5-9-11 Spring Sports
Chelan athletes have completed the regular season and all three of these teams are competing at the District Playoff level and hoping to move on to qualify for State tournaments.
Spring Sports Update – Season coming to an end
By Richard Uhlhorn
Editors note: Spring brings with it many, many sporting events including baseball, softball, track, golf, soccer and tennis. Because of the sports schedules and budgetary consideration, the various teams play at the same time making it very difficult to be present at each sports venue. Following are updates sent in by the various coaches. Separate stories and photo galleries have been posted this week for soccer, track and softball.
Golf (as reported by Coach Kirk Enspahr)
On Monday, May 9, the Chelan Golf team completed its league season at Okanogan. “We completed an unbeaten season for both teams,” reported Coach Kirk Enspahr.
The boys team finished with a 323 to Okanogan’s 362. Okanogan’s Cody Wells shot a blistering a 2-over par 73 to capture medalist honors, but was followed in by all four scoring members of the Chelan team.
Cristian Krumbah shot a 78 followed by Ian Cowell with an 81 and both Zach Burchett and Robert Ihlanfeldt who shot 82s.
While the Chelan girls did not have enough players to field a team, neither did the Bulldogs. Medalist for the girls was Sam Cooper who stroked in with a 105.
“The varsity teams will compete on Wednesday in the CTL Championships at Alta Lake Golf Resort to determine qualifiers for the Bi-District meet on May 17 at Chewelah,” said Enspahr. The top 17 boys and top 5 girls will qualify for the Bi-District meet.
This coming Thursday, Chelan will have its last match of the season at the Lake Chelan Golf course against non-league opponent Lake Roosevelt. The teams two seniors will be honored at this match.
Chelan v Omak
On Tuesday, May 3, the golf team played under windy conditions at Alta Lake against Omak.
The girls team won by default and were led by medalist freshman Quinn Cooper who shot a 100 and bested her older sister Sam by two strokes.
On the boys side, the wind created some high scores, but Chelan was still able to wrestle a win over Omak 364 to 403. The medalist was Omak’s Ryder Lewis who shot an 80 followed by Chelan’s junior Robert Ihlanfeldt with an 83 on the day and sophomore Ian Cowell who shot an 85.
Chelan 4 Omak 3
On Friday, May 6, the Chelan Goat Baseball team hosted Omak for a doubleheader. Four seniors were honored prior to the game including Evan Reister, Armando Vargas, Armando Reyes and Robin Weathersby. “Great job this year by our seniors,” said Coach Jim Burbery. Evan Reister will continue playing baseball after graduating at Wenatchee Valley College.
The doubleheader was the end of regular league games and Chelan needed at least one win to get into the Bi-District Tournament on Tuesday, May 10, in Moses Lake. Chelan got that one win by beating Omak 4-3 in a very well played game by both teams reported Burbery.
Gabe Quigley went all seven innings to get the win, giving up only 7 hits, 2 walks while striking out 9 batters. Defensively, Chelan posted only three errors in game one.
Offensively Evan Reister went 2-3 w/2 RBI’s, Jake Burbery was also 2-3 w/1 RBI, Kyle Flatray was 2-3, Aaron Schramm 1-3 and was Gunner Gocke 1-3 w/1 RBI,.
Nightcap – Omak 6 Chelan 4
In the night cap Aaron Schramm started on the mound and took a loss after pitching five innings into the game. Gunner Gocke came in and finished the game. The goats posted 4 errors in the nightcap and Omak won the game 6-4, but not before Chelan made it exciting.
Chelan had 11 hits in this game and scored 3 runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and to make it exciting loaded up the bases before Omak got out of trouble with the third and final out.
Offensively Evan Reister was 2-4, Gabe Quigley 3-4 w/2 RBI’s, Robin Weathersby 2-3, Marco Cardona 1-2, Armando Reyes 1-3, Aaron Schramm 1-3 and Gunner Gocke 1-4.
“This closed out the goats regular season in third place, and got us a place in the play-offs,” said Coach Burbery. “We play at 5:30 on Tuesday (May 10) in Moses Lake against Chewelah.” This is also a loser out game.
Boys: Omak 3 Chelan 2
On Thursday, May 5, the Chelan Tennis squad closed out its final home match at Lake Chelan Shore and honored its graduating seniors, 1st year player Jorge Maldonado and 4th year player Forest Brown.
“This turned out to be the best match of our season overall,” said Coach Marty Rothlisberger. “Hopefully we are peaking at the right time.”
“We almost pulled of an upset over one of the top boys teams in the CTL.”
Boys: Omak 3, Chelan 2
#1 Singles: Matt Robinson (C) def Kyle Allen 6-1, 6-0
#2 Singles: Jaden Smiley (C) def Deshawn Dunham 6-0, 6-0
#3 Singles: Caleb Riggle (O) def Forest Brown 6-1, 7-6 (7-3)
#1 Doubles: Brad Ives-Michael Huckins (O) def Dylan Sloan-Misael Arechiga 6-1, 6-0
#2 Doubles: Stephan Sklar-Greg Sklar (O) def Jorge Maldonado-Kailen Swensen 6-3, 6-3
“The Chelan girls got to play spoiler tonight,” said Rothlisberger. “Coming into the match, Omak had only one loss on the season, but lost their CTL title tonight. We're not calling this an upset because we know the Chelan girls are contenders.”
Chelan’s only losses have been very close 3-2 matches. “Now we have some momentum, and we have high expectations for the district tournament.”
Girls: Chelan 3, Omak 2
#1 Singles: Rachael Riggle (O) def Maghara DePaoli 6-4, 7-5.
“Maghara played some of her best tennis of the year, but came up just a little short against one of the top singles players in the CTL.”
#2 Singles: Shaylyn Goodall (O) def Heather Poppie 6-4, 6-0
#3 Singles: Emma Palumbo (C) def Andrea Reyes 6-0, 6-0
#1 Doubles: Megan Robinson-Livi Plew (C) def Danielle Pecha-Caitlyn Law 6-3, 6-3.
“This Omak doubles team went to state last year and had been undefeated all season this year, but Megan and Livi beat them solidly. A great win for them.”
#2 Doubles: Clancy Courtney-McKenna Hawkins (C) def Taty Martinez-Evie LaGrou 6-2, 6-2
Chelan enters the District Tournament Saturday, May 14 and Saturday, May 21 in East Wenatchee.