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January 18th, 2012
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 Saturdayâ€™s 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 Saturdayâ€™s Riverside Classic with a championship at 195 pounds.
Kettleâ€™s Garrett Anderson finished second at 106 pounds; Kyle Hyde, fourth at 132, and fifth place went to Dan Kearney (152) and Jacob Walsh (138).
â€śThe wrestling was intense,â€ť KFHS head coach Joe Kerns said of his teamâ€™s showing at Riverside. â€śThe matches Dan (Kearney) lost were by one point and in overtime.â€ť
Cougars face Riverside, Colville this week
The Chewelah boyâ€™s 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.
â€śItâ€™s a tough way to start the league season,â€ť 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.
â€śIt makes things tough, she was our leading scorer at the time,â€ť Skok said. â€śBut weâ€™re battling to get through it.â€ť
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 FaÂtherâ€™s 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 yearâ€™s 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 Colvilleâ€™s Pro-West RoÂdeo stop.
Missy Bennett, CHS v-ball team also honored
Twenty standout high school athletes, including Colville High School junior volleyball player Joellee Buckner, have been recognized for their accomplishments in 2011 and will be honored during the annual Inland Northwest Youth Awards Luncheon Feb. 15 at the Spokane Convention Center.
The luncheon is hosted by the Inland Northwest Sportswriters and Broadcasters, whose 50 members in eastern Washington and north Idaho pick finalists and vote for the winners of junior male and female athlete, coaches and teams of the year.
Colville High boys split in Yakima
A Colville High boyâ€™s basketball team that has played inconsistently through a mostly rigorous non-league December schedule heads into the Northeast A League rat-race this week looking for some continued strong play on the defensive end and a better handle on some elusive offensive consistency.
One of the youngest teams in the tough Northeast A League will embark on a rigorous schedule this week.
Colville High (5-4) split a pair of games at last weekâ€™s SunDome Classic in Yakima. The Indians downed Woodland 28-21 last Thursday and fell Friday in overtime to Connell, 40-37.
Colville, playing solidly on defense, but struggling on the offensive end at this juncture, faces a busy slate of NEA games this week.
The Colville KIPS Gymnasticsâ€™ team will open its season this weekend at the Winter Spirit Meet in Clarkston. The meet will be hosted by the 360 Gymnastics Club. On Jan. 21-22, the KIPS will compete at The Hub in the Spokane Valley (Flip Fest, hosted by Dynamic Gymnastics of Spokane). Dynamic will also host a clinic on Friday, Jan. 20 that will feature several Olympians. The KIPS competitive team will be in Pullman Feb. 3-5 for the Palouse Invitational. The meet is annually hosted by Palouse Gymnastics.