Pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training in Peoria for the Seattle Mariners in just 8-days. A particular pitcher, however, is reportedly all smiles today.
Former Wenatchee AppleSox Marco Gonzales had his contract with the Mariners extended Monday through the 2025 season with a team-option for 2026. Now the veteran atop the Seattle starting rotation, Gonzales was already on contract through this season for 1-million dollars. His new contract will reportedly be worth 30-million dollars.
The Mariners first Cactus League game will be Saturday, February 22nd.
Former Seahawk Steve Hutchinson selected to Hall of Fame
The wait is over for Seahawks Legend Steve Hutchinson, who this summer will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame…
Hutchinson, one of the best offensive linemen of his era, was one of five modern-era selections for the 2020 Hall of Fame class along with safety Troy Polamalu, receiver Isaac Bruce, safety Steve Atwater and running back Edgerrin James Saturday.
A first-round pick in the 2001 draft, Hutchinson earned All-Pro honors three times and was a three-time Pro Bowler during his five seasons as the Seahawks’ left guard. He provided blocking for Shaun Alexander in Seattle before going on to Minnesota, blocking for Adrian Peterson.
“Hutch” played 6-years with the Vikings before ending his career in 2012 with Tennessee. He was a 7-time pro bowler, 5-time first team all pro and played in 169-games in his 12-year career.
Season winding down with slate of girls basketball games tonight
Taking a look at the prep girls basketball schedule for tonight…
In Central Washington Athletic Conference play, Ephrata hosts Grandview at 5:45 while Quincy takes on Othello. In the Caribou Trail League tonight, it’s Omak at Cascade while Cashmere hosts Okanogan at 5:45. And on the B floors tonight, Entiat hosts Pateros at 5:45 followed by Manson at Tonasket at 6.
Quincy recognizes seniors tonight
The boys schedule looks just the same, only with different start times.
Grandview plays at Ephrata at 7:15 while Quincy hosts Othello. Omak tips at Cascade at 7:15 while Cashmere hosts Okanogan. Manson plays at Tonasket at 7:30 while Entiat hosts Pateros.
Wild begin 1,304-mile journey
The Wenatchee Wild begin an arduous three-game road trip this week tomorrow night in Prince George…
The puck drops at the Rolling Mix Concrete Arena at 7 o’clock. Then on Friday, Wenatchee heads for Surrey, B.C. to face the Eagles at 7 o’clock in the South Surrey Arena. Finally on Saturday, Wenatchee’s at the George Preston Arena to face the Langley Rivermen at 7:15.
All told, the Wild will travel 1,304-miles over the next five days. Say a little prayer for the boys as the season winds down in the BCHL. Wenatchee’s currently in 5th place in the Interior Division with 52-points, three behind Vernon and 4-back of Salmon Arm.
BCHL to realign in 2020-2021
The BCHL Board of Governors approved a new configuration for the league beginning next season…
With the expansion Cranbrook Bucks beginning their inaugural campaign next year, the Board voted in favor of changing to a two-conference system with nine teams on each side.
The Coastal Conference will consist of the current Island and Mainland Division teams, minus the Prince George Spruce Kings, while the Interior Conference will see Cranbrook added as well as Prince George.
The league has also announced that it is moving from a 58-game schedule to 54, as well as a later start date in September.
Wenatchee and Ike boys on TV tonight
Coming up on the NCWLIFE Sports Schedule this week, beginning with tonight…
We’ll rebroadcast the Wenatchee and Eisenhower boys basketball game from January tonight at 7. Thursday is Hockey Night with the Wild taking on the Trail Smoke Eaters at 7.
Then on Friday, we’ll be at Eastmont High School for the Wildcats games against the Davis Pirates. The girls game will be LIVE on our Facebook stream at 5:45 but not on the air until after our evening news at 6:30. The boys game will be live at 7:30 on Facebook and on TV at 8.
Apple Blossom-themed Saturday erases sports schedule on NCWLIFE
And, we’re suspending sports on Saturday so we can bring you a bunch of blossoms…
We’re kicking off the 2020 Apple Blossom Festival with a full evening of entertainment. It begins with the broadcast debut of the Apple Blossom documentary called “A Lot Of Fuss About A Parade” at 4 o’clock. Then you can Meet The Top Ten at 5:30 with my interviews with the Top Ten Candidates.
We begin our LIVE coverage from Wenatchee High School with our Countdown to Coronation at 6:30 with yours truly and former Queen Julie Agens-Kuntz. Then at 7, it’s the Cashmere Valley Bank Royalty Selection Pageant.
That’s all Saturday right here on the NCWLIFE Channel.