The high school sports season continues to wind down with a host of regional action for local teams.
The Richland girls track team nipped Spokane's Mead high school to win the 4A regional title over the weekend, 101-97.75 points. Meanwhile, the Kamiakin girls dominated the 3A field with a convincing total point score of 172. Spokane's Shadle Park finished a distant second with 103 points. Hanford's boys took the 3A team title over Spokane's University 92-89. 4A and 3A track & field teams will head to Tacoma this weekend for the state championships.
In high school baseball regional action, Richland baseball made the final four for this coming weekend with an 11-0 victory over Mead and a 6-5 hard fought victory over Gonzaga Prep on Saturday. They'll play Puyallup at 4pm Saturday at Gesa Stadium.
Kamiakin also earned a 3A state final four trip to Gesa Stadium with their 11-2 victory over Mt Spokane and 2-0 victory over Kennewick. They face Bishop Blanchet on Saturday at 10am in Pasco.
In 2A playoffs in Yakima, East Valley defeated Selah 5-3 and blasted Cheney 9-0 on Saturday. Archbishop Murphy will await them on Friday at County Stadium at 4pm in Yakima.
Softball action for 4A Walla Walla and Richland as well as 3A Kamiakin, will take place this Saturday in Spokane and Lacey, respectively. Walla Walla begins with Central Kitsap at 10am on Friday. Richland faces Inglemoor at noon Friday. Noon is also the time for Kamiakin's game on Friday against Mt. Si.
The region will play host to 2B softball action in Yakima at the Gateway Sports Complex Friday and Saturday. Richland will host 1A softball action. Baseball's East Valley Yakima will highlight the Yakima prep scene this weekend as they play Archibishop Murphy in final four action on Friday at 4pm.
Davis' boys soccer was so close to the state semi-final action that they could taste it. At least for a half they did. Up 2-0 over Central Valley, the Pirates saw the lead evaporate in minutes as the Bears scored two goals to tie the game and send it to overtime. The Bears would score five minutes in to end Davis' dream season.
Yakima was also buzzing about the weekend the Yakima Valley Yaks turned in during East Regional baseball action. After losing to Walla Walla on Friday, 5-1, the Yaks needed to win three games Saturday and Sunday to keep their season alive. They did just that including Sunday's 4-1 revenge victory over Walla Walla. It earned the Yaks the #1 seed going into this coming weekend's NWAACC tournament in Longview.
In pro sports, the Mariners finally found a team playing worse than them. Seattle completed a weekend sweep of the Colorado Rockies with a 6-4 win on Sunday. Blake Beavan picked up the win as the Mariners head home for tonight's series with the Texas Rangers.
The Phoenix Coyotes staved off elimination last night with their 2-0 win in Los Angeles over the Kings. The Coyotes will host another playoff game trying to prevent the Kings from claiming the Western Conference crown on Tuesday night.
The WHL champion Edmonton Oil Kings took their Memorial Cup opener with Shawinigan on Friday night, 4-3. The Oil Kings return to action tonight on the ice versus Saint John at 4pm.
And finally, the Seattle Sounders survive an upset from the Vancouver Whitecaps in MLS action on Saturday. The Whitecaps took an early 1-0 lead heading into the half. With a couple of changes to the lineup, the Sounders tied it up quickly on an Eddie Johnson goal in the second half. A minor defensive lapse led to another Whitecaps goal but Fredy Montero came to the Sounders' rescue with a late game goal to secure the one point in the 2-2 tie.
We have more sports news from around the region every weekday morning in the KAPP/KVEW Sports Beat.