After getting close to high-powered Wellpinit (3-0, 6-1) back in early September, Northport High faithful had every reason to believe that the second time around would be different and the Mustangs might pull off a monumental upset. Well, things were different. NHS (3-1, 4-3) had few answers for the Wellpinit running-back A.J. Kieffer and the high-octane Redskinsâ€™ offense. The result was a lopsided 58-18 loss to fourth-ranked Wellpinit in a key Northeast 1B North eight-man game at Northport last Friday night.
So it has gone this season for the Columbia-Inchelium football team.
The Timberwolves (1-2, 2-4) couldnâ€™t take advantage of a once powerhouse Cusick team (3-1, 4-2) that because of graduation and some injuries to key players this season, is a shell of its former self. Cusick did just enough offensively to pull out a 36-28 win at Hunters last Friday afternoon in a key Northeast 1B North game.
â€śWe had our opportunities,â€ť conceded C-I coach Chuck Wyborney. â€śThe table was set for us to knock them off. But we made too many mistakes.â€ť
I hate treadmills. Hate, hate, hate, hate, hate. Perhaps hate is too strong an utterance for a machine that is basically the bastard offspring of a conveyor belt and hamster wheel, so let me rephrase that. If treadmills were the symbolic piĂ±ata of all my prejudices and distaste for physical fitness, I would hang it from a tree branch and beat the ever-loving stuffing out of it.
The Chewelah Cougars volleyball team is entering a tough stretch of games and looking to find consistency in the midst of a five-match losing streak. Last week, the Cougars dropped three hard-fought matches against Newport, Kettle Falls and Riverside, while struggling on offense, defense and serving at various times in the past week.
â€śWe matched up well, but we broke down defensively quite a bit,â€ť coach Wendy Stenbeck said. â€śThe other teams didnâ€™t...they out hustled us.â€ť
The Chewelah Cougars (1-4, 0-2) faced off against the Freeman Scotties (5-0, 2-0) on Friday night in Chewelah in a key Northeast A League football game. The Cougars held their own for most of the first half, but two late touchdowns by league-leading Freeman in the first half opened up the game and the Scotties never looked back, cruising to a 41-12 victory on Senior Night for Chewelah.
For the second straight week, the big play was the nemesis of the Cougar defense--a touchdown pass of 56 yards and two other touchdowns set up by plays of 40-plus yards in the first half.
Dominion Meadows Golf Professional Andy Hite has been named the top merchandiser (public course category) in the Inland Empire PGA section. Hite, an Inland Empire PGA member since 1992, is in his 12th season as PGA professional in Colville and at Dominion Meadows. The honor is accorded annually by a vote of Inland Empire PGA professionals. Hite says he thoroughly enjoys the retail sales aspect of the golf business. His Just Rip It pro shop at Dominion Meadows is annually one of the best stocked anywhere in the region. â€śI enjoy it,â€ť Hite says as he regrips clubs for a DM golfer.
Two teams expected to give Colville High a run for the Northeast A League volleyball title this fall are on the Indiansâ€™ schedule this week. CHS, with NEA wins over Newport and Riverside last week to get the league season underway, will host Lakeside High on Tuesday (6:30 p.m.) and travel to Freeman on Thursday (6:30 p.m.) in key NEA battles. Colville will travel to Chewelah next Tuesday (6:30 p.m. start). Colville is the favorite to win a second straight NEA championship this fall.
Despite managing only 98 yards of total offense, Kettle Falls High found a way to pull out a come-from-behind 13-12 Northeast 2B football win over visiting Davenport last Friday night.
In front of a big Homecoming crowd, the Bulldogs (2-2, 1-1) spotted the Gorillas (1-3, 0-2) an overtime touchdown before getting a two-yard run from Austin Anderson and the game-winning Kyle Dodson PAT kick.
In the surprise of the Northeast 1B eight-man football season to date, upstart Northport High (2-1, 1-0) blasted visiting Columbia-Inchelium 41-16 last Friday night in front of a big home crowd.
This Northeast 1B North match-up was all Northport.
The Mustangs scored the gameâ€™s first four touchdowns and led 27-0 before Columbia-Inchelium was able to get on the board.
Tailback David Higgins rushed for 144 tough yards on 18 carries for NHS. He scored on runs of four, 25 and 15 yards and kicked three points after touchdown.