Sports Wrap

<p>L - Lisa Bratton R - Natilee Ruiz</p>

L - Lisa Bratton R - Natilee Ruiz

NATIONAL SCENE

Tiger being Tiger. With a shot that Jack Nicklaus called ‘one of the greatest’ he’d ever seen, Tiger Woods won his second tournament of the year yesterday at The Memorial. After Tiger’s win, Las Vegas oddsmakers have lowered his odds to 6-1 for the US Open next week in San Francisco.

After both conference championship series started off 2-0, the NBA now has the good fortune of seeing them tied at 2-2. Both Boston and Oklahoma City used the home court to their advantage over the weekend tying up their series with the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs, respectively. The Thunder and Spurs play tonight in San Antonio for game 5. The Celtics and Heat head back to Miami for game 5 tomorrow night.

Backs to the wall? Not quite yet but the New Jersey Devils need to win on the road tonight to establish momentum in the Stanley Cup Finals against the Los Angeles Kings. With games 1 and 2 going to overtime in New Jersey, the Devils have been on the short end of the stick offensively despite some stellar play from goalie Martin Brodeur. The Kings took advantage winning both games after giving up early regulation time leads.

Jimmie Johnson earned his seventh victory at Dover in yesterday’s Monster Mile. Avoiding a twelve-car pileup, Johnson proved his mastery with the victory.

PREP REPORT

The high school sports season may be over but that doesn’t mean the high school athletes stop playing. Kennewick’s Nicholaus Mandell participated in the Pacific Northwest Junior PGA Championship this weekend. Only one stroke off the pace heading into Sunday’s final round, Mandell shot a 74 finishing third in the tournament.

Over the weekend several athletes placed at the Border Duel (Washington, Idaho and Oregon) at Lewis & Clark State College. Nate Van Tuinen placed 2nd in the long jump with a jump of 21’ ½” and took fifth in the 100 with a time  time of 11.23. Meanwhile, his Riverside Christian teammate, Fernando Valencia also took home second-place with a throw of 189-9 in the javelin.

The tournament hosts did well for themselves at the Tri-City Invitational this weekend in Pasco. The Tri-City Channel Cats rewrote the recordbooks with outstanding performances by their team. Included in those highlights had to be Lisa Bratton of Richland who shattered the 200 Individual Medley record of 2:26.72 minutes with a new record time of 2:22.73.