The U.S. Olympic basketball team has been selected and, not surprisingly, it is dominated by perimeter scorers. Only DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings and DeAndre Jordan of the LA Clippers offer anything resembling big bad post players. The U.S. has learned that in international competition you had better be able to run and to shoot the three-pointer and that is the kind of team U.S. officials have put together. Seldom in international play does a big guy in the middle dominate. The big-name stars, LeBron James, Stephen Curry and James Harden won't be there but ...
The Great Bend Boom baseball team officially hit rock bottom with a 8-5 loss to the Garden City Wind Tuesday to drop into last place in the Pecos League's North Division. The Boom (13-22) are 7-20 after a surprising 6-2 start. Great Bend plays Wednesday at home and Thursday at Garden City.
The 8U Great Bend Bombers Silver improved their season record to 36-1 by winning the Southwest Boys Club Wichita Tournament this past weekend. The Bombers went 2-0 in pool play Saturday by defeating Ark City 16-2 and Wichita Reds 14-4. On Sunday the Bombers opened the semi-finals with a 13-5 run-rule of Wichita Arsenal and then held on to beat Wichita Hurricane 13-12 for the championship. Additionally, 8U Silver wrapped up the league title with a sweep of Hays Jays Tuesday night. Last action for Bombers Silver will be July 8-10 at the Hap Dumont State Tournament in Wichita.
The Salina Stockade baseball team completed a four-game sweep of the hard-luck Great Bend Boom, 11-7, in 10 innings Sunday at Al Burns Field. The slumping Boom (13-20) have lost eight of nine games after a surprising 6-2 start in the Pecos League.
The Ruskies won't be in Rio. No, this is not a travelogue from Moscow. We're talking Olympics here. Russia was suspended by the IAAF from all international track and field competitions last November and that ban was upheld this last weekend by the International Olympic Committee.