OKANOGAN — The Okanogan Valley Golf Club opened all nine of its holes last week, club professional Bill Sproule said.

“How ‘bout letting the public know that we are up and running on nine holes?” Sproule said. “Still a little water on the ninth hole but we’re playing around it. The course is looking great for this time of year.

“We have lowered the early fees and we now have punch cards available. Special first-time members rates. Call the shop at 826-6937 for more details.”


The Tonasket Junkyard Dog middle school wrestling team took 14 competitors to a tournament April 25-28 in Las Vegas, Nev.

“Something like this doesn’t happen very often,” Tonasket High School wrestling coach Cole Denison said. “I thought it would be nice to see if this group can get some recognition for their efforts.”

The tournament featured three styles - Greco-Roman, freestyle and folkstyle.

“The boys put in a lot of time and effort to prepare for this,” Denison said. “We were very pleased with how all of the boys competed and with their attitude throughout the long tournament. We received quite a few comments from other coaches of big programs who were impressed with how competitive our group of wrestlers are. We wrestled tough and came away with quite a few wins.”

Individual wins included Isaac Gomez with eight wins and fourth place in folkstyle; Dawson Bretz, five wins, third in folkstyle; Garrett Wilson, three wins, third in folkstyle; Carson Sasse, five wins; Waylon Thomas, five wins; Seth Baugher, four wins; Colin Silverthorn, three wins; Kevin Sanabria, three wins; Austin Wood, three wins; Waylon Wilson, three wins; Carsen Walton, two wins; Keenan Denison, two wins, and Aaron Polito, one win. Rielan Bretz also competed.

“They also got to see some of the top wrestlers in the world battle it out for the open national championships and mingle with these wrestlers,” Denison said. “This experience was amazing for all who went. A lot of coordination and help from a lot of people made it possible. We truly appreciate having such support.”


Oroville senior Hannah Hilderbrand signed a national letter of intent to receive a scholarship to play basketball at Everett Community College starting in the fall.

The Trojans sought the 6-0 post player (she will be one of the tallest on the team) despite Hilderbrand being injuring a knee in the first game this winter.

Before the injury, Hilderbrand had 28 points and 16 rebounds by the end of the third quarter.

“I was at that game sitting on the bench,” William Cottrell said. “She had a masterpiece going until the injury.”

During her junior year she averaged 14 points and 11 rebounds a game. She was on the league’s second all-league team her freshman through junior years.

Hilderbrand also shined in volleyball in the Central Washington League, being named to the first team after being on the second team the prior two years.

Although she had offers to play college volleyball, she opted for basketball.

“A very good kid academically as well,” Cottrell said. “It sure is fun to work with good kids and this one is a coach’s dream.”

Parents are Cori and John Hilderbrand.

Her sister, Lily Hilderbrand, is playing basketball at Montana State University-Northern in Havre.

The elder Hilderbrand played for Everett CC before transferring to MSU-N.

She averaged 12.5 points and 7.5 rebounds as a sophomore at Everett.


Pateros approved boys and girls high school soccer starting in the fall.

The school board on April 30 approved the teams following a presentation by students Omar Mota and Aleeka Smith, along with Student Services Specialist Edgar Arellano.

The board requested the information at its March meeting.

There currently are 19 girls and 23 boys interested in participating

Equipment cost was estimated at $2,800.

Arellano shared ideas for sharing a field for practice and possibly holding all competitions on other schools’ fields.

Athletic director Marcus Stennes was asked to provide accurate equipment, transportation and salary expenditures at a May board meeting.

Approval for the programs was unanimous.


A summer 4-on-4 co-ed volleyball league is forming at North Cascades Athletic Club, said spokesman Mike Gariano.

There will be adult and high school leagues with matches in June.

Information is available at ncac.com online under the volleyball tab.


Alvin Wadkins racked up an impressive 9,500 at Tuesday night pinochle at the Okanogan Eagles on May 1.

Play starts at 6 p.m.

High scores: 9,500, Alvin Wadkins. 7,990, Tommye Robbins. 7,850, Vicki Harland. 7,720, Bonnie Niessner.

Partners with 300 Pinochle: Debbie Nuehring and Valorie Murray; Mike Serles and Buck Workman; Norma Lawson and Tommye Robbins; Tim Norman and Alvin Wadkins; Tommye Robbins and Peggy Myers; Tommye Robbins and Debbie Nuehring (also had a round robin); Vivian Olsick and Diana Sauceda; Joe Fedderson and Bonnie Niessner; Lisa Turner and Joann Harrison (sunglasses helped).


Registration started last week for the 10th Jess Ford Pullman Hardhat Classic Golf Tournament planned for July 28 at Palouse Ridge Golf Club at Washington State University.

Jess Ford owns car dealerships in Omak, Grand Coulee and Pullman.

Proceeds from the 18-hole tournament benefit WSU’s Facilities Services Scholarship Fund/Endowment.

Cost includes a golf cart rental, hat, small bucket of practice balls and a buffet lunch.

Check-in for the event begins at 7 a.m., with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.

Hole-in-one prizes include a new 2018 Ford F150 STX Super Cab pickup.

The putting contest winning qualifier will get to attempt a putt to win $10,000.

For more information or to register, see the Hard Hat Classic website, https://hardhatclassic.wsu.edu/scholarships.


Winds blew targets over but otherwise there was a successful Civilian Marksmanship Program John C. Garand match April 21 at the Okanogan Wildlife Council Range.

“We had a great time breaking in our new range configuration following this year’s crushing operation,” said spokesman Ralph Malone.

“A special thank you to Brand Pritchard and Okanogan County Public Works for getting the 200-yard line ready.

“The weather gave us blue skies, but blustery and erratic winds which blew our targets over and made for difficult offhand shooting.”

Tim Rieb was range officer.

Next matches are NRA regional May 19 and June 16 at the Okanogan Wildlife Council Range.

There is a Friends of NRA banquet June 23 at the Omak Elks Lodge.

You can contact Malone for tickets at 509-826-7600.


The Joe Harris Basketball Camp for boys and girls returns June 15 and 16 at the Lake Chelan Community Gym.

Camp instruction will feature current professional player Joe Harris, hall of fame coach Joe Harris, and top collegiate athletes from the Pacific Northwest.

Registration will start at 8 a.m. June 15 for the first session and 12:30 p.m. for the second session.

There is a cost.

Kindergarten through fourth grade runs 9 a.m. to noon both days.

Those in grades five through eight go 1:30-4:30 p.m. each day.

Each attendee receives an official Nike Joe Harris Basketball Camp T-shirt.

There will be an autograph/photo opportunity during camp each day.

The camp is limited to the first 250 to register.

You can register online at www.joeharrisbasketballcamp.com

The camp, which is non-profit, provides a yearly $5,000 scholarship “leaders on the lake” to a high school senior for exemplary leadership qualities as well as providing charitable assistance to youth in the Lake Chelan Valley.


The Chopaka Lake Campground will be temporarily closed from noon May 14 to noon May 17 for routine maintenance.


Shane Proctor, a Lake Roosevelt graduate, finished fourth at the 104th Clovis Rodeo in New Mexico on April 29.

Proctor finished with an 84.5 ride that netted $2,575.

Al Camp is the sports editor at

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

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