Sports briefs — Jan. 19, 2022

Sequim Little League sets assessment dates

Sequim Little League has set dates for its player assessments ahead of the spring baseball and softball seasons.

Player assessments are scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 29, and Saturday, Feb. 5, at Peninsula College’s Sigmar Field.

Baseball and softball players who will play in Minors through Seniors divisions must attend at least 50 percent of the assessments.

Registration is $75 for T-Ball and $100 for Prep through Seniors and is available at sequimlittleleague.com.

The T-Mobile Little League Call Up Grant Program is back again to help cover registration fees for Little League families in need for the 2022 season.

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Volleyball teams in action

Killin’ It, Steim Dental, Hot Peppers and Timber Spikes recorded wins in Peninsula Volleyball League B Division play on Jan. 17 at Peninsula College.

Killin’ It upset No Diggity in a hard-fought best-of-three match 22-25, 29-27, 15-8, while Steim Dental got by Set For Life 25-23, 25-19. Hot Peppers stopped Orv’s Ohana 25-13, 25-20, and Timber Spikes won by forfeit over Harbinger.

The B League wraps up regular season play Monday and then has two weeks of playoffs Jan. 31 and Feb. 7.

In the final night of A Division play on Thursday, Jan. 20, Set For Life will tackle The Honest Touch at 7 p.m. for the championship.

College baseball coaching legend dies in Sequim

College baseball coach Ed Cheff, who guided Lewis-Clark State College to an unprecedented 16 NAIA national World Series titles, passed away Jan. 15 at his home in Sequim after an extended illness, according to Big Country News. He was 78.

Cheff is the NAIA’s all-time leader in baseball victories at one school after he posted a 1,705-430-2 record in 34 seasons at the LC State helm for a .799 winning percentage. He began his Warrior coaching career in 1977 and retired after the 2010 season. At the time of his retirement, his win total ranked fourth all-time among all college baseball coaches. He was second only to Wichita State’s Gene Stephenson in wins with the same program, also among all college baseball levels.

In Cheff’s tenure, the Warriors captured 16 NAIA national titles during a 25-year span, won at least 40 games for 30 straight seasons and produced 114 players who were selected in the Major League Baseball Draft, including 16 who made it to the big leagues.