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August 29th, 2011

Kids, make way for the old-timers

August 29, 2011

One of the hottest days of a belated summer greeted youngsters from barely walking to age 18 recently at the Arden Old-Timers Kids’ Day in the Arden arena. Youngsters competed in events that included pole bending, mutton bustin’, goat tail tying and goat tail pulling and calf riding. The popular event is sponsored by the Arden Old-Timers Rodeo Association. The annual Arden Old-Timers Rodeo, usually held each May, will be staged at the Arden Old-Timers Rodeo Arena on Saturday, Sept. 17.

CHS Cross-Country will be strong again

August 29, 2011

Colville High lost some significant talent off last season’s State 1A runner-up boy’s team and a strong girl’s contingent. But the Indians have enough returning talent and some talented newcomers who should make one of the top Class A programs competitive once again. Early-on, veteran head coach Dean Fischer is talking a lot about “rebuilding.” And how could blame him. CHS lost state competitors Colton Hastings and Alaina Kowitz to graduation.

August 25th

Play the ball as it lies...or with creative lies

August 25, 2011

‘Golf is the cruelest of sports. Like life, it’s inherently unfair. It’s a harlot. A trollop. It leads you on. It never lives up to its promises…it’s a boulevard of broken dreams. It plays with men. And runs off with the butcher.’
--Jim Murray

Stalking perfection

August 25, 2011

Like a predominant number of fly fishermen, Colville’s Jesse Nicholas is a fisherman’s fisherman--a purist, if you will. After all, while he is erudite in any debate over the nuances of graphite vs. bamboo fly rod and understands the reasons for both, it’s clear where Nicholas and his allegiances lie—it’s bamboo with his dry fly pattern. Nicholas isn’t going to poor mouth the spin casters, or graphite and fiberglass. Different strokes and casts for different folks. It’s just that he prefers angling a different way. No, Nicholas isn’t going to take that bait.

August 17th

Tough enough

August 17, 2011

Last Saturday's state sanctioned Mixed Martial Arts event, Battle at the Brewery at Northern Ales in Kettle Falls, saw 16 refereed bouts between trained amateur fighters. The event was put on by the Unified Combat League (UCL) and sponsored by Fight University Clothing, Eleventh Commandment, Clark’s All-Sports, Livin’ Guilty and Team Corner Tech.

August 10th

Carving a niche

August 10, 2011

It’s safe to say that 11-year-old Madi Thomas has found her niche and her love. The quiet, athletic Thomas, the daughter of Mike and Michelle Thomas of Kettle Falls, is dedicated to becoming the best skateboarder she can be.
At this juncture of her “career,” it’s obvious that the diminutive youngster has been dogged in her pursuit of an ultimate goal—status as a professional skateboarder.
Madi is a young lady of few words, but this 4-foot-5, 67-pounder has no trouble talking about a sport that pretty much consumes her morning, noon and evening at the Kettle Falls Skate Park.

August 4th

Colville All-Stars second

August 4, 2011

The Colville 11-year-old All-Star baseball team recently took second place in the consolation bracket at the 11-team Orofino, Idaho tournament. The team’s final tournament of the summer will be this weekend at the annual Rendezvous Tournament (Bob Haney Memorial Tournament) in Colville. Team members, back row: coaches Brian Reggear, Jim Marshall and Del Lembcke. Middle row: Griffin Reggear, Colton Maddox, Dustin Riley, Shane Merrill and Devin Lembcke. Front row: Andrew Segerman, Travis Thompson, Ty Sandaine and Dawson Flugel. Not pictured are Andrew Buckley and Hunter Forthun.

All the right (beginner's) moves

August 4, 2011

Budding local soccer stars as young as age three participated in the Colville United Soccer Club-sponsored camp for children ages pre-kindergarten through age 12 on the Colville High School soccer pitch last week. The camp raised funds for traveling soccer teams of boys and girls ages 8-18. In photos youngsters run through the camp drills, led by Colville High School soccer coaches Dave Rarrick and Keith Goodwin.

Die, Jillian Michaels, die!

August 4, 2011

Editor’s note: This is the second in a nearly year-long series of stories and sweat-laden vignettes chronicling the training regimen, pitfalls and pratfalls of two Statesman-Examiner reporters and their teammate. The intrepid trio plans to compete in all three increments of next July’s Valley Girl mini-triathlon at Liberty Lake (Spokane Valley).

So, Jillian Michaels, we meet again.

July 27th

Putting the 'try' in triathlon

July 27, 2011

Editor’s note: This is the first in a nearly year-long series of stories and sweat-laden vignettes chronicling the training regimen, pitfalls and pratfalls of two Statesman-Examiner reporters and their teammate. The intrepid trio plans to compete in all three increments of next July’s Valley Girl mini-triathlon at Liberty Lake (Spokane Valley).

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