As playoff fever hovers over the warm summer air, fans of semi-pro football on the east side of the Cascades are in for a treat. The Wenatchee Valley Rams will host the Tri-City Rage on Saturday in the first round of the Western Washington Football Alliance’s postseason tournament, and although the Rage are officially in their inaugural season, longtime Rams fans will recognize the rivalry between the two squads.
An ecological gem hidden in the Wenatchee Mountains, Camas Meadows (a.k.a. Camas Land) harbors plant species found nowhere else in the world. A sprawling, lush, near-level lawn cradled by lumpy forested ridges, Camas Meadows is a geographical anomaly in the Cascades’ dry extreme eastern reaches.
In its third season in the Evergreen Premier League (EPLWA), Wenatchee FC has continued to make strides in developing a program capable of sustaining challenges at the top of the league table. That growth won’t culminate in a title this year, but the Capitals can finish off their 2016 campaign higher in the standings than they ever have with two wins to close out the season, which would be a big step for the club.
WENATCHEE — Who doesn’t love a good staring contest? Two stubborn opponents, literally facing each other, eyes wide open and daring the other to blink. In a pitching-laden contest between the pair of divisional cellar dwellers that saw seven straight scoreless innings, the Kitsap BlueJackets eventually kept their collective eyelids from closing in a 5-2 win over the Wenatchee AppleSox on Wednesday at Paul Thomas Sr. Baseball Stadium.
The Wenatchee Valley Rams (8-1 overall, 7-1 Western Washington Football Alliance) exceeded expectations in their first regular season in the talent-rich WWFA and look to make a deep run through the playoffs.
YAKIMA — What a difference defense makes. The Wenatchee AppleSox have struggled with errors all season long, committed 68 miscues, tied with the Kitsap Blue Jackets for the tops in the West Coast League. Where do thae Yakima Valley Pippins rank in errors? They are third in the league with 65.
With just three games remaining in its third Evergreen Premier League (EPLWA) season, Wenatchee FC needs a strong conclusion to the campaign to better last year’s fifth-place finish. That quest continues today, when the Capitals will need to figure out a way to adjust to elements outside of their control in a vital contest with the Seattle Stars.
SUMNER — The Wenatchee Valley Rams (7-1 Western Washington Football Alliance) defeated the Pierce County Bengals 21-6 at Sunset Stadium on Saturday to finish the WWFA regular season on a positive note and extend their winning streak to four games heading into the first round of the league playoffs.
YAKIMA — The Wenatchee AppleSox lost 1-0 to Yakima Valley in soul-wrenching fashion Friday night when the Pippins' Michael Filia hit a walk-off single off relief pitcher Miceal Taylor, earning a victory for the home side in the first of a three-game series at Yakima’s Civic Stadium.
If you play more than 20 rounds of golf a year, chances are good you keep a handicap. For those not familiar with the handicap system for golf, it’s defined as a numerical measure of a golfer’s ability — or lack thereof. In stroke play, it is used to calculate a net score from the number of strokes actually played during a competition, thus allowing players of different proficiencies to play against each other on somewhat equal terms.
WENATCHEE — Although the Wenatchee Valley Rams wrapped up second place in their division and a home game in the first round of the Western Washington Football Alliance playoffs with last week’s 43-14 win over the Snohomish County Vikings, Saturday’s regular-season finale against the Pierce County Bengals is anything but a meaningless game.
Warning to all worms: take cover when Kris Jackson is on the mound. The Bend Elks starting pitcher turned into a ground ball machine, inducing many a worm burner while pitching his team to a 4-2 win over the Wenatchee AppleSox on Wednesday at Paul Thomas Sr. Baseball Stadium.
Wenatchee sprinter Skyler Walton, 15, showed she can run with the fastest girls Washington state has to offer when she took second place in the 100-meter dash and third place in the 200m dash as a freshman at the 4A Track and Field State Championships in Tahoma in late May.