February 25th, 2015
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.
OLYMPIAâ€”The Senateâ€™s new transportation package is being hailed for its bipartisan support, while some critics find aspects of it troubling.
The proposals were revealed on Feb. 12 after 22 months of negotiations, and would mostly fund various highway projects in the stateâ€™s more congested areas.
The package would raise $15 billion over a 16-year period mostly through an 11.7 cents-per-gallon gas tax imÂ¬plemented over the next three years.
The Wolf Advisory Group, which advises the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife on wolf recovery and management, has added nine members. Their appointments are for two-year terms.
The additions swell this diverse groupâ€™s numbers to 18. The group was formed by WDFW in 2013 with nine members who represented the interests of cattle ranchers, hunters and wolf advocates in Washington.
New members from Northeast Washington named to the group include Tim Coleman of Republic (Kettle Range Conservation Group), and Janey Howe of Colville, a Colville teacher and part-time range rider.
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.
A good man has left this world. His departure leaves earthly beings a little poorer and heavenly ones a little richer.
Roy Engelhardt left us on Feb. 8, 2015 in Ephrata after 90 good years. He was born to Fred and Clara Engelhardt on Nov. 15, 1924 at home and listed on the cradle roll of the Cedonia Community Church, the youngest of 11 children. He was a farmer and rancher all the days of his life.
He was preceded in death by sisters, Nettie, Dora (105 at her passing); Agnes, and by brothers, Fred, Bill, Louie, Henry, Ivan, and Victor; and by his eldest son, Matthew.
Patrick James Ressa, 54, passed away on Feb. 8, at Banner Gateway Medical Center in Gilbert, Arizona after a hard fought battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his family and friends when he went on to his eternal home. He was born on April 1, 1960 in Spokane to James and Norma Ressa.