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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, May23,2012 lC SPORTS AND RECRIEATION { :,, ,JNSIDE SEL'TION C: FEATURING THE ACTION AROUNd:PLuM;SCSUNTY ' ' :] At national championship, Heskett scores big for UCSD Shannon Morrow Sports Editor sports@plumasnews.com Annie Heskett, who gradu- ated from Portola High School in 29 and s no'w playing softball for Universi- ty California San Diego, competed at the NCAA Divi- sion II softball champi- onships in Louisville, Ky., last week, May 16 - 19. The double-elimination tournament featured the na- tion's top eight teams. The UC San Diego Tritons, who won last year's national championship, reached the final four last Friday after two wins and one loss. In Friday's game against Central Oklahoma, UCSD was down by one run in the bottom of the seventh and fi- nal inning, until Heskett scored the tying run to put the game to extra innings. UCSD went on to win 4-3 in the ninth inning. Heskett tied the game by tagging up to third base on a shallow fly ball and then div- ing under the tag at home plate. Heskett described the "blood-pumping adrenaline" she felt making the play. The run allowed UCSD to eventually defeat Central With her team down 2-3 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Annie Heskett dives out of reach of the tag at home plate to put the game to extra innings. Photos submitted Oklahoma in the semifinal round, putting the Tritons in the title match for the national championship against top-seeded Valdosta State. Valdosta won the title, 4-1. Heskett said it was excit- ing being a part of the whole NCAA Division II National Championships Festival, which also featured golf, lacrosse and tennis. "The entire city gathered around one event," said Hes- kett, who got to visit Churchill Downs for the opening ce.remonies, which included a fireworks show. Heskett, who is majoring in literature and writing, is a junior on this year's UC San Diego softball team. "It's amazing," said Hes- kett about playing for such a good program. "It's all I can even ask for. I commit all my time to it because it's some- thing I love, so it's very worth it." Heskett is the daughter of Steve and Julie Heskett, of Portola. Annie Heskett of Portola is a junior on the softball team at University California San Diego. Annie Heskett is greeted by UC San Diego teammates as she comes onto the field. The Tritons finished second in the nation after reaching the title match at the national championships last Saturday, May 19. Sprint cars and more provide family fun at speedway Larry F. Douglas American Valley Speedway The Saturday night races of May 19 offered an evening of family entertainment and family supporters. Families and teams came from Su- sanville and Reno-Sparks to the points races of DART Dwarf cars and IMCA Modi. fled cars. American Valley Speedway's staff were pleased to see the return of favorites like Bill Pearson. Unfortunately, he hit the wall in turn one preventing him from competing in the main event. We saw track manager Curt Nieman come out of racing retirement to help his son Chase keep in the points race in the Dwarf class. We saw a preview of the speed and performance of Sprint cars. The Califor- nia Civil War Sprint Car Se- ries is coming June 16. The Pure Mini main event had the four reliables. They had an average speed of 53.911 mph on the dirt oval. Lance "Slick" Bain had the best lap time: 23.730 seconds or 56.890 mph. Lary White- bird won the main event with a margin of victory of 0.704 sec over Jon Busslen. "Slick" was in third with Brittany "Spears" Nieman in fourth. The DART Dwarf main event was a 15-lap race with 20 cars running for points. Joe Frock took first and had the fastest lap speed: 66.105 mph in 20.422 sec. Derek Rosse was in second with a difference of 1.741 sec. Quin- cy's Jason Crosby was in third with a difference of 2.654 sec. Gamin Ryle was in fourth. Curt scored points for his son with a 13th place finish. A red flag out with the collision of Race Wilson and Jesse Van Kol. All in all, it was a good exciting race. The IMCA Modified main event was a 20-lap race with 18 cars. The No. 1 car of Shawn Natenstedt took first over the No. lw car of Adam Walters by 2.705 sec and a best speed of 66.313 mph. Chris Nieman returned to form with a third place and a difference of 2.987 sec. Matt Murphy was fourth and Wade Kennemore was fifth. Bobby Higgins nudged out Erica Harmon for sixth. Of local interest, Justin "the Rookfe" Saltel finished in 15th and.Joe "AAA" Wood finished in 17th. The feature main event was the exhibition of five "spec" Sprint cars. Terry Schank Jr. was first in car No. 1 with a lap time of 19.247 sec and a best speed of 70.411 mph. Rowdy McClenon was in second with a difference of 3.12 sec. Tony Taylor was" in third with Aaron Gustin in fourth. The next race joins the County Picnic June 2. For more information call 283- 2175 or visit american valleyspeedway.com. Terry Schank Jr. reached speeds of more than 70 miles per hour to win first place in the sprint car exhibition at American Valley Speedway last Saturday night, May 19. Photo by Dan McGee