Bears preparing for this season in Yakima, and possibly beyond

April 19, 2012 by  

With opening day less than two months away, Bears staffers are busily preparing for the Northwest League season.And contrary to popular perception, it won’t necessarily be the Arizona Diamondbacks affiliate’s last summer here.General manager K.L. Wombacher discussed his team’s status during a lengthy interview Thursday, specifically mentioning his encouragement at the $10,000 worth of field [...]

Updated NWAACC East, GNAC baseball and fastpitch standings

April 17, 2012 by  

NWAACC East Region baseball and fastpitch standings through Monday, April 16 (region records only, season records not listed on NWAACC website):Baseball: Treasure Valley 9-3, Walla Walla 8-4, Yakima Valley 7-5, Columbia Basin 7-5, Big Bend 6-6, Spokane 5-7, Wenatchee Valley 4-8, Blue Mountain 2-10.Fastpitch: Wenatchee Valley 16-2, Walla Walla 15-3, Treasure Valley 12-6, Spokane 11-7, [...]

Holden, Howell named NWAACC coaches of the year

April 4, 2012 by  

Former West Valley coach Cheryl Holden and ex-Central Washington player and assistant Carl Howell have been voted women’s and men’s coaches of the year in the NWAACC.Holden, who led the Rams to the 2001 Class 3A state championship, this past season guided Columbia Basin to its third NWAACC title during her 11-year tenure there. The [...]

Weekend rewind: Kudos to Kentucky, anticipating the Masters

April 3, 2012 by  

Up front, I will never be an overt John Calipari fan. But the fact is that Kentucky’s master recruiter also did an extraordinary coaching job in leading the Wildcats to the NCAA championship.Anyone who can take a team that young, and with individuals who all had been the dominant offensive forces at their respective high [...]

2012 Pirates were quickest prep team I’ve seen

March 29, 2012 by  

I regrettably missed Wednesday night’s Davis basketball celebration, but nonetheless continue to marvel at how good the 1965 and 2012 state championship teams were.And I agree completely with Keith Farnam, who coached a truly outstanding Eisenhower team in 1965 and declined to compare Davis’ title teams during an interview with the YHR’s Scott Spruill. Different [...]

Ex-Yak Wilkins helps Western win national title

March 24, 2012 by  

Rico Wilkins wasn’t a starter for Western Washington this past season, but he is a national champion.Wilkins, who played the 2008-09 season at Yakima Valley and led the Yaks to a third-place finish in the NWAACC Tournament, served as a highly-capable backup to WWU point guard John Allen.In the Vikings’ 72-65 victory over Montevallo (Ala.) [...]

Western was picked to finish 3rd in GNAC

March 22, 2012 by  

Western Washington, which will finish no worse that second in the nation, was picked to finish third in the GNAC this past season in a preseason poll of the conference’s coaches.The Vikings (30-5), who will play Montevallo (Ala.) in Saturday’s NCAA Division II championship game, were projected behind, in order, Alaska Anchorage and Seattle Pacific [...]

Mohsenian, George Fox fall in D-III title game

March 17, 2012 by  

Arianna Mohsenian and George Fox University came up short in Saturday’s NCAA Division III national championship game in Holland, Mich., falling 57-48 to Illinois Wesleyan.The previously unbeaten Bruins of Newberg, Ore. shot only 32 percent from the field (17 for 53) including 1 for 16 from 3-point range, with East Valley senior Mohsenian connecting on [...]

Mohsenian, G. Fox in title game; Stohr and L-C State fall

March 16, 2012 by  

Arianna Mohsenian and the George Fox Bruins will be playing for a national championship.George Fox, competing in the NCAA Division III Final Four in Holland, Mich., on Friday beat the Amherst Lord Jeffs 76-69 to advance to today’s title game.The Bruins (32-0) of Newberg, Ore. will meet Illinois Wesleyan — former Sonic Jack Sikma’s alma [...]

Season ends for Stohr, L-C State women

March 16, 2012 by  

The ride is over for All-American Jasmine Stohr and the Lewis-Clark State women’s basketball team. The Warriors fell in their second-round NAIA Division I tournament game in Frankfort, Ky. on Friday to Lubbock Christian, 70-61. Stohr is a senior from La Salle. More on that later.    

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