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Roundup: WHS inches towards volleyball title

WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee volleyball team is one win away from clinching its first Big Nine regular-season title in coach LeAnne McGahuey’s six-year tenure. The Panthers didn’t give winless Davis any hope of pulling off a big upset Tuesday, recording a 25-9, 25-11, 25-10 home victory.

Wildcats snap Davis streak in loss

EAST WENATCHEE — The Eastmont Wildcats stopped Davis’ scoreless streak. They did not dethrone the Big Nine’s only undefeated girls soccer team, though. Davis allowed a goal for the first time in 11 games, but it still managed to escape with a 2-1 victory over Eastmont on Saturday.

Prep roundup: Pool perfection

WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee girls swim and dive team completed an undefeated Big Nine championship season Thursday, and it did so in style. The Panthers (14-0 overall) posted state-qualifying times in the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays in their 132-53 win over rival Eastmont, giving the team state-bound squads in each relay event (the 200 freestyle relay posted a state time in Walla Walla on Sept. 22).

Chelan volleyball No. 1

The Chelan volleyball team moved up to the No. 1 spot in the latest Washington State Volleyball Coaches Association 1A rankings. The Goats moved up to the top spot after knocking off Caribou Trail League rival Cascade last week. The Kodiaks moved down from No. 2 to No. 5 in the poll.
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‘Pear’ of contenders set for clash

There’s not a lot of prep football rivalry games around North Central Washington with more tradition and intensity than the annual Pear Bowl contest between Cashmere and Cascade. Kodiaks coach Elia Ala’ilima-Daley surely knows this. As a Cascade graduate, he has a unique perspective on the game thanks to his experiences as a player and a coach.
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Roundup: All it takes is 1

LEAVENWORTH — Even though the Cashmere girls soccer team returned the majority of its starters from a year ago, head coach Dennis Tronson knew his squad wouldn’t be quite the same as it was in 2011, when it advanced to the 1A state championship game. The veteran coach went to work on correcting the Bulldogs’ main weakness from a year ago, a flaw that was exposed in the team’s state title game loss to Seattle Academy.

Roundup: Depth leads Panther swimming

WENATCHEE — In a battle to determine just which prep girls swim and dive team is the best in Central Washington, Wenatchee proved to Richland that depth matters. Though the Panthers won just two individual events, they gobbled up most of the other scoring places to keep their undefeated dual-meets record intact with non-league wins over Richland (97-89) and Hanford (108-78) on Saturday.

Amsel stars in Chelan victory

OMAK — Michael Amsel, Jr. wasn’t rusty. Not even close. Chelan’s star senior quarterback, safety and return man played every bit like a former league most valuable player in his first game of the season, a 67-6 eviceration of Omak on Friday night.
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No margin for error

CHELAN — After the first three sets of Thursday’s volleyball match between Cascade and Chelan, there was virtually no evidence that one team was better than the other. At that point, the Goats had tallied 71 combined points, while the Kodiaks had 69. The biggest lead that one team had over the other in those first three sets was just five points; most of the time, though, one team held a one- or two-point advantage. The squads were so evenly matched that the match seemed destined to go to a ...
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Amsel cleared to play for Chelan

CHELAN — At the start of the Chelan football team’s Thursday practice at Sargent Field, Goats head coach Darren Talley sought out Michael Amsel, Jr. and gave the senior a big hug. It was obviously an emotional moment for both of them. Earlier in the day, both men found out that Amsel’s long quest to gain athletic eligibility had ended. The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association has granted Amsel a waiver of its residence/transfer rule, thus giving the star athlete immediate eligibility for varsity-level participation in all interscholastic activities at Chelan ...

Roundup: Ephrata shuts down Selah

SELAH — The Ephrata Tigers are making a case for themselves in the Central Washington Athletic Conference. The running game was hitting on all cylinders in the Tigers’ 23-6 victory over Selah on Friday night, moving them to 3-2 in CWAC play and 4-2 overall.

Cashmere, Okanogan game to decide top Dog

At the start of the season, Okanogan football coach Erick Judd really wasn’t sure what his team would be capable of. He has a much better idea now.

Panther swimming returns to ‘normalcy’

WENATCHEE — It took countless hours of cleaning, but the Wenatchee girls swim and dive team was finally back in their formerly smoke-infested pool on Thursday afternoon. It appeared the Panthers hadn’t missed a beat, either.

Prep volleyball: Cascade ranked No. 2

The Cascade vollyeball team is ranked second in the Washington State Volleyball Coaches Association 1A rankings, released Monday. The Kodiaks sit behind only Castle Rock in the rankings. They’re joined by fellow Caribou Trail League members Chelan, which sits in fourth place, and Brewster, which is ranked seventh.

Locals named baseball All-State

Cashmere’s Colton Loomis was named as the 1A/B state baseball player of the year by the Washington State Baseball Coaches Association, and Bulldogs coach Jeff Carlson was honored as the classification’s coach of the year. The WSBCA, in conjunction with the Skagit Valley (Mount Vernon) Herald, announced all-state teams for four classifications Tuesday.

Takasugi rebounds to make finals

SPOKANE — One bad hole in the 4A girls golf state tournament Tuesday had Wenatchee’s Jordan Takasugi doubting her chances of making Wednesday’s final round. But instead of panicking, Takasugi recalled something for last week’s district tournament. “I honestly thought after that hole I was done, but I remember a girl at districts that shot nine on a hole and still shot in the 70s, so I had to keep fighting,” she said.
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Bulldogs get redemption

EAST WENATCHEE — In Jeff Carlson’s mind, it’s only fitting that the 10 seniors on his Cashmere baseball team will be able to finish up their prep careers at Yakima County Stadium next weekend, vying for a state championship. Three years ago, the Bulldogs advanced to the state 1A semifinals. In 2010, Cashmere, featuring a number of those seniors (then sophomores) at key positions, won the 1A state title. Last season, though, the Bulldogs couldn’t get back to Yakima to defend their title, falling in a first-round state playoff game ...