Pac-12 to ramp up sports June 15th, rules permitting

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Pac-12 to resume sports June 15

The Pac-12 Conference announced Tuesday that it will allow voluntary, in-person athletic workouts for all sports to begin June 15th. Of course, the move is subject to the decision of each individual campus and where permissible by relevant governmental entities.

Under Governor Jay Inslee’s Safe Start plan, Washington state is using a staged approach to reopening. Small gatherings of no more than five people are permitted in Phase 2.

Home counties for Pac-12 schools in Washington would have to reach Phase 4 before practice could resume. So far, King County, home of the Huskies, hasn’t reached Phase 2 yet and isn’t expected to reach a phase to allow practice until July. WSU is in Whitman County, which is already in Phase 2.

Washington restrictions could prohibit Seahawks coaches from returning to work

The phased-control in Washington could also put the Seahawks behind in a return to its facility in Renton…

NFL Coaches to return next week, except for Seahawks

Yahoo Sports reported Tuesday NFL sources said coaches could be back in team buildings as soon as next week. That could lead to players on the field for team minicamps by late June.

This puts the Seahawks in a unique spot. Under the current restrictions in Washington, Pete Carroll and his coaching staff won’t be allowed into the facility until later in June.

Up to now, the NFL has stated it won’t resume full, on-field training for players until every one of its 32 teams are permitted by local authorities to do reopen. The league has said it does not want a competitive disadvantage of, say, the Dolphins, Buccaneers and Jaguars fully operating again in reopened Florida while the Seahawks remain shut down in Washington.

Russell Wilson joins Megan Rapino and Sue Bird to host ESPY Awards

ESPN has chosen Russell Wilson, US soccer star Megan Rapinoe and Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird to co-host the virtual ESPY Awards next month…

ESPY Awards hosted by Russell WIlson, Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird

Normally the ESPYs are about celebrating and reliving some memorable sporting achievements over the past year, but as part of the tweaks to this year’s format due to the COVID-19 pandemic, “the show is celebrating heroism and humanitarian aid.”

Among the awards that will be presented are The Arthur Ashe Award for Courage, the Pat Tillman Award for Service, the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance, the Billie Jean King Youth Leadership Award, and the Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award.

The 2020 ESPY awards will be on ESPN on Sunday, June 21st.

Herb Lowers selected to Cashmere Wall of Fame

Cashmere has announced its selection as the 2020 Wall of Fame addition to be Herb Lowers…

Herb Lowers added to Cashmere Wall of Fame

Lowers was a graduate of Cashmere High in 1944 where he played football and basketball and was a member of the band and orchestra. He joined the Navy after graduating and served two years of duty in World War II in the South Pacific.

Upon his honorable discharge, Lowers enrolled at Washington State College where he was active in his fraternity and on campus. He married his college sweetheart Roberta “Buddy” Frink in August of 1950 and the family returned to Cashmere.

Herb was employed in the fruit industry, served two terms on the Cashmere School Board and was a 50+ year member of Lions Club. Mr. Lowers passed away in October of 2018 at the age of 91.

Major League players not happy with financial plan offered

Major League Baseball made an economic proposal to the players’ union Tuesday that the players found “extremely disappointing.”

Major League proposal rejected by players

The plan included a sliding-scale proposal that would pay a greater percentage of salaries to the lower wage earners in baseball while the multimillionaires would get less.

The proposal was different than the 50-50 revenue-sharing plan that owners initially approved earlier this month. Salaries in the major leagues range from 563-thousand-500 at the minimum to 36-million a year for Mike Trout and Gerrit Cole. Players agreed to a deal in March in which they would receive prorated shares of their salaries based on the percentage of games played.

In addition, the union said the sides also remain far apart on health and safety protocols aimed at starting the pandemic-delayed season around the 4th of July.

RBC Cup Hockey between Wild and Chiefs featured Thursday night

And again, a quick reminder of our sports broadcast schedule this week…

NCWLIFE Sports Schedule

It begins tomorrow night at 7 with Hockey Night featuring the Wenatchee Wild and Chilliwack Chiefs from the RBC Cup in May of 2018.

Friday night features Big-9 volleyball from last fall between Wenatchee and Moses Lake at 7.

Saturday’s double feature begins at 2 with Wenatchee and Eastmont boys soccer from 2018. Then at 7 it’s more from the 2018 RBC Cup with Wenatchee facing the Steinbach Pistons.

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Eric Granstrom
Eric comes to NCWLIFE Channel after a 26-year career in radio, having most-recently served as the Producer of the Seahawks Radio Network; Weekend Sports Anchor on KOMO AM1000 in Seattle; and Program Director of KKRV 104.7FM/KWIQ 100.3FM/KKRT 900AM in Wenatchee and Moses Lake. Eric is an avid outdoorsman, hunting and fishing throughout the northwest, including co-hosting, filming and producing Dave Graybill’s “Fishing Magician TV.” Eric lives in East Wenatchee with his wife, Marion and has one daughter, Gracie (21) and two stepsons Trent (26) and Taylor (21).