March 28th, 2012
James Houston Porritt, age 79, passed away on March 17, 2012. He was born on May 25, 1932 in Salt Lake City, UT, the son of James Nathaniel and Dorothy Grace (Wagner) Porritt.
He was a very loving man, and enjoyed spending time outdoors. After serving in the U.S. Navy, James worked as a Marine Engineer in Alaska and as a Commercial Fisherman in Washington before going to work for the National Park Service in Washington State.
John Rowlee Marchinek, 60, passed away at his home in Kettle Falls on March 19, 2012.
The funeral was held the following Saturday at Mountain View Park Cemetery in Colville, where he was laid to rest.
John Marchinek was born June 14,1951 to John â€śPeteâ€ť and Margaret (nee Rowlee) Marchinek in Colville. His father was a Track Inspector and his mother was a Telegrapher for the Great Northern Railroad. Johnâ€™s birth was followed by a sister, Jeanne, but both lost their mother, Margaret, shortly after.
Chewelah gets tougher than expected win
The Chewelah Cougarsâ€™ baseÂball team played the first game of their season last week, winÂning in eight innings at Kettle Falls, 4-2.
Caleb Wiebe pitched six strong innings for Chewelah, striking out 10 and only giving up one run, while Calvin Connal got the victory in relief, striking out four and givÂing up one run in his two inÂnings of work.
Wiebe outdueled Kettle Falls right-hander, Tyler Vining.
Head coach Luke Jeanneret was pleased with the difficult opening win.
Megan Ray leads NEA favorite
One thing has been consistent during Laurie Hiteâ€™s tenure as Colville High School girlâ€™s golf coach. Whether it has been the Great Northern League or the Northeast A, the Indians have been at the top of the heap when it comes to league championships and district titles.
The defending NEA and District 7 champions will be favored again when the prep golf season is scheduled to get underway for the Indians this week.
Weather permitting, Indians
slated to open NEA
Short-handed for their first week of action in a wet, cool spring, Colville High nonetheless was able to win three of four non-league games last week to get the 2012 softball season underway.
In their opener last Wednesday at Vaagen Park against visiting West Valley, the Indians fell behind 5-0 before battling back to post a 6-5 win.
One day later on a long bus ride for one five-inning game, the Indians blasted Omak of the Caribou-Trail League, 15-2.
Colville High School junior Aubrey Milatz won the title of Miss Colville at last Saturdayâ€™s annual Miss Colville program in the CHS Auditorium. The Miss Colville event serves as a scholarship program for local 11th grade female students, and is sponsored in part by the Colville Chamber of Commerce and area businesses. Ten girls participated in this yearâ€™s program. Milatz, daughter of Steven and Angela Milatz, also won the scholastic, spirit and judgesâ€™ choice awards. First Alternate is Taryn Edlin, daughter of Kevin and Cherri Edlin.
KF should be competitive
Former Inchelium High baseball coach Landon Johnston has taken over the reigns as the new baseball coach at Kettle Falls High School.
Johnston, counselor at Inchelium School, replaces longtime coach Jeff Graves.
Johnston, a former newspaper sports editor, is happy to be coaching at Kettle Falls, despite the lengthy daily commute from his home in Inchelium. Itâ€™s a commute that has already included a highway run-in with those dreaded blacktop magnates of mayhemâ€”the whitetail deer.
Dominion Meadows Golf Course is open for the 2012 season, according to DM Pro, Andy Hite.
The course is open on 16 of 18 greens. The two greens that have temporaries at this juncture are numbers seven and eight.
â€śThey are just both really wet at this point,â€ť Hite said on Monday. â€śThe greens are looking really good for this early.â€ť
Hite said that local high school golf teams from Kettle Falls and Colville High were out playing on Monday afternoon and â€śreally happy to be out there.â€ť
Until the course is open on all 18 holes, the price of golf at DM is $1 a hole, Hite said.
Defending NE 2B champs hope to get on field this week
Donâ€™t talk to Kettle Falls High softball coach Amy Owens and her team about the effects of Global Warming. As far as Owens and the Lady Bulldogs are concerned, it has been pretty much the return of the ice age.
Welcome to Northeast Washington, spring sports and all those â€śliquidâ€ť schedules.
As of this writing, KFHS still hadnâ€™t been able to get on their field because of the snow, ice and water. No, donâ€™t talk about infield dirt. Owens and her girls are still looking at mud.
After 1,100 mile journey, duo makes banquet
Nobody said it would be easy. And to answer that one rhetorically, it never is.
But 72-year-old Bob Jones of Kettle Falls and his son-in-law, Josh Rindal, made it to Nome, Alaska and the end of the fabled Iditarod Sled Dog Race last weekend.