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.
RICHLAND — After a first day characterized by fast, deceptive greens, Wenatchee sophomore Taylor Takasugi made the turn in 40 and followed up with a 41 to card an 81, advancing to the second day of competition at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco by two strokes.
WENATCHEE — Grady Miller, a left-handed pitcher from Wenatchee High School, and Miceal Taylor, a right-handed pitcher from Oregon Tech, round out the Wenatchee AppleSox 28-man roster, AppleSox coach AJ Proszek announced on Tuesday.
SPOKANE — Bad weather postponed two state tournament baseball games over the weekend. Brewster baseball’s 2B contest with Asotin was moved from Spokane Falls Community College to Davis High School in Yakima and Ephrata’s second round state contest against Selah was played at 5 p.m. on Sunday instead of 5 p.m. on Saturday.
TOPPENISH — The Quincy boys soccer team is two wins away from a 2A state championship. The visiting Jackrabbits went on the road and beat Central Washington Athletic Conference foe Toppenish 1-0 on Saturday afternoon.
WENATCHEE — For a few fleeting moments Saturday, the Wenatchee baseball team was in trouble. After the Panthers took a 5-1 lead into the seventh inning of their 4A state baseball tournament quarterfinal against West Valley at Rec Park, the Rams quickly loaded the bases on three straight hits off Wenatchee righthander Brandon Graves, setting the stage for a grandstand finish with the middle of the Rams’ order coming to the plate.
WENATCHEE — For a second consecutive week, the Wenatchee Valley Rams defense achieved scoreboard perfection, putting a dangerous Wolfpack offense in a sleeper-hold for 60 minutes on their way to a 22-8 victory over rival Spokane at the Apple Bowl.
OMAK — Last season, the Caribou Trail League District 6 softball final featured the No. 4 seed topping the No. 3 seed to earn the lone berth to the 1A state tournament. There were no such upsets this season, but there was quite a bit of drama on display as Omak took home the CTL title and the league’s spot to state with wins over Cascade and Cashmere on Saturday.
EAST WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee girls track and field team’s bright young runners were on full display on Thursday during the first day of the Columbia Basin Big Nine Championships at Eastmont High School.
On the surface, no one would mistake Tyler Chipman’s pitching oeuvre for that of Felix Hernandez. Now, we’re obviously not talking about accomplishments and pro status. The Seattle Mariners ace is a future Hall of Famer while Chipman is a fresh-faced sophomore in the infancy stages of his baseball career. Understood.
KENT — Just about everything conspired against the Wenatchee boys soccer team on Wednesday night. From a bus breakdown ahead of their 4A state tournament matchup with Kentwood to some difficult-to-swallow decisions during the game, things just weren’t going the Panthers’ way.
There are four teams from North Central Washington competing in their respective state baseball tournaments starting on Saturday. The Wenatchee, Cashmere, Brewster and Okanogan baseball teams will all compete in the regional round of competition looking to make it to the second weekend of play.
It is early January in Chelan. Saturday, 4:30 a.m. Temperatures are in the 20s, there is snow on the ground and partial ice on the lake. Most people in the Chelan area may be buried under a mound of blankets remaining in hibernation mode for at least a few more hours.