As a member of the Wenatchee North Rotary Club, it is an honor to be involved with the North Central Washington Sports Awards banquet. This event recognizes exceptional athletes, teams and coaches from North Central Washington high schools and Wenatchee Valley College.
Sandy Cooprider has spent nearly two-thirds of his life at Wenatchee Valley College, first coming to the school to study and play football, later returning to serve as a football and baseball coach, athletic director and teacher.
CASHMERE — In a four-team tournament, sometimes seeding is irrelevant. In the Caribou Trail League’s softball season, one game separated last place Chelan from first place, giving the Goats the dubious fourth seed. None of that mattered Saturday in Cashmere as Chelan routed Omak 13-1 to win the 1A District 6 softball tournament and clinch a state berth.
GIG HARBOR — The Wenatchee boys soccer team is one of four teams still fighting for the 4A state championship after a 3-2 shootout win over host Gig Harbor on Saturday in a state tournament quarterfinal contest. Wenatchee advances to the state semifinal round for the first time in program history.
If one were to look at the Columbia Basin Big Nine baseball standings, they might infer Wenatchee was the dominant team all season long, and they would be right. The Panthers ended the season with a 17-1 record in league play, six games better than second-place Moses Lake.
EAST WENATCHEE — The end of the 2015 track and field season has come for a vast majority of local participants. However, nine members of the Eastmont squad and 12 from the Wenatchee team posted marks at Thursday’s 4A Ddistrict 6 meet at Eastmont High School good enough to qualify for the 4A state track and field meet.
MOSES LAKE – Going into Monday’s 4A District 6 boys golf tournament, held at The Links at Moses Pointe and the Moses Lake Country Club, Wenatchee coach Scott Paine was hoping that at least two and maybe three of his golfers would finish in the top nine to qualify for the 4A state tournament.