06/25/09 Sports for Thursday

Today we continue our on Sheridan county golf series with powder horn professional Mark Metzger every summer the Powder horn hosts many fund raising golf tournaments Metzger says it's a great way for golf courses to help out local charities as a venue for their fund raising efforts The next local charity event takes place tomorrow as the Powder horn hosts the annual Sheridan dog and cat shelter tournament. Metzger says not only charities benefit but local businesses also hold outings for employees (cart)One of the hallmarks of the Powder horn is hospitality Metzger says that is number one among all the staff that work with the public The Powder horn is in it's 13 year and has really become a regional golf destination.

The Sheridan county junior golf program is getting ready to begin their tournament season.Sheridan county junior golf is for boys and girls ages 8 and older players are put into age divisions events are played at Kendrick golf course the Powder horn and Sheridan country club. Events are played on Mondays for more information and to register for upcoming events stop by any local golf course.

In local baseball action the Sheridan Jets will play at home Saturday against Cody the double header will start at 1 o'clock the Troopers will play at the annual Hladky invitational tournament in Gillette. action starts today with the Troops opening against the Casper Oilers. The tournament runs through Sunday they start pool play today with the final four in bracket play for the championship Sunday. The next home games for the troops is scheduled for July 1st against Cody.

In basketball Sheridan college women's basketball coach Frank McCarthy has signed a player from Australia to play for the Lady Generals this fall. 5'10 Gabbi Clayton from Perth made it official and signed a letter of intent to suit up for the Lady Generals. Clayton has played for the the Australian U-20 national team and will join a Lady Generals team that went 27-9 last season and this spring won the Region nine women's championship and advanced to the NJCAA national tournament.

In other basketball notes the NBA holds the league's 2009 draft tonight former Cheyenne East and Wake Forest player James Johnson tossed his hat into the draft ring back in April and is expected to be drafted tonight. ESPN.com draft expert Chad Ford has Johnson going anywhere from a lottery pick tonight that would be in the first ten spots to the middle of the first round. Ford reported in the last week Johnson's draft stock had fallen off a little in the last few weeks. He was a three time all-stater at Cheyenne East high school and played his final high school basketball game in Sheridan back in 2007 in the Wyoming / Montana all-star series then moved onto play two years in Winston-Salem. The NBA draft will be aired live tonight on ESPN the pre-draft show starts at 5 o'clock with the first selection at around 5:30 Blake Griffin from Oklahoma University is expected to be the first overall pick by the Los Angeles Clippers.

For the 4th consecutive year the Denver Nuggets do not have a first round selection they do have the 34th overall pick tonight they could move up in the draft order with a late trade today. Speculation is the Nuggets will go after a point guard to back up Chauncy Billups. The nuggets are expected to keep this year's playoff roster mostly intact to make another run at the Western Conference title in 2010.

The Colorado Rockies finished up a series against Anaheim last night with the Angels winning the game11-3. The “Rocks” continue their road swing tonight in Oakland when they face former teammate Matt Holiday, Holiday was traded to the Athletics following the 2008 season.

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