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Curran Moves On in Surfing

From Staff Reports

Tim Curran of Oxnard continued to make the best of decidedly average waves at Huntington Beach on Friday, beating Shane Powell of Australia to advance to the fourth round of the Op Pro surf contest.

Curran, a rookie on the World Championship Tour, took second in the U.S. Open of Surfing, a warm-up event at the same beach last week.

Today, he faces veteran Pat O’Connell in the round of 16.

BASEBALL

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Outfielder Bill Scott, a graduate of Alemany High, has hit eight home runs this summer for the Santa Barbara Foresters, who have qualified for the NBC national tournament in Wichita.

Scott is a sophomore at UCLA.

SOFTBALL

The Encino-based Stealth reached the quarterfinals and the Valencia Choppers stayed alive in the loser’s bracket Friday in the Amateur Softball Assn. 18-and-under Gold National Championships in Phoenix, Ariz.

The Stealth defeated the Maryland Dynasty, 1-0, when Becca Baldridge of Crescenta Valley singled home Chrissy Davies in the fourth inning.

The Stealth lost to the defending national champion and No. 1-ranked Orange County Batbusters, 1-0, in the quarterfinals.

The Stealth beat the Minnesota Thunderbolts, 7-0, and the Cypress Cruisers, 2-0, on Thursday.

The Choppers defeated the Illinois Windmills, 4-0, and the San Clemente Rebels, 4-2, on Friday. On Thursday, the Choppers beat the Houston Renegades, 2-0, but lost to the Orange County Athletics.

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The Choppers play the Washington Thunderbirds at 8 a.m. today.

HONORS

Zsofia Csapo of Pepperdine, a two-time All-American in tennis, was awarded a $5,000 postgraduate scholarship by the NCAA.


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