RJ Manke Claims WSGA Mens Title

RJ Manke WSGA Winner

Manke Finishes -15 to Win WSGA Title

BREWSTER, WA – Lakewood’s RJ Manke fired a final-round, 6-under 64 to win the WSGA Men’s Amateur Championship by 2-strokes at Gamble Sands yesterday…

Manke was in a four-way tie for 2nd heading into Thursday’s final round and was paired with the leader through the first two rounds, Brian Mogg. Manke said his approach was to keep his mind quiet…

Second place goes to Fircrest’s Michael Almonte at 13-under par. 3rd was Hayden Lake’s Reid Hatley at 11-under. And there was a 4-way tie for 4th at 10-under between Alex Lee, Holden Backes, Kyle Cornett and Ryan Maine.

By the way, 14-yar old Daniel Kim shot a final round, even par 70 and tied for 28th. Watch for that name in the future!

Rams Host Spokane in WWFA Semi-Final

Here’s what we have on tap in the world of sports this weekend…
The USSSA Eastern Washington Men’s Regional softball tournament will be tomorrow and Sunday at Walla Walla Point Park.

There’s racing tomorrow night at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval. Haglunds Trophies presents the Pro Late Models with Twin 50’s. Also racing will be the Vintage Modifieds, Pro-4 Trucks, Street Stocks, Thunder Cars and Bandeleros. Gates open at 5 and racing starts at 6.

Also tomorrow, if you want to watch some great football, the Wenatchee Valley Rams are in the semifinals of the Western Washington Football Alliance playoffs. They’ll host the Spokane Wolfpack at 6 o’clock at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl.

Seahawks Fall to Colts 19-17 in Preseason Opener

Speaking of football, the Seahawks lost is pre-season opener to the Colts last night at CenturyLink Field 19-17…
But there was some positives to take away from the game. The starting offense, led by Russell Wilson, looked pretty good as they moved it right down the field and scored. Wilson was 4-for-5 for 43-yards and a touchdown to Nick Vannette. The offensive line blocked well and Chris Carson looked good, coming off his broken ankle a year ago with 4-carries for 26-yards.

The Colts fumbled the ball 7 times on the night with Seattle only recovering one, which was for a 28-yard loss and touchdown as a defender finally flopped on the ball in the end zone.

Coach Pete Carroll was happy to get a good look at a lot of people and sees plenty they can improve…

The Seahawks will return to Training Camp at the V-Mac in preparation for their next pre-season game, a week from Saturday in Carson, California against the Chargers.

Our own Eric Granstrom was at the game and also has a recap…

Mariners Beat Verlander and Houston 8-6 on Road

The Mariners gave Justin Verlander a rude awakening, lighting him up for 6-runs in two innings on three homes runs as the Mariners beat the Astros 8-6…
Jean Segura, Mitch Haniger and Denard Span all went deep off Verlander, who was tossed out of the game after two innings for arguing with the home plate umpire over the strike zone.

Meanwhile, James Paxton pitched well enough on the mound to earn his 10th victory, going 5-and-2-3rds innings, allowing 4-runs on 7-hits with 5-strikeouts.
The two teams play again tonight at Minute Maid Park with Mike Leake going up against Gerrit Cole.

Mariners Trail Oakland by 2.5-Games for Wild Card

Back to the Les Schwab Scoreboard for the rest of the American League West last night…
The A’s were idle, so Seattle trails Oakland by 2-and-a-half games for the final American League Wild card playoff spot.

The only other team in action was the Rangers, who fell to the Yankees 7-3. Giancarlo Stanton set a Statcast mark with the highest exit velocity measured on his 28th home run. According to Statcast, his home run in the 5th inning left his bat at 121.7 miles per hour.