Hayden Loomis, a senior on the Almira/Coulee-Hartline football team, was named the 1B male Athlete of the Week for week 12 (Nov. 11-17) by Washington Interscholastic Activities Association.

WIAA and Wendy’s announced Nov. 21 that Hayden was named after he carried the football five times for 132 yards and three touchdowns in the Warriors quarterfinal game against Crescent Nov. 17.

He also caught a pass for 38 yards, had 11.5 tackles on defense and returned an interception 67 yards for a touchdown.

“Hayden is a great kid,” ACH coach Brandon Walsh said. “The WIAA Athlete of the Week award is well deserved. His game last week against Crescent is a great example of what he means to our team. He scored three touchdowns on offense, led the team in tackles and scored on an interception. We are proud that he received the award.”

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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The Comancheros Rodeo Grounds was voted Best Dirt by Pro West Rodeo contestants.

Six members of the Comancheros learned of the honor at the Pro West Rodeo banquet Nov. 3 in Kennewick.

“It's a step in the right direction, for sure,” said Comancheros Secretary Roger Sawyer. “We're always trying to make improvements.”

Sawyer said the goal now was to be voted the Best Pro West Rodeo.

“That is what we are working toward, and we are going to get that award,” Sawyer said. “We're on our way. We have a goal and we're going to keep pushing forward.”

Sawyer said the Comancheros Rodeo Grounds was chosen from among 17 rodeo grounds throughout Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

Some of the Comancheros members will be attending the PRCA National Finals Dec. 6-15 in Las Vegas, Nev.

“We're just working very hard to try to improve our event and helping out the rodeo world by bringing more attention to the sport,” said Sawyer.

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The Omak High School softball and girls’ basketball teams will be selling Christmas trees as a fundraiser at Omak Feed and Supply, 3 Dewberry Ave. W.

Trees are fresh cut noble and grand firs in lots of sizes that went on sale Nov. 26, said softball coach Rick Duck.

Proceeds benefit the two teams by helping purchase equipment and uniforms for the upcoming season.

“The Lot will be open every day,” Duck said. “Last year we sold out early, so don’t wait to get that perfect tree.”

Those with questions can contact Duck at 509-322-4204.

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The Gonzaga University's women's basketball team (6-1) finished fifth following a 76-55 win over Western Kentucky Nov. 24 at the Vancouver Showcase tournament in Canada.

Chandler Smith of Brewster was one of four players to score 10 points in the game.

The Zags fell 81-65 to No. 1 ranked Notre Dame in the opening game Nov. 22.

Gonzaga bounced back to top Rutgers, 57-40, in the consolation semifinals Friday.

Smith scored eight points.

In seven games, Smith is second on the team with a 9.3 points per game average. She also is averaging 5.1 rebounds, two assists, 1.7 steals and is shooting free three throws at a 79 percent clip (19-24).

She is second on the team in minutes at 202 this season, trailing only Laura Stockton at 207.

Jill Townsend of Okanogan has played 143 minutes this year, tied for sixth on the team with Katie Campbell.

Townsend is averaging 8.7 points per game, 5.6 rebounds (second on the team), .6 assists, one steal. .6 blocks and is shooting 73 percent on her free throws (11-15).

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The Omak Attack hockey team will send two teams to the annual Winthrop Great Puckaroo Roundup recreational adult ice hockey tournament Nov. 3- to Dec. 2 at the Winthrop Rink.

There will be 18 skaters from Okanogan County participating in the tournament, said spokesman Keith Kistler.

“All are invited to come watch and support their local hockey team,” said Kistler.

Games are planned for 10 a.m. and 7:15 p.m. Friday, 8:30 a.m. and 2:15 a.m. on Saturday, and 7:25 a.m. on Sunday.

The Winthrop rink was named one of the Top 10 Ice Rinks in the West by Sunset Magazine.

The open-air rink is one of the few outdoor, NHL-size refrigerated ice rinks in the country.

The rink also is hosting a Peewee 12U tournament Feb. 8-10 and a Squirt 10U tournament Jan. 11-13.

The third annual Apple Puck tournament is planned for Feb. 22-23.

Teams have been expanded to include the University of Washington, Washington State University, Eastern Washington University and Western Washington University.

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Tonasket Comancheros Royalty members Miss Tonasket Trinity DeJong of Tonasket and Miss Tonasket Princess Aliza DeVon of Oroville will be participating in this weekend's Winterfest.

DeJong and DeVon will be assisting with Santa Claus photos 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Founders Day Park and participate in the parade that starts at 5 p.m. and goes through town.

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Buck Workman laid down the most points (8,290) during Tuesday night pinochle at the Eagles in Okanogan.

Play starts at 6 p.m. each Tuesday.

High scores: 8,290, Buck Workman. 7,510, Lisa Turner. 7,020, Dick Fuller. 6,850, Dee Tarnowski.

Partners with 300 pinochle included Bill Bruton and Joe Feddersen; Joe Feddersen and Buck Workman; Bill Bruton and Buck Workman (twice); Buck Workman and Gail Norman; Ida Laurie and Peggy Myers; Dick Fuller and Mike Serles.

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A New Year’s Eve fireworks display with ice skating and sledding, weather permitting, is planned at the Comancheros Rodeo Ground.

“We hope everyone will come out and have a good time,” said Comancheros secretary Roger Sawyer.

There will be a potluck dinner starting around 5 p.m.

Fireworks are planned for 8 p.m.

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The annual Demolition Derby at the Comancheros Rodeo Grounds went over well despite being postponed to Oct. 6 due to fires in the area, Comancheros secretary Roger Sawyer.

“A lot of our contestants were out fighting fire and couldn't get to the show, so the organizer decided to postpone the event so more could attend,” said Sawyer.

The Demolition Derby is traditionally held Memorial Day Weekend.

This year's Tonasket Comancheros Rodeo will be Friday, May 30 and Saturday, June 1.

“It's a very fun season coming up, with what we have planned for the rodeo grounds and the events coming in,” said Sawyer. “There's a lot of people working really hard right now to keep the schedule online, and we are excited we get to do it. If it wasn't for our community, the north half of Okanogan County, the sponsors we get to come in and help us, these shows wouldn't be happening.”

Monthly meetings of the Comancheros are the second and fourth Monday of each month, at 7 p.m. at the Tonasket Eagles.

The public is invited to attend. Club elections will take place the first meeting in January.

Al Camp is the sports editor at

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

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