Prep soccer-Navarro leads Pirates to fourth straight victory

April 28, 2009 by  

Salvador Navarro scored the first goal and assisted on the last to lead Davis’ charging boys soccer team to a 3-1 victory over Southridge in CBBN play Tuesday at Davis Field.

The Pirates, winners of four straight and six of seven, completed their regular season at 8-5 in league and 9-5 overall. They have a bye Saturday.

Jorge Sanchez’s penalty kick in the 35th minute broke a 1-1 tie and put Davis ahead for good against the Suns (9-3), who entered the day in second.

First half: 1, Davis, Salvador Navarro (Andres Ruiz), 16:00; 2, Southridge, 21:00; 3, Davis, Jorge Sanchez (PK), 35:00.

Second half: 4, Davis, Walter Manriquez (Navarro), 77:00.

Saves: Alexes Garcia (D) 5, Brandon Hale (S) 5.

WEST VALLEY 2, KAMIAKIN 0: At Kennewick, after a scoreless first half, the ninth-ranked Rams punched in two goals to run their win streak to nine.

Kris Gonzalez scored first for West Valley with an assist from Junior Ayala, and Ayala followed with his 23rd goal of the season.

First half: No scoring.

Second half: 1, West Valley, Kris Gonzalez (Junior Ayala), 46:00; 2, West Valley, Ayala (A.J. Vargas), 76:00.

Saves: Phil Lopez (WV) 5 saves; Chad Harp (K) 4.

EISENHOWER 3, WENATCHEE 1: At Marquette Stadium, the Cadets built a 3-0 lead with goals from three different players en route to to the victory.

First half: 1. Eisenhower, Guillermo Silva (Gustavo Razo), 8:00.

Second half: 2. Eisenhower, Sabdi Palma, 52:00; 3. Eisenhower, Billy Tinajero (Chris Beehler), 67:00; 4. Wenatchee, Marco Martinez, 80:00.

Saves: Angel Guerra (W) 6; Adrian Tinajero (E) 5.

SUNNYSIDE 1, WALLA WALLA 0 (SO): At Walla Walla, the Grizzlies won their fifth straight match to push their league mark to 5-6. No other details were available.


PROSSER 2, WAPATO 1 (SO): At Prosser, Maynor Maza scored in regulation and the Mustangs prevailed in the shootout, 5-3.

First half: 1. Prosser, Maynor Maza (Victor Corona), 6:00; 2, Wapato, Jose Espinoza (Sergio Sanches), 24:00.

Second half: No scoring.

Overtime: No scoring.

Shootout: Prosser 5, Wapato 3 (Pro: Anthony Cervantez, Chris Garcia, Memo Correa, Victor Quinones, Mario Cervatnez. Wap: Francisco Padilla, Fredy Rodriguez, Miguel Ceja).

Saves: Francisco Padilla (W) 13; Brian Molina  (P) 4.

GRANDVIEW 3, EAST VALLEY 2 (SO): At East Valley, Ramiro Soto scored both of the Greyhounds’ regulation goals and helped his team win the shootout, 5-4.

Justin West’s goal in the 68th minute tied the match for East Valley and forced extra play.

First half: 1. Grandview, Ramiro Soto (Sami Villa), 32:00.

Second half: 2. Grandview, Soto (Alex Guzman), 62:00; 3. EV, own goal, 65:00; 4. EV, Justin West (Marin Partida), 68:00.

Overtime: No scoring.

Shootout: Grandview 5, East Valley 4 (Grand: Lua, Soto, Villa, Campuzano, Cervantes. EV: Partida, Villegas, Gutierrez, Escobedo).

Saves: Andre Uribe (EV) 8; Telco Perez (G) 6.

SELAH 3, QUINCY 0: At Selah, Anthony Hemphill fired in all three goals for the Vikings with two quick first-half tallies assisted by Cris Lyon. Goalkeeper Ryan Menard stopped four shots in the shutout.

First half: 1. Selah, Anthony Hemphill (Cris Lyon), 6:00; 2. Selah, Hemphill (Lyon), 7:00.

Second half: 3. Selah, Hemphill (Danny Hernandez), 51:00.

Saves: Ryan Menard (S) 4; Cody Beaumont (Q) 4.


HIGHLAND 8, MABTON 3: At Mabton, Ryan Town recorded a hat trick and Jesus Silva had two goals and two assists for the unbeaten Scotties.

Hector Brambilla scored twice for Mabton.
First half: 1. Mabton, Hector Brambilla, 5:00; 2. Highland, Ryan Town (Jesus Silva), 8:00; 3. Highland, Eric Perez, 15:00; 4. Highland, J. Silva, 20:00; 5. Highland, J. Silva (Eric Perez), 21:00; 6. Highland, Alfredo Ramirez, 30:00; 7. Mabton, Brambilla, 32:00.

Second half: 8. Highland, Town (Diego Silva), 57:00; 9. Mabton, Juan Aguilar, 60:00; 10. Highland, Town (J. Silva), 65:00; 11. Highland, Luis Silva, 75:00.

Saves: Omar Ochoa (H) 7; Jerry Barajas (M) 7.

GRANGER 7, GOLDENDALE 4: At Goldendale, Jose Zuniga scored two of his three goals in an eight-minute span of the second half to snap a 3-3 tie. Kyle Cairns and Inan Ikici had a goal and assist each for the Timberwolves.
First half: 1, Granger, Hector Camacho, 4:00; 2, Goldendale, Inan Ikici, 9:00; 3, Granger, Nathan Trevino, 13:00; 4, Granger, Jose Zuniga, 32:00.

Second half: 5, Goldendale, Omar Estrada (Kyle Cairns), 43:00; 6, Kyle Cairns (Ikici), 46:00; 7, Granger, Zuniga, 53:00; 8, Granger, Zuniga, 61:00; 9, Granger, Uriel Gutierrez, 67:00; 10, Granger, A.J. Rodriguez, 72:00; 11, Goldendale, Conner Harris, 76:00.

Saves: Christian Rodriguez (Gr) 11; Alejandro Armenta (Go) 6.

Prep roundup-RC’s Wells posts Valley season-best in 400 meters

April 28, 2009 by  

CASHMERE — Riverside Christian’s Dana Wells clocked a Valley-leading time in his first 400-meter race of the season in a four-team non-league meet Tuesday.

After winning the 110 hurdles in 15.1 seconds, Wells captured the 400 in 50.5. He also won the long jump and helped the Crusaders take first in the 4×100.

RC freshman Bethany Imperial was a double winner in the girls meet.


Team scores: Cashmere 106, Riverside Christian 94, Wenatchee 56, Cascade 7.

100: 1, Delwin Bazilme 11.5; 2, Kent Gartrell 11.5. 200: 1, Bazilme 23.6; 2, Scott Shively 24.5. 400: 1, Dana Wells 50.5. 110H: 1, Wells 15.1. 4×100: 1, RC 44.3. 4×400: 1, RC 3:40.0. LJ: 1, Wells 20-5 1/4; 2, Kyle Gartrell 19-5. TJ: 1, Kyle Gartrell 39-3 1/2. PV: 1, Kyle Gartrell 10-0.


Team scores: Cashmere 90, Wenatchee 88, Riverside Christian 65, Cascade 26.

100: 1, Bethany Imperial 13.7. 200: 2, Sarah Hall 29.3. 300H: 1, Mollie Cunnington 50.3. 4×100: 1, RC 54.4. 4×400: 2, RC 4:28.2. Jav: 1, Kendra Gartrell 79-11. HJ: 1, Megan Hopp 4-10. TJ: 1, Imperial 31-2 1/2.




Team scores: Zillah 86, Goldendale 59; Zillah 127, Granger 8; Goldendale 132, Granger 12.

100: Logan Olney (Z) 11.7. 200: Olney (Z) 24.7. 400: Asa Israel (Go) 53.6. 800: Sean Ekstrand (Z) 2:08.8. 1600: Israel (Go) 4:53.2. 3200: Johnny Barnes (Z) 11:08.2. 110H: Brendan Shearer (Z) 16.7. 300H: Shearer (Z) 46.1. 4×100: Zillah 46.0. 4×400: Zillah 3:44.6.

Shot: Emilio Cervantes (Gr) 44-6 1/4. Disc: Kurt Wilkins (Go) 120-9. Jav: Ryan Walker (Z) 121-10. HJ: Tyler Hunziker (Go) 6-0. LJ: Hunziker (Go) 19-3. TJ: Hunziker (Go) 39-6. PV: Steven Bischoff (Go) 10-0.


Team scores: Goldendale 97, Granger 11; Goldendale 96, Zillah 26; Zillah 50, Granger 19.

100: Sarah Lancaster (Go) 14.9. 200: Britten Ellis (Z) 31.1. 400: Ellis (Z) 1:10.4. 800: Amanda Howard (Z) 2:53.7. 1600: Alexa Torres (Z) 7:20.7. 3200: Emma Tuning (Z) 13:42.6. 100H: Lancaster (Go) 20.4. 300H: Lexy Knowlton (Go) 1:00.0. 4×400: Goldendale 5:00.6.

Shot: Sadie Shattuck (Go) 34-11 1/4. Disc: Taylor Ely (Gr) 85-7. Jav: Sienna Gray (Go) 73-4. HJ: Hannah Swigart (Go) 4-2. LJ: Knowlton (Go) 12-7 1/2. TJ: Chelsea Osborne (Go) 24-0. PV: Swigart (Go) 7-0.


Mabton highlights


110H: 1, Michael Conradt 17.37. HJ: 1, Conradt 5-2.


800: 1, Sara Vazquez 2:43.94. 1600: 1, Vazquez 5:52.43. 3200: 1, Vazquez 13:46.97. 100H: 2, Trishi Williams 17.64. Shot: 1, Williams 31-10. Disc: 2, Williams 102-2. Jav: 1, Williams 129-5.


Eastmont steals two from WV

EAST WENATCHEE — Scoring five of its nine runs for the day in the bottom of the seventh inning, Eastmont rallied twice to sweep West Valley 4-3, 5-4 in a CBBN doubleheader on Tuesday.

Shae Sunwold’s RBI single in the top of the seventh in the opener gave the Rams a 3-2 lead, but Eastmont plated two in the bottom of the inning for the win.

West Valley piled up 11 hits in the second game with Emily Shepard going 3-for-4, but the Wildcats pounced with three runs in the seventh.

Game 1

West Valley    001    010    1    —    3    6    5

Eastmont    000    020    2    —    4    6    1

Rubidoux, Harpel (7) and Sunwold; Andrus and C. Ellis.

Highlights: Emily Shepard (WV) 1-3, 2b; Shae Sunwold (WV) 1-2, RBI.

Game 2

West Valley    300    001    0    —    4    11    2

Eastmont    000    101    3    —    5    7    0

Harpel and Roberts; Andrus and C. Ellis.

Highlights: Aubry Packard (WV) 2-4, RBI; Molly Rubidoux (WV) 2-4, 2b; Shepard (WV) 3-4; Brooke Catron (WV) 2-3, 2b., 2 RBI.

SOUTHRIDGE 10-3, SUNNYSIDE 0-2: At Southridge, the Grizzlies nearly won the second game after being one-hit in the first. Leslie Schilperoort was 2-for-3 with an RBI for Sunnyside.

Game 1

Sunnyside        000    00    —    0    1    0

Southridge        600    4x    —    10    7    0

Maltos and Partida; Klepper and Worley.

Highlights: Klepper (So) 2-2, 2 RBI.

Game 2

Sunnyside    000    200    0    —    2    5    2

Southridge    020    100    x    —    3    4    0

Saledo and Partida; Ingalls, Klepper (4) and Worley

Highlights: Partida (Su) 1-2, Leslie Schilperoot (Su) 2-3, RBI.

PASCO 19-28, DAVIS 0-0: At Davis, Julia Gonzalez and Tatiana Garcia each had hits for the Pirates.

Game 1

Pasco        (10)04    32    —    19    9    0

Davis        000    00    —    0    0    5

Kirk and Tome; Gonzalez and Fisher.

Game 2

Pasco        595    72    —    28    13    2

Davis        000    00    —    0    2    5

Kirk and Salinas; Marlow and Fisher.

Highlights: Julia Gonzalez (D) 1-2; Tatiana Garcia (D) 1-2.



Hanford boys 6, West Valley 1

Singles: Jake Knox (H) d. Jeff Carlson 5-7, 6-4, 6-4; Curtis Lan (H) d. Daniel Wencker 6-1, 6-2; Andrew Lea (H) d. Cooper Anderson 6-2, 6-3; Will Zhao (H) d. Mitchell Anderson 6-4, 6-2

Doubles: AJ Thomas-Ayrald Hubert (H) d. Greg Mathes-Steven Woods 6-2, 6-3; Ruifeng Wang-Max Li (H) d. Brandon George-Craig Heflick 6-4, 6-2; Steven Delorne-Casey Kim (WV) d. Cecil Qiu-Jay Yi 6-1, 6-1. Record: WV 7-4.

Hanford girls 5, West Valley 2

Singles: Alexis Filliol (WV) d. Cassandra Dicken 6-1, 6-1; Alex Sharp (H) d. Sophie Ro 6-0, 6-2; Melissa Ang (H) d. Ashley George 7-5, 6-3; Joanne Wright (H) d. Rebecca Sainsbury 6-1, 6-2.

Doubles: Samathan Merry-Roanna Wang (H) d. Jenessa Reid-Becca Sherman 6-1, 6-2; Hilarie Pratt-Tiffany Sisson (WV) d. Helen Wang-Megan Kahnna 7-5, 6-1; Mil Khunvirojanich-Jennifer Cho (H) d. Taylor Gleffe-Carrie Reierson 6-4, 7-5. Record: WV 1-1 league, 4-7 overall.

Walla Walla boys 7, Eisenhower 0

Singles: Mac Richard (WW) d. Nathan Mount 6-0, 7-5; Matt Johnson (WW) d. George Ygona 6-3, 6-1; Cam Davis (WW) d, Kameron Torres 6-2, 6-2; Jack Crouter (WW) d. Gabe Martinez 6-1, 6-1.

Doubles: Andrew Bradduck-Blake Rowley (WW) d. Marco Guillen-George Chen 6-1, 6-2; Kevin Leier-Quinn Falcon (WW) d. Bryan Klingle-Tanner Briggs 6-1, 6-1; Yifan Yang-Bryan Clothier (WW) d. Logan Patterson-Jordan Chen 7-5, 6-0.

Walla Walla girls 6, Eisenhower 1

Singles: Tianna Cummings (WW) d. Robin Klein 6-3, 6-2; Kayla Long (E) d. Shelby Osburn 6-4, 6-1; Miyaki Ikuyo (WW) d. Leslie Guske 6-0, 6-0; Claire Konen (WW) d. Jasmine Okbinoglu 6-4, 0-6, 7-6 (5).

Doubles: K. Gehrett-P. Peck (WW) d. K. Cross-K. Cross 6-4, 6-1; J. Lopez-A. Schulz (WW) d. C. Eglin-E. Brassington 4-6, 6-1, 6-1; M. Torres-A. Smith (WW) d. A. Sellsted-K. Racy 6-2, 6-3.


Grandview boys 3 East Valley 2

Singles: Ryan Rodriguez (G) d. Cameron Snyder 6-3, 3-6, 7-5; Ezequiel Zamora (EV) d. Zach Vanderhoof 6-2, 6-2

Doubles: Edgar Candido-Rogi Fajardo (G) d. John Olsen-Jeryn Gonzalez  6-1, 6-2; Jacob Thiessen-Dilbar Chhokar (G) d. Gabe Contreras-Mando Madrigal 4-6, 6-4, 6-3; Austin Wilson-Ben Markley (EV) d. Angel Lopez-Justin Moreno 6-2, 6-1.

East Valley girls 3, Grandview 2

Singles: Rosie Godinez (G) d. Holly Grimm 6-0, 6-1; Gabby Sauve (G) d. Samantha Simmons 6-1, 6-4.

Doubles: Jaime Miller-Karlee Harris (EV) d. Mary Gamino-Tania Valdez 6-0. 6-3; Candace Cupples-Kayla Davis (EV) d. Erica Gonzalez-Mariah Cornado 6-4, 6-4; April Sellers-Emma Jo Scherschligt (EV) d. Jessica Hernandez-Megan Rodriguez 6-2, 6-2.

Toppenish boys 3, Wapato 2

Singles: Lucas Reynolds (T) d. Ricardo Ruiz 4-6, 6-4, 6-2; Jakey Stahi (T) d. Patrick Dosono 5-7, 6-2, 6-4.

Doubles: Ammon Stancliff-Junior Kang (T) d. Rogelio Ruiz-Greg Strom 6-0, 6-3; Eric Truex-Jake Velasco (W) d. Noah French-Nathan Mesplie 6-4, 6-0; Micah Garza-Greg Shank (W) d. Edgar Sanchez-Robert Maldonado 3-6, 7-6, 6-2.

Wapato 4, Toppenish 1

Singles: Leslie Avalos (T) d. Nakota Strom 6-3, 6-3; Haley Strom (W) d. Candy Villegas 6-3, 6-0.

Doubles: Tiffany Armijo-Lizette Melendez (W) d. Sarah Morfin-Cynthia Gill 7-5, 3-6, 6-3; Ariel Valdez-Stephanie Velasco (W) d. Bailey Huylar-Yania Zuno 6-3, 6-2; Belen Garza-Daniella Solano (W) d. Aricelli Aguilera-Brenda Lemus 6-2, 6-2.

Selah boys 4, Quincy 1

Singles: Jonathan Velasquez (Q) d. Chris Simonds 6-1, 6-0; Ethan Ward (S) d. Fabian Galean 6-3, 6-1.

Doubles: Kevin Bertelsen-Devin Teske (S) d. Blake Van Dyke-Garrett Van Dyke 6-1, 7-5; Joel Freeborn-Jordan Shaffer (S) d. Javiar Gordillo-Michael Garcia 6-4, 4-6, 6-1; Josh Shepard-Ryan De Paz (S) d. Adam Wilson-Trevor Mancuser 6-2, 6-3.

Selah girls 5, Quincy 0

Singles: Renee Hausske (S) d. Katie Homer 6-3, 6-3; Colby Daniels (S) d. Ciara Rasmussen 6-1, 6-2.

Doubles: Lauren Carey-Shelby Welch (S) d. Colleen Knodell-Bonnie Knodel 7-5, 7-5; Jessica Martin-Taylor Silverthorn (S) d. Tiffany Yeates-Becca Boen 6-0, 6-0; Taylor Thompson-Hannah Russell (S) d. Olivia Arizmendi-Lily Blancas 6-2, 6-2.


Zillah boys 2, Royal 1

Singles: Cody Dunbar (Z) d. Ben Singer 6-3, 7-6 (7-4); Troy Dunbar (Z) d. Candelario Peraza 6-0, 6-0.

Doubles: Angel Ledezma-Noah Grant (R) d. Jesse McDonald-Mike Cardenas 3-6, 6-0, 6-4; No other matches.

Zillah girls 4, Royal 1

Singles: Emily Hoelscher (R) d. Rossetti Celis 6-3, 4-6, 6-2; Abby Bos (Z) d. Bre Weisser 7-6 (8-6), 6-1.

Doubles: Briana Rhode-Whitney Winters (Z) d. Hollie Crouse-Susann Eide 6-3, 6-0; April Rohrbach-Bobbi Wyatt (Z) d. Kenia Gallardo-Judith Mendez 6-1, 6-0; Laura Zarate-Elizabeth Fernandez (Z) d. Monica Sanchez-Moriah Christensen 6-1, 7-5. Record: Zillah 10-1.

Granger girls 3, La Salle 2

Singles: Rosa Bojorquez (G) d. Katherine Busey 6-4, 6-4; Italia Mengarelli (G) d. Kellie Roy 6-1, 6-2.

Doubles: Janae Klarich-Emily Carpenter (G) d. Aubree Widhalm-Katie Carroll 6-1, 6-2; Haley Hoon-Tori Heckart (L) d. Anabel Ontireros-Jasmine Almagner 6-1, 6-3; Olivia NcLaughlin-Chloe Martin (L) won by forfeit.

La Salle boys 5, Granger 0

Singles: Seth Gibbons (L) d. Ben Villa 6-1, 6-0 (Gibbons 11-0 in league); La Salle won by forfeit.

Doubles: Ryan Voelker-Ansel DeLeon (L) d. Andy Aldaco-Andrew Bending 6-4, 6-0; Jeremy Klarich-Jacob Tri (L) won by forfeit; Danny Paganelli-Ben Record (L) won by forfeit.




Girls POD No. 4

Team scores: Richland 350, Davis 375, West Valley 387, Eastmont 390, Southridge 397, Eisenhower 399, Kamiakin 404, Hanford 417, Wenatchee 431, Walla Walla 433, Kennewick 462, Pasco 464, Moses Lake 478, Sunnyside inc.

Medalist: Mary McDonald (R) 81, par 72.

Davis: Hannah Naughton 88, Shannon Bedell 94, Caitlin Malone 95, Lily Naughton 98.

West Valley: Liz Tikiriti 84 (tie 2nd overall), Taylor Chadwick 99, Adrienne Biglow 100, Kayla Rothenbuhler 104.

Eisenhower: Christine Cook 84 (tie 2nd overall), McKenzie Bond 96, Cortney Munson 102, Becky Fuller 117.

Sunnyside: Renea Visser 97.




Team scores: Ephrata 376, Ellensburg 379, Wapato 413.

Medalist: Carl Bender (Ell) 85. Par 72.

Ellensburg: Andrew Burr 91, Tanner Savage 100, Alan Keith 103. Wapato: Greg Klutz 88; KC Frazier 98, Homero Gonzalez 102, Burnaby Castro 125.




Team scores: Royal 362, La Salle 376, Warden 392.

Medalist: Trevor Iverson (R) 84. Par 71.

La Salle: Mike Stiekema 93, Tim Lewis 93, Steve Steikema 94, Sam LaFramboise 96, Noah Pfeifer 97, Jack Sutton 100, Nathan Woodard 102, Spencer Marquis 109.


Team scores: Royal 423, Warden 457, La Salle inc.

Medalist: Kim McParland (W) 94.

La Salle: Sarah Marquis 114, Elena Holbrook 133, Cheyenne Taylor 164.


Late Monday


Team scores: Cle Elum 365, La Salle 383, Zillah 404.

Medalist: Michael Greene (CE) 80. Par 72.

Cle Elum: Rylee Iacolucci 91, Michael Montgomery 92, Colton Anderson 102, Devin Urglar 120, Michael Tschauner 136. La Salle: Tim Lewis 91, Mike Stiekma 91, Steve Stiekma 100, Sam LaFramboise 101, Nathan Ward 106, Jack Sutton 114. Zillah: Caleb Duford 87, Kent Comer 94, Matt Hauck 111, Travis Oswalt 112, Trevor Perrault 114.


Team scores: Cle Elum 434, La Salle inc.

Medalist: Courtney Reed (CE) 102.

Cle Elum: Taylor Rico 105, Brittany Ren 107, Jessie Johnson 120. La Salle: Sarah Marquis 119, Cheyenne Taylor 147.

Former CWU star Reilly ready for big time

April 27, 2009 by  

Mike Reilly described Sunday as a roller coaster, a day of ups and downs. Or in this case, downs and ups.

Mike Reilly

And the changes in emotional elevation were evident in his voice during a late-night telephone interview from his parents’ home in Kalispell, Mont.

His disappointment at not being chosen in the seven-round NFL draft was palpable, but so was the excitement of having agreed to free-agent terms with the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers.

“I don’t think anyone expected them to draft a quarterback,” the former Central Washington University star said, “because they have a multiple-Super Bowl winner already in Ben Roethlisberger. So they had other needs to address with their draft picks.

“But when they called me afterward, and I heard the excitement in the coaches’ voices about getting the chance to sign me, I felt a lot better. It made me excited.”

Reilly said the Steelers told him they hadn’t expected him to be available as a free agent — neither had Reilly, for that matter. And even though Roethlisberger is entrenched as the starter, veteran backup Byron Leftwich has signed with Tampa Bay and their other experienced QB, Charlie Batch, is coming off an injury.

As of now, the only other quarterback on Pittsburgh’s roster is 24-year-old Dennis Dixon of Oregon.

“I’ll get to play with the best and learn from the best,” Reilly said. “I obviously won’t compete for the No. 1 job, but I could be a No. 3 or a backup for two or three years, and I could learn a great deal. It’s a great situation, with their history and their tradition. I can’t wait to get started.”

One of Sunday’s biggest downers came during the sixth round, when Seattle’s turn came with the fifth pick. Reilly had been in contact with Seahawks personnel, as well as most other NFL teams.

Imagine playing in the Northwest, close enough for family and friends to watch and close enough for him and his wife, Jennifer, to keep in regular contact with those they are close to.

Plus, Reilly was already familiar with Qwest Field, having engineered four victories in as many tries against archrival Western Washington in the Battle in Seattle.

The Seahawks drafted a quarterback all right, but they chose Mike Teel of Rutgers.

“That was definitely one of the biggest disappointments of the day,” Reilly said. “It would have been nice to stay in the Pacific Northwest.

“But you know what? Instead of going to a 4-12 team, I’m going to a team that just won the Super Bowl. They’ve been scouting me since my junior year at Central, and I’ve talked with Ken Anderson, their quarterback coach, and with Mean Joe Greene, who’s one of their scouts.”

Having finalized details over the phone with his agent and with Steelers’ personnel, Reilly, his wife and family went out for a celebratory dinner.

He will leave for Pittsburgh and a rookie orientation Thursday and return to Kennewick on Sunday to help his wife pack, after which the two of them plan to move to Pittsburgh. Mini-camp will start there on May 15.

“It’s like my brother told me — this is how it’s always been for you,” Reilly said. “You didn’t necessarily get what you deserved in high school or at Washington State (from where Reilly transferred to CWU prior to the 2005 season), but it’s still worked out. And now you get a chance to prove people wrong all over again.”

Reilly came to Central for an opportunity and made the most of it. Who knows when a similar one might present itself in the NFL?

“Look at Matt Cassel,” Reilly said. “Before last year no one had even heard of the guy. Then all of a sudden Tom Brady goes down, and now Cassel is the face of the franchise in Kansas City.”

Illegal shed hunters take heed: Cameras don’t lie

April 27, 2009 by  

YAKIMA, Wash. — Outlaw shed hunters can no longer depend on the dark of night.

Antlers from elk such as these in the Oak Creek Wildlife Area are in high demand by outdoorsmen. Some rogue “shed” hunters have been caught on camera this spring collecting the fallen antlers out of season. (SARA GETTYS/Yakima Herald-Republic file)

From now on, the night will have eyes.

Armed with the kind of high-tech surveillance equipment usually associated with international espionage or cinematic whimsy, the managers at Oak Creek Wildlife Area and other state-managed lands are in a game of “gotcha” with trespassers looking for shed antlers.

And they’re getting them, too — on film, with time and date on every frame.

“I’ve got photos of violators — hikers, ATVers, Jeepers, going by our hidden cameras,” said Oak Creek manager John McGowan, who was able to use an extensive network of hidden cameras during the closure this year.

The $11,000 network of night-vision, motion-detecting cameras was provided this spring by Eyes in the Woods, an Olympia-based watchdog organization supporting the state wildlife department in catching or dissuading poachers and other law-breakers on wildlife land. And it wasn’t long after the cameras were installed that they began producing dividends.

“Less than 24 hours later, here’s somebody walking right by the camera, shed strapped to his back,” McGowan said.

The problem — with the exception of one four-wheeler whose license plate was captured clearly on film — is in identifying the individuals captured on film.

“What we want is for the local community to go, ‘hey, these are the guys who are stealing from us,’” McGowan said.

For years, a steady stream of antler-antsy scofflaws have ignored the March-April closure instituted at Oak Creek and several other wildlife areas to prevent disturbance to wintering elk around the various feeding stations.

“It’s a statewide problem,” said Tony Wells, land access director for Eyes in the Woods. “It’s happening more and more as time goes on. The reason we’re doing it is for the conservation side of the issue — (the shed hunters) are stressing the animals at the point when they’re at the weakest point in their cycle.”

Surveillance of illegal shed hunters in Oak Creek Wildlife Area. (Submitted photo)

That has been particularly frustrating for McGowan, because of both of the potentially fatal harassment of winter-weakened elk and the unfairness to the shed hunters who wait patiently for the annual May 1 shed-hunting opener.

“All the legal folks go out there and find nothing, and it’s these scumbags who are stealing from them,” McGowan said. “The sheriff’s department told us to put (the photos) out there, because somebody will know them.”

The cameras will be taken down before Friday’s official opening day for shed-hunting at Oak Creek, which is being pushed back six hours for walk-in hunters. Historically, shed hunters on foot have been allowed to begin at midnight on May 1; this year, walkers will have to wait until 6 a.m., with the motorized start set for 8 a.m.

Shed hunters who don’t get lucky on Friday can still come back on Saturday for Oak Creek’s first-ever shed antler auction (see related story), by which enforcement officers hope to have the identity of the ones who were captured on film trying to get a jump on everybody else.

Anyone with a tip as to the possible identity of people in the photographs are urged to call the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s confidential poaching hotline at 877-933-9847 (877-WDFW-TIP).

Surveillance of illegal shed hunters in Oak Creek Wildlife Area. (Submitted photo)

The violators are subject to a substantial fine for unlawful use of state wildlife lands, including the failure to obey the posted signs declaring the closure. WDFW enforcement Capt. Rich Mann said the department could also potentially seize the sheds taken by the trespasser.

“In and of themselves, (sheds) are not illegal to possess,” Mann said. “The illegal act is going into the winter closure and getting them.”

By this time next week, Eyes in the Woods volunteers will be setting up their surveillance camera system in the Olympic Peninsula, where WDFW enforcement staffers hope to capture off-road drivers going around gates to access closed roads. But next spring, the cameras will be back in place at Oak Creek.

“This will play a vital role as a deterrent,” Wells said. “It’s a tool for the enforcement, not a cure-all for all the issues.”

Shed collector’s dream Saturday at Oak Creek

April 27, 2009 by  

YAKIMA, Wash. — The Oak Creek Wildlife Area will be an antler-lover’s paradise on Saturday.

There will be matched sets and singles from the old Rocky Mountain elk bulls that spend the coldest winter months at the wildlife area headquarters for the feeding program.

There will be antlers from the Roosevelt elk at the Mount St. Helens Wildlife Area, and possibly deer antlers from other areas around the state as well.

Some antlers will be there complete with skull cap, from the occasional huge bull elk in the Hanford herd that met its match not in a hunter, but in a vehicle while attempting to cross the highway.

All of those collected antlers will be auctioned off beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Oak Creek headquarters (16601 U.S. Highway 12), two miles west of the “Y” junction of Highway 12 and Highway 410. It will be the first time the state wildlife department has ever held such an auction, and the proceeds will support Oak Creek’s winter elk-feeding program.

The timing of the auction will be fortuitous in terms of drawing a crowd. The previous day — Friday at 6 a.m. — shed antler hunters will be allowed into the wildlife area following the end of the two-month spring closure.

“I think there will be a lot of interest in it,” said auctioneer Bill Sheppard of Yakima, who has overseen similar shed-antler auctions — though not nearly to this extent — at fundraisers for such conservation/hunting groups as the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Mule Deer Foundation.

“The antler season starts on Friday, so there will be antler hunters up in that area anyway. There’s a lot of people interested in (shed antlers) — a lot of people that don’t hunt and don’t usually have the opportunity to get antlers like this, here’s that opportunity.”

But they’ll have to bring their checkbook. Because those antlers won’t necessarily come cheap.

“Those Hanford elk with the skull cap on them, we’ve had a few of those over the years donated to the Mule Deer Foundation,” Sheppard said. “They’ll bring anywhere from $500, which is cheap, all the way up to $1,200. It just depends on who’s there and how bad they want them.”

Many of the antlers will be ones regular visitors to Oak Creek have already seen.

“The oldest, biggest bulls shed their antlers first,” Oak Creek manager John McGowan said. “We had an impressive, 10-year-old bull drop both antlers right in front of visitors on February 20.”

Somebody will certainly be picking them up Saturday. For a price.

Where were the cameras? This year’s turkey hunt made for TV

April 27, 2009 by  

The first bird I could see headed our way was a hen. But because we had heard the gobble of at least one tom coming from the same direction, I hoped and believed another tom was not far behind.

rob-phillipsA few seconds later, I had affirmation of my suspicion. It wasn’t one tom, however — it was two big toms strutting and showing off for the hen. Mirror images of each other, the big boys strutted and drummed, each one trying to woo the seemingly uninterested hen with puffed up chests and fanned tails.

Only moments before, I had quickly picked a spot, sat down in dew-covered grass, placed my shotgun on my knee, and hoped I could make myself look like just another bush in the scenery.

To my right about 50 yards, hunting partner Dan McKimmy sporadically and very quietly purred and clucked on a slate call.

His expert calling was doing the trick. The birds were coming. And when they saw my hen decoy standing in an opening 20 yards down the hill from me, all of a sudden the real hen looked less appealing and the two toms almost knocked each other over trying to get to the fake bird.

A second later, I pulled the trigger and — just like that — my spring turkey season was over, five weeks before the season officially ends May 31.

As I walked over to get a better look at the bird, I was in awe of how perfectly the morning hunt had come together, and how fortunate I was to be tying a tag on my second Merriams turkey in less than a week.

Anyone who hunts turkeys knows it rarely happens the way it does on TV. Turkeys are extremely wary and have incredible hearing and eyesight. And even though it looks easy on the hunting shows, it is much more difficult in real life.

But in the span of five days, I had been lucky enough to be involved in a couple of hunts that were made for TV. All we needed were the cameras, and some good ol’ boy host with a Southern drawl, and we would’ve had a heck of a show.

My first turkey of the season had come only five days earlier near Colville on opening day.

And just like the hunt with Dan, the events that led up to a fat turkey for the roasting pan were fairly simple.

My son Kyle and I were hunting along a ridgeline when we heard a turkey gobble. We set up and began some simple hen calls. But instead of the gobbler responding, a hen started calling back. She would make a run of calls, and I would try to match her note for note. In she came, and along with her came the big tom.

The only problem with this set-up was that Kyle and I were screened from the birds by a fairly thick patch of brush — one the birds were reluctant to cross.

Seeing this, we backed up and maneuvered around a small hill and tried calling the birds from a new direction. The plan worked to perfection, except Kyle was screened from the not one, but two, toms that came around the hillside.

When it became evident the toms were about to bug out and Kyle couldn’t get a shot, dear old dad lowered the boom on one.

Two turkey hunts … two toms. Again, it just doesn’t happen like that very often.

During some turkey seasons, such as last year’s, I have had hours and hours of time invested and never pulled the trigger once. This year, I probably had six hours total in the two birds.

And to top it all off, Dan filled his second tag the same day I filled mine. We were packing my bird back to the truck when we heard a gobble up the hill a ways. We quickly set up, and within five minutes Dan had called the big tom and three jakes to within shotgun range.

That’s what makes turkey hunting so fun and challenging. You never know when everything is going to go just right, and there are certainly plenty of times when it doesn’t.

But when it does, there’s nothing more exhilarating than to have a big tom turkey gobbling so close it hurts your ears.
• Rob Phillips is a freelance outdoor writer and partner in the advertising firm of Smith, Phillips & DiPietro. He can be reached at [email protected].

Former Ike star Garcia invited to Vikings camp

April 27, 2009 by  

Juan Garcia has always had to work a little harder to reach his dream, but he’s never been afraid to meet the challenge. Now he’s got yet another opportunity to achieve his goal of playing in the NFL.

Garcia went undrafted in the NFL draft this past weekend and didn’t receive a free agent offer after the draft. However, the former Eisenhower High and University of Washington center has accepted an invitation to the Minnesota Vikings rookie mini-camp this week, according to The Seattle Times.

If things go well there, he could be offered a deal at the conclusion of the camp.

At this time, Garcia is the only Husky to sign or get invited to an NFL camp.

Local report: Greyhounds swing past Grizzlies

April 27, 2009 by  

SUNNYSIDE — Ashley Van Tress hit one of two home runs for Grandview, and Vanessa Medina went 3-for-4 as the Greyhounds fastpitch team beat Sunnyside 8-5 in a non-league game Monday. Vanessa Amaro went 2-for-3 for the Grizzlies.
Grandview    002    042    0    —    8    11    1

Sunnyside    101    120    0    —    5    8    1

Mendoza, Van Tress (6) and Bravo; Maltos, Salcedo (6) and Partida.

Highlights: Vanessa Medina (G) 3-4; Ashley Van Tress (G) 1-3, HR; Doris Lupercio (G) 2-3, 3b; Walls (G) 2-4, HR; Partida (S) 1-2, HR; Vanessa Amaro (S) 2-3; Martinez (S) 2-3; Alexis Salcedo (S) 3b.*********



At Spokane, par 72


Team scores: Lewis & Clark 314, Coeur d’Alene 315, Hanford 318, Kamiakin 318, University 319, Walla Walla 319, Mt. Spokane 321, West Valley 321, CV 322, Mead 322, Southridge 322, Pasco 326, Richland 328, Eastmont 333, Ferris 336, Moses Lake 336, Northwest Christian 338, Gonzaga Prep 342, Shadle Park 349, East Valley 363, Wenatchee 365, Eisenhower 370, Kennewick 379.

Top 10: 1, Peter Gullickson (LC) 71; 2, Samson Martinez (P) 72; 3, (tie) Hank Frame (U) 72, Chad Smith (CV) 73; 5, Corey King (WV) 75; 6, (tie)

Jordan Bohlander (Ka) 76, Jake Hansen (WW) 76, Eric Graubrot (WV) 76; 9, (tie) Zach Davis (Cd) 77, Josh Harvey (H) 77, Alex Cantu (H) 77, Rick Gleed (Ka) 77, Stephen Plopper (M) 77.

West Valley: Corey King 75, Eric Graubrot 76, Reese Hunter 84, Kameron Lamb 86, Nate Bostrom 88.

Eisenhower: Brad Donahue 80, Brock Munson 94, Jacob Schwehr 94, Ed Curtin 102, Mark Lavis 117.

4/28 What’s Happening

April 27, 2009 by  

Shrub-steppe event returns to canyon

Field trips in outdoor photography, geology, “snake sneaking,” native plants, river bugs and fish, butterflies and local history and lectures on local ecology and geology are all part of Saturday’s 10th annual Get Intimate with the Shrub-Steppe.

The event, put on by the Kittitas Environmental Education Network (KEEN), the Yakima Environmental Learning Foundation and Puget Sound Energy, is centered at Helen McCabe Park, two miles south of Ellensburg. But as usual, many of the field trips will be out of the Umtanum recreation site.

The day begins at 7:30 a.m. with a bird-watching field trip at Umtanum led by Yakima and Kittitas Audubon experts, with the main event beginning at 9 a.m. with a full series of guided field trips and lectures.

For an online schedule of events, go to the KEEN site (

Fly-fishing fair set in Ellensburg this week

Fly fishermen from around the Pacific Northwest will be in Ellensburg this weekend for the 2009 Washington Fly Fishing fair, running Friday afternoon and all day Saturday at the Ellensburg Fair Grounds.

Some 100 fly tiers will be demonstrating their skills in seminars and classes for beginners or more advanced tiers simply hoping to improve their fly-tying techniques. The event, put on by the Washington State Council of the Federation of Fly Fishers, will also feature casting demonstrations, lessons and competitions, seminars by renowned fly-fishing authors and guides, plus silent auctions on a variety of fly-fishing related items. And it’s not just for the guys; there’s also a beginning casting class for women, taught by women.

Information and registration forms can be found online (

Bird Alert: Almost 50 species on Yakama trip

Birders on the Audubon field trip to the Yakama reservation this week enjoyed great weather and tallied almost 50 species of birds, including sandhill crane, American bittern, black-crowned night-heron, Virginia rail, sora, black-necked stilt, greater yellowlegs, cinnamon teal and common yellowthroat.

Warm weather ushered in chipping sparrows, gray flycatchers and Nashville warblers to Milk Canyon in the Wenas area and from south of Bickleton came reports of gray flycatcher, grasshopper sparrow and good numbers of chipping sparrows.

Residents along 18th Avenue in Yakima reported a few Cassin’s finch, a Lincoln’s sparrow, an orange-crowned warbler and a Nashville warbler visiting their yard and noted a flock of white-fronted geese flying over.

Tri-Cities birders visiting the Nile Valley and lower Tieton River areas found purple finches and evening grosbeaks, a male white-headed woodpecker, orange-crowned warbler, golden-crowned sparrow and an unusual orange variant Cassin’s finch. The male bird was almost neon orange on the head but on the breast, where the color normally fades to pink, red/pink tones could be seen.

Other good sightings from around the Valley included a male Eurasian wigeon at Randle Park; 56 sandhill cranes flying over Sunnyside; a band-tailed pigeon near 40th and Chestnut; Vaux’s swift just south of Sawyer; a mating pair of Cooper’s hawks in Parker Heights; western kingbirds in Terrace Heights and Marion Drain Road; and harlequin ducks in all their splendor near Willows campground. In Kittitas County, a pair of Swainson’s hawks was spotted along the Vantage Highway.

Please call your bird sightings into the Yakima Valley Audubon phone line at 248-1963

— Kerry L. Turley


QUAD SQUAD SEEKS SUPPORT: Members of the Cascade Quad Squad ATV club plan to be at the AppleCart Deli in downtown Naches from 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday seeking signatures supporting their efforts to utilize existing routes in the Naches Ranger District for ATV use. They plan to have maps showing their proposed trail system to present to the Forest Service before the May 7 deadline for public comments on the district’s travel management plan.

TWIG MEETING: The next meeting of the Trails and Wilderness Interest Group (TWIG) will be next Tuesday (May 5) at 7 p.m. at the Naches Ranger Station. Among the topics will be saw certification (with a look ahead to the May 16 volunteer saw training) and a look ahead at the big picture of trail maintenance; with cutbacks in the state grant program severely cutting into the budget for local trail-maintenance crews, volunteer help figures to become even more critical.

JUNIOR TRAP CHAMP: Todd Peterson, 15, of Selah, captured the juniors division for shooters aged 15 to 17 at the April 18-19 Moses Lake Desert Classic Trapshoot. He hit 184 of 200 targets in his junior class and then shot a personal-best 94 of 100 targets in Sunday’s handicap event to place third among all shooters in the Amateur Trapshooting Association-sanctioned event.

SKI INDUSTRY AWARD: Duncan Howat, who began his ski-area operator career in 1967 with the White Pass Company and a year later at just 24 years of age took over management of the Mount Baker Ski Area, has received the Mel Borgersen Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pacific Northwest Ski Areas Association.

CANTWELL HONORED: Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., was presented the Outdoor Industry Association 2009 Friend of the Outdoor Industry Award last week in Washington, D.C., for her advocacy of such things as the Affordable Footwear Act (eliminating duties on outdoor recreational footwear), the designation of the 1,200 mile Pacific Northwest Scenic Trail as a National Scenic Trail, and the creation of the Wild Sky Wilderness Area.


TODAY: The Cascadians’ Tuesday group will do a hike of 7-Mile Hill and McCall point. The group meets at 8 a.m. at the 40th Avenue Bi-Mart parking lot and usually splits into faster and slower groups.

WEDNESDAY: The Mount Adams Cycling Club’s weekly Naches loop ride gets rolling at 5:30 p.m. from the Fred Meyer parking lot (near Key Bank). Participants need to be able to maintain a 12 mph speed, and helmets are required. Faster riders usually start the 25-mile ride about 15 minutes later.

THURSDAY: The Cascadians’ Pokies group plans a trip to “Boulder Cave and beyond.” For meeting time and place, call Donna Oliva at 452-3691.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY: The Cascadians will do a Saturday hike in the Potholes area and a Sunday hike at Lyle Cherry Orchard. For meeting time and place on either hike, call Maurine Peck at 453-4244.

News and notes

April 27, 2009 by  

Clarification on 35-second shot clock

Update on the shot-clock story from the Seattle Times that we ran in Saturday’s edition: To correct a misinterpretation from the WIAA amendment, the boys shot clock will be reset when the ball hits the rim, just as it is in girls basketball and men’s college and professional basketball.

Coaches State Baseball Poll

Coaches State Baseball poll — Week No. 4: Class 4A: 1, Puyallup (15-1); 2, Skyline (13-3); 3, University (12-1); 4, Richland (12-2); 5, Marysville-Pilchuck (12-3); 6, Heritage (11-3); 7, Olympia (12-1); 8, Bothell (11-4); 9, Southridge (12-2); 10, Kelso (11-2).
Class 3A: Blanchet (12-2); 2, Eastside Catholic (10-3); 3, Columbia River (11-2); 4, Liberty (13-3); 5, Timberline (15-2); 6, Hanford (10-4); 7, Mt. Rainier (12-2); 8, Prairie (13-4); 9, West Valley-Yakima (11-5); 10, Mount Si (12-4).
Class 2A: 1, Selah (16-2); 2, Chehalis (14-0); 3, Burlington-Edison (13-2); 4, Sehome (12-4); 5, Cheney (13-1); 6, R.A. Long (13-3); 7, Archbishop Murphy (17-0); 8, Clarkston (11-2); 9, Centralia (12-3); 10, Ellensburg (11-4-1) and Klahowya (14-3).
Class 1A: 1, Kalama (13-1); 2, Castle Rock (13-0); 3, Naches Valley (14-2-1); 4, Cashmere (13-3); 5, Chimacum (11-1); 6, Lakeside (14-2); 7, Freeman (13-4); 8, Okanogan (9-4); 9, Friday Harbor (16-2); 10, Meridian (9-6).

West Valley soccer breaks into the Seattle Times Class 3A state poll

Class 3A: 1, Lakeside (9-0); 2, Mercer Island (12-0-1); 3, Shorecrest (9-1); 4, Camas (11-1); 5, White River (10-0-1); 6, Mt. Rainier (9-0-1); 7, Mt. Vernon (12-1); 8, Union (9-1-2); 9, West Valley-Yakima (11-3); 10, Kennedy (8-2-1).

CBBN eyeing ways to help budgets

The CBBN is considering ways to handle state budget cuts. Here’s a list of topics lifted from the minutes of its April athletic directors meeting: … Many ideas were presented in light of the looming budget cuts for 2009-10. In no particular order, some of the ideas were: 1) Reduce to 4 Basketball teams for both genders, 2) reduce to 4 Volleyball teams, 3) reduce 6th grade intra-mural athletics or Middle School teams offered, 4) reduce some coaching spots, 5) reduce to 3 Baseball teams, 6) look into Charter busing vs. school busing, 7) ask coaches to reduce what they ask of kids (spirit packs, keep camps local), 8) fundraise for overnight rooms and meals, 9) only 1-way travel in Tri-Cities or none at all, 10) cut coaches clinic money, 11) Split stipends to keep staffs in tact, 12) League scheduled round robins so we can get multiple games (i.e. sub V tennis, sub V VB) to reduce transportation, 13) spring break games to reduce subs. Many things won’t be ideal, but they are better than losing programs.

Sonnichsen likely Moore replacement, nothing official

Sounds like Prosser’s search for Tom Moore’s replacement as head football coach has found its man in former PHS quarterback Benji Sonnichsen, but nothing is official until the school board addresses the recommendation.

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