The name, Newby-Fraser, suggests a duo, an alliance that makes for double the stamina, double the tenacity during competition. But although Paula Newby-Fraser may perform in triathlons like two people, she is only one. The one, the only.
Newby-Fraser took her second Oxnard Triathlon title in a row Sunday in a time of 1:55:27--a seven-minute margin of victory.
Scott Tinley, the overwhelming favorite, won the men's triathlon by 1 minute, 23 seconds with a time of 1:41:42.
The event had a record 533 entries, more than 100 more than last year.
Memories, for better or worse: Marc Monestime of Thousand Oaks rushed for 44 yards in 7 carries, Thousand Oaks' teammate Mack Humphrey made a key defensive play and Camarillo's Gil Valencia kicked an extra point, but it was Channel Islands' defensive end Roger Jones who will probably best remember his appearance in the 37th annual Shrine All-Star football game Saturday night at the Rose Bowl.
Although it is debatable whether it made a difference in the outcome, Jones was called for roughing North quarterback Rich Sarlatte on a third-and-2 play with 14 seconds left. The penalty moved the North from the South's 18-yard line to the 9. The painful part was that Sarlatte had intentionally thrown the ball out of bounds to stop the clock.
Two plays and seven seconds later, Mike Crisafulli kicked a 28-yard field goal to give the North a 22-21 victory.
Add Shrine: Valencia, a wide receiver who was thrust into kicking duties when the South's first- and second-string place-kickers were injured, did not catch a pass but was successful on his only point-after attempt. Royal tight end Eric Anhalt also did not catch a pass.
Humphrey, a late addition to the South team, made two tackles, one with 2:29 left and the South leading, 21-19, that appeared to finish off the North. On a fourth-and-1 play, Humphrey jammed North running back Vernon O'Gilvie at the line of scrimmage.
The South, however, failed to get a first down on its next possession, and, after a 27-yard punt, the North drove 50 yards in 1:31 for the winning field goal.
Breakdown: The Purple Power of San Diego dashed the hopes of the Gold Coast Breakers in the final of the three-day Ventura American Softball Assn. Senior girls' state championships, defeating the local team, 1-0, Sunday at Camino Real Park.
The Breakers made their way through the loser's bracket, winning seven games, before breaking down against the Power, which qualified for the ASA national championships by winning the tournament.
The Breakers lost an earlier state tournament in the championship game. The team has one more chance to qualify for the nationals.
Ee for effort: Jerry van Ee of Camarillo won the Ventura City golf championships Sunday at Olivas Park with a two-round total of 144.
Van Ee, 38, shot a 70 on the final day to finish two strokes ahead of Sandy Whitcomb of Ventura.