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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.
After 1,100 mile journey, duo makes banquet
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.
Jeremiah Johnson leads a solid mound corps
It might be difficult for Northport High to replicate last seasonâ€™s 18-3 record, but since the Mustangs of coach Don Baribault have become accustomed to success on the baseball field over the years, donâ€™t discount anything.
NHS should be strong again, once they can get out of the gym and onto their fieldâ€”or any field for that matter.
Indians should battle Lakeside for NEA flag
Colville Highâ€™s high-flying softball program is certainly capable of replicatingâ€”and even improving uponâ€”last springâ€™s fourth place finish at the State 1A Tournament in Spokane.
A break here or there (remember the Connell game?) and the Indians (24-7) could have been playing for a state championship late last May. Colville finished 3-2 at State and was involved in three one-run games.
But that was last year.
There is no reason to believe that the Colville High boyâ€™s and girlâ€™s track teams wonâ€™t score their share of points again this spring around the Northeast A League.
The Colville girls, who won the NEA dual meet championship, finished a close second at the regional to Chelan and finished 10th at the State 1A meet at Eastern Washington University, certainly have enough firepower back to replicate last springâ€™s successes. Ditto for the boys, who finished 15th at State.
Kettle Falls Dance Team a rarity in Class B
It is rare for a small school like Kettle Falls High to compete in dance and drill. But Kettle Falls High not only has its first-ever team, but the Bulldogs will compete March 24 at the (all divisions) State Tournament in the Yakima SunDome on March 24.
The team is coached by Carolyn Green.
later this month
The Colville Valley U-12 Baseball League in Colville and Kettle Falls is gearing up for the season.
Despite the cold temperatures and snow on the ground, 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.
Statesman-Examiner Sports will begin profiling spring sports teams from Colville, Kettle Falls and Chewelah high schools in next weekâ€™s edition.
Among the teams covered will be track and field, baseball and softball at Colville, Chewelah and Kettle Falls, boyâ€™s soccer at Colville, boyâ€™s and girlâ€™s golf at Chewelah and Colville and boys golf at Kettle Falls High, along with girlâ€™s tennis at CHS and Northport baseball.
As expected, last Saturday nightâ€™s showdown for the State girlâ€™s 1B basketball championship came down to a battle of the top rankedâ€”three time defending champion Colton and Columbia High (28-2).
Columbia, putting together another brilliant campaign under head coach Mindy Flett, simply couldnâ€™t overcome the Colton juggernaut, losing 55-47.
With the win, Colton continues to breathe in some rarified air. There are very few teams that win one state championship, much less four in succession.
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Day 1. 25Âş degrees