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January 25th, 2012
Colville High boys face difficult week
The Colville High boyâs basketball team, coming off big wins over Newport and Riverside, face their finalâand most importantâweek of Northeast A League play this week.
On Tuesday, the Indians (5-2, 10-7), in a three-way tie for first place, were at one of the toughest gyms in the NEA (Lakeside). Colville, with a home win over the Eagles earlier this month, will likely be the underdog this time around against LHS (3-4, 8-9).
So it goes in the wild NEA, where protecting the home court is paramount and stealing a road win here and there the goal.
Indians one game back of Freeman
Providing they can escape a difficult environment at Nine Mile Falls and Lakeside (5-2, 10-7) on Tuesday night, the Colville High girls (6-1, 12-5) will face two-time defending State 1A champion Freeman (7-0, 17-0) Friday at home for a share of the Northeast A League championship.
In picking up wins last week over Newport, Riverside and Post Falls, the Indians played some of their best basketball of the season to date.
Northport High boyâs basketball coach Erik Stark will tell you that his team isnât as good as its gaudy 15-2 record.
âWe arenât that good,â says Stark, who figured that this would be a building year after losing some key players off the Mustangsâ State 1B team of last winter. âAt least we arenât as good as our record. But we are starting to do some things that good teams do.â
Newport, Riverside up next for Colville
In as close to a must-win situation as a team could get at this juncture of the season, Colville High dug out a 53-45 win at Chewelah last Friday night in front of a packed house in the so-called 395 Showdown rivalry game.
Sophomore post Matt Hubbard led the Indians (8-8, 3-2) with 24 points and 19 rebounds (two off the school record). Senior post Alex Pond added 12 points and 16 rebounds.
Indians down Chewelah
It was a good week to be a Colville High wrestler last week.
The Indians demolished visiting Chewelah in a Northeast A League dual meet last Wednesday night, 54-24, and finished second in last Friday and Saturdayâs 15th annual River City Duals at Post Falls High School.
Host Post Falls beat Colville High 68-16 in the championship dual of the Gold Division.
The tournament featured 24 teams.
Tonasket next for Bulldogs on Saturday
Kettle Falls High junior Tyler Vining led the KFHS wrestling contingent at last Saturdayâs Riverside Classic with a championship at 195 pounds.
Kettleâs Garrett Anderson finished second at 106 pounds; Kyle Hyde, fourth at 132, and fifth place went to Dan Kearney (152) and Jacob Walsh (138).
âThe wrestling was intense,â KFHS head coach Joe Kerns said of his teamâs showing at Riverside. âThe matches Dan (Kearney) lost were by one point and in overtime.â
Cougars face Riverside, Colville this week
The Chewelah boyâs basketÂball team opened Northeast A League play with a pair of wins last week in three games.
The wins earned the hot CouÂgars a spot atop what promises to be a wild league race.
Back on Jan. 3, the Cougars opened up NEA play at Freeman (7-6, 2-1). Chewelah came out a bit flat and dropped a 62-46 deÂcision.
Chewelah was unable unable to get much goÂing in the first half against an aggressive, physical Scottiesâ team.
The Chewelah girls lost their first three games of Northeast A League season last week, but the biggest blow of all was losÂing starting guard Brittney Wuesthoff for the reÂmainder of the season to a torn meniscus in her left knee.
âItâs a tough way to start the league season,â said head coach Tom Skok.
Coach Skok feels that the Cougars are taking the loss in stride and dealing with the abÂsence of a key player as well as they can.
âIt makes things tough, she was our leading scorer at the time,â Skok said. âBut weâre battling to get through it.â
First place in NEA on the line at Freeman
Colville High girlsâ basketball co-head coaches Al Bushnell and Ray Clark have conceded all along this season that the Indiansâ mix of veteran talent and youth has been an ongoing work in progress.
Well, that work in progress has progressed nicely after early returns around the Northeast A League last week.
The annual Panorama (Colville) Pro-West Rodeo is changing its dates from FaÂtherâs Day weekend to FriÂday, June 22 and Saturday, June 23.
According to Panorama RoÂdeo Association Board (PRA) member Wyatt Cowley, the change comes in part because this year is a leap year, causÂing this yearâs rodeo to share the same calendar space with events in Oregon and SouthÂern Washington and the NaÂtional College Rodeo Finals in Casper, Wyoming.
That could mean a drop in the number of cowboys who might otherÂwise compete in Colvilleâs Pro-West RoÂdeo stop.