Spring sports is in full action beginning this week. Chelan's baseball, softball, track, golf, tennis and soccer teams will be competing in league matches on Saturday, March 21.
Spring sports swings into action
by Richard Uhlhorn
According to Chelan High School Golf Coach Kirk Einspahr, the teams first outing on Friday, March 13, was a bit rusty. "It was the first time most of them have been on an actual golf course this spring," wrote Einspahr. Chelan Municipal Golf Course is not open yet.
Junior Kelli Bowers was the girls medalist, stroking a 45. Bowers, a two-time state golfing champion, is going to work hard at qualifying for the state tournament again this year and wining that tournament. Her goal is to become a high school four-time state champion.
Michelle Munneke and Daneijha Weigel shot a 54 and 57 respectively.
Ephrata's varsity boys and girls teams won the team titles for this first match. The Ephrata boys shot a 176 to Chelan's 217, and the Lady Tigers shot a 210 to Chelan's 222.
Ephrata's Andrew Whalen shot a one-under 34 to take the medalist title for the boys. The Chelan boys were led by Timmy Stockdale who shot a 51. He was followed by Johnny Griffith (53), Cory Dowell (56) and Jonathan Peck (57).
The Chelan girls varsity competed at a jamboree scramble hosted by Wenatchee on Friday, March 20, at Three Lakes Golf Course in Malaga. The results of that match have not been received yet. The boys varsity will compete at a tournament in Yakima at the Apple Tree Golf Course on Thursday, March 26.
Track and Field:
Chelan Goats track and field kicked off their season at the Oroville invitational last Saturday, March 21. In a field of over 12 teams the Lady Goats placed 3rd overall and the boys took 6th. "This was a great performance as only one third of our athletes were able to attend," reported head coach Julie Schwartz.
The Lady Goats showed their speed with Rhiana Beauregard placing first in both the 100 and 200 meter run. Mari Shramm took 4th in the 800 meters. Karianna Clausen added to the total point count by placing 4th in the 1600meters. Darby Jenkins and Sarah Waskewitz placed 2nd and fourth in the 300m hurdles respectively. All of the women’s relay teams placed in the top two. The 4x100 placed second with Darcy Austin, Cody Knaub, Kyra Wyant and Sarah Waszkewitz. The 4x200 came in first with Darby Jenkins, Jaicee Harris, Rhiana Beauregard and Maddie Knaub. The 4x400 also took the gold with Rhiana Beauregard, Jaicee Harris, Darby Jenkins and Mari Schramm.
Ryan Sargent practices with the shotput at a recent Chelan Goat Track and Field practice.
Only six male athletes competed for the Goats but still placed in three of the running events. Cole Soreano placed 5th in the 100m, third in the 200 m and Chase Anderson took second in the 1600 meters.
The Goats had a great showing in the field events. In the shotput Matt Pittsinger placed first, Ryan Sargent placed 7th. In the discus Ryan Sargent took 6th and Matt Pittsinger 8th.
For the women, Sarah Waszkewitz placed 4th in the dicus.
In the Javelin Matt Pittsinger placed 1st for the men, Sarah Waszkewitz, Jaicee Harris and Darcy Austin placed for the ladies in 3rd, 4th and 6th respectively.
In high jump Cole Soreano placed 4th and Tyler James came in 9th.
Darby Jenkins won the Pole Vault for the ladies with a jump of 8’6.
The Goats next meet in Friday afternoon at EastmontHigh School.. More detailed results are available for viewing at athletic.net and the meet schedule can be seen on the high school website at chelanschools.org.
Darby Jenkins won the pole vault at the Oroville Invitational on Saturday, March 21.
Game 1 - Chelan 0 Warden 11
On Saturday, March 21, the Lady Goats played a double header against Warden, losing both of the their season openers 11-0 and the nightcap 12-5.
Senior AnnAlise Nelson pitched six innings in game one and faced 36 batters, striking out seven, allowing nine hits and walking six batters. She also had seven earned runs. Cari Jo Williams finished out the game for Nelson, pitching for two innings, facing seven batters, allowing four runs and striking out one hitter. "Both pitchers pitched a great game," reported Coach Anne Becker.
In Game one, Lindsey Fox went 2-for-2 at the plate with Kaylee Robelia and Jamie Brunner both going 1 for 3 at the plate. Brunner had a double. Chelan left five runners on base and the Warden pitcher struck out 16.
Waren had 10 hits on five Lady Goat errors. The had seven earned runs and left 11 on base.
Game 2—Chelan 5, Warden 12
Cari Jo Williams took the mound in game two, pitched for three innings, facing 16 batters and allowed three runs. She struck out two, walked only one and allowed four earned runs. Chelsea Gocke pitched two innings and allowed two runs on four hits. Daniele Smyth finished the game pitching two innings allowing seven runs on five hits and walked three.
Offensively Chelan had seven hits with Jamie Brunner going 3 for 4 at the plate with a double and two RBIs. Kilee Lippincott was 2 for 4 with two stolen bases. Lindsey Fox was 1 for 5 with two stolen bases and Gocke was 1 for 3 with two RBIs. AnnAlise Nelson was 1 for 2 and Krissa Shively was 1 for 1. Amanda Ihlanfeldt had double and one RBI.
Jamie Brunner is just one of the seniors playing softball this year.
"Chelsea Gocke had a clutch hit, scoring two in the 3rd inning to tie the score 4-4," said Becker. "We also had outstanding hitting by Kilee Lippincott, Jamie Brunner, and Lyndsey Fox."
Taylor McClellan had the first double play of the season (fielded the ball, tagged 2nd and threw to 1st), which also ended the game.
Chelan has over 20 young ladies out for the fast pitch season and will run full JV schedules and Varsity schedules.
The new head coach, Anne Becker is excited to take over a quality team left behind by Jeff Barker who retired from coaching after last season. "I have a different coaching style than Jeff did," said Becker. The team lost some seniors last year, but has some excellent players returning from last year's starting squad and she feels the team will do very well this year.
This coming Saturday, March 28, the softball team hosts the Tonasket Lady Tigers in a double header beginning at
"It was a great day for the goats," reports Coach Jim Burbery.
Every year, the Chelan Goats host the traveling Orting baseball team. "They are always a challenge," said Burbery prior to last Saturday's game in Chelan. "We won 6-4," he said. "So over all I'm very pleased with our opener and greatly pleased with my first win over the Orting Cardinals ever."
Josh Burbery pitched five strong innings for his first win of the season. Burbery gave up thee hits, had five strikeouts and walked eight. "The good thing was that he spread the walks out over all five innings."
Alex Brown relieved Burbery and shut the door in the sixth and seventh innings to pickup his first save of the year.
Offensively, Chelan hit the ball well. Kyle Nelson went 1 for 2, Curtis Pusey was 2 for 2 with a double with an RBI and two runs scored, Niles Desmarias was 3 for 3 with a double and two runs and his brother, Cyrus Desmarias had a great squeeze bunt to score a go ahead run. Evan Hendricks was 1 for 2 and Josh Burbery was 1 for 3.
"We committed three errors which is not great, but for this time of the year it could have been worse," reported Burbery.
Senior Curtis Pusey is back and ready to play after hip surgery this past winter. Coach Burbery is happy to field him with his over 500 hitting.
The Goats travel to Tonasket to take on the Tigers Saturday, March 28, in a doubleheader.