All-State Baseball Series: Double play — Davis’ Jensen a standout at multiple spots on the field

June 7, 2012 by  

YAKIMA, Wash. — When Jens Jensen decided to turn out for football as a senior, he had to convince his parents and himself that it wouldn’t interfere or detract from his development and future in baseball. So what’s the first thing that happened? He blew up his left knee. “It was the very first day [...]

Baseball: All but perfect for NV

May 27, 2012 by  

Naches Valley can’t derail undefeated Cashmere in Class 1A title game || YAKIMA, Wash. — Sometime, somewhere Cashmere will lose another high school baseball game. But Saturday wasn’t the time and Yakima County Stadium wasn’t the place, as the Bulldogs completed an unbeaten season at the expense of Naches Valley in the Class 1A state [...]

Baseball: EV goes out with a win

May 27, 2012 by  

YAKIMA, Wash. — Fatigue, Hugo Lemus insisted, had nothing to do with it. “Tired?” he asked rhetorically. “No, I wasn’t tired. I just turned spectator there in the last inning and decided to take it all in.” No one could blame the senior right-hander, after all, he’d just punctuated a stellar East Valley career with [...]

Track: Riverside Christian boys win 2B title

May 27, 2012 by  

CHENEY, Wash. — It was a matter of first things first for Riverside Christian’s Fernando Valencia. Coming into the start of one of Saturday’s concluding events, he knew that if he won the javelin, his team could win a state track and field championship. His first throw put him and his team into first place, [...]

1A baseball: A win to NV

May 26, 2012 by  

Rangers blank Meridian to reach 1A final || YAKIMA, Wash. — Bill Walker admitted to having the shakes, sort of, when he spoke to his Naches Valley baseball team Friday. And no, the weather wasn’t that cool or blustery at Yakima County Stadium. The veteran Rangers coach had merely congratulated NV on its 4-0 conquest [...]

2A baseball: Archbishop Murphy edges East Valley

May 26, 2012 by  

YAKIMA, Wash. — They fought, scratched and clawed Friday, periodically ruffling Archbishop Murphy’s ace and, for a brief period, even taking a lead. But when East Valley’s Class 2A semifinal with the Wildcats concluded at Yakima County Stadium, Murphy’s broad-shouldered Levi MaVorhis was still standing. If the Red Devils hadn’t given AM and MaVorhis their [...]

Cadets’ Cassel headed to SMU

May 26, 2012 by  

YAKIMA, Wash. — Eisenhower quarterback Kolney Cassel is hoping football can take him far. As of Thursday, it will take him a little more than 2,000 miles in the summer of 2013. The senior-to-be orally committed to play college football at Southern Methodist University in Dallas for head coach and quarterback guru June Jones. He [...]

Class 2A fastpitch: Selah sails into semis

May 26, 2012 by  

SELAH, Wash. — Ten innings, 28 hits, eight extra-base hits, two home runs, 24 runs. That’s the kind of offensive production, especially in the rarefied fastpitch talent of the Class 2A state championships, that created another very important other statistic for the tournament’s home team: two wins. The Selah Vikings jackhammered their way into their [...]

Class 2B/1B fastpitch: Locals suffer early exits

May 26, 2012 by  

YAKIMA, Wash. — Last week, Kittitas and Klickitat enjoyed the excitement of qualifying for the state fastpitch tournaments. Friday, that euphoria quickly subsided as both teams had a brief and bittersweet appearance at Kiwanis Park. Kittitas ran into another southwest buzzsaw in its Class 2A opener, falling 22-0 to 2011 runner-up Pe Ell and then [...]

Track: Imperial, Venema win state titles

May 26, 2012 by  

CHENEY, Wash. — As a northeasterly wind blasted through the triple jump pit, Bethany Imperial blew away the pain and frustration of November foot surgery. The Riverside Christian senior, defending state triple-jump champion, had struggled through a subpar spring in the signature track and field event both for her and her school. She entered Friday’s [...]

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