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Stalking perfection

August 25, 2011

Like a predominant number of fly fishermen, Colville’s Jesse Nicholas is a fisherman’s fisherman--a purist, if you will. After all, while he is erudite in any debate over the nuances of graphite vs. bamboo fly rod and understands the reasons for both, it’s clear where Nicholas and his allegiances lie—it’s bamboo with his dry fly pattern. Nicholas isn’t going to poor mouth the spin casters, or graphite and fiberglass. Different strokes and casts for different folks. It’s just that he prefers angling a different way. No, Nicholas isn’t going to take that bait.

Tough enough

August 17, 2011

Last Saturday's state sanctioned Mixed Martial Arts event, Battle at the Brewery at Northern Ales in Kettle Falls, saw 16 refereed bouts between trained amateur fighters. The event was put on by the Unified Combat League (UCL) and sponsored by Fight University Clothing, Eleventh Commandment, Clark’s All-Sports, Livin’ Guilty and Team Corner Tech.

Carving a niche

August 10, 2011

It’s safe to say that 11-year-old Madi Thomas has found her niche and her love. The quiet, athletic Thomas, the daughter of Mike and Michelle Thomas of Kettle Falls, is dedicated to becoming the best skateboarder she can be.
At this juncture of her “career,” it’s obvious that the diminutive youngster has been dogged in her pursuit of an ultimate goal—status as a professional skateboarder.
Madi is a young lady of few words, but this 4-foot-5, 67-pounder has no trouble talking about a sport that pretty much consumes her morning, noon and evening at the Kettle Falls Skate Park.

Colville All-Stars second

August 4, 2011

The Colville 11-year-old All-Star baseball team recently took second place in the consolation bracket at the 11-team Orofino, Idaho tournament. The team’s final tournament of the summer will be this weekend at the annual Rendezvous Tournament (Bob Haney Memorial Tournament) in Colville. Team members, back row: coaches Brian Reggear, Jim Marshall and Del Lembcke. Middle row: Griffin Reggear, Colton Maddox, Dustin Riley, Shane Merrill and Devin Lembcke. Front row: Andrew Segerman, Travis Thompson, Ty Sandaine and Dawson Flugel. Not pictured are Andrew Buckley and Hunter Forthun.

All the right (beginner's) moves

August 4, 2011

Budding local soccer stars as young as age three participated in the Colville United Soccer Club-sponsored camp for children ages pre-kindergarten through age 12 on the Colville High School soccer pitch last week. The camp raised funds for traveling soccer teams of boys and girls ages 8-18. In photos youngsters run through the camp drills, led by Colville High School soccer coaches Dave Rarrick and Keith Goodwin.

Die, Jillian Michaels, die!

August 4, 2011

Editor’s note: This is the second in a nearly year-long series of stories and sweat-laden vignettes chronicling the training regimen, pitfalls and pratfalls of two Statesman-Examiner reporters and their teammate. The intrepid trio plans to compete in all three increments of next July’s Valley Girl mini-triathlon at Liberty Lake (Spokane Valley).

So, Jillian Michaels, we meet again.

Putting the 'try' in triathlon

July 27, 2011

Editor’s note: This is the first in a nearly year-long series of stories and sweat-laden vignettes chronicling the training regimen, pitfalls and pratfalls of two Statesman-Examiner reporters and their teammate. The intrepid trio plans to compete in all three increments of next July’s Valley Girl mini-triathlon at Liberty Lake (Spokane Valley).

Changes afoot in CHS coaching ranks

July 27, 2011

There are some coaching changes and openings announced in recent days at Colville High School. What has been common knowledge for quite sometime became official last week with the announcement by Colville High School Athletic Director (Student Programs’ Director) Kelly Carr that Ray Clark and Al Bushnell will assume co-head coaching duties for the CHS girl’s basketball program for the 2011-2012 season.

Bob Haney Tournament next weekend

July 27, 2011

Since its nadir a few short years ago when the tournament drew all of half a dozen teams, the Bob Haney Memorial Little League Tournament, held in conjunction with the Colville Rendezvous In The Park celebration, has grown considerably. As of late last week, Tournament Executive Director Bob Meshishnek and his capable volunteer staff had recruited a field of 20 teams that will play in two divisions (separate brackets for 10-year-olds and 12-year-olds). Those 20 teams will likely swell Colville’s Rendezvous weekend population by from 350 to 400 people.

Fight like a girl

July 27, 2011

CHEWELAH—Megan Rusher is “fighting like a girl” to beat a rare cancer of the sinuses in Chewelah. The 15-year-old Jenkins High School student was diagnosed in March and has been receiving chemotherapy treatments every two to three weeks in Spokane. With her positive outlook and fighting spirit, the teenager’s tumor has decreased in size, according to family members. The next step in her treatment is radiation, which may require Megan to go out of state.

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