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.
TACOMA — The Wenatchee bowling team is comfortably sitting in third place and just 29 points away from second place after the opening day of the Class 4A state tournament Friday. The team bowled a combined score of 4,890.
EAST WENATCHEE — If the Wenatchee Panthers were finally going to knock off the Big Nine-leading Eastmont Wildcats this season, it makes sense that it would happen in a nail-biting thriller. And it makes even more sense that Dillon Sugg would be right in the middle of it. That’s exactly how it went down Friday night, as Sugg hit a short baseline jumper with four seconds left to lift Wenatchee to an emotional 47-46 win on Eastmont’s home court.
WENATCHEE — The state Department of Health has fined a Wenatchee man $1,000 for advertising and practicing as a physical therapist and naturopathic doctor. The agency also ordered James P. Barrett this month to cease and desist practicing physical therapy or naturopathy because he is not licensed in Washington.
The revamped Big Nine league threw a curveball into the prep basketball schedules this season, resulting in teams dueling with each league member three times. That’s added a lot more sizzle to the Wenatchee and Eastmont Bridge of Sportsmanship rivalry, which will be renewed Friday with their final of three regular season doubleheaders at Eastmont. So far the meetings have been all Wildcats — the EHS girls and boys are both 2-0 against the Panthers. But the records only tell a small portion of the story.
Local football standouts Darin Hardgrove of Eastmont and Nick Sells and Ryan Osterlund of Wenatchee will play in the All-State football game in Moses Lake this summer. Trenton Osborn and Trea Thomas of Eastmont were named as alternates, and Eastmont’s Doug McGill will coach.
WENATCHEE — Northwest pears will soon be sold and shipped to China for the first time, thanks to a recent agreement the U.S. pear industry and Chinese government. The agreement was announced Wednesday during Washington Pear Day in Wenatchee. The pear industry has been trying to get approval to sell pears in China for nearly 20 years, said Kevin Moffitt, president of the Pear Bureau Northwest.