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September 15th, 2011
The fourth annual Balls & Chain Walleye Tournament will be held Saturday, Sept. 24. The tournament will launch at the Kettle Falls Marina (Old Kettle). The tournament was created after its founder, Casey McKern of Kettle Falls, was seriously injured in a swimming accident that left him paralyzed from the collarbone down. During his convalescence and through the challenges of recovery, the Kettle Falls community did what it always doesâ€”come together to help a community member and his family.
Itâ€™s something of a testament to how talented the current Colville High volleyball team is when the Indians annex the high-powered Lakeland Invitational championship and coach Missy Bennett says her team didnâ€™t play as well as it could have.
Itâ€™s only September.
Next to the Crossover Tournament, the annual Lakeland Invitational likely has the best field of any tournament the Indians will play in this fall.
Okay, the State 1A Tournament counts for something. After all, this team has some lofty goals this fall.
The Chewelah Golf & Country Club held its annual Open Best Ball/Scramble last weekend. The tournament proper was 54 holes.
The team of Chewelah Golf & Country Club PGA ProfesÂ¬sional Jason Pitt and his partner, Payton Norvell, won the gross division in the championship flight with a 194 total. The duo of Colvilleâ€™s Kent Brown and Spokaneâ€™s Kevin Braegeer finished second, five shots behind.
In the net division of the championship flight, the team of Chewelahâ€™s Brenton Harting and Randy Kirby from Spokane finished first ahead of Chewelah golfers Dave Tupek and Pat Monasmith.
Maybe itâ€™s time to stop scheduling Omak High for the football season opener (hint to Kettle Falls Athletic Director, Brian Golphenee). Kettle Falls High absorbed a second straight lopsided, season-opening loss to the Pioneers last Friday night, falling 49-15 in Okanogan County. Omak, behind the running of 5-9, 216-pound bowling ball on wheels, Dylan Green, put up 49 points in the first three quarters to overpower the Bulldogs, who were able to move the ball effectively against a larger school with a roster of 20 seniors.
Going into the season, Colville High head coach Randy Cornwell knew there would be nights like this. In one of the worst beatings a CHS football team has absorbed in many years, the decidedly inexperienced Indians dropped a 41-7 decision to visiting Lakeland High last Friday night. For the Indians, who lost some key personnel to graduation on a 2010 team that finished 9-1, the inexperience was evident against a Lakeland team that was playing its second game of the season. The Hawks opened the season with a loss in Coeur dâ€™ Alene to Lake City.
The Jenkins High School (Chewelah) cross-country team has a bunch of fresh faces on the boys and girls teams this season to compliment returning state qualifier Christina Hall.
Head coach Pat Kostecka is still sorting out who is going to be running for his varsity, but he figures the Cougars are definitely ready for the challenge.
â€śWeâ€™re not a very big school, but we have 26 kids out for cross-country which Iâ€™m very happy about, and of those 26, we have 17 freshmen,â€ť said coach Kostecka. â€śSo the leadership aspect of having Christina back is huge.â€ť
When you take the challenge of trying to resurrect a high school football program that hadnâ€™t fielded a team since you were a young man, the task is nothing but daunting. After all, football teams arenâ€™t built in a season. Some arenâ€™t built in a century. So it goes at Northport High, where veteran high school football coach Don Fox came out of retirement down the road at Rice and agreed to help rebuild football. Well, Rome wasnâ€™t built in a day and neither will a competitive Mustangsâ€™ football team. But progress has been made.
Last fall was a disappointing inaugural season for Kettle Falls High in their debut into Class B football. The Northeast League, the old Bi-County, was anything but hospitable to the Bulldogs, who finished 2-8 overall.
With a loaded sophomore class (20 players) and a retooled offense, look for KFHS to experience more on-field success this fall.
How that translates into what looks like another rigorous Northeast is anybodyâ€™s guess. Check back in early November.
Columbia-Inchelium, in its second season as a combined Class B-8 football team, should be one of the teams to beat in the Northeast 1B North this fall. The Timberwolves, 7-4 last season after finishing the 2010 campaign with a quarterfinal loss to then second-ranked Cusick, lost significantly to graduation. But there is enough returning talent to pretty much guarantee that Columbia-Inchelium will be a factor in the league race once again. â€śWe have 10 kids who played last season,â€ť said longtime Columbia High head coach and Timberwolves coach, Chuck Wyborney.
The Chewelah Cougars look to push into the top half of Northeast A football this season with many returning players at key positions and retooled offensive and defensive lines.
Last season, the Cougars were hot early, getting off to a fast 5-1 start before losing three straight and then winning their final game of the season.