It was another good week for Colville High wrestling.
The Indians turned in a rare shutout in last Wednesdayâ€™s Great Northern League wrestling dual with visiting Pullman. CHS recorded seven pins and picked up five forfeits in an 83-0 shellacking of the hapless â€˜Hounds.
The quickest pin of the night: Austin Donoghâ€™s donâ€™t blink 13 second pin at 126 pounds.
Kettle Falls (5-6, 0-4) dropped a pair of Northeast A League boyâ€™s basketball games last week at home. Back on Jan. 7 at Kettle Falls Middle School, Newport built an early 22-11 lead and made it stand up for a 70-62 win.
On Friday, the Bulldogs simply had no answers for Freeman (5-5, 3-1) on either side of the ball in a lopsided 77-39 loss.
In the loss to Newport (6-6, 2-3), defense tended to take a holiday, as the Grizzlies put up 22 first quarter points.
It was a rough week for Kettle Falls High (6-5, 1-3) in Northeast A League girlâ€™s basketball.
The Lady Bulldogs fell behind 17-5 after the first quarter back on Jan. 7 against Newport. It didnâ€™t get much better the rest of the way and KFHS dropped a 60-39 decision to the visiting Grizzlies.
Newport, like they have done all winter long, relied on two principal scoring threatsâ€”Holly Malsbury (29 points) and Jolie Frederick (16).
The hard-working Malsbury was 12 of 14 from the free throw line. As a team, Newport was 22 of 28 at the charity stripe.
Defense was the name of the game in Colvilleâ€™s two non-league girlâ€™s basketball road wins last week.
In a 46-25 shellacking of host Medical Lake back on Dec. 18, the Indiansâ€™ defensive pressure exacted a toll.
It was much the same last Saturday at Chewelah, where CHS rolled to a 32-10 halftime lead en route to a 50-21 win over the Cougars.
The Jenkins High boyâ€™s basketball team fell to 2-5 on the season after going 1-2 in three games last week.
The Cougars began their week well with a 68-47 win over Kettle Falls at home, but Chewelah was overpowered in their next two games--a 68-46 loss at Riverside and an 81-50 home loss last Saturday night in the 395 Showdown to Colville.
Chewelah head coach Jason Norman knew there were going to be some growing pains with his mostly inexperienced varsity roster. But Norman certainly seeâ€™s signs of improvement.
The Northport High girlâ€™s basketball team experienced a rough week in a season that was expected to have its share of up and down moments.
The Mustangs opened their week with a 56-24 loss to Inchelium before traveling to the Wellpinit Christmas Tournament and losing to host Wellpinit on Friday, 67-1. On Saturday, NHS lost a rematch with Inchelium, 83-20.
NHS head coach Erik Stark says that Northport is working hard and despite the lopsided losses, the girls are not giving up on the young season.
The Cusick Panthersâ€™ (8-3, 5-2) season came to an end on a frigid Friday night at Silverdale against the Neah Bay Red Devils (10-0, 5-0), 80-28.
The Panthers jumped out to an early 14-0 lead, but a bad couple of minutes early in the second quarter started a Neah Bay rally that didnâ€™t stop until the Red Devils had run into the B-8 semifinals.
Cusick head coach Sonny Finley knew his Panthers had run up against a buzz saw and an eight-man powerhouse.
With rain and 50 mile per hour wind punishing the open expanse of Spokane Valleyâ€™s Plantes Ferry Park last Saturday, Colville cross country standouts Megan Lee and Kevin Carpenter took the opportunity to punch their tickets to the Washingtonâ€™s State Championship. While it was expected that Carpenter, a senior, would make his fourth and final trip to Pascoâ€™s Sun Willows Golf Club, it was Lee who shocked the field, running a personal course record on her way to an eye-opening third place finish.
Colville High (6-3, 3-2) will play for a State 2A football playoff berth Friday night in the Palouse against Pullman (6-2, 4-1). Game time at PHS is 7 p.m.
The winner will qualify for the playoffs one week later as the second and last seed from the Great Northern League. The loser will see its season come to an end.
Colville stayed in the playoff hunt with an impressive 19-13 win at home over Cheney (6-3, 2-3) last Friday night. The loss eliminated the Blackhawks from post-season contention.
The Chewelah Cougars (1-7, 1-4) went into last Fridayâ€™s Northeast A League football game with Newport expecting a more competitive game. While the Cougars trailed 7-6 after three quarters, two fourth quarter touchdowns sent Chewelah to a 21-6 defeat.
The Cougars started a new backfield in this game. Chewelah was without injured quarterback Blake Owens and running back Scott Stumpf.
Quarterback McKenzie Miller and running backs Stephen Beamer and Tory McKern picked up the slack, but the Cougars couldnâ€™t find the end zone.