May 1st, 2012
A split would
be good enough
Colville High (12-0, 14-2) needs at least a split of Thursdayâ€™s crucial Northeast A League fast-pitch softball doubleheader at Nine Mile Falls (Lakeside) to annex a second straight league championship. The twin-bill marks the final league games for both schools before the post-season gets underway on Tuesday, May 8 with loser-out games between the NEA third, fourth, fifth and sixth place teams.
Kettle Falls has won eight of last 10 games
Kettle Falls High first-year baseball coach Landon Johnston hopes his young Bulldogs can stay hot this week as the Northeast 2B regular season concludes.
The Bulldogs (10-8, 9-5) have won eight of their last 10 games and havenâ€™t dropped a Northeast 2B contest since April 14 and a split with league-leading Lind-Ritzville/Sprague (12-1, 16-1). KFHS is the only team to have beaten LRS so far this season.
Kettle Falls hosted Davenport (6-3, 6-6) in a Senior Day twinbill on Tuesday.
Local school districts were spared the financial axe during the 2012 Washington State Legislative session as legislators struggled to address a $1.1 billion shortfall in the state budget. While there were a number of proposals to cut funding to public education, public schools came out relatively unscathed.
â€śIt is looking like there will be little to no change in per pupil funding for the 2012/2013 school year,â€ť said Colville School District Superintendent Ken Emmil. â€śHowever, federal program funding is up in the air right now and there are hints that there will be cuts for next year.
Indians pick up wins over Chewelah, Freeman
Northeast A League league-leader Colville High picked up a pair of important girlâ€™s tennis wins last week over Freeman and Chewelah.
Colville downed Chewelah 3-2 back on April 17 and swept Freeman 5-0 last Friday.
Colville traveled to Riverside on Monday, while the junior varsity was home against Central Valley.
On Wednesday, the CHS junior varsity will be at Chewelah against the host Cougars and Lakeside.
On Friday and Saturday, the CHS varsity will be at the Inland Empire Tournament in Spokane.
tap this week
In a battle for first place in the Northeast A League fast-pitch softball race, Lakeside blinked first back on April 17 at Vaagen Park.
Defending NEA champion Colville scored early and often in posting a 10-3 win over Lakeside (7-1, 8-1).
The Indians (9-0, 11-2) dominated this one, collecting 13 hits and hitting a pair of home runs.
Colville made it a 3-0 week with a 4-1, 12-0 sweep of visiting Newport (1-6, 3-6) on Friday.
Vining continues his solid pitching
It has been a process and a project this spring for a mostly inexperienced Kettle Falls baseball team long on youth and generally short of pitching.
The Bulldogs (5-5, 6-7) picked up a Northeast 2B (Bi-County League) doubleheader win over Springdale last Tuesday and split a non-league doubleheader with host Priest River of the Idaho Panhandleâ€™s Intermountain League on Thursday.
Chewelah, league-leading Lakeside next
One bad half inningâ€”thatâ€™s all that stood in the way of Colville sweeping four Northeast A League baseball games last week instead of going 3-1.
With the NEA schedule heading down the homestretch and its final week, the Indians (7-5) will face league-leading Lakeside (7-3) and second place Chewelah (6-4) this week.
CHS traveled to Chewelah on Tuesday for a single game and will head to Nine Mile Falls on Friday for a pivotal doubleheader with Lakeside (2 p.m. start).
Chewelah tennis had a light week last week with the girls losing 3-2 in Colville and the boys winning 3-2 and the girls falling 4-1 to Reardan High School at home in non-leagsue boys and girls tennis action.
In an unusual move against Colville, Chewelah forfeited the no. 1 and no. 2 singles matches to Colville and instead the Cougars top boyâ€™s doubles team of Tyler Monasmith and David Vilchiz played Colvilleâ€™s top singles players and one of the top Class 1A girlâ€™s doubles tandems in the state in Liselotte Doggen and Erin Little in an entertaining and well played doublesâ€™ match.
Kettle Falls High (4-4, 5-7) hopes to be back to full strength this week. The Lady Bulldogs, who have struggled for much of the spring to date, hope that getting their regular line-up back intact will spark a KFHS team looking for a boost as the Northeast 2B League heads down its stretch run.
In their only action last week, Kettle Falls dropped a non-league doubleheader at Priest River, 21-3, 6-2.
Mustangs still unbeaten
Northport High (12-0) notched four more Panorama League North (Northeast 1B) wins last week.
The Mustangs of coach Don Baribault swept host St. Michaelâ€™s last Saturday, 8-4, 16-6. In a doubleheader at Curlew back on April 17, NHS won 9-2, 13-7.
Northport was home on Tuesday for a doubleheader against Selkirk. On Saturday, Odessa/Harrington visits for a doubleheader (noon).
The Mustangs will finish the regular season against Wilbur-Creston and Cusick.