Tri-Cities soccer team closing in on national semifinals

The U19 Three Rivers Soccer Club made history as the first Tri-City team to compete in the USYS National Championship.

The U19 Three Rivers Soccer Club made history as the first Tri-City team to compete in the USYS National Championship.

April Duran

Girls soccer team Three Rivers Black continued their run at the US Youth Soccer Nationals in Orlando on Wednesday, beating Strikers from Fox Valley, Illinois 5-1 in pool.

The Tri-City team now plays Total Futbol Academy of Ohio in the final pool game on Thursday at 3:00 p.m. Pacific.

The matchup is essentially a playoff game as the winner advances to the semifinals on Saturday.

But Three Rivers coach Jason Quintero says his team also has an advantage if they draw with the Ohio team.

“The fifth goal (which we scored) seemed irrelevant at the time,” said Quintero. “Garbage time target in the ninetieth minute. But it gives us a goal advantage in terms of goal difference towards (Thursday’s game). We had no idea at the time since Ohio and Mississippi were playing with us at the same time. So a draw or a win will get us further.”

Wednesday’s win came with five straight goals for the 3RC team after Illinois took a 1-0 lead in the first half. Claire Potter and Emma Haertling each scored two goals for the local side while Ava Suarez scored the last goal.

Potter – who played at Pasco High School last fall and is moving to Western Washington University next fall – scored the team’s first two goals (one with a Violet Duran assist, the other with a Meredith Winiarski assist).

Haertling then came on with two goals in a row – the first from Kelsey Fulton and the second from Kate Hollenberg.

Kelsey Lovercheck assisted Suarez for the last goal.

For the second time in a row, Danika Galbraith and Lindsey Pasena-Littlesky parted at the net against the goalkeeper.

youth baseball

The 12-year-old Greater Richland Little League All-Star team saw their season-ending Wednesday night when the Cascade All-Stars defeated the Tri-City team 10-1 in the losers bracket at the Washington State Little League Tournament in Lynwood and Everett defeated .

GRLL had been sent to the losers group on Tuesday as Woodinville won a winners group semi-final game 10-0.


Some of Mid-Columbia’s best high school cowboys and girls put on a stellar performance this week at the National High School Rodeo Finals in Gillette, Wyo.

The performances began on Sunday evening and will end next Saturday evening.

Among the region’s best finishes to date was a first-place breakaway roping by Royal City’s Brynn Morgan on Wednesday night’s program.

Morgan clocked in 2.42 seconds.

On Sunday night’s program, Stanfield’s Gator Goodrich finished second in the tie-down roping with a time of 11.23 seconds.

On Monday night’s broadcast, Hermiston’s Alyson Terry finished second in the pole bending event with a time of 20.689 seconds.

Milton-Freewater’s Lauryn Riney placed fifth in Tuesday night’s pole bending performance with a time of 20.762 seconds.

And during Monday night’s program, MacKinzey Black of Benton City finished seventh in barrel racing when she crossed the finish line in 17.761 seconds.

EWU Athletics

The Friends of EWU Athletics are hosting an event on Wednesday 27th July from 5pm to 8pm at the CG Public House in Kennewick.

A number of EWU staff and coaches – including head football coach Aaron Best – will be present and speaking.

There will be appetizers, a no-host bar and a silent auction for those aged 21 and over.

The event is a fundraiser for the school’s nutrition center.

Tickets are available at


Bellingham Golf & Country Club’s Daniel Campbell shot 197 (16 under par) in three rounds to win the Rosauer’s Open Invitational, which ended July 17 at Spokane’s Indian Canyon Golf Course.

But there were many local golfers who placed high among the 168 competitors.

Walla Walla’s Brady Sharp, representing Divots Golf in Walla Walla, finished the tournament in a tie for 10th with 203 (down 10).

Amateur Patrick Azevedo from Othello Golf Club tied for 16th placeth. Azevedo, who plays for the University of Wyoming men’s golf team, shot a total of 205 (down-8) over three rounds.

And two local pros — Meadow Springs’ Jason Aichele and Zintel Creek’s Brad Elzie — both shared 32 pointsndeveryone shoots 209s for minus-4.

The Tri-City Amateur is back.

Horn Rapids Golf Course will host the August 18-21 event with women’s, senior and open divisions.

It will be an individual stroke play tournament with a team game.

Admission is $200 per person and $190 per senior (55+).

Log in to Registration closes on August 13 at 6:00 p.m

The Tri-City Amateur started around 1975 and was last held in 2007.

cross country

Bruce Blizzard was named Head Cross Country Coach for the Richland Bombers, one of the better programs in the area.

This is Blizzard’s second tenure as head coach of the Bombers.

Blizzard was head coach from 2006 to 2009, before that he was assistant cross-country coach and coached the school’s track and field team from 1991.

Jeff Morrow is a former sports editor for the Tri-City Herald.

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