3-11 Winter Banquet
The Chelan High School Commons was packed with student athletes, parents, coaches and fans as the winter sports season came ot an official close with the annual Winter Sports Banquet.
Winter sports season officially over
By Richard Uhlhorn
Winter is officially over. Spring is in the air and Chelan High School athletes are getting ready to compete in the upcoming spring sports like Baseball, Softball, Soccer, Track, Golf and Tennis.
On Tuesday evening, March 11, the Winter Sports season ended with the annual Winter Sports Banquet. Once again, the parents and staff outdid themselves in supplying plenty of sweet deserts for the athletes, parents and fans to gorge themselves. Of course, Athletic Director Scot Raab had no idea that desert was first, so Coach Jay McGuffin was able to hand out the awards and talk about his teams successful wrestling season before everyone bellied up to the desert tables.
Coach Jay McGuffin thanked the basketball teams for showing their support of the wrestling team by attending as many matches as they could. “It is what unifies the school and helps bring us all together. I truly appreciated it.”
For the second year in a row, the Chelan Wrestling Team won the Caribou Trail League Championship. From there they went on to win the District Championship, take third over all at the Regional Tournament and seventh overall at the Mat Classic in Tacoma. “We were just two points out of fifth at state,” said a proud Coach McGuffin.
McGuffin said that the expectation at the beginning of the year was that the team would work hard. “There was a lot of intensity right from the beginning and we had a common goal to bring home some hardware,” said McGuffin.
Seven out of eight wrestlers actually stood on the podium at Tacoma. “We only lose two seniors (Tyson McGuffin and Jesse Allen) this year, so we have five returning state placers and some really good talent coming up from the eighth grade. So I’m excited.”
These are honors voted on by the coaches within the Caribou Trail League.
1st Team – All League – Sean Gervais, Davey Anderson, Gage Schmidt, Jose Garcia and Dillon Parker.
2nd Team-All League – Jesse Allen, Tyson McGuffin, Tyler Allen and Jacob Przespolewski
Honorable Mention - Steven Swinford
Jesse Allen received a four-year letter and Sean Gervais was honored for not missing one “Good Morning Club” practice.
The Lady Goats took second place at the District and Regional Championships and competed at the State Tournament for the ninth consecutive year, winning one game and competing well against two very strong teams, but losing their last two games, oneo f which they forced an overtime.
Coach Dane Lewman congratulated the wrestling and boys basketball teams for their successful and exciting season. He also thanked the Chelan Booster Club, GoLakeChelan and other media outlets for the coverage, the parents and his coaching staff. “The girls all brought something different to the team this year and I think that is one of the reasons it was a successful season,” said Lewman.
Girls Awards: Voted on by the CTL Coaches
1st Team – All League – Alisha Love
2nd Team – All League – Izzy Barth and Kelli Bowers
Honorable Mention – Kim Harter and Darby Jenkins
Sidney Austin received the CTL Sportsmanship Award.
Receiving four year letter awards were Kristen Milliette, Alisha Love, Kim Harter and Izzy Barth.
The Chelan Goats won the CTL League Championship and placed second at the District Championship. Their successful season ended at the Regional Championships by a few points.
“In looking around the room, there were a lot of influences over our season this year,” said Head Coach Joe Harris. “I want to thank Jay and Dane for what they brought to the building this year.”
In talking about the Goats, Harris said, “It was an absolute joy to work with these young guys.”
He also remarked about the coverage the team received from GoLakeChelan and the rest of the media corps. He thanked his coaching staff and said, “I couldn’t do it without them. He also thanked Tracy and Linda Jo Williams for all their efforts this year.
1st Team – All League – Cameron Reister and Joe Harris
Honorable Mentions – Brett Linehan and Zane Sandum
The CTL Sportsmanship Award went to Derrick Talley
“The team voted on the most valuable player of the year and came up with a tie, so we are honoring both Joe Harris and Cam Reister with that honor tonight,” said Harris. He then honored Zane Sandum and Brett Linehan with this year’s Coaches Awards. “These guys came to work every day.”
After the award ceremony for all the teams, the teams split up for the individual awards in separate rooms.
This coming Saturday will see Softball, Baseball and Soccer at home as the Spring Sports Season gets underway full force.