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November 3, 2011

It’s playoff time around the Northeast Washington prep sports scene.
High school football playoffs (Crossover/so-called Play-in games) are the featured events this weekend. Colville will host Omak and their Caribou-Trail League Player of the Year, 5-9, 215-pound running back Dylan Green.
Green, who holds most of the No. 4 seeded Pioneers rushing records, including a school single game mark established earlier this season, was also named to the first team defense as a linebacker.
The burly senior is a load and is the focal point of any opposing defense.
Top-ranked Cashmere held Green to under 100 yards in a win last week over Omak that was a lot closer than the final score indicated.
The game Friday night in Colville (7 p.m.) will be a battle of teams that don’t throw it much and feature running backs. Colville (4-4, 4-1) senior Colton Davis has established some rushing benchmarks of his own this fall. Davis rushed for 250 yards in Colville’s dismantling of Chewelah in the Northeast A League finale for both teams last Friday in Colville.
It’s usually Davis right, Davis left and Davis up the middle. Omak uses their low-slung star in similar fashion. It’s nothing fancy, but it tends to move the chains consistently.
Davis got some significant help in the Chewelah win when senior Julio Valencia, as close to healthy as he has been since early September, rushed for over 100 yards.
Figure this one to be a close one. Like many games, it could come down to who does the better job of taking care of the ball and exerting their will up front in the trenches.
In this week’s Crossover scenario with the CTL, NEA champion Colville (the winners of four straight after an 0-4 start) appears to have the best chance of advancing to the first round of State 1A playoffs against what is usually a rugged CTL that has tended to dominate its NEA opposition.
In the Northeast 2B, Kettle Falls (3-3, 5-4) heads to Waitsburg and a first round State 2B football date with second-ranked Waitsburg-Prescott on Saturday (2 p.m.). The Bulldogs are seeded fourth out of the Northeast 2B.
It isn’t often that a team is charged with playing the top-ranked and second-ranked 2B teams in the state in successful weeks. But after losing to Northeast champion and top-ranked Colfax last week, KFHS gets second-ranked Waitsburg-Prescott this week.
KFHS fell behind Colfax 34-0 last week. Bulldog faithful hope Kettle Falls gets off to a faster start at Waitsburg.
Speaking of top-ranked, the state’s top-ranked Class 1A volleyball team from Colville heads to Chelan on Saturday for the District 6/7 regional against the Caribou-Trail League. Colville will open at 3:30 p.m. in the Chelan Community Center against the winner of CTL no. 2 and NEA no. 3 Lakeside.
Three teams from the regional will qualify for the State 1A Tournament next Thursday and Friday in Yakima.
Colville High’s boys’ cross-country team, second to Lakeside in the NEA this fall, qualified its team to the State All-Divisions championships Saturday at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco.
The Indians were second behind (you guessed it) Lakeside last Saturday at the regional tournament at Plantes Ferry Park in Spokane. Colville, ranked sixth in the latest 1A poll, will be one of the favorites on Saturday in Pasco. The Indians finished second in the state last November.
The CHS girls barely missed taking their team to Pasco, losing out on a tie-breaker scenario at Plantes Ferry. Colville’s Alison Price and Jill Fenno will represent the CHS girls at State.
The 1A girl’s race is at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. The boys will go at noon.

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