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Injuries hamper Giannoni III

An assortment of injuries have kept John Giannoni III out of Portland State’s lineup the past two games.

Giannoni III, a former all-Northern Nevada League guard from South Tahoe High, hasn’t played since a 66-54 defeat to Portland on Nov. 30. Since then, back spasms and a deep thigh bruise have kept him out of a 71-66 defeat to Cascade and a 75-51 setback to St. Mary’s on Saturday.

The former Dixie State College guard had two assists in six minutes in a season-opening 69-65 victory over Cal State Northridge in Portland. He also played six minutes in a 69-56 loss to UNLV on Nov. 24.

Giannoni III is expected to play against Linfield, Ore., on Saturday night in Portland.

The 6-foot junior guard missed a majority of Dixie’s national championship season last year because of a partially torn tendon in his right thumb.

The Vikings will visit Sacramento State on Feb. 15.


Shortstop Casey McDermott, a senior at North Tahoe High School and a third-year player for the Silver Sox, and will represent the U.S. Dec. 12 through the early January during the “Good Will” baseball tour in Australia.

McDermott, a leading player on the Sierra Nevada Senior Babe Ruth League’s under-18 traveling team, called the Silver Sox, has been selected from among players throughout the U.S. to participate on this prestigious team, which is a part of the “Area Codes” baseball program.

McDermott excelled with the Silver Sox during this fall’s season of 68 games throughout Northern Nevada, California and Arizona. He led the team in batting with a .232 wood batting average, and established himself as a star shortstop and starting pitcher.

Second-year Silver Sox players Jess Brown and Andrew Mayne are poised for international opportunity as well. Brown holds the club’s 2002 contact percentage record with .937 percent and Mayne holds the club’s on base percentage with .435 percent. Both attend North Tahoe High School.

Rookies to the Silver Sox this year are Ron Forte, Robert and Ryan Lane. Forte established himself as a hard to hit pitcher with a 2:1 strike to ball ratio. Ryan Lane was runner up to McDermott with a 213 wood batting average and Robert Lane provided strength at third base with his strong arm.

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