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Published: Sun, February 16, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



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District bowlingsites selected

YOUNGSTOWN -- Teams from the Mahoning Valley High School Bowling Conference will compete in district competition this weekend at two sites.

Six MVHSBC schools are in action Saturday at 2 p.m. at Bell-Wick Bowl where the girls vie for advancement to the regional. The girls teams are Struthers, Austintown Fitch, Boardman, Chaney, Niles and Warren Harding.

Beginning at 3:30 p.m. at Redman's Recreation Center in Lorain, boys teams from Fitch, Boardman, Ursuline, Girard, Struthers, Chaney, Niles and Cardinal Mooney will attempt to qualify for the regional.

Individuals already set for the regionals at Midway Lanes in Akron next weekend are: Chris Trantifillow (Lowellville), Matt Mikula and Nick Turjonis (Liberty); Justin Boyles (Warren Harding); Toni Joseph (Canfield); and Dana Bachinger (Ursuline).

YBA tournamentopens Feb. 28

YOUNGSTOWN -- A-Plus Family Bowl will be the site of the team event while Wedgewood Lanes is home to singles and doubles competition when the Youngstown Bowling Association's 71st city tournament opens with the proprietors squad kickoff Feb. 28.

This year, the tournament will be divided into an upper and lower division, based on last year's average. The fee is $17 per event with an option for all-events costing $2. Dates for sign-up are March 1-2 and March 8-9.

Also, entries for the Senior Doubles Tournament for bowlers 55 and older are available at centers and the Youngstown Bowling Association office. The event is March 15-16 at Holiday and A-Plus. Entries close March 13 at 9 p.m.

Repucci, Pattonwins awards

ERIE, Pa. -- Senior placekicker Vinny Repucci and sophomore running back Marcus Patton were among the award winners at the Mercyhurst College football team's postseason dinner held recently.

Repucci, an Austintown Fitch High graduate, shared honors as Outstanding Special Teams player while Patton, a Chaney High graduate, was named Newcomer of the Year.

All voting was done by team members.

Repucci led Mercyhurst in scoring with 49 points on 11-for-19 in field goals and 16-for-17 in extra points.

Patton led Mercyhurst in all-purpose yards with 730 on 356 yards rushing, 336 in kickoff returns and 38 yards receiving. His 336 kickoff-return yards ranked No. 1 on the team, while his 356 yards rushing ranked No. 2,

Andersonearns two honors

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. -- Scott Anderson, a senior wide receiver for the Lock Haven University football team this past season from Cortland and Lakeview High, was presented with two awards at the Bald Eagles' annual post-season banquet this past weekend.

Anderson won the Edward L. McGill Memorial Leadership Award and also the Willis Endowed Scholarship.

Anderson was honored with the McGill Award as "the outstanding senior football player exemplifying the qualities of Ed McGill, who was a quarterback at Lock Haven University from 1970-74 when he became ill with Hodgkins Disease.

Anderson (6-4, 205) played in all 11 games and caught 14 passes for 175 yards and one touchdown.

The son of Sondra and Ed Anderson, Anderson is majoring in health and physical education.

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Neuheiseladmits lying

SEATTLE -- Washington Huskies coach Rick Neuheisel has acknowledged that he was interviewed for the San Francisco 49ers coaching job, saying his initial denial was based on a promise of confidentiality.

Neuheisel told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and The Seattle Times on Wednesday night that he decided to give the real story out of concern for his credibility.

"My knee-jerk reaction was to protect an agreement of confidentially I had with the 49ers," Neuheisel told The Times, "but the life of the story that has followed has raised the question about who I am. It has questioned something more important, my credibility, and that isn't worth it.

"I want to correct the situation and apologize for not being more candid. I will work hard at repairing those relationships I have damaged."

Neuheisel, 33-16 in four years at Washington and 66-30 in seven years as a college head coach, would not say whether he was interested in or had been offered the 49ers job, which went to Oregon State coach Dennis Erickson on Tuesday.

P-I columnist John Levesque overheard Neuheisel on Sunday at the San Francisco airport while the coach was talking by telephone with his parents about the 49ers job.

He met with 49ers owner John York, consultant Bill Walsh and general manager Terry Donahue on Sunday at a hotel near the club's headquarters.

Staff/wire reports




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