MaxPreps, where state schools keep rosters and scores, ranks the Omak High School football team No. 5 in the state at 9-0.

Defending state champion Royal at 9-0 is ranked No. 1

1A

1, Royal, 9-0

2, Colville, 7-2

3, Mount Baker, 5-4

4, Lynden Christian, 7-2

5, Omak, 9-0

6, Hoquiam, 9-0

7, Meridian, 6-3

8, Newport, 7-1

9, Zillah, 8-0

10, Montesano, 7-2

11, La Salle, 7-1

In 2B, Central Washington 2B League champion Lake Roosevelt, which is listed at 7-0 when they actually are 8-0, are ranked No. 15.

Adna, at 9-0, is ranked No. 1 and Kalama at 7-2 is ranked No. 2.

Brewster at 6-3 is ranked No. 21.

In 1B eight-man football, Odessa at 9-0 is No. 1 and Almira/Coulee-Hartline, which is 8-1 with the loss being to Odessa, is No. 2.

Entiat at 7-2 is No. 7, Pateros at 4-4 is No. 16 and Republic at 6-3 is No. 17.

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Logan Braaten, a junior defensive back on the Almira/Coulee Hartline football team, was named the 1B Wendy’s Athlete of the Week for Week 8 (Oct. 14-20) by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association.

Braaten dominated defensively against Pateros on Oct. 12 with three sacks, one forced fumble, a fumble recovery and many tackles in a victory.

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

All varsity-level students in good academic standing at their schools are eligible to receive the WIAA/Wendy's Athlete of the Week Award.

Students may win the award once during any given academic year.

Nominations are open to athletic administrators, coaches, fans and members of the media, with a weekly deadline of Tuesday at noon.

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Maybe it’s time for District 6 1A cross country teams to combine with another district for regional state qualifier races.

Right now the five teams in the Caribou Trail League advance but one team and seven individuals from boys’ and girls’ races.

This year that is a shame, since the Omak boys, which were ranked as high as No. 1 in early polls, would easily finish in the top 10 at state. Instead, one individual Omak runner qualified (Israel Escamilla).

Cascade ran a terrific race at the state qualifier, edging the Pioneers.

Last year District 6 got two team allocations and District 5 got one.

If the districts ran a combined race, there would be three team berths and top 21 individual runners.

Of course, the two districts’ ADs and coaches would have to agree on such a proposal, and right now that is not happening.

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Liberty Bell’s girls are ranked No. 1 and boys No. 8 in the week 9 state coaches’ poll for 1B/2B schools that was released Sunday.

The poll only included teams qualified for the state meet Nov. 4 at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco.

The Tonasket boys are ranked No. 6 and Manson boys at No. 4 while the Republic girls are ranked No. 8.

In 1A, the Cashmere girls were not listed at No. 11 and Cascade boys were not listed (probably an oversight).

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The Liberty Bell boys’ cross country team and Almira/Coulee-Hartline football team were named fall academic state champions.

The Mountain Lions, which includes six on the boys’ team, finished with a 3.913 grade point average (gpa) for best in 2B.

ACH, which has 28 on the football team, finished with a 3.591 gpa and best in 1B.

Kettle Falls in 2B was named the 2B girls’ country champion with a 3.975 gpa.

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