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December 7, 1986 | Special to The Times
The USC women's basketball team defeated Utah, 74-69, Saturday night in the championship game of the Lady Ute-Rainbo tournament at Salt Lake City. Paula Pyers scored 17 points, and Hollie Ford had 16 to lead the sixth-ranked Trojans (4-1). Utah (3-2) pulled to within one point, 70-69, with 17 seconds left, but two free throws by Karon Howell gave the Trojans a three-point lead with 10 seconds left. Two free throws by Ford with one second left concluded the scoring.
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SPORTS
January 3, 1988
Junior center Cherie Nelson had 28 points and 14 rebounds to lead the USC women's basketball team to a 92-69 nonconference win over North Carolina Saturday night at Cal State Dominguez Hills. Nelson led five USC scorers in double figures. Karon Howell had 19 points, Paula Pyers 14, Tammy Hammond 13 and Kalen Wright 10.
SPORTS
June 27, 1998
Owners of the Grays Harbor Gulls of the independent Western Baseball League announced Friday that the team would cease operations immediately. But the league held an emergency meeting later in the day and agreed to cooperatively fund the team until the July 12-14 all-star break. According to Paula Pyers, principal owner and general manager of the Mission Viejo Vigilantes, the league will meet Wednesday in hopes of finding a way to keep the team going in the second half.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 1997 | FRANK MESSINA
The solemn-looking face framed by a bandanna and a 10-gallon hat is the official logo of the Mission Viejo Vigilantes, the baseball team's officials announced this week. The Vigilante logo will be displayed on the players' uniforms as well as on merchandise such as T-shirts. Team colors are royal blue, black, gray and white. The namesake vigilante is "a good guy, but he's no sissy," General Manager Paula Pyers said. "We wanted him to express a quiet confidence."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 1997 | FRANK MESSINA
Residents of Saddleback Valley say that the area's new minor league baseball club should be named after a local band of Indians, any one of several indigenous animals or the NBA's Los Angeles franchise. Those were among dozens of suggestions made this week during a contest to name the team, which begins league play at Saddleback College on May 23. The winner will get a pair of season tickets and bragging rights. All entries must be received by Wednesday.
SPORTS
June 28, 1995 | GEORGE DOHRMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Long Beach Barracuda will play the Palm Springs Suns tonight at Blair Field, despite confusion over control of the Western Baseball League franchise for the remainder of the season. All but a few members of the front office staff resigned Monday, including General Manager Paula Pyers and Senior Vice President Pat Elster. They cited financial and organizational problems within the minor league club under the guidance of team President Chris Gibbs.
SPORTS
January 15, 1988 | JULIE CART
The USC and UCLA women's basketball teams place their winning streaks on the line tonight, as the Bruins play host to the Trojans at Pauley Pavilion at 7 p.m. USC (8-3, 2-0) has won seven in a row and eight of its last nine. The Trojans climbed back into the Top 20 this week, to 18th. They are led by center Cherie Nelson, who is averaging 21 points and 10.4 rebounds a game. Karon Howell is averaging 15.8 and Paula Pyers is averaging 11.6. Pyers, a guard, also has an assist average of 6.1.
SPORTS
January 31, 1988
Shannon Smith scored 14 points, and the 14th-ranked Cal State Long Beach women held Cal State Fullerton without a field goal for nearly 20 minutes of an 83-48 Pacific Coast Athletic Assn. victory Saturday at Fullerton. Sheryl Jones hit for the Titans (11-7 overall, 6-3 in the PCAA) with 18:41 left in the first half, and Fullerton didn't make another shot until Jones scored again with 19:01 left in the game.
SPORTS
February 13, 1997
The Mission Viejo Vigilantes minor league baseball team, which moved from Long Beach in January, has sold about 500 season seats, General Manager Paula Pyers said Wednesday. Single-game seats won't go on sale until season-ticket sales reach 2,000, said Pyers, adding, "We'll let the demand continue." As part of the deal to move to Mission Viejo, the Western Baseball League team will play at Saddleback College's refurbished field, which has a seating capacity of 3,400.
SPORTS
December 19, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
All-American Clarissa Davis scored 26 points and pulled down 13 rebounds as No. 1-ranked Texas defeated Cal State Long Beach, 99-85, Friday night at Austin, Tex. It was the sixth time the unbeaten Lady Longhorns had scored more than 90 points this season. Penny Toler of Long Beach (3-3) led all scorers with 30 points. Texas (7-0) jumped out to an 18-point lead as Davis paced the way with 14 points and led, 49-34, at halftime. Long Beach, ranked No.
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