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Wildlife area to be feted

Sinlahekin to celebrate 75th

The 75th anniversary of the state’s first wildlife area will be celebrated June 7 at the Sinlahekin Wildlife Area.

Records fall at Tonasket meet

Kathryn Cleman sets school record in pole vault

Four girls track records were set, along with at least one school record, at the Caribou Trail League track championship Friday.

Curlew softball takes No. 1 seed to playoffs

Bears, Omak play loser-out game

Curlew softball earned the No. 1 seed to postseason after splitting with Almira/Coulee-Hartline on Saturday.

Barrels rounded at Colbert Arena

Points mount up for state finals

A National Barrel Horse Association doubleheader was competed Saturday at Colbert Arena north of town.

Auto racing returns to Republic

Roberts zips to two first place finishes

The start of the Republic Eagle Track Raceway’s season was a groovy kind of day Saturday for the Everett Merritt Memorial.

Friendly show returns to Omak

People choose 1940 Ford pickup as best

A huge turnout provided the region with a ton of cars and vendors at the 21st annual Swap Meet and Car Show presented by the Friendly OK Car Club on May 9-11 at East Side Park.

Bear baseball advances

Omak, Okanogan meet in showdown

Bi-district 1A baseball playoffs started yesterday at Larson Field, 2501 W. Broadway Ave. Cashmere (16-4) was slated to play at Lakeside (11-9) in game 1 and Medical Lake (12-8) was at Brewster (17-3) in game 2.

Controversy encircles win

Soccer opens district playoffs

Brewster soccer edged Tonasket, 3-2, in overtime following a controversial Caribou Trail League match Tuesday.

Giant trees inspire

Nash-Mendez runs to record time

The giant old growth redwood forests of northern California were under siege. Rain pelted the giant trees, which let little precipitation hit the ground hundreds of feet below, where waves of runners competed in The Avenue of the Giants Marathon last Sunday.

Error ends bid for perfect game

Brewster came within one base runner of a perfect game in clobbering Omak, 17-0, in a Caribou Trail League game Wednesday.

Pioneer softball topples Bears

Omak softball scored six runs in the sixth inning to get past Brewster, 10-8, in a Caribou Trail League showdown Monday.

Okanogan softball cinches league crown

Omak pulverizes Cascade girls

Liberty Bell claimed the boys track team title while Okanogan was the top girls team at the Draggoo Financial Invitational on Saturday.

State rodeo circuit makes stop in Omak

Riders earn big points toward trips to nationals

Both junior high and high school rodeo competitors competed in the third leg of the Washington High School/Junior High Rodeo circuit May 2-4 in the Omak Stampede Arena.

Power to the Pioneers

Omak claims six state lifting titles

Six Omak High School powerlifters were crowned state champion in their respective classes Saturday.

No. 3 Cashmere sweeps Okanogan

Brewster shuts out Chelan, twice

The league-leading Cashmere baseball team swept Okanogan, 4-1 and 8-4, in a twin bill Friday.

Tonasket upsets league-leading Quincy

Tigers stop Jacks, 4-3, in shoot-out

The Tonasket High School soccer team gave coach Jack Goyette a special going away present Saturday.

Bull on the Loose

Bull tosses chute panel and heads onto soccer field

A bull with a penchant for smelling flowers on a sunny day escaped from the Stampede Rodeo Arena and ended up on nearby soccer fields Saturday.

Kokes still here

Fishing is good in Conconully

Kokanee were caught in the two bodies of water next to Conconully opening day. The Chronicle posted online statistics from the state, which included a note about no kokanee checked at the Conconullies.

Bears step toward postseason ball

’Dogs on verge of elimination by loss

No. 8 state-ranked Brewster won another 1-run baseball game, this time 4-3 over Okanogan on Tuesday in a showdown for third place in the Caribou Trail League.

Replay, good or bad

Does reviewing plays hurt sports?

Would the world be better with or without instant replay?

Track records set

McLean posts top marks at meet

Macen McLean of Mansfield set two meet records while winning the high jump (6-0, record), long jump (21-6.5, record) and triple jump (41-01) at the Iceberg Invitational track meet Tuesday.

Tigers post upset

Trevor Terris and Brian Hendrick of Tonasket, playing for the first time this year, beat previously undefeated Gabe Holz and Morgan O’Dell of Omak 4-6, 6-2 and 6-2.

Tease photo

McMillan claims senior crown at Nespelem Junior Rodeo

Soap Lake boy wins overall crown during Nespelem Junior Rodeo; complete rodeo results posted

Modern rifles used in Saturday match

Flowers scores best of 468

Nespelem rodeo kicks up dust

McMillan captures senior boys crown

Caleb McMillan of Soap Lake edged Chase Nigg of Oroville for the senior boys all-around title at the 37th annual Nespelem Junior Rodeo last weekend, April 26-27.

Omak takes 9 out of 10 matches

Chelan boys hand Lions first loss

Omak won nine out of 10 varsity tennis matches at Quincy on Saturday. The girls finished 5-0 and the boys 4-1.

Run blossoms brightly

Inaugural event draws 200 runners

The idea of running among blooming fruit trees with snow-covered mountains in the distance came to fruition Saturday with the inaugural Omak Orchards in Bloom half marathon and 10K races.

‘Wizard’ arrives in Omak

Two-weekend run begins Friday; show includes ‘Jitterbug’

“The Wizard of Oz” blows into the Performing Arts Center on Friday for its first weekend of a two-weekend run.

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.

Plenty of fish greet anglers

Water levels were up a bit and crowds were down for the opening day of fishing Saturday on local lakes.

Late Chelan goal beats ’Dogs

Manson takes out Oroville, 5-3

Chelan scored a late goal for a 1-0 soccer victory over Okanogan on Saturday that completed a two-game season sweep.

Okanogan County produces big rainbows on opener

Jorge Jimenez claims first in Conconully Fish Derby

Miller K’s 23 in doubleheader

Rain washes out several games

Markie Miller notched a pair of victories over Cashmere, 6-2 and a 2-0 no hitter, in Caribou Trail League softball Wednesday.

Evans pitches 3-hitter over Mustangs

Liberty Bell edges Lake Roosevelt 6-1

Pateros blanked Bridgeport, 10-0, in six innings of baseball Wednesday. Lance Evans collected the win, striking out 8, walking 4 and giving up 3 hits. “He definitely pitched a really good game,” Pateros coach Bob VanLith said. “He had control the whole game.” The game had been slated for Tuesday, but was pushed back a day because of rain. C.J. Wall was 2-3 for Pateros, which took advantage of 10 Bridgeport walks. Miguel Garza was 1-1 for the Mustangs. Pateros is the lone north 1B school competing in the Central Washington 2B League. The Billygoats enter their own playoffs in the postseason, taking on the top south 1B team of either Soap Lake or Waterville. The state 1B tournament is a finals, not a four-team playoff over two days, VanLith said. “We’re used to playing 2B teams,” the coach said. “It’s what we’ve always done. We’ve always been quite small. It’s good competition, makes us tougher in the end.” Pateros (7-1 overall, 6-1 league) will get an opportunity to test the league’s best 2B team so far this season at Liberty Bell (9-3, 7-0) on Tuesday. Pateros (10) – Wall 2-3; Evans 1-2; Piechalski 1-3; Gelstin 1-4, 2RBI; Eberhardt 1-1. Bridgeport (0) – M. Garza 1-1; Evenson 1-2; E. Martinez 1-2. ----- WINTHROP – Liberty Bell took out Lake Roosevelt, 6-1, on Tuesday in a showdown between the Top 2 baseball teams in the Central Washington 2B League. “We made too many errors to beat a quality team like Liberty Bell,” Lake Roosevelt coach Billy Nicholson said. “Their second baseman made a diving catch off a soft line drive to save at least two runs. It was a great play.” Oroville (1-13 overall, 1-9 league) is at Lake Roosevelt (7-4, 6-2) and, in a test between two of the best teams in the league, Pateros (7-1, 6-1) is at Liberty Bell (9-3, 7-0) on Tuesday. ----- TONASKET – Okanogan threw three pitchers while its bats knocked out 12 hits to dispatch Tonasket, 9-0, in a league game Tuesday. “We were able to score runs because we put the ball in play,” Okanogan coach Ed Ashworth said. Cody Sumner (4I, 2K, 2BB, 3H) got the win. Clay Ashworth (2I, 1H) and Tyler Wood (1I, 3 batters) closed out the game. John Rawley (1BB, 3ER, 7H) opened on the mound for the Tigers, which committed five errors. Jimmy Coleman (2K, 0BB, 2ER) pitched the final three innings. Clay Ashworth led Okanogan at the plate, going 3-3 with two doubles. Jim Townsend was 3-4 with a double. Okanogan (7-4 overall, 4-3 league) is at league-leading Cashmere (12-1, 7-0) and Quincy (4-9, 1-6) is at Tonasket (6-6, 2-5) on Tuesday. Okanogan (9) – Fingar 1-4; Wood 1-3, R, B, SB; Ashworth 3-3, 2 2B, 3R, RBI, 2SB; Townsend 3-4, 2B, 2R, 3RBI, 2SB; Sumner 2R, SB; Lawson 2-3, R, RBI; Cate 1-3, RBI; Rubert 1-2, RBI. Tonasket (3) – Williams 1-3; Rawley 1-3; Cory 1-2, BB; Pershing BB; Hockett BB. ----- OROVILLE – The Manson at Oroville baseball game was postponed from Tuesday until Thursday because of heavy rain. Manson won the game, 10-2. More in Wednesday’s Chronicle. Oroville (1-13 overall, 1-9 league) is at Lake Roosevelt (7-4, 6-2) on Tuesday.

Top bulls heading to Tonasket for Proctor PBR

I love when a handshake produces something like the Professional Bull Riders bringing the inaugural Shane Proctor Invitational to Tonasket on May 30-31. Paul Vickers approached Proctor, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s world bull riding champion in 2011, during last year’s Omak Stampede rodeo in Omak. From that came the rodeo that will be the first PBR event in Tonasket. “It ought to be one whale of an event,” Vickers said. “I know it’s costing us enough to put it on. We need all the support we can get from the community.” Tonasket has had bulls in the past, but this event will bring many of the top riders to town seeking a big purse. The Tonasket Comancheros are putting up $10,000 to the purse. “We will have 35 bull riders a night,” Vickers said, said about 18 head of horses will be bucked, too. The Top 10 bull riders then advance to a short go-round each show. “The Northwest is rich in rodeo history, not only with the Omak Stampede and everything else,” said Lake Roosevelt High School graduate Proctor, 29, from his Mooresville, N.C., home. “Stand-alone bull riding is an exceptional thing. There are a lot of exceptional bulls raised in the Northwest. “That’s why PBR was created. The big draw for a lot of the crowd is bull riding.” Also, the overall winner will receive a free pass to the Built Ford Tough Series final. “What separates the PBR from everything else is the money involved,” Proctor said. “These are top elite athletes and they want to go up against the top elite bulls. Tonasket has put up the money to do it.” After talking with Proctor, Vickers and his wife, Teena, attended a PBR event. “It looked like a good event to do,” he said. PBR is taking entries, with Dakota Beck, Cody Riley and newcomer Ben Jones of Australia already signed, Vickers said. “I think we will have lot of guys that ride the Built Ford Tough series here,” Vickers said. PBR bulls are coming from as far away as North Dakota and South Dakota, including Guns and Donuts and Buck Wild from Silver Creek and Pandemic from C’N Stars Bull Co. Pucker Up and Jumanji are coming from 5 Star Bucking Bulls out of North Dakota. The Katich family will bring El Smacko and Dr. Love, which has bucked off 89 percent of its riders. Mike Corey is bringing Major Impact, Big Cool, Mr. Buddy, Rapid Revolver and Crazy Bull. Proctor anticipates being here, but he won’t be competing. He underwent surgery earlier this year to repair his free, left arm, which was stomped on the last ride in the 2011 world championship. He’s projected back July 1. “They said 24 weeks for recovery,” Proctor said. “I am hoping they release me a couple weeks early.” Proctor’s bull school in Nespelem earlier this month drew 31 young riders that bucked close to 250 head. Al Camp is the sports editor for The Chronicle. Email him at

San Poil takes team title in bowling tournament

Foursome wins Pat Morin Sr. Invitational

Okanogan shocks Quincy

Brewster soccer stops Cascade, 4-1

By Al Camp The Chronicle OKANOGAN – Okanogan moved up the Caribou Trail League soccer standings by handing Quincy its first loss of the season, 5-1, Saturday. “We did a great job defensively, keeping the ball on their side of the field and not allowing them easy opportunities to score,” Okanogan coach Dean Klepec said. “When they got shots off, (goalkeeper) Enrique Vargas (12 saves) made great saves.” “Our midfield also did a great job of pressuring them and distributing the ball and as did our forwards who finished well.” Jason Perez got the Bulldogs on the board on an assist from Fabian Rodriguez. After Quincy tied the match, Justin Rivas scored from Perez before Perez scored from Rivas for a 3-1 halftime lead. Both goals in the second half came with Vargas booting to Perez, who passed to Rivas for the score. Quincy beat Okanogan 4-3 in March. Okanogan (7-2 overall, 6-2 league) is at Liberty Bell (8-1) for a non-league match Thursday then hosts Chelan (5-4-1, 5-3) on Saturday. ----- BREWSTER – Brewster stayed in the running for the Caribou Trail League boys soccer title with a 4-1 win Saturday over Cascade. The Bears controlled the ball and used 17 shots on goal to get its points, assistant coach David Garcia said. “We need to work on finishing,” he said. Ricardo Garcia scored two goals and had an assist. Jonathan Sanchez scored and had an assist. Luis Rosales scored. Victor Chacon finished with five saves following seven shots on goal by Cascade. Cashmere (3-7 overall, 2-6 league) is at Brewster (6-1, 5-1) on Saturday. ----- CHELAN – Chelan walloped Omak, 10-0, in a league soccer match Saturday. The Goats finished with 46 shots on goal, Chelan assistant coach Jim Broome said. Omak (0-10 overall, 0-8) is at Quincy (6-3, 6-1) for a league game Saturday. ----- MANSON – Manson slipped past Bridgeport, 4-3, in a league soccer game Saturday. Liberty Bell (8-1 overall, 2-0 league) is at Bridgeport (5-3, 1-1) on March 29. ----- WINTHROP – Liberty Bell knocked off Oroville, 7-4, in a league soccer match Thursday. “For the coaching staff, it was good to see that we had scoring opportunities that weren’t there the first game,” Oroville coach Mike Pitts said. “Liberty Bell is first in the league for a reason. They’re a good team and move the ball well. “Okanogan (7-2) is at Liberty Bell (8-1) for a non-league match Thursday. Manson (2-3 overall, 1-0 league) is at Oroville (1-5-2, 0-2) on Saturday. ----- CASHMERE – Tonasket edged Cashmere, 2-1, in a shootout for a league soccer victory Thursday. Marcelino Ruiz, Noe Vazquez and Abran Alvarez “played awesome” on defense, coach Jack Goyette said. “Derek Sund was fantastic in the goal,” the coach said. Isaiah Albright scored on a corner assisted by Cesar Reynoso during regulation.

Lots of fish expected for opening day

Alta, Conconully, Pearrygin hold planted triploids

Anglers can expect to find lots of rainbows in Okanogan and Ferry counties willing to jump on their hooks during the state general fishing-opener this weekend. Anglers can compete in a derby, try a newly opened stretch of Rufus Woods Lake or dip a line in the 67 lowland lakes managed in Okanogan County (representing 18 percent of the state’s managed lakes) or the many more ice-free lakes in Ferry County. If you can’t wait until this weekend to haul in a fish, the Colville Confederated Tribes’ general fishing season is under way, having opened April 12. A tribal license is required. Later this summer, Okanogan County boots out fish in 110 alpine lakes above 4,500 feet. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife planted nearly 16.5 million trout and kokanee statewide, with 2.3 million being catchable trout and nearly 115,000 being jumbo trout that weigh up to 11 pounds apiece, and more than 50,000 triploid trout averaging 1.5 pounds each. “The lowland lakes season-opener is the biggest fishing day of the year,” said Phil Anderson, director of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. “Lakes in every county are well-stocked, so there should be good fishing opportunities close to home.” Triploid trout planted in Okanogan County include Alta Lake (571) near Pateros, Conconully Lake (357) and Pearrygin Lake (357) near Winthrop. Millions of carry-over trout that were stocked last year and have grown to catchable size will also be available in lakes throughout the state. A thorough review of the region’s lakes, from Okanogan to Ferry counties plus the reservation, appeared in The Chronicle’s Fishrapper last week. It’s available at the newspaper office, online or from participating businesses. Those fishing the Conconully lakes can enter a derby with prizes to the Top 3 in the adult division, youth prizes and $50 for a mystery weight. There is a charge to register at the Conconully General Store, 201 N. Main St. The contest is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. A section of Rufus Woods Lake downstream of Grand Coulee Dam to the state Highway 155 bridge recently reopened for recreational fishing. The stretch has been closed since Sept. 11, 2001, for security reasons. Public access has been restored recently and the state and tribe will now permit recreational fishing. Fishing rules and license requirements in effect downstream of the bridge apply to the newly opened section.

Goetz claims victory

Okanogan looks at facility change

Bryon Goetz of Okanogan won the Super Stock main at the 48th annual West Coast Street Stocks races April 13 in Yakima. Cover-age of Goetz’s huge win was in Sunday’s sports column. Some information left out included the victory paying $600, enough for a set of tires, Goetz said. The Apple Cup, which draws racers from the Northwest, is the longest continually run stock car race in the Northwest. The race also served as the inaugural race for the newly formed Tri-Track Late Model Series, which is competed at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval, Yakima Speedway and Hermiston’s Super Oval. There were also races in Yakima for Super Late Model (Evans finished eighth), Super Stocks and Columbia River Legends. “I plan on making all the races,” Goetz said. “I am going for the championship this year, then I am going to retire. Then I want to get my kids (ages 6 and 3) into carting.” ----- An effort to build a combination football and track facility and improve softball and baseball fields in Okanogan could become public at the next school board meeting April 30. A community group has asked to be on the agenda for the meeting, presumably for the initial presentation of a process that could lead to a bond request to pay for the improvements. Various sources tell me there is a possibility of building a football and track facility near the current softball and baseball fields behind Virginia Grainger Elementary School, 1118 S. Fifth Ave. I am all for improved facilities, and I cringe whenever a football player heads out-of-bounds on the Bulldogs’ current field, hoping they don’t hit the hard edge along the track. The only concern I’ve expressed is for parking. The school increased parking across from the gym, and it’s often full for football games, as is the regular high school lot. I also wonder about access to the area through fairly narrow, residential streets. ----- Entries are due May 7 for the Hoopin’ in the Spring basketball tournament on May 16-18 at the Nespelem Community Center, 4000 Lower Columbia River Road. There will be a men’s and a women’s open division, with up to eight players on a roster. Awards will include jackets for first place, hooded sweatshirts for second place and crewneck sweatshirts for third place. Awards will be given for most valuable player, all star and hustle. Those wishing to enter can contact Camille Pleasants at 509-633-0543. Camille and Peewee Pleasants, the Lake Roosevelt High School girls basketball coach, are also keeping busy as grandparents. Their daughter, Dominique, had a baby boy in January. Their son, Matthew, will graduate from Evergreen State College with a bachelor’s degree in June before starting fall classes for a master’s degree. He played with the semi-professional Tacoma Rise basketball team in the American Basketball Association this past season. “It was a good experience for him,” Camille Pleasants said. “I love watching him play.” ----- Not a single school mascot from our state made it to the final round of the third annual USA Today High School Sports’ Best Mascot contest. The Pateros Billygoats mascot was in the first round of voting (408 mascots nationwide), receiving six nods. The Ridgefield Spudders, one of my favorite mascots, received 29 votes. The farming community initially grew potatoes and prunes. I think we should all be glad they went with the spud mascot. The Richland Bombers, which were in the running in last year’s mascot contest, received 238 votes for their mushroom cloud and bomber logo. I did get a kick out an online typo that said much of the “petroleum” used in an atomic bomb was manufactured in the town. ----- Anna Blakley, the new president for the Boots and Saddle Barrel Racing Club, recently set a schedule. Future races include fun games and prizes May 25 and doubleheaders June 8 and 18, July 2, 16 and 30, Aug. 20 and 27, Sept. 28 and Oct. 5. The Omak arena, 421 Stampede Drive E., opens at 9:30 a.m. Sundays with time only runs at 10 a.m. and racing at noon. Wednesday races have the arena open at 5 p.m., time onlys at 5:30 p.m. and racing at 6:30 p.m. ----- There will be a benefit Indian taco feed and auctions, both silent and live, May 8 to help Wyatt Covington, Kaelyn and Krista Marchand defray the cost of attending junior high or high school rodeos. The competitors have their sights set on reaching the national finals rodeos. The junior high finals will be in Des Moines, Iowa, while the high school finals will be in Rocksprings, Wyo. The event will start at 4:30 p.m. at the Omak Community Center, 601 S. Benton St. The menu will include fry bread by Dorothy and Sue Palmer. A live auction starts at 6 p.m. An extensive auction list includes four Raptor Reef tickets, a pass for two to Silverwood and a LaserQuest family pass. ----- 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. ----- The annual Two Rivers Spring Trout Derby at Lake Roosevelt has been postponed because of this year’s deep drawdown of Lake Roosevelt, organizer Dan Kieffer said. The event, which was scheduled for April 26-27, has been rescheduled for May 17-18. That’s when the reservoir’s water levels are expected to be on the rise, Kieffer said. Two Rivers Resort, which is on the Spokane Indian Reservation at the confluence of the Spokane and Columbia rivers near Fort Spokane, has also scheduled other derbies – a walleye derby June 7-8, a bass derby June 14-15 and a fall derby Aug. 23-24. ----- The Oroville Booster Club will host its 22nd annual May Day 3-on-3 Basketball Classic on May 10. There is a cost, which must be received before May 5. Divisions will include men’s and women’s open plus boys and girls high school, 14-and-under and 12-and-under. Registration forms are online at www.oroville. under the booster club link or call 509-560-0118 for info. ----- Bridgeport baseball player Constantino Martinez (4-1) was the state’s week 30 class 2B WIAA Player of the Week. He earned the nod with two pitching victories – against Oroville and Pateros. In 12 innings, he 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,” coach Kyle Krustangel said. “(He has) 46 strikeouts in 33 innings.” ----- Fertilizer was to have been applied Monday at the Okanogan Valley Golf Club. Irrigation for fairways was to have started Tuesday, club professional Bill Sproule said. ----- The Lake Roosevelt boys basketball team will have a Free Throw-a-thon fundraiser April 28. The event will be from 1:30-3 p.m. in the Raiders’ high school gym. ----- The city of Omak will close a portion of Ash Street and Central Avenue for the Omak Battleground 3-on-3 basketball tournament. The streets will be closed from 7 p.m. June 12 to 10 p.m. June 14. Al Camp is the sports editor for The Chronicle. Email him at

First blossom run set for Saturday

Riverside site of annual dog run

Roads north and west of the city on the flat will be full of runners Saturday morning for the inaugural Orchards in Bloom half-marathon and 10K races. The races start and finish at RockWall Cellars, 110 Nichols Road. Race start time is 8 a.m. Organizers are encouraging community members to show up on the race course to cheer on the runners or to RockWall Cellars and enjoy the festivities of the event. Entries have been received from around the state and from Idaho, Montana and Colorado, race spokeswoman Racie McKee said. The 10K circles near the business while the half-marathon weaves throughout the area, going as far north as Peacock Lane off Old Riverside Highway and south to Weatherstone Road, spokeswoman Nancy Nash-Mendez said. Omak Fit4Life Coalition, a local community group collaborating to provide free and low-cost health education and wellness activities, is organizing the event. “People can register for the race until the 23rd of April (today) by going to the website to be chip timed,” McKee said. “Late entries are accepted until race day without chip-timing.” Omak Warrior Stampede is providing the timing chips. All finishers will receive a race shirt and finisher medal. Awards include RockWall Cellars wine for first place in 21-and-over age groups. Trophies go to first place for those in under age 21 age groups. Ribbons go to first through third places. Race packets can be picked up 4-6 p.m. Friday at the Best Western Peppertree, 820 Koala Ave. Dr. France Cokan, 83 and 10-time Ironman World Champion, will be a keynote speaker 5-6 p.m. during a wellness presentation at the Peppertree. “Dr. Cokan will share his personal journey on how he became a world champion and how he keeps healthy and competition ready, even at his age,” McKee said. Cokan will be running the half-marathon. He has set three world records in the world championships in Kona, Hawaii. “All community members are welcome to attend Dr. Cokan’s presentation,” McKee said. Those wishing to participate in shorter distances can participate in the fifth annual Hoofin’ and Woofin’ 1-mile and 5K routes at 10 a.m. Sunday in nearby Riverside. Participants are encouraged to bring their four-legged friends to the race, which starts and ends in the city park. Registration can be done prior to the event. For more information about either event contact McKee at 509-826-7680.

Omak FFA guns to the top

Freeman edged by a point for second title in three years

Omak came out on top of a 20-high school field to claim the state Future Farmers of America trapshoot championship Friday. This was Omak’s second state title in three years, adviser Gale Wilson said. The Top 3 members of the team combined for a score of 275 out of 300 birds, edging Freeman at 274. Omak’s Rayce Miller finished third overall out of 195 shooters with a score of 95 out of 100. Jeremy Calentine at 91 was seventh. Other Omak shooters included Cameron Daigneau (89), Clayton Hilton (85) and Ethan Pfitzer (84). Omak’s No. 2 team included Dawson Sachse (81), Tommy McNulty (80), Wyatt Wilson (75), Daniel Barrientos (54) and Cooper Routien (48). “It was a fitting way for the three seniors on the team (Calentine, Pfitzer, Miller) and myself to end a four-year successful run,” coach Wilson said. Wilson started the trapshooting team in 1997 when it was just starting out on the east side of Washington by several FFA chapters. Wilson is retiring after this school year. “I hope that the team continues on the tradition with the new FFA adviser,” he said. The coach thanked parents, community members and businesses for their support and contributions to the team, including making Omak’s March shoot the largest FFA chapter competition. “The sport teaches the shooter discipline, eye-hand coordination, judgment when to shoot and most of all (to be) a graceful winner as well as a graceful loser,” said the coach, who said members will take lessons learned into their adult lives. Omak has placed at state in each of the last six years – first twice, second twice, and third and fourth once. In other state events, Miller won the state Annie Oakley champion trophy while Barrientos was second. Miller finished fifth in the chipper competition. Wyatt Wilson was fourth in the miss-n-out. Pfitzer and Morgan O’Brien from the Tonasket club won the buddy shoot in a shootoff by hitting all 10 of the duo’s birds. Team scores: 1, Omak, 275. 2, Freeman, 274. 3-4, Colville No. 1 and Eastmont No. 1, 268. 5, Kettle Falls, 265.

Boyd drills walk-off homer

Omak stuck with pitcher Rhaney Harris and used a three-run, walk-off home run by Nashoni Boyd for a 6-5 non-league softball victory Saturday over Nooksack Valley. “This was a well-played game by both teams,” Omak coach Rick Duck said. “Nooksack is a good team and they took advantage of the free bases we gave them to manufacture some runs.” The westside Pioneers led 3-0 in the top of the third before Omak got its first run in the bottom of the inning. Omak trailed, 5-3, when Boyd drilled her winning home run. Omak finished with 12 hits and 2 errors compared to 2 hits and no errors by Nooksack Valley. Harris finished with 8 walks, 2 hits and 5 runs in seven innings. “Harris struggled early, but was able to re-group and get the job done,” Duck said. Omak (5-6 overall, 2-4 league) is at Quincy (3-8, 0-5) for a league doubleheader Saturday. Omak (6) — Ken. Duck 3-4; Zacherle 2-4, 2B; Kruse 1-3, 2B; Keaton 1-4; N. Boyd 2-4, 5RBI, HR; Reed 1-3; Jackson 1-3, 2B; Ables 1-3, 2B. ----- QUINCY – Okanogan drilled Quincy, 12-2 and 22-4, in a Caribou Trail League softball doubleheader Saturday. “Overall, it was a good day for us,” Okanogan coach Darin Radke said. “We made some mistakes defensively that we will need to fix this week. All six runs we gave up in the doubleheader were unearned. “Offensively, from the third inning of the first game on, we hit the ball very well,” he said. Makenzie Norwill struck out 7, walked none and yielded 4 hits in the five-inning opener. She struck out 4, walked one over two innings of the second game. Brooklyn Bauer finished the final three innings, striking out 4, walking 1. Okanogan (8-2 overall, 5-0 league) is at Chelan (6-6, 4-2) on Friday. Okanogan (12) — Bauer 1-2; Moses 1-3, 2B; Morris 2-3, 2B; Oules 2-4; Gray 2-2, 2B. Okanogan (22) – Bauer 2-4, HR; Moses 3-5, 2B; Norwill 3-5, 2B, 3B; Morris 3-4, 2 2B; Oules 2-3, 2B; Gray 3-4, 2B; Erks 2-3, 2B; Bryson 1-3. ----- CASHMERE – Cashmere tossed two softball shut-outs at Tonasket, 12-0 and 10-0, on Saturday. Cashmere took advantage of errors and walks in both games. The Bulldogs got 2 hits in the opener and only 3 hits in the second game, but did not commit an error in either matchup. Tonasket committed 5 errors to go with one hit in the opener. The Tigers got another hit to go with four errors in the second game. Cascade (5-5 overall, 3-3 league) is at Tonasket (1-11, 0-6) for two games Saturday. ----- BREWSTER – Cascade swept Brewster, 11-3 and 10-8, in league play Saturday. No other information was received. Cashmere (9-3 overall, 6-0 league) is at Brewster (4-7, 3-3) on Wednesday. ----- CURLEW – Curlew drilled Northport, 22-0 and 14-2, in a league softball doubleheader Saturday. The Cougars knocked out 22 hits in the opener, which included 17 runs in the second inning. Haleigh Gibson and Kayleona Fanning each hit triples for Curlew. Fanning struck out nine in four innings. In the second game, Curlew used 8 hits and 8 Northport errors to end the game in five innings. Lindsey Gibson doubled and got the pitching win for the Cougars. Wilbur-Creston (1-4 overall, 0-2 league) is at Curlew (7-1, 4-0) on Saturday. ----- COULEE CITY – Almira/Coulee-Hartline took two shortened games from Republic, 16-1 and 10-0, on Saturday. The Tigers were limited to two hits in each game. Republic (0-6 overall, 0-4 league) is at Northport (0-6, 0-4) on Saturday.

Director brings enthusiasm to ‘Oz’

There’s a young director with a ton of enthusiasm at the helm of this year’s Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus production of “The Wizard of Oz.” Janelle Cutuli, 25, of Brewster, brings a variety of experiences to the region’s annual spring production May 2-4 and May 9-11 in the Omak Performing Arts Center, 20 S. Cedar St. “She’s got some exciting ideas for capturing the mystery and awe of Oz,” longtime organization director and set and lighting designer Judy Johnston said Monday. “Janelle has been just absolutely wonderful to work with,” stage manager Carrie Zachow said. “She’s a fresh face to the production team. It’s great to work with someone with such a passion for theater. She’s doing great.” The organization seeks directors each year, with each providing a list of plays they would like to direct. Cutuli submitted “The Wizard of Oz” and “Cinderella,” which could not be done since it’s still on Broadway. “She’s done a wonderful job,” producer Kim Harriman said. “This dovetails nicely into what she wants to do for a living.” Cutuli opted to do a play based on the movie, with characters with which she and others are familiar. There also is a 1940s play based on the book, but there are major differences. For instance, Dorothy wears silver slippers and not ruby slippers as in the movie. “I wanted to take on the challenge of creating that sense of wonder that I had seen in the movie and trying to recreate that on the stage,” said Cutuli, who also loves the show’s music. This year’s play includes a Jitterbug scene that was cut from the movie. “I think we are doing really well,” Cutuli said of practices that have gone on for several weeks. “I am really excited for everybody to see it. I think we have a really great cast.” Cutuli’s first stage opportunity came when she was 8 years old and played Sprintze, one of Tevye’s young daughters, in “Fiddler on the Roof.” She worked the set for “South Pacific” two years ago. “I got a part when I was very young, and I so loved being on the stage,” she said. “It’s quite a rush. Being in that community, being with other people that are acting and being in plays gave me a lot of excitement and enjoyment.” Cutuli, a graduate of Brewster High School, earned a bachelor’s degree in education with an endorsement in theater from Western Washington University in Bellingham. Shows are at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays.

No. 1 Brewster falls in baseball

Ashworth, Sumner drill home runs

By Al Camp The Chronicle BREWSTER – Clay Ashworth came within a triple of hitting for the cycle to lead Okanogan past No. 1 state-ranked Brewster, 9-6, in a Caribou Trail League baseball game Tuesday. Ashworth and Cody Sumner each had their first home runs of the season. “Tough first loss of the season,” Brewster coach Todd Phillips said. “This loss is on me. I didn’t get the boys mentally prepared to play this game. We came out a little tight and put ourselves in a hole early. We just couldn’t find our way out of it.” Jim Townsend doubled and Sumner homered to help give Okanogan a 3-0 lead early. The Bulldogs added another run in the third with Ashworth’s homer and two more in the fourth off three straight hits by Dakota Fingar, Tyler Wood and Clay Ashworth. Brewster cracked the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth when Raul Olvera, on with a fielder’s choice, scored on a single by Chris Varelas. Brewster closed to 8-6 with four runs with two outs in the bottom of the sixth. Okanogan threw three pitchers at Brewster – Townsend (3I, 4K, 2BB, 1H), Jacob Lawson (3I, 4K, 1BB, 2ER, 7H) and Clay Ashworth (1I, 2K). “The best play of the day came from one of our starting freshmen,” Okanogan coach Ed Ashworth said. “Greyson Fields dove head first for a pop fly behind the plate and into the fence. Greyson is our tough kid who just works.” Brewster pitchers were Olvera (5I, 6K, 2BB, 4ER, 10H) and Adrian Urias (2I, 1K, 5BB, 2ER, 1H). Okanogan (5-3 overall, 2-2 league) is at Tonasket (6-3, 2-2) and Brewster (8-1, 3-1) is at Omak (1-7, 0-4) on Tuesday. Okanogan (9) – Fingar 1-4, R, BB; Wood 1-3, 3B, 2R, 2RBI, BB; Ashworth 3-4, 2B, HR, 2R, 2RBI, BB, 2SB; Townsend 2-5, R, 2RBI; Sumner 1-4, HR, R, 2RBI; Cate 2BB, R; Fields 1-2, R, 2BB; Super 2-4, 2B, RBI. Brewster (6) – Boesel BB, 2R, 2SB; Taylor 2-4, R, 2SB; Driessen 1-3, R, 2RBI, BB, SB; Urias 2-4; Bayha 1-3, 2B, RBI; Olvera R, SB; Varelas 1-4, RBI, SB; Garcia 1-3, R, BB, SB. COULEE DAM – Lake Roosevelt blanked Bridgeport, 10-0, in six innings of a North-Central Washington 2B League baseball game Tuesday. Devan Black got a complete game win. Lake Roosevelt (5-3 overall, 4-1 league) is at league-leading Liberty Bell (6-2, 4-0) and Pateros (4-1, 3-1) is at Bridgeport (5-6, 4-1) on Tuesday. OROVILLE – Liberty Bell beat Oroville, 9-1, in a league baseball game Tuesday. Manson (1-9 overall, 1-6 league) is at Oroville (1-10, 1-6) and Lake Roosevelt (5-3, 4-1) is at Liberty Bell (6-2, 4-0) in league games Tuesday. OMAK – Tonasket slipped past Omak, 7-4, in a Caribou Trail League game Tuesday. Okanogan (5-3 overall, 2-2 league) is at Tonasket (6-3, 2-2) and Brewster (8-1, 3-1) is at Omak (1-7, 0-4) in league games Tuesday. MANSON – Pateros clobbered Manson, 19-4, on Tuesday. Pateros (4-1 overall, 3-1 league) is at Bridgeport (5-6, 4-1) on Tuesday. REPUBLIC – Republic swept Curlew, 2-1 and 7-3, in a Northeast B League doubleheader Tuesday. Aaron Fritts, who relieved Garrett Weller (7I, 2H, 1R, 6K, 1BB, 0ER), pitched the final inning for the win.

Pateros girls claim first

Guerette triple winner for Bulldogs

The Pateros High School girls track team took first in a Northeast 1B/2B League meet Tuesday. Republic’s boys were second and girls were third. Macen McLean of Mansfield won the high jump (6-6), long jump (22-02.5) and triple jump (42-9.5). The long jump broke his previous best of 21-9, which was a state track meet record last year. Pateros girls winning included Bobbi Hall in the 400 (1:08.66), Rhiannon Easter in the 1,600 (6:15.82) and Jessi Dowers in the discus (90-00). For Pateros boys, Dakota Salcido was second in the 110 hurdles (18.84), fourth in the 300 hurdles (52.01) and sixth in the long jump (18-2). Pateros is at the Rieke Invitational in Cashmere on Friday. Boys team scores: 1, Davenport 104.5. 2, Republic 84.5. 6, Lake Roosevelt 54. 7, Curlew 44. 9-tie, Mansfield and Pateros, 30. 14, Inchelium 7. Girls team scores: 1, Pateros 126. 3, Republic 79. 7, Lake Roosevelt 34. 12, Inchelium 18. 14, Curlew 12. uuuuu OKANOGAN – Mason Guerrette of Okanogan was a triple winner at a four-team meet Tuesday. Guerrette won the 100 meters (12.17), the high jump (5-6) and triple jump (38-3). Teammate Keanna Egbert won the 400 (1:09.14) and javelin (110-10). For Tonasket, Cassie Spear won the 100 (13.65) and 200 (29.47). Results for Omak and Brewster were not available. Brewster, Cascade and Cashmere are at a league meet in Omak on Tuesday. Okanogan, Chelan and Quincy are at a league meet in Tonasket on Wednesday.

Bulldogs take shootout with Bears

Tigers run past Pioneers, 6-0

By Al Camp The Chronicle BREWSTER – Okanogan won, 4-3, over Brewster following a shootout in a Caribou Trail League soccer match Tuesday. After a scoreless first half, Okanogan broke onto the scoreboard with a goal two minutes into the second half by Justin Rivas off an assist from Fabian Rodriguez. Brewster tied the match in the 51st minute before Okanogan took the lead again on a goal by Jason Perez on an assist from Rivas. The Bears scored in the 67th and 69th minutes to lead 3-2. “We then tied it up in the 75th minute when Jason Perez scored off of an assist from Fabian Rodriguez,” Okanogan coach Dean Klepec said. Okanogan won the shootout 5-4, with scoring kicks by Rivas, Perez, Rodriguez, Arturo Ramos and Enrique Vargas. “It was a very evenly played game,” Klepec said. Scoring was not received for Brewster, which is tied with Okanogan for second place in the CTL. Quincy is in first at 7-0. Okanogan (6-2 overall, 5-2 league) is at Tonasket (5-5, 3-5) and Brewster (6-2, 5-2) is at Omak (0-9, 0-7) in league play Tuesday. uuuuu OMAK – Tonasket zipped past Omak, 6-0, in a Caribou Trail League soccer match Tuesday. “The guys played hard, but couldn’t keep with the speed,” Omak coach Chris Werner said. “I feel we played smarter soccer. We are getting better and will be playing a better game the second half of the season.” “It was a good game, we scored six goals and played well,” Tonasket coach Jack Goyette said. “They are a very young team and well coached. They played tough D and made us work hard for the goals we scored.” Brewster (6-2 overall, 5-2 league) is at Omak (0-9, 0-7) and Okanogan (6-2, 5-2) is at Tonasket (5-5, 3-5) on Tuesday.

Goetz speeds to win

Racer wins Apple Cup in Yakima

What do Derrike Cope, Garrett Evans, Greg Biffle and Bryon Goetz have in common? The three NASCAR drivers and Goetz each earned victories in Apple Cup races at Yakima Speedway. Goetz, 32, of Okanogan, picked up a gigantic victory April 13, winning the 48th annual West Coast Street Stocks main event and taking the points lead after one race in the series this season. “I’ve never won a race in Yakima, but I have had four seconds,” Goetz said. “It was a long time coming and luck finally came my way. Last main I won was in Wenatchee in 2009.” Goetz started seventh, but did not stay there long. He quickly passed the leaders, making moves inside and outside. “I had at least a quarter- to half-lap lead on the field,” said Goetz, who led 30 of the 40 laps. Since the race is short on the half-mile track, there are no pit stops for fuel. His father, Dave, 58, sets up the car. “It takes a lot of creative work to make a street stock car fast. There’s not as much adjustability on them,” the elder Goetz said of working on suspension, brakes, transmission and body. “I enjoy that very much, the competition to make the car for Byron to drive to win.” “We usually finish in the Top 3 in races we go to,” Dave Goetz said. “This is a big win for us.” The elder Goetz competed from 1979 to 1990 in late model cars on various tracks, including Republic. “I’m too old and slow to race now,” he said. “I would not win a race. I would just be out there going in circles.” Dave Goetz and Bryan Smith work the pits for the younger Goetz, who pilots a 1985 Camaro. The 3,100-pound, red beast puts out about 500 horsepower (uses a bored out 350-cubic-inch engine) and reaches about 106 mph on the straights. “The motor is really good,” Goetz said. “Most (of racing) is corner speed. The sooner you can get on the gas the better. Corner speed is the key to winning a race.” This was the first victory in the Camaro, which he’s run for three years. “I got a second in Yakima and a second at Spokane Raceway Park” with the Camaro, he said. Bryon Goetz, a 2000 Okanogan High School graduate, has been racing 17 years. The last five years he’s been in the 8-race series, which includes races in Wenatchee, Stateline, Idaho, Ephrata, Evergreen, Hermiston, Ore., and South Sound in Tenino. Al Camp is the sports editor at The Chronicle. Email him at

Salmon heading over Wanapum Dam via revamped fish ladder

Trucking fish still an option if ladder doesn't work

Tonasket soccer tops Chelan in shootout

Quincy tops Brewster in battle of unbeaten teams

TONASKET – Tonasket soccer shocked Chelan, 2-1, following a shootout Saturday in a Caribou Trail League matchup. “Both teams battled each other and the wind,” Chelan assistant coach Jim Broome said. Tonasket led 1-0 at the half on a goal by Elias Abrego on an assist by Isaiah Albright. “It was an excellent team effort,” Tonasket coach Jack Goyette said. “I am very proud of the team. This was our best team effort this year. We hope to sustain it.” Chelan’s Humberto Ramirez tied the game 30 seconds into the second half. The teams fought through two five-minute sudden-death overtimes before the shootout. The Goats finished with 31 shots on goal compared to 9 for the Tiger. “Tonasket’s goalkeeper had a great game stopping the Chelan attack,” Broome said. Tonasket (3-5 overall, 1-5 league) is at Cashmere (2-5, 1-4) on Friday. QUINCY – Quincy took over first place in the Caribou Trail League soccer standings with a 2-0 win over Brewster on Saturday. “It wasn’t one of our best games,” assistant coach David Garcia said. Both teams entered the game undefeated in the CTL. Brewster finished with 3 shots on goal (1 in the first half; 2 in the second half). Brewster’s Victor Chacon had 8 saves. Cascade (3-3-1) is at Brewster (6-1, 5-1) on Saturday. LEAVENWORTH – Justin Rivas scored three goals and Okanogan clamped down on third place in the Caribou Trail League with a 3-2 road victory over Cascade on Saturday. Okanogan assists were by Nathan Carter, Jason Perez and Fabian Rodriguez. “It was an evenly played game most of the way,” Okanogan coach Dean Klepec said. “We pulled ahead with about five minutes left and then held them off as they sent most of their team up the field.” Quincy (5-2 overall, 5-0 league) is at Okanogan (5-2, 4-2) on Saturday. NEWPORT – Newport edged Oroville, 5-4, in a shootout during a non-league match Saturday. Oroville’s Cristian Diaz scored on a penalty kick five minutes into the match. Aldo Perez and Abe Capote followed for a 3-0 Hornet lead at the half. The Grizzlies roared back in the second half, scoring four straight goals. Capote scored on a penalty kick, following Cristian Diaz being fouled, with a minute to go in regulation to tie the game. “Both teams decided to do a shootout,” Oroville coach Mike Pitts said. “Both teams took eight penalty kicks and in the end we lost 5-6. “I couldn’t be happier with how far we’ve come as a team and working out these kinks before league play is what’s it’s about.” Oroville (1-4-2 overall, 0-1 league) is at Liberty Bell (6-1, 1-0) on Thursday. OMAK – Cashmere blanked Omak, 10-0, in a Caribou Trail League soccer match Saturday. “They beat us to nearly every ball in the air,” Omak coach Chris Werner said. “The wind in the first half was big for them. We didn’t take advantage of that in the second half.” Omak (0-7 overall, 0-5 league) is at Chelan (3-4-1, 3-3) on Saturday. OMAK – Liberty Bell stopped Omak, 5-2, in a non-league soccer match Thursday. The Mountain Lions finished with 17 shots on goal, where the Pioneers’ goalkeeper had 12 saves, compared to 5 shots on goal for Omak. German Ramirez scored both of Omak’s goals, one on an assist by Helin Perez. Oroville (1-4-2 overall, 0-1 league) is at Liberty Bell (6-1, 1-0) on Thursday. LEAVENWORTH – Cascade edged Tonasket, 1-0, in a league soccer match Thursday. OROVILLE – Oroville and the Moses Lake C-squad fought to a 4-4 draw in a non-league match Thursday. Moses Lake scored first before Oroville responded with two goals by Abe Capote and a goal by Aldo Perez. Down 4-3, Oroville’s Cristian Diaz tied the match on an unassisted goal. “We haven’t had many tight games, so I was happy to see them fight it out,” Oroville coach Mike Pitts said. “We need games like this going into league play.”

Kodiaks defeat fifth-ranked Bulldogs

No. 1 Brewster remains unbeaten

Cascade twice found ways to push across the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to sweep a baseball twin bill from Okanogan, 4-3 and 9-8, on Saturday. Okanogan, which entered the Caribou Trail League matchup ranked No. 5 in the state, did a lot right, coach Ed Ashworth said. In the opener, Jim Townsend gave up 2 unearned runs on 6 hits while striking out 5 and walking 1. Clay Ashworth closed the final inning and one-third, striking out two, walking one and giving up no earned runs and 2 hits. “We made some mistakes that allowed Cascade to run the base paths,” Ashworth said. “But our four errors and their eight hits helped provide the Kodiaks with the win.” Dakota Fingar chased down a fly ball for a catch over his left shoulder while the bases were loaded and two outs. “(He) made the best high school baseball catch I’ve ever seen in center field,” the coach said. “The team played their guts out and kept grinding the whole game.” Okanogan (3) – Ashworth 1-3, 2RBI, HBP; Townsend 2-3, 2B, HBP; Fields RBI; Cate 1-3; Lawson 1-2, SAC. “Game two was more exciting than the first,” coach Ashworth said. Okanogan went up 3-0 in the top of the third, only to be matched by 3 runs by Cascade in the bottom of the inning. The Bulldogs trailed 6-4 after four innings before putting up a 3-spot in the top of the fifth for a 7-6 lead. Okanogan pushed across one more run in the top of the seventh only to watch Cascade win the game by scoring 3 runs with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. “A walk, a hit batter and a well-placed hit by Cascade gave them another win,” the coach said. “It came down to whoever had the last at-bat would most likely win. And, unfortunately for us, we were on the road.” Okanogan out hit Cascade 13-8. Clay Ashworth pitched the first three innings, giving up 3 earned runs on 4 hits while striking out 2 and walking 2.