Briefs: Local Sports July 18, 2009

Baseball

• Gene Taylor’s sweeps doubleheader

Gene Taylor’s under-18 baseball team defeated Montrose in a doubleheader Wednesday night.
The Taylor’s team took the first game 18-9, then defeated Montrose 8-3 in the second. Gene Taylor’s plays a doubleheader Tuesday at Price, Utah.

Bowling

•GJ’s Hampton places 611th at USBC Junior Gold Championships

Derek Hampton didn’t have any better luck this time.
The 17-year-old Grand Junction bowler failed to make the semifinals of the United States Bowling Congress Junior Gold Championships this week in Indianapolis.
Hampton placed 611th out of more than 1,100 junior boys with an 18-game total of 3,165 (175.8 per game average). He entered the tournament with a 200 average.
He got off to a slow start with an average of 166.2 in the first six games, but scored 1,134 points in the next six games to move up to 589. He scored 1,034 in his final six games and dropped to 611th.
The top 152 bowlers made the semifinals. The tournament concluded Friday.

Golf

• Women in Golf Day is today

The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa is hosting a ‘Women in Golf’ Day from 8 a.m. to noon today at Redlands Mesa.
The event is free for women. It includes four hours of instruction and a free lunch.
For more information call the club at 263-9270.

Local Tennis

• ‘Tennis Town’ online voting open

Voting is open to the public for the USTA Best Tennis Town in America.
To vote, go to http://www.gjsentinel.com/sports or log on to http://www.besttennistown.com. Voting is limited to one per e-mail address. Voting closes July 26.
Video profiles and letters of recommendation are available to view for each of the 10 finalists.
The finalists are Baton Rouge, La., Cary, N.C., Las Vegas, Independence, Kan., Ojai, Calif., Hickory, N.C., Midland, Mich., Springfield, Mo., Tempe, Ariz. and Grand Junction.
The grand prize winner receives $100,000, second prize receives $50,000 and third prize gets $25,000.

• Taco Bell draw posted today

Participants in the Taco Bell Western Slope Open tennis tournament can check their scheduled match times and draws from 1-4 p.m. today and Sunday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday at Saunders Fieldhouse on the campus of Mesa State College.
Out of town participants can call 248-1900 or 248-1901 during the same hours to check scheduled match times. Players are expected to report to Saunders Fieldhouse for matches 15 minutes prior to the scheduled time.
The Taco Bell Western Slope Open begins Tuesday and continues through the weekend.

Basketball

• Yao Ming likely out next season

HOUSTON — Houston center Yao Ming will have surgery on his broken left foot next week and will likely miss all of next season, the latest blow to the Rockets’ faltering bid to return to the NBA’s elite.
The team said Friday that there is no timetable set for the return of the 7-foot-6 Yao, a seven-time All Star, but that he is “expected to be available for the team’s training camp in 2010.” That camp is in October — 16 months away.
The 28-year-old Yao chose a surgery that will involve a bone graft to promote bone regeneration, the team said. He’s also hoping to reduce the arch in the foot by realigning and restructuring the bones.


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