Chelan's senior softball pitcher, Kim Harter, is looking forward to another state appearance this yer for the Chelan fast-pitch softball team. The tournament, originally scheduled for Wenatchee has been moved to Spokane from Wenatchee.
Wenatchee Sports Council has state softball & baseball tournament moved to Spokane for 2008
By Richard Uhlhorn
I have been a recipient of the Wenatchee Sports Council newsletter since its inception. It is always interesting to find out what is happening in the Wenatchee sports world. This past newsletter, which can be accessed at: http://www.wenatcheevalleysports.com/ had an interesting news item regarding the WIAA 1A State Softball and Baseball Tournaments.
Apparently, the tournament had to be changed to Spokane because Wenatchee does not have the enough accommodations to host the 1A softball and 1A/2A baseball tournaments, all three of which coincide with the Sterling Invitational fast-pitch softball tournament.
After an emergency meeting in December, the council recommended that the WIAA move its softball/baseball tournaments to Spokane for 2008 in hopes that they can get these tournaments back in 2009.
The news release is posted in full below.
Sports Council Saves the WIAA a Huge Headache
(Wenatchee, WA)...The WIAA has decided to move three state tournaments in May from Wenatchee to Spokane, largely because of work done by the Wenatchee Valley Sports Council.
The WIAA approached the Sports Council following last year's Memorial Day Weekend tournaments and asked for help with housing. Several schools had difficulty finding accommodations for their teams for the 2007 state 2A softball and 2A and 1A baseball championships held in Wenatchee. The Sports Council agreed to help, creating the Wenatchee Valley Tournament Authority Board, or TAB.
Following approval from the Wenatchee Valley Hotel/Motel Association to adopt the concept, the TAB went about the job of blocking rooms for the 2008 state 1A softball and 1A & 2A baseball tournaments, set for Memorial Day Weekend. An exhaustive search discovered a severe shortage in room availability. Of the approximately 300 rooms need to accommodate the three tournaments, Wenatchee Valley TAB could find only 70. Coinciding with the three WIAA events was the Sterling Invitational fast-pitch softball tournament hosted by the local Greater Wenatchee Girls Softball Association.
The Sports Council held an emergency meeting in December and decided the best course of action was to recommend the WIAA move it's tournaments in 2008, with a hopeful return in 2009. A letter was drafted to the WIAA, which met in late January and voted to move the tournaments from Wenatchee to Spokane for 2008. No decision has been made on the tournaments' locations for 2009.
Had the Sports Council not created the WV TAB and sought to secure rooms, the WIAA would have continued planning in the blind for three tournaments in May without hope of accommodations. It is the Sports Council's hope that the three tournaments can return to Wenatchee in 2009 and beyond. It should also be noted that Ken Krous and the GWGSA should be commended on creating such a success in the Sterling Invite. The tournament will go on as scheduled May 24-26 at Sterling Complex, Hydro Park and Walla Walla Point Park.