Wild Prepare for Spruce Grove in Doyle Cup

Wenatchee Wild face Spruce Grove Saints tonight and tomorrow, possibly Sunday at TTC.

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Wild Face Saints Tonight, Saturday in Doyle Cup

WENATCHEE, WA – It’s been 8-days of rest and workouts for the Wenatchee Wild, and now the next phase in their incredible post-season journey continues. After winning the Fred Page Cup 8-days ago, the Wild begin a quest to capture the Doyle Cup tonight at the Town Toyota Center against the Spruce Grove Saints out of the Alberta Junior Hockey League…
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The Doyle Cup was last contested for in 2012 before the Western Canada Cup was formed. From 2013 to 2017, the Western Canada Cup (WCC) replaced the Doyle Cup. The WCC was a five-team event that featured the winners of the four Western CJHL leagues (BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba) plus the host team with the top two teams advancing to the RBC Cup.

The Spruce Grove Saints competed in the Doyle Cup in 2010 and 2011, losing in Game 7 both years to the eventual back to back RBC Cup Champion Vernon Vipers.
The Doyle Cup was established in 1985 with the Penticton Vees the last team to have their name etched on the trophy. The winner of the Doyle Cup has gone on to claim the national Junior A title 14 times.

Arch Ecker and assistant coach Chris Clark were guests on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley this morning. Clarky was asked about his thoughts on Spruce Grove…

Coach Clark says the preparation for the Saints hasn’t differed from any other opponent all season…

The puck will drop tonight and tomorrow at 7:05 and if they split the first two games, Sunday at 7:05 as well.

Chelan and Manson Soccer Post Victories

Turning to the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard from Thursday…
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Chelan blanked Okanogan 5-nil in soccer while Manson got by Tonasket 3-1.

Shockers Down Eagles in Rain-Delayed Game

We have one baseball score from yesterday…
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Waterville-Mansfield finished up its rain-delayed game with Soap Lake, coming out on top 13-to-3.

Brewster Sweeps Cashmere, Shockers Top Nannies

In a couple softball doubleheaders…
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Brewster swept a pair from Cashmere while Waterville-Mansfield edged Pateros in two, 14-8 and 13-12.

Wenatchee Girls Golf Team Defends Home Course

The Wenatchee Panther girls golf team came out on top in the 5th Big Nine POD yesterday at Three Lakes…
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Wenatchee carded a 407, 4-shots in front of Davis. The Eastmont girls finished 4th.

Let’s take a look at the prep schedule for the weekend, starting with baseball…
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Eastmont hosts Sunnyside in a doubleheader at Dan White Field today at 4. Wenatchee continues its battle with Moses Lake for first in the Big 9 at Larson Field today with a doubleheader at 4. Chelan’s on the road at Brewster for a single game today at 4:30.
On Saturday, Cashmere hosts Cascade in a twin bill at 11. Chelan’s at Connell for two while Pateros hosts Waterville-Mansfield in two, both at 11. Manson will host Brewster in a single game Saturday at 11am.

In softball action today…
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Eastmont travels to Sunnyside while Wenatchee hosts Moses Lake. Both are doubleheaders and both start at 4 o’clock. Cashmere hosts Cascade for a single game at 4:30.
Coming up tomorrow, Brewster plays at Manson in a doubleheader at 11 while Chelan hosts Granger for two beginning at 1 o’clock.

We’ll be featuring soccer tonight on the NCWLIFE Channel…
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As Wenatchee hosts Davis in a crucial, late-season Big 9 contest at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl at 7. Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen have your play-by-play right here. Meanwhile, Eastmont’s at West Valley tonight at 7.  Tomorrow, Cashmere travels to Bridgeport while Manson is also on the road at Oroville at 11am. Chelan hosts Granger at 1pm.

Also on the prep schedule this weekend…
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Entiat tennis is at Peteros today at 4. The Chelan, Cashmere and Wenatchee tennis teams are in the Spokane area at Mead High School today and tomorrow for the Inland Empire Tournament.

In Track today, Entiat and Cashmere are at Cascade at 4. Tomorrow, Wenatchee hosts Eastmont, Moses Lake and Cascade at 10am.

In boys golf today, the Wenatchee Panthers are on the road at Lake City, Idaho.

Soccer Tonight, Parade and Hockey This Weekend

So, again, a reminder of our broadcast schedule for the weekend…
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It begins tonight with soccer at 7. The Keyes Fibre Youth Parade is tomorrow morning at 11 LIVE. We’ll replay West Valley at Eastmont soccer from April 3rd tomorrow following the parade at 2pm. Then, be sure to tune in for that magical Game 5 of the Fred Page Cup with Wenatchee and Prince George tomorrow night at 7 o’clock. Also of note on Sunday, that crazy soccer match between Eastmont and Wenatchee from March is at 5pm and the replay of the Youth Parade will be on at 7…that’s on Sunday.

Leonard Evans 150 at WVSO Highlights Weekend Events

We have a ton more going on with our weekend sports schedule…
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The Apple Blossom Bash Softball Tournament will consume the diamonds at Walla Walla Point Park Saturday and Sunday.

The Horse Lake Trail Runs of a half-marathon, 7-mile and 5-mile varieties begins tomorrow morning at 8am.

The Apple Blossom Pickleball Tournament is tomorrow and Sunday over in East Wenatchee at the Eastmont Community Park.

And racing resumes at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval with the Leonard Evans 150 featuring Super Late Models, CR Legends and Street Stocks. That all gets underway Saturday afternoon at 4.

Seager Leads Mariners Past Indians with Late Inning Hit

Kyle Seager went 3-for-4 and delivered what proved to be the game-winning, RBI double in the 8th as the Mariners beat Cleveland 5-4 last night…
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James Paxton didn’t get the decision, but looked good in six innings. Allowing 2-runs on 4-hits while striking out 10. Edwin Diaz continued his brilliance in relief, striking out two to earn his 11th save. Seattle is at Cleveland again today at 4:10 with Erasmo Ramirez on the mound against Corey Kluber.

Seahawks Take Penny With 27th Pick in NFL Draft

Finally, the first round of the NFL Draft went pretty much as expected last night…
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Baker Mayfield went #1 overall to Cleveland while Saquon Barkley went #2 to the New York Giants. Sam Darnold was taken #3 overall by the Jets. The big surprise was the Seahawks, taking a relative unknown with the 27th pick overall in choosing San Diego State running back Rashaad Penny. Unless there’s a trade, Seattle has to wait around until the 4th round for its next selection. We’ll also be crossing our fingers for Wenatchee’s Cody O’Connell throughout the rest of the draft.

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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).