WENATCHEE — One day, Danny George and Mason McRae want to be Olympians like some of their bigger friends. Like basketball player Duane Gaddis, or ice skaters Chris Amerson and Michael Elliott. Danny and Mason, both 9, will be on the sidelines this year when the Washington State Winter Special Olympics are held this weekend. They’ve been training with some of the older athletes who will compete Saturday and Sunday, but aren’t quite ready for competition themselves. Both of the Wenatchee boys have Down syndrome.
WENATCHEE — The S.P.O.R.T. Gymnastics training club of Wenatchee will host the Eastern Sectionals and Xcel state championships today through Sunday at Wenatchee High School. S.P.O.R.T. owner and director Sue Harris and co-director Taryn Harris brought the meet — which will feature 515 competitors — to Wenatchee by bidding on it last spring.
The “School of Rock” met for the third consecutive year not too long ago. “The School,” as it is affectionately called, was born as an opportunity for some of my elementary school teaching partners to try out the sport of rock climbing. WenatcheeOutdoors editor Andy Dappen was on the inaugural trip in 2008 and posted a report called “School of Rock” worth reading on the website. My wife, Janet, and I have hosted this event now about a half-dozen times over three summers. A core group seems to come back ...
EAST WENATCHEE — Jordan Osborn helped the Spokane Dodgers, an Under-18 select club team, reach the finals of the Connie Mack Baseball regional tournament over the weekend. Osborn, who graduated from Eastmont High School in 2009, pitched and played third base for the Dodgers, who became the fourth Northwest team ever and the first in 30 years to play in the regional title game.
For road cyclists, the Methow is central to many amazing riding opportunities. While the valley floor is limited in mileage and diversity, the North Cascades and mountainous terrain east of the Methow open up many opportunities for great road riding. Mild: Chewuch Loop
The Sugarloaf Lookout is the only fire lookout on the Entiat Ranger District to be staffed throughout the fire season. Plan to make a day of this trip and enjoy a picnic lunch and a panoramic view of the great outdoors. Bear in mind that Sugarloaf Lookout is a working fire watch tower, and at any time you may be asked to leave so watch duties aren’t impaired. Please note that Forest Service roads can be slippery during the rainy seasons or during and right after a rainstorm. Access: From ...
The speeds that Sam Verderico hits on his racing motorcycles are not for the faint of heart. The East Wenatchee resident has gone up to 190 miles per hour on his custom-built 1,000 cubic centimeter-engine bike, and he makes no bones about how dangerous the sport is.
EAST WENATCHEE — Michelle Kennedy is still the leader in the Pure Stocks class at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval, but she has company at the top. Thanks to his second place finish in Saturday’s main race, J.R. Turner (1,232 points) is just three points shy of the standings leader.
OMAK — Registration for the Omak teams in the North Central Washington Youth Football League will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, and Aug. 9-10, at the high school football field. Registration forms are available at Hamilton Farm Equipment or by calling Steve Springer at 826-5553. Anyone interested in helping with the league is also encouraged to call.
EAST WENATCHEE — The American Junior Golf Association will make its only 2010 stop in the state in a little over a week when the AJGA Junior comes to the Wenatchee Golf & Country Club. It’s the third year that the AJGA has come to Wenatchee, and the field is expected to again include some of the best young golfers from the U.S. and Canada.
CHELAN — As successful as the fourth-annual ChelanMan Multisport Weekend was, race organizers feel that making the event bigger would take away from the smooth operation and flow that made Saturday and Sunday’s events such a smash. About 2,200 triathletes and runners signed up for the weekend’s 12 races — 500 more than in 2009 — and registration for the triathlons had to be closed two weeks prior to the event.
When you look at the best routes to bicycle in our community, think of the Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail as the hub of the bike wheel, with several roads as the spokes that allow you to get anywhere you want in town in an enjoyable and safe manner. As part of its long-term vision, the city of Wenatchee is working to increase the number of bicycle and pedestrian access points to the loop. The more spokes we put on this wheel, the stronger a bike community we become. Here’s ...
WENATCHEE — The Entiat Valley is the destination for the June 5 Apple Century Bike Ride. The 23rd-annual event is expected to attract hundreds of bicyclists from all over the Northwest for 50-mile and 100-mile rides beginning and ending in Wenatchee.
CHELAN — The Lake Chelan Ski Club, operator of the Echo Valley Ski and Tubing Hill in Chelan, is having a fundraising auction on eBay from June 3-8. Items donated so far for the auction include day passes to Slidewaters, Woodland Park Zoo, Echo Valley, Ohme Gardens, and the Seattle Art Museum; season passes to Mission Ridge and Echo Valley; an overnight stay at Stehekin Valley Ranch; gift certificates; and food items.
WENATCHEE — Before more people commute on bicycles, we must learn from current commuters. So here is my advice. I have actually found myself commuting more than once a week because I enjoy riding outside with a breeze in my face. I smell flowers, hear birds and roll alongside the Columbia instead of feeling confined and polluting.
Jim Fletcher (not pictured) and his son, Chris Fletcher, ride their mountain bikes down Butler Ridge above Cashmere as part of a four-hour ride last spring. Jim Fletcher says the pair try to mountain bike, hike or fish together once a week.