TACOMA — Eastmont’s Jake Ulrich bested Michael Rhoads of Inglemoor by .14 seconds to win the 400m dash at the 4A track and field championships at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma on Saturday. In the finals of the 800m run, Ulrich took home the bronze.
PUYALLUP — All season long, the Wenatchee boys soccer team has battled adversity. From injuries to suspensions to a bus breakdown to a lightning delay, seemingly everything has gone against the Panthers in recent weeks.
SUMNER — For a short period of time Saturday, it looked like the Quincy boys soccer team was going to grab its second state title in three years. A goal from Kevin Rios early in the second half had the Jackrabbits in position to nab the 2A boys soccer state trophy if they could hold onto a narrow lead.
YAKIMA – Cascade’s Taylor Kelly and Cashmere’s Aleah Kert have seen each other plenty of times throughout their respective Caribou Trail League careers. On Saturday at the 1B/2B/1A girls tennis singles state tournament in Yakima, it was Kelly who emerged the victor.
RICHLAND -- The Panthers boys tennis doubles duo of Jack Yount-Cameron Mandelis completed a fantastic weekend at the 4A tennis doubles state tournament in Richland with a win over Gonzaga Prep's John Mackay and Tyler Timperman on Saturday. The 6-2, 6-2 win gave the pair a 3-1 record for the weekend and a fourth place finish.
PASCO — The Wenatchee Panthers baseball team has accomplished a lot this season. It has turned in stellar pitching performances. It has stacked up hits and 10-runned opponents. It has captured a fan base and turned a group of young men into a band of brothers.
Three softball teams from North Central Washington were still in action on Friday and had mixed results. The Brewster softball team is the last local team standing. Omak played in Richland, Brewster and Okanogan played in Yakima.
SUMNER — There was jubilation on the field and in the stands amongst Quincy boys soccer supporters Friday night at Sunset Stadium in Sumner as the Jackrabbits put the finishing touch on a 2-0 win over Lindbergh to punch their ticket to the 2A boys soccer state championship game. But, through all the celebrations, Jacks coach Arturo Guerrero remained steadfastly focused on the task at hand.
All tennis state tournaments started on Friday and many local players advanced to the second day of play. The 4A tennis tournaments were held at the Columbia Basin Racquet Club in Richland and the small school 1A/2B/1B tournaments were held in Yakima.
Hundreds of athletes from around North Central Washington are participating in the WIAA track and field state championships Thursday-Sunday. The 4A/3A/2A championships are being held at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma and the 1A/2B/1B championships are being held at Eastern Washington University in Cheney.
The Eastmont track and field team has had much success over the past five years. It seems that nearly every year a new name emerges and becomes one of the fastest runners or longest throwers in the state. This year, that name could be Jake Ulrich.
Only the strong survive. Such is the nature of playoff prep tennis. But with the last weekend of the season now here, players from seven North Central Washington squads will be serving for a shot at a state title.
Omak softball coach Rick Duck doesn’t know anything about the Pioneers’ first-round opponent Chimacum. Duck instead is approaching Omak’s (14-7) showdown with the Cowboys (13-6) just like he has any other game, by focusing on fundamentals and aspects of the game that he can control.
The best motivation for winning can be losing, specifically if it’s one haunting loss that gnaws at a team over nine lonely months of offseason. Last season, the Wenatchee Panthers baseball team suffered such a loss. In the 2015 4A state baseball tournament quarterfinals, the Panthers led Decatur 1-0 in the sixth inning with ace Grady Miller on the mound.
RICHLAND — Ephrata’s Kenedee Peters and Morgan Baum of East Valley (Yakima) played like they were the only two competitors on the course in the final round of the 2A girls golf state tournament at Columbia Point Golf Course in Richland.
WENATCHEE — After heading into halftime scoreless in their home contest with Bellingham United on Sunday, Wenatchee FC conceded two second-half goals and couldn’t complete a comeback, falling 2-1 at the Apple Bowl.