KELOWNA, British Columbia — Life north of the border has been unkind to the Wenatchee AppleSox this summer. In their first road trip of the season, the Sox were swept by the Victoria HarbourCats June 7-9 in a three-game series on Vancouver Island. The Kelowna Falcons added to Wenatchee’s Canadian woes with a 6-4 win Tuesday before at 1,283 fans at Elks Stadium.
WALLA WALLA — Ephrata natives Andrew and Aaron Whalen both advanced deep into the Pacific Northwest Men’s Amateur Golf Championship over the weekend at Wine Valley Golf Club in Walla Walla. Andrew — who just completed his senior season at Northwestern University — finished second in the tournament, falling in the matchplay championship to rising UW sophomore Carl Yuan. Aaron — a rising sophomore at WSU — was eliminated by Yuan in the quarterfinals of the event.
BELLINGHAM — In a season that has seen them play mostly inconsistent baseball, the Wenatchee AppleSox are finally getting on a roll. The Sox scored three runs in the second inning and never looked back in a commanding 4-1 win over the Bellingham Bells on Sunday at Joe Martin Field.
WENATCHEE — Jamie Richards didn’t mince his words. Asked about his team’s performance after a 6-0 blowout loss to the Spokane Shadow on Sunday at the Apple Bowl, the Wenatchee FC coach was brutally honest.
As playoff fever hovers over the warm summer air, fans of semi-pro football on the east side of the Cascades are in for a treat. The Wenatchee Valley Rams will host the Tri-City Rage on Saturday in the first round of the Western Washington Football Alliance’s postseason tournament, and although the Rage are officially in their inaugural season, longtime Rams fans will recognize the rivalry between the two squads.
An ecological gem hidden in the Wenatchee Mountains, Camas Meadows (a.k.a. Camas Land) harbors plant species found nowhere else in the world. A sprawling, lush, near-level lawn cradled by lumpy forested ridges, Camas Meadows is a geographical anomaly in the Cascades’ dry extreme eastern reaches.
In its third season in the Evergreen Premier League (EPLWA), Wenatchee FC has continued to make strides in developing a program capable of sustaining challenges at the top of the league table. That growth won’t culminate in a title this year, but the Capitals can finish off their 2016 campaign higher in the standings than they ever have with two wins to close out the season, which would be a big step for the club.
WENATCHEE — Who doesn’t love a good staring contest? Two stubborn opponents, literally facing each other, eyes wide open and daring the other to blink. In a pitching-laden contest between the pair of divisional cellar dwellers that saw seven straight scoreless innings, the Kitsap BlueJackets eventually kept their collective eyelids from closing in a 5-2 win over the Wenatchee AppleSox on Wednesday at Paul Thomas Sr. Baseball Stadium.
The Wenatchee Valley Rams (8-1 overall, 7-1 Western Washington Football Alliance) exceeded expectations in their first regular season in the talent-rich WWFA and look to make a deep run through the playoffs.
YAKIMA — What a difference defense makes. The Wenatchee AppleSox have struggled with errors all season long, committed 68 miscues, tied with the Kitsap Blue Jackets for the tops in the West Coast League. Where do thae Yakima Valley Pippins rank in errors? They are third in the league with 65.