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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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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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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.

Changes abound as area wrestlers hit the mats

WALLA WALLA — Change is abundant this winter in the area prep wrestling programs.

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Blue Devil girls eye MCC title

Wa-Hi’s girls basketball team expects to follow last season’s success with even more this year.

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Blue Devil boys dominate Bengals

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi dominated the boards and played stifling transition defense en route to a 55-38 victory over the Lewiston Bengals Tuesday in a non-league boys basketball game.

Thompkins adds gas to W-P’s blazing spread offense

WALLA WALLA — Springdale found it all too easy to underestimate the slender receiver.

DeSales, undefeated L-R-S set to do battle

WALLA WALLA — DeSales football coach Mike Spiess had high praise for the third-ranked Lind-Ritzville-Sprague Broncos, No. 4 DeSales’ opponent in the quarterfinal round of the Class 2B playoffs Saturday.

W-P looks to slow powerful Reardan wishbone offense

WALLA WALLA — Stop the run, stop the run, stop the run — don’t bite on the play-fake.

Tommies run past Whitman, 104-81

WALLA WALLA — Whitman College ran headlong into a nationally-ranked brick wall Thursday night.

Waitsburg-Prescott, DeSales begin state playoff runs

WALLA WALLA — DeSales and Waitsburg-Prescott begin what has become their almost annual trip to the Washington Class 2B football playoffs Friday night.

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Warrior women race past Penguins

WALLA WALLA — Two goals within 30 seconds turned what had been a hard-fought, but one-sided, affair into a laugher Wednesday afternoon at the Walla Walla Community College soccer pitch.

Wa-Hi takes 'a great step' this season

WALLA WALLA — For a season full of close misses, in which the Blue Devils outscored their opponents 261-260 for the year but emerged from league play with a 1-6 record, Wa-Hi’s victory over Lewis and Clark Friday proved the perfect salve.

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Running mates

Jubilee Christian has four runners on the Waitsburg-Prescott cross country team competing at the state meet Saturday in Pasco.

WAITSBURG — Since joining the Waitsburg-Prescott athletic combine in 2009, Jubilee Christian’s student-athletes have benefitted greatly from participating in sports at W-P, according to Jubilee athletic director Mark Hauk.

Blue Devils fall to Chiawana, 39-35

PASCO — Wa-Hi’s offense got off to a rollicking start against Chiawana Friday night in the final Mid-Columbia Conference match of the season for both teams, but it was unable to maintain the pace after the first half and the Blue Devil defense proved too porous as Chiawana came back from a 35-26 fourth-quarter deficit to post a 39-35 victory.

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Mac-Hi defeats La Grande, 6-0

MILTON-FREEWATER — Mac-Hi has allowed just six goals all season, and that stinginess continued Tuesday night as they hosted La Grande in a Greater Oregon League boys soccer match.

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Kamiakin hangs on to edge Blue Devils, 35-33

WALLA WALLA — It’s a rare occurrence when quick-talking Wa-Hi coach Eric Hisaw is at a loss for words, but that’s what happened Friday night in the locker rooms near Borleske Stadium.

Blue Devils face explosive Kamiakin offense

WALLA WALLA — All Wa-Hi needs to do to guarantee itself a postseason berth this season, is win its last two regular season games.

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Wa-Hi falls to Richland, 6-1

WALLA WALLA — Richland’s Kirsten Calmus scored a hat trick and the Bombers defeated Wa-Hi, 6-1, in a Mid-Columbia Conference girls soccer match on a blustery Tuesday afternoon at Wa-Hi’s soccer field.

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Waitsburg-Prescott avoids upset at the hands of Walla Walla Valley Academy

COLLEGE PLACE — Walla Walla Valley Academy gave the defending state champs all they could handle Tuesday night, but Waitsburg-Prescott had the golden goal in extra time to take a 3-2 victory from the Knights.

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Wa-Hi gets monkey off back, picks up first MCC victory under Hepker

WALLA WALLA — It took nine matches, but Wa-Hi picked up its first Mid-Columbia Conference volleyball victory under new head coach Don Hepker Thursday night.

Blue Devils look for diversity against Bulldogs

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi’s football team looks to have its best chance to pick up its first Mid-Columbia Conference win Friday night at 7 when it takes on Pasco at the Bulldogs’ Edgar Brown Memorial Stadium, and not just because the Bulldogs are winless.

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Dayton rolls past DeSales in straight sets

WALLA WALLA — Dayton picked up its second Southeast 2B volleyball victory of the season Tuesday night, downing host DeSales in three sets, 25-18, 25-12 and 25-16.

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Wa-Hi lets Falcons escape with 20-17 win

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi had their chances in Friday night’s loss to Hanford. Four of them, at least, to either tie the game or win it, but the Falcons (3-1) escaped nonetheless with a 20-17 victory over the Blue Devils in a Mid-Columbia Conference football game at Borleske Stadium.

Arnzen, Gregg lead Knights past Waitsburg-Prescott

COLLEGE PLACE — Led by 22 kills split evenly between junior Amy Arnzen and senior Megan Gregg, Walla Walla Valley defeated Waitsburg-Prescott in four sets, 25-23, 18-25, 25-18 and 25-18, Friday night in the Knights’ Southeast 2B opener.

Wa-Hi looking to pound away at Pirates

WALLA WALLA — Pound the ball, pound the ball, and when that works, pound it some more.

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Wa-Hi lets third quarter lead slip away, falls to Richland 26-20

WALLA WALLA — The Blue Devils had all the momentum. After an ugly first half that saw Richland take a 7-0 lead into the break, Wa-Hi exploded for three touchdowns on 190 yards in the third quarter, two of which came within 11 seconds of each other after a converted onside kick.

Blue Devils look to improve against Bombers

WALLA WALLA — Despite the Blue Devils picking up their first win in Eric Hisaw’s tenure last week, the Wa-Hi head coach thought they could have done better.

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Crawford dominates volleyball, basketball court

WALLA WALLA — Tori Crawford had a problem. A good problem, but a problem none the less.

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Blue moon portends victory for Big Blue; Wa-Hi hangs on for 21-18 win

WALLA WALLA — It took a blue moon and a 21-0 first-half lead, but Big Blue finally got its first win in more than a year Friday night as it held on to beat a rugged Moses Lake squad that rallied for 18-straight second-half points at Borleske Field.

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Blue Devils face 'good measuring stick'

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi probably couldn’t ask for a better opponent to open the 2012 season against.

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Blue Devils ready to put 2011 in rearview

Wa-Hi's seniors join a new league and finally have the same coach as the 2012 season opens Friday.

WALLA WALLA — When Wa-Hi kicks off the 2012 football season Friday night, it will mark a tremendous first for the 23 seniors on the Blue Devil roster.

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Boxing and community values take the ring in Walla Walla's hit club

Conducting an interview in the ring, with more than 20 boxers of varying ages pummeling training equipment in a circle around the raised platform, 47-year-old Ramon “Junior” Zamora can’t help but throw a few punches himself.

Aldrich breaks Alaskan records

WALLA WALLA — Twenty events, 20 gold medals and 18 records set.

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Sweets' Robinson finds faith and baseball

WALLA WALLA — When Walla Walla Sweets player J.J. Robinson and his parents decided he should transfer to DeSales from Colfax, Wash., last winter, they weren’t aware of just how much the senior athlete would be missing.

Kelty keeps his wheels in the air at drag strip

WALLA WALLA — Kasey Kelty has an unusual habit for a high-level drag racer.He likes to take his machine on the streets.Kelty races a 1991 Ford Mustang that puts down 425 horsepower at the rear wheels. It's completely custom — minus a couple of factory par

West edges East at All-Star Game

Fans cheer Walla Walla Sweets players as the West wins the West Coast League All-Star Game over the East, 3-2.

WALLA WALLA — Long after the last pitch was thrown in the West Coast League All-Star Game Tuesday night at Borleske Stadium, Walla Walla fans were on their feet and cheering.They were cheering the finale of a postgame fireworks show, but the fact that the