WENATCHEE — For the foreseeable future, Wenatchee High School’s student section for all athletic events at the Apple Bowl will switch to the east side of the stadium, said athletic director Jim Beeson. The change comes after a row of bleachers gave way underneath jumping students during the Panther football team’s home opener last Friday. Beeson said it’s unclear how long the switch will last.
WENATCHEE — Before the 2016 season started, the Wenatchee girls soccer team knew that to reach its goals, it would have to go through West Valley. The Rams are the defending Columbia Basin Big Nine league champions, and their only loss last season came in the 4A state title game. Last season, they beat Wenatchee three times by a combined 8-0 margin.
WENATCHEE — Short track racing was at its best for the Neal Newberry 125 at Wenatchee Valley Super Oval on Saturday night in Wenatchee. When the lights came on and the checkered flag flew, it was Doni Wanat taking home his first career Northwest Super Late Model Series victory.
In its inaugural season in the British Columbia Hockey League, the Wenatchee Wild took second in the league’s Mainland division with a record of 34-16-4 and 76 points. The Wild sparked new rivalries with its Canadian counterparts and it won a playoff series.
WENATCHEE — Not even the absence of an All-American could deter the Wenatchee girls swimming and diving team on Saturday. Without star senior Jessica Wierzbicki (away on a recruiting trip), the host Panthers took first place at the Wenatchee Invitational, cruising to a 50-point victory over second-place Tahoma at the Wenatchee High School Pool.
BREWSTER — Omak football coach Nick Sackman said when his Pioneers entered the halftime locker room up 21-6 over host Brewster on Friday night, they thought they had missed a chance at a big half. Omak then scored 35 unanswered points in the third quarter to put to rest any doubt of which team was superior. At the end of the fourth quarter, the scoreboard read 49-6 in favor of Omak.
WALLA WALLA — For the second straight week, the Eastmont football team dropped a nonleague road game Friday night, falling 39-7 to host Walla Walla at Borleske Stadium. After last week’s 44-0 loss to Kamiakin, the Wildcats sit at 0-2 on the young season.
WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee football team started its home opener Friday night against Richland with a bang. After winning the coin toss, the Panthers chose to kick, and coach Scott Devereaux called an onside kick. Wenatchee recovered at the Bombers’ 41-yard line to start the contest with terrific field position.
WENATCHEE — There wasn’t much separating the Chelan and Wenatchee volleyball teams Thursday night at Wenatchee High School. Every time either opened up a significant lead, the other immediately fought back to close the gap.
LEAVENWORTH — Three days after an emotional, season-opening win over the state’s top-ranked 1A team, the Cascade volleyball team had a bit of a letdown on Tuesday. Still, the Kodiaks found a way to add another victory to their early-season total.
Personally, I think early September is the very best time to have a love for sports. Major League Baseball is entering pennant races, the first big upsets of the college football season have begun and the NFL is right around the corner.
WARDEN — Tensions ran high Saturday at Warden High School as the Okanogan girls soccer team fought a grueling match against the host Cougars. The scoreboard read 1-1 from the 11th minute of the first half until the fourth minute of overtime, when Megan Patrick found the net to give the Bulldogs a 2-1 win in their season opener.