It took more than two decades and a couple of head coaching positions in two other sports for Central Valley’s Barry Poffenroth to, at last, get his own baseball program.
Poffenroth, for 25 years a teacher and coach at CV, was selected to replace Steve Rasmussen, who left the school last fall with personal concerns.
“I always wanted to,” said Poffenroth of becoming a head baseball coach. “Now’s a good time to get back into it, what with (my) kids in college and not playing sports anymore.”
Poffenroth will team with former standout CV athlete and Washington State University baseball player John Seefried, to run the program.
“We’re coming with all barrels,” said Poffenroth. “We will hit it full tilt and see what happens.”
Poffenroth was a Bears baseball assistant for Harry Amend and Ed Garcia for a couple of years beginning in 1979 and has been an assistant football coach for his entire teaching tenure.
He was CV’s softball coach for a decade, beginning in 1983 and coached it to five Greater Spokane League championships, including four in a row between 1986 and 1989.
After leaving during a time when the game evolved from slow pitch to modified to fastpitch, Poffenroth became the Bears boys golf coach. That group has annually been among the GSL’s upper echelon.
Now he, Seefried and returning assistant Jeff Simmelink are taking on a new challenge.
“It’s good to change every few years,” said Poffenroth, himself an athlete at Shadle Park and Eastern Washington University.
The plan, Poffenroth said, is to inject more enthusiasm into the game and play in the same way philosophically, be it softball or baseball, that is conducive to winning.
“It still comes down to where I feel if you play solid defense and manufacture runs you will win more than you lose,” he said. “We’re going to try to get some excitement back in the game and push runs across any way we can.”
And he will not be afraid to pick the brains of Seefried and Simmelink, who both also have extensive baseball backgrounds.
Seefried, a 1975 CV grad, was quarterback for an unbeaten football team, played basketball on a state-placer and was a three-year starting third baseman while in high school. The 1974-75 Bears finished second and third in state in baseball.
He went on to play for the Cougars, setting hitting records, and had a brief professional career. He has coached high school and American Legion baseball.
“He will absolutely have input,” said Poffenroth. “I would not let that knowledge go to waste.”
While basketball still has a week of state competition remaining, spring sports practices begin on Monday.
Baseball, softball, tennis, golf – CV’s boys now coached by Tim Hunsaker – track and soccer will play their first contests later this month.
For CV baseball a new era will get underway.
Stayin’ alive WV goal
West Valley’s boys basketball team was hoping for a trophy when it played Clover Park Friday in a loser-out game at the State 3A tournament in Tacoma.
Outcome can be found in today’s Spokesman-Review sports section. Victory would assure the Eagles (21-4) a game today for fourth and seventh places.
They won their opener 55-46 over White River on Wednesday, but lost to Columbia River 54-46 in a Thursday quarterfinal game.
Against White River, the Eagles jumped to a 20-9 lead after a quarter and pulled away at the end after the Hornets had closed to within a point.
Columbia River made a 13-8 first-quarter lead hold up, ultimately getting away after the Eagles had closed to within 36-35 early in the final quarter.
Tyler Hobbs led WV scoring with 37 points in the first two games. Included was a 23-point effort against Columbia River, the only player to score more than six.
In the opener, E.J. Richardson scored 13, Rashad Toussaint came off the bench for 12 and Danny McIntyre got the team off and running with two of his three 3-point baskets.
WV led by as many as 12 points, but needed an 11-0 run late in that game for victory.
Ladies Golf on horizon
A new season of area Women’s Golf Club competition will begin later this month.
Three have already announced their starts.
Painted Hills: First meeting for the Women’s Club will be 2 p.m., March 20 at the golf course.
MeadowWood: Opening day is March 30 with an 8 a.m. hosted mini breakfast and 9 a.m. shotgun start. Everybody is welcome.
Creek at Qualchan: Opening day for the 18-Hole Ladies Club at the southwest Spokane course is March 28 with 8 a.m. breakfast and 9 a.m. tee times. Call 448-9317 to sign up.
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