Raymond grad in golf long-drive event
Raymond High School graduate Jerry Swanson, now of Gresham, Ore., finished third in the Senior Division of the Remax World Long Drive Championship last week in Mesquite, Nevada.
Despite cranking out a 393-yard drive, Swanson failed to survive the eighth round in the elimination-style competition. He fell one yard shy of advancing to the two-man finals. Stephen Kennedy of Australia won the Senior Division.
Swanson had the longest drive of the Super Seniors division, a 390-yard poke on the first day, but also failed to qualify for the finals in that division.
Basketball Hall of Famer Rick Barry won the Masters Division of the event.
“Overall, I did much better and lasted longer this year,” Swanson said. He thanked Grays Harbor Country Club pro Jay Gurrad, his driving coach, for his assistance in Nevada.
Swanson plans to compete in three divisions, including the Open Division, next year.
Monte blanks HHS in JV football
Playing at Rottle Field in Montesano, Montesano repeated their varsity teammates’ feat by blanking Hoquiam, 52-0, in a junior varsity football game on Monday.
Montesano highlights will be reported at a later date. Hoquiam coaches cited Bubba Dick and Brody Bennett on offense and Albert Lopez and Anthony Nash on defense.
Poggies to meet Wednesday
The Grays Harbor Poggie Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Hoquiam Elks Hall.
Vettel flawless in Singapore GP
Sebastian Vettel from Red Bull took another big step towards claiming his fourth consecutive Formula One world championship by winning Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix in dominating fashion.
Vettel started on the pole and led all 61 laps around the 3.259-mile, 23-turn Marina Bay Street Circuit. Nico Rosberg from Mercedes got a jump on Vettel in turn 1 of the opening lap, but Rosberg ran slightly wide coming out of the turn, allowing Vettel to come back and reclaim the top spot. He was untouchable from there.
The safety car was deployed one time in this race on lap 25 when Toro Rosso’s Daniel Ricciardo slammed into the barrier. After the restart on lap 31, Vettel quickly pulled away from the field. He crossed the finish line 32.6 seconds ahead of his closest competitor, Fernando Alonso from Ferrari.
Vettel captured his seventh win of the season, including his third in a row. He won in Belgium and Italy prior to Singapore. The 26-year-old German also earned his 33rd career victory, which put him in sole possession of fourth on F1’s all-time race winners list. Michael Schumacher (91), Alain Prost (51) and Ayrton Senna (41) have more victories than Vettel.
Lynx sweep Storm
Seimone Augustus hit a go-ahead jumper with 21.1 seconds left to lift the Minnesota Lynx to a 58-55 win over the Seattle Storm and a sweep of the best-of-three Western Conference semifinals.
Maya Moore netted 22 points and Rebekkah Brunson added 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Lynx, who won the WNBA title in 2011 and fell to the Indiana Fever in last year’s finals.
Minnesota will face the Phoenix Mercury series in the Western Conference finals.
Tina Thompson, who had 13 points and nine rebounds in the final game of her 17-year career, gave Seattle its first lead since late in the second quarter with a layup to make it 55-54 with 1:20 on the clock.
Daily World staff and wire reports