Goetz claims victory

Okanogan looks at facility change

Bryon Goetz of Okanogan won the Super Stock main at the 48th annual West Coast Street Stocks races April 13 in Yakima.

Cover-age of Goetz’s huge win was in Sunday’s sports column.

Some information left out included the victory paying $600, enough for a set of tires, Goetz said.

The Apple Cup, which draws racers from the Northwest, is the longest continually run stock car race in the Northwest.

The race also served as the inaugural race for the newly formed Tri-Track Late Model Series, which is competed at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval, Yakima Speedway and Hermiston’s Super Oval.

There were also races in Yakima for Super Late Model (Evans finished eighth), Super Stocks and Columbia River Legends.

“I plan on making all the races,” Goetz said. “I am going for the championship this year, then I am going to retire. Then I want to get my kids (ages 6 and 3) into carting.”

An effort to build a combination football and track facility and improve softball and baseball fields in Okanogan could become public at the next school board meeting April 30.

A community group has asked to be on the agenda for the meeting, presumably for the initial presentation of a process that could lead to a bond request to pay for the improvements.

Various sources tell me there is a possibility of building a football and track facility near the current softball and baseball fields behind Virginia Grainger Elementary School, 1118 S. Fifth Ave.

I am all for improved facilities, and I cringe whenever a football player heads out-of-bounds on the Bulldogs’ current field, hoping they don’t hit the hard edge along the track.

The only concern I’ve expressed is for parking. The school increased parking across from the gym, and it’s often full for football games, as is the regular high school lot.

I also wonder about access to the area through fairly narrow, residential streets.

Entries are due May 7 for the Hoopin’ in the Spring basketball tournament on May 16-18 at the Nespelem Community Center, 4000 Lower Columbia River Road.

There will be a men’s and a women’s open division, with up to eight players on a roster.

Awards will include jackets for first place, hooded sweatshirts for second place and crewneck sweatshirts for third place. Awards will be given for most valuable player, all star and hustle.

Those wishing to enter can contact Camille Pleasants at 509-633-0543.

Camille and Peewee Pleasants, the Lake Roosevelt High School girls basketball coach, are also keeping busy as grandparents.

Their daughter, Dominique, had a baby boy in January.

Their son, Matthew, will graduate from Evergreen State College with a bachelor’s degree in June before starting fall classes for a master’s degree.

He played with the semi-professional Tacoma Rise basketball team in the American Basketball Association this past season.

“It was a good experience for him,” Camille Pleasants said. “I love watching him play.”

Not a single school mascot from our state made it to the final round of the third annual USA Today High School Sports’ Best Mascot contest.

The Pateros Billygoats mascot was in the first round of voting (408 mascots nationwide), receiving six nods.

The Ridgefield Spudders, one of my favorite mascots, received 29 votes.

The farming community initially grew potatoes and prunes. I think we should all be glad they went with the spud mascot.

The Richland Bombers, which were in the running in last year’s mascot contest, received 238 votes for their mushroom cloud and bomber logo.

I did get a kick out an online typo that said much of the “petroleum” used in an atomic bomb was manufactured in the town.

Anna Blakley, the new president for the Boots and Saddle Barrel Racing Club, recently set a schedule.

Future races include fun games and prizes May 25 and doubleheaders June 8 and 18, July 2, 16 and 30, Aug. 20 and 27, Sept. 28 and Oct. 5.

The Omak arena, 421 Stampede Drive E., opens at 9:30 a.m. Sundays with time only runs at 10 a.m. and racing at noon.

Wednesday races have the arena open at 5 p.m., time onlys at 5:30 p.m. and racing at 6:30 p.m.

There will be a benefit Indian taco feed and auctions, both silent and live, May 8 to help Wyatt Covington, Kaelyn and Krista Marchand defray the cost of attending junior high or high school rodeos.

The competitors have their sights set on reaching the national finals rodeos.

The junior high finals will be in Des Moines, Iowa, while the high school finals will be in Rocksprings, Wyo.

The event will start at 4:30 p.m. at the Omak Community Center, 601 S. Benton St.

The menu will include fry bread by Dorothy and Sue Palmer.

A live auction starts at 6 p.m.

An extensive auction list includes four Raptor Reef tickets, a pass for two to Silverwood and a LaserQuest family pass.

The Jet City Bombers roller derby team will present the third annual BomberCon on July 25-27 at The Agriplex, 175 Rodeo Trail Road, Okanogan.

“Don’t miss out on the only roller derby training camp-out of its kind,” spokeswoman Ivana Hercha said. “You’ll receive two days of skating workshops and on and off-skates derby training from the Jet City Bombers, WFTDA Division 2 Champions.

The annual Two Rivers Spring Trout Derby at Lake Roosevelt has been postponed because of this year’s deep drawdown of Lake Roosevelt, organizer Dan Kieffer said.

The event, which was scheduled for April 26-27, has been rescheduled for May 17-18. That’s when the reservoir’s water levels are expected to be on the rise, Kieffer said.

Two Rivers Resort, which is on the Spokane Indian Reservation at the confluence of the Spokane and Columbia rivers near Fort Spokane, has also scheduled other derbies – a walleye derby June 7-8, a bass derby June 14-15 and a fall derby Aug. 23-24.

The Oroville Booster Club will host its 22nd annual May Day 3-on-3 Basketball Classic on May 10.

There is a cost, which must be received before May 5.

Divisions will include men’s and women’s open plus boys and girls high school, 14-and-under and 12-and-under.

Registration forms are online at www.oroville.

wednet.edu under the booster club link or call 509-560-0118 for info.

Bridgeport baseball player Constantino Martinez (4-1) was the state’s week 30 class 2B WIAA Player of the Week.

He earned the nod with two pitching victories – against Oroville and Pateros.

In 12 innings, he gave up two earned runs and 17 strikeouts.

He shined at the plate, too, getting 5 hits and 7 RBI.

“He is a very hard-working kid,” coach Kyle Krustangel said. “(He has) 46 strikeouts in 33 innings.”

Fertilizer was to have been applied Monday at the Okanogan Valley Golf Club.

Irrigation for fairways was to have started Tuesday, club professional Bill Sproule said.

The Lake Roosevelt boys basketball team will have a Free Throw-a-thon fundraiser April 28.

The event will be from 1:30-3 p.m. in the Raiders’ high school gym.

The city of Omak will close a portion of Ash Street and Central Avenue for the Omak Battleground 3-on-3 basketball tournament.

The streets will be closed from 7 p.m. June 12 to 10 p.m. June 14.

Al Camp is the sports editor for The Chronicle. Email him at sports@omakchronicle.com.


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