This article is a living document of the happenings from the Columbia Basin Big Nine. Two teams dominate this article; Wenatchee and Eastmont. The normal prep roundups will still be available with that specific day's art. This article will serve as a comprehensive document or a one-stop shop for all CBBN sports news. This document will be updated whenever Wenatchee or Eastmont plays with everchanging art.
CHELAN — On August 7, 1974, Frenchman Philippe Petit famously strung a high wire across the Twin Towers of World Trade Center in New York City. With no harness, no nets and a 26-foot pole for balance, he successfully walked from one tower to the other, 110 stories and 1,362 feet above the lower Manhattan streets.
Local athletes have been on the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s radar lately. And the Cashmere boys tennis team wasn’t recognized for its straight-set victories, high-octane serves or excellent doubles play on the court. No, the Cashmere tennis squad was recognized for its high GPA. Yes, that’s right, the eight Cashmere boys tennis players combined for a 3.65 grade point average, better than any other 1A school in the state.
CHELAN — It is hard to beat a quality opponent three teams in the same season. The Chelan boys soccer team completed that feat by beating Cascade 2-1 Thursday afternoon in the CTL championship game. The win gives the Goats the No. 1 seed moving into the District 5/6 tournament crossover with the Central Washington 2B League whoch starts on Tuesday.
Back in the 1800s when the new marshal came to town, the mayor gave him a gun and a badge and sent him out to uphold the law. Not so, it seems, when you’re the new course marshal at Desert Canyon Golf Resort. Nope. No badge and no gun. It’s probably just as well because unlike the old west, being a course marshal is much more civilized. Or so I thought.
EPHRATA — The Ephrata baseball team ended rival Quincy’s season on Wednesday afternoon with a 4-2 win over the visiting Jackrabbits. Tigers pitcher Logan Moss got the win for the home team, going seven innings while allowing seven hits and two earned runs. Moss struck out seven while walking two. Quincy put the pressure on Ephrata in the sixth inning with two runs but ultimately could not complete the comeback.
Two years ago, Francisco Alejandrez, or Paco to just about everyone, took the North Central Washington soccer scene by storm. Then a sophomore, the diminutive but dangerous forward tore apart the Caribou Trail League to the tune of 45 goals while helping lead his Quincy Jackrabbits to the state title.
WENATCHEE — A pair of homegrown hurlers will rejoin the Wenatchee AppleSox this season and be a part of the team’s pitching staff. The two local players who will spend their summer with the AppleSox are Wenatchee High School graduate and current Central Washington University right-handed pitcher Kyle Blankenship and Eastmont High School graduate and current Lewis-Clark State College right-handed pitcher Tyler Burch.
BREWSTER — When you’re pitching in your final regular season home game in front of friends and family, you of course want to play well. Brewster senior Raul Olvera obliterated the Billygoats batting order, striking out 10 en route to pitching a perfect game as the Bears took the opening game of Tuesday’s Central Washington B baseball doubleheader 10-0 from visiting Pateros. The Bears also won the nightcap 16-3.
YAKIMA — The Wenatchee girls tennis team received a needed tune-up in the last week of the Columbia Basin Big Nine’s regular season. Led by a sweep from their double’s teams and two key singles wins, the Panthers beat West Valley 5-2 Friday at West Valley High School to move their perfect league record to 10-0.
Twice this season, the Chelan and Cascade boys soccer teams have played dramatic, intense and tight contests. Both times, Chelan has come away with big victories. On Thursday, they will meet once more, this time with the Caribou Trail League title on the line, after both posted shutout victories in the first round of the District playoffs Tuesday.
EPHRATA – The Ephrata boys tennis team flexed its collective muscles and tightened its grip as the best team in the Central Washington Athletic Conference with a 3-2 win over rival and second-placed Quincy on Tuesday afternoon.