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Tiger sets record

Republic among fastest in 1B track

Shania Graham of Republic won the 1,600-meter run in a school record at a league meet April 22 in Colville.

Graham, a freshman, finished in five minutes, 25 seconds, and was a minute ahead of second place.

The time easily broke the previous school record of 5:40 set by Amber Tietsort.

Graham’s grandfather, John Smith of Inchelium, cheered her on from the field during the record run.

Graham also won the 800 (2:30.69) and was second in the javelin (96-5).

Her 800 and 1,600 times are No. 2 in state 1B so far this season.

She’s ranked No. 1 in the 3,200 with a best of 11:53.80 and sixth in the javelin (100-8).

She won the 3,200 (11:56.16) and second in the 800 (2:31.81) at the Undeberg Invitational meet April 26 in Colville.


Rachael Kraske of Omak helped George Fox University of Newberg, Ore., claim its fourth straight Northwest Conference women’s track title at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma.

Kraske, a junior, garnered two second-place medals for the 100 meters (12.60) and 100-hurdles (14.71) and a third in the 200 (25.68) at the meet.

Meka Townsend of Okanogan, who is a sophomore competing for Willamette University in Salem, Ore., finished second in the javelin with a toss of 138 feet, 8 inches, a personal best. She moved to eighth on the university’s all time list.

She was fourth in the discus (114-2).

Kraske and Townsend are both in the running to reach the national track meets.


An Omak against Okanogan alumni basketball game will kick off the Omak BattleGround 3-on-3 tournament June 13-14.

The 5-on-5 alumni game is planned for 7 p.m. Friday, said Jeremiah Riggle.

The 3-on-3 tournament starts around 8 a.m. Saturday near Art in the Park in adjacent Civic League Park.

There will be three surfaced courts and 10 featured courts on the streets near Central and Ash. A championship court will be in the intersection.

Registration will be done Friday and an hour before the tournament starts Saturday.

Alumni wishing to play can call 509-557-2322 or Braden Draggoo at 509-429-2473.

“We are looking for alumni that want to be involved with the event, play or volunteer,” Riggle said. Bridgeport baseball player Constantino Martinez (4-1) was the state’s week 30 class 2B Washington Inter-scholastic Activities Association’s Player of the Week.

He earned the nod with two pitching victories – against Oroville and Pateros, coach Kyle Krustangel said.

In 12 innings, Martinez gave up two earned runs and 17 strikeouts.

He shined at the plate, too, getting 5 hits and 7 RBI.

“He is a very hard-working kid,” Krustangel said. “(He has) 46 strikeouts in 33 innings.”


The Bridgeport boys track team took first place at the K Valley Ralley in Kittitas on April 18.

News of the meet arrived after the April 23 issue was on the street.

The Mustangs finished with 130 points at the 11-team meet.

Kip Craig won the 200 (23.06), 110 hurdles (15.50) and 300 hurdles (41.91).

The 4x400 relay (3:40.63) took first with Jefferey Monje, Eduardo Zarate, Hector Garcia and Craig.

Samuel McDowell won the shot put (41-01).

Liberty Bell winners included Liam Daily in the 1,600 (4:56.41), Ben Klemmeck in the 3,200 (10:40.59), Jaymis Hanson in the long jump (19-10) and Jake Pennock tying in the high jump (5-8).


Bink Picard of Omak continues his adventures through the rodeo world.

Last time I spotted Picard, he was galloping into the sunset, heading for a tour with rodeo entertainer John Payne, the notorious One Armed Bandit.

Picard plays an Indian who chases Payne in shows, which will be around California, including the 100th rodeo in Clovis, and Arizona this time.

“This time we are using newly trained longhorns,” Picard said. “They’ve got outrageous longhorns.”

Picard is taking time off from making furniture to be on tour.


Signups have started for the Ralph Parks two-man best ball tournament at Okanogan Valley Golf Course.

The field is limited to the first 16 teams.

The course got its irrigation started recently, the same day the clouds opened up and wet the course as well.

A junior camp is planned this summer at the course.

There will be an “Evening on the Greens” May 22.


If you are into fishing for bass, the third annual High School State Bass Team Championship is May 17 on Lake Chelan.

The event is open to all high school students.

There are $10,000 in scholarship funds for prizes, plus berths to the national high school championship team on the line.

This is the first year a tournament series is offered to high school bass teams around Washington state.

The series includes the Moses Lake High School bass team challenge May 10, state high school bass team championship May 17 on Lake Chelan and the high school final team challenge on Riffe Lake in Lewis County.

A Junior State Bass Fishing Championship will also be held on May 3 at Lake Sammamish. Details on http://www.wa

bass.org/.

Students can visit the state website, http://www.wabass.

org, under the high school heading for more details, to join a club and register for any of the tournaments mentioned, spokesman Dave Bruggman said.


There will be a fly fishing fair May 3-4 at the Kittitas Valley Event Center, 1106 E. University Way, Ellensburg.

The fair runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

There will be a variety of tying, casting and learning events.

Free seminars include Fishing the Upper Columbia, Steelhead Fishing in Washington and possibly bass fishing in your backyard.


I still am getting over Jimmy Fallon and his catchy phrasing concerning Olympics cross country skiers Erik and Sadie Bjornsen of Mazama.

The new host of “The Tonight Show” is gaining a following for his “Thank You Notes” segment Friday night.

He expresses his gratitude to various people or things.

“Thank you, Erik and Sadie Bjornsen, for being the first brother and sister to make the U.S. Cross Country Skiing team,” he said during the Olympics. “I guess it was just something you were bjorn to do.”

Another one was, “Thank you, cotton candy, for making my grandmother’s hair look delicious.”


The Jet City Bombers roller derby team will present the third annual BomberCon on July 25-27 at The Agriplex, 175 Rodeo Trail Road, Okanogan.

“Don’t miss out on the only roller derby training camp-out of its kind,” spokeswoman Ivana Hercha said. “You’ll receive two days of skating workshops and on- and off-skates derby training from the Jet City Bombers, WFTDA Division 2 Champions.

“At BomberCon, you get coaching from an entire team with personal feedback and one-on-one instruction. We are continuing our quest to bring derby training and love to the masses at an affordable price.”

Check out http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/614109 for information on how to register.


Dylan Green of Tunk Creek scored from a yard out during a Carroll College scrimmage Friday in Helena, Mont.

Green was physical while pounding it up the middle during the scrimmage, which pleased coach Mike Van Diest.

Green and Jacob McKinney saw the bulk of carries in the scrimmage.


Justin Dibble of Omak pitched a four-hitter earlier this month for Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath, Ore.

Dibble is a 6-2 junior.

Tech wrapped up its season April 19 with a 11-37 record.


Judging from all the “12”s seen around the county, I am pretty sure we have a ton of Seahawk football fans here.

Seattle will open the season at home against Green Bay before an early Super Bowl rematch with Denver, followed by a Thanksgiving Day game at San Francisco, according to a schedule released last Wednesday.

Seattle’s schedule also features a Monday night game at Washington plus a Sunday night contest at Arizona.

In all, the Seahawks will have four nationally televised matchups in prime time, the same as in 2013.

More games could be added later under the NFL’s flex scheduling policy.

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

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