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March 17th, 2015
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The Colville Valley U-12 Baseball League in Colville and Kettle Falls is gearing up for the season.
Warmer than the norm temperatures have many people thinking baseball.
The league, which serves youngsters in Colville, Kettle Falls, Northport and Inchelium, has started its registration process for both Colville and Kettle Falls teams, according to sponsoring Colville Kiwanis Club spokesman and league commissioner, Bob Meshishnek.
Assuming many of Meshishnekâ€™s league duties this year will be Pastor Eric Ohrtman.
Indians lost some significant talent
If Colville High has any designs on returning to State later this spring (of course they do), the Indians of head coach Jim Ebel and assistant coach Tim Vaughn will have to replace some significant components to a team that ran roughshod through the Great Northern League the past two seasons and finished 21-4 last spring.
That record included a 1-2 mark at the State 2A Tournament in Selah. For those counting at home, that trip to State was Colvilleâ€™s 13th straight.
Despite a low turnout earlier this winter (22 players) when spring practice sessions got underway, expect second year Kettle Falls High baseball coach Justin Collier to field a competitive team as the Bulldogs embark on their first season in the rigorous Northeast 2B League after spending two seasons in the second division of the Northeast A League.
starts this week
CHEWELAHâ€”The Jenkins High softball team is looking to be more competitive in the Northeast A League this spring with a mix of returning starters and experienced freshmen in key positions.
A solid turnout of 20 players, buoyed by 11 freshmen, has allowed the Cougars to field full varsity and junior varsity teams.
Head coach Tom Skok is looking for an immediate impact from those experienced freshmen.
Second-ranked Republic High (23-0) built an early lead and coasted late in a 53-39 District 7 1B championship game win Saturday night at Deer Park High School over upstart Odessa-Harrington (11-12).
Sophomore guard Shania Graham led RHS with 14 points, seven rebounds, five steals and three assists.
The Titans earned the Northeast 1B districtâ€™s second seed to this weekendâ€™s regional round of the State 1B Tournament (Spokane Veteranâ€™s Arena).
After absorbing a drubbing at the hands of third-ranked Lakeside in the District 7 1A girlâ€™s championship game one night earlier, the Indians (14-10) rebounded last Saturday afternoon at West Valley High School (Spokane) to post a 58-41 win over upstart Medical Lake and qualify for this weekendâ€™s regional round of the State 1A Tournament.
Colville, third seeded into the District tournament out of the Northeast A League, will prepare this week for a loser-out date against Zillah (19-4) of the SCAC.
Freeman wins title
Colville High crowned three champions and advanced five wrestlers to the finals, but Northeast A League, District and regional champion Freemanâ€™s superior numbers was enough to lift the Scotties to the Mat Classic XXVII championship Saturday at the Tacoma Dome.
The Scotties, who came to Tacoma with 15 wrestlers, relied on its superior depth in the consolation rounds to pile up points and win their first state trophy in wrestling.
Area golf courses
Dominion Meadows Golf Course hasnâ€™t opened yet, but given the paucity of snow on the 18-hole Colville municipal course, it wonâ€™t be long.
The winter of 2014-2015 has been a difficult one for area ski resorts. At best, itâ€™s been mostly spring skiing in February. No, that isnâ€™t good.
Last week, Mt. Spokane undertook the unprecedented move of suspending operations because of a lack of snow on the slopes.
The Jenkins High wrestling team sent 13 grapplers to the regional tournament against the Caribou-Trail League looking to move a good number of wrestlers on to the Mat Classic in Tacoma this week. The results from the regional tournament at Cascade High School (Leavenworth) were good for the Cougars.
JHS moved five wrestlers on and have five more wrestlers going as alternates.
While head coach Jim Fisk was happy with the results, he felt the Cougars could have had more wrestlers in Tacoma later this week.
On to Tacoma Dome
Colville High will be represented at the Class 1A portion of the Mat Classic state wrestling championships Friday and Saturday at the Tacoma Dome by seven wrestlers.
Winning regional championships last Saturday at Cascade High School (Leavenworth) were TJ Baun (106), Tyler Ward (132) and Ben Knight (170). Also qualifying for Mat Classic are Ryley Smith, second at 160; Alex Linn, second at 113; Ian Cox, second at 152, and Maverick Walker, third at 182.
Traveling as alternates will be Tyler Jack, Takota Ashley, Brandon Stinson and Thailer Morrison.