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Cougars lose a
pair during week
The Chewelah Cougars boysâ€™ basketball team bounced back from a pair of losses last week to advance to this weekâ€™s semifinals in the NEA/CTL Bi-District Tournament against Lakeside.
Chewelah will be well represented
Kettle Falls High senior Tyler Vining (220) and sophomore Austin Anderson (170) qualified at last weekendâ€™s District 6-7 regional wrestling meet (Chelan High School) for the 25th annual Mat Classic all divisionsâ€™ state championships Friday and Saturday at the Tacoma Dome.
Vining, who was thought to be finished for the season after re-injuring his right knee in the district tournament, competed at Chelan on essentially one leg and still managed a third place finish and a spot in his third Mat Classic.
Cougs the favorite for District title
The Chewelah Cougars (17-3, 12-0) finished their regular season on a roll, going undefeated in Northeast A League play and now riding a 15-game winning streak into the NEA and Bi-District tournaments.
The NEA tournament got underway on Monday with boyâ€™s games. Medical Lake traveled to Chewelah for a seeding game into the Bi-District Tournament. The top two finishers during the NEA regular season automatically advance to the Bi-District Tournament.
In NEA loser-out games, Newport was at Lakeside and Riverside visited Freeman.
How a controversial sport changed a life
Itâ€™s a quiet morning in the Underground Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Academy in Kettle Falls, except for the steady, slightly labored breathing of two participants just wrapping up the Senior Boomers Boxing session. After their workout, the husband and wife team visit with the acadÂemyâ€™s trainer and owner, David â€śThe Vikingâ€ť Anderson, who sits at his desk.
District playoffs start next week
The Jenkins High boysâ€™ basketball team (15-3, 10-0) extended its winning streak to 13 games last week with a 73-33 win at home over Northport and a 64-34 win over struggling Freeman.
Head coach Rocky Verbeck credits the work the Cougars put in on defense and the players finding their roles on offense with a run that has carried the Cougars close to a Northeast A League championship as the league enters its final week before the District 7 1A playoffs get started next Monday.
Indians on the road at West Valley, Cheney & Pullman
Colville High (5-3, 9-7) faces its most difficultâ€”and most importantâ€”stretch of the season this week. The Indians, half a game out of third place and two games behind league-leading Pullman (8-1, 12-5) and West Valley (7-1, 11-5) in a tight Great Northern League girlâ€™s race, are on the road this week.
CHS is at West Valley on Tuesday before heading to Cheney (3-6, 6-10) on Thursday. Game time is 5:45 p.m.
Colville will make the long trek to the Palouse and a visit to Pullman on Saturday. Game time is 4:15 p.m.
Indians share GNL dual championship
Itâ€™s post-season time for high school wrestlers in Washington state. Fourth-ranked Colville High, who moved up to the class 2A Great Northern League from the Northeast A in the fall, made their return foray into the GNL a successful one with a league dual co-championship (with East Valley).
The Indiansâ€™, who would be the odds-on favorite to win a 1A championship if they were still members of the NEA, suffered a lone dual loss this winter to five-time defending State 2A champion Deer Park.
Top-ranked Freeman, Selkirk
Kettle Falls High (6-10, 2-7) picked up a pair of Northeast A League wins last week and finished 2-1 during a busy stretch of action.
The Lady Bulldogs eased past host Chewelah 49-39 back on Jan. 15 and downed host Medical Lake 38-35 on Friday night before absorbing a 50-36 loss back at Kettle Falls Middle School on Saturday afternoon to Newport (11-6, 6-3).
Kettle Falls has the unenviable task of hosting perennial NEA champion and State 1A title contender Freeman (16-0, 8-0) on Tuesday. Game time is 5:45 p.m.
Indians split with DP, Pullman
An issue that has plagued the Colville High girlâ€™s basketball team all season long came into play last Saturday evening against visiting Pullman. The Indians (7-7, 3-3) turned in subpar second and third quarters offensively and that was just enough of a cushion for the Greyhounds (10-5, 6-1), who had to withstand a fourth quarter CHS rally to post a 48-43 win.
Back on Jan. 15, Colville blasted host Deer Park (0-15, 0-7) 62-16.
Cougars win three during
Chewelah continues its unblemished run through the Northeast A League boyâ€™s basketball league this winter. The Cougars swept three games last week, picking up wins against Kettle Falls, Riverside and Lakeside.
Chewelah downed visiting Kettle Falls last Tuesday, 65-23 and blasted Riverside 60-29. The Cougars held off Lakeside, 66-61.