March 11th, 2014
John D. Steele, a lifelong resident of Fruitland, passed away on Feb.24, 2014 at the age of 82. He was born on March 28, 1931 to James and Mildred (Campbell) Steele in Hunters.
John attended school in Hunters, where he graduated from Columbia High School in 1949. After high school, he atÂtended State College of Washington (known today as Washington State University) and graduated in 1953 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. He married his sweetheart Blanche on July 5, 1953 in Opportunity.
Kenneth Charles Rochon, a long-time resident of Colville, passed away on Feb. 27, 2014 at the age of 54. He was born in Everett to Charles and Mary (Scanlon) Rochon on July 14, 1959.
Ken started school at Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic School in Everett until the sixth grade, when his family moved to Granite Falls. He later graduated from Granite Falls High School.
The Colville High track and field team will kick-off its season on Saturday, March 15 with the annual Black & White Jamboree. The meet starts at noon on the CHS track.
Also expected to compete on Saturday in the shakedown cruise will be Kettle Falls High.
CHS co-head coaches Jodi Lehman and Randy Stebbins are in serious need of officials/volunteers to help run the meet.
Saturday was a
very good day
It was mostly a great day for eastern Washington high school basketball teams last Saturday. The region captured five gold balls, synonymous with state basketball championships.
For the first time in the history of the Bâs, Colton won boyâs and girlâs championships on Saturday. The Colton girls, defining the word âdynasty,â captured an unprecedented sixth straight state championship.
The Pullman High boys, ranked no. 1 or no. 2 for most of the season, annexed a second straight state championship for the Greyhoundsâ six seniors.
The fastest bagger in the West, or at least the fastest grocery bagger in Washington, enjoyed a memorable experience last month at the national âBest Baggerâ competition in Las Vegas.
Super 1 Foods employee and grocery speed bagger David Tochinskiy, a senior at Colville High School, took time off from his classes and from the CHS varsity boyâs basketball team to compete with other state winners in the national competition last month.
Tryouts in March
The Colville Valley U-12 Baseball League in Colville and Kettle Falls is gearing up for the season.
Despite the cool temperatures characteristic of this time of the year, 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.
Colville and Kettle Falls players are reminded that the registration deadline is March 20. Registration fee is $25 ($35 after March 20).
Sign-up for the Colville Recreation Department-sponsored T-Ball program is on now. The season will run from April 14 through May 22.
The program is designed for boys and girls ages 4-7.
Sign-up fee is $15 for youngsters who live in Colville and $18 outside the city limits.
Registration deadline is Friday, March 28. For more information, call the Recreation Department at 684-6037.
The Daddy Daughter Ball will be held Saturday, April 12. There will be two sessions: 4-6 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.
Big fourth quarter propels Bulldogs to Yakima
Nothing came easy for scrappy, undersized Colville High in the Indiansâ 2A regional girlâs basketball game at Big Bend Community College (Moses Lake) last Saturday night against third-ranked Ellensburg.
Ellensburg held game Colville (18-6), the second-seed from District 7 2A (Great Northern League) to 15 second half points and only six in the pivotal fourth quarter of a 51-36 win.
Colville trailed by two points heading into the fourth quarter. Ellensburg outscored the Indians 19-6 in the period.
The weather continued its streak of fluctuating temperatures and precipitation changes. Those factors likely contributed to a traffic incident when a school bus slid off the road near Springdale in southern Stevens County Wednesday morning.
The bus, which belongs to the Mary Walker School District, was traveling along the 4100 block of Cemetery Road when it left the roadway and ended up on its side.
Harvey Lee Pankretz returned to Heavenly Father on Feb. 19. He was born at Reedley, CA on Sept. 25 1927 to Frank and Anna (Perry) Pankretz. He attended schools at Los Gatos, CA graduating 12th grade from Los Gatos. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy for three years, receiving an honorable discharge when his tour of duty was completed.