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Close again, but no cigar for the Steelies

Close again, but no cigar for the Steelies

by Tom Scott

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Posted on May 13, 2013 at 7:25 AM

Updated Monday, May 13 at 9:32 AM

Monday, May 13, 2013.

The Idaho Steelheads weren’t able to coax the ECHL Western Conference Finals back to Boise after all.  CenturyLink Arena will be quiet this week after Stockton closed out the Steelheads with another grinder victory, winning 2-1 Saturday night to take the series four games to one.  No relation, but the Thunder’s Olivier Roy morphed into Patrick Roy once again, with 44 saves in 45 Idaho shots on goal.  For the series, Roy stopped 191 of 200 Steelies shots.  A breakway by Rylan Gallardi with 10 minutes left in the game typified the Steelheads fate.  Gallardi had a great look, but Roy got his body in front of the puck and stuffed it.

The Steelheads are left to deal with the “what ifs” after their quick exit from the conference finals.  What if they had cashed in on that stunning penalty shot they were granted with 1.4 seconds left in Game 4, when Roy rejected Austin Smith?  What if the Steelies had consequently gone into overtime Friday and won, ensuring that the series would return to Boise?  Momentum could have turned, possibly for Game 5 in Stockton but definitely for a Game 6 in CenturyLink.  But that’s in moot point land now.  The Steelies ran into a Cinderella, and Stockton should make life interesting for the Reading Royals in the Kelly Cup Finals.

Somebody make it stop.  More police blotter for former Boise State star Titus Young.  The one-time up-and-coming wide receiver for the Detroit Lions was arrested yet again Friday night, the third time in less than a week he’s been taken in.  This time Young was allegedly burglarizing a home in San Clemente, CA.  When police arrived, Young fled—then fought with officers once they caught up with him.  The Orange County Sheriff’s Department has charged him with burglary, assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest.  Bail was set at $75,000, and Young is set to be arraigned today.  This is beyond sad.

Repeating the question I asked last night on Sunday Sports Extra: Is Titus Young “Titus Done?”  Is this all there will ever be of his NFL career?  Young has 81 catches for 990 yards and 10 touchdowns.  He made 48 catches in a rookie year that ramped up rapidly, then had 33 grabs last year before he was shelved for insubordination.  Young did not see the field after Thanksgiving, and he may never again without repentance.  And he won’t repent until he gets help.  From his first media interview in Boise at the age of 17 in 2007, you could see Young had an aura about him.  He was bright, and his personality magnetic.  But he couldn’t keep selfishness in check and paid for it by missing 10 games of his sophomore year due to suspension.  That he was able to follow the rules and combine for 150 catches as a junior and senior now seems miraculous.

The Boise State men’s tennis team’s season-ending 4-3 loss to Clemson in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Friday can be best described by coach Greg Patton.  It was a thriller movie with more swings than a kids playground,” said Patton.  “After (we lost) the doubles point we seemed doomed, then we resurrected ourselves to make the match look like we had a victory in the bag.”  It was there the Tigers had a “not so fast my friend” for the Broncos, as Filipp Pogostkin ran out of gas in the final match of the day and fell in three sets.  There are few things in college tennis as exhilarating as a 4-3 win, and few as wrenching as a 4-3 loss.

More weekend wrap: At the Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Las Vegas, Boise State’s men finished fourth and the women seventh.  But the Broncos’ Daveon Collins was named the Mountain West Outstanding Performer after winning the 100-meters and 200-meters (the latter in school-record fashion) and running a leg of Boise State’s winning 4x400-meter relay team.  The Bronco women’s softball team ended the season with a 7-6 win over Nevada Saturday at Dona Larsen Park, riding five home runs.  The College of Idaho women won the Cascade Conference Track and Field Championship Saturday with another sterling effort by Mountain View High grad Hillary Holt leading the way.  And the Lady Yotes softball team opens play today in the NAIA Championships against St. Gregory’s of Oklahoma in Irvine, CA.

After a 74 dropped him well back in the pack Saturday, Graham DeLaet carded a three-under 69 in the final round of The Players Championship yesterday to finish tied for 26th.  The former Boise State star picked up three birdies on the back nine, and that was worth a lot of money.  DeLaet earned $67,450 for the tournament and now has $637,184 for the season.  He’s made the cut in 10 of his 13 starts.

Officials of the Idaho Select basketball program are elated after what they say was a “great final” in the 4th annual Northwest Premier Invitational tournament yesterday.  Utah Pump N Run got by Hoop Dreams of Boise featuring Borah High star Isaiah Wright, 57-52, for the championship.  More than a dozen college coaches came to Boise to watch according to tournament organizers, who got a thumbs up from new College of Idaho men’s coach Scott Garson.  “Idaho Select definitely does it right.  I am already loving the Treasure Valley basketball community!  Great hoops here,” tweeted Garson.

A.J. Pierzynski’s stint on the disabled list is giving former Boise Hawk Robinson Chirinos a second shot at the majors.  Chirinos was called up Friday by the Texas Rangers, and yesterday he played in his first big league game in almost two years, starting at catcher and going 1-for-4 with a double in the Rangers’ 12-7 bashing of the Astros.  Chirinos played 20 games for Tampa Bay in 2011, and that’s the extent of his major league career.  He was the Hawks’ second baseman during their Northwest League championship season in 2002, when he hit .247 with eight home runs and 38 RBI.

This Day In Sports…May 13, 1976:

In the last American Basketball Association game ever played, Julius Erving scores 31 points to help the New York Nets overcome a 22-point third quarter deficit and beat the Denver Nuggets, 112-106, to win the final ABA title.  It also marked the retirement of the league’s signature red-white-and-blue basketball.  The next season the Nets, Nuggets, San Antonio Spurs and Indiana Pacers would merge into the NBA.

(Tom Scott hosts the Scott Slant segment Sunday nights at 10:30PM on KTVB’s Sunday Sports Extra and anchors five sports segments each weekday on 93.1 The Ticket.  He also served as color commentator on KTVB’s telecasts of Boise State football for 14 seasons.)