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.
EAST WENATCHEE — Hosting the district championships turned out to be all the advantage the Wenatchee girls bowling team needed. The Panthers claimed their first district championship since 2004 at Eastmont Lanes Tuesday, adding to the CWAC league title they won a week before.
WENATCHEE — After a lengthy season of close losses and growing pains, the youthful Panther girls squad finally saw some payoff for all the hardships. Wenatchee (3-10 overall, 2-7 Big Nine) put on a brilliant defensive performance and came away with a 57-20 win over Big Nine foe Eisenhower Friday. The victory was morally invigorating, and it could be something to build on as the team continues league play.
WENATCHEE — Reversing their earlier wait-and-see stance, city officials may try to annex islands of county land inside the city against the will of the people living there. The City Council on Thursday gave Mayor Frank Kuntz permission to work with Chelan County commissioners and rural fire officials on a plan to annex the three islands along Walnut Street and Fifth Street, as well as a large area of South Wenatchee near the Apple Yard and the Circle Street neighborhood.
EAST WENATCHEE — The Eastmont wrestling team has had some definite highlights this season. Thursday night was not one of them. Undefeated Sunnyside trounced the depleted Wildcats 43-19 in their final home Big Nine dual meet of the season, eliminating Eastmont (2-2) from league title contention.
A new sign guiding westbound traffic off the Sen. George Sellar Bridge into Wenatchee was quickly amended last week when it became apparent that drivers who couldn’t see into the future could be quite confused.
WENATCHEE — The state Department of Ecology on Tuesday banned all outdoor burning and the use of uncertified wood-burning stoves, inserts or fireplaces in Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan counties, until further notice. Current weather conditions has resulted in stagnant air, and air quality monitors in Wenatchee and Twisp recorded moderate air quality, while those in Leavenworth and Okanogan registered air unhealthy for sensitive groups.
WENATCHEE — In the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr., people of many cultures who live in the Wenatchee Valley came together in a “beautiful symphony of brotherhood” Saturday. It will be 50 years this August since King delivered his famous, “I Have a Dream” speech.
WENATCHEE — A Wenatchee man was stabbed across his face and neck Saturday, and his roommate is now in the Chelan County Regional Justice Center on suspicion of first-degree assault. Juventino Avila-Ramerez, 49, was taken to Central Washington Hospital, where he underwent surgery for three knife wounds, and was in stable condition on Saturday evening, said Wenatchee Police Sgt. Cherie Smith.
Wenatchee Winter Festival Take 3: Wenatchee has gone without a winter festival for two years now, but that will change later this month. The Christmas-on-the-River-turned-Flake-Fest is being revived and expanded into the new Wenatchee Winter Fest. The new festival will still focus on family winter fun, but organizers hope doing it a month and a half later than its earlier versions will mean more people and more snow.