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February 20th, 2014
Most 10-year-olds arenâ€™t thinking about hooking up a team of sled dogs and hopping
on the back end of a sled for a ride through the snow-covered woods in the dead of a Northwest winter. Usually, itâ€™s video games or playing some sport that involves the use of a ball.
Lane Esvelt isnâ€™t any 10-year-old.
Sure, Lane likes playing football and baseball. He shoots trap. But what the fifth-grader at Kettle Falls Middle School really gets excited about is hanging
with and running his dogs.
No, thatâ€™s not a bowl of oatmeal in the morning.
Colville High captured the 2A regional wrestling tournament last Saturday
at West Valley High School, holding off Central
Washington Athletic Conference champion Othello, 173.5 to 171.5. Colville qualified seven wrestlers for this weekâ€™s Mat Classic state championships
at the Tacoma Dome: regional champions
Ryley Smith and Ian Cox, Jesse Morrison, Ben Knight, Tyler Ward, Trenton
Welton and TJ Baun.
Unlike last yearâ€™s District 7 2A Wrestling Tournament, where Colville High won by the slimmest of margins, the Indians won last weekâ€™s District 7 2A championship at East Valley High School by a comfortable margin over the host Knights and perennial State 2A power Deer Park.
The Indians advance 17 of their 21 District wrestlers to the regional tournament at West Valley.
Kettle Falls High (4-6, 10-8), currently in fourth place in the Northeast A League girlâ€™s standings heading into the final week of regular season play, will play host to NEA no. 5 in loser-out action next Monday night.
Currently in fifth place in the standings is Medical Lake (3-8, 5-13). Riverside and Chewelah are both 2-8 in NEA play.
The other loser-out game will feature NEA no. 6 at NEA no. 3 (Newport is currently
Freeman (10-0, 14-4) holds a one game lead over second place Lakeside (9-1, 16-2).
The top four teams will advance to Bi-District play against the surviving
Colville High (8-8, 3-5) dropped a pair of Great Northern League boyâ€™s basketball
games last week.
The Indians battled East Valley (14-3, 7-2) on nearly even terms before a pair of late three-pointers by Tanner Jacobs keyed a 57-54 Knightsâ€™ win Friday night in Spokane.
One afternoon later in Colville, the Indians hung with high-flying Clarkston (14-2, 6-2) before the Bantamsâ€™
superior firepower and speed took over and the visitors raced to a 71-58 win.
Colville had no answer for 6-foot-1 swingman Kage Sobotta, who poured in 27 points.
Matt Hubbard led Colville with 23 points.
I will be the first to admit that I am not a big NFL fan. Mostly, thatâ€™s because I work the Statesman Sunday Sabbath and donâ€™t see many games.
But I have always been a Seattle Seahawksâ€™ fan and Iâ€™ve been a fan of a couple of the teamâ€™s key playersâ€”quarterback Russell Wilson and cornerback Richard Sherman.
Yes, Pete and the boys have put together a juggernaut full of interesting characters.
While the schedule indicated that Colville High would be in the Dream Duals field at East Valley High School last Saturday, in reality, the Indians were competing in a much bigger and more prestigious tournament in Vancouver (Heritage High School).
The Jenkins High girls picked up their second Northeast A League basketball win last week with a 55-37 decision over Riverside.
During a busy week, Chewelah also lost 46-36 to Kettle Falls and 59-36 to Lakeside.
The Cougars played well in stretches, but couldnâ€™t consistently play four complete quarters. One difficult quarter decided a pair of games last week.
Chewelah opened their week with a difficult loss to Kettle Falls (9-7, 4-5).
Hunters Rifle & Pistol Club scores for Match No. 5:
Match No. 5 (Rifle): Shawn Merrill, 392; Jim Dubell, 386; Dean Tharaldson, 386. Total: 1,164.
Match No. 5 (Pistol), team No. 1: William Campbell, 292; Shawn Merrill, 283; Vicki Stickney, 274; Scott Stickney, 273. Total: 1,122.
Team No. 2: Dean Tharaldson, 272; Larry Felton, 252; George Lippert, 250; Gale Hergesheimer, 245. Total: 1,019.
Also shooting was Becky Dubell, 230.
The Spokane Golf & Travel Show, in its 16th year, will be held Saturday, Feb. 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Spokane Convention Center.
The show is the largest consumer golf and travel show in the Spokane and Coeur dâ€™ Alene region and features more than 100 exhibitors representing golf retailers, golf manufacturers, golf travel, PGA quick tip instruction, seminars by local PGA professionals, a Demo area, a putting contest, long drive contests and travel and golf give-a-ways and junior golf.