cardinal Mooney in track and field. Both seniors achieved 4.0 grade-point averages as majors in biology and mathematics, respectively.
Also garnering a 4.0 was Kurt Latta, a senior on the baseball team from Wilmington Area High, and majoring in elementary education.
Just missing 4.0 were Robin Thayer, a junior women's basketball player from South Range; Chad Phillips, senior basketball player from Warren JFK; and Kevin Culp, sophomore baseball player from Canfield.
Thayer had a 3.933 in financial economics; Phillips a 3.925 in economics; and Culp a 3.925 in mathematics.
The other area pick was Ryan Harcar in tennis from Neshannock High, a sophomore who posted a 3.75 in accounting.
Westminster ranked No. 2 among the six PAC schools in the number of student-athletes making the Honor Roll, behind Grove City with 34.
Penguins signJonsson, Meloche
PITTSBURGH -- Restricted free agent defenseman Hans Jonsson will make $1.65 million over the next two seasons, and right wing Eric Meloche has signed a minor league deal with the Penguins.
Jonsson was the team's top-scoring defenseman with four goals and 18 assists in 58 regular-season games, while earning $650,000.
Jonsson, who has played the past two seasons with the Penguins following eight years in a Swedish league, will make $800,000 this season and $850,000 the next season.
Meloche, the son of Penguins goaltending coach Gilles Meloche, scored 20 goals and 20 assists in his first season with the team's AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre. He also scored six goals, 10 assists and recorded 17 penalty minutes in 21 Calder Cup playoff games.
The three players the Penguins acquired from the Washington Capitals in Thursday's Jaromir Jagr trade are all signed for the next three seasons.
General manager Craig Patrick said centers Kris Beech and Michal Sivek and defenseman Ross Lupaschuk will play for the Penguins or Wilkes-Barre this season.
Sunday is the NHL's deadline for restricted free agents to file for arbitration rights.
Those Penguins eligible for arbitration are: centers Jan Hrdina, Robert Lang and Wayne Primeau; wingers Martin Straka and Alexei Kovalev; defensemen Darius Kasparaitis and Ian Moran.
Sluman leads by 1at Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE -- Jeff Sluman shot a 7-under-par 64 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over Harrison Frazar, Shigeki Maruyama and Kenny Perry in the Greater Milwaukee Open.
Sluman, the 1998 winner at Brown Deer Park, had a 14-under 199 total. Frazar, seeking his first victory in his 100th PGA Tour event, fired a 62, one off the course record held by Steve Lowery. Maruyama had a 67, and Perry shot a 71.
Sluman, who had seven birdies and no bogeys, began the day six strokes behind Perry, who took a three-stroke lead into the weekend.
Earthquakesdown Mutiny
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Manny Lagos scored two goals against his former team as the San Jose Earthquakes beat the Tampa Bay 2-1 Saturday, extending the Mutiny's losing streak to four matches.
Lagos scored on a header in the 92nd minute off a pass from Landon Donovan after referees added two minutes of stoppage time. Lagos' goal spoiled the debut of Tampa Bay coach Perry Van Der Beck.
Reavie defeatsGreen for title
SAN ANTONIO -- Arizona State's Chez Reavie beat Walker Cup veteran Danny Green in 38 holes Saturday to win U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.
Reavie, 19, of Mesa, Ariz., earned a spot in the 2002 Masters with the victory in the longest final in the 76-year history of the championship.
Reavie rallied from a two-hole deficit after 18 holes to beat Green, 44, of Jackson, Tenn.
Godwin, Lee advance to final
NEWPORT, R.I. -- South African Neville Godwin survived a match point to beat Denmark's Kenneth Carlsen 6-3, 6-7 (2), 7-6 (6) on Saturday in the semifinals of the Hall of Fame Championships.
In the other semifinal, Britain's Martin Lee beat American James Blake 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (5).
Godwin's only other career final came in the 1998 tournament when he lost to India's Leander Paes.
The matches followed the Hall of Fame inductions of Ivan Lendl and Mervyn Rose.
Vindicator staff/wire reports

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