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December 12th, 2012
State coaching Hall of Famer
will be hard to replace
One of the most successful coaches in the history of Colville High School athletics has tendered her resignation.
Missy Bennett, who led Colville High to the 2011 State 1A volleyball championship and to a fourth place finish at the 2012 State 2A Tournament at Pierce College in Lakewood, announced earlier this week that she is resigning a post she has held for 27 seasons.
first to Tonasket
A vastly improved Kettle Falls High boyâ€™s basketball team suffered its first loss of the season last Saturday when visiting Tonasket of the Caribou-Trail League rolled to an early lead en route to a 62-47 win.
The loss was Kettleâ€™s first in five games.
The Bulldogs (4-1) won two of three non-league games during the week, downing Springdale 46-35 back on Dec. 4 behind Connor McKernâ€™s 10 points and blasting visiting Curlew (2-3) 61-33 on Dec. 6.
Colville up next
The Chewelah Cougars girlâ€™s basketball team split their games this week. Jenkins High looked good in a game against a somewhat depleted Deer Park program, while being pushed around some by a bigger, taller Northwest Christian team.
Overall, however, Chewelah head coach Tom Skok is pleased with his team so far and is looking forward to the rest of the season.
Indians will fill
Colville High exhibited some early-season strength last Saturday at the always tough Deer Park Invitational wrestling meet.
The Indians, who dominated the Northeast A League the past two seasons before moving up to the Class 2A Great Northern League for the two-year enrollment cycle, served notice last Saturday that they will be a power to contend with in the GNL.
With tournament champion Chandler Knight leading the way with a championship at 182, Colville finished fourth in the tournament field with 137 points.
But St. Geo ruins Chewelahâ€™s opener
The Chewelah Cougars boyâ€™s basketball season kicked off the 2012-2013 season last Friday with a game at home against Panorama League power St. Georgeâ€™s.
Unfortunately, shooting trouble from the free throw and three-point lines contributed to the 61-51 loss.
A poor shooting night and foul trouble were the biggest obstacles to overcome for the Cougars, not the 21-point night from St. Geo post Dexter Sienko, according to head coach Rocky Verbeck.
NWC, Okanogan up next this week
Colville High (2-0) got the 2012-2013 boyâ€™s basketball season off to a fast start last weekend with a pair of rugged road wins.
On Friday, Colville led much of the way, then withstood a fourth quarter rally to hold off Class 2B Reardan, 47-41. On Saturday at Sandpoint, CHS fell behind early, but behind 6-9 junior post Matt Hubbard, the Indians won, 46-39.
up to Class 2A
BY CHRIS COWBROUGH
S-E Sports Editor
Replicating last seasonâ€™s 15-12 record and a Sweet 16 finish in Class 1A will be tough for the Colville High boyâ€™s basketball team. For one thing, the Indians are playing up and are back in the 2A Great Northern League.
The Indians can only dream about being back where they belongâ€”in 1Aâ€¦at least for the next two seasons.
CHS also lost two-thirds of a rugged front line when seniors Alex Pond (6-5) and J.R. Henry (6-6) graduated. That kind of size and athleticism will be tough to replace.
No seniors on
Never count out a Colville High girlâ€™s basketball team.
The Indians, who graduated three All-Northeast A performers last season and move up to the 2A Great Northern League this winter for the two-year WIAA enrollment cycle, should still be formidable.
After all, while there are no seniors on this yearâ€™s roster, the 2012-2013 CHS varsity is a group that head coach Ray Clark and his daughter, assistant coach Kajsa Brons, have worked with since they were fourth graders.
Speed in spades
Yes, there is youthâ€”and there is basketball experience.
Bulldogs home on Dec. 3
The Kettle Falls Middle School wrestling team has gotten its season off to a very good start.
The young Bulldogs got their season underway at a takedown Jamboree Nov. 13 at Deer Park Middle School. Teams from DP, Kettle Falls, Chewelah, Colville, and Newport took part.
heroics for CHS
A pair of 12-0 teams will square off on Saturday at Joe Albi Stadium for a berth in the State 1B (eight-man) championship the following weekend at the Tacoma Dome.
Second-ranked Cusick and top-ranked Liberty Christian (12-0) will meet in the east of the Cascades 1B semifinal on Saturday at Joe Albi Stadium (1 p.m.).
In the other semifinal on Saturday at the Tacoma Dome, Neah Bay (12-0) will oppose Lummi (10-2) at 4 p.m.
Both Cusick and Liberty Christian (Tri-Cities) have been blowout winners all season longâ€”until last weekend that is.