Two baseball games and a tennis feature took over my life last week. I hadn't been to a high school baseball game in seven years, but it's like riding a bike — you never forget.
Let's see what I'm behind on.
First, Tri-City Americans forward Nate MacMaster will not be back for his overage season. Instead, he will head to college and take advantage of his WHL scholarship.
Nate posted a couple of tweets on the subject: Would like too thank the @TCAmericans, my billets, the fans, and my teammates for my past year in the TC area
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And: I made so many friends and memories over the past year that I will have for the rest of my life, what a year to cap of my WHL career.
With MacMaster gone, and goalie Ty Rimmer traded a couple of weeks ago, the Americans are down to six overage players going into next season — Drydn Dow, Justin Feser (next season's captain), Patrick Holland, Jordan Messier, Jesse Mychan and Derek Ryckman.
The Americans likely will get an injury waiver for Mychan until his severed Achilles tendon heals. Similar to the Neal Prokop (fractured femur) situation a couple of years ago. When Mychan is able to play, the Americans will have a small window of time to decide to keep him, trade him or let him go.
Good-bye to a Golden Girl: The Americans lost one of their original season ticket holders May 4 with the passing of Monnie Osowski. Monnie was one of the four ladies who sat in Section MM for years with Virginia Miller, Rosemary Goodenow and Eva Schirado. Rosemary and Eva also have passed, leaving Virginia, who turned 91 in April, as the last surviving member of the group that loved their hockey team from the drop of the first puck.
Monnie hadn't been to a game in a few years because of health problems, but Virginia makes it to a few games a season with her son Richard, who makes the trek from Texas to make sure his mom gets her hockey fix.
Cory Clouston out in Brandon: Brandon Wheat Kings general manager Kelly McCrimmon announced earlier this week that coach Cory Clouston will not be returning to the team for the 2012-13 season.
“I have given a great deal of thought to our coaching situation for the upcoming season," McCrimmon said. "I do not want uncertainty with this important position and as a result have decided we will not have Cory return next season. He will perhaps have opportunities to coach professionally, failing that, we will honor the second year of his contract.”
Roaming with the Bisons: Former Americans defenseman Brock Sutherland, who was traded to Calgary at the overage deadline last season, announced last week he will play for the University of Manitoba.