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Wednesday May 15, 2002

St. Mary’s golfer wins North Coast title 


St. Mary’s High senior Brian Haller won the North Coast Section Tournament of Champions individual title on Monday, shooting a two-under par 70 at the Baywood Golf and Country Club in Arcata. 

Haller, who will play at St. Mary’s College next year, edged California High’s Jong Yoon by one shot with an eagle on his final hole, the 16th. 

Haller and Yoon advance to the Northern California Championship at Monarch Bay in San Leandro on Monday, along with Alameda High’s Keith Lial and Brian Rasmussen of Eureka. 

De La Salle High won the team title with a total of 304, and Bishop O’Dowd also qualified as a team. 


Jackson a semifinalist for Howser Trophy  

Cal sophomore first baseman Conor Jackson, who already this season has been a Pac-10 Player of the Week and selected to participate in the 2002 USA Baseball National Team Trials, is now a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy as the nation’s top collegiate baseball player.  

Jackson is currently batting .384 and leads the Pac-10 in hits (83), home runs (16), RBI (61) and total bases (150). Last week in the Bears sweep of Oregon State at Evans Diamond, he was 7-for-13 with three runs, three walks, two doubles and two RBI. Twice this season Jackson has hit home runs in four consecutive games. 


Cal’s McKeever wins national award  

Cal head women’s swimming coach, Teri McKeever, will be presented the National Collegiate and Scholastic Swimming Trophy at the 42nd annual CSCAA NCAA and NAIA Awards Banquet May 22 in Tampa Bay, Florida. 

McKeever has twice been named Pacific-10 Conference Coach of the Year and has coached the past four Pac-10 Swimmers of the Year.  

In the past six seasons, McKeever has led the Bears to ninth, eighth, fifth, fourth, seventh and eighth-place NCAA finishes, while amassing a 57-16 dual meet record and coaching eight different national champions. This past summer, she saw two of her swimmers, Haley Cope and Natalie Coughlin, win gold medals at the 2001 World Championships in Fukuoka, Japan, and was a member of the United States’ coaching staff at the 2001 Goodwill Games in Brisbane, Australia.