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Youth sports notebook: Finish feels familiar

The Washington 4A/3A East-West football game at Everett’s Memorial Stadium last weekend had an ending nearly identical to that of last year’s game played at Central Valley.

The East prevailed 13-12 in the waning minutes and a Greater Spokane League quarterback, Central Valley’s Blake Bledsoe, again was named most valuable player. He also received the East’s Lynn Rosenbach Memorial scholarship award.

Last year the MVP was Jeff Minnerly of Ferris, who rallied the East late for a 17-14 win at CV.

“It was kind of the same thing,” said Bledsoe, whose last-ditch completion on fourth-and-11 kept the East in business with about two minutes left in the game.

The East lined up in a triple receiver formation.

“I watched the high safety and threw to the inside receiver (Heritage of Vancouver’s Ashton Clark) across the middle,” Bledsoe said Monday.

From the 13 yard line, Bledsoe ran a quarterback counter and, sprung by a block, scored the winning TD with 1:40 remaining.

“I cut off his back and don’t know what happened after that,” Bledsoe said. “They said that I bounced off a few guys.”

The 6-foot Bledsoe, who rotated with two other QBs, also passed for the East’s first touchdown. He was 10 for 18 for 88 yards and ran for 38.

He’ll play at Santa Rosa Community College in California. He had contemplated walking on at Washington State.

“I sent game film and they pushed me to come down there,” he said. “I feel I’ll have more opportunity after a year there than trying to walk on.”

Bledsoe said that the rest of the GSL contingent – Lewis and Clark’s Chris Mastin and Vaughn Kapiko on defense, Ferris’ Aaron Roberts and EV’s Nate Guthrie on offense – played the entire game and Knights running back Nick Bellomy rotated with two others.

•The West won 31-13 in the 15th Earl Barden 2A/1A/B game in Yakima. Lakeside QB Brady Blankevoort was 7 for 11 for 49 yards and a touchdown.

July Fourth baseball

Three defending American League state champions are in the field of the 24-team Spokane-Coeur d’Alene Senior Legion Wood Bat Classic baseball tournament Thursday-Sunday.

National runner-up Twin City Titans from Richland were last year’s Washington champions, the Billings Scarlets won in Montana and Eagle River was Alaska’s state champ. They are among teams from Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, California, Alaska and Canada in this year’s tournament.

Newcomers include the Del Norte Grizzlies from Crescent City, Calif., the Eagle (Idaho) Vipers, Idaho Falls Russets, Hodgen Distributor Red Bulls from Pendleton, Ore., and Washington Pirates from Marysville.

Four Spokane league teams – the two-time defending tourney champion Bandits, Blue Devils, Northstars and Pullman Patriots – are also entered.

Six-team pool play is at Al K. Jackson Field (Shadle Park), Hart Field, Whitworth University, McEuen Fields and Lake City in Coeur d’Alene.

Gonzaga University’s Patterson Baseball Complex hosts Sunday’s championship game at 1:30 p.m. following 9 a.m. semifinals at Jackson Field and Whitworth among pool champions.

•The 32-team Junior Wood Bat Classic will be played at Cheney, Gonzaga Prep, Mt. Spokane, West Valley, Central Valley and Coeur d’Alene with the semifinals at McEuen on Sunday at 9 and 11:30 a.m. and championship at 2 p.m.

Hockey champions

A group of Central Valley hockey players captured this year’s High School League tournament championship with a 3-1 victory over Ferris/University.

The victory in the rubber match between the teams reversed a playoff-opening 3-2 loss to the Ferris/U-Hi combo.

CV was 6-1 during the regular season, losing to Mt. Spokane 6-3. After the playoff loss, CV defeated Mead 17-2, and in a marathon three overtime match eliminated Mt. Spokane on Brent Bartel’s goal with time expiring. The teams had tied 7-7 in regulation.

The title contest was scoreless after a period and tied 1-1 midway through the third. Austin Buckholz scored the winner and Casey Mertens added insurance late after Ferris/U-Hi pulled its goalie. Central Valley finished 9-2 overall.

Team members are Buckholz, Bartel, Mertens, Joel Gray, Will Millspaugh, Mckinlee Baum, Jordan Tuttle, Nick Ramberg, Tyler Smith, Chris Keck, Christian Mohlenhoff, Mitch Fowler, Tanner Fowler and Kevin Wolf. They are coached by Tim Mertens.

Area Code tryouts

Nate Blackham (Mt. Spokane), Aaron Awbery (East Valley) and Mitch Peterson (West Valley) are among more than 50 players invited to Wednesday’s Area Code tryouts at Bellevue Community College.

Twenty-five players selected from four Northwest states – Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana – will represent the Washington Nationals at the Area Code Games in Long Beach, Calif., Aug. 10-15.

Stealth win tourney

Katelyn Bauman pitched two shutouts and the Spokane Stealth 16U select softball team won the Sunshine Summer Kickoff tournament in Yakima last weekend.

Bauman, who was a sophomore at West Valley, blanked Selah 2-0 in the semifinals and topped the Knockouts from Spokane 5-0 for the championship. Sandra Cleveland hit a grand slam homer, her second home run of the tournament.

Stealth was 2-0-1 in pool play with two double digit victories and allowing six runs in five games. Four came in the tie. It was the team’s fourth tournament this summer. They play in Spokane’s Fourth of July Tournament this weekend.

Team members in Yakima were Bauman, Cleveland, Karly Schmitt, Jamie Birch, Bree Baslington, Kaileene Krauth, TaraDawn Swagel, Kaitlyn Shukle, Ashley Burns, Amanda Wallace, Jaylin Naccarato and Emily Hastings. Randy Hastings and Bruce Schmitt are coaches.

Aman signs at Weber

Central Valley graduate Genasee Aman signed her letter of intent last week to play softball at Weber State.

Weber announced reinstating the sport in December, becoming the fifth Big Sky Conference school to have softball.

The Wildcats had a softball program between 1974-83. They will play an independent schedule next spring.


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