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Published: Thu, February 13, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



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Poland, Warren JFKswimmers advance

The Poland High swimming and diving team qualified three relays, five individuals and two divers to this weekend's Division II district meet at Cleveland State University.

For the first time in school history, the Bulldogs qualified three relays -- the 200 medley, 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relays -- for the district.

The 200 medley is made up of Carey Venglarcik, Liz Rothenberg, Allyson Simons and Raeanne Coppola. The 200 freestyle is led by Audrey Plant, Venglarcik, Rothenberg and Coppola, while the 400 freestyle participants are Plant, Maura Picciano, Simons and Rothenberg.

In individual events, Venglarcik (100 butterfly, 100 backstroke), Coppola (50 freestyle, 100 freestyle), Plant (50 freestyle), Rothenberg (100 freestyle) and Cody Robson (100 butterfly, 200 individual medley) qualified.

Advancing for diving are Molly Makowski and Mallory Bajerski.

The Bulldogs are coached by Beth Gargasz and Beth Queen.

District competition gets underway Thursday with diving and continues for the rest of the swimmers Friday and Saturday.

Warren JFK is sending two relays and three individuals to the district at CSU.

The Eagles qualified the 200 medley relay of Aletha Mymo, Kayla Teaberry, Courtney Reese and Becky Bertuzzi and 400 freestyle relay of Teaberry, Stephanie Barker, Reese and Bertuzzi.

Bertuzzi (200 freestyle, 100 freestyle); Reese (500 freestyle, 100 butterfly); and Chris Totten (200 individual medley, 100 butterfly) qualified as individuals.

JFK is coached by Erin DeNicholas and Doug Knowles.

REGION

Heins acquiredby Penguins

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired defenseman Shawn Heins from the San Jose Sharks for a conditional draft pick Sunday.

Heins, 29, had one assist and nine penalty minutes in 20 games this season with the Sharks. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Heins has three goals and 10 points in 81 career NHL games since signing with the Sharks as a free agent in 1997.

NATION

Convicted hockey dad seeks new trial

BOSTON -- A man convicted of beating another man to death at their sons' hockey practice is seeking a new trial, claiming the prosecutors kept information from the defense that could have been used to undermine testimony from a key witness.

Attorney John B. O'Connor, who helped defend Thomas Junta, told the Boston Herald that the Committee for Public Counsel Services will file the motion Monday in Suffolk Superior Court.

Junta was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in January 2001 for beating Michael Costin on July 5, 2000. Junta was sentenced to six-to-10 years in prison.

Junta testified at his trial that he tried to avoid a fight and only struck Costin in self-defense. A medical examiner said Costin had severe brain injuries, and others said Junta pounded Costin's head and was red-faced with rage.

O'Connor said two issues are at the heart of the appeal: whether Middlesex prosecutors violated a court order requiring them to present all relevant information on medical examiner Stanton C. Kessler before the trial, and whether Kessler made Costin's injuries appear more vicious at trial than he did when discussing them at a professional conference in 2001.

Dixon winsin Top Fuel

POMONA, Calif. -- Larry Dixon won the Top Fuel event at the K & amp;N Filters Winternationals at Pomona Raceway.

He made event history by becoming the first Top Fuel driver to repeat as a winner at the Winternationals. Dixon won the Budweiser Shootout a day earlier.

Real Desirehorse of year

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Real Desire was selected 2002 Harness Horse of the Year after winning 10 of 13 races and more than $1 million in purses. Kadabra, who won 11 of 14 starts, was chosen Trotter of the Year and top 3-year-old trotter.

Fury beats Force

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Andy Kelly threw a 13-yard touchdown to Angel Rubio with 46 seconds left as the Detroit Fury defeated the Georgia Force 38-31 in an Arena Football League game Sunday.

The Fury (1-1) scored the game's last 18 points in snapping a 12-game losing streak that dated back to May 11, 2002.

Kelly threw for 215 yards and four touchdowns but was also intercepted twice. Detroit's Ty Grovesteen caught seven passes for 63 yards.

WORLD

Serena beatsMauresmo

PARIS -- Serena Williams defeated Amelie Mauresmo 6-3, 6-2 to win the Gaz de France, her first tournament since capturing the Australian Open. It was her 21st career victory.

Mauresmo then pulled out of the Diamond Games after she injured her thigh during her loss to Williams.

Mauresmo returned to competition after being sidelined for 16 weeks by a knee operation.

Vindicator staff/wire reports




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