Briefs: Local Sports October 27, 2008

College Soccer

• Mesa men shut out Cougars

Mesa State’s RMAC tournament hopes remained mathematically alive with a 2-0 victory Sunday over Colorado Christian in Lakewood.
Andy Cornia scored one goal in the 37th minute and assisted a goal scored by senior Eric Anderson in the 59th minute.
Mesa State (9-9, 5-7 RMAC) had 13 shots, including four on goal. Colorado Christian (0-18-0, 0-12-0 RMAC) had two shots, but none on goal.

• Mavs score three times in win over CCU

Mesa State scored a season-high three goals to defeat Colorado Christian 3-1 on Sunday in Lakewood.
Dany Ramirez gave the Mavericks (12-6-1, 7-4-0 RMAC) a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute on an assist by Natalie Koen. Sherilyn Stoffel made it 2-0 in the 25th minute, and Rachelle Ormond scored with 15 seconds left in the first half on an assist by Ramirez.
The Mavericks, who have already clinched a RMAC tournament berth, had 18 shots, including three on goal. Colorado Christian
(4-13-0, 1-10-0 RMAC) had seven shots, one on goal.

Gymnastics

• Norton, King tie for 1st in All Around

KidzPlex hosted its 21st annual USAG Compulsory Invitational this weekend. 
Reece Norton and Megan King tied for first all around in the
9-year-old Level 4 division.  In the 8-year-old Level 4 division Morgan Ash was second. KidzPlex Level 4 team placed second.
In Level 5 Hunter Ash placed second, Jenna Pearce placed seventh and Natasha Jordan placed eighth all around for the 12 and older age group.  Brittany Bruder placed 4th and Gabby Donalson placed sixth All Around for the 11-year-olds.  KidzPlex Level 5 team placed 2nd.
In Level 6, Delaney Gaddis placed 2nd all around in the 11-12 age group.
For the 13 and olders, Jessica Green placed third, Jessica Luque placed fifth, Amanda Summers placed sixth, Gina Jagoda placed ninth and Kaci Copeland placed 10th all around. KidzPlex team placed 10th all around.

Basketball

• Warriors coach on verge of extension

OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State Warriors coach Don Nelson said he’s on the verge of agreeing to a two-year contract extension through 2010-11.
Nelson told reporters the deal is financially similar to his current contract, which ends this season. Such a deal would be worth about $12 million for the 68-year-old coach, who trails only Lenny Wilkens in career NBA coaching victories.
“It wasn’t my idea,” Nelson said after practice Saturday. “It was fine with me to weigh it year-to-year, but they came to me and wanted me to commit to three years. I’m pretty excited about it.”
Warriors spokesman Raymond Ridder said no extension has been signed.
Nelson is 1,280-954 in his coaching career, which began in Milwaukee in 1976. He rejoined the Warriors in 2006 and immediately led the club to its first playoff appearance in 13 years, followed by a 48-victory campaign last season.

College Football

• Penn State surges, but still trails in BCS

NEW YORK — Penn State surged in the Bowl Championship Series standings after its big win at Ohio State, closing the gap Sunday on first-place Texas and second-place Alabama.
Still, the Nittany Lions are in danger of being unbeaten and left out of the BCS national championship game.
The Longhorns were again first by far in all the polls and on top of all the computer rankings. Staying undefeated won’t be easy for Texas, which plays Saturday at Texas Tech, but if Colt McCoy and crew can, a trip to Miami for the Jan. 8 title game will be theirs.
The top two teams in the final standings play for the national title.
Texas’ .9981 BCS average is the third highest since the current formula, which counts the USA Today coaches’ poll and Harris poll for two-thirds of the grade and a compilation of six computers for the other third, was put in place in 2004.
The Crimson Tide (.9499) were a solid second in the polls, and second in all but one of the computer ratings.


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