The Chewelah Cougarsâ€™ baseÂball team played the first game of their season last week, winÂning in eight innings at Kettle Falls, 4-2.
Caleb Wiebe pitched six strong innings for Chewelah, striking out 10 and only giving up one run, while Calvin Connal got the victory in relief, striking out four and givÂing up one run in his two inÂnings of work.
Wiebe outdueled Kettle Falls right-hander, Tyler Vining.
Head coach Luke Jeanneret was pleased with the difficult opening win.
One thing has been consistent during Laurie Hiteâ€™s tenure as Colville High School girlâ€™s golf coach. Whether it has been the Great Northern League or the Northeast A, the Indians have been at the top of the heap when it comes to league championships and district titles.
The defending NEA and District 7 champions will be favored again when the prep golf season is scheduled to get underway for the Indians this week.
Short-handed for their first week of action in a wet, cool spring, Colville High nonetheless was able to win three of four non-league games last week to get the 2012 softball season underway.
In their opener last Wednesday at Vaagen Park against visiting West Valley, the Indians fell behind 5-0 before battling back to post a 6-5 win.
One day later on a long bus ride for one five-inning game, the Indians blasted Omak of the Caribou-Trail League, 15-2.
Colville High School junior Aubrey Milatz won the title of Miss Colville at last Saturdayâ€™s annual Miss Colville program in the CHS Auditorium. The Miss Colville event serves as a scholarship program for local 11th grade female students, and is sponsored in part by the Colville Chamber of Commerce and area businesses. Ten girls participated in this yearâ€™s program. Milatz, daughter of Steven and Angela Milatz, also won the scholastic, spirit and judgesâ€™ choice awards. First Alternate is Taryn Edlin, daughter of Kevin and Cherri Edlin.
Former Inchelium High baseball coach Landon Johnston has taken over the reigns as the new baseball coach at Kettle Falls High School.
Johnston, counselor at Inchelium School, replaces longtime coach Jeff Graves.
Johnston, a former newspaper sports editor, is happy to be coaching at Kettle Falls, despite the lengthy daily commute from his home in Inchelium. Itâ€™s a commute that has already included a highway run-in with those dreaded blacktop magnates of mayhemâ€”the whitetail deer.
Dominion Meadows Golf Course is open for the 2012 season, according to DM Pro, Andy Hite.
The course is open on 16 of 18 greens. The two greens that have temporaries at this juncture are numbers seven and eight.
â€śThey are just both really wet at this point,â€ť Hite said on Monday. â€śThe greens are looking really good for this early.â€ť
Hite said that local high school golf teams from Kettle Falls and Colville High were out playing on Monday afternoon and â€śreally happy to be out there.â€ť
Until the course is open on all 18 holes, the price of golf at DM is $1 a hole, Hite said.
Defending NE 2B champs hope to get on field this week
Donâ€™t talk to Kettle Falls High softball coach Amy Owens and her team about the effects of Global Warming. As far as Owens and the Lady Bulldogs are concerned, it has been pretty much the return of the ice age.
Welcome to Northeast Washington, spring sports and all those â€śliquidâ€ť schedules.
As of this writing, KFHS still hadnâ€™t been able to get on their field because of the snow, ice and water. No, donâ€™t talk about infield dirt. Owens and her girls are still looking at mud.
Nobody said it would be easy. And to answer that one rhetorically, it never is.
But 72-year-old Bob Jones of Kettle Falls and his son-in-law, Josh Rindal, made it to Nome, Alaska and the end of the fabled Iditarod Sled Dog Race last weekend.
From birth, William â€śBillâ€ť Vanis Bacon lived the cowboy life. One of nine children, he was born in Oklahoma, July 25, 1925, to Willy Alonza and Atoka (Harris) Bacon, and passed away in Colville on Sunday March 11, 2012. The 1920s and 1930s were hard times in our country and, after ranching in Oklahoma dried up, the kids were loaded into the back of a flatbed truck and they headed West, eventually settling on a ranch in Ellensburg by the mid-1930s.