Remembering Kobe Bryant’s visit to Cashmere


The sports world and beyond are mourning the death of former NBA superstar Kobe Bryant today. Bryant and eight other passengers were killed in a helicopter crash just outside Los Angeles Sunday morning…

b-Roll of Kobe Bryant Visit to Cashmere 2020-01-27

b-Roll of Kobe Bryant Visit to Cashmere 2020-01-27

Also on board the helicopter and killed in Sunday’s crash was Bryant’s 13-year old daughter Gianna. The two were just in the Wenatchee Valley two weekends ago to watch Hailey Van Lith play a game at Cashmere High School.

Van Lith had worked out with Kobe last summer after he discovered video of her and invited Hailey to Los Angeles. Kobe and Gianna stayed for the entire game in Cashmere on January 11th, and then visited the team in the locker room afterwards.

Authorities are reporting there was heavy fog in the area of Calabasas where the crash occurred. Also on board the helicopter were Sarah Chester and her daughter Payton, who played with Gianna on the same team. Christina Mauser, an assistant coach at Harbor Day School in Corona del Mar, California, also perished in Sunday’s crash. CNN is reporting that Orange County College baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife, Keri, and daughter Alyssa were aboard the helicopter.

The group was reportedly flying to Thousand Oaks, California, for a basketball game, where Gianna was expected to play and Bryant was expected to coach.

Wild split weekend series with Trail

The Wenatchee Wild, for the 8th time this season, split a pair of games, winning one and losing one over the weekend…

Wenatchee Wild Scoreboard

On Friday, Wenatchee broke out first with goals by Brian Adams and Harrison Scott to lead 2-0 in the 1st period. But Trail reeled the Wild back in with a goal late in the first and early in the second to tie the game at 2.

Luke Ormsby gave Wenatchee the lead back at the 11:30 mark of the second, but Trail tied it just before the second intermission. Kent Johnson scored the game-winner for the visitors midway through period number three and Trail won it 4-to-3.

On Saturday, Drake Usher helped Wenatchee out to an early lead but the Smoke Eaters tied it 27-seconds later. The game would remain tied at 1 through regulation, an overtime and would end with a shootout.

Arch Ecker had the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network…

Wenatchee Wild vs Trail Highlights 2020-01-25

Wenatchee Wild vs Trail Highlights 2020-01-25

Wenatchee travels to Vernon Wednesday, Trail on Friday and then returns home to host Coquitlam Saturday at the Town Toyota Center.

Husky women lose twice in OT

Taking a look at the Les Schwab Women’s Basketball Scoreboard from the weekend…

Women's College Basketball Scoreboard

Washington lost two overtime games over the weekend. After falling to UCLA Friday in OT 85-81, the Husky ladies fell to USC yesterday in extra’s 81-78. Washington State was swept by the LA schools Friday and Sunday.

On Saturday, #13 Gonzaga had no trouble with Loyola Marymount, winning 78-52. Southern Utah beat Eastern Washington 71-50. Central Washington downed Western Oregon 70-50. And Wenatchee Valley College topped Treasure Valley 57-41.

Gonzaga keeps home streak alive at 35-straight

All the mens college basketball games were played on Saturday…

Men's College Basketball Scoreboard

#2 Gonzaga pummeled Pacific 92-59. #23 Colorado was 14-better than Washington 76-62. Utah stopped Washington State 76-64. Eastern Washington used overtime to beat Southern Utah 81-78. Western Oregon ran over Central Washington 83-66. And Treasure Valley handed Wenatchee Valley its fourth loss of the season 74-58.

Friday prep girls basketball scoreboard

Checking the Les Schwab Prep Girls Basketball Scoreboard, first from Friday…

Prep Girls Basketball Scoreboard Friday

Eisenhower topped Eastmont 61-47. Moses Lake downed Davis 53-36. Selah eased past Ephrata 61-45. Prosser popped Quincy 66-to-13. Okanogan beat Cascade 64-23. And Cashmere cruised by Chelan 66-39.

Saturday prep girls basketball scoreboard

In girls play on Saturday…

Prep Girls Basketball Scoreboard Saturday

Davis edged Wenatchee 41-36. West Valley more than doubled-up Eastmont 65-30. Moses Lake stopped Sunnyside 65-43. Wapato walloped Quincy 68-31. Ellensburg beat Ephrata 71-41. Hailey Van Lith scored 38-points as Cashmere beat Kings 62-44. Riverside Christian edged Entiat 32-28. And Waterville-Mansfield won on homecoming night at Mansfield over Manson 69-14.

Friday prep boys basketball scoreboard

In boys basketball action Friday…

Prep Boys Basketball Scoreboard Friday

Eastmont beat Eisenhower 77-69. Davis mauled Moses Lake 98-73. Selah topped Ephrata 71-62. Prosser had no trouble with Quincy, winning 75-23. Okanogan crushed Cascade 62-44. And Cashmere beat Chelan 62-50.

Saturday prep boys basketball scoreboard

Turning to Saturday…

Prep Boys Basketball Scoreboard Saturday

Davis edged Wenatchee 69-60. West Valley continued to dominate the Big-9 with a 70-48 win over Eastmont. Sunnyside slipped past Moses Lake 69-68. Quincy won its first game of the season, downing Wapato 49-39. Ellensburg dispatched Ephrata 58-48. Riverside Christian caught Entiat 66-56. And Manson topped Waterville-Mansfield 64-46.

NCWLIFE Sports Schedule includes bowling, wrestling and basketball

Here’s what we have coming up this week on the NCWLIFE Sports Broadcast Schedule…

NCWLIFE Sports Schedule

We’ll feature Wenatchee and Eastmont girls bowling from Eastmont Lanes tomorrow night at 7.

Hockey Night Thursday is the Wild versus Surrey at 7, followed by Eastmont and Wenatchee wrestling at 9.

Grant will be courtside at Eastmont Friday for a doubleheader between the Wildcats and Moses Lake Chiefs beginning at 6:30.

Then on Saturday, Grant and Eric will team up to bring us Eastmont and Wenatchee girls at 5:30 and boys at 7:30 here on your home for LOCAL sports, the NCWLIFE Channel.

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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).