Rupert-Duchektake over lead
CANFIELD -- By rolling 1,473, Jerri Rupert and Jerry Duchek took over the lead as the Youngstown Mixed Doubles Bowling Tournament reached its final stage today at Amron Lanes.
Rebecca Streb and Adam Barta fell into second with 1,445 followed by Lorillia Crum and Ray Bakes with 1,425. Bowlers moving into high spots lately include Tammy Baker-Francis Zitnik in sixth with 1,412, Donna Kincaid-George Finelli into eighth with 1,403 and Jerri Rupert and Bob Rupert Jr. into ninth with 1,402.
Slots are still open in the tournament that concludes today with squads at 1 p.m. and 3.
Hightower joinsindoor team
INDIANAPOLIS -- Former YSU All-Conference safety Bruce Hightower joined the four-player practice squad for the Indiana Firebirds of the Arena Football Leauge.
Hightower, who played at YSU from 1998-2001, was a first team All-Gateway performer last fall.
Long drive returns
The Giant Eagle LPGA Classic announced an additional opportunity for local golfers to be involved with this year's tournament.
In conjunction with the Schwebel Baking Company, the Giant Eagle LPGA Classic will once again host its special amateur long drive competition.
The Schwebel's Amateur Long Drive contest for leagues, clubs anc courses are invited to compete in the contest, which is open to women golfers throughout northeastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania.
Each league or course can qualify one individual to participate in the semifinals July 13 at Squaw Creek Country in Vienna.
Six players will advance from the semis to the finals July 16 and will compete for a share of $1,200 in prizes.
For more information call (330) 565-lPGA or visit the official website of the tournament , www.lpgaclassic.com.
Two from MUCare All-Americans
ALLIANCE -- Mount Union juniors Chris Bascich and Laura Somoles earned All-American honors at this week's Division III outdoor track and field national meet.
Somoles finished eighth in the long jump with a jump of 18-5 1/4. Basich finished third in the shot put (55-2 3/4).
Former Notre Dame HB Miller dies
SHAKER HEIGHTS -- Creighton Miller, a former Notre Dame halfback and member of the College Football Hall of Fame, died at his apartment in this Cleveland suburb. He was 79.
Miller was found Friday morning by relatives. A cause of death was not available. The Cuyahoga County coroner was to perform an autopsy.
Miller played at Notre Dame from 1941-43. He was fourth in Heisman Trophy balloting in 1943, leading the nation with 911 yards rushing and scoring 13 touchdowns as the Fighting Irish won the national championship.
Miller was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1976. He also was a member of the first Cleveland Browns coaching staff in 1946 before going to law school at Yale.
In 1956, he agreed to help NFL players form a players association. He also worked as a lawyer in Cleveland for years.
Special nightat Mercer
MERCER, Pa. -- Mercer Raceway Park and Anderson Coach & amp; Travel will team up to present & quot;Lions, Tigers, & amp; Bears & quot; Night on Saturday night, June 1 at Mercer Raceway Park. This night kicks off the 2002 Special Family Event Schedule presented by Max Weiss Law Firm of Meadville, Pa.
The grand prize of the evening will be a trip for two to the Lion King musical in Toronto.
Another giveaway will be a trip to the African Safari Park in Ontario for one adult and child. A third giveaway will be two trips to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo for families of four.
Gates open at 4:30 p.m. with racing beginning at 7 p.m. Adult admission is $10. Students 6 to 15 are $5. The Family Pass, which admits parents and up to four kids, is $23. Children five and under are free.
Brand, Wallaceon U.S. Team
Ben Wallace and Elton Brand were selected to fill the final two roster spots for the United States team in the World Championships this summer, The Associated Press learned Saturday.
The choice of two power forwards reflected the concern of the American team that it needed some size to match up with some of the better teams in the tournament.
Wallace, the Detroit Pistons forward who led the NBA in rebounding and blocked shots, will give the American team another low-post player capable of doing the dirty work inside.
Brand also is a tenacious rebounder, and a much better offensive player than Wallace.
The selections were made Thursday by the USA Basketball Selection committee but have not yet been announced publicly.
George Karl of the Milwaukee Bucks will coach the U.S. team.
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Lovieanne Jung scored on Mackenzie Vandergeest's groundout as Arizona beat Arizona State 1-0 in eight innings Saturday to remain unbeaten in the NCAA Women's College World Series.
Arizona (54-11) advanced to a game today against the winner of a late game between Florida State and Nebraska, which beat Michigan 1-0 on Saturday. The winner of today's game will advance to the championship game Monday.
Arizona State (45-19) had to return later `to play top-seeded UCLA, which stayed alive with a 2-0 victory over Oklahoma.
Boeker advancesto NCAA semifinals
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Top-seeded Matais Boeker of Georgia beat Southern California's Nick Rainey 7-5, 6-2 on Saturday to advance to the semifinals of the NCAA tennis championships.
Boeker, a junior from Argentina, will face Stanford's David Martin, a 7-6 (3), 6-2 winner over California's John Fruttero.
In the other quarterfinals, fourth-seeded Jesse Witten of Kentucky beat San Diego State's Oliver Maiberger 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, and Stanford's Ryan Haviland defeated Georgia's Brandon Wagner 6-2, 6-1.
Bielik wins women's singles title
STANFORD, Calif. -- Wake Forest junior Bea Bielik used her powerful serve to overwhelm Florida senior Jessica Lehnhoff 6-2, 6-0 to win the NCAA singles championship Saturday.
Vindicator staff/wire reports