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Ben Wentz

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Warrior men expect title run

The WWCC men boast sophomore leadership and talented newcomers this season.

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Man stops in Walla Walla on 50-50 disc golf quest

Larry Kirk makes a stop in Walla Walla as part of his plan to play disc golf in 50 states in 50 days.

Community steps up make tournament possible

If there was any doubt as to the turnout to be expected at the 2013 American Legion Class AA state tournament, which began Saturday and runs through Thursday, Friday night’s bar-be-cue likely settled those.

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Lightning fails to strike for Sweets offense in loss to Cowlitz

Lightning can’t heat up Walla Walla’s bats in a 4-1 West Coast League loss to Cowlitz on Tuesday night.

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Smith fans Flames; WW Cubs split

Offense comes at a premium as Hanford and Walla Walla put on a pitching clinic.

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Coaches, athletes, scholars honored at 37th BMSAs

The 37th Blue Mountain Sports Awards recognize the achievements of area athletes and coaches at Baker Boyer Bank Wednesday.

Wentz: How does the Irish baseball team avoid the Ho-Hums?

DeSales High School’s baseball team faces off Friday with Liberty Bell in the Class 2B state championship semifinals and is just two wins from another state title.

Blue Devils march into District regional meet

Wa-Hi sends a huge contingent to Spokane today and Saturday to compete for spots in the state meet.

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W-P's track title streak on the line in Clarkston

WALLA WALLA — For the majority of a decade, Waitsburg-Prescott has dominated District 9 in boys track and field.

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Atkinson eagles, leads Wa-Hi to 2nd at districts

Dean Atkinson ties for second at the district golf tournament to lead the Blue Devils to the team mark.

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Bogey golf good enough for Wa-Hi's Huntsman at districts

PASCO — Jessica Huntsman played bogey golf Tuesday at the final round of the girls District 5 golf tournament and, although she wasn’t entirely happy with her 12-over 84, it was good enough to get her to state.

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W-P shocks DeSales in district title game

WALLA WALLA — The last time DeSales High School’s softball team played Waitsburg-Prescott

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Wa-Hi takes No. 2 seed at districts with split against Pasco

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla High School needed to at least split against last-place Pasco Friday to have a chance at the Mid-Columbia Conference No. 2 seed in the Class 4A playoffs and it did that — barely. The Blue Devils squeaked out a 3-2 victory over Pasco in eight innings in the opener, and held a 5-3 lead after six innings

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Konen, Baumgart win at Wine Valley

Jerod Konen edges Ryan Baumgart for the boys medal, and Emily Baumgart wins for the girls.

WWCC's Seitz to play basketball for Montana State

Michelle Seitz signs an NLI with Montana State after a record-setting sophomore season.

WWCC's Rada heads to Sac. St.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College’s Case Rada will be departing campus a year early.

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Wa-Hi splits Jekyll and Hyde twin bill

WALLA WALLA — Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde each made appearances Friday at Murr Sports Complex.

Baker’s 69 makes for big day at Wildhorse Invite

WALLA WALLA — Dakota Baker had never shot in the 70s competitively before Monday.

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Blue Devils crush Chiawana in MCC softball openers

WALLA WALLA — On Tuesday Walla Walla High School picked up its first loss of the season to Class 1A Connell because of dominant pitching — the Blue Devils ran into BYU softball commit Ashley Thompson in a 5-0 loss.

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Wa-Hi drops twin bill to Bombers

WALLA WALLA — The season isn’t won or lost in a doubleheader, and that was Walla Walla High School coach Keith Gradwohl’s message Tuesday after the Blue Devils dropped a pair of Mid-Columbia Conference games to Richland at the Murr Sports Complex.

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Lyons lights up Veterans links

DeSales sophomore Lucas Lyons edges favorite Ryan Baumgart at the District 9 meet at Veterans Memorial on Tuesday.

Elite bring minor league football back to Valley

The Waitsburg Elite gears up for its inaugural season with former high school and college players.

Reardon double lifts Wa-Hi past Bucks

WALLA WALLA — Luke Reardon stepped up to the plate for Walla Walla High School’s baseball team with the game on the line Friday night.

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Keyes looks to keep Big Blue Bus rolling

Despite a coaching change and several new faces, Wa-Hi looks to maintain its softball dominance.

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Blue Devils fly into new season

Wa-Hi’s baseball team boasts a wealth of experience, but still have some question marks, as the 2013 campaign begins with Saturday’s jamboree.

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College Rodeo returns this weekend

The WWCC team hosts the 44th annual College Rodeo at the Walla Walla Fairgrounds.

No excuses for young CC softballers

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College’s softball team graduated the lion’s share of its offensive production from last season, but don’t expect coach Mike Staudenmaier to settle for a rebuilding year.

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Duncans look to establish dynasty at DeSales

DeSales girls head basketball coach Tim Duncan is joined by oldest daughter Nicole as an assistant, and youngest daughter Caitlin is finishing up at WWCC.

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Pirates look to wing high-flying Eagles

Pomeroy’s boys open the Hardwood Classic at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Spokane Arena against 21-3 Christian Faith.

Pirates face Titans in state regionals

WALLA WALLA — Pomeroy faces off with Odessa-Harrington Saturday at 4 p.m. in the regional round of the boys basketball Class 1B state playoffs.

Irish girls look to topple Loggers at state

WALLA WALLA — DeSales begins its first trip to the state playoffs since 2010 tonight when they take on Darrington in the regional round of state at six in Mountlake Terrace.

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Bullpups sprint past Wa-Hi girls, 60-38

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi hung with third-ranked Gonzaga Prep through a quarter and a half Friday night at the Blue Devil gymnasium, but the Bullpups proved too physical, deep and athletic as they ran past Walla Walla, 60-38, in a loser-out regional contest.

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Haen's 30 points lead DeSales past Waitsburg-Prescott, 76-55

WALLA WALLA — Travis Haen had a hot hand Friday night and DeSales rode it to victory in a Southeast 2B boys basketball game against visiting Waitsburg-Prescott.

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Irish stifle W-P girls in 46-28 victory

WALLA WALLA — DeSales’ full-court pressure was relentless Friday night in a Southeast 2B girls basketball game against Waitsburg-Prescott.

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Dayton boys roll past Waitsburg-Prescott, 53-33

WAITSBURG -- Dayton controlled its game with Waitsburg-Prescott Friday night from beginning to end.

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Waitsburg-Prescott girls knock off visiting Dayton, 59-48

WAITSBURG -- Led by 20 points from Katy Hofer, Waitsburg-Prescott defeated rival Dayton, 59-48, Friday night in a Southeast 2B girls basketball game.

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Walla Walla's Hunter Alden has sights set on playing in NHL

WALLA WALLA — Hunter Alden wants to do what few from the Pacific Northwest get to do: play hockey in the National Hockey League.

Whitman women edge Linfield, 69-58

WALLA WALLA — Whitman College defeated Northwest Conference foe Linfield 69-58 Friday at George Ball Court.

Whitman men pound Linfield, 102-53

WALLA WALLA — Linfield didn’t plead for mercy Friday night against Northwest Conference foe Whitman.

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DeSales overcomes early deficit for 57-35 win over Bulldogs

WALLA WALLA -- DeSales wasn’t ready Friday night at its 7:30 p.m. tip with Dayton in a Southeast 2B boys basketball game.

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DeSales girls claim first place in SE2B with win over Dayton

WALLA WALLA -- For the first four minutes of Friday night’s matchup between DeSales and Dayton, the matchup looked like the one it was billed to be.

Wa-Hi boys fall to Hanford, 61-58

WALLA WALLA -- The Cardiac Kids have kicked the bucket -- or rather, they’ve lost a close basketball game.

Blue Devil girls have huge fourth quarter in 60-40 win over Hanford

WALLA WALLA — Led by 19 points from Torri Crawford and a double-double from Mikayla Ferenz, Wa-Hi rattled off its sixth-straight victory with a 60-40 Mid-Columbia Conference victory over Hanford Friday night at the Wa-Hi gymnasium.

Giedeman leads Wa-Hi swimmers in losses to Richland, Hanford

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi’s Patrick Giedeman had a banner day Thursday evening at Whitman’s Harvey Pool, leading the Blue Devil swimmers with a pair of dominating solo victories in duel meets against Richland and Hanford.

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DeSales' Baumgart signs with Saint Martin’s

DeSales’ Ryan Baumgart signs a letter of intent to play golf for Saint Martins.

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Porter's Hail Mary lifts Blue Devils over Chiawana, 52-49

WALLA WALLA — Teams live by the 3-pointer and they die by the 3. On Friday night Wa-Hi lived by the 3.

Chilly Blue Devils fall to Chiawana, 42-39

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi’s game with Chiawana came down to free throws Friday night, but the game was lost in the third quarter.

Whitman men rout Loggers, 111-77

WALLA WALLA — Puget Sound was the bane of Whitman College last season.

Knights run roughshod over Pioneers, 70-36

MILTON-FREEWATER — Walla Walla Valley Academy took advantage of 26 turnovers and made 16 steals as it won a lopsided boys basketball game with Mac-Hi Thursday night, 70-36.

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Mac-Hi downs Walla Walla Valley Academy for 2nd win

MILTON-FREEWATER — Ten different Pioneers reached the scorer’s column and Makia Carlson scored a double-double as Mac-Hi’s girls basketball team picked up its second victory of the year with a 51-44 victory over Walla Walla Valley Academy Tuesday night.