Owls advance in Class 1B playoffs

Fanfare

February 8, 2007 

MONTESANO - The Mary M. Knight boys basketball team advanced in the Class 1B state tournament on Wednesday night by beating Lake Quinault 45-34 at Montasano High School.

Sean Brehmeyer led Mary M. Knight with 17 points. Brehmeyer scored 11 of his points from the free-throw line in a fourth quarter dominated by the Owls.

"It was a really nervous game on both sides," Mary M. Knight coach Tim Diggle said. "We were playing like we weren't ready. Now we have to get ready for Oakville."

This is the first time to the state tournament for the Owls boys, whose next test is against the Acorns at 8 p.m. Saturday at Montesano.

Ricky Lozier led Lake Quinault in scoring with eight points.

Cycling

• Anti-doping ruling on Landis expected today: Vowing to fight the "lack of leadership at the top of cycling and at the top of the anti-doping agencies," Floyd Landis insisted at a fundraising rally he's innocent of doping.

Landis could be banned from racing in France for the next two years if the country's anti-doping agency issues a maximum penalty today for his positive doping test at last year's Tour de France.

Instead of attending the hearing, where he will be represented by his lawyers, he spoke Wednesday night to more than 200 supporters of his Floyd Fairness Fund.

Baseball

• Pirates sign Castillo to 1-year contract: Second baseman Jose Castillo avoided arbitration Wednesday, signing a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Castillo filed for $2.2 million and the Pirates offered $1.8 million.

Castillo hit .253 with 14 homers and 65 RBIs last season, when he slumped badly over the second half of the season. He was hitting .283 on July 5, but went 8-for-73 (.110) with two RBIs and two extra-base hits after Sept. 1.

• Chen and Rangers agree to DEAL: Left-hander Bruce Chen agreed to a minor league contract Tuesday with the Texas Rangers and will go to spring training with the chance to compete for a spot in the starting rotation.

Chen was 0-7 with a 6.93 ERA in 12 starts and 28 relief appearances for Baltimore last year, but was 13-10 with a 3.83 ERA in 2005. In nine major league seasons with Atlanta, Philadelphia, the New York Mets, Montreal, Cincinnati, Houston, Boston and Baltimore, his record is 35-37 with a 4.60 ERA in 237 games.

Figure skating

• Buttle captures men's short program at Four Continents: In his first international competition since the injury, Jeffrey Buttle scored a personal-best 77.72 points as he won the men's short program Wednesday night at Four Continents in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Buttle also won the Canadian nationals a few weeks ago. Even he's shocked at his success so soon after a stress fracture injury sidelined him for three months.

"My jumps are stronger and bigger," he said. "It's sort of surprising."

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