YOUNGSTOWN -- Senior Tiffany Patteson was named to the Canadian National Team for the Pacific Rim Championships this week in Chula Vista, Calif.
Patteson, a three-time All-Horizon League selection, played for Team Canada in October at the World University Softball Championships. Last summer she was named to the Canadian Olympic Developmental Team and competed at the 2004 Canada Cup.
Patteson was also named to the Canadian National Softball Team for the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Patteson finished her YSU career with a .340 batting average, 42 doubles, 15 triples, seven home runs and 70 RBIs. She holds the school records for most triples and runs scored and second with in batting average, doubles and slugging percentage (.526).
Florak, Phillips and Gnacinski to Participate in NCAA's YES Clinic
YOUNGSTOWN -- Baseball coach Mike Florak, former senior Jim Phillips and senior Matt Gnacinski will take part in the NCAA Men's College World Series Baseball YES Clinic June 18-19 in Omaha, Neb.
The YES (Youth Education through Sports) Clinic is for boys and girls ages 10-18 and provides a chance for youngsters to meet and learn hands-on baseball instruction from Division I student-athletes and coaches from across the country.
The event will be at Creighton University, in conjunction with the College World Series.
BOARDMAN -- Boardman High's 4x800-meter relay of Jake Lape, Rick Lape, Dave Haushalter and Jim Hlebak set a school record with a time of 7 minutes, 55.46 seconds at the state track and field meet, snapping the 14-year-old mark of 8:00.4, held by Ted Huziak, Sean O'Neill, Tony Duponty, and Jamie Fox.
The mark qualified the relay to compete at the Nike Outdoor Championships in Greensboro, N.C.
Brandon Rader and Haushalter were recently named to the state's Academic All-Ohio list.
Rader, a junior shot putter who finished 12th at the state meet, carries a GPA of 3.9 and is also a member of the golf team. Haushalter has a GPA of 3.6 and is a three-year letterman in both track and cross country.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Undefeated middleweight contender Kelly Pavlik has been scheduled for an eight-round fight Friday against Daniel Neal of Columbus.
The fight will take place at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, as part of the undercard for the Jose Armando Santa Cruz-Ernesto Zavala main event, promoted by Top Rank Inc. and 8 Count Productions.
Neal is just 9-8-1 with two knockouts but his last fight was a six-round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Sam Merza on May 27.
"Kelly is in excellent shape and though this is a tuneup fight we never take anyone lightly, but we are looking ahead to a much bigger fight July 30," said Pavlik trainer Jack Loew.
Pavlik (24-0, 21 KOs) has been promised a pay per view slot with another contender July 30.
"I fight for Top Rank and they get my opponents," said Pavlik. "I am looking forward to what the rest of the summer brings me."
*Camp Fitch running director Mike Garcia was misquoted in an article Sunday as saying former Fitch High running standout Alan Scharsu had bad running form. Garcia was talking about a different runner.
*The Hubbard Middle School volleyball camp is June 13-15. It was incorrectly noted as a July camp in last week's editions. Call (330) 534-8294 for more information.
Charges againstBurress are dropped
CORAOPOLIS, Pa. -- A district judge has withdrawn an arrest warrant for former Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Plaxico Burress, after officials determined he never owed $90,000 in back local wage taxes.
The arrest warrant was rescinded Friday, a day after it was issued, Burress' tax attorney Chuck Potter told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for Monday's editions.
NEW YORK -- The NHL and the players' union will hold three more days of talks, beginning today in another small-group setting.
The sides will be getting together in New York, marking the sixth straight week they will hold negotiations.
Both the league and the players' association are committed to keeping that kind of schedule until a new collective bargaining agreement is worked out.
Vindicator staff/wire reports