WENATCHEE — If you were to ask people about Shane Mitchell returning to racing 10 months ago, you would probably have had a lot people saying “No,” and other responses leading you to believe that you wouldn’t see that famous orange 99 car back on the track.
EPHRATA -- The Ephrata girls and boys track and field teams dominated their league matchup against visiting Selah and Quincy on Thursday afternoon in a Central Washington Athletic Conference league meet.
WINTHROP — With a runner on in the top of the seventh, Madison White stepped up to the dish with a chance to provide the Nannies some much needed extra-inning heroics. White did just that, pounding a two-run home run to straightaway center field off Liberty Bell starting pitcher Devon Surface to give Pateros a 6-4 lead. Starting pitcher Aubrey Miller stayed in the circle for the bottom of the seventh and finished out a critical 6-4 road win for the Nannies.
CHELAN — The Chelan boys and girls golf teams hosted Omak on Thursday afternoon at the Lake Chelan Municipal Golf Course. It was a beautiful day for golf and Pioneers’ golfer Brandon Abrahamson took honors with a score of 81, followed closely by his teammate Wyatt Utt with an 85. Chelan’s Corbin Morley came away with a 97 and teammate Cameron Krumbah shot a 98. Omak was the only team who registered a team score with a 407.
PESHASTIN — A short downpour dampened the momentum that the Cascade baseball team had gained in the first two innings of its game against Cashmere on Thursday at the Peshastin-Dryden Sports Complex. Against a top-notch starting pitcher, the host Kodiaks started the game well at the plate. Then, the rain started, and while it only lasted for a few minutes, it was just enough to throw off Cascade’s rhythm.
I had the pleasure of talking with Joe Harris, the Chelan Goats’ head coach of the past 24 seasons and those directly affected by his teachings a few weeks back. During the interview process for my piece titled “Coach” I talked to nine of those closest to the man that has shaped Chelan boys basketball.
WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee girls tennis team continues to dominate. After a slim 4-3 win over cross-river rival Eastmont on Tuesday, the host Panthers responded with a 7-0 smackdown of Columbia Basin Big Nine bottomfeeder Sunnyside on Thursday.
OROVILLE — The Okanogan tennis teams split a pair of contests with Oroville on Tuesday. The host Hornets pulled off a major surprise on the boys side, while the Bulldogs girls came away with a shutout.
QUINCY – Just when it seemed like they were heading for a straightforward, run-of-the-mill victory, the Quincy Jackrabbits boys soccer team was blindsided Tuesday. But the way they responded to the challenge proved the Jacks are a force to be reckoned with in the Central Washington Athletic Conference and the 2A postseason to follow.
QUINCY — Three batters into its game against Grandview on Tuesday, the Quincy baseball team was in trouble. The Greyhounds had the bases loaded after a leadoff walk, an error and a single, and their cleanup hitter was at the plate.
CHELAN — This could be fun. If the Chelan and Cascade soccer teams win their first-round playoff games, they will face each other for the Caribou Trail League championship. Fans and players of both teams saw a glimpse of that potential preview Tuesday at Chelan High School. With the game tied at 2-2 and six minutes remaining, Rafa Barajas — who was playing on the outside — sprinted toward the middle on a backside run for a breakaway game-winning goal as Chelan came away with a terrific 3-2 win.
EAST WENATCHEE — The last time the cross-river rivals of Wenatchee and Eastmont met on the tennis court, the Wildcats managed just two wins, one on the boys side and one on the girls against the Panthers.
“I just felt like running,” Forrest Gump once said. And for those who do run, the Boston Marathon is a peak experience. April 18, 2016 marked the 120th running of this famous event and 31,000 people felt like running, one of whom was my daughter Sarah.
WENATCHEE — Three pitchers along with two position players who are finishing their senior year of high school will play for the AppleSox this summer after wrapping up their highly decorated prep careers. Right-handed pitcher Casey Legumina, left-handed pitcher Mac Lardner, right-handed pitcher Taylor Borchers, catcher Haydan Hastings, and infielder Parker Price will be joining the AppleSox. All five are Gonzaga commits who will be teammates in Wenatchee this summer with current Gonzaga players Eli Thornquist, Justin Blatner, Jordan Rathbone, and Steve Machtolf.
An independent investigation into the Bellevue High football team uncovered “significant and long-standing violations” of state sports rules and extensive evidence that the team’s celebrated head coach, Butch Goncharoff, played a leading role in some of the program’s dubious practices.
MOSES LAKE — At the fifth POD of the Columbia Basin Big Nine girls golf season Monday at Moses Lake Country Club, the Wenatchee Panthers stayed red hot, winning their fifth league event in a row by 20 strokes over Davis.
Forgive Ed Ashworth. The Okanogan baseball coach, who admits he’s “not easy to play for,” constantly shouts constructive criticism at his players during practice. But often, confusion sets in. If he yells the last name of Stanley, Rubert, Fingar or Ashworth, multiple heads may turn in his direction. Brothers abound on the Okanogan baseball team, with the sibling duos of Dakota and Chase Fingar, Chase and Hunter Rubert, Clay and Conner Ashworth and Justin and Jacob Stanley.