Seahawks part ways with Brian Schottenheimer


The theme of “Let Russ Cook” apparently meant indigestion for Seahawks coach Pete Carroll as he parted ways with offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer Tuesday.

As Seattle prepared for its season amid a pandemic, the brain trust worked on a way to turn the offense loose, allowing quarterback Russell Wilson to throw more. It worked out of the gate as the Seahawks won their first five games on a record pace. The last half of the season was a different story, however, as Wilson and the offense regressed and struggled.

News of Schottenheimer’s termination came after coach Carroll refused to talk with the media about any coaching changes when asked by Joe Fan…

Pete Carroll on Coaching Staff 2021-01-13

Pete Carroll on Coaching Staff 2021-01-13

Traditionally, Carroll has preferred a more run-heavy approach to his football teams with the emphasis on a strong defense. He eluded to the fact things needed to change prior to next season…

Pete Carroll on Offensive Change 2021-01-13

Pete Carroll on Offensive Change 2021-01-13

While Seattle’s offense scored more points in franchise history this season, it ended up ranked 17th overall and 3rd worst in the NFL in sacks allowed with 47.

Seahawks extend contract for GM John Schneider

Now on to some positive Seahawks news…

Seahawks extend contract of GM John Schneider through 2027

John Schneider, the general manager who helped build the Seahawks into one of the NFL’s best franchises over the past decade, is sticking around well into the current one. The team announced that Schneider signed a contract extension that will keep him in Seattle through the 2027 draft.

Rumors had been circulating about Detroit and other teams trying to lure Schneider away from Seattle. Jody Allen, chair of the Seahawks, said “John and head coach Pete Carroll have formed a tremendous partnership…I know we are all excited to see that continue.”

Schneider’s extension comes just a few months after coach Carroll’s contract was extended through the 2025 season.

Region athletic directors create 27-school “league” to restart sports

Athletic directors for schools in North Central Washington have spent the past week in Zoom conferences trying to determine a way to move forward with restarting sports in local high schools…

NCW Athletic Directors form Regional league to restart sports

The meetings followed a directive from the WIAA a week ago, following the state’s new Healthy Washington initiative to resume sports by February 1st. While that may work for schools in western Washington, it’s not really feasible for schools in our neck of the woods.

So, athletic directors devised a schedule to include all schools within the North Central Region of the Healthy Washington restart plan. This includes three 4A schools (Wenatchee, Eastmont & Moses Lake); 1 2A school (Ephrata); seven 1A schools (Royal, Wahluke, Quincy, Cascade, Cashmere, Chelan & Omak); 9 2B schools (Brewster, Bridgeport, Lake Roosevelt, Liberty Bell, Manson, Okanogan, Oroville, Tonasket and Warden); and 9 1B schools (Cascade Christian, ACH, Entiat, Moses Lake Christian, Pateros, Soap Lake, Waterville-Mansfield & Wilson Creek).

The region’s athletic directors also came up with dates for three sports seasons to commence. The fall season will begin with football practice February 16 and the rest of the sports beginning February 22nd.

Competition will begin February 27th for all fall sports except football, which will begin March 4th. The fall sports seasons will end April 3rd.

No. 1 Gonzaga back on the court Thursday

Men’s college basketball will return tomorrow night across the region…

Men's College Basketball Schedule

Washington State plays at UCLA at 2 o’clock on FS-1. Washington travels to USC at 5:30 on the Pac-12 Network. Then at 6, its No. 1 Gonzaga hosting Pepperdine on ESPN.

Women's College Basketball Schedule

On the women’s floor Thursday, #20 Gonzaga travels to Santa Clara at 6 o’clock. Then on Friday, #25 Washington State plays at USC at 4:30 on the Pac-12 Network. Washington’s game at #8 UCLA has been postponed because of COVID in the Husky program.

NCWLIFE Sports Schedule

Here’s what we have on the NCWLIFE Channel as far as sports is concerned…

NCWLIFE Sports Schedule

It begins with Hockey Night tomorrow night as the Wenatchee Wild host the West Kelowna Warriors in BCHL Hockey at the Town Toyota Center. This game is from October 24th of 2019 and Arch Ecker has the play-by-play beginning at 7 o’clock.

We have Wenatchee and Eastmont basketball from January of last year at the Town Toyota Center. First up is the girls at 7 followed by the boys at 8:30.

Then on Saturday it’s another twin dip of Wenatchee Panther basketball as the girls face Eisenhower at 2 o’clock. The Cadets and Panther boys tip at 7.