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Pend Oreille River targeted
Washington state wildlife officials will ask anglers to help control the advance of voracious and predatory northern pike toward the Columbia River.
In a story from the Associated Press, fishery managers in the next few months plan to enlist fishermen to remove as many of the northern pike as possible from the Pend Oreille River, the route the species is following from Idaho and Montana.
After picking up wins over Priest River and Reardan to open the season, the Colville High boyâ€™s basketball team ran up against a couple of athletic Great Northern League 2A clubs last week in non-league home games.
The Indians (2-2) didnâ€™t handle pressure at all well either night and lost to schools CHS will see next fall when they are forced to move back up to the Class 2A GNL. WIAA enrollment figures used to determine classifications for the next two-year cycle (2012-13 and 2013-14) indicate that Colville will be moving back up.
Schedule gets more rigorous
after the holiday break
Northport High is off to a fast start this 2011-2012 boyâ€™s basketball season. The Mustangs, 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the Panorama 1B League, havenâ€™t really gotten into the meat of their schedule yet, according to coach, Erik Stark.
â€śOur record looks good, but we have played a lot of young and inexperienced teams,â€ť Stark said. â€śThe really good team we played (Valley Christian), beat us by 40.â€ť
Stark says the Mustangsâ€™ defense is ahead of the offense at this early juncture.
Kettle Falls High sent part of its wrestling team to the Liberty (Spangle) Invitational last Saturday.
The Bulldogs may not have had quantity at Liberty, but judging from the third place team trophy Kettle Falls brought home, there was certainly plenty of quality to go around.
Kettleâ€™s Garrett Anderson placed third at 106 pounds and Lindsey Olvera was fourth at 112. Eric Ross was fifth at 125 pounds; Jacob Walsh was fifth at 135.
Winning titles at Liberty were Dan Kearney (152 pounds), Austin Anderson (160) and Tyler Vining (195).
There will be no usual expansive sports reports on Chewelah boyâ€™s and girlâ€™s basketball or wrestling this week. Chewelah sports correspondent Chris Rader is ill. Catch up on Chewelah sports in next weekâ€™s edition of SE Sports.
To recap the week in sports for the Cougars last week, unbeaten Northwest Christian (5-0) downed Chewelahâ€™s boys 79-56 on Saturday in Colbert.
NWC post Kwinn Hanson went off for 37 points on 16 of 22 shooting.
Ben Johnstone led Chewelah with 17 points.
Colville High downed a couple of Great Northern League foes in non-league girlâ€™s basketball last week.
The Lady Indians (3-1) got 17 points and 12 rebounds from senior post Ashley Knight in an impressive 60-41 win at home Friday over old GNL rival Cheney (2-2).
The Indiansâ€™ aggressive full-court pressure defense took the Blackhawks out early. Colville led 14-4 after one quarter and was able to maintain the energy and pressure.
Chewelah boys basketball split their first two games of the seaÂson this past week, losing a close game to Deer Park, but finishing the week with a strong performance in a win over Kettle Falls.
Against Deer Park, the Cougars overcame a poor shooting first quarter and a 19-3 deficit, but ran out of gas late in the fourth quarter and lost 63-56.
â€śWe came out flat,â€ť said head coach Rocky Verbeck. â€śWe were down 19-1 at one point on 1-11 shooting, but the kids showed some resolve and we got it goÂing.â€ť
Colville High shared a Northeast A League wrestling title with Lakeside and Riverside last season. There is no reason to believe that the Indians will have to share anything this time around. Randy Clokeâ€™s Indians get the pre-season nod as the team to beat in the NEA.
The Indians, the defending District 7 1A champions, are particularly strong at the lower weights again this season. There are some holes in the upper weights.
Colville returns five of the seven wrestlers who qualified for the Mat Classic state championships in Tacoma last February.
Some new faces will see plenty of mat time when Kettle Falls High School gets its 2011-2012 wrestling season underway close to home on Wednesday at Colville in a Jamboree with the Indians, Chewelah, Selkirk and Republic. Wrestling gets started at 5 p.m.
The Bulldogs of head coach Joe Kerns will be at the Liberty Tournament on Saturday (9 a.m. start).
It could be another interesting winter for Colville High girlâ€™s basketball.
The Indians, who finished 17-5 last season, lost five key seniors off a veteran club, but they return a solid nucleus of players and some promising newcomers that could pull some surprises in the competitive Northeast A League this winter.
Colville also returns a couple of familiar names and faces that have been actively involved with Colville girlâ€™s basketball for many years.