September 22nd, 2011
On Saturday, Colville Highâs cross-country team took their show on the road to the venerable Farragut - Super One Foods Invitational. The challenging 5k course, located along the banks of Idlewilde Bay on Lake Pend Oreille, provided the local harriers with their first chance of the season to test themselves in race conditions.
For the first time in three games, the Colville High offense came to play last Friday at Newport in the Northeast A League opener for both football teams.
It has been a frustrating early-season for the Indians (0-3, 0-1) so far. Coming into the Newport game, CHS hadnât scored a touchdown from scrimmage.
But that all changed at Newport--the Indians roared back from a 27-7 deficit to nearly pull out a much-needed win.
But Newport (3-0, 1-0) held on to record a 33-28 win.
Chewelah's cross-country team ran its second meet of the season last Saturday at Farragut State Park along the shores of Pend Oreille Lake in north Idaho.
The young squad ran short-handed, but made improvements on individual times and impressed coach Pat Kostecka with their hard work. The meet wasnât originally on the Cougars' schedule, so the team missed several runners to prior commitments
âItâs amazing how many things kids get involved in these days,â Kosstecka said of the prior commitments several of his squad members had on Saturday. âWe didn't have many run this week.â
Former Colville High School three-sport standout and CHS assistant baseball coach Boo Morrison has been named to succeed Mike Bestrom as the programâs head coach. Bestrom served three years as CHS head coach. In recent seasons, he has also worked as an assistant coach in the CHS and Kettle Falls baseball programs.
Kettle Falls High dominated across the board last Friday in an impressive 35-15 non-league football win over Tonasket. The Bulldogs (1-1) rushed for 256 yards and quarterback Conner McKern passed for another 118 yards (8 of 15) and two touchdowns. âThe kids played really well,â figured KFHS head coach, Curtis Corvino. âOffensively, we set the pace of the game and were able to control the line of scrimmage.â Itâs been a long time since a Kettle Falls offense ran 66 plays in a game.
Columbia-Inchelium (1-1), coming off a lackluster 26-14 loss at Wilbur-Creston last Friday, will travel to Northport (1-1) Friday night in a key Northeast B-8 football match-up with the Mustangs. Game time is 7 p.m. Columbia-Inchelium head coach Chuck Wyborney wasnât pleased with the way his team played against the Wildcats. And the veteran coach placed the blame squarely on himself and his coaching staff.
Colville High opened the high school girlâs soccer season last week with a split of games. In their season opener on Sept. 7 against Priest River, Colville won 9-0. Striker Tasha Luu scored four goals and Dana Andres added two more. In last Fridayâs 7-1 loss at home to Shadle Park of the Greater Spokane League, Luu scored Colvilleâs lone goal in the first half. Shadle Park outshot CHS 17 to 9.
The fourth annual Balls & Chain Walleye Tournament will be held Saturday, Sept. 24. The tournament will launch at the Kettle Falls Marina (Old Kettle). The tournament was created after its founder, Casey McKern of Kettle Falls, was seriously injured in a swimming accident that left him paralyzed from the collarbone down. During his convalescence and through the challenges of recovery, the Kettle Falls community did what it always doesâcome together to help a community member and his family.
Itâs something of a testament to how talented the current Colville High volleyball team is when the Indians annex the high-powered Lakeland Invitational championship and coach Missy Bennett says her team didnât play as well as it could have.
Itâs only September.
Next to the Crossover Tournament, the annual Lakeland Invitational likely has the best field of any tournament the Indians will play in this fall.
Okay, the State 1A Tournament counts for something. After all, this team has some lofty goals this fall.
The Chewelah Golf & Country Club held its annual Open Best Ball/Scramble last weekend. The tournament proper was 54 holes.
The team of Chewelah Golf & Country Club PGA ProfesÂŹsional Jason Pitt and his partner, Payton Norvell, won the gross division in the championship flight with a 194 total. The duo of Colvilleâs Kent Brown and Spokaneâs Kevin Braegeer finished second, five shots behind.
In the net division of the championship flight, the team of Chewelahâs Brenton Harting and Randy Kirby from Spokane finished first ahead of Chewelah golfers Dave Tupek and Pat Monasmith.