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Free fishing arrives

Boy Scouts fix up Camp Bonaparte

This weekend will be a Free Fishing Weekend, thanks to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Licenses will not be required for those two days to fish or gather shellfish in any waters open for fishing in the state.

In addition, vehicle-access and Discover passes will not be required to park at any of the 700 water-access sites maintained by Fish and Wildlife.

“Free Fishing Weekend is a great time to try fishing in Washington, whether you are new to the sport, thinking about taking it up or looking to introduce a friend or family member to fishing,” said Chris Donley, state inland fish program manager.

The free weekend coincides with the opening of hundreds of state rivers for trout fishing on Saturday.


The Grand Columbia Council of Boy Scouts of America upgraded a pair of its Eastern Washington camps this spring, including Camp Bonaparte near Tonasket.

Boys Scouts rebuilt the kitchen and commissary area at the camp, which was damaged by falling trees that severely damaged the roof.

“We cut down about 80 trees” in the area, said Walter Mueller, Boy Scout executive with Grand Columbia Council.

Camp Fife was the other area improved, with a shooting range being reconfigured.

At both camps, a new Adventure Patrol challenges older Scouts with activities including rappelling, canoeing and mountain biking.


Fishing continues to be great at the Conconully lakes.

“Fishing has been really good from the bank, dock and in a boat,” said Gene Bussell at Liar’s Cove of fishing Conconully’s lakes. “This year, we have seen more carryovers than in the past. A few triploids, but mostly 16-inch kokanee and rainbows.”

The resort hosted a fishing contest for children age 14 and younger over the Memorial Day weekend.

Kaylen Gwin, 9, of Sedro Woolley won her age group with a 1.4-pound rainbow.

“One of our young teenagers caught two 15.5-inch kokanee,” Bussell said. “Nice and fat. We had quite a few smallmouth bass caught. Several were around 2.5 pounds and 14-16 inches long.

“Lots of bass were caught off of the dock using night crawlers.”


Rachael Kraske of Omak is an All-American.

She finished seventh in the 400-meter hurdles May 24 at the NCAA Div. III Outdoor Track and Field National Champion-ships at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio.

Kraske, a senior competing for George Fox University from Newberg, Ore., qualified fifth for thefinals 1:00.75, just off her school record of 1:00.70, before the finals where she finished in 1:02.14.

Jameka Townsend of Okanogan, who is a sophomore competing for Willamette University in

Oregon, finished 10th in the javelin at 42.14 meters (138 feet, 3 1/16 inches), which came on her final throw.

She missed the finals by a little more than a foot.


Okanogan High School’s annual free youth football camp will is for “all kids” in grades three through eight, high school head football coach Erick Judd said.

Those attending can meet the high school coaches and players who will be running the camp, Judd said.

“Learn fundamentals for offense and defense,” Judd said. “Bring a sack lunch, water and your cleats. We will finish at 4 p.m.”

Sign-up sheets have already been sent home.

Camp takes place on the high school football field.


The Okanogan Bulldog Basketball camp for boys and girls will be June 10-12 in the high school gymnasium.

Registration will be at 8:30 a.m. the first day for those entering grades six through nine. Camp times are 9 a.m. to noon.

Registration will be at 12:30 p.m. for those entering grades one through five. The age group will be on the court from 1-4 p.m.

The camp will be headed by high school girls coach Bryan Boesel and boys coach Mike Carlquist and assisted by high school players.

The camp stresses fundamentals including ball handling, shooting, passing and transition drills.

There is a cost, which includes a T-shirt.


An Omak Youth Volleyball camp will be 9 a.m. to noon June 16-18 at Omak High School.

The camp is for those in grades one through seven.

There is a cost that includes a T-shirt, said organizer and high school coach Brittney Richter.

Registration forms are available at all Omak schools.

“This day camp will provide a fun opportunity to learn the basics and fundamentals of the game including passing, serving, hitting and setting,” Richter said.


The 2014 Bulldog basketball tournament will be June 14-15 at the high school, boys coach Mike Carlquist said.

The tournament is open to the first eight teams, with four games guaranteed

There is a cost, with T-shirts going to the champions.

Officials will be provided for the games, which include 20-minute halves.

Those wishing to play can call Carlquist at 509-322-1013.


Omak Kiwanis will be putting on its first golf tournament at 1 p.m. June 28 at Okanogan Valley Golf Course.

Contact Nattalie Cariker at 509-422-5101 for more information.

“All funds raised to support youth in our community,” Cariker said.

“This is a scramble format supporting all the good things the Kiwanis do in our community,” club professional Bill Sproule said.

“Get your four-some together and sign up now.”

The golf course also starts a “Just for Fun League” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sproule said.

Signup forms for the Kiwanis tournament are at the clubhouse.


Here is a rundown on state tournaments:

Class 1A

Baseball: Naches Valley is champion with 7-1 win over Woodland. Rochester beat Kiona-Benton, 6-3, in the game for third and fourth.

Soccer: Quincy, which entered postseason with the return of 6 varsity and 6 junior varsity players, used its depth to run through the 1B/2B/1A tournament including a 1-0 win over University Prep in the championship. King’s took out Chelan, 3-0, in the game for third and fourth.

Softball: Elma topped Mount Baker, 6-1, in the championship. Woodland beat Hoquiam, 9-4, for third and fourth.

Class 2B

Baseball: DeSales beat Napavine, 12-2, in the championship. Asotin blanked Adna, 7-0, in game for third and fourth.

Softball: Toutle Lake beat Napavine, 6-2, in the championship. Morton-White Pass edged DeSales, 8-7, for third and fourth.

Class 1B:

Baseball: Colton edged Oakville, 2-1, in the championship game of the 8-team tournament.

Softball: Colton beat Touchet, 9-4, in the championship of the 8-team tournament. Almira/Coulee-Hartline topped Quilcene, 14-4, for third and fourth.


You never know who you will run into at state.

I talked to Natosha Lewis, a senior outfielder with Oakville in the 1B softball tournament.

Turns out her dad, Daniel Lewis, is a Colville tribal descendent.

Oakville is near the Chehalis Reservation.


Mark Smith at Tacoma Baptist gave a shout out to Zach Spaet, track coach at Okanogan.

Spaet was assist athletic director under Smith with the Crusaders.

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

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