Archive - Jul 2011 - Sports Article
Editorâ€™s note: This is the first in a nearly year-long series of stories and sweat-laden vignettes chronicling the training regimen, pitfalls and pratfalls of two Statesman-Examiner reporters and their teammate. The intrepid trio plans to compete in all three increments of next Julyâ€™s Valley Girl mini-triathlon at Liberty Lake (Spokane Valley).
There are some coaching changes and openings announced in recent days at Colville High School. What has been common knowledge for quite sometime became official last week with the announcement by Colville High School Athletic Director (Student Programsâ€™ Director) Kelly Carr that Ray Clark and Al Bushnell will assume co-head coaching duties for the CHS girlâ€™s basketball program for the 2011-2012 season.
Since its nadir a few short years ago when the tournament drew all of half a dozen teams, the Bob Haney Memorial Little League Tournament, held in conjunction with the Colville Rendezvous In The Park celebration, has grown considerably. As of late last week, Tournament Executive Director Bob Meshishnek and his capable volunteer staff had recruited a field of 20 teams that will play in two divisions (separate brackets for 10-year-olds and 12-year-olds). Those 20 teams will likely swell Colvilleâ€™s Rendezvous weekend population by from 350 to 400 people.
CHEWELAHâ€”Megan Rusher is â€śfighting like a girlâ€ť to beat a rare cancer of the sinuses in Chewelah. The 15-year-old Jenkins High School student was diagnosed in March and has been receiving chemotherapy treatments every two to three weeks in Spokane. With her positive outlook and fighting spirit, the teenagerâ€™s tumor has decreased in size, according to family members. The next step in her treatment is radiation, which may require Megan to go out of state.
For the first time in the history of the Tiger Triathlon, the race from the Little Pend Oreille Lakes to Colville High School and the Rotary Trail has a female overall winner. Spokaneâ€™s Haley Cooper-Scott was the overall winner of the 2011 Tiger Triathlon. The Spokane triathlete finished in an overall time of 1:47:40. The 31-year-old was second fastest on the 24-mile bike race from Gillette Lake to Colville High School (56:33) and the quickest on her swim to bicycle transition time (1:33).
Colville High School senior-to-be Liselotte Doggen, who teamed with fellow CHS senior Erin Little to lead the Indians to a State 1A tennis tournament appearance and the medal stand this spring in Yakima, is organizing a local tennis tournament as part of her Senior Project. In addition to being her Senior Project, the tournament will also serve a dual function as a fund-raiser to help the resurfacing and retooling of the dilapidated tennis courts at Colville City Park. That project has been underwritten by the Colville Valley Tennis Association.
A rare hole in one on the 321-yard par 4 12th hole during Sundayâ€™s Scramble round of the 2011 Chataqua Best Ball & Scramble Golf Tournament at Chewelah Golf & Country Club was the difference-maker for the Chewelah team of Brenton Harting and Brett Sweet.
Propelled by Hartingâ€™s ace, the duo fired a two-day total of 131 to capture the gross division in the championship flight.
Hartingâ€™s hole in one on the challenging par 4 was the highlight of the tournament, which featured 98 two-man teams.
The Panorama Juniors U-17 club volleyball season came to an end last week in Phoenix, AZ. The team, comprised of members of the Colville High volleyball team, competed in the 28th annual volleyball festival in the desert. The tournament is the nationâ€™s largest indoor girlâ€™s volleyball event. During opening ceremonies at Chase Field (home of the Arizona Diamondbacks), the Panorama Juniors marched with over 500 teams and 8,000 athletes in all divisions. Honored during opening ceremonies were volleyball greats Misty May-Treanor and Karch Kiraly.
It has been decades since Colville High alumni (and a few friends) strapped on the helmets and laced on the pads for a little high school football dĂ©jĂ vu. But with the encouragement of CHS grad Cole Weatherman and support from the Colville School District administration, a Colville vs. Chewelah alumni football game was resurrectedâ€”and playedâ€”last Friday night at CHS. No, it almost didnâ€™t happen. There was a point last week when Weatherman thought the game was going to have to be cancelled.