Boredom is Not an Option

By Matt Kearny – Wenatchee Valley Sports We probably receive more inquiries asking “what is there to do?” in February than in any other month. It’s interesting, because February is one of our busiest times in the Wenatchee Valley in terms of sports and recreation opportunities, both for participants and spectators. It’s just a mindset … Continued

Partnerships Boosting Wenatchee Valley Mountain Biking

By Craig Vanderhart & Travis Hornby Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance WENATCHEE — Devil’s Gulch, a well-known and loved mountain biking trail, has long been the main attraction for riding in Central Washington. This iconic trail never fails to reward anyone willing to speed down its 11 miles of smooth single track. But this trail has … Continued

Ridge to River Postponed until 2016

By Steve Maher WENATCHEE — During its heyday, the Ridge to River Relay’s crème de la crème was its paddling leg — with canoeists and kayakers churning away down the Wenatchee and Columbia rivers to the finish line in Riverfront Park. Now, in an ironic twist, the sport of paddling’s rapid growth in the … Continued

Sports Tourism tops $7.5m in 2014

New events and growth in existing ones led to a record year for sports tourism spending in the Wenatchee Valley in 2014. Tourism economic impact for tournaments and events totaled $7, 575, 240, up 3.0% over 2013 according to Wenatchee Valley Sports estimates. “The key once again was the variety of opportunities here for event … Continued

Wenatchee Among Top Fitness-Friendly Cities

Wenatchee has been named the 5th most fitness-friendly city in America (out of 369!) by, a financial website that is often referred to for people looking at relocating. Here is the article and list.

Mission Ridge Property Expansion

Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort released the following press release on Friday December 19, 2014:   Mission Ridge’s owner, Larry Scrivanich has recently purchased two parcels of land adjacent to Mission Ridge’s permitted ski area operations. Scrivanich commented, “The opportunity to acquire the property came up quickly and we haven’t yet formed a plan.  … Continued

Wild Support Amazing, But Earned

I happened to notice recently while researching some areas of local sports economic impact, that once again the Wenatchee Wild are among the leaders in attendance in the 24 team North American Hockey League. At the 20-game point of the season, the Wild and Corpus Christi are at the top, each averaging 2,816 fans per … Continued

Variety Leads to Opportunity

I spent some time this past week updating data concerning economic impact of sports tourism in the Wenatchee Valley in 2014. I know to most, that doesn’t sound like the most riveting exercise, but I actually find it more than just a little interesting. One aspect that regularly stands out is the large number of … Continued

Updated Hunting/Fishing News

Whether you’re looking to head our way, or are a resident of North Central Washington, there’s a quick way to get the latest scoop on updated hunting & fishing prospects here. Here’s the link through the WDFW website.

Veterans Weekend Basketball

Fifteen  6th & 7th grade boys & girls basketball teams will compete at Eastmont Junior High this weekend in the 19th Annual Veterans Weekend Tournament. Several NCW teams will be joined by Richland and Lacrosse for games running 9am Saturday thru Sunday afternoon. Veterans Weekend Schedule 2014  

Local Sports in November

November is shaping up to be a busy month for sports in the Wenatchee Valley. Local schools will make the switch from fall season playoffs to the start of winter competitions. The Wenatchee Wild will have 6 games this month at Town Toyota Center. Speaking of hockey, a highlight will be the 26 team Hot … Continued

High School Sports Updates

Our website contains links to all of our area school’s sports information. Go to the dropdown menus at the top of the page and click on ‘Schools’. You’ll find links to several area high schools and Wenatchee Valley College. There are schedules for all sports, as well as previous scores and up-to-date conference standings.

Wild Home Stand Coming Up

The Wenatchee Wild of the North American Hockey League will open up a 7-game home stand, their longest of the season, Friday October 24. The Fairbanks Ice Dogs will be in for 2 games, followed by Kenai River for 3 from October 31 – November 2. Then Rio Grande Valley will make their only Wenatchee appearance of the … Continued

Youth Soccer Takes Over

About 90 youth teams, ranging in age from u6 thru high school, will take part  in the Apple Cup Soccer Tournament October 10-12. Five venues featuring 19 fields will be in use: Wenatchee Valley College, Walla Walla Point Park, Foothills Middle School, Lewis & Clark Elementary and Kirby Billingsley Hydro Park. The tournament is hosted by … Continued

Some ‘Shoulder Season’

In many locales, from a sports tourism standpoint October is considered part of a ‘shoulder’ season. Deemed far from a peak month, with just a smattering of events and plenty of room for growth. Baseball and softball are essentially over, indoor sports such as hockey are just beginning and skiing has yet to crank up. … Continued

A Special Treat

An estimated 268 skaters representing 6 western states are expected to compete in the US Figure Skating Northwest Pacific Regionals at Town Toyota Center October 5-7. Many of those have the chance to move on to sectionals competition, with an opportunity to join the US Figure Skating Team (can you say “Olympics?”). This is a … Continued

Hockey Season is Here!

Hockey season in the Wenatchee Valley begins full force this weekend at Town Toyota Center. The Wild open their home season with a 2-game set against the Odessa Jackalopes. Start times Friday & Saturday nights are 7:05. Meanwhile the Pacific Northwest Amateur Hockey Association Bantam (age 13-14) Tiering Tournament will also be at TTC this … Continued

Fall Sports – More Than Just Football

   Even though the calendar doesn’t quite agree, from a sports perspective, fall is here. On the national scene, it’s really obvious with the start of the NFL and college football seasons, and the pennant chases in Major League Baseball. Locally, fall sports are quickly ramping up. You’ll see more running events as temperatures begin … Continued

Time for Fall Sports

There’s a great menu of sports activities coming up in the Wenatchee Valley in September, including some fun opportunities for participants. Upriver on September 6th, the Lake Chelan Shore to Shore Marathon (also half-marathon & 10K) is a real test of endurance, while also drawing its share of observers.  If you’re looking for a fun … Continued

Play Pickleball

Eastmont Community Parks two new pickleball courts have been getting a lot of usage. A club has formed and over 50 members have already joined. They meet Monday mornings at 8am and Thursday evenings at 7pm. The club is free and is open to anyone regardless of skill level or age. For more info, email … Continued

Volunteers Needed

Elite Hoop Effects will be hosting the 1st Annual Sunburn Classic 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament in the parking lot at Town Toyota Center July 26 & 27. They are looking for volunteers to serve as court monitors and scorekeepers. Court monitors must be 16 years of age or older, scorekeepers 12 & up.   Registration information The … Continued

NCW Fall Ball Info

Minors Ages 8-10 (Individuals $90/player, Out of town teams $900/team) Majors (11-12) (Individuals $90/player, Out of town teams $900/team) Bigs (13-15) (Individuals $110/player, Out of town teams $1,100/team) Bigs Gold (13-15) ($1,100/ team) website

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