Francis Marchand of Omak and Rocksie Marchand, formerly of Omak now living in Wilbur, will compete at the Indian Nationals Finals Rodeo this week, Oct. 23-27, in Las Vegas, Nev.

Francis Marchand won the INFR world champion saddle bronc title in 2014. He is competing this year in saddle bronc and bareback after qualifying in regional rodeos this summer.

Rocksie Marchand won the open barrels world title last year. She’s competing in open barrels and junior barrels this year.

Others from this area competing include Wyatt Covington in open bulls, Garrett Mason in junior bulls, Oliver Williams in tie-down roping, Isabella Timentwa in junior barrels, Jessie Walker in junior break-away roping and Annette Moses in women’s break-away roping.

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Charles Payne, 16, Omak, was put through his Taekwondo paces Oct. 20 at Okanogan Valley Martial Arts in Omak.

Sanseis Dan Keith, a fifth-degree black belt in Taekwondo; Chris Weilder, a life-long martial artist and karate hall of fame inductee, and Karl Bharucha, with an extensive background in martial art Taekwondo, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jujitsu and MMA cage fighting, tested Payne in sparring and combat skills before awarding him a black belt.

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Brewster’s Brette Boesel, who is a senior and setter at Western Washington University, received the volleyball Player of the Week award last week in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

Boesel averaged 13.83 assists per set in a pair of three-set sweeps.

She finished with 44 assists, two aces, a kill and a block in a win over Central Washington University and then added 39 assists, four digs, a kill, an ace and a block in a sweep of Northwest Nazarene.

So far, Boesel had 1,663 career assists entering her junior season last year, which was 12th in WWU history.

She is the daughter of Mike and Marcy Boesel.

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Brooklynne Boesel, a junior on the Brewster High School volleyball team, was named the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association and Wendy's 2B Athlete of the Week for Week 7 (Oct. 7-13).

Boesel, the younger sister of Brette Boesel, totaled 63 of 65 serving, 15 aces, 47 digs, 106 attacks, 50 kills, 62 assists, 2 blocks, and led the Bears in serve receiving passes.

The Bears defeated Bridgeport, Lake Roosevelt and competed in the gold bracket in the Ephrata Halloween Invite on Oct. 13.

Each week throughout the school year, the WIAA recognizes varsity athletes who exhibited an outstanding performance for the previous week (based off of nominations).

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Could this Friday be the day Almira/Coulee-Hartline’s Samantha McGuckin scores a touchdown?

McGuckin, a senior, is playing her second year on the defensively line for the Warriors, said coach Brandon Walsh.

“We have a tradition that if a senior has never scored a touchdown, we try to get them one at some point during their senior season,” Walsh said.

Waterville-Mansfield (1-6, 0-5) is at ACH (6-1, 4-1) on Friday.

“I can't promise that we will get her in the end zone this next week,” said Walsh, who said an effort last week fell short of the end zone. “The way the game plays itself out will determine that.”

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Norma Lawson and Dee Tarnowski had 300 pinochle three hands in a row on Tuesday at the Eagles in Okanogan.

Tim Norman and Vicki Harlan had a round robin.

Play starts at 6 p.m. each Tuesday.

High scores: 8,130, Buck Workman. 7,620, Dee Tarnowski. 7,510, Peggy Myers. 7,420, Tommye Robbins.

Partners with 300 pinochle: Dick Fuller and Debbie Nuehring; Norma Lawson and Dee Tarnowski- (3x); Valerie Murray and Alvin Wadkins; Lisa Turner and JoAnn Harrison; Peggy Myers and Pat Byrd; Lisa Turner and Peggy Myers.

Al Camp is the sports editor at

The Chronicle. Email him at sports@omakchronicle.com.

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