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Big Sky Golf Meet Under Way

Registering three of the top four rounds of the day, Northern Arizona took a 13-shot lead Sunday after the first day of the Big Sky Conference women’s golf championships at Liberty Lake Golf Course.

In the men’s competition at MeadowWood Golf Course, Cal State Sacramento carries a five-stroke lead over Cal State Northridge into today’s second rounds. Play today begins at 9 a.m., with the third and final rounds scheduled for Tuesday.

Rain fell most of the day Sunday at both courses, and there is more rain in the forecast.

Northern Arizona’s Dianne Overstreet shot a three-over-par 75 to take a four-shot lead over a trio of rivals in the women’s tournament. Those three players include Overstreet’s teammates, Eleanor Pilgrim and Louise Davis, as well as Eastern Washington’s Kylie Smith.

Runner-up EWU trails Northern Arizona, which placed last a year ago, by 13 strokes. Weber State is in third place with a total of 332.

Ted Heath of Northridge and Adam Pohll of Sacramento lead the men. Each shot a three-under-par 69, followed by Sacramento’s Robert Hamilton with a 70.

Eastern Washington is third behind the two California schools with a total of 295, eight strokes behind the leader. Brian Thornton and Kyle Kelly led Eastern with scores of 73.

Men’s soccer

Bret Houck’s goal at 62:45 broke a 1-1 tie and Gonzaga University dominated the second half to come away with a 2-1 non-conference victory over Evergreen State College at Gonzaga’s wet Martin Field.

The Bulldogs (7-4-1) snapped a two-match losing streak. The Geoducks, who gained a 1-0 lead after just 2 minutes and 15 seconds, dropped below .500 to 6-7-1.

Shane Norris’ throw-in was headed into the Whitworth goal by a Whitworth defender, allowing Linfield (5-9, 4-5) to defeat the host Pirates (6-4-2, 5-2-2) for the first time, 1-0. Whitworth had owned a 9-0 series lead over its NCIC rivals.

Women’s soccer

Freshman Jennifer Dunford stepped in for injured Jen Tissue by scoring three goals and assisting on another as Whitworth blasted visiting Linfield 6-0.

With their victory, the Pirates (11-2-2, 6-1-2) remained one game ahead of Whitman in a battle for second place in the NCIC standings. Linfield’s Wildcats, who have never beaten Whitworth, fell to 2-10, 0-9.

University of San Francisco earned its first West Conference Conference victory of the season by defeating Whitworth 2-0 at San Francisco.

The Dons, 8-4-2 overall, bumped their WCC record to 1-2-1.

Gonzaga has a 1-10-2 record and an 0-3-0 mark in conference play.

Ice hockey

Led by Patrick Heinz, who scored three goals, the Spokane Braves opened up a 7-2 lead after two periods and made it hold up for a 7-6 win over Columbia Valley in a Kootenay International Junior Hockey League game in Eagles Ice-A-Rena.

Brett Virostek backed Heinz with three goals for Spokane. Teammate Adrian Long contributed three assists as the Braves (5-6) inched ahead of the Rockies (4-6).

, DataTimes

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