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Sports Briefs

Posted: Monday, April 15, 2002

Soldotna Whalers results from Mid-Valley Tournament, Aril 6, 2002

PRE-BANTAM

35#-- 1ST Jesse Littrell

40#-- 2ND Seth Hutchinson

BANTAM

60#-- 2ND Preston Penrod

3RD Troy Streiff

MIDGET

60#-- 2ND Monica Hutchinson

3RD Taylor Hanley

75#-- 2ND Zac Aberkane

103#-- 1ST Hugh Warner

120+#-- 2nd Lance Kitchens

NOVICE

65#-- 1ST Candace Penrod

75#-- 3rd Zayan Aberkane

80#-- 1ST Colton Carroll

85#-- 1ST Ryan Hanley

100#-- 1ST Jordon Goracke

140+#--1ST Tanner Waterbury

SCHOOLBOY

80#-- 1ST Michaela Hutchinson

CADET

112#--1ST Eli Hutchinson

130#--1ST Dallas Seavey

3RD Trapper Alsworth

145#--1ST Brandy Goracke

For more information about the club,

contact Coach Billy Jo Goracke at 260-3448.

Opponents in the East and West set

Nine of the 16 seeds in the NHL playoffs were up in the air until the completion of games Sunday, the final day of the regular NHL season.

In the Eastern Conference, the New York Islanders beat the Philadelphia Flyers to nail down the No. 5 seed, setting up a first-round series with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the fourth seed in the East, beginning Thursday.

New York's victory pushed New Jersey down to sixth. The Devils will play No. 3 Carolina in the first round beginning Wednesday.

In other East pairings, top-seeded Boston starts its playoff series Thursday against eighth-seeded Montreal, and No. 2 Philadelphia will take on No. 7 Ottawa with Game 1 on Wednesday.

The West was almost completely wide open entering play Sunday, with all but No. 1 Detroit in limbo. The Red Wings' opponent wasn't set until Phoenix beat Nashville in the last game of the day to move into the sixth seed. It meant Vancouver settled in as the eighth seed and will play in Detroit beginning Wednesday.

Harvick parked for Sunday's Winston Cup race for rough driving

MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Kevin Harvick became the first driver barred from a Winston Cup race for rough driving when NASCAR ordered him out of Sunday's Virginia 500.

The penalty, which grew from Harvick's on-track clash with Coy Gibbs during Saturday's truck race at Martinsville Speedway, do not affect Harvick's car, the Richard Childress-owned No. 29 Chevrolet. Childress flew Kenny Wallace in from Nashville to drive the car in the 500-lap event.

Harvick, on probation through Aug. 28 because of a skirmish with Greg Biffle during and after a Busch race at Bristol in March, will only be forced to sit out Sunday's race, NASCAR said in a statement Sunday.

Wallace, one of the first drivers at the track Sunday, said he didn't know the whole story and wanted to stay neutral in the matter, but ''I know NASCAR's pretty darn lenient, so whatever happened, it was big.''

During Saturday's race, Harvick and Gibbs collided several times, with Harvick finally ramming Gibbs' truck as they entered the backstretch after a restart on lap 188, causing Gibbs to spin out as Harvick drove on.

Harvick had left Martinsville when the announcement was made Sunday, but said on his way to the NASCAR trailer after being told of the penalty that he assumed he had been summoned because NASCAR believed he was retaliating.

''The track wasn't even being close to ready. Everybody just kind of slid around,'' Harvick said. ''The 20 got loose and I just stayed in the throttle. I guess they thought I was retaliating.''

Wallace, who filled in for Dale Earnhardt Enterprises while Steve Park was recovering from a crash last season, said the penalty ''is probably one of the biggest technical things that has happened, probably in the history of our sport. It's probably even bigger than a rules change.

''We've all been teasing NASCAR lately that this has been the (World Wrestling Federation), and this sends a message that it's not. I think that NASCAR is probably testing us to see how good we're listening and if we're paying attention and if we respect them.''

The one-race absence will mark the second year in a row that Harvick will compete in the Winston Cup schedule without driving in every race. Last season, he made his debut for Childress in the second race of the season, after Dale Earnhardt was killed in the season-opening Daytona 500.



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