Omak honors student/ athletes

Hilderbrand, Goble celebrated

Omak High School recently announced Diane Hilderbrand and Sam Goble as September’s student/athletes of the month.

“Diane was a great leader on the volleyball court this month,” Athletic Director Nick Popelier said. “She is one of the team’s captains and is leading the team in assists and serving-aces per game.”

Goble is a fourth-year varsity cross country runner.

“In the first three races of the season, he has consistently beat his times from last year by 30 seconds or more,” Popelier said.

In a recent Spokane race, Goble finished 13th out of 120 varsity runners from 1B through 4A schools.

Oroville High School is wrapping up work on a “The Crow’s Nest,” a 35-foot high football announcer stand.

The roof was finished the night before the Mary Walker game Sept. 13.

The fully heated building puts announcers and statisticians 35 feet in the air for a clear view of the field.

Workers were finishing the siding Sept. 28.

“The walls inside are still open studs, but all the wiring is done,” Athletic Director Tam Hutchinson said. “Eventually, it will be completely insulated and covered with wall board.”

The building has three floors.

The first floor has a large door and will be used for storage.

The second floor is at the level of the top of bleachers.

The third floor has windows plus a bar for score counsel and sound system for announcer, Hutchinson said.

“It’s all completely up to code,” said Hutchinson, who said the stand is on city property and had to meet code for a commercial building.

Track coach Harold Jensen and Tony Kindred are spearheading the effort, Hutchinson said.

“It has been a real community project with different people volunteering their time and effort,” Hutchinson said.

The Colville tribes, along with tribes in the Northwest and First Nations in Canada, are working toward salmon passage over Grand Coulee Dam, said a Sept. 27 story in the Columbian in Vancouver.

The tribes’ desire to have salmon pass over the 550-foot-tall dam is part of a broad reassessment of the Columbia River Treaty, said the story, quoting a story in The Spokesman-Review in Spokane.

The dam, built in the 1930s, does not have fish ladders.

The 1964 Columbia River Treaty focused on hydropower and flood control. Now officials in the U.S. are interested in expanding the treaty’s purpose to address issues such as salmon and climate change, the story said.

The ensuing treaty, signed in 1964, has no expiration date, but either country may cancel it or suggest changes beginning in 2024 with 10 years’ notice.

Curlew and Republic will join forces with a wrestling team this winter.

The Republic school board recently approved the combined wrestling team.

The schools also compete together in cross country.

Cross country results for area teams were not available last month at for the Erik Anderson memorial cross country meet.

Oroville coach Doug Kee said results were posted at


Dylan Green of Tunk Creek rushed once for minus-2 yards in a stunning 35-31 loss by Carroll College to Eastern Oregon University on Sept. 28.

Third-ranked and undefeated Carroll led by three scores in the final minutes against previously winless Eastern Oregon, which scored 3 fourth-quarter touchdowns in the comeback.

The Mountaineers trailed 31-21 with 2:20 to go before cutting the margin to 31-28.

Eastern Oregon then recovered an onside kick before scoring with 12 seconds to go.

The North Central ATV Club recently announced meetings for Okanogan County.

The club will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at the Twisp Eagles Hall, 205 state Highway 20.

The club also will meet at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at the Conconully Community Hall, 219 Main St.

As the general fishing season winds down, a Dream Team bass fishing tournament is planned for Oct. 5-6 from the Coulee Playland Resort on Banks Lake.

The Washington State Bass Federation and sanction the tournament.

Al Camp is the sports editor for The Chronicle. Email him at


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