Dan Wheldon would have been proud. His good friend, Dario Franchitti, eked out a victory yesterday for his third Indianapolis 500. Wheldon, who was tragically killed last year during a race in Vegas, was last year’s winner of the 500. In collecting his third victory, Franchitti became only the seventh driver to win at least three Indy 500’s.
Meanwhile, Kasey Kahne delivered on his guarantee to team owner Rick Hendrick in the Coca-Cola 600 yesterday. Kahne dominated the field on his way to his third Coca-Cola 600 championship.
The NBA opened its conference finals with a marquee matchup between the San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder last night. For the better part of the game, it appeared the quickness and youthfulness of the Thunder would take Game 1. Champions as they have been before the Spurs battled back and took the first game with a 101-98 win.
The Seattle Mariners have a slight familiarity with sweeps. Earlier this year they surprised most everyone with a sweep in Detroit of the Tigers. This weekend, however, a sweep they’ll want to forget quickly as the Los Angeles Angels completed a four-game sweep with a 4-2 victory over the Mariners yesterday. Seattle opens a three-game series tonight in Texas.
Washington Husky softball ended their season with a 2-0 loss Sunday to top-ranked and conference rival, Cal. The Bears earned a trip to the College World Series with the win. The Huskies finish the season 39-19.
Ending the season with a loss is always a tough way to finish. Both Yakima Valley and Columbia Basin will have the off-season to learn from as both suffer losses in the NWAACC tournament. CBC ends their season with a 6-1 loss to Everett, the final game of a six-game losing streak. YVCC bows out with back-to-back shutout losses against Everett (6-0) and Pierce (8-0).
It turned out to be a good weekend for area teams and athletes. Some titles, some personal-records and surprising results all around as high schools completed their sport seasons for the school year.
- 4A: Richland claims third-place trophy with 10-7 win over Todd Beamer High.
- 3A: Kamiakin Braves scrap their way to title with 3-2 victory over Eastside Catholic.
- 2A: Third-place trophy for East Valley after 3-0 win over Sumner.
- 1A: Naches Valley can’t stop Cashmere’s perfect season in 4-0 loss.
- 2B: DeSales defeated Asotin 9-2.
- 1B: Colton rolls to 11-1 win over Almira/Coulee-Hartline.
- 3A: Perfect season, state title for Kamiakin Braves as they top Everett 2-1.
- 2A: Chehalis dominant in 15-3 title win over Tumwater.
- 1A: Connell tops Colville with 4-3 victory in Richland.
- 1B: Colton comes from behind to win title with 5-2 victory over ACH.
The Kamiakin girls take the 3A title while the Riverside Christian boys won the 2B title. Highlights of the weekend include Walla Walla's Blake Gerling won the 300 hurdles in boys 4A track. Richland's Elizabeth Quick took the pole vault crown. Complete results via The Yakima Herald can be found here.
Best showings for area tennis players highlighted by Hanford’s third place winners, Luke Thompson (boys’ singles) and Acacia Dettman/Alex Sharpe (girls’ doubles).
Royal High School was victorious in their 3rd place match with Ridgefield, winning 3-2.