We’ve reached the end of the prep season and summer is near, but there’s plenty of stuff going in the North Central Washington sporting scene, and a lot to catch up on from the past few weeks. Here’s a sampling:
On a cement wall next to the left field bleachers behind the third-base dugout at Recreation Park, gold plaques with rosters from Apple Valley Packers teams throughout the years are displayed. On some of those plaques, the team’s record from that year is shown. Those records show how good of a run the Packers had at various stages during the past few decades.
WENATCHEE — After reaching the state tournament for the first time since 1998, Wenatchee High School chose not to renew the contract of its head boys basketball coach Ron Stone — creating an opening for a new face.
You have to be impressed by the showing of the Waterville Shockers at the state 1B track and field championships. The boys placed fourth and the girls placed fifth. “Not bad for having to run on a track that has to be graded every few days and we have to pick rocks to keep from rolling ankles,” quipped coach Justin Grillo.
YAKIMA — Cashmere’s doubles team of Tasha Kowatsch and Sammi O’Bryan repeated as 1A/2B/1B state champions Saturday, beating Tiffanie Chai and Christian Chai of Forest Ridge 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (1) in the finals at West Valley High School.
PASCO — After losing its 4A state semifinal game Friday, the Wenatchee baseball team got back to basics in Saturday’s consolation at Gesa Stadium and played like it did earlier in the season to get to the semifinals in the first place.
SUMNER — Quincy High School hadn’t won a state title in any sport for 16 years before Saturday, when the Jackrabbits won 1-0 against University Prep to clinch the 1A boys soccer state championship at Sunset Chevrolet Stadium.
SPOKANE — The Wenatchee softball squad was eliminated from the 4A state tournament with a 14-2 loss against Moses Lake on Friday at the Merkel Sports Complex, but had plenty of positives to take from the experience.