All tennis state tournaments started on Friday and many local players advanced to the second day of play. The 4A tennis tournaments were held at the Columbia Basin Racquet Club in Richland and the small school 1A/2B/1B tournaments were held in Yakima.
Hundreds of athletes from around North Central Washington are participating in the WIAA track and field state championships Thursday-Sunday. The 4A/3A/2A championships are being held at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma and the 1A/2B/1B championships are being held at Eastern Washington University in Cheney.
Only the strong survive. Such is the nature of playoff prep tennis. But with the last weekend of the season now here, players from seven North Central Washington squads will be serving for a shot at a state title.
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.