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Proctor eats lightly

Egbert starts briefly for Vandals

Shane Proctor, a Lake Roosevelt graduate living in North Carolina, rode the bull C Note to a score of 86.75 to open the 21st season of Professional Bull Riders on Friday at Madison Square Garden.

Proctor, 27, was mentioned in a Wall Street Journal story about the event.

Cowboys are a rare sight in New York City, but according to Jim Haworth, the chairman and chief executive officer of the Professional Bill Riders Inc., New Yorkers have taken a liking to them, the story said.

“Riders and their kinfolk frequent Johnny Utah’s bar and pub in Midtown,” Haworth said in the story.

Riders have no required training period, the piece said, but Proctor reckons one thing is certain: Mechanical bulls aren’t much use.

“It’s a fun carnival ride, but it doesn’t really have anything to do with bullriding,” he said.

The 27-year-old rider also said staying fit as a fiddle on the road can be tough.

“A heavy bullrider is not a good bullrider,” Proctor said. “We’re all smaller statured just because of the physics of it.

“It’s not just holding on, we’ve got to balance on the bull, too. We’re trying to make something that is really hard looking really easy.”

Lake Roosevelt graduate Ty Egbert, a redshirt freshman at the University of Idaho, got his first start on varsity basketball Saturday.

Scoring was not available for the game, where Egbert was ejected late in the first half after committing a foul under the basket against Chicago State.

The foul came after a tussle and a Chicago State player fell to the floor.

Officials took a long time reviewing replay of the incident before tossing Egbert for allegedly throwing a punch toward the Cougar, game reports said.

Egbert, who’d been getting 10 or so minutes off the bench, was expected to miss the game at Texas-Pan American on Thursday.

“They were convinced he threw a punch,” Vandal coach Don Verlin said in a Spokesman-Review story.

“You’ve got to hold your emotions in check,” said the coach, who said the school will review the replay.

The most recent stats available show Egbert scored 3 points (1-2; free throw) for the Vandals on Dec. 22 against Northridge, Calif. He also had 3 rebounds for Idaho, which is 6-10 (0-2 WAC) and on a four-game losing streak. The last three home losses have been by a combined 9 points.

The 6-9 Egbert, on scholarship, was a redshirt last season after being a four-year starter for the Raiders.

In his senior year at Lake Roosevelt, Egbert helped lead the Raiders to a 20-6 record and a state 2B appearance. He averaged 23.2 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks per game his final season.

If you enjoy fly fishing and eating “alternative” game food, then the annual meeting of the Okanogan County Fly Club on Friday is for you.

The club, which will be electing officers for 2014, will open festivities to all at 5:30 p.m. at the Okanogan Grange, 305 Tyee St., Okanogan. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. Elections are to follow at 7 p.m.

“It’s time to start defrosting the mangiest mongrel morsel you have hiding in the darkest corner of your ice box,” club secretary Steph Avena said. “If you have some-‘thing’ to contribute (or you would just like to get rid of that awful smell), please contact game box Steve Smith at 509-826-6498 and bring it along.”

The food committee Friday includes Stan Carter, Jay Carter, Doug Sapp and Dave Lindeblad.

Sitzmark Ski Hill sports 4 to 5 inches of snow, hill spokeswoman Sandra Sutton said Sunday.

“We are waiting for that big snow storm so we can pack and be ready to go,” she said. “I don’t know when that will happen. If we get snow this week, we would like to open by the 18th. It all depends on the weather.

“This feels like farming to me. Hurry up and wait for the weather.”

The Loup Loup Ski Bowl closed Sunday to await more snow before opening again.

The start of men’s and women’s basketball leagues has been pushed back a week to Jan. 19 at the Omak Community Center, 601 S. Benton St.

Teams are still being sought for the league, spokesman Sonny Sellars said.

League games will be played Sundays. League championship games will be Feb. 23.

Those wanting to be on a team can contact organizer Sellars at 509-322-8132.

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

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