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Cool North team halts streak

Recent Jesuit grad Mike Lovelin had a great time during his week with the North all-stars prior to Saturday's Les Schwab Bowl. And that, he said, was something of a surprise.

The play of Lovelin and Crusader teammate Andrew Stephens helped the North end a four-year losing streak with a 23-21 victory over the South before 7,400 fans at PGE Park.

'Everyone was really cool and not cocky at all,' Lovelin said. 'We had a lot of guys heading to Division I schools, and I thought they might have big heads, but that wasn't the case. Everyone got along really well. It was a great week.'

The North and South combined for 763 yards of offense and 49 first downs.

Lovelin says that he's headed for Oregon State but that his football career probably is over.

'I'm going to play rugby,' he says, adding that Stephens also may wind up on the OSU rugby squad.

• Former Benson standout Drew Dukeshire reports that he is in the running for the starting tight end position at Weber State. Dukeshire didn't waste his redshirt year in 2002. He improved his max on the bench press from 325 pounds to 425.

Weber State will visit PGE Park on Nov. 8 to play Portland State. The Wildcats' biggest game of the season, though, is Sept. 13, when they play at Colorado State.

'If I get four good years in, I have a chance to move up,' Dukeshire says of getting an NFL look.

Wiley King, another Benson grad, caught 26 passes last year for Weber State and could have a breakout season this fall.

Ñ Cliff Pfenning