Bulldogs should compete

Chris Cowbrough
Sports Editor

Jeff Graves, in his second tenure as head of the Kettle Falls High baseball program, knows his mostly youthful Bulldogs should be more competitive on the field this spring.

KFHS finished 8-12 last season. The season didn’t start auspiciously for Graves and his Bulldogs, who started the Northeast 2B North season 1-7 before catching fire.

Kettle Falls has enough talent on its slim roster to make an impact in the NE 2B this spring. With only 13 players, the Bulldogs are going to have to stay healthy—and eligible—if they are going to be a factor. With so few players, there just isn’t any margin for error.

“We have low numbers—it is what it is,” Graves said last week. “There is going to be a lull (in turnout numbers) for a couple of years. We just don’t have enough kids playing sports in Kettle Falls right now.”

Around the NE 2B, one of the top Class 2B baseball leagues in the state, figure Northwest Christian, Colfax and St. George’s to be tough again.

But Graves likes his talent pool.

“I think we are better than we were at this time last year. We should be in the mix in our division. All the kids played summer ball and have played a lot the past two years. All the kids are fundamentally stronger for that.

“We have some high expectations and we have some talent. We just have to keep the kids healthy and solid academically.”

Of course, like most other high school teams around the area this late winter, pre-season workouts have been confined to the gym.

“You can only do so much inside,” Graves said. “We need to get outside.”

See full story in the March 15th edition of the Statesman Examiner - and watch for our Spring Sports Special section coming March 22nd!