PASCO — The Wenatchee and Eastmont boys golf teams were greeted with favorable weather conditions in their season-opener Monday at the Pasco Invite. Wildcats coach Pat Welch, who said it was the nicest opening-day conditions he could remember, was pleased with the way his team’s performance at the 15-team tournament.
WENATCHEE — A 34-year-old Wenatchee man was arrested without incident after a half-hour standoff on Friday night after several guests were evacuated at a downtown motel. Authorities believed Matthew L. Ford may have been armed, but police have not yet found a gun, said Wenatchee Police Cpl. Guy Miner.
Live bears, new boats, rows of dead animal heads and a trout fishing pond proved to be popular draws at the first Wenatchee Valley Sportsmen Show, continuing from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Town Toyota Center.
“I like to peek inside a book where all the picture people look. I like to peek at them and see if they are peeking back at me,” librarian Leslie Marshall recited to a rapt group of preschoolers sitting in the new Camille Wade Children’s Library.
TACOMA — A misstep drove Asa Schwartz all season long and repentance propelled him onto the first-place podium Saturday at the Tacoma Dome. Schwartz (220 pounds) clinched his first state title as a junior and helped Chelan to a fifth place team finish in a 6-4 overtime win by scoring a takedown.
EAST WENATCHEE — In what could be considered the biggest game in the history of the Bridge of Sportsmanship basketball rivalry, the Eastmont Wildcats and Wenatchee Panthers played a wild and woolly classic in front of a deafening crowd. The Eastmont players will look back on the night fondly. The Panthers might not, though they took the Wildcats to their limit.
TACOMA — Hugh Chang lifted his stepson and protégé, Fabian Wickham, off the dirty concrete floor of the Tacoma Dome and carried the brawler for a brief period after the last match. Three third-place finishes in three years is nothing to sneeze at, and Fabian Wickham (106) was collected but appreciative of everything that’s come to him during his long tenure as the best lightweight grappler Eastmont had to offer.
The road was not kind to the Wenatchee Panthers and Eastmont Wildcats on Thursday night. Both girls basketball teams came up short in loser-out Big Nine district play against higher-seeded teams — the Panthers fell 59-28 to the league champion Moses Lake Chiefs, while third-seeded Eastmont lost 46-33 to a second-seeded Davis team it had beaten just six days prior.
SPOKANE — The Wenatchee Valley will be all over the Tacoma Dome next weekend. Ten local wrestlers advanced past Saturday’s regional tournament at Central Valley High School and will be in the 4A bracket of next weekend’s Mat Classic state tournament in Tacoma.
WENATCHEE — Wenatchee’s shown a knack for overcoming early deficits the last few weeks. For the second week in a row, it got off to a sluggish start — this time, against the Davis Pirates — but cleaned up its mistakes, locked down on the defensive front and poured on the points for a 57-43 win.
WENATCHEE — Four former Wenatchee athletes and one announcer were inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame Saturday at halftime of the Wenatchee-Davis boys basketball game. Andrew Gohl, class of 2003, was a three-sport standout as a Panther. The quarterback finished his football career with four school records — passing yards in a season (1,402 in 2002), career passing yards (2,698), single game passing yards and single game completions. He was a second-team All-Big Nine selection as a quarterback and punter and also competed in track and basketball.
A new tradition was started Wednesday at Wenatchee and Eastmont, as the two schools honored student-athletes that have committed to play sports at colleges on National Letter of Intent signing day with a ceremony in the evening. Each school had four athletes sign with four-year schools.
The Cascade Quest sled dog race is being held this weekend at the Lake Wenatchee Recreation Club at Lake Wenatchee. The event is free for spectators, and it will continue on Sunday morning starting with a pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Racing action will continue throughout the morning until after noon, when the mushers return. For more information on the event see the web at cascadequest.com.