Seaplanes will hold exercises in three cities on Friday

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Unlimited H1 seaplane drivers are preparing for the first race of the HAPO Columbia Cup & Over finals in 2021.

jking@tricityherald.com

The Columbia Cup H1 Unlimited seaplane races are still about two months away, July 29-31.

But there’s a lot of fun for fans of racing on Friday, as at least six unlimited ones will be at Kennewick’s Lampson Pits for the annual Spring Training event.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

This is a great chance to see the boats up close and allows the racing teams to shake the web out of the boats and prepare for the 2022 season.

The following boats and drivers are scheduled to enter the pits:

  • U-1 Miss HomeStreet Bank and driver Jimmy Shane
  • U-8 Miss Tri-Cities and driver J. Michael Kelly
  • U-9 Pinnacle Peak Consulting and driver Cory Peabody
  • U-21 Miss Lakridge Paving and Drivers Brian Perkins and Guner O’Farrell
  • U-40 Miss Lighthouse Plumber and driver Dave Vilwok
  • U-91 Miss John Goodman Real Estate and driver Jeff Bernard.

In addition, at least one Grand Prix team – GP-20 Blown Income and pilot Ed Preston – will also be tested.

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A seagull flies over the Columbia River as J. Michael Kelly in the unlimited U-8 Miss Tri-Cities seaplane race to victory over Andrew Tate in the U-12 Graham Trucking in the 2021 Columbia Cup races in 2021. Bob. Cheeky Three-city Herald

Water Follies also noted that parking is not available on the old highway that runs along the coastline, but fans can watch from there. It is suggested that people park on the playground of dreams.

1B softball

Liberty Christian in Richland won the state title last Saturday at Yakima, winning the Colton Championship 4-1.

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The Liberty Christian girls’ softball team won the state title in Yakima, beating Coltan in the championship. WIAA

The Patriots, seeded No. 1 in the tournament, opened the game on Friday, beating Darrington No. 8 10-0 and then beating DeSales No. 4 12-13 in the semifinals.

For Liberty Christian (21-2) it was an amazing season in which Edgar Rogel was hired as head coach less than a month before the season.

“I didn’t know I was going to coach Liberty 3 weeks before the start of the season,” Rogel said. “I didn’t know any of the girls and they didn’t know about me. On the first day of practice I introduced myself and we started. We didn’t have seniors, and less than half of the team had experience in softball. “

But the players wanted to learn, and Rogel noticed that they had a desire to compete.

“They quickly learned and realized what I was trying to do,” he said. “They bought into the system.”

The Patriots started with a victory. But it was only in the middle of the season that the doubleheader split with the perennial DeSales powerhouse that their eyes opened.

“At this point, the girls and I talked about fighting for the state,” Rogel said.

The best part?

“Our team is young and all our (13) girls are back,” he said.

These include both pitchers, Bella Rogel and Hannah Butcher, catcher Lauren Reed and star man from third base Eli Bush.

“I’m still amazed at how we set a high bar for these girls, and they rose and lived up to all expectations,” Rogel said. “Really fun season. Our greatest strength was the desire to play for each other and win. There was no “I” in this team. Only 13 girls want to compete. “

DeSales, losing in the semifinals to Liberty Christian, returned to victory over Naselle 12-1 and finished third in the tournament.

Softball class 4a

None of the three teams in our district took high places in the state tournament, but Kamyakin and Chiavana were able to succeed last week in Spokane.

The Browses went 2-2 with a 6-4 victory over Eastmont and a 9-7 victory over Chiavana.

The Riverhawks went 1-2, defeating Emerald Ridge 12-9.

Hanford went 0-2 in the tournament. But it was a great post-season run by the Falcons, who needed to win the game to even get into the District 8 tournament.

Softball class 3a

Walla Walla entered the tournament with 20 teams as the first seed and eventually finished second to Lacey.

The Blue Devils opened the game by beating Marysville-Getchell 2-0, defeating Yelma 16-6 in the quarterfinals and closing Bonnie Lake 4-1 in the semifinals.

But in the final, Lake Washington’s tough team brought their bats, and in the Kangaroo Championship, they defeated the Blue Devils 14-8.

Kenevik, 18 seeded, lost to Auburn Riverside 5-3 in the state game.

2A tennis

Aaron Villarreal of Othello lost his first singles match among boys in Yakima, but then rallied to win three in a row and finish fifth.

In the match for the Villarreal trophy, he defeated Jordan Allen of Fossa 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.

NWAC softball

CBC won 1-2 last week at the NWAC tournament in Spokane.

“Hawks” opened the tournament with a defeat of Lower Colombia with a score of 15-14. But the CBC rallied to beat the Big Band 12-10 before Edmonds knocked it out 9-1.

Walla Walla Community College ranked fourth in the tournament with 16 teams. In the end, the Warriors went 4-2 – beating Centralia 14-12, defeating Douglas 13-4, ousting Lower Columbia 9-2 and beating Southwest Oregon 10-9 – before dropping out. Bellevue “3-2.

Riley Bennett of the WWCC and Hailey Brown have been included in all NWAC tournaments.

Eventually Mt. Hood won the tournament, beating Bellevue 8-7 in the championship.

NWAC baseball

The CBC baseball team finished the season on May 20 in a superregional competition, losing to Edmonds 6-2 in the losing game.

Brooks Rasmussen and Stephen Mayer each had two shots in the game for the Hawks.

Lynn-Benton won the NWAC title, winning the championship on Tuesday at Mount Hood 4-1.

Jeff Moore is a former Tri-City Herald sports editor.

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