5-24-13 State Playoff report
Erick Garcia in action against Manson last week was awarded the Sportsmanship Award in Chelan’s semi-final game against Lynden Christian on Friday, May 24. Erick received the Sportsmanship award last year also at the State playoffs.
Chelan soccer team returns to State Finals
Goats play Seattle Christian for the State Championship at 2 p.m. today
By Richard Uhlhorn
Once again the Chelan Goat Soccer Team is in the same position they were in last year. On their way to a State Championship game which will be played against Seattle Christian today, Saturday, May 25, in the Sunset Chevy Stadium in Sumner, Washington.
On Friday, Chelan played Lynden Christian in the semi-final game and came away with a 2-0 win to make it the finals for the second year in a row.
“Chelan came out with their normal game plan… possess the ball, challenge everything… and take shots,” wrote reported Assistant Coach Jim Broome. The team had 18 shots on goal in the first half with Erick Garcia scoring first on an unassisted goal in the 14th minute of the game.
In the 37th minute, Eleazar Galvan received a deflected shot from Fousto Vieyra and found the back of the net in the 37th minute of the game.
In the second half, neither team could score and Chelan walked away with the 2-0 win over Lynden Christian.
In other State competition…
In the second day of competition, Chelan golfers played rain ball most of the day.
Sam Cooper began the day tied for 11th place in the remaining field of 21 girls who made the cut after the first day of play. After a career-best front nine of 4-over par 40, Sam struggled on several holes on the back nine and came in with a 44, tying her career best of 84 (172 over the two day tournament), finishing in seventh place. This is an improvement over her 17th place last year.
Ian Cowell came into the second day tied for 25th place and finished the front nine with a 3-over par 39. “We were hopeful he would come in with an overall score in the 70s where he had been scoring all season long,” wrote Coach Kirk Einspahr. “Unfortunately, a combination of weather,puddles, and bad breaks had him finishing the back nine with a 42, for a total of 81 strokes on the day and 163 for the tournament. This gave him 23rd this year. Last year Ian was tined for 49th place in the boys competition.”
“All in all it was a great tournament for both teams and a great experience for all the players who were able to qualify for the state tournament.”
This year six Goats qualified for State. They included: Ian Cowell (23rd), Zach Burchett (63rd), Elijah Larson (57th), Sam Cooper (7th), Quinn Cooper (22nd) and Casey Jackson (33rd).
The Chelan Tennis Team is in Yakima this weekend playing in the State Finals.
Megan Robinson had to battle this year to get to the State Tournament, but made it through the District Playoffs as the third seed. She lost her semi-final match to Tonasket’s Megan Beyers which forced her into the consolation bracket. She then had to play teammate Andrea Rainey for the final spot at state and won that set. Megan then won the consolation final over Molly Kenoyer of Cashmere for the third seed spot.
Andrea Rainey and Cheyenne Crose battled it out for the alternate spot to State with Rainey winning that spot. “It was difficult to have so many Chelan versus Chelan girls singles players on the final day, but an unavoidable outcome the team’s overall success this year in the singles bracket,” reported Coach Marty Rothlisberger.
Girls doubles team of juniors Shelby Dietrich and Tess Young clinched an alternate spot to the State Tournament also.
In boys doubles, it was Seniors Frank Rosas and Dillon Morrison winning a tough semi-final match and playing for the District Championship versus Cashmere. They won the first set but lost the last two sets and entered this weekend’s State Playoffs in Yakima as the No. 2 seeds out of District 6.
The doubles team of Tanner Hendricks and Eli Jenkins their final match of the day and qualified as the alternate out of District 6.
Karle Pittsinger is Chelan’s newest State champion. She won the shot put at the State Track and Field Championships in Cheney on Friday with a personal best throw of 42’1.25”. She is the first track & field athlete in Chelan to win a state championship since 2005.
More to come on Chelan’s efforts at State next week.