Archive - Sports Article
June 5th, 2014
Kettle Falls High was represented by three track and field athletes at last weekendâ€™s State 1A meet at Eastern Washington Universityâ€™s Roos Field (Woodward Stadium).
Competing for the first time at State were seniors Tyler Johnson and Connor McKern, and freshman Casey Hamilton.
In the javelin competition last Friday morning, McKern uncorked a PR of 163-10. His career best mark came on the final throw of the competition and earned McKern sixth place on the medal stand.
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As expected, it was tough going for Colville Highâ€™s six athletes at the State 2A Track and Field Championships at Mt. Tahoma High School (Tacoma) last week.
The only CHS athlete to medal was Tora Luu, who cleared 5-0 in the high jump to finish sixth and make the medal podium. She had entered the State meet tied for the best mark in the 2A ranks this spring (5-2).
Zach Shoemaker and Joey Schweitzer, who went one-two in the javelin at the District 7 2A championship, finished 14th and 16th, respectively.
Colville Highâ€™s entry into the State 2A tennis tournament last Friday and Saturday at the Nordstrom Center on the University of Washington campus in Seattle was a short-lived affair.
The Indiansâ€™ entry to the State tournament, the doubles team of Hannah Greene and Mariah Oâ€™Brien, was eliminated after a pair of losses.
Greene/Oâ€™Brien fell to their opposition from West Valley (Yakima), 0-6, 0-6, then were eliminated by a Kingston duo, 3-6, 6-7(5-7).
â€śThe girls played well and gave it everything they had in the second set,â€ť CHS head coach Phil Johnson said of the loss to Kingston.
Colvilleâ€™s Copper Bowl has been busy in recent weeks with upgrades to the business before the upcoming statewide tournament the local bowling alley will host June 13-15 and again June 20-22.
Copper Bowl will host the 37th annual Washington State USBC Mixed Tournament. The tournament will bring around 400 teams to Colville, creating tourism and revenue at the start of summer for Colville.
The primary upgrades at the bowling alley have addressed the lanes, approaches and pins.
Colville High is certainly no stranger to the State 1A or 2A softball tournament scene. The Indians have made the state tournament field in 1A or 2A for the past 13 straight seasons. Thatâ€™s quite a record of achievement.
Seldom have the Indians (21-4) been out of the tournament on the first day. But thatâ€™s what happened last Friday when CHS opened with an impressive 7-2 win over Anacortes before losing to W.F. West (Chehalis) and right-hander Mattie Boucher in the quarterfinals late Friday afternoon, 5-1.
The Jenkins High baseball team has been scuffling to start the season with a 3-7 record. But head coach Luke Jeanneret hopes solid play during a Spring Break trip to Warden will help give his young team confidence entering the second half of the Northeast A League schedule that gets started this week.
â€śWe played a really good team tough for two games and took one from them,â€ť Jeanneret said of the trip to Warden. â€śI hope weâ€™ve turned a corner; the kids are right there on the edge. I keep encouraging them and hope they realize how good they are.â€ť
After a week off for Spring Break, the Colville High girlâ€™s tennis team faces a light week on the courts before embarking on a heavy schedule next week.
The Indians of coach Phil Johnson, who edged Chewelah 4-3 back on April 2, were at Central Valley High School for a non-league match-up with the Greater Spokane League school on Monday.
The Indians will be idle until Great Northern League play resumes on Tuesday, April 22 at Deer Park. That match is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. start.
Colville High continues unbeaten this spring.
The Indians of coach Jim Ebel, coming off a rainout weekend where they were scheduled to play at Clarkston, had three days off before a pivotal game last week at East Valley.
â€śWith that rainout at Clarkston, we had three days off,â€ť Ebel said.
Then last Monday, one day before heading to East Valley for a key Great Northern League softball game, the Indians turned in a clunker of a practice.
â€śWe were horrible,â€ť Ebel said. â€śIt was our worst practice of the year.â€ť
Gonzaga Prep easily captured the Colville Invitational Golf Tournament last Thursday at Dominion Meadows Golf Course.
The Bullpups, playing in an eight-team menâ€™s field, totaled 311 (four scoring players). G-Prep was led by Michael Brutocaoâ€™s two-over 74 and by Ryan Andersonâ€™s three-over-par 75. Andrew Durnford added a 78.
Host Colville High, led by the 76 from junior Sam Artzis, finished tied for fifth place at 366 with East Valley.
Other Colville scores: Duncan Maben, 86; Matt Hubbard, 94; Zach Jensen, 110.
BY CHRIS COWBROUGH
S-E Sports Editor
Kettle Falls High (1-1, 2-1) opened the 2014 high school baseball season last week at home. The home cooking agreed with the Bulldogs, who won two of three games to get the season underway.
KFHS opened with a 6-5 come-from-behind win over visiting Omak of the Caribou-Trail League last Friday. Junior Devin Thompson got the win in relief.