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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Colville High (16-8) dropped a pair of Bi-District girlâ€™s Class 1A games last weekend in Chelan and saw a very successful season come to an end.
The Indians opened the Bi-District Tournament last Friday night at Chelan High School against two-time defending State 1A champion Freeman. The Scotties, winners of the Northeast A League regular season championship, had advanced to Chelan with a loser-out, 57-54 win over second-ranked Cashmere (20-2) back on Feb. 15 at Moses Lake High School.
Colville High went into last Friday and Saturdayâ€™s Mat Classic XXIV on a roll. The Indians, on successive weeks, had annexed the Northeast A and District titles and captured their first regional crown.
Expectations were high in the Colville camp that the Indians could finish in the top three or four among 1A elite in the Tacoma Dome.