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Mooney’s first regulation ace good for a car

ORONDO — Greg Mooney picked a good time to notch his first-ever hole in one on a regulation course. Mooney aced the 170-yard eighth hole at Desert Canyon on Sept. 12 in the Such and Such Polish Scramble.

Tourney coming to town

WENATCHEE — Triple Crown Sports, a nationally renowned baseball tournament promoter based in Fort Collins, Colo., has selected the Wenatchee Valley to host a season-opening tournament for teams of kids aged 9-14.

Titles in four classes decided at WVSO

EAST WENATCHEE — Championships in four classes were decided Saturday night during Jerry Berschauer Memorial weekend at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval.

History of the Backside Ride

It can be a very long cold day when you’re on the ski patrol at Mission Ridge. There’s a significant amount of down time just sitting in the shack at the top of the mountain and waiting for the call to duty to help a skier in need. Thoughts can drift to other seasons and other adventures, especially when it’s the coldest day of the winter. Such was the case during the winter of 1989 when Terry Van Dorien posed the question to his co-workers and friends, “Do you think ...


That funky mountain bike ride turns 20

WENATCHEE — In 1990, Terry Van Dorien was part of a group of mountain bike enthusiasts that found a way to ride from Mission Ridge to downtown Ellensburg. Nineteen years later, The Backside Ride has attracted nearly 60 riders for the trip up Mission Ridge, through meadows and down old roads, before finally ending with a meal at The Tav in Ellensburg.

Super Oval races end Saturday

EAST WENATCHEE — The roar of the engines will be heard for the last time this season on Saturday. But before the checkered flag flies at the end of the last race, champions will be crowned in three classes.


Marathon sees big turnout jump

LEAVENWORTH — Talk about a fast pace. As of this weekend, the fifth-annual Leavenworth Oktoberfest Marathon and Half-Marathon had 1,500 competitors registered, nearly double last year’s total. They are coming from 24 states and three Canadian provinces.

Super Oval wraps up with final races

EAST WENATCHEE — Thomas Stanford added an exclamation point to his points victory by taking the checkered flag in the Youth Hornets feature race Saturday night at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval.

NCW triathletes 2nd

OGDEN, Utah — Jason Jablonski of Wenatchee and Keri Grosse of Leavenworth each finished second in the XTERRA USA amateur triathlon championships on Saturday in Northern Utah’s Wasatch Range.


Veteran Chelan racer returns after injury, long layoff

CHELAN — The accident left him with a broken neck and broken leg, and dried up his competitive juices. But today Mark Evans is healed — physically and mentally — and back competing in the sport he loves.


Enchanting escapade

The high-country plateau just south of Leavenworth is famed for its fall colors. Here is one reader’s story of a quick trip to the mecca.

Yellow carpet greets visitors along this forest floor

Tronsen Ridge Trail (historically known as the Mount Lillian or Tiptop Trail) is a steep ridge top trail located just south of Ruby Creek off of Blewett Pass. This trail runs southeast above Highway 97 ending on the Liberty-Beehive Forest Road No. 9712. Late spring or early fall is the optimal time to hike this trail.



Online guide expands entries

SEATTLE — Washington Trails Association’s popular online hiking guide at, which features detailed information and on over 2,500 hiking trails, just got a whole lot better.

WAHA holds registration Thursday

WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee Amateur Hockey Association will hold its registration night from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Town Toyota Center. Youth ages 6 to 18 are encouraged to participate in WAHA’s youth hockey program, which begins in November.

Pipeline Bridge under cover for paint job

WENATCHEE VALLEY — Anyone passing by the Pipeline Pedestrian Bridge might notice part of the structure is covered. Underneath, the historic bridge is getting a makeover. According to project Superintendent Barry Solada, the tarp covers 100 feet of the bridge and hangs down 60 feet. It will stay in place for seven to 10 days to contain any debris and overspray while the crew paints the current section of bridge. After that, crews — and the tarp — will move east on the bridge.

Rec Sports: Senior softball team strikes gold

WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee Merchants 60-plus senior softball team won the gold medal in the C Division of the Huntsman World Senior Games earlier this month. The team went 7-0 in the tournament, beating teams from Oregon; Vancouver, B.C.; New Mexico, Salt Lake City, Sacramento, Calif. and Medicine Hat, Alberta.

Three dead at Detroit marathon

DETROIT — A half-marathoner and two other runners died during the Detroit marathon on Sunday, organizers said. Daniel Langdon, 36, of Laingsburg, collapsed at about 9:02 a.m. between the 11- and 12-mile markers, said Rich Harshbarger, vice president of consumer marketing for the Detroit Media Partnership.