Some ‘Shoulder’ Seasons!

Those involved in the world of tourism, be it of the vacation, convention or sports variety, have always struggled with having a major drop-off once the robust periods begin to slow down. Because when that happens, there is a significant ripple effect that impacts a number of sectors in the community, led by lodging, restaurants … Continued

Local Sports Tourism Spending Solid in 2015

Preliminary estimates show tourism spending on tournaments and events in the Wenatchee Valley in 2015 will show a slight increase over the previous year. This is encouraging news considering that the year started off with significant hits due to low snowfall throughout the state. Even though Mission Ridge Ski & Board resort was ready, willing … Continued

Local Pop Warner Team Qualifies for Super Bowl!

Wenatchee Valley Hawks Jr. Pee Wee football and cheer team has qualified for the Pop Warner Super Bowl at ESPN Wide World of Sports located in Disney World, Florida. Only 8 teams in each age divisions across the nation qualify for this prestigious event. The Hawks are comprised of 9-11 year old boys and girls … Continued

Women’s Hockey Hits the Ice

It’s always a key  indicator that winter is close by when the annual Hot Autumn Ice women’s hockey tournament comes to Town Toyota Center. It’s this weekend (Nov. 20-22) and features 22 teams, making it one of the largest women’s hockey tournaments in the Pacific Northwest. Entries hail from British Columbia, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, including … Continued

Wild Still Turning the Turnstile

Although the season is still young, it’s interesting to note the early attendance trends in the British Columbia Hockey League. As a reminder, this is year one for the Wenatchee Wild in this all-Canadian league following their first several years of existence in the North American Hockey League. The BCHL consists of 17 teams divided into … Continued

The Business Side of Outdoor Recreation

There is a growing need to better understand how the origin of dollars being spent here are connected to the natural world and amenities. What is really driving people interested in outdoor recreation to make the decision to come here, for a weekend or a lifetime? What are our strengths, or weaknesses compared to other … Continued

Sports Facilities See Positive Change

A natural result of the change in nature’s seasons is a change in the sports seasons as well. As you may have noticed, most of the multi-purpose outdoor facilities have traded in their bases and outfield fences for soccer goals. In the Wenatchee Valley, that will be most noticeable with the Apple Cup Soccer tournament … Continued

Updated School Sports Information

Most area high schools open their fall sports seasons during the first 2 weeks of September. We have a very cool set of links where you can get schedules and updated scores and league standings in all sports. Just go to the menu choices near the top of this page and click on ‘schools’. There’s also a … Continued

Having Fun & Raising Funds

There are many locally based groups that do tremendous ‘behind the scenes’ charity work that benefits area youth. One of those is the Wenatchee Valley Sports Foundation, which will be actively raising money the next two weekends to help needy kids have the chance to participate in local youth sports programs. Saturday August 8th from … Continued

Recreation on the Radar

By Matt Kearny – Wenatchee Valley Sports A couple of important processes are in the works concerning the future scope of recreation in the Wenatchee Valley. On the outdoor recreation scene, a group of local stakeholders has been formed with the intent of gaining a better understanding of our outdoor recreation assets. It’s no secret … Continued

AppleSox Home Stand

The Wenatchee AppleSox are home for a key late season 6-game home stand Friday thru Thursday (July 31-Aug 6).Victoria is in for the weekend, Friday thru Sunday. Then after an off day Monday, Walla Walla is in for three Tuesday thru Thursday. First pitch is 7:05 each evening, with the exception being Sunday at 6:05. The Sox play … Continued

Plenty to Take In This Weekend

Weekend of July 25-26 Nothing like a little outdoor basketball in the summer. The 2nd annual Sunburn Classic, put on by Elite Hoop Effects, is at the Town Toyota Center parking lot Saturday & Sunday. Several age groups and special divisions will be in play. Former Cougar and Sonic James Donaldson is the Grand Marshall. The AppleSox are … Continued

Sports Over the 4th

There are a few things on tap for spectators and  participants in the local sports world over the weekend. The AppleSox open a 6 game home stand with 3 against Klamath Falls, Friday & Saturday (7:05) and Sunday (6:05) at Paul Thomas Sr. Baseball Stadium. Friday nights game will feature the popular fireworks show. There’s also … Continued

Good News Just Keeps Coming

It was exciting to see the enthusiasm generated at an early June press conference at Town Toyota Center announcing the Wenatchee Wild joining the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL). Ever since the team was formed several years ago, it has been a talked-about move that has so many positives. From a sports tourism standpoint, it … Continued

Weekend Full of Activities

June 12-14: Mission Ridge is the site of the 1st Annual Mission:GranDuro mountain bike race Saturday. It’s a 40+ mile route that starts & ends at Mission Ridge. That will be followed Sunday by the Mission:RunDuro, a 15 mile trail run, also at the Ridge. The Wenatchee AppleSox have a 3-game set against Corvallis at Paul … Continued

Sports At Full Throttle

As we travel through the busiest time of year from a sports tourism perspective, it becomes increasingly clear how the Wenatchee Valley is continuing to move to a more diversified menu of opportunities for participants and spectators. In the first four months of the year, there were 45 tournaments or events held that had an … Continued

Sports This Weekend-What Will You Pick?

May 29-31 – One of the busiest sports weekends of the season is coming, featuring a big variety of activities for participants and spectators. Many of the events get underway Friday, including the largest swim meet of the year, The Apple Capital Swim Meet at the Wenatchee City Pool. The meet gets underway Friday at 11:00 … Continued

Things to do on the Holiday Weekend

Girl’s fast pitch takes over the scene Memorial Day weekend, as the Sterling Invite will see 54 teams converge on the Wenatchee Valley. Games will take place at Sterling Complex, Walla Walla Point Park, and Kirby Billingsley Hydro Park. If high school baseball playoff action is more to your liking, Dan White Field in East Wenatchee will … Continued

PUD Parks Busy This Weekend

Chelan County PUD Parks will be put to full use this weekend, May 16 & 17. Walla Walla Point Park in Wenatchee will host 2 events, including the Warrior Challenge Saturday. The obstacle race competition gets underway with the kid’s division starting at 9:30, and the adults going at 1:00. Also at WWPP & Kirby Billingsley … Continued

Ready For Take-Off

While March has presented a fairly steady stream of sports events in the Wenatchee Valley, April is when the rubber really begins to hit the road. On tap are impact events including ski racing, youth baseball, golf, running, softball, and auto racing. In fact, two of the years largest events in terms of sports tourism … Continued

Free Bike Helmets For Kids

Wenatchee Valley Velo Club and Confluence Health to give away 500 bike helmets to kids at Apple Blossom WENATCHEE — Hundreds of children and teens in the Wenatchee Valley will soon be able to enjoy a much safer ride on their bicycles. Wenatchee Valley Velo Club and Confluence Health will give away 500 bike helmets … Continued

Bring on Spring!

While skiing & hockey are still great choices for sports enthusiasts, spring activities are beginning to dot the calendar. They really begin in earnest the weekend of March 21,22 with the Wenatchee Valley Lacrosse Icebreaker Jamboree. About 30 youth teams are expected to compete at Walla Walla Point Park. That will soon be followed by … Continued

Welcome Special Olympians!

The 25th Washington Winter Games Special Olympics take place across the Wenatchee Valley this weekend. Approximately 1250 athletes, plus volunteers and spectators will be in the area beginning Friday night, with the Opening Ceremonies at Town Toyota Center beginning at 7:00. Then the competitions begin Saturday morning, running through Sunday afternoon. All events are free … Continued

Trail running film festival coming to Wenatchee

By RunWenatchee & AdventureWenatchee WENATCHEE — Get ready for a good dose of trail running. RunWenatchee and AdventureWenatchee will host the international Trails In Motion Film Festival beginning at 6 p.m. April 8 at the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center. The evening will serve as the kickoff event for RunWenatchee’s annual Wenatchee Valley Trail … Continued

WHS To Host 8 Basketball Regionals

Regional Basketball @ Wenatchee High School All games: Winner to State – Loser out Friday February 27 Girls 1B   6:00   Odessa-Harrington vs. Pateros Boys 1A   8:00   Naches vs. Chelan Saturday February 28 Girls 1A   10:00am   Kiona Benton vs. Cashmere Boys 1B   Noon   Tulalip Heritage vs. Entiat Girls 4A   2:00   Timberline vs. Moses Lake Boys 2B   … Continued

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