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Mitchell clinches Columbia River 150, snags Triple Crown tie

EAST WENATCHEE — Shane Mitchell tied up the lead in the Norhtwest Pro All Star Series Triple Crown hosted by Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval by winning the Columbia River 150 Saturday, the second of the three races. Mitchell tied with Garrett Evans who won the Apple Blossom 200 in April and finished second Saturday in the Late Models class.

Rams repeat as WFL champions

EAST WENATCHEE — At the start of this season, Wenatchee Valley Rams head coach Mickey White wasn’t optimistic that his team would have a chance to defend its 2012 Washington Football League championship. “We thought this was going to be a rebuilding year,” White said. “At our coaches’ meeting three weeks before the season started, we looked at each other and told ourselves, ‘If we go .500, we’ve had a hell of a season.’ ”

Rams down Okanogan, return to WFL championship

EAST WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee Valley Rams advanced to the Washington Football League championship after a 30-14 win over the Okanogan Commandos in the opening round of the playoffs last weekend. They jumped out to 16-8 halftime lead after a 30-yard pass from Phil Frost to Lance Ballew, a field goal from Garret Brown and a 12-yard run from Frost.

NAHL releases realignment; Wild to play in Midwest Division

FRISCO, Texas — The Wenatchee Wild will face a wide range of fresh competition in the 2013-14 season. The North American Hockey League announced its divisional alignment for the upcoming season after a busy offseason of expansions and relocations.

Rams bring powerful run game into postseason

WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee Valley Rams head into the opening round of the Washington Football League playoffs with an unblemished record powered by a monstrous running attack. The Rams (6-0 league) host the Okanogan Commandos (3-2) at 6 p.m. Saturday at Eastmont Junior High School.

Wild personnel address future in the NAHL league

WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee Wild will rack up plenty of sky miles in the 2013-14 season. With the departure of the original Wenatchee Wild team from the North American Hockey League West Division, there are only three teams left, which isn’t enough to compete as a separate division.

Wild select 19 new players

It’s been a hectic week for the Wenatchee Wild, but the team filled out a number of vacancies on its roster with Tuesday’s North American Hockey League draft. Wenatchee drafted 11 forwards, five defenseman and three goalies to add to the seven tenders it acquired Sunday.
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Littler to return as Wild coach

WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee Wild took a big step forward Saturday with the hiring of head coach Bliss Littler. Littler, who coached the Wild to the Robertson Cup championship game last year, is the winningest coach in junior hockey and has more than 600 wins on his résumé.
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A bitter ending: Wild suffer shutout in Robertson Cup championship

FRISCO, Texas — The Wenatchee Wild’s season came to a disappointing end with a 5-0 loss Monday against the Amarillo Bulls in the Robertson Cup championship. Wenatchee faced a worthy adversary in the Bulls, who ended the regular season with a North American Hockey League-best 99 points, and didn’t have enough energy to meet the challenge.

Wild down Ironmen, improve to 1-1 in Robertson Cup play

FRISCO, Texas — The Wenatchee Wild kept their Roberston Cup title hopes alive with a dominant 5-2 win against the Jamestown Ironmen on Saturday at Dr Pepper Arena. Wenatchee went on the offensive almost from the initial puck drop and peppered the Ironmen with shot after shot.

Fans hope game isn’t team’s last home contest

WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee Wild fan base made one final, raucous rally in support of the team that may be leaving town during a home playoff game Tuesday. A chorus of clanking cowbells echoed throughout the arena, fog horns blared and the crowd of 2,777 seemed more vocal and tuned in than usual.
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Wild down Fairbanks, clinch Robertson Cup berth

WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee Wild got a sweet but short-lived reprieve from postseason madness Tuesday evening at Town Toyota Center. They got the final say over a Fairbanks Ice Dogs squad they’d gone back and forth with all year long with a 3-1 North American Hockey League West Division finals-clinching victory that paved their way for a trip to the Robertson Cup in Frisco, Texas. They face the Bismarck Bobcats in game one of the round robin on Friday at 2:30 p.m.

Rams head into bye week unscathed after lopsided victory

WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee Valley Rams picked up another win Saturday in a battle of unbeatens and are heading into their bye week with an unblemished record. As unlikely as it may sound, this could be the best Rams squad to date, and that’ saying a lot.

Wild defenseman named to All-NAHL squad

FRISCO, Texas — Wenatchee Wild defenseman Joshua Hartley was one of two defenders named to the All-NAHL team on Monday. Hartley led all North American Hockey League blueliners with 43 points in 58 games played during the regular season. His 34 assists were tops among NAHL defenseman and his +21 rating ranked in the top 10.

Wild lose to Ice Dogs; series tied 2-2

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — The Wenatchee Wild couldn’t close out Fairbanks on the road Saturday, falling 3-2 to tie the playoff series 2-2. Wenatchee hosts game five of the North American Hockey League West Division finals series Tuesday at Town Toyota Center. If Saturday’s any indication, the finale should be another great battle between two evenly matched squads.

Wild down Fairbanks, reclaim series lead

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — Added depth and a pair of early goals propelled the Wenatchee Wild past the Fairbanks Ice Dogs 3-1 Friday. Wenatchee took a 2-1 lead in the North American Hockey League West Division finals series and has a chance to win the best-of-five with a road game Saturday.