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Internationally

Jay Don Blake fires a blistering 63

OAKVILLE, Ontario - Utahn Jay Don Blake fired a career-best 9-under par 63 to get within one stroke of leader Robin Freeman at the halfway point of the $1.3 million Canadian Open.

Blake was absolutely astounded to be one shot back. After opening the tournament with a 74, he expected to miss the cut.

"Leaving the hotel this morning, I told the travel agent to make me a plane reservation for about 3 or 4 o'clock," Blake said.

Those plans were scrubbed after he produced his career-best, 63 that included a remarkable collection of 11 3s, one of them an eagle. He birdied five of the first six holes, making the turn at 29.

Locally

Dixie grounds Air Force JV in season opener

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo - Dixie College opened its 1994 football season with a 34-23 road victory against the Air Force junior varsity.

In the second half, Dixie finally got its offense rolling behind freshman quarterback Jamon Taylor, of Payson. Taylor led the Rebels on four scoring drives and finished the game completing 14 of 21 passes for 232 yards and one touchdown.

BYU men and women picked first in cross country

BYU's men and women's cross country teams have been selected to win the WAC by unanimous vote among league coaches. The Cougar men received 49 points, followed in voting by Wyoming with 31 points, Air Force , UTEP and Colorado State . The Utes were picked to finish sixth with 14 votes.

Finishing second in voting behind BYU's 42 votes was for the women was Colorado State with 35 points. Utah was picked third .

Tra Kraw competition Sunday

An international competition of Tra Kraw, a sport that is somewhat similar to volleyball, will be held this Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Wat Dhammagunaram of Utah (644 E. 1000 North) in Layton. Tra Kraw is a popular sport in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia.

Competitors will compete from Thailand, Laos and the United States. Tra Kraw allows players to use their feet, knees, elbows and any other part of the body, except for the hands.

Utah State cross country teams open season today

The Utah State men's and women's cross country teams will open their season Saturday, at the Montana State Invitational.

Miller Toyota, Page Brake find out opponents

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - Larry H. Miller Toyota fastpitch softball team drew the winner of the of the Long Beach Painters-Jack & Doe's of Chicago Sunday at 10 a.m. (MST) in the ASA National Tournament.

The ASA doesn't have seeded teams, but a blind draw, which was held Friday at the ASA National Tournament headquarters at the SPA Hotel.

Salt Lake City's Page Brake will play tonight at 8 o'clock against the Sioux City Soos of Sioux City, Iowa.

Miller Toyota and the Long Beach Painters, the host team for the ASA National Tournament, tied for fifth place in the ISC.

BYU women's volleyball team wins

PROVO - A huge block and some tricky serving threw BYU's 6th-ranked volleyball team off balance in the first game of an 8-15, 15-6, 15-10, 15-6 win over Washington Friday night in Provo.

The Cougars rallied behind the play of senior Marianne Clark (14 kills, .478 hitting percentage, and three blocks) and freshman Amy Steele (13 kills, .409 hitting percentage, and two blocks).

Also coming up with big games for the Cougars were senior Virpi Ollila (12 kills, .250), and junior Amma Lindqvist (12 kills, .363, and a team-high five blocks).