September 27, 2013
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Approach new year as if last
I find myself torn at the end of 2013 between writing about eating healthy during the holidays, pursuing your passion in the New Year or finding happiness at this time of year while creating memorable quotes.
Bad luck cloud hovers over teams
A thick bad-luck cloud thundered across the state, raining down inexplicable sports losses last weekend.
Tribe tracking white sturgeon
Great winter fishing awaits on several Colville tribal lakes following stocking this past year.
Okanogan County to get $1.1 million
There’s something getting ready to swim in our rivers – more salmon.
All-state football winners named
Shane Proctor, a Lake Roosevelt High School graduate now living in North Carolina, finished third in the bullriding average at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo from Dec. 5-14 in Las Vegas.
Lloyd Little always found trout to bite
When you are out ice fishing this winter, and it’s been cold enough to freeze some of the lakes for sure, I hope you are smart enough to do it safely.
Neely helps lead Freeman to title
Shane Proctor, a Lake Roosevelt High School grad now living in Troutman, N.C, won the first two nights of bullriding at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.
Lots go against international foes
When the Australian Kempsey Spirit team played Okanogan, it reminded me that we have several athletes from this region who have competed in Australia or against Australians.
Behymer also plays for Cardinals
Kara Staggs of Okanogan is tearing up the basketball ranks while playing for North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene.
Highlight includes 1999 state crown
Longtime Okanogan coach Denny Neely announced last week he is retiring from coaching as of today.
Seattle publishes sophomore’s story
I was roaming the web when I noticed that Sam Thomsen, a sophomore at Liberty Bell High School, wrote a guest column for The Seattle Times. Thomsen’s column was titled “Crazy? Why the Mariners should sign Robinson Cano now.”
Rich Fewkes writes about his friends
Anyone who’s been around rodeo or listened to Tonasket car commercials on the radio the last few decades knows the homey and distinct voice of Rich Fewkes.
Macen McLean to play at Pateros
Chandler Smith of Brewster signed a letter of intent Monday to play for the University of Nebraska women’s basketball team.
Fish tales flap at monthly meeting
It seems fish stories get more and more unbelievable as the years pass. Take Russian President Vladimir Putin, who this summer caught a record-setting pike in a remote Siberian region.
Howard sets world deadlift record
When was the last time you heard of a lower-seeded football team hosting a first-round state game over a higher seeded team? Out of 44 state playoff games this week, Oroville High School is the only higher-seeded team without a home game.
Military duty leads to newspaper job
Monday brings Veterans Day here and Remembrance Day in Canada, our close neighbor. The holiday also gives us a chance to remember military duty to our countries.
Pitcher signs to play in Oregon
Makenzie Norwill, a senior at Okanogan High School, recently signed a letter of intent to play fastpitch softball at Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls, Ore.
Father draws line after 91-0 loss
Bullying comes in many forms. Ask Miami Dolphin tackle Jonathan Martin and he’ll tell you your coworkers could be bullying you.
Tom Sherry could visit Friday’s brawl
The Omak boys cross country team and Liberty Bell girls soccer team recently were named fall team academic state champions.
Seniors bring home the medals
Not everything stays in Las Vegas. Okanogan County senior softball players left with a bunch of medals from the World Championships in the past month.
Spectacle paper work not received
Spectacle Lake, which appeared to be in line for rehabilitation this fall, will not be rehabilitated and its future is cloudy.
Dayton graduate to guide Republic
Dan Groom recently was named the Republic High School boys basketball coach.
Larry Talmadge takes jump with granddaughter
Most people when they turn 18 think of high school graduation, attending college, getting a job or at least a celebratory dinner. Not so for the granddaughter of Okanogan’s Larry and Joanne Talmadge.
Lee Morrison of Okanogan leaves next week for a Mixed Martial Arts fight in Russia. Flying is nothing new for Morrison, but a professional fight in Russia certainly is.
Teams converge on hudl.com
The way high school teams use video to prepare for opponents continues to change. The most change involves hudl.com, which takes digital video and makes it available online to other coaches, players and fans.
Hilderbrand, Goble celebrated
Omak High School recently announced Diane Hilderbrand and Sam Goble as September’s student/athletes of the month.
Trip includes long hike, huge storm
Jeremy Draggoo went looking for a trophy deer and instead brought home a big bear. He would tramp solo around the mountains in the Pasayten Wilderness in search of the perfect buck earlier his month during the high hunt.
Tourney raises money for cancer
The inaugural Bouncin’ for Boobies coed softball tournament, already with 15 teams, remains open until today for additional teams to play Oct. 5-6 at The Plex, 93 Rodeo Trail Road.
All-sport athlete dies in Kansas
Dakotah Holt, a multi-sport athlete who graduated in 2011 from Lake Roosevelt High School, was electrocuted Aug. 29 in Kansas.
Royal favored to win
It’s official. Royal and defending champion Montesano are favored to meet in the Tacoma Dome for the 1A football championship.
Duo finishes tough test
View from the sideline
Heath named MVP of USA team
Fresh on the heels of the Warrior Stampede, which had a beer garden and live music on Friday night, comes the 11th annual Fremont Oktoberfest 5K in Seattle.
National car show comes to Spokane
The Conconully lakes and even nearby Sugarloaf Lake continue to boot out sizeable fish. Charlie Wines of Kelso along with John and Brenna Decker of Arlington caught a bunch of rainbows at the upper lake and Sugarloaf last week, Gene Bussell of Liar’s Resort said.
Baseball teams do well in tourneys
Jim Townsend of Okanogan and the Columbia Basin River Dogs 18U baseball team topped Crater Lake, 6-3, to win the Pacific Northwest Senior Babe Ruth regional tournament Aug. 4 and advance to the Babe Ruth World Series.
Players return from nationals
Rachael Kraske of Omak helped her George Fox University women’s track team both on and off the field.
Tries hand at Stampede early
Shane Proctor, a Lake Roosevelt High School graduate and 2011 World Bull Riding champion, got a little practice in the Stampede prior to possibly coming to the Omak Stampede next month.
Olympic wrestler flies to Okanogan
Jesse Ruiz, who competed as a heavyweight wrestler for Mexico at the 2012 Olympics, is flying to Okanogan for a wrestling camp Aug. 10.
Former Raider wins two titles
Last week proved very satisfying on the rodeo circuit for former Grand Coulee resident Shane Proctor.
Talavera makes elite soccer team
Cristian Talavera of Brewster will be the youngest player on a Spokane Shadow under-17 soccer team this summer.
Brewster plans 48-hour tourney
A 48-hour co-ed softball tournament, which will include night games, is planned for July 5-7 in Brewster.
Many benefit from Title IX passage
What would the sporting scene be like without women’s sports? You only need to go back four decades or more to know. The month of May marks the 41st anniversary of Title IX, which was enacted by Congress and signed by President Richard Nixon in 1972 initially to guarantee equal educational opportunities for women and girls.
Behymer signs to play in Idaho
Rachael Kraske of Omak gave her mother, Cindy, a special present on Mother’s Day, May 12.