Governor Inslee’s announcement yesterday of a change in the metrics for moving from phase 1 to phase 2 of the roadmap to recovery does not mean we’ll have sports in North Central Washington anytime soon.
The governor changed it so that regions in Washington must meet three-of-four metrics in order to move ahead. Currently, North Central Washington is down 2-percent in new COVID cases over a 14-day period as well as below the 90-percent occupancy rate for ICU beds over a 7-day average. However, we grew 41-percent in new hospitalizations and are above the 10-percent mark for new, 7-day positive COVID tests.
Local athletic directors have set a February 16th “decision date” on moving ahead with Season 1 for sports in our region. Currently, practice can be held but we must be in Phase 2 of the recovery plan in order to have games.
The next time the state will have new numbers on whether regions have achieved goals in the metrics will be February 15th.
NCWLIFE announces tentative sports broadcast schedule
In case games return in early March, the NCWLIFE Channel has put together a tentative broadcast schedule…
For the first time ever, we would broadcast swimming as Moses Lake and Wenatchee meet Eastmont at the Eastmont Aquatic Center March 4th. That would be followed by Moses Lake and Wenatchee football the following night at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl. The weekend would culminate with Eastmont hosting Moses Lake in girls soccer March 6th at 1 o’clock.
In all, we plan to broadcast 16 events between swim & dive, football, girls soccer and volleyball in March and early April.
We’d wrap up Season 1 with a rematch of Eastmont and Wenatchee in the Apple Bowl April 2nd at 7 o’clock. Of course, we’ve learned all these schedules are in pencil and could change, pending the pandemic.
Gonzaga stops San Diego 90-62
Gonzaga improved to 16-and-oh on the season as the number one team in the country easily handled San Diego last night 90-to-62…
Drew Timme led the way for the Zags with 21-points while Corey Kispert chipped in 13. The Bulldogs are now 7-and-oh in West Coast Conference play.
Gonzaga will stay in California and travel to Pepperdine tomorrow for a 5 o’clock game on ESPN-2.
Washington hosts Washington State Sunday at 5 o’clock on the Pac-12 Network.
Gonzaga women down Pacific 77-65
The Gonzaga women were also victorious last night, downing Pacific 77-65…
The Wirth sisters were at it again, combing for 29-points in the victory. Jenn had 15 while LeeAnne had 14 as the 18th-ranked Bulldogs improved to 14-and-2 on the season, 9-and-oh in West Coast Conference play.
Washington State has a day game today in Pullman when it hosts No. 6 Stanford for the second time in three-days. Tip time is set for Noon at Friel Court at Beasley Coliseum.
Gonzaga remains on the road at Saint Mary’s Saturday at 1. Washington is set to host Stanford Sunday at 1 on the Pac-12 Network.
Van Lith’s Cardinals win again
Keeping track of Hailey Van Lith and her No. 1 Louisville Cardinals…they picked up a 79-68 win over North Carolina last night. Hailey had 11-points and 4-assists while teammate Olivia Cochran led the way with 17-points. The Cardinals built a big lead at half and coasted to a 16-and-oh record, 9-and-oh in ACC play.
Checking the Les Schwab NHL Scoreboard from Thursday…
The Bruins blitzed the Penguins 4-1. New York edged Buffalo in overtime 3-2. Philadelphia was one better than New Jersey, winning 3-2. Washington double-dup on the Islanders 6-3. Carolina shout out Tampa Bay in overtime 1-nothing and Columbus edged Florida in overtime 3-2 in a shootout. Montreal beat Calgary 4-2.
Also on a busy night in the NHL, Minnesota topped Los Angeles 5-3. Dallas exploded for 7-goals in its win over Detroit. Colorado shut out San Jose 3-nothing. Arizona edged Anaheim 3-2. It was Vancouver over Ottawa 4-1. Toronto edged Edmonton 4-3. And Vegas and St. Louis were postponed due to COVID.
There’s only one game on the ice tonight, and that has the Blue Jackets visiting the Blackhawks at 5 o’clock.
Basketball and hockey fill NCWLIFE weekend sports schedule
And coming up this weekend on the NCWLIFE Channel…
It starts with basketball tonight from January 18th of last year when Wenatchee hosted Moses Lake. The girls are first at 7, followed by the boys at 8:30.
Saturday’s action is from January 25th of 2020 when Wenatchee entertained the Davis Pirates at Wenatchee High School. The girls game is on the air at 2 o’clock while the boys game starts at 7.
Then on Sunday, our Wenatchee Wild doubleheader is from November of 2019 as the Wild host Prince George at 2 o’clock. Then it’s Wenatchee and Nanaimo at 7.
Putting the “Kid” back in baseball
Ken Griffey, Jr. is back in baseball. Well, sort of…
The former Mariner Hall of Famer has been hired by Major League Baseball as a senior advisor to commissioner Rob Manfred. Griffey’s role will have a special emphasis on baseball operations and youth baseball development, particularly regarding improving diversity at amateur levels of the game.
So, they’re asking “The Kid” to make baseball cool for kids again. Griffey, Jr. says, “I’m humbled to be asked to work with Major League Baseball in this role. It will be an honor to represent the best sport in the world and to promote our game to among today’s youth.”