What a weekend in sports!
The WHL championship was determined last night between the Edmonton Oil Kings and the Portland Winterhawks. Jumping out to a quick 1-0 lead less than two minutes into the game, the Oil Kings never looked back on their way to the 4-1 win and the WHL championship. The Oil Kings will play in the Memorial Cup which begins May 18 in Shawinigan.
On the ice in the NHL, the conference finals began with a Western Conference showdown as the Phoenix Coyotes hosted the Los Angeles Kings. This was the Coyotes first ever appearance in the conference finals. It turned out to be a losing effort as the Kings dominated play earning the 4-2 victory.
Coming off two straight losses to the New York Yankees, the Seattle Mariners had to pin their hopes on Kevin Millwood in the final game of the series yesterday. Bending but not breaking, Millwood battled his way through seven strong innings while the Mariner offense chased Yankees starter, Andy Pettitte, after 6 1/3. Mariners win 6-2 and head to Boston for a two-game series starting today.
Tragedy struck the Idaho Vandal football team this weekend. Walk-on wide receiver, Ken McRoyal, was shot and killed early Sunday morning in California. McRoyal was visiting his daughter and other family members there through May before planning to return to Idaho in June for workouts. McRoyal had been attending a party when he was killed. Police are investigating.
Plenty of prep action over the weekend in baseball, softball, soccer and track. One of the most dominating performances of the weekend was Kennewick's 17-4 baseball victory over Mt Spokane in 3A regional action. Kennewick's win earned the #1 seed to state which will be held in Yakima this week.