First place in the Northeast A League football race was on the line when the Freeman Scotties (5-2, 3-1) traveled to Snyder Field to take on the Chewelah Cougars (6-1, 4-0) last Friday night. The Cougarsâ€™ opportunistic defense intercepted five passes and recovered a fumble to put a stranglehold on the high scoring Freeman offense, blanking the Scotties 21-0.
The Cougars were prepared for a hard-hitting game from beginning to end.
Colville High will compete in the District 7 2A Great Northern League District cross-country meet on Friday at Plantes Ferry Park in Spokane Valley.
The mostly rebuilding CHS boys (2-4 in GNL match-ups), and the girls (0-6), will get going at noon on the flat Plantes Ferry course.
For the GNL girls, the top two teams and top 10 individuals will advance to the State 2A meet at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco on Nov. 3.
A Columbia-Inchelium football team that struggled with consistency and continuity early-on this football season seems to be rounding into form as the stretch run toward the 1B (eight-man) football playoffs looms.
The Timberwolves (4-2, 2-1) blasted overmatched Waterville (1-5, 1-2) last Friday afternoon at Inchelium, 62-12, in a battle of Northeast 1B North and NE 1B South teams.
C-I rolled to a 24-6 first quarter lead and increased that working margin to 44-12 at halftime.
The Chewelah Cougars (5-1, 3-0) went into their game at Medical Lake (5-1, 3-1) last Friday knowing the winner would be in no worse than a tie for first place in the Northeast A League after that nightâ€™s game. The Cougars built big first half lead and managed to hold on for a 33-28 win.
Jenkins High and Freeman are tied atop the NEA standings this week. ML is one game back.
â€śIt was a big win for us,â€ť said head coach Jim Fisk, â€śI thought, as a team, we played well, Medical Lake is a good team--the best weâ€™ve played in our league this year.â€ť
October is a big month for hunters. Many of the most popular hunting seasons get (or go) underway this month.
Hunters heading out in search of deer, ducks, geese and other game birds are cautioned that most of the state hasnâ€™t experienced appreciable rainfall in several weeksâ€”and months.
Colville High continued its impressive and unbeaten run through the September high school volleyball season last week.
But the Indians (8-0), who havenâ€™t lost a game yet, much less a match this season, lost standout middle hitter Aubrey Buckner last weekend at Clarkston to a possible season-ending knee injury.
Fellow middle hitter Chantel Nussbaum went down earlier in the week with an ankle injury.
The Can-Am Cross Country InÂvitational meet, held annually at the Kettle Falls Recreational Area for over 25 years, featured one of its largest-ever turnouts last SatÂurday under sunny, warm late September skies.
The field included 17 high school teams and six junior high teams (325 runners).
The highlights for Colville starÂted with Colville Junior High School sixth-grade phenom Kassie Brooks winning the girlâ€™s race by half a second, followed by running newcomer T.J. Braun finishing a close second for the Colville Junior High boys.
The keys for the Chewelah Cougars (4-1, 2-0) coming into last Friday afternoonâ€™s game against Kettle Falls (0-5, 0-3) were to take control early, keep mistakes to a minimum and get through the game healthy.
The Cougars accomplished all three goals, dominating the Bulldogs on both sides of the ball on their way to a 36-6 victory.
â€śWe played up,â€ť said head coach Jim Fisk. â€śYou have to play at a high level all the time in our league.
â€śOverall, we did a good job; we didnâ€™t make any glaring errors.â€ť
Chewelah High cross-country is getting underway with a new crop of runners and with a new coach to lead them. Kevin Kernan is the new cross-country coach, but he is a familiar face to the athletes. Kernan is a long-time industrial arts instructor and coach for JHS.
Despite the varsity volleyball spot opening up with the retirement of Wendy Stenbeck, Kernan chose to go to the cross- country program.
Kettle Falls fell to 0-3 last Friday night with a 28-9 loss at Riverside. The game marked the Bulldogsâ€™ first foray into the Northeast A League since moving into the Northeast 2B League three seasons ago.
Coleton Collins ran for a pair of touchdowns for the Rams (1-2, 1-0), who led 22-6 at halftime against a Kettle Falls offense that had trouble mounting much offense.
KFHS will host Lakeside (0-2, 0-1) on Friday. Game time is 7 p.m.