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Wednesday, June 30, 2004 - Page updated at 03:28 P.M.
Northwest Sports Briefing
Fifteen regular-season home games, including a nationally televised meeting with North Carolina State, highlight the 2004-05 Washington men's basketball schedule released yesterday.
Washington plays at least seven games against opponents who participated in the NCAA tournament last season.
The Huskies host NCAA qualifiers Eastern Washington on Dec. 5 and North Carolina State on Dec. 19.
The Huskies will play in the Great Alaska Shootout, Nov. 24-27.
Nonconference road games are at Gonzaga on Dec. 1 and at Loyola Marymount on Dec. 11.
The Huskies open the season Nov. 16 with an exhibition game against Athletes in Action. The regular season begins at home on Nov. 19 against Montana.
"This schedule will definitely test us. The Pac-10 is certainly as competitive as any 18 games you are going to play," UW coach Lorenzo Romar said. "The Alaska Shootout is one of the tougher tournaments in the country. We're going to get to that right off the bat. We get thrown into the fire right away."
The Huskies return their entire starting lineup from last season's Pac-10 runner-up team and NCAA tournament qualifier.
Local rowers in finals
WEST WINDSOR, N.J. Todd Beyreuther of Seattle's Pocock Rowing Center and Jonathan Burns of Philadelphia's Vesper Boat Club won their semifinal in men's double sculls by 12.09 seconds to advance to the finals of the second set of U.S. Olympic rowing trials on Lake Mercer.
In the women's pairs finals, Seattle's Portia Johnson and Liane Malcos will take on Stanwood's Sarah Jones and Kate MacKenzie for the right to row in Athens.
Silvertips release Ruzicka
EVERETT The 2004 Western Conference champion Everett Silvertips released forward Martin Ruzicka, making him available for the CHL European import draft. The native of the Czech Republic had four goals and 12 assists last season.
The Silvertips now have a roster spot for a European-born player and will have the 37th selection in the first round of the import draft.
Story Tweedie-Yates of Redmond was defeated in the first round of the State Farm Women's USTA Challenger tennis tournament in Los Gatos, Calif. She lost 6-3, 6-2 to Cindy Watson of Australia.
Liane Lovitt of Seattle Synchro was eighth in 12-13 solo and sixth with Leigh Haldeman in 12-13 duet at the 2004 Esynchro age-group synchronized swimming championships in Indianapolis. Seattle Synchro was fifth in the team final.
Liga Hispana del Noroeste, one of the largest Latino soccer leagues in the nation, will hold its summer finals at Qwest Stadium on July 4. The event marks the end of the Liga Hispana summer tournament with four championship games.
Compiled from reports from college sports-information departments and other news releases.
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