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The Martea Johnson Story: Part I

WENATCHEE — Fans in attendance at the Wenatchee Valley Rams home games against Renton and Puyallup earlier this season will remember Wenatchee Valley cornerback, wide receiver and return specialist Martea Johnson for the scintillating touchdown returns he had in each contest. But Johnson’s impact on the Ram Family extends beyond the playing field.

AppleSox give up early lead, fall to Cowlitz

LONGVIEW — The Wenatchee AppleSox played deep into the night Thursday. In the first of a three-game set against the Cowlitz Black Bears at Story Field in Longview, Wenatchee jumped out to an early lead, gave it up, tied the contest and sent it to extra innings.
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Sox drop third straight to HarbourCats

WENATCHEE — The Victoria HarbourCats have left the Wenatchee Valley and are now taking their talents back across the border. Don’t expect any thank-you cards or fond farewells from the Wenatchee AppleSox. After losing all six games of the season series against the ‘Cats, Wenatchee is happy to bid adieu to Victoria until next season.
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Chasing chain

Jerry Muscat throws a disc on the second hole of the Leavenworth Disc Golf Club's custom course near the Leavenworth Fish Hatchery on Monday, June 27. The group has met nearly every Monday for the past couple years to practice their frisbee skills on the tree-lined course.

Sox lose third straight; Victoria’s winning streak at 16

WENATCHEE — For the Victoria HarbourCats, it was sweet 16. For the Wenatchee AppleSox, it was sour. After losing their opening three games of the season, the HarbourCats bid farewell to the bitter taste of defeat and have been devouring West Coast League opponents ever since. The Canadian squad’s 16-game league-record winning streak began north of the border with a clean sweep of Wenatchee June 7-9 in Victoria. The AppleSox were Victoria’s victims once again, putting up a fight, but ultimately falling to the HarbourCats 6-3 on Tuesday at Paul Thomas ...
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Merz’s Fishing Corner | Report on Columbia River Chinook salmon season starts Friday

The salmon are here! In just a couple of short days, fishing for salmon on the Columbia River opens in North Central Washington and anglers are chomping at the bit to get some tasty morsels on the grill or in the freezer. This is the run of the summer Chinook salmon, which is the largest of the species and usually runs from June through August. There are a few good areas in which anglers converge to catch these fish. These areas are at Confluence Park — just below Rocky Reach ...

AppleSox lose as Victoria wins 15th straight

VICTORIA, British Columbia —Objects in motion stay in motion. So says Isaac Newton. Yes, it’s the middle of summer and few people care to mix the laws of physics with the leisure of baseball, but it appropriately describes the torrid play of the Victoria HarbourCats. Roaring back from a 2-0 deficit, the Canadian squad won its 15th consecutive game with a 7-4 win over the Wenatchee AppleSox on Monday at Paul Thomas Sr. Baseball Stadium.

OckWord: The geek who streaked

Defensive alignments have taken over baseball in recent years. The tsunami of information, spray charts and scouting reports has given managers boatloads of data on where hitters tend to direct their balls in play. This has resulted in dramatic defensive shifts, particularly in the infield where positions are temporarily redefined. Third basemen play shortstop; shortstops play second; second baseman play shallow right. It’s a topsy-turvy baseball Bizarro World.

AppleSox fall to Gresham in series finale

GRESHAM, Ore. — That third game has been a killer. For the last three league series, the Wenatchee AppleSox have won the first two games to put themselves in position to sweep. But in each series, game three has been their downfall. Sunday was no exception. After winning big Friday and Saturday, the AppleSox blew a 6-0 lead and lost to the Gresham GreyWolves 11-9 at Oslund Field.

AppleSox take series from GreyWolves

GRESHAM, Ore. — The Wenatchee AppleSox beat the host Gresham GreyWolves 8-3 on Saturday night at Oslund Field, guaranteeing a series win for the visiting team.

Wenatchee steamrolls Arlington behind revived passing attack

ARLINGTON — In case any fans were worried that the Wenatchee Valley Rams had lost their spark after a home loss to Puyallup Nation and a somewhat-shaky road win over the Washington Cavaliers, let Saturday’s 63-0 obliteration of the Arlington Grizzlies serve notice to the rest of the Western Washington Football Alliance that the Rams have put those setbacks behind them.
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Mission Ridge hosts second annual GranDuro race

Racers Jason Walker, at right, and Domenico Futia make their way down the trail between Lake Clara and where the trail intersects with the Liberty-Beehive road. The Mission GranDuro mountain bike race was held Saturday at Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort. RunDuro runner Craig Vander Hart runs down a steep and rocky section of trail, as biker Joshua Crutcher follows. Starting at Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort, the GranDuro and RunDuro races on Saturday utilized parts of following trails: Pipeline Trail, Clara Lake Trail, Liberty-Beehive Road, Mission Ridge ...

AppleSox tame GreyWolves on the road

GRESHAM, Ore. — Talk about reverse psychology. After winning the first two contests of their six-game Oregon road trip, the Wenatchee AppleSox lost 9-1 to the Bend Elks on Thursday. Wenatchee flipped that score around on Friday using a 12-hit attack to pound the Gresham GreyWolves 9-1 at Oslund Field.

Caps ready for league-leading Victory

A week after suffering its first loss in nearly a month, Wenatchee FC will try to get back on track Sunday night in what on paper appears to be their toughest test of the season.

Edwards dominant as Wenatchee can’t complete sweep in Bend

BEND, Ore. — The visiting Wenatchee AppleSox allowed five runs in the fourth inning and three runs in the seventh inning in a lopsided 9-1 loss to the Bend Elks in the series finale at Vince Genna Stadium. Wenatchee recorded two hits in the contest.
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Molding the future: WVC holds basketball camp for children grades K-8

Baylee Toftness, 5, passes a ball in between the legs of Cameron Silver, a sophomore player at Wenatchee Valley College, during a passing exercise at a basketball camp hosted by WVC on Wednesday. WVC men’s basketball coach Brett McGinnis, along with WVC staff members and volunteers help put on the camp, which helped ballers in Kindergarten through eighth grade hone their skills during sessions on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the college.
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A veteran presence: Capitals’ Jonathan Rodriguez leads from the back

Jonathan Rodriguez has been around the block once or twice. One of the most experienced players on Wenatchee FC’s roster, Rodriguez has borne witness to the steady, yet sharp, progression of professional soccer in Wenatchee over the past few years. Not long ago, the Wenatchee Fire indoor team was the only option for players wishing to extend their careers past college in the Valley. That’s no longer the case.