Contentious start to City Council infuriates Mayor

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Developments on old orchard land raises health questions

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Mayor Cooney was not pleased with resident Tom Clark’s assessment that the City and its Council were becoming corrupt.

Tom Clark, a self declared public advocate signed up to speak during the Citizen Comment period at the last City Council meeting and ended up infuriating the Mayor and most likely, the rest of the City Council.

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Tom Clark accused the City of not acting in the best interests of its citizens.

“I remember a time in this City when there was a very corrupt City government,” Clark said. “I see these problems developing again in Lake Chelan,” he added. He went on to say that the City government was not acting in the best interests of the citizens.

“I’ve been up here many times over the years as a public advocate. Living in Chelan is going to become more difficult,” said Clark. He talked about access to the lake, the Three Fingers, the State right-of-ways through town that he insists belong to the City, not the State, but never came out and specifically stated where he thought the City was being corrupt.

“Very seldom have I ever received a response from anyone on the council,” stated Clark.

During the Mayor/Council comments, Mayor Cooney said he wished Mr. Clark was still at the meeting. “That was unacceptable in my eyes,” said Cooney. “It was character assassination and it bothers me to no end. I know that the Council members are accountable.”

However, Cooney did see Clark at Julie Brunner’s presentation at the Vogue on Friday night and asked him what specifically he was talking about.

“I didn’t appreciate him castigating the Council who work hard for the citizen’s in the City,” said Cooney during a telephone interview. “I gave him every chance to tell me.” Cooney said that if a person has an issue, he or she should bring it directly to the City. “It’s unfortunate, but the Council has to just sit there and let them talk.”

Cooney stated that one of Clark’s major concerns is the City’s push for a waterline out to the airport. “He doesn’t want it and says we are pushing it for fire flow only.”

Councilman Ty Witt said he was puzzled by the comment and plans on reaching out to Mr. Clark and asking him specifically what is on his mind.

Public Hearings:

There were two public hearings at the Council meeting.

The first was a public hearing on the Chelan Fruit Annexation into the City. The annexation was accomplished through a Direct Petition Method and the Chelan County Assessor certified the 60 percent annexation signature requirement.

“This is a warehouse industry zone and single family residential area,” said Craig Gildroy, the City Planning Director. “The two other property owners were not opposed to this annexation,” he added.

The total valuation of the annexation is $72 million dollars.

Jim Colbert, Chelan Fruit representative, said the Cooperative is ready to go. The annexation has been in the works for quite some time, but the 2015 fires delayed the progress. The cooperative also has a $3 million dollar grant for affordable housing on its land.

Councilman Witt asked what might be in the waste water discharge that could affect the plant operation. Public Works Director Dwane Van Epps said the wastewater discharges have been well within the threshold for plant operations and that the Department of Ecology monitors these discharges.

The Council voted unanimously to authorize the Mayor to sign Ordinance No. 2018-1539 to annex real property into the City and to establish an effective date of the Chelan Fruit annexation.

The second public hearing was on the North Lake Division II Development Agreement which is owned by Whiskey Ranch LLC and Cascade Property Ventures LLC. The hearing was to change the original May 2017 agreement from 41 residential lots to 40 residential lots that will be developed in phases.

Phase 1 is for one residential lot; Phase 2 is for 22 residential lots; and Phase III is for 17 residential lots.

This development is across the Chelan Manson Highway from the Lookout on the north side and any action on the development will happen later.

Councilwoman Kelly Allen asked if Gildroy had looked into hillside development standards and Gildroy said he would have to look into that.

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Councilman Ty Witt was concerned that a Determination of Non Significance has been used on two separate developments on old orchard land in Chelan.

Councilman Ty Witt asked if the development would apply to the new comprehensive plan which includes an affordable housing component. Gildroy stated that there would be affordable housing at some level. Mayor Cooney said he asked the owners and that they have not ruled affordable housing out.

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Brian Patterson, a retired environmental consultant has raised the issue of arsenic and other soil contaminants on developments being approved on old orchard lands.

Brian Patterson, a Manson resident and retired Environmental Consultant, spoke to the potential environmental impacts posed by building on old orchard lands that have high levels of arsenic present. “It is important to stress that the concentration thresholds of 90% of the individual soil samples reach a threshold that has human health implications,” said Patterson. “The determination of non significance that there is no probable adverse environmental impacts for this development has not fulfilled the obligation of the law under the State Environmental Policy Act.”

Tom Clark also spoke to soil contamination but his remarks were more about DDT in the lake sediments than on orchard lands.

Prior to the vote on the North Lake Division II vote, Councilman Ty Witt brought up the subject of soil contamination on these developments including the proposed Holiday Hills project. He said to Craig Gildroy, “I really don’t understand why there is a Determination of Non Significance. It is my understanding that we are going to put that on to the developer that they have to meet these standards when they start breaking ground. All we are doing is approving the design of the plat.”

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Planning Director Craig Gildroy was on the hot seat with a number of questions concerning his Determination of Non Significance on several new developments in the City limits.

Gildroy said that the Department of Ecology reversed its process and doesn’t want the soils disturbed. He mentioned the Key Bay project that required the topsoil to be removed. “That was the worse environmental thing we could do because it put all the dust up in the air where you get the most risk exposure from,” stated Gildroy.

According to Gildroy, the North Lake plat approval has a minimized grading requirement. “You can’t grade until you have a building permit (for each lot). Ecology is saying at this time… don’t touch the dirt… grass caps it.”

Witt argued that people are digging in their lawns and gardens all the time. Gildroy replied that it is up to the developer to test the soil and let the homeowners know… let the potential buyers know of the potential risk.

“Does the City claim hold any liability in that?” asked Witt.

City Attorney Quentin Batjer said, “I don’t think so. There has been a difference of opinion about this. Right now, as Craig mentioned it, the soil is not to be disturbed, but I’m not familiar with SEPA if anything happens.” Gildroy added, “There is not much we can do at this point.”

Councilman Ray Dobbs said that the City reserves the authority to oppose new regulations. “Dr. Patterson (says the) issues are a serious threat to public health. I think we have an obligation to deal with that.”

Gildroy replied that even with Holiday Hills the consultant said not to disturb the soils. “Do you have that in writing as a part of this document file,” asked Dobbs. “I don’t quite have it in writing for Holiday Hills,” replied Gildroy. “You do on this one (North Lake)?”

“Yes,” answered Gildroy.

Gildroy went on to say that Ecology has a voluntary clean-up program that they administer. “I’m going to be talking to Ecology about that and potentially require Holiday Hills to participate in that,” he said. “But again, requirements drive costs up.”

“Holiday Hills was tested… soils tested, right,” asked Witt”

“No, I would not say that,” said Gildroy. He added, “I’m not going to argue Holiday Hills because it is still under review.”

Councilman Tim Hollingsworth stated that he wondered if testing these old orchard sites was something the City should be requiring in the application process. “I’ll take a look at that,” said Gildroy. “One of the other things we are looking at is raising the SEPA threshold levels.”

Hollingsworth said soils was an issue of concern for potential home owners. “I know the County typically has a statement that it is old orchard and probably… possibly has contaminated soils.”

Gildroy said to require the City at this time to test, they would have to go back to the hearing examiner… go back to the process and “we can’t do that. The period (to do that) has come and gone.”

Hollingsworth said that at this point he trying to figure out how they would deal with it in the future.

Gildroy said he would continue to work with Ecology on the issue and use Best Management Practices and said if that changes, the City would take Ecology’s advice.

The vote to approve the North Lake Division II development was 5- 1 with Ty Witt voting No. Councilwoman Erin McCardle was absent.

Lake Chelan Water Quality subject of last Town Hall meeting by City of Chelan

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An estimated 60 people attended the Lake Chelan Water Quality meeting on Thursday, April 19.

by Richard Uhlhorn

Lake Chelan’s continued water quality was the theme of the City of Chelan’s Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, April 19 at the Chelan Senior Center.

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Mayor Mike Cooney  and the City of Chelan hosted the Water Quality Town Hall at the Chelan Senior Center.

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Mike Kaputa, Director of Chelan County’s Natural Resources Department

After Mayor Mike Cooney’s introductions, Mike Kaputa, Chelan County’s director of Water Resources and the head to the Lake Chelan Water Planning Unit told those assembled that “We need to understand what is going on in Lake Chelan. It is not too big to fail.” Kaputa stated that the Planning Unit is just now beginning to understand what is going on.

“We have all the interested stakeholders at the table,” said Kaputa. They include the City of Chelan, Chelan County, Lake Chelan Reclamation District, Chelan County PUD, Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife, Department of Ecology, Friends of Lake Chelan, Lake Chelan Research Institute, Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Reclamation, Chelan Basin Conservancy and RH2 consultants along with local citizens with an interest in keeping Lake Chelan clean.

Lake Chelan, as the third deepest lake in the country behind Crater Lake and Lake Tahoe, is considered a national treasure. It is ultraoligotrophic and as Phil Long stated during the meeting, the lake could be considered a slow moving river.

Lake Chelan is fed from numerous tributaries with the Stehekin River and Railroad Creek being the major sources of inflow.

Kaputa stated that the long term goal is to begin a long term monitoring program for water clarity; to investigate the aquatic invasive species potential of non-native plants, animals and pathogens, and to try and find out if they can even survive in Lake Chelan.

Because Lake Chelan is a reservoir controlled by the PUD, plants like Eurasian Water milfoil tend to die off in the winter when the water recedes due to power production at the Chelan dam.

The bigger worry is the potential of Zebra or Quagga mussels being introduced by recreational boats coming to Chelan. Currently, these invasive species have been kept out of Washington, Oregon and Idaho through diligent checking of recreational boats coming from other areas that have been infested.

Whatcom County has an aggressive boat inspection program where every boat, motorized and non-motorized is checked for invasive species and currently spends about $500,000 each year to keep invasive species from entering their waters.

While Lake Chelan doesn’t have a program yet, there is talk about beginning an inspection program at each boat launch on the Lake.

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Phil Long, PhD, is the Director of the Lake Chelan Research Institute

Phil Long, director of the Lake Chelan Research Institute, gave a scientific presentation of where monitoring of lake conditions has been over the years and what the long term monitoring program is planned in the future. “It’s going to take the community to help fund this,” stated Long. Oregon State University and the National Science Foundation are supplying some funding.

Long said that the long term monitoring was being conducted by students at Manson and Chelan schools, and that Chelan County Sheriff’s Department is allowing the use of its marine patrol boat for sampling services.

Phosphorus and Nitrogen loading are two major indicators of what is happening in the lake. Most phosphorus and nitrogen come from natural sources and in 2017, phosphorus loading jumped from the normal 2.6 to 4 ug/l (µg/L. micrograms per liter) levels to a massive 20 ug/l level after the Wolverine Fire. This level of phosphorus was measured between May 17 and August 17, 2017. Another factor in this high measurement could have been Pine Pollen deposition into the lake.

“If we get a lot of phosphorus, we are going to get a lot of algae,” said Long. Algae growth has been observed on rocks along the lakeshore in recent months. The question is whether or not the lake has undergone some sort of transformation.

Back in the 90s, the Department of Ecology stopped the Lake Chelan Sportsman’s Association’s net pen operation at Field’s Point because of phosphorus loading from the juvenile salmon defecation. That operation was successfully moved the Chelan River by the powerhouse.

Other natural functions affecting water quality is sediment re-suspension, bird defecation (geese) and precipitation along with spring runoffs.

The human factors in lake quality includes leaky or failed septic systems, agricultural runoff, storm water runoff, fuel hydrocarbons from personal watercraft and boat traffic, shoreline erosion and the introduction of invasive species.

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Marcie Clement, Water Resources Program Manager at the PUD

Marcie Clement, Chelan County PUD’s Water Resources Program Manager presented the PUD’s FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) license requirements on the Lake Chelan Hydroelectric Project.

Under the new 50 year license, the PUD is required to maintain the following license requirement on Lake Chelan:

  • An Erosion Control Plan
  • A large woody debris plan
  • A Stehekin area plan
  • A Fishery plan
  • A Lake Chelan Level plan
  • A Wildlife Habitat Plan, and
  • A Recreation Plan, along with Chelan River activities.

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John Olson, Friends of Lake Chelan, would like to see the City of Chelan purchase the Three Fingers property for public access.

John Olson, Friends of Lake Chelan, presented an outlook on growth in Lake Chelan. He stated that the Chamber of Commerce reports over 2 million visitors a year are coming to the lake and that they are spending $420 million dollars. “We all use the same water source and sewer system, drive the same roads, use the same electrical systems and access the same parks,” said Olson.

Olson pointed out that 99 percent of the lake shore is privately owned, but that the public owns 10 percent of the lake. “There is only one piece of property left on the lake for suitable for public access,” Olson said.

The Three Fingers, owned by GBI (Goodfellow Brothers) was just released from the court system for development. GBI has a development plan for the fingers that includes 54 condominiums and 300 boat slips However, Olson would like to see the City of Chelan purchase the land under an general obligation bond for the public’s benefit.

Jake Youngren, Assistant Public Works Director, commented on the City’s public works including the existing septic systems. “They (Chelan Hills) do monitor their septic tanks and at this time there is no affect on the lake,” said Youngren.

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Jake Youngren, Assistant Public Works Director

The Lake Chelan Valley has 100 miles of sewer line feeding the sewer treatment plant on the Columbia River with peak flows in the summer reaching 1.3 million gallons per day.

Domestic water treatment in the City of Chelan and Urban Growth Boundary reaches 42 million gallons per day. All of the City’s production chemicals used in the process of treating domestic water is discharged to the sewer system for treatment. “None of those chemicals ever goes into the lake,” stated Youngren.

More problematic to lake quality, however, is the storm water sewer system. According to Youngren, storm water pollution is treated at the outfalls by sedimentation tanks and oil/water separators.

Councilman Tim Hollingsworth asked if there was a plan to check boats at the PUD, County and City boat launches. Long replied, “We need to do a risk assessment real soon.” He said that Whatcom County charges $50 to launch a boat into Lake Whatcom. NOTE: To date Zebra and Quagga mussels have not been introduced into the State, but the impacts of these invasive species to the water treatment facilities, dams, pumps, irrigation intakes would be economically devastating.

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Shawn Sherman, a Lt. at the Chelan Fire Department has taken matters into his own hand and has been picking up garbage on the shoreline of Lake Chelan and says he will continue that work throughout the summer.

Shawn Sherman, a Lt. at Chelan Fire and Rescue, was asked to speak about his efforts in keeping Lake Chelan clean. He has been walking the beach along Riverwalk Park picking up garbage. Since he began, he has collected over 100 pounds of garbage off the shoreline.

“There is garbage everywhere,” said Sherman.

Sherman, who has also started Pilgrim Lake Services, plans on creating a platform to collect garbage from underwater around the lake. The plan includes continuing work at Riverwalk Park in April and May. Then in May and June he plans on working the area from the Woodin Avenue bridge uplake. In July and August he will be diving the public docks and then moving uplake.

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Scott McKellar explained that every boat moored at Sunset Marina is required to have absorbent pads placed in the boat’s engine well to soak up any oil or gasoline.

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Shawn Sherman, who has started his own company (Pilgrim Lake Services) was at this year’s Earth Day Celebration with the 100 pounds of garbage he has picked up off the shoreline in Riverwalk Park.

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If you are interested in becoming involved in keeping Lake Chelan clean and healthy, you can contact Phil Long at 509.531.2987 or by Email at phillong@nwi.net. If you are interested in helping Sherman clean up the garbage littering the shoreline, you can call him at 509.670.0911 or by email at pilgrimlakeservices@gmail.com.

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Lakeside Park in City’s sights for a major renovation project

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The Chelan City Council will consider passing a resolution to go after a $450,000 RCO Grant at it’s April 24 Council meeting to renovate Lakeside Park including new beach, safety features, enhanced boat launch, new restroom facility,
and more parking.

by Richard Uhlhorn

The City of Chelan held a special workshop on Tuesday, April 17, to discuss the proposed renovation of Lakeside Park.

Lakeside Park has become a highly used facility during the late spring, summer and fall months and is in need of upgrading.

The City set aside and Council approved $150,000 in the 2018 budget for improvements at the park.

City Administrator Mike Jackson told the Council that the workshop was to figure out how the City will move forward before a final decision is made at the upcoming City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 24.

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City Administrator Mike Jackson

Jackson told the Council that there is an upcoming RCO grant opportunity which the $150,000 could be used for a match if the City is selected for the grant. “We want to try to leverage that money,” said Jackson. The workshop was an opportunity to let the Council know how they have arrived at this point.

The dollar numbers have changed significantly over what was projected. The parking renovation and expansion alone jumped from $50 to $80,000 to $287,000 and another $90,000 for the sidewalk which is required by the ADA laws.

“We have a lot of work to be done before we bring this back to Council on the 24th,” said Jackson. “We are working hard not to miss this (grant) opportunity.”

Park Director Karen Sargeant told the Council that Jim Brennan of Brennan and Associates used numbers from completed projects on the Westside like Kirkland. “We needed him to at least give us some numbers.” The numbers for Lakeside could end up being less because it is eastern Washington not the western Washington construction climate.

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City Parks Director Karen Sargeant

Sargeant went on to explain that the first project is fixing the Lakeside Swim area which is already funded by the $150,000. This project includes moving the swim lines (buoy) lines away from the boat docks.”We have some boater/swimmer conflicts,” said Sargeant.

The project is estimated to cost $78,300 but $150,000 was thrown at it for contingencies. “We are going to go ahead and get the permits because they are good for 10 years,” Sargeant told the Council. “Those projects can go forward when we have the money and I don’t want the permits holding us up.”

The second phase is building a new restroom facility that will include six stalls in the women’s side and three stalls and two urinals in the men’s side. “We took the concession component out of the building,” she said, indicating that it could be put back in or the City could put in a concrete pad for a truck concession.

Mayor Cooney remarked at how beautiful Montana’s rest stops were and wanted Lakeside Park’s new construction to stand out as first class.

The third phase is the parking component and enhanced boat launch area. The current plan for parking will add an estimated 45 slots and will focus on Terrace Avenue and Johnson Place. “We want to pull people out of the neighborhoods,” said Sargeant.

Brennan also suggested pulling out the black fence adjacent to the park so people will have free access to the park.

He has suggested that the enhanced boat launch include a hand rail along the dock that would act as a grab bar for kayakers and other boaters. It will also include a load and unload area for boaters and others who want to move barbeques down to the park.

“We are not going to be able to start the project even if you do get the grant until the summer of 2020 or spring to fall… I don’t want to start during the summer months,” said Sargeant.

One of the concerns from the Council was whether or not there would be a Master Plan for the park and they were assured that there would be.

Other comments included:

To make sure that there was public promenade along the shoreline.

The possibility of a Male/Female bathroom with individual stalls.

The possibility of a public/private relationship. Councilman Tim Hollingsworth said the Chelan Rotary Club is looking for a Centennial Project.

Jackson told the Council that the City has committed $350,000 for the Woodin Avenue Project which leaves the City with $447,000 for the Lakeside Project without changing the financial policy or cutting into the City’s reserves. “That is all the funds we have available right now for this year,” explained Jackson. “But remember… next year we would have around $500,000 (more).” However he added that the City shouldn’t get fiscally ahead of itself either.

Mayor Cooney asked what the City could afford. Sargeant replied that they will be looking into that issue more closely and will be asking Public Works to help with the numbers.

If the City is not successful at getting the 2018 grant, Sargeant said they would do Phase 1 next spring and fix the swim area. “It all depends on how the grant stands.

The final decision will be in front of the City Council on Tuesday which includes a resolution for the Council to pass. This resolution uses required language from the RCO grant procedure and has been incorporated into the City resolution format.

In this resolution, Council will be indicating the City’s intent to apply for the grant, certify that the matching funds will be available one month before the funding approval and understand that funding will be available on a reimbursement basis only.

The resolution is a required document to apply for the RCO grant. The RCO Grant will require 40% matching funds from the City. To match the costs of the components of Phase 1, Council will need to guarantee $454,000 in matching funds. Brennan is also calculating the increased matching funds for the addition of the pathways component, which will be presented to Council on April 24, 2018, along with the extra costs.

CHELAN SPORTS THIS WEEK

 

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Sam Austin and Dillon McCardle got the call against Cashmere and pitched well. Cashmere is a perennial favorite win the CTL Championship and haven’t lost a game yet. Chelan went down 12-1 against the Bulldogs.

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It was cold and blustery at Mt. Goat Baseball Field on Tuesday evening as the Chelan Goats (3-4) hosted the Cashmere Bulldogs (6-0).

The Bulldogs got things going offensively in the top of the first inning scoring two runs; one on a fly ball to right field and another runner on a hit to left field with two out.

Chelan couldn’t get anything going offensively in the first inning, giving up two strikeouts and one hit to second base.

Cashmere came back in the second inning to score two more runs with ball hit into the gaps in center and left center field.

In the bottom of the second Gage Estes doubled and drove in Chelan’s first and only run in the game.

The top of the third inning had Cashmere scoring three runs on a fly ball to left/center field with two outs. They scored one more run in the inning before Coach Papasedero relieved Sam Austin on the mound with freshman Dillon McCardle.

Austin pitched well into the third inning, but the defense behind him couldn’t stop the hit balls into the gap that continue to advance and score the Bulldog runners.

McCardle also pitches well but Cashmere is just too tough at the plate and the team’s pitching is superb.

The game ended with Chelan losing 12-1, but the team, as a whole looks very good and the way they are playing, should be real contenders at the end of the season.

The team is on the road over the next several weeks with a doubleheader against Cascade coming up on Saturday, April 21.

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TENNIS v. Cashmere

Cashmere at Chelan, Tue Apr 17

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The Chelan girls tennis team remained unbeaten against last year’s State 1A Champions on Tuesday night.

In a battle of unbeaten teams…

Girls:  Chelan 3, Cashmere 2
#1 Singles:  Aleah Kert (Cash) def Emma McLaren 6-0, 6-0
#2 Singles:  Skylar Larson (Cash) def Sierra Rothlisberger 6-2, 6-0
#3 Singles:  Madeline Peebles (Ch) def Maren Buettner 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 <
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#1 Doubles:  Abby Martin/Sydney Hawkins (Ch) def Kate Cooper/Gabby Covarrubias 7-5, 6-2 <Abby and Syd got off to a rough start and were down 2-5 it the first set before storming back to win 5 games in a row.>
#2 Doubles:  Elle Rothlisberger/Bella Gatzemeier (Ch) def Carley Kruiswyk/Lauren Kelly 6-2, 6-3

Cashmere is the defending 1A state champs, and this was a tight matchup that could have gone either way, so we feel very fortunate to pick up the team win.  The girls showed a lot of heart today, and fought through some tough moments.

The Chelan girls remain unbeaten at 7-0 overall, and 3-0 in the CTL.

Boys:  Cashmere 5, Chelan 0

#1 Singles:  Tyler Kert def Micah Larson 6-0, 6-0
#2 Singles:  Jason Kenoyer def Alex Gavin 6-0, 6-0
#3 Singles:  Kane Andruss def Tyler Higgins 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
#1 Doubles:  Ryan Cooper/Huber Farias def Wyatt Habich/Tobin Wier 6-1, 6-0
#2 Doubles:  Noah Phillips/Tony Ibarra def Steven Williams/Eli Phelps 6-4, 6-1

Cashmere was dominant tonight on the boys side.  Very strong team.

Chelan JV wins:
Nadia Van Wechel and Maddi Ladder won 9-7

Next up: Okanogan @ Chelan on Thur Apr 19, Cascade @ Chelan on Sat Apr 21

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TRACK:

Good morning from Chelan…

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Chelan junior Skyler Gordon shows his strength in the 100 meter dash at Chelan’s track meet last week. File Photo.

I want to first off say thank you to everyone who came up to Tonasket to root and cheer on our kids in what started out as an overcast day then slowly turned too a chilly night in Okanogan County.

 We had one of our small track meets with 8 other schools in attendance. These types of meets allow our students to compete in multiple events and also travel around the NCW area. We had to get a second vehicle cause we had some many kids traveling on our bus. This is a good problem to have for a Track Coach. 

 We had lots to be excited about. As we start gearing toward our League and District meets in May, we had a lot of kids in some marquee events. 

 We had a good performance from Bert Mendivil in the 100 and 200 meter dash. He ran a season best of 12.55 with lots of room to improve and followed up with a 25.71 in the 200 finishing 3rd overall. Kyle Jackson also ran in the 200 and placed 4th with a time of 25.94 with lots of room of improvement as well. We had a good showing from Chris Knight who ran a season best in the 1600 meter run. His time was 4:55.48 which placed him first in a field of 16 kids. 

 We performed better in our throws last night. We placed 3 Guys throwers in the top 5… Matt Smith, Hunter Logan and Alex Neri. Smith got 2nd with a throw of 36 ft 10 inches, Hunter placed 3rd with a throw of 34 ft 2 inches and Neri placed 5th with a throw of 33 feet and 5 inches. 

We also had three throwers place in the top 5 for Discus and they all threw over 100 feet. A good sign for this point of the year. Alex Neri, Hunter Logan and Caden Bryant. Neri placed 2nd with a throw of 105 ft 5 inches, Logan placed 3rd with a throw of 100 ft 7 inches and Bryant placed 4th with a throw of 100 ft 4 inches.

 We also had some good performances in the Boys Javelin. We had Rolando Viuerrta placed 4th with a throw of 119 feet and 7 inches and Matt Smith placed 7th with a throw of 111 ft and 3 inches. 

 Continuing some success in our Boys Field events were the following. Javier Pastor placed 2nd in the Pole Vault clearing 10 feet. 

Bert winning the Triple Jump with a jump of 37 ft and 9 inches. He is looking to reach 40 feet by the end of the year. A new comer, Arnie Castrejon, triple jumping for the first time, jumped 31 ft and 9 inches finishing 4th overall. 

 On our girls side we had contined success from this past weekends track meets. Ava Dickes started up off with a victory in the 100 meter run. Her time was 13.16, a little off from last weekend. Matea Ivory and Molly Oswald followed up a strong trio performance placing 6th and 7th respectively. Ivorys time was 14.08 and Oswald came in at 14.18. Ava Dickes performed something that most sprinters don’t do often. She not only ran the 200 and ran it well, she also participated in the 800 and won the race. Her time of 2:32.12 places her right in the top 5 in the CTL. She ran a season best in the 200 meter dash with 27.33 and barely losing to a Pateros athlete. 

Rosa Lopez also stepped in to run the 200 for one of her teammates and placed well.  She finished 8th with a time of 30.83 seconds also after running the 800 meter run. 

 We had more strong performances from Matea Ivory and Molly Oswald. They each ran in the 400 meter dash and placing 2nd and 5th respectively. Oswalds time was 1:05.97 and Ivory came in at 1:10.04. 

 We had a number of girls compete in the 1600 meter run. Emilie Barnes, Ashlyn Sanderson, Geo Granados, Olivia Nygreen and Mieraya Garibay all ran well as individuals and also as a team. Geo placed 7th and her time was 6:41.32, Olivia Placed 5th with a time of 6:20.87, Barnes placed 4th with a time of 6:15.14 and Garibay placed 2nd with a time of 5:59.39. Nice job girls 

 Our team of Ava Dickes, Matea Ivory, Elly Collins and Molly Oswald placed first in the Girls 4×200. Their time of 1:51.19 is a good time with hand offs to work on. 

 Our girls 4×100 team also placed first – Lucy Bordner, Matea Ivory, Molly Oswald and Elly Collins also placed first… Their time of 53 seconds is a good time. 

 We had a number of kids across the board get some good marks and we are looking to take a small group to Snohomish for the NIKE Eason Invite. This meet not only do you have to be top two on your team for some events, but you also must meet specific standards for your event. We look forward to a good weekend for kids and also so much needed rest as well for some kids this weekend.

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GOLF at Gamble Sands

3153:  JD Gonzalez, 3163:  Miles Grossberg, 3172:  Corbin Morley, 3178:  Seth Hannu

Chelan’s top three boys did well today, shooting 79 (Miles G), 84 (Corbin M) and 92 (Seth H).  The weather cooperated, though a chilly start this morning, and the winds they had yesterday never materialized.  We had 140 boys today and a great field of competition.  We had a hole in one, and the winning team (Everett) shot a team score (4 players0 below 300 (294).  All in all a great day and a great tournament.  A big “thanks” to Amber Finch for running both today’s boys tournament and tomorrow’s girls tournament.

 

Chelan PUD Commissioners set new fees and charges for unauthorized power use

 

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Commissioners will review the application moratorium for bitcoin mining and similar data operations and take comment at a public hearing at 1 p.m. on May 14, at the Confluence Technology Center.

On Monday, Chelan County PUD Commissioners set new fees and charges for unauthorized cryptocurrency mining users, but will give amnesty to those operators who shut down and notify the PUD before May

The decision authorizes the fees and charges to be in effect immediately.

This action was taken as the PUD staff continues to find two to three unauthorized cryptocurrency mining operations a day. John Stoll, Customer Utilities Managing Director, reported to the Board that the staff discovered and shut off power to three unauthorized operations last week.

One was in a South Wenatchee commercial space; another in a west Wenatchee rental and a third, in the forest off Hwy.2.

This operation was near the Nason Creek Rest Area in an outbuilding connected to a remote home “by a bundle of extension cords.” It was a troubling find because of the high fire risk.

Unauthorized users face fees of up to $6,150 for an in-home mining operation and $11,400 for a mining operation in commercial or light industrial space Unauthorized operations will lose power immediately if it is determined that it is a safety hazard. The unauthorized users will be assessed all charges and potentially face prosecution for power theft.

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The Commissioners have extended an amnesty period for assessing fees until May 14 in cases where customers without authorized service, and no history of High Density Load (HDL) use or suspected use, stop mining immediately and notify the PUD prior to hearing from the utility.

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The new fees are:

For all unauthorized service

  • $1,400 – metering & monitoring
  • $2,000 – investigation & enforcement

 In addition, for unauthorized operations in homes

  • $1,000 – residential security deposit
  • $1,750  – residential equipment degradation

Or, in addition, for unauthorized operations in commercial and industrial spaces

  • $4,700 – Commercial equipment degradation (overhead service)
  • $8,000 – Commercial equipment  degradation (underground service)

Commissioners will review the application moratorium for bitcoin mining and similar data operations and take comment at a public hearing at 1 p.m. on May 14, at the Confluence Technology Center.

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Chelan Sports – Week 3

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Baseball v Nooksack Valley

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Coach Dana Papasedero’s report + notes and photos by Richard Uhlhorn

Game 1

The Goats Baseball team took the field for a home double header versus the Nooksack Pioneers on Saturday, riding a 4 game winning streak. The Goats extended that streak to five games, taking the first game by a score of 4 – 2. 

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Drake Bird came in to relieve Connor Wilson in game one to shut out the Nooksack Pioneers 4-2 on a great pitching effort by both Wilson and Bird.

Sophomore Connor Wilson started on the mound, throwing 5 2/3 innings, allowing only two hits, while striking out 10 in the process. Freshman Drake Bird came in to relieve and closed the door on the Pioneers, securing the Goats 5th win in a row.

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Colt Corrigan rounds second base after hitting a homer to left field scoring two. 

Hitting stars of the game were Colt Corrigan, who belted a 2 run home run in the 4th inning, and Drake Bird who slashed a go ahead two run double in the sixth.

Rich’s game notes:

Corrigan’s home run scored Kenny Reeves who reached on a walk by the Nooksack pitcher.

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Connor Wilson had three hits in Game 2.

In the top of the 6th inning Nooksack scored a runner from second base on a single to right field to close the gap to 2-1. A fly ball to to center right threatened another score but a great throw from the field stopped the runner at third base.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Quinn Stamps singled to left field. Dillon McCardle in his first varsity start moved to second base and then Drake Bird hit his double to score Stamps and McCardle.

In the top of the seventh inning, Nooksack got their second run of the ball game on a passed ball at the plate, but Bird shut them out to end the game with Chelan winning 4-2.

Game 2 

In the second game, it appeared as though the Goats were going to coast to their 6th win in a row, but the scrappy Nooksack Valley Pioneers had different thoughts.

The Goats jumped out to an 8-2 lead, with Quinn Stamps getting his first start of the season on the mound. Stamps was sharp, cruising through 4 innings, allowing only two hits, and striking out 6. The Pioneers battled back, tying the game in the 6th to force extra innings, eventually defeating the Goats 11-10.

Connor Wilson lead the way on offense, collecting 3 hits in the game. Bryson Darlington, and Gage Estes added 2 hits apiece. 

Richs notes:

In the top of the first inning it was one, two, three out. In the bottom of the first, Connor Wilson scored on a single by Colt Corrigan. Bryson Darlington slammed a double, scoring Corrigan and Chelan was ahead by 3-0

 

Dillon McCardle had a single and a steal to second base in Game 2 that helped Chelan lead the game 7-1 in the fifth inning. Nooksack Valley
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Nooksack Valley was shut down in the top of the second inning also. In the bottom of the second, Dillon McCardle singled and then steals second base beating the ball in a nice slide. McCardle then scored on a fly ball to center field.

Chelan went up 5-0 on a double by Bryson Darlington with two out. Nooksack walked Breckin Spoorsen and Darlington steals third, scoring on a single to left field by Quinn Stamps that put Chelan up 6-0.

Nooksack scored a run in the top of the third inning and in the bottom of the third inning Connor Wilson singled and then stole second base, scoring from second on a single to left field by Drake Bird. Bird stole second base, Nooksack walked Cole Corrigan and Bryson Darlington hit a fly ball to right field ending the inning with Chelan in control 7-1.

From that point on Nooksack Valley battled back eventually tying the game and forcing extra innings, ending up with a 11-10 win breaking Chelan’s five game win streak.

Next up, a home game Tuesday vs Cashmere Bulldogs.   Game time 4:30 at Mountain Goat Field

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TRACK at Manson and Cashmere Invitational

Coach Erik Romero’s report:

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Freshman Matea Ivory is one of Chelan’s up and coming sprinters.
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I hope that you were all able to enjoy a good first weekend back from Spring Break. I know that we, as Chelan Track and Field, enjoyed a busy but fun Saturday. With our team being over 50 kids strong for the third year now, makes for a good problem. We  are trying to get kids the most and best opportunity to  compete and have fun. This was one of those weekends.

First, I would like to welcome our new assistant coach… Coach Robin Weathersby. He is a Chelan Grad and someone was is excited to help our student athletes become better not only in Track and Field but also in our school and community. He brings a lot of knowledge and looking to relate to our younger students as well. 

Part of our team was able to stay home and compete in Manson for 3rd Annual Manson Invite. We were able to have most our kids compete in 3 or more events. Some stand outs were Lucy Bordner and Alliyah Villasenor. They both competed in and placed in the top 8 for the 100 meter dash. Lucy’s time was a personal best with a 13.98 and finishing 5th. Alliyah came in 8th with a time of 14.25. They also finished in the top 6 for the girls 200 meter dash. Lucy ran a season best of 30.13 finishing 4th and Alliyah came in with a time of 30.66 and came in 6th place. We also had a new comer to our Track team and threw well for us, that was Maritza Blanco and finished 5th in the Shot Put with a throw of 27 feet 10 inches. Aislinn Davis finished top 17th out of 30 throwers with a distance of 21 feet 7 inches. 

On the boys side we had some kids get a small taste of what an invite looks like. Jacob Bekel and JC Austin ran the 100 meter dash for us, with Jacob taking 11th and JC finishing 17th. We had Cameron Manda and Gauge Culver finish 6th and 7th for us in the 110 Meter High Hurdles. Cameron doubled back in the 300 meter low hurdles finishing 4th with a time of 48.07. We also had a four of our boys compete in the 4×100 meter relay and finished 5th.  The team of Mario Gonzalez, Gauge Culver, Cameron Manda and Julian Villasenor. We had a number of throwers compete in Manson and Caden Bryant was able to finish 5th for us in the Discus. He threw 90 feet and 3 inches. Skye Malone finished tied for 4th place in the High Jump. 

We had some great highlights from Manson, thank you to Coach Barnes, Coach Sargent and Coach Weathersby for helping our student athletes at Manson. 

At the Cashmere Invite, we had a lot to be excited about and a lot of growth as well. We had a few of our kids, not only compete very well, but we had some kids take first in some events. This was our first meet competing against teams from the West Side. Teams ranging from 2B level to 2A competition. 

On our boys side, we started out well with Christopher Knight who finished 5th in the 1500 meter run. Cashmere runs an Olympic style race and Chris ran well. His time of 4:31.97 is a great time after a long break. Javier Torres also ran well and was able to finish 12th with a time of 4:42.07.

Matt Smith was battling an elbow injury but was able to still throw 37 feet and 5 inches in the Shot Put. Finishing 10th out of 30 throwers and Alex Neri came in 16th with a throw of 34 feet and 6.5 inches. 

Alex Neri came back in the discus and was able to throw well in some rainy conditions. His distance of 98 feet and 8.50 inches secured him 8th out of 30 and Hunter Logan finished 12 with a close throw of 96 feet and 9 inches. 

Javier Pastor was able to clear 10 feet in a Loaded Pole Vault field and finished tied for 8th place. One of our highlights was on our boys side was Bert Mendivil. In a competitive Long Jump field he performed well and was able to place 1st overall. His jump of 19 feet 7.5 inches was close to his season best. He continues to put time in the off season and working toward reaching his season goal of jumping toward 21 feet. Christian Torres came close to finishing in the top 8. He placed 9th with a jump of 18 feet 1.75 inches. Bert also finished 6th in the Triple Jump with a jump of 37 feet 8 inches. Almost a foot off from his previous season best. He will be looking to reach better marks in the triple jump. 

On the girls side we had some marks and times. We had a number of girls place in the top 8 and also some first place finishes. 

Ava Dickes started our day off with her fast time this year in the 100 meter dash. She placed 3rd with a time of 12.85 and missing the top two places by .2 seconds. Molly Oswald, after a week off spending time with her family on a mission trip, she came back to run a Personal Best in the 100 meter dash. Her time of 13.51 placed her 8th place. 

200 meter dash was another highlight for us. Freshmen Matea Ivory placed and performed well. She ran a personal best of 27.77 seconds which placed her 4th overall. Molly Oswald followed up her 100 meter performance with a season best of 28.14 placing her6th overall. 

Ava Dickes has worked so hard to prepare for the 400 meter dash all off season and ran it for the first time this year. Her time of 1:01.03 not only gave her the first place overall but also gave our girls team 10 overall points. 

Elly Collins, also a freshman, had a great first Invite. She placed 3rd in the 100 meter hurdles, getting a season best of 16.93 with room for improvement. She also placed 5th in the High Jump with clearing a height of 4 feet 8 inches and barely missing 4 feet 10. She didn’t perform as well as she wanted too in the Pole Vault but she was able to finish 3rd clearing a height of 9 feet 6 inches. 

We had success in two of our girls relays. The team of Elly Collins, Ava Dickes, Matea Ivory and Molly Oswald performed well in the 4×100 relay. Their time of 51.68 was able to get them first place overall. Not bad for a team that only practiced for 20 minutes before the meet. They are looking forward to more meets and practice time to get better timing and handoffs. 

 Our girls 4×400 meter relay team placed 4th overall. The team of Rosa Lopez, Ava Dickes, Matea Ivory and Molly Oswald ran in a tough field and ran a time of 4:26.54… 

With a our girls team placing 5th among a field of over 20 teams. With our team now in the thick of our schedule. We look forward to a busy couple of weeks. Next Tuesday we go Tonasket, with a Saturday trip to Snohomish for the Nike Eason Invite on the 21st. Thank you to everyone who came out to support our kids and thank you for allowing me to coach and work with your kids. It is a busy but exciting time for Chelan Track and Field.

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SOFTBALL v Cascade Kodiaks

Coach April Slagle’s Report:

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Chelan’s Lady Goats struggle against Cascade.
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Pitchers Duel In Low-Scoring Affair,
Chelan Goats Varsity Falls To Cascade

Both teams were strong on the mound on Saturday, but Cascade was just a little bit stronger at the plate in a victory over Chelan Goats Varsity on Saturday. Taylor Sams started the game for Chelan Goats Varsity and recorded 18 outs.

A single by Lexie Gleasman in the seventh inning was a positive for Chelan Goats Varsity.

Sarah Paulson toed the rubber for Cascade. She allowed three hits and zero runs over seven innings, striking out nine and walking zero.

Sams toed the rubber for Chelan Goats Varsity. She surrendered one run on seven hits over six innings, striking out two and walking one.

Jade HatherellAshley Oswald, and Gleasman each managed one hit to lead Chelan Goats VarsityChelan Goats Varsity didn’t commit a single error in the field. Taylor Boykin had six chances in the field, the most on the team.

Paulson went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Cascade in hits. Cascade was sure-handed in the field and didn’t commit a single error. Andrea Sorensen had the most chances in the field with nine.

Game 2: 13-3, Cascade won

 Chelan Goats Varsity Stymied By Cascade, Lose 13-3

In the first inning, Chelan Goats Varsity got their offense started when Lexie Gleasman tripled on a 3-2 count, scoring one run.

Cascade pulled away for good with three runs in the third inning. In the third Truh Merriman tripled on a 1-1 count, scoring one run, Kalja Lovelady doubled on a 0-1 count, scoring one run, and Colby West grounded out, scoring one run.

Cascade scored six runs in the fifth inning. Cascade big bats were led by Madison HardySarah PaulsonMadi Schietelbein, and Merriman, all sending runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning.

Paulson led things off on the rubber for Cascade. She went six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and striking out ten.

Taylor Sams started the game for Chelan Goats Varsity. She surrendered 12 runs on 19 hits over four and a third innings, striking out two and walking one. Leanna Garfoot threw one and one-third innings out of the bullpen.

Taylor Boykin led Chelan Goats Varsity with three hits in three at bats.

Cascade collected 23 hits on the day. Kayla BittleMerrimanAndrea SorensenPaulsonWestRylee JacobionSchietelbein, and Lovelady each had multiple hits for Cascade. Cascade didn’t commit a single error in the field. Sorensen had ten chances in the field, the most on the team

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Manson baseball takes the sting out of Hornets
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Senior Marcus Bernardo closed out Manson’s Thursday game against the
Oroville Hornets in the Trojans 16 – 4 victory.

Manson Trojan Baseball League Single-Header vs. Oroville Thursday, April 12th. Manson 16 Oroville 4

The Trojans welcomed the Hornets of Oroville to Singleton Park in Manson for a league single-header on Thursday.

Junior Jose Pascasio climbed the hill for the start and his receiver was freshman Caden Beazley. Pascasio pitched well and threw 2 2/3 innings, giving up 0 runs on 0 hits, using 38 pitches, striking out 4 and walking 0.

The Trojans used 3 different relievers: Eighth grader Alex Solorio who went 1 1/3 innings, and gave up only 1 hit using 17 pitches. Freshman Ryan Gildersleeve tossed 1/3 inning using 24 pitches giving up 2 hits and recording 1 strikeout. And Senior Marcus Bernardo rounded out the relievers completing the game with a 2/3 inning stint, recording 2 strikeouts and giving up 2 hits.

Offensively the Trojans exploded for 16 runs on 10 hits and were in control the entire game. The Trojans were lead again by the hot hitting Avery Thompson who went 3/4 with a triple and just missed a home run with a wood bat.

Thompson, Marcus Bernardo, and Caden Beazley all had 2 RBI’s. Victor Calderon knocked his first hit of the season and Eight grader Conner Clausen pounced on the first pitch of his only at bat and pounded his first career hit as a Trojan.

Trojans with hits were Avery Thompson (3, 3B), Jose Pascasio, Marcus Bernardo (2), Jake Lodwig, Victor Calderon, Caden Beasley, Conner Clausen. The Trojans played outstanding defense and recorded only 1 error. The game’s web gem was turned in by Jose Pascasio at shortstop when he tracked down a tough fly ball into shallow left field and made an impressive sliding catch on his knees.

Pitch counts: Jose Pascasio: 38 Alex Solorio: 17 Ryan Gildersleeve: 24 Marcus Bernardo: 14 The Trojans overall record is 5-3 The Trojan’s next game is a league double-header at Liberty Bell on Saturday, April 14th with a special start time of 1:00 pm. GO TROJANS!!!

 

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CTL GOLF – Chelan v Cascade

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Sophomore  Kaylin Boykin is playing some great golf and posted a 111 just three strokes behind teammate Katie Rainville who shot a 108.

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On a sunny but blustery day, Chelan hosted Cascade in what was billed (by me anyhow) as one of our best challenges for league, Chelan shellacked the Kodiaks with the Chelan boys taking team honors 372 to Cascade’s 427, and the Chelan girls once again taking team honors with no team score from Cascade.  Medalist for the boys was Chelan’s Corbin Morley (senior), coming back from a poor showing on Tuesday to finish today with a decisive 82 (42/40).  The next nearest score was from his fellow teammate Miles Grossberg (freshman) who finished with an 88 (44/44).

For the girls, Chelan freshman Katie Rainville continued to show improvement, lowering her best from Tuesday to a 108 (53/55) to again take the girls’ medalist honors.  Close on her heels was Chelan sophomore Kaylin Boykin with a 111.

Once again, I’m just happy to see continued improvement from many of our players as we progress through the season.  We are essentially half done with our season now, and will now be going to away matches with each of the league opponents following our Gamble Sands Invitational that we host next week (boys on Wed., Apr. 18, and girls on Thurs., Apr. 19).

 

CHELAN TENNIS – Chelan v Omak

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Emma McLaren continues to tear up the opponnets on the tennis court as
Chelan’s No. 1 Singles Player.

Boys:  Chelan 3, Omak 2

#1 Singles:  Micah Larson (C) def Chase Grillo 6-0, 6-2
#2 Singles:  Alex Gavin (C) def Adam Hendrick 6-0, 6-1 <Alex has had a great week of singles, both in practice and in today’s match>
#3 Singles:  Joshua Lester (O) def Tyler Higgins 6-2, 7-6 (9-7) <Despite the loss, Tyler played some of his best tennis ever in the 2nd set>
#1 Doubles:  Wyatt Habich/Tobin Wier (C) def Braeden O’Dell/Alex Thornton 6-4, 6-2 <This was a quality win for Wyatt and Tobin over a veteran doubles team>
#2 Doubles:  Simon McCune/Javier Ramirez (O) def Eli Phelps/Steven Williams 7-6, 6-2

The Chelan boys even up their CTL record at 1-1, and improve to 5-2 overall.

 Girls:  Chelan 5, Omak 0
#1 Singles:  Emma McLaren def Lupita Moriel 6-2, 6-0
#2 Singles:  Abby Martin def Emily Little 6-2, 6-1
#3 Singles:  Sydney Hawkins def Samantha Vedders 6-1, 6-1
#1 Doubles:  Sierra Rothlisberger/Madeline Peebles def Jennifer O’Dell/Sydney Hack 6-4, 6-3
#2 Doubles:  Elle Rothlisberger/Katelyn Deal def Sofia Fletcher/Emma Wilson 6-4, 6-1

The Chelan girls stay undefeated at 6-0, and 2-0 in the CTL.

JV wins for Chelan:
Bella Gatzemeier/Nadia VanWechel 8-3
Cailee Parham/Isa Evans 8-2
Lana Fielding/Madison Latter 8-7
Emmalee and Elaine Folsom 8-1

Next up:  Chelan begins a stretch of four straight matches at home vs Cashmere on Tue Apr 17