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Published: Mon, February 7, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



LOCAL

Schedules needed

Athletic administrators from area high schools are asked to submit their spring sports schedules to The Vindicator.

Schedules can be mailed to: Sports Department, The Vindicator, P.O. Box 780, Youngstown, Ohio, 44501; e-mailed to: sports@vindy.com, or faxed to: (330) 747-6712.

Stars top Whitehurst

BOARDMAN -- Zack Skook had two goals and an assist as the Youngstown Stars Midget AA hockey team beat Whitehurst 6-0 Saturday at the Ice Zone.

Jordan D'Atri and Jim Pasquine each had a goal and two assists, while Justin Umbs and David Cornich also scored for the Stars.

Dane Corbett recorded the shutout on goal for Youngstown.

Phantoms post shutout

The Youngstown Phantoms peewee A major team defeated Whitehurst 2-0.

Ryan Demyen and Lucas Clarke had goals while Scott McKee and Mike Gorgacz provided assists. Goalie John O'Brien stopped 17 shots and posted his second shutout of the season.

The Phantoms' record improves to 10-2-2.

Geneva routs Damien

BEAVER FALLS, Pa. -- Tim Sawyer had 26 points and went over the 1,000-point plateau in his career as Geneva beat Damien 91-78 Saturday in Beaver Falls, Pa.

Geneva (15-9, 5-4 in AMC North) also got 15 points from Kyle McDermott and 12 from Marko Joksimovic. Nate Conley had 16 assists for Geneva.

Darnell Jackson scored 25 points to pace Damien (16-9, 6-3 AMC North). Joe Olsen had 17 and Therron Blackwell scored 16 in the Wildcats' loss.

Damien led 39-36 at the half, but were outscored 52-42 in the final 20 minutes. Geneva shot 47 percent for the game, hitting 10-of-22 from 3-point range.

AUTO RACING

Veteran driverswin 24-hour event

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- From daytime to nighttime and back again, teams led by Tony Stewart and Max Angelelli fought for the lead in the Rolex 24 endurance race.

Then, with just 123 minutes left in the 24-hour sports car event, the Pontiac Crawford that 2002 NASCAR champion Stewart shared with former race winners Andy Wallace and Jan Lammers had a gearbox failure.

That allowed Angelelli to protect what suddenly became a comfortable lead, and the Italian driver, Wayne Taylor and Emmanuel Collard claimed an 11-lap victory Sunday at Daytona International Speedway in their Pontiac-powered Riley prototype.

"That was the toughest part of the race, that last two hours," Angelelli said. "You go all out for 22 hours and then have to be very careful in traffic and not do anything stupid the last two hours.

"I've never had such a big lead like that at the end. I kept saying to myself, 'Don't make a mistake.' That was difficult."

Stewart had yet another heartbreak here: A year ago, he lost the lead and the race when his suspension failed with less than 25 minutes remaining.

"With a situation like we had last year and then this year, all that does is make it more gratifying when you do eventually win," Stewart said.

With a field considered the strongest in the event's 43-year history, with stars from NASCAR, the IRL and Champ Car dotting the lineup, it was a huge victory for the trio of sports car specialists who have been racing together around the world since 1998.

SKIING

Kildow goes backto drawing board

SANTA CATERINA VALFURVA, Italy -- The world championships turned out to be tougher than Lindsey Kildow thought they would be.

"Tears can only speak," Kildow said, sobbing after her latest tight finish kept her off the medal stand. "It's the worst feeling ever."

The 20-year-old skier from Vail, Colo., finished fourth for the second time in three days Sunday, missing a downhill medal by just 0.23 seconds. On Friday, she came within 0.20 seconds of the bronze in the combined.

"I have to go back to the drawing board and figure out what I'm doing wrong and what it's going to take to win the Olympics," Kildow said, looking toward next year's Turin Games.

"Obviously, it's going to be more than what I initially anticipated because I skied the way I've always been skiing, and I've been getting podiums all season long and today I didn't."

Kildow was on pace for at least the silver medal Sunday until making a slight error in the second half of her run.

Kildow's time held up for third place until the last skier down -- Austria's Renate Goetschl -- bumped her off the podium.

TENNIS

First ATP Tour title

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -- Xavier Malisse of Belgium won his first ATP Tour title Sunday with a 7-6 (6), 6-2 victory over Jiri Novak of the Czech Republic at the Millennium Tennis Championships.

The third-seeded Malisse came in with an 0-6 career record in finals, including runner-up finishes at Delray Beach in 1999 and 2001.

"It feels awesome," said Malisse, a Wimbledon semifinalist in 2002. "I've never had this feeling before because I always lost. This is my first and hopefully I can get some more."

Vindicator staff/wire reports




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