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S&R News-June 16, 2004

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DIVIDED THEY STAND: TOBIN TO PARTICIPATE IN RED BULL'S DIVIDE AND CONQUER

This weekend's Red Bull Divide and Conquer Adventure Race will be a divider in more ways than one for Boise adventure racer Michael Tobin. The race takes place outside of Durango, Colorado, and runs along North America's continental divide. It will also divide Tobin and his Nike ACG/Balance Bar teammates who are used to racing together. The Divide and Conquer is a four-person relay race and each team member will race the event that they specialize in.

"I feel a little more pressure in this kind of event because when you're together, you can kind of carry each other," Tobin said. "When I'm out there alone, doing my thing, I had better perform to the best of my abilities so I don't let my teammates down."

The Divide and Conquer passes through the San Juan Mountain Range between Durango and Silverton, Colorado. Events include trail running (Tobin's specialty), paragliding, kayaking and mountain biking. The lowest elevation during the race is just under 7,000 feet and the highest point is above 13,000.

It's been business as usual for Tobin. In May, he raced with Balance Bar teammate Mike Kloser in a 24-hour orienteering competition, picking up a win in the eastern Arizona desert.

"Everyone was given a map to the course two hours before the event started. We surprised ourselves (with the win)," he said.

Tobin and his teammates will participate in several more races this summer as a warm-up for the Primal Quest, which is in Washington state in September.

IDAHO FIGHTER MAKES BIG-LEAGUES OF BRUISING

Couer d'Alene-based martial artist Trevor Prangley will graduate to the big-time of freestyle fighting on Saturday, June 19, when he makes his debut in the Ultimate Fighting Championships. Prangley, 32, a South African transplant by way of a wrestling scholarship at Northern Idaho College, has already compiled a six-win, one-loss record in professional mixed martial arts, and is coming off of a high-profile win at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. He was also the 1995 South African National Freestyle Wrestling champion, an alternate on that country's freestyle Olympic team, and a runner-up at the 1997 National Junior College championships. But until this weekend, he has yet to enter the illustrious and purse-heavy world of UFC fighting.

Prangley's opponent on the undercard of "UFC 48: Payback" at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, is 30-year-old middleweight Curtis Stout. Stout is an expert in the Thailand boxing style known as Muay Thai, and has compiled a one-win, no-loss and one-draw record in his brief UFC career. For more information about Prangley's bout and how to view it, go to www.ufc.tv.

PLAY BALL!

Boise Hawks kick (hit?, pitch?) off their 21st season on Friday, June 18, in a game with the Spokane Indians.

Opening night highlights include:

• Players will be available on the field for autographs from 6:15-6:40 p.m. followed by a special introduction of the new team.

• Team mascot Humphrey the Hawk will make an assisted flight into the stadium aboard the Saint Alphonsus Lifeflight helicopter.

• The first 1,000 fans will receive a baseball.

• Troy McClain of The Apprentice fame will throw out the first pitch and sign autographs.

• Fireworks display follows the game.

For more information go to www.boisehawks.com or call 322-5000.

--Compiled by Joseph Carberry, Nicholas Collias and Cynthia Sewell

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