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September 7th, 2011
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.
âWeâre not a very big school, but we have 26 kids out for cross-country which Iâm very happy about, and of those 26, we have 17 freshmen,â said coach Kostecka. âSo the leadership aspect of having Christina back is huge.â
When you take the challenge of trying to resurrect a high school football program that hadnât fielded a team since you were a young man, the task is nothing but daunting. After all, football teams arenât built in a season. Some arenât 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 wasnât 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 anybodyâs 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. âWe have 10 kids who played last season,â 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.
One of the greenest and least experienced Colville High football team in recent memory will get the 2011 high school football season underway Friday night against traditional opening foe Lakeland. Game time in Colville is 7 p.m.
Lakeland (0-1) is coming off a 46-21 loss last Friday night in Coeur dâ Alene to Idaho power Lake City.
One of the hottest days of a belated summer greeted youngsters from barely walking to age 18 recently at the Arden Old-Timers Kidsâ Day in the Arden arena. Youngsters competed in events that included pole bending, mutton bustinâ, 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.
Colville High lost some significant talent off last seasonâs State 1A runner-up boyâs team and a strong girlâs 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 ârebuilding.â And how could blame him. CHS lost state competitors Colton Hastings and Alaina Kowitz to graduation.
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