A number of area teams were dominant on the diamond, track or court this season, and that dominance carried over to post-season awards. The Wenatchee boys tennis team, Panthers boys track squad and Cashmere baseball team are just a few of the teams that racked up awards just like they had victories during the season.
EAST WENATCHEE — After his team had controlled play in the first half, Eastmont soccer coach Eric Duffey thought the Wildcats were well on their way to a victory after breaking a scoreless tie in the 50th minute. But Southridge had other plans.
EAST WENATCHEE — The Southridge boys and Hanford girls won the Big Nine 3A golf circuits’ first stop at the Highlander Golf Course this year, an Eastmont-hosted POD meet on Monday afternoon. Rain drizzled on the course throughout the day, and it was shortened to a 16-hole par-65 due to construction on the second and third holes. The renovation is scheduled to be finished by the time the Big Nine girls teams return for their district tournament on May 16.
CASHMERE — The Cashmere Bulldogs’ dominance over the rest of Caribou Trail League took on a new level Saturday afternoon. Nick Tarver and Trenton Johnson threw back-to-back no-hitters as the Bulldogs (9-0 Caribou Trail League) rolled to wins of 27-0 and 26-0 over the Tonasket Tigers.
WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee girls golf team took advantage of its home-course advantage on Tuesday, as three of the Panthers’ top six golfers registered personal-best scores at Three Lakes to help the team to a second-place finish in the third Big Nine 4A pod. Wenatchee junior Jordan Takasugi led the way, firing a 9-over 81 on the par-72 course to rank second among individuals, two strokes in front of Richland’s Kristin Strankman.
EAST WENATCHEE — The Eastmont High School soccer team lost to Sunnyside in double overtime on March 19. When the two teams got together for a rematch on Saturday, the Wildcats wanted to make sure that the contest wouldn’t need extra time. They did just that, scoring four goals in the first half and adding three more in the second half to record a 7-1 win over the Grizzlies.
CASHMERE — The Cascade softball team is serving notice that it intends to dominate the Caribou Trail League softball season for a third consecutive season. The Kodiaks received a two-run home run from Laura Hester and went on to post a 10-0 five-inning victory over Cashmere on Tuesday, running their CTL record to 4-0.
CASHMERE — The defending state-champion Cashmere baseball team tuned up for a big upcoming slate of non-league games by pounding Okanogan 23-4 and 11-1 in a Caribou Trail League doubleheader on Saturday. Cashmere, which will host western Washington powers Vashon Island and Meridian next weekend, couldn’t have played much better against Okanogan.
WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee boys soccer team is still missing that finishing touch. The Panthers created opportunities to score in a home fixture with Chiawana on Tuesday night, but rued those missed chances after the match and the 3-1 loss.
EAST WENATCHEE — Eastmont tennis player Bekah Waterhouse has been in the mix to qualify for the state tournament twice before, only to be denied. But now she’s a little bigger, a little stronger, and just may have the experience to finally reach the big dance. Now a junior, Waterhouse is just one of 10 tennis players or doubles teams of note the World has picked out for this spring’s season.
CASHMERE — The usual suspects, as well as one team that’s usually suspect, could all fight it out for a league championship this season. Cashmere is fresh off its first-ever state tournament appearance — the Bulldogs went in just their second year in existence last season — but lost a number of key players, including goaltender Hernan Hernandez.
WENATCHEE — Picture a wrestler competing in Mat Classic, maybe for the first time. In his or her first match in the bustling Tacoma Dome, the wrestler comes out like a ball of fire but — unfortunately — out of control, and gets caught for a pinfall in the first period.
TONASKET — The Cashmere boys basketball team needed a win and a Cascade loss on the final day of the regular season, and got both. The Bulldogs topped Tonasket 77-65 while the Kodiaks fell 69-40 at Chelan. That gave the Bulldogs the No. 2 seed, so now when Cashmere and Cascade meet Thursday for the fourth time this season, the game will be in Cashmere.
OMAK — Tonasket’s long wait for a Caribou Trail League boys basketball victory nearly came to an end Thursday. Instead the Omak Pioneers were able to hold off the Tigers at crunch time for a 58-56 victory.
CASHMERE — A pair of impressive streaks continued Tuesday night for the Chelan Goats. The Goats beat Cashmere 65-54 to clinch their fourth-straight Caribou Trail League championship. The Goats have also won 33 consecutive league games, dating back to December 2008.
COULEE DAM — When it comes to the Lake Roosevelt Raiders, the second time was the charm for the Chelan Goats. A month after the Raiders beat the Goats on their home floor, Chelan returned the favor Saturday night, beating Lake Roosevelt 60-51 in a non-league clash between a pair of league leaders.
CHELAN — When it comes to defense, it doesn’t get much better than the Chelan girls basketball team’s performance on Saturday night. The Goats shut out Tonasket in both the first and fourth quarters to beat the Tigers 49-15 in Caribou Trail League play.
Last season, Tonasket’s Keegan McCormick beat Cashmere’s Roman Velazquez twice before both went on to win state titles, McCormick at 171 and Velazquez at 160. This season, it’s been a different story. Velazquez edged McCormick 4-2 earlier this year, and when the two met in league competition Tuesday in Chelan, Velazquez again had the upper hand, taking McCormick down twice before pinning him.