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The change of seasons Reflecting on the end of my son’s college track career

I’ve had this story to tell for six years, since the end of my son A.J.’s sophomore year in high school. The sad thing about being the kid whose dad is the only sportswriter that covers your teams, as he was back HALF-BAKED then, is that Brent Baker your dad shortshrifts things you do that he’d make a big deal out of if it were someone else. There have been plenty of highlights throughout his 10 years of track, from middle and high school in AuGres, Michigan, to college at Seattle Pacific University. He eventually became the rightful owner of all three of his high school’s individual distance records, capping his senior year by heading to State in the 800, 1600 and 3200 and upsetting the state cross country champion (and owner of a fouryear Division I scholarship) in the process. At SPU he was essentially a walk-on, but served as cocaptain and captain of the cross country team from his sophomore year on. In track he took on the steeplechase - three kilometers with immovable barriers (topped by a 4x4) and a pool of water - earned a partial athletic scholarship and came so close to making the NCAA Division II nationals as a sophomore and junior that he could taste it. An injury late in this, his senior year, effectively ended that dream. But after missing almost a month, he finished third in the steeple at last weekend’s GNAC conference meet, earning the

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Getting action shots of A.J. (left) running the steeplechase was pretty cool. But watching him celebrate his teammates’ accomplishments - here, after Seth Pierson (a Cashmere grad) won the conference 1500-meter championship - was even better. right to stand on the podium in his school uniform one last time. It wasn’t the triumphant end to a college career, culminating with a trip to Nationals, that he’d worked so hard for. I sat staring at the track as subsequent events ran on for about half an hour, keeping my sunglasses on even as the sun set. But my unwillingness to let go of the moment faded as I spent the rest of the weekend watching A.J. celebrating with or consoling teammates as they achieved or fell short of their own athletic dreams, watching this ... this man, who is graduating and getting married in the next few months ... and realized that the person this sports thing shaped and sometimes hammered into maturity isn’t so different than the little kid we used to have. And was a heck of a lot better than the “what might have been” of a trip to Nationals. So now that his formal sports career is over, and I’m wrapping my mind around the relentless progression of time, you’ll have to indulge me. *** It was one of those moments made for a sports movie. A.J.’s high school track coach, Kevin Loga, took me aside after

he’d pulled off a double stunner in the North Star League meet, winning both the 1600 and 3200 as a sophomore on a hot, humid Michigan afternoon against a pair of rivals he’d never beaten. “When we get back to the school, meet me at the locker room,” Kevin said. “I don’t think he has any idea.” The gym lights were off when the three of us walked the length of the court, with only sunlight filtering in from the setting sun. We stood below the school record board as Kevin pulled out the time sheet from the meet. “There’s your time,” he said, pointing to the printout. “And look at that,” he pointed at the record board. A.J. looked up at the board, still not quite comprehending what was going on, but then his eyes got big as it dawned on him. There was hugging and yelling and celebrating. The record was only a year old, set by a recent graduate, Jake Taylor, who a year earlier had gone out of his way to mentor A.J. as a freshman. But before that it had stayed unchanged on the board since 1974. And when you’re in a town of 1,000 with high school of 150 kids and a graduating class of 35, everybody knows in a flash.

He was the center of attention for about a week, and a big deal was made at the spring sports awards banquet. But was when the they mystical sports-movie-triumphmoment ended. That night when we got home he asked if I had the time sheets from the previous year’s meets. Of course I did, and I watched for a few minutes as he started digging through them. “What’s going on?”I asked. “I could swear that Jake broke the record twice last year,” A.J. said. “I don’t think the board is right.” The next day, my 16-yearold kid walked into his coach’s office with the time sheet from my archive that proved that the record board was wrong; Jake had indeed re-broken his own record with a time faster than what A.J. had run, and no one had noticed. No one (except maybe Jake) knew, and to A.J. it was a betrayal of a teammate who had inspired him, of the sport itself, and of his own desire to legitimately hold that record. He went out and told all of his friends that, hoopla or not, Jake still owned the school record. Tracked down Jake himself to let him know that his name still rightfully belonged on that board. It was a miserable few weeks trying to absorb all of the conflicting emotions that came with that. Having the record, not having it, “giving back” all the recognition, setting the record straight. Kim and I struggled with our own feelings almost as much as he did his. It was the thrill victory and agony of defeat in one package. A lesson in humility, dealing with an innocent error that at the time seemed like the biggest thing in the world. And learning the satisfying pain of doing the right thing, even when no one knew, or likely would ever have known, there was a right thing that needed to be done. It took another year, but A.J. finally broke that 1600 record, as well as the others. But that was the moment when I discovered who my kid was, and who he was going to be.

Beyers, Thornton advance in tennis By Brent Baker

EAST WENATCHEE Tonasket seniors Megan Beyers and Claire Thornton were the only Tigers to survive the opening weekend of tennis district tournament play in East Wenatchee on Saturday, May 10. Other Tigers picked up some tournament wins, but with the opening two rounds running in single-elimination format, there was no margin for error. The second-seeded Beyers, a favorite to claim one of four state tournament spots, ousted opponents from Liberty Bell and Entiat in her first two matches to clinch an appearance in next Saturday’s second weekend of play. She finished the day off in the quarterfinals with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Chelan’s Cheyenne Crose. “Megan is playing pretty well right now,” said Tonasket coach Dave Buchheim. “Anything can happen when it comes to getting to state. But (the district title) should come down to here and (Omak’s) Shaylyn Goodall, who hasn’t lost a game this year.” Thornton also advanced to the second weekend of play, winning her first two matches before losing in the quarterfinals to Cashmere’s Molly Kenoyer. Kenoyer also victimized the

Tigers’ Brisa Leep, eliminating her in an opening-round match. Both Tonasket girls doubles teams - Madie Villalva/Baillie Hirst and Abby Gschiel/Ye Jeong - lost their opening-round matches. In boys singles, both Brian Hendrick and Trevor Terris opened with relatively easy firstround wins before suffering close defeats. Hendrick was eliminated in the second round with a 7-5, 6-4 loss, and Terris was defeated in three sets by under-seeded Manuel Equihua of White Swan, who assured himself of as second weekend of play after entering the tourney as the 23rd seed. Walker Marks lost his openinground match to fourth-seeded Greg Sklar of Omak. In boys doubles, Colton Leep and Levi Schell won their opening match before being eliminated in the second round, while the team of Jesse Holan/Conner Williams lost their first round match in three sets. With the tournament brackets pared down to eight players each, double-elimination competition resumes on Saturday, May 18, at Eastmont. Beyers and Thornton will be vying for two of the four available singles spots for the state finals, which will be held in Yakima, May 24-25.

Oroville softball heads to district playoffs By Brent Baker

OROVILLE - Oroville coach Dane Forrester knew the Hornets’ fastpitch softball squad would be better this year, but with a very youthful bunch that includes several eighth graders, wasn’t sure how much success to predict. The Hornets secured their next step in rebuilding their program on Friday, May 10, sweeping a doubleheader at Manson to clinch their first district playoff

spot since 2010. The Hornets won their final two games of the season, whipping the Trojans 26-11 and 29-17 to earn a loser-out game at Bridgeport on Wednesday, May 15. Oroville (4-15, 4-11 CWL North) can advance to Friday’s double-elinination tournament at the Sterling Sportsplex in East Wenatchee. A victory over Bridgeport (12-7, 9-6) would set the Hornets up with a 3:00 p.m. contest against Kittitas (15-2), the South Division champion.

Halvorsen, Hatch win May Day Fun Run 5k Hornet tennis ends year By Brent Baker

By Gary A. DeVon

EAST WENATCHEE Oroville’s tennis team saw its season come to an end Saturday, May 11, in district tournament competition in East Wenatchee. The Hornets sent three singles players and one doubles team to the tournament. Faring the best of the group were 15th-seeded Joe Sarmiento and Ronel Kee, who won their opening match over a team from Liberty Bell, 7-5, 6-2. The duo fell

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OROVILLE – Damon Halvorson and Madison Hatch were the top finishers in the 5K and Elijah Antonelli and Lindsay Koepke had the best times in the 2-mile division of the 34th annual May Festival Fun Run. It was a great morning for a run, according to participants who took the starting gun just after 8 a.m. While 34 were the top finishers in their age groups, many are happy just to walk, with several participants pushing strollers. In the Men’s 5K Halvorsen finished with a time of 17:48, followed by Oroville School District Superintendent Steve Quick at 22:47 and Clint Lewis at 26:17 In the Women’s 5K Hatch had a time of 22:53, followed by Sheridan Blasey at 25:14 and Jennifer West, daughter of this year’s May Festival Grand Marshals, at 25:53. In the Men’s 2-Mile, Antonelli’s time was 15:17, followed close behind by Darryn Hughes at 15:55 and Bruce Thornton at 18:52. Koepke had a time of 16:08 in the Women’s 2-Mile, with Kyra Koepke at 17:54 and Laura Kinman at 18:59. By age group: Women 2-Mile and 5K Mixed Age 6-8 – 1.) Tori Moser, 32:44 Age 9-11 – 1.) Sheriden Blasey, 25:14; 2.) Marissa Hixon, 33:59; 3.) Lacy Moser, 43:06. Age 12-14 – 1.) Lindsey Koepke, 16:08; 2.) Kyra Koepke, 17:53; Abi Moser, 34:31 Age 15-19 – 1.) Tosca Pickering, 20:48; Madison Hatch, 22:53; Jenna Dairsson, 25:03 Age 20-29 – 1.) Sarah Thompson, 30:31; 2.) Kacey Cockle, 34:25; 3.)

Tonasket golfer on to bi-district Eli Antonelli is the first runner during to cross the finish during the May Festival Fun Run. Antonelli ran the 2-Mile course in 15:17. Left, Lindsey Koepke finished first for the women in the 2-Mile race with a time of 16:08 in this year’s 34th Annual May Festival Fun Run. Gary DeVon/staff photos

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QUINCY - Cayden Field, a freshman golfer for Tonasket, qualified for bi-district play by placing fourth at the Caribou Trail League meet on May 7. Field scored an 81 and finished four strokes out of second place. Omak’s Ryder Lewis was medalist with a score of 69. Chelan’s Ian Cowell carded a 77 while Jeremy Guthas also scored an 81. Field, who played as part of a co-op arrangement with Oroville during the regular season, advances the Chewelah Bi-district 6/7 tournament, which was scheduled for Tuesday, May 14. Of the 38 male qualifiers from the CTL and Northeast A Leagues, 19 will advance to the state finals in Spanaway, May 21-22.

to the second-seeded Cashmere team 6-0, 6-2 to see their day come to an end. Aya Cruspero, Connor BoCook and Nathan Hugus all lost their opening matches. “I am looking forward to the next couple of years,” said Oroville coach Billy Monroe. “I saw some good things and the kids are excited about tennis. They want to play this summer and some are even asking me to continue practice until the end of school, even though the season is over. “The future is bright.”

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A chance to vanquish Broncos that haunted Seahawks past My first encounter with the menace to Western civilization that is the Denver Broncos came while perched in a precarious 300 Level bleacher seat in the Kingdome in 1978. We had just moved to Seattle the previous summer and my dad scored us some tickets for a couple of Seahawks games that season. The first HALF-BAKED was the ‘Hawks’ Brent Baker first-ever, glorious, 27-7 victory over the Oakland Raiders. The following week was a game we figured they had no chance of winning: a visit by the defending Super Bowl not-champion Broncos, led by geriatric quarterback Craig Morton. Shockingly the Seahawks led at halftime, fell behind, and eventually tied it on a late Efren Herrera field goal that forced overtime. The Broncos took the overtime kickoff and moved downfield to somewhere in the vicinity of the goal line. But lo and behold, a miracle: Denver’s Jim Turner shanked a field goal to give the Seahawks a chance to win. Not quite. A defensive lineman named Dave Kraayeveld mistakenly remained on the field for the field goal attempt, was flagged by the zebras, and Turner made good on his second try. So there you have it: the Seahawks’ original 12th Man. The ‘Hawks, in their third year, ended up with their first winning season at 9-7. But how might history might have changed had the Seahawks won that game? Denver won the division that year at 10-6, so if the season had played out the same way, it would have meant ... playoffs?! Rooting for professional sports teams often seems like cheering for a load of laundry, as if it only matters what names are on the jerseys and not who the men are that fit inside of them. My love affair with the Seahawks wasn’t that way. That was near the end of the era when players were not all millionaires. Seattle quarterback Jim Zorn was a member of our church, Mercer Island Covenant, though if you didn’t know “who he was,” you wouldn’t have known the Seahawks’ quarterback walked among us mere mortals (as my teenage self saw it). His “aw shucks” demeanor was legitimate. He’d come to church in blue jeans before it was the cool thing to do. Occasionally his buddy Steve Largent would be with him. No one swarmed them for autographs. He’d usually be spotted tooling around town in his white VW Bug and if you happened to pull up to the next gas pump he’d chat at you like you were just another one of his neighbors, which we were. Days after his wife Joy gave birth to their first daughter, he stood up in church, raised his arms over his head in triumph and said, “Well, she finally had it.” Of course, we cheered. He was generous with his time and, when I got up the gumption one year to ask for his help with a youth group fundraiser, he handed me a check for 10 times the amount I’d asked for. So rooting for the Seahawks, more so than with the Sonics, Mariners or Sounders, became a deeply personal thing. When Zorn got benched in favor of Dave Krieg in the midst Seahawks’ first playoff run, 1983, it was indeed a downer. But not only was Zorn classy in his handling of his new role, the ‘Hawks were filled with other guys I couldn’t help but root for, even as I found out as much as I could about them. Kenny Easley, Dave Brown, Jacob Green, Curt

Warner, Yakima native Dan Doornink, even current “voice of the Seahawks” Steve Raible, were more than just blue jerseys. The late Pete Gross, the ‘Hawks’ original play-by-play man, who I’d met at my junior high school’s career day that first year we were in town, was as nice a guy as you could imagine. The Seahawks’ first playoff game was against the loathsome Broncos and rookie quarterback John Elway (who got mop-up duty in Seattle’s 31-7 victory). I’ve always thought the noise in the Kingdome that day structurally damaged the place. I was convinced an era of Seahawk dominance had begun, especially after they reached the AFC Championship game that year. Alas, it was not to be. Warner blew up his knee the following year and was never the same, though the Hawks ran up a 12-4 mark that was a franchise best until 2005. Elway turned into ... well ... JOHN ELWAY ... the most loathed athlete in Seattle for nearly two decades (at least until A-Rod left town). That was especially galling, considering the Seahawks’ inability to scratch out more than the occasional victory, serving as tasty morsels of inferiority during the Broncos’ repeated runs to the Super Bowl. The Seahawks muddled about in mediocrity for years before bottoming out in the mid-90s with a 2-14 season. But even that year, horrific as it was (they never scored as many as 20 points in a game), turned out OK in the end: the Seahawks beat the Broncos - on Monday Night Football, no less - in overtime. Granted, that was Seattle quarterback Stan Gelbaugh taking on Bronco immortal Tommy Maddox in a “hide the women and children” unclassic. Times have changed. The Seahawks and Broncos haven’t been divisional rivals for 10 years. The Kingdome is gone, replaced by the even-louder CenturyLink Field. Heck, they even left town for a few days for Los Angeles, only to return when Paul Allen came in on his white horse to rescue the team. This generation has discovered a new icon of all that is evil in the world, the San Francisco 49ers. Social media turns every word into a potential firestorm of controversy and sometimes we know more about these guys than we’d like. Some things are remarkably similar: Russell Wilson, both in playing style and from what I have seen of his public persona, has a lot more in common with Zorn than than any Seahawk quarterback since. The ‘Hawks even played in a Super Bowl eight years ago. That, as we all know, went horribly awry (though somehow it’s hard to gin up that kind of hatred for the Pittsburgh Steelers over the failings of the officials in that game). The possibility of losing to the Niners in the NFC title game last week was so revolting as to make the game a stomach-churning exercise of anxiety-induced misery. Thankfully, disaster was averted. But there is something for us old-time Seahawk fans that would be so, so satisfying to see all of those Elway-fueled years of frustration and humiliation cleansed by a Super Bowl victory over the Broncos. After all, it was Elway, now Denver’s General Manager, who seduced and imported Hall of Famer Peyton Manning, beating the Seahawks even to that particular prize. Enough is enough. In the name of all that’s right and good in the world - or if not that, at least in the names of Ring of Honor immortals Zorn, Krieg, Largent, Warner, Easley, Green, Brown, Gross, Cortez Kennedy, Chuck Knox, and Walter Jones let’s get this done. Russell Wilson photo provided by The Herald of Everett


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Tonasket’s Collin Aitcheson shows some outrageous flexibility while executing a high-crotch move on the way to pinning his Chelan opponent on Saturday, Jan. 25. The Tigers dropped a heartbreaker in team dual competition to the Goats, 39-36.

Chelan wrestlers down Tigers BY BRENT BAKER


TONASKET - Tonasket’s wrestlers stormed back from a 33-18 deficit with four matches to o to take a 36-33 lead over Chelan with only the 220 pound weight classification still to go. It wasn’t quite enough. The Goats had defending state champion Asa Schwartz left on deck, while the Tigers had no one left to oppose him. Chelan used the final-match forfeit to take the Caribou Trail League dual meet on Saturday, Jan. 25, 39-36. Leaving the last weight open was a calculated risk by Tonasket coach Dave Mitchell, and it actually worked. It just wasn’t enough. Rather than leave rookie wrestlers Jose Lopez to open against Chelan heavyweight Jose Padilla, Mitchell opted to bump 220-pounder Chad Edwards against Padilla, whom Edwards stood a better chance against than if he’d faced the state champ. That moved paid off in a big, if unfortunate, way, as Padilla reinjured his leg early in the bout, giving Edwards an injury default victory and six points. With those points in hand, the Tigers needed to build a sevenpoint lead before Schwartz came around. It wasn’t quite to be. The match turned at 126 and 132, where Trevor Peterson and

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Vance Frazier nearly turned the tables on Chelan’s Kevin Monje before losing a major decision. Peaches Walton faced of against Chelan’s Ivan Reyes and Julio Vera, respectively. Either victory would have been an upset for the Tigers; Reyes is ranked seventh in the state (at 120) and Vera second (at 126). Reyes held off Peterson 5-0 in their match, while Walton battled Vera to the final whistle, losing 5-3 as he tried in vain in the final seconds to get a bout-tying takedown. Other matches went as expected, though Vance Frazier (106) preserved a couple of points by

avoiding a pin and Dallas Tyus (160) also avoiding a pin despite spending most of the match on his back. Winning were Collin Aitcheson (120), Jorge Juarez (138), Austin Knowlton (170), Frank Holfeltz (182) and John Rawley (195), all with pins. The Tigers fell to 3-1 in CTL duals. They travel to Okanogan on Thursday and host Brewster and Quincy in a pair of duals on Saturday at 6 p.m. in their final home date of the season.

TONASKET 57, CASHMERE 24 CASHMERE - The Tigers won easily at Cashmere on Thursday, Jan. 23, as the Bulldogs had no chance after giving up 36 forfeit points. Winning on the mat for the Tigers were Collin Aitcheson (pin), Dyllan Walton (3-2 decision), Jorge Juarez (pin) and Dallas Tyus (pin). Picking up forfeit victories were Vance Frazier (106), Rade Pilkinton (113), Austin Knowlton (182), Frank Holfeltz (195), Chad Edwards (220) and Jose Lopez (285).

interesting. “Interesting in that you rated your wrestlers 1-5 based on their ability and experience. Considering the competition our kids did pretty well.” Taylor Robinson (182 pounds) was the Hornets’ lone champion. However, Oroville boasted a number of runners-up, including

Jordan Smith (120), Leo Curiel (132), Eddie Ocampo (160) and Lukas Mieirs (182). Ruben Renfro (170) had a pin early in the tournament but didn’t reach the medal round. Also wrestling were John Marquiss (113), Charles Arrigoni (170) and Roger Carranza (182). “This tournament was perfect for our better kids and especial-

ly good for our inexperienced kids who were able to build some much-needed confidence,” Ricevuto said. Oroville hosts its all-league mixer on Saturday, Feb. 1, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Those results will determine seeding for the following weekend’s district tournament at Colbert on Saturday, Feb. 8.

Hornets grapple at Ephrata tourney BY BRENT BAKER


EPHRATA - A different kind of wrestling tournament proved beneficial to both the experienced and less-seasoned Oroville wrestlers on Saturday, Jan. 25, in Ephrata. Oroville coach Chuck Ricevuto called the tourney set up “very

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Chilly but awesome Was it cold? More like: Was ... it... COLD! It was. But it was also a heck of a lot of fun, even for the camera-toting reporter that didn’t set foot on (or more accurately, set butt on) a snowmobile. Despite frigid temperatures and this winter’s frustratingly spare snowfall, those who actually did make it to the Bonaparte Lake Snow Drags had about as HALF-BAKED good a time as Brent Baker one can possibly have while braving temperatures measured at minus-12 at the site as the racing began. It eventually turned into one of those crystalline, sundappled mountain paradise kind of days that we in the North Country are so privileged to enjoy from time to time. In the sun, temperatures eventually landed on the right side of the zero degree(Fahrenheit) mark, though not by much. There was just enough snow atop the 22-inch thick ice to throw out impressive plumes that glittered in the winter sunlight as the sleds rocketed down the course, ever faster as the event progressed into bigger, more powerful classes. The kids got trophies, the adult winners took home cash, the Bonaparte Lake Lodge had standing-room-only crowds watching the races through the windows with a roaring fire at their backs and food and hot drinks on the tables in front of them. Does it really get any better than this? I didn’t go to last year’s races (boss/partner in journalistic crime, Gary DeVon, did) but organizers Mike and Bridgette Sterling said that the lessons learned last year were put to good use. Apparently efficiency on the staging end of things caused some bottlenecks last year. Not so this time around. At the start of each class of races, all of the competitors were gathered at the bracket board and lined up in the staging area. Most races got off within 30 seconds of the end of the previous run down the course, with only one mid-race delay for refueling the generator that powered the light system. Ah, the lights. The classic racing “Christmas Tree” configuration, with mounted laser start and finish lines, made false starts an automatic call and finishes an easy judgement. It removed guesswork from the equation and insured against unnecessary disputes The machines raced hard, the competitors were good-natured, and the three riders that bucked off their sleds at the start received plenty of genuine sympathy along with some goodnatured ribbing (and likely some significant bruises). Maybe best of all, the nonprofit Bonaparte Snowmobile/ ATV Club hit its fundraising goals for donations that will go toward scholarship(s) given to Tonasket High School graduates, as well as donations to the Make-a-Wish Foundation and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Hopefully it’s an event that grows over time. It’s easy to understand why some decided not to brave the cold weather, but for those who did on Saturday, there wasn’t a better place to be.

A chilly day in the mountains didn’t snow down the snowmobiles at the Bonaparte Lake Snow Drags on Saturday as (left) the sleds took off, often side by side, and roared down the course in fewer than five seconds. The crowd was a bit down from last year thanks to -12 degree temperatures and the relative lack of snow in the region, but the Bonaparte ATV/Snowmobile Club still hit its fundraising targets for scholarships for Tonasket High School seniors, the Make-a-Wish Foundation and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Photos by Brent Baker

Fast & Frigid Above, an impressive array of sponsors helped to pull the event off (Cindy Grabeel photo). Right, kids all received trophies, including (l-r) Sage Fuhrman, Adam Humston, Alex Goetz, Riley Rose, Corbin Cruz and Matt Wagner. Wagner, of Omak, took first place in kids’ division racing.

Above, Ryan Rose launches off the starting pad on one of his runs down the course. Left, Ryan Selzler won three divisions and took second in a fourth to walk away with a few hundred dollars of prize money.

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