March 6th, 2012
Statesman-Examiner Sports will begin profiling spring sports teams from Colville, Kettle Falls and Chewelah high schools in next weekâ€™s edition.
Among the teams covered will be track and field, baseball and softball at Colville, Chewelah and Kettle Falls, boyâ€™s soccer at Colville, boyâ€™s and girlâ€™s golf at Chewelah and Colville and boys golf at Kettle Falls High, along with girlâ€™s tennis at CHS and Northport baseball.
As expected, last Saturday nightâ€™s showdown for the State girlâ€™s 1B basketball championship came down to a battle of the top rankedâ€”three time defending champion Colton and Columbia High (28-2).
Columbia, putting together another brilliant campaign under head coach Mindy Flett, simply couldnâ€™t overcome the Colton juggernaut, losing 55-47.
With the win, Colton continues to breathe in some rarified air. There are very few teams that win one state championship, much less four in succession.
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Day 1. 25Âş degrees
The Colville Valley U-12 Baseball League in Colville and Kettle Falls is gearing up for the season.
Despite the cold temperatures and snow on the ground, 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.
A unique event and fund-raiser called â€ś24 Hours of Schweitzerâ€ť will be held March 30-31 at Schweitzer Mountain Resort near Sandpoint, Idaho.
Last yearâ€™s event drew more than 120 participants who ranged in age from four to 69. The competitors completed 9,561 runs in 24 hours (10,247 vertical feet).
The individual record last year was 202 runs.
Last yearâ€™s event, which raised $90,000, even included a midnight marriage proposal.
Also known as â€ś24 Hours For Hank,â€ť the event is looking for participants to rack up the vertical for bragging rights and cystinosis research.
Bob Jones heads
for Nome again
â€śYou suppose theyâ€™re tired of me yet,â€ť Bob Jones laughs.
Is the 72-year-old Jones talking about his upcoming 13th snow machine trip over the Iditarod Trail to Nome sweet Nome or those journal logs he writes for this newspaper?
No chance, Bob. Not you.
Steel yourselves, folks. The Kettle Falls man is almost back on the Iditarod Trail again. Jones left on Feb. 29 for Anchorage and the start of the Last Great Race on March 3 from the outskirts of Anchorage.
Mail processing operations in Pasco, Yakima and Wenatchee will move to Spokaneâ€™s processing center on the West Plains, the U.S. Postal Service said today.
The Postal Service will cut more than 300 jobs in Washington as it consolidates mail processing. In addition to the Spokane center absorbing more work, sorting operations in Everett, Olympia and Tacoma will transfer to Seattle.
Spokesman Ernie Swanson says 97 jobs will be cut in Everett, 29 in Olympia, 139 in Tacoma, 19 in Yakima, 20 in Wenatchee and two in Pasco.
Second half rally comes
Colville High saw its opportunity to make the State Hardwood Classic â€śFinal 8â€ť field this week in Yakima blown apart by an ugly start in last Friday nightâ€™s â€śSweet 16â€ť regional match-up against third-ranked Naches Valley at Yakimaâ€™s East Valley High School.
INCHELIUMâ€”The third annual Katie Mae LeaderCharge five on five coed basketball tournament will be held at Inchelium High School March 17-18.
The tournament is designed for players of all ages. One female must be on the court at all times (eight-person roster).
Overall MVP awards will be given out (men and women). There will also be a three-point shooting contest.
Entry fee is $300 (pay now or pay before your team gets to play). Checks payable to Shelley or Leonard LeaderCharge.
All proceeds will go to the Katie Mae LeaderCharge memorial scholarship.
overwhelmed by CHS
Columbia High (25-1) got a combined 70 points from Elizabeth Larrew, Lindsay Loe and Krista Colvin in a 77-11 crushing of overmatched Wilson Creek (9-11) in a State 1B girlâ€™s regional game last Saturday afternoon at Shadle Park High School in Spokane.
The win earns CHS, whose only loss this season to date was to Class 2B state favorite and two-time defending state champion Reardan, a date at the Class 1B Hardwood Classic in the Spokane Arena March 1-3.
CHS will open the 1B tournament Thursday at 7:15 p.m. against little known Northwest Yeshiva.