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Dent Wins Singles Title at USTA Tournament

Newport Beach’s Taylor Dent won the singles title at the USTA Men’s Pro Tennis Classic in San Antonio Sunday, defeating Daniel Melo of Brazil, 6-2, 6-3.

Dent, the tournament’s top-seeded player, is the USTA Prudential Securities Circuit’s youngest champion this season at 18 years, 11 months. Dent, who won the Southern Section individual singles title his freshman year at Corona del Mar High, lost only 29 games in winning the title.

VOLLEYBALL

Esperanza volleyball player Mindy Chuha has committed to Rhode Island, Aztec Coach Kurt Kersten said.

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Chuha, a 5-foot-11 outside hitter, was a first-team All-Sunset League selection last season and helped the Aztecs to the league title.

BASKETBALL

Rancho Alamitos High will hold its third faculty versus students basketball game on Friday at 7 p.m. at the school’s North Gym.

Tickets are $4 with proceeds going to scholarships for graduating seniors.

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Information: (714) 539-4886.

HOCKEY

The Orange County-based Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation will benefit from the first Race for the Cure Family Night, March 17 at the Pond, when the Ducks play the San Jose Sharks.

A limited number of reserved Terrace Concourse tickets will be available for $19.50, with $6 per ticket going to breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment.

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Information: (714) 940-2171.

OLYMPICS

Special education students from Santa Ana who are 16 to 18 and participants in any sport in any capacity may pick up an application to represent the United States at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

Applications, available at the Santa Ana Boys and Girls Club, must be returned by March 31 and 10 winners from the United States will be selected by April 30. Winners will be among 400 young people who will represent nearly 200 countries at a cultural exchange, Sept. 12-Oct. 4, in Sydney. They will also participate in the Olympic torch relay, stay with an Australian family, tour the host country and meet Olympic athletes.

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For more information about the McDonald’s Olympic Achievers application or the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Ana, contact Purvis Cowens, the club’s sports and fitness manager, at (714) 543-7212.


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