April 7th, 2015
CHS hosts 29
The annual Ezra Gordon track and field Invitational last Saturday at Colville High School may go down in history as the largest one-day sporting event in Colville history. If it wasnâ€™t the largest, then last yearâ€™s 30-team event might have been.
With several hundred athletes, more than 1,600 entries and 29 high school teams from around mostly Eastern Washington, who would argue the point?
Unbeaten Indians busy this week
Colville High (5-0) swept three Northeast A League baseball games last week. The Indians got solid pitching and timely hitting in blasting Chewelah, 17-0, at home last Tuesday (five innings) before taking two from visiting Medical Lake last Saturday, 9-3, 4-3.
Colville faces a busy slate of games this week. The Indians traveled to Chewelah on Tuesday for a rematch with the Cougars (4 p.m. start).
On Thursday, the Indians head to Nine Mile Falls and a single game with Lakeside (4 p.m.).
Indians 1-1 after opening week
After splitting a pair of match-ups to get the season underway last week, the Colville High boyâ€™s soccer team will face Newport and Riverside this week in Northeast A League encounters before taking the week off for Spring Break.
Colville (1-1) will travel to Riverside on Tuesday for a match on the Ramsâ€™ pitch. Starting time is 4 p.m.
Colville will return home on Thursday against the same Newport club that downed Colville 3-1 last week in a non-league fray on the Indiansâ€™ pitch. That match will also start at 4 p.m.
An Airbus with 150 people onboard crashed in the southern French Alps on Tuesday, officials said. The A320, operated by Lufthansaâ€™s budget airline Germanwings, was flying from Barcelona to Dusseldorf and went down in the Digne region of the Alps-De-Haute Province, according to Reuters. There were 144 passengers, two pilots and four crew members, Germanwings said. "We are sorry to confirm that flight 4U9525 is an accident," the airline said on Twitter.
No snow on
The Colville Valley U-12 Baseball League in Colville and Kettle Falls is gearing up for the season.
Warmer than the norm temperatures have many people thinking baseball.
The league, which serves youngsters in Colville, Kettle Falls, Northport and Inchelium, has started its registration process for both Colville and Kettle Falls teams, according to sponsoring Colville Kiwanis Club spokesman and league commissioner, Bob Meshishnek.
Assuming many of Meshishnekâ€™s league duties this year will be Pastor Eric Ohrtman.
Indians lost some significant talent
If Colville High has any designs on returning to State later this spring (of course they do), the Indians of head coach Jim Ebel and assistant coach Tim Vaughn will have to replace some significant components to a team that ran roughshod through the Great Northern League the past two seasons and finished 21-4 last spring.
That record included a 1-2 mark at the State 2A Tournament in Selah. For those counting at home, that trip to State was Colvilleâ€™s 13th straight.
Despite a low turnout earlier this winter (22 players) when spring practice sessions got underway, expect second year Kettle Falls High baseball coach Justin Collier to field a competitive team as the Bulldogs embark on their first season in the rigorous Northeast 2B League after spending two seasons in the second division of the Northeast A League.
starts this week
CHEWELAHâ€”The Jenkins High softball team is looking to be more competitive in the Northeast A League this spring with a mix of returning starters and experienced freshmen in key positions.
A solid turnout of 20 players, buoyed by 11 freshmen, has allowed the Cougars to field full varsity and junior varsity teams.
Head coach Tom Skok is looking for an immediate impact from those experienced freshmen.
In what defense lawyers are hailing as a partial triumph, the three remaining members of the Kettle Falls Five were acquitted of four other charges in a marijuana case that has captivated the nation.
Rhonda Lee Firestack-Harvey, her son Roland Gregg and his wife, Michelle, were found guilty last Tuesday evening in Spokane Federal Court of growing between 50 and 100 marijuana plants on their 33-acre property northeast of Kettle Falls.