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Published: Sat, February 5, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



YSU

Swimming

YOUNGSTOWN -- Seniors Jordan Dunn and Erin Carter picked up two victories apiece to pace Youngstown State to a 110-80 victory over California University of Pennsylvania on Saturday afternoon at the Beeghly Natatorium.

Senior Kalyn Leveto also won twice in exhibition diving events as YSU's 10 seniors competed in their final home meet.

YSU triumphed in seven of the meet's 11 swimming events, including claiming the top spot in the first six events.

Dunn took the top honors in the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 11:01.45 and the 500 free in 5:21.68 while Carter won the 200 IM in 2:15.22 and the 100 back in 1:02.17. Carter also swam the butterfly leg of the winning 200 medley relay squad.

Sophomore Becky Bertuzzi was victorious in the 200 free in 2:00.09 while Brittany Senn also picked up a win in the 50 free with a time of 25.33.

Earning second-place finishes for the Penguins were Erika Gregos in the 1,000 free (11:07.52) and Katy Malys in the 100 free (56.09). Senior Michelle Von Duhn added a third-place finish in the 500 free while Missy Wiese placed third in the 100 free.

Youngstown State's divers will take on Clarion at the YSU Diving Invitational on Saturday. The swimmers will break until the Horizon League Championship on Feb. 23.

LOCAL

Phantoms dropthird straight

BOARDMAN -- For the Youngstown Phantoms, it was a case of could've, would've, should've.

They played their best game in four meetings against the U.S. National Under-18 Team. But a myriad of factors contributed to a 5-2 loss for Youngstown in North American Hockey League (NAHL) action at The Ice Zone.

For the U.S., winners of six in a row, Jack Skille had two goals and an assist, Phil Kessel added a goal and an assist, and Mark Mitera chipped in two assists, who improve their record to 26-13-1, 53 points. They continue to lead the Soo Kewadin Indians by four points for first place in the North Division. With the loss, the Phantoms fall to third at 21-16-3, 45 points.

Dale Michonski opened the scoring on the powerplay at 3:23 of the first period, giving Youngstown a 1-0 lead. Peter Mueller tied it up after a Ryan Stoa shot hit the post and bounced right to Mueller's stick for the rebound. In the period, the Phantoms missed two opportunities in front with an open net, and Kyle Laughlin's slapshot in the center slot rang off the inside of the crossbar, but neither the goal judge nor the referee would confirm a goal.

Kessel scored at 2:44 of the second to give the U.S. a lead for good at 2-1. With the man advantage, Mitera's shot off the point also hit the post, and redirected right to Kessel in the left faceoff circle. He controlled a live puck flat and ripped a wrist shot past Jerry Kuhn. Skille scored at 10:46 to extend the lead to 3-1 before Michonski scored his second of the night in the period's final minute.

On an odd-man break, Marc Menzione slowed up in the left faceoff circle before feeding a cross-ice pass to a trailing Michonski, who redirected it past U.S. goaltender Jeff Frazee with 17.7 seconds remaining to pull the Phantoms back within one.

After an insignificant but quick-moving start to the third period, the Phantoms applied good pressure in the U.S. zone before a mini-brawl broke out at the 12:32 mark. Despite the U.S. taking out most of the aggression during the episode, somehow the Phantoms ended up shorthanded. After an additional penalty was later assessed on Youngstown, the U.S. extended their lead to 4-2 as Kyle Lawson scored at 14:33, just as their 2-man advantage expired. Skille added an empty-netter with 40 seconds remaining.

The Phantoms will next face the Cleveland Jr. Barons on Friday and Saturday, February 11-12 at The Ice Zone. Faceoff for both games are 7:00pm. Tickets are available throughout the week and on game nights by calling (330) 965-7500 or visiting the Ice Zone, located at 360 McClurg Rd.

Curbstoners

The Curbstone Coaches will resume their weekly noon luncheon at the Lockwood House on Monday.

The special guest speaker will be Rocco Nero.

Boxing roundup

*TORONTO -- Light-heavyweight Etianne "E.T." Whitaker was stopped at 1:24 of round 2 by Troy Ross Friday night.

Ross (12-0), a two-time Olympian, stopped Whitaker (32-16-2) with a left-right combination in the scheduled eight-round co-feature at the Orangeville Agricultural Society.

*MORGANTOWN, W. Va. -- Warren cruiserweight Zack Page fought a scheduled heavyweight four rounder Friday night at the Radisson Hotel, winning his third of five pro fights with a third round knockout of Morgantown's Chuck Hess.

More than 600 fans were on hand for the six bout card promoted by Steve Simon.

It was the second knockout for Page who went to the Amateur Nationals in Las Vegas in 2003.

Page managed by the Steel Valley Boxing Club triumvirate of Chuck Bayley, Tom Cordell and Joe Venerosa, dropped the portly Hess with a straight right in the first round and dominated the fight from then on.

Page's two-fisted attack had the referee give Hess a standing eight count in the second round.

In round three with a sustained attack Page moved Hess around the ring at will and caught him with another straight right that sent him down for the 10 count. The knockout happened at 1:12 of the third round.

After the fight Page said & quot;I wish they could all be this easy, this guy only tagged me with three punches all night. & quot;

NATION

Heavyweight Barrett beats Beck by TKO

ST. LOUIS -- Heavyweight Monte Barrett handed Owen Beck the first loss of his pro career Saturday night, winning by technical knockout in the ninth round on the undercard of the Cory Spinks-Zab Judah welterweight title bout.

Barrett staggered Beck against the ropes with a series of punches and then knocked him down with about a half-minute left in the ninth round. The fight was stopped with eight seconds left in the round after Barrett knocked down Beck again with two hard rights and a stiff left.

"I'm surprised he stayed up as long as he did," Barrett said. "He doesn't have the experience that I do and I could feel he was starting to wear down.

"I'm ready for any of the world champions."

Barrett (31-3, 17 knockouts) also knocked down Beck in the second round, and two of the three judges had him leading when the fight was stopped.

Beck (24-1, 18 knockouts) had knocked out his previous four opponents within three rounds and had only been past the fifth round three times in his six-year career.

Barrett sustained a cut over his left eye in the fourth round, caused by an inadvertent head butt. The fight was briefly stopped in the fifth so Barrett could get medical attention.

Judah's brother, super middleweight Josiah Judah, was among the winners on the undercard with a first-round knockout of Brandon Jackson. Josiah Judah is 2-0 as a professional.

Vindicator staff/wire reports




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