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WENATCHEE — It hasn’t been the worst year for salmon returns. It hasn’t been the best year for salmon returns.

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PACKWOOD — Mt. Adams, Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens stood staunchly against the sky, silent silhouettes so big you felt you could reach out and touch them.

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Foothills Middle School student Anthony Garcia Mendoza avoids a diving Leo Salgado from Orchard Middle School to score a touchdown in a flag football jamboree tournament at Triangle Park in Wenatchee on Wednesday. There was plenty of action at the park and the Apple Bowl as the Wenatchee School District’s middle school football teams competed. Because of COVID-19 concerns, teams normally playing contact football — with pads and helmets — in the fall moved their competition to the spring and played flag football instead. Wednesday’s competitions were their only games of the season against other schools. A total of 16, 20-minute games were held in the afternoon. Two 40-yard fields were mown and lined at Pioneer Park with teams playing seven students.

A second post-race drug test for Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit confirmed a prohibited substance was present, a lawyer for the horse's trainer said on Wednesday, raising the possibility the dark bay colt might be disqualified.

PGA Championship winner Phil Mickelson and Super Bowl champion Tom Brady will play a charity golf match next month in Montana against U.S. Open champion Bryson DeChambeau and reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers, Turner Sports said on Wednesday.

The Lava Links par 3 golf course meanders through a vacant lot on Second Avenue in Soap Lake on Thursday. The 9-hole course is played from sand tees blocks to sand greens using only a 9 iron and putter. The course is on private property, according to Soap Lake City Clerk Ruth Wade. Volunteers maintain the course and there is a suggested donation of a couple of dollars to play.

Masters runner-up Will Zalatoris could not catch Hideki Matsuyama at Augusta National Golf Club but did track the Japanese major champion down on Tuesday ahead of this week's AT&T Byron Nelson in McKinney, Texas.

While T-Ball coach Jaime Flores was throwing ground balls for the infield, Maxine Shoaf, 4, and Wyatt Childress, 5, danced and challenged each other to moves in right field. Wednesday was the team's second practice of the season as they get ready for league play in less than two weeks. Asked by their coach what they should name their team, Maxine's choice of the "Flowers" was upstaged by the "Tigers" although they ended up deciding to choose a different name each week.

With the sun going down in front of them, Hallie Huffaker, left, and Jamie Withrow, both of Wenatchee, hit softballs at Walla Walla Point Park's fields on Tuesday. They said they are excited to begin league play again this spring, having been out of games for 1 1/2 years because of COVID-19 restrictions on playing fields. They both play for teams in the Apple Valley Softball league.

Novak Djokovic's "unbelievable" performance to win his ninth Australian Open final was a statement to the young guns looking to break the stranglehold of the "Big Three" on Grand Slam titles, according to seven-times major winner Mats Wilander.

EAST WENATCHEE — Eastmont Lanes is facing another financial crisis, says community member and avid bowler Auna Lundberg, who on Sunday started a GoFundMe for the Wenatchee Valley’s lone bowling alley.

People enjoy the snow at Lincoln Park in Wenatchee on Saturday morning. Parks with hills were popular on the sunny day.

Swimmers exercise in the Eastmont Aquatics Center on Tuesday afternoon as part of the Eastmont Metro Parks and Recreation's open swim. Swimmers must reserve pool time. Go to eastmontparks.com/home for pool hours and to make a reservation. The pool opened to the public in September after an extensive remodel. Many of the pool's open slots have been filling up — up to 108 people on some weekdays — according to the parks recreation coordinator Molly Gwinn.

EAST WENATCHEE — Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval last week put out its schedule for its 51st racing season, which general manager Jeremy Anders says is tailored to produce some of the most action-packed and exciting events the track has seen in years.

Former and present Eastmont High School students gathered for a pickup game of futsal at the new court at the Eastmont Community Park in East Wenatchee on Monday. The artificial turf field, smaller than a soccer field, opened this summer after two years of planning led by East Wenatchee resident Alex Cruz.