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Area roundup: Zags draw UConn

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Connecticut will play Gonzaga and Providence will face Boston College in the second annual Basketball Hall of Fame Challenge in Boston’s TD Banknorth Garden on Dec. 1, tournament officials announced Tuesday from Springfield, Mass.

Gonzaga, the lone non-New England school in the doubleheader, was in last year’s inaugural event, beating Texas in Phoenix.

The Connecticut-Gonzaga game is the first of a neutral-court series between the schools. In December 2008, Connecticut will play Gonzaga in their “Battle in Seattle” at Key Arena.

The Providence-Boston College game used to be a Big East matchup. Boston College left the conference for the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2005.

The games will be televised on the ESPN networks.

Arizona beat Illinois in the other game in the inaugural event.

Baseball

Sean Anderson drove in four runs to lead the Bend Elks to a 10-3 win over the Spokane RiverHawks in the opener of a three-game series in West Coast Collegiate Baseball League play at Gonzaga University’s Patterson Complex.

Anderson’s two-run double down the left-field line capped a four-run fourth inning and gave Bend a 4-0 lead.

Anderson added a two-run single to center in the sixth as the Elks scored three runs to take a 7-1 lead.

Koa Kahalehoe’s two-run double highlighted Bend’s three-run seventh.

Michael Hur led Spokane’s offense, finishing 3 for 4. Hur tripled to lead off the fourth and scored on Shawn Wayt’s single.

Spokane scored twice in the seventh on an infield throwing error, walk and Phil Boscarino’s two-run double to center.

Jeff Reekers earned the win, allowing eight hits and two earned runs in seven innings. He struck out four and walked two.

Cory Powell took the loss, allowing nine hits and four earned runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Bend (14-8) opened the night tied for first place with Corvallis in the West Division.

The RiverHawks, third place in the East, dropped to 7-115.

“Several area players were named to the Washington State Baseball Coaches Association All-State teams.

Ferris first baseman Beau Brett was selected to the Class 4A first team and his teammate, pitcher Andrew Kittredge, to the second team.

Other first-team choices were outfielders Mark Purser, Mt. Spokane, 3A; Bryan Peterson, West Valley and J.T. Levenseller, Pullman, 2A; and Anthony Froemke, Lakeside (Nine Mile Falls), 1A.

Peterson also was a 2007 Louisville Slugger High School All-American team honorable mention catcher, published in the online Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.

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