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Out of the sandlot, a Ram Family is forged

From the humble origins of local tryouts in the spring of 2003, the Wenatchee Valley Rams have ascended to the upper-echelon of adult minor league football in the Pacific Northwest. Former Cashmere High School football standout Jack Cates organized those first practices, held near Foothills Middle School and at the now-demolished Eastmont Jr. High football field behind East Wenatchee City Hall. His visionary idea started what was originally known for two seasons as the Apple Valley Bucks, but the unconditional love of the Ram Family, forged in the fires of ...

Spring 2016 collegians: How they fared

Over the past few weeks, the World has collected information on how North Central Washington’s collegiate athletes performed during the spring season. Here’s an update on those athletes. If we missed any spring participants, please let us know at

AppleSox fall to Sweets in pitcher’s duel

WALLA WALLA — The Wenatchee AppleSox came out on the wrong end of a pitcher’s duel Wednesday night, falling 6-1 to the host Walla Walla Sweets at Borleske Stadium.

AppleSox drop series finale to Alaska

WENATCHEE — Panning for a nonleague series sweep, the Wenatchee ApplSox came up empty-handed. With the game tied at 4-4 after six innings, the Alaska Goldpanners pulled away late in the game for a 9-5 win over the AppleSox Sunday at Paul Thomas Sr. Baseball Stadium.

Special teams help Rams beat Ravens, advance to WWFA championship game Aug. 6

RENTON — Wenatchee Valley Rams special teamer Demetrius Palmer came up with a season-rescuing moment with 3:14 remaining in a nightmarish second half, recovering a blocked punt in the endzone to give the Rams a 21-17 road victory over the Renton Ravens in the Western Washington Football Alliance semifinal on July 30.

Local hoops stars go undefeated at national tourney

Led by a trio of players from Washington, the Northwest Blazers’ Orange team won the Arizona Elite NCAA-certified high school girls basketball tournament held from July 23-25 in Phoenix.
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Photo Gallery: Junior golfers start new league

There is a new junior golf program this year called PGA Junior League Golf. It's a national program picked up locally pitting junior golfers from local courses who compete against each other on teams. Thursday's match at Wenatchee Golf and Country Club was the fifth of the season with one remaining on August 4 at Three Lakes Golf Club in Malaga. This year, three teams from the country club and one from Three Lakes competed as teams of eight youth from ages 8 to 13. They are split up into ...

Rams look to advance over revenge-minded Renton

RENTON — As the Wenatchee Valley Rams prepare for this weekend’s road playoff test against the Renton Ravens, the team’s unique philosophy of ‘Ram Family’ continues to produce exemplary results.

Canadian blues continue for AppleSox

KELOWNA, British Columbia — Life north of the border has been unkind to the Wenatchee AppleSox this summer. In their first road trip of the season, the Sox were swept by the Victoria HarbourCats June 7-9 in a three-game series on Vancouver Island. The Kelowna Falcons added to Wenatchee’s Canadian woes with a 6-4 win Tuesday before at 1,283 fans at Elks Stadium.

Two WHS swimmers earn All-American nods

WENATCHEE — A pair of Wenatchee High School swimmers were named to the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association’s 2015-16 Swimming and Diving All-American lists.

Whalen brothers finish top eight at PNW Amateurs

WALLA WALLA — Ephrata natives Andrew and Aaron Whalen both advanced deep into the Pacific Northwest Men’s Amateur Golf Championship over the weekend at Wine Valley Golf Club in Walla Walla. Andrew — who just completed his senior season at Northwestern University — finished second in the tournament, falling in the matchplay championship to rising UW sophomore Carl Yuan. Aaron — a rising sophomore at WSU — was eliminated by Yuan in the quarterfinals of the event.

Making an OckWord transition

Once again, this is OckWord. What do I do here? Do I say goodbye? Do I not say goodbye? Do I kind of say goodbye? Well, I’ll attempt to do all three.

AppleSox win third straight

BELLINGHAM — In a season that has seen them play mostly inconsistent baseball, the Wenatchee AppleSox are finally getting on a roll. The Sox scored three runs in the second inning and never looked back in a commanding 4-1 win over the Bellingham Bells on Sunday at Joe Martin Field. 

Capitals struggle mightily in blowout loss to Shadow

WENATCHEE — Jamie Richards didn’t mince his words. Asked about his team’s performance after a 6-0 blowout loss to the Spokane Shadow on Sunday at the Apple Bowl, the Wenatchee FC coach was brutally honest.

Rams top Rage in overtime thriller

WENATCHEE — As the stadium lights cut through the impending darkness at the Apple Bowl, the weight of the moment fell squarely on the Wenatchee Valley Rams’ special teams unit.

Miller shines as AppleSox win second straight

BELLINGHAM — The Wenatchee AppleSox scored early and got a quality start from Wenatchee native Grady Miller on Saturday night, beating the host Bellingham Bells 6-1 at Joe Martin Field.