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Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Golf
Stricker, out since December, plans return at Masters (The Associated Press)
Steve Stricker intends to play the Masters next week, his first competition since back surgery four months ago.
NASCAR
Denny Hamlin races to 25th Cup win, 5th at Martinsville (The Associated Press)
Denny Hamlin just needed a visit to Martinsville Speedway to get his racing team back on track. Now, with his spot in NASCAR's Chase for the championship virtually assured, they can work to make it better. Hamlin passed teammate Matt Kenseth for the lead with 28 laps to go Sunday and ended Toyota's 32-race winless streak in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway. It was his fifth victory on NASCAR's oldest, smallest circuit.
NBA
Blazers clinch playoff spot with 109-86 win over Phoenix (Yahoo Sports)
A playoff spot secured, next up for the Portland Trail Blazers is the Northwest Division title. The Trail Blazers haven't won the division since 2008-09, when they shared it with the Denver Nuggets. Portland's last outright title came in the 1991-92 season. ''I'm not even sure the last time we even won a division title,'' All-Star guard Damian Lillard said.
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NHL
Buffalo beats Arizona 4-1 in battle of NHL's worst teams (Yahoo Sports)
The Buffalo Sabres cranked up the music and laughed in the locker room. Andrej Meszaros scored two goals for the second straight game, and the Sabres ended a five-game losing streak by beating the Arizona Coyotes 4-1 Monday night in a matchup between the NHL's worst two teams. ''We worked hard for it, and as I've said all along, there's character in this room,'' said Buffalo's Brian Gionta, who scored an empty-net goal. ''Everybody's pushing hard, and there's a lot of pride in here.'' The Sabres, the NHL's lowest-scoring team, had a rare strong night on the offensive end, generating 31 shots in the first two periods against goalie Mike Smith.
Local Sports Headlines
B.K. shuts down Tigers tennis team (03/28/15)
The Mountain Home Tigers were blanked by Bishop Kelly in girls and boys conference matches at Bishop Kelly last Thursday. Bishop Kelly won both matches, 7-0. In girls singles, Kira Anderson lost the first singles match, 1-6, 0-6. Tia Senger was blanked, 0-6, 0-6, in second singles as was Anna Urquidi in the third match...
Track and field team places at Bishop Kelly meet (03/27/15)
The Mountain Home Tigers track teams finished third in both the boys and girls competition during Thursday's triangular track and field meet at Bishop Kelly High School. Bishop Kelly ran away with the girls competition, scoring 14 points. Caldwell was a distant second with 41, with Mountain Home finishing third with 31 points...
Despite 14 runs, Lady Tigers lose to Wood River (03/27/15)
The Mountain Home Lady Tigers put a season-high 14 runs on the scoreboard last Tuesday, but costly errors led to an 18-14 loss to Wood River at Memmelaar Field in Mountain Home. Wood River scored six runs in the fourth and fifth innings to pull away for the non-conference win...
Tigers break into win column after Buhl victory (03/26/15)
The Mountain Home Tigers picked up their first wins of the young baseball season last week with a doubleheader sweep at Buhl. For the week, the Tigers went 2-2. Wood River 4, Mountain Home 2 Despite a complete-game effort by Mountain Home pitcher Jesse Cobos, the Tigers fell to the Wood River Wolverines, 4-2, last Tuesday at Tiger Field...
Tennis team beats Jerome in debut (03/22/15)
The Mountain Home Tigers opened their tennis season last week with a couple of matches with the boys squad picking up its first win at Jerome. Wood River Girls 5, Mountain Home Girls 2 Wood River Boys 6, Mountain Home Boys 1 The Mountain Home Tigers opened their tennis season Friday at home against the Wood River Wolverines and lost the girls match, 5-2, and the boys match, 6-1...
Track and field team sweeps opening meet at home (03/21/15)
The Mountain Home Tigers edged Middleton in girls and boys track and field competition Friday at Tiger Field in Mountain Home. Mountain Home won the girls competition, 71-53. Alexandera Tatum and Sable Lohmeier were both double winners for Mountain Home. Tatum won the 200 meters and triple jump, Lohmeier won the shot put and discus...
Lady Tigers open season with losses to Elko, Borah (03/20/15)
The Mountain Home Lady Tigers opened their softball season last week with losses to Elko and Borah. Elko 12, Mountain Home 11 Elko 9, Mountain Home 7 Mountain Home hosted Elko on Thursday in a non-conference softball doubleheader and dropped two close games to the visitors from Nevada, 12-11 and 9-7, at Memmelaar Field...
Tigers open baseball season with pair of losses (03/19/15)
The Mountain Home Tigers opened their baseball season with non-conference road losses to Vallivue and Canyon Ridge. Vallivue 11, Mountain Home 1 The Tigers opened their baseball season last Wednesday at Vallivue, losing to the 5A Falcons, 11-1, in five innings...
Lady Tigers season starts with non-conference games (03/13/15)
The Mountain Home Lady Tigers open their 2015 softball season this week with a pair of non-conference games at home. Lady Tigers coach Ron Nicolosi reflected on the great turnout for this year's season. "We started out with 33 (for varsity and junior varsity)," the coach said. ...
New coach takes helm of Tigers' baseball team (03/13/15)
The Mountain Home Tigers open their 2015 baseball season on the road this week, playing at Vallivue today, March 11, before facing Canyon Ridge on Friday. Matt Bundy takes over the team's head coaching position after Mark Cotton moved into the high school's assistant principal and activities director position...
Tigers 3rd at state (03/12/15)
Not since 1980 had the Mountain Home Tigers won any games at a boys' state basketball tournament. Although their ultimate goal of a first-ever state championship for Mountain Home in basketball got detoured in the semi-finals, the Tigers bounced back to come home with the third-place trophy from the 4A State Tournament at Borah High School in Boise...
Basketball squad finishes second at district event (03/06/15)
The Mountain Home Tigers head to state this week after a second-place finish at this year's district boys basketball tournament. Mountain Home 57, Bishop Kelly 49 After a six-year absence, the Mountain Home Tigers are heading back to the 4A State Boys Basketball Tournament. The Tigers punched their ticket with their 57-49 win over the Bishop Kelly Knights in the semi-finals of the District III 4A Tourney at Bishop Kelly last Monday...
Mountain Home places at state tournament (03/05/15)
The Mountain Home Tigers finished third at the State 4A Wrestling Championships at Idaho State University in Pocatello over the weekend. The Tigers, who had a record-setting 20 wrestlers qualify for the state tournament, had 10 of them place with two of them winning state titles...
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