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Bartlow begins new chapter

Jeff Bartlow found himself in an unfamiliar situation last week.

TigerScots topple Oakers in opening-round play

Weston-McEwen’s bats back a standout pitching performance by Jessica Lambert to advance with a 9-2 win over Oakland.

Meliah leads WWCC to NWAC tourney

Dave Meliah is no stranger to success on the baseball diamond.

Suns sink Senior Day for Wa-Hi boys

Southridge scores in the waning seconds to hand the Blue Devil boys a 2-1 MCC soccer defeat on Wa-Hi’s Senior Day on Tuesday.

21st Onionfest Ultimate Frisbee Tourney invades Whitman

Whitman College is hosting its 21st annual Onionfest Ultimate Frisbee Tournament this weekend at five fields near the campus.

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Whit lacrosse makes jump to varsity sport

The Missionaries open their inaugural varsity campaign against Linfield at noon today.

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Blue Devils ‘excited’ headed to state

Wa-Hi’s girls are back in the state tournament for the first time in 25 years, opening against Todd Beamer in the quarterfinals Thursday night.

An early March Madness for area prep teams

March Madness hits prep basketball teams this weekend just a little bit early.

Warrior football competes in Vegas

Two short months ago, a group of area sixth-graders hadn’t heard of 7-on-7 football.

Wa-Hi’s Doyle rolls to state tourney

If Jason Postlewait has one regret about the inaugural season of the Walla Walla High girls bowling team, it’s not having a video of the first practice.

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From basketball foes to off-court friends

W-P’s Owen Lanning and DeSales’ Cam Richman still battle on the basketball court, but now are good friends when off it.

New College Place athletic facilities create buzz

Buzz around the first season of the new College Place High School’s athletic schedule picked up recently as people noticed the bleachers installed at the Hawks’ new stadium.

Three Blue Devils head to state 4A cross country meet

Blue Devils Courtney Cox, Erika Leinweber and Isaac Mata compete at the state meet on Saturday.

Prep grid’s 2nd season kicks off for some Valley teams

Prep football enters its second season for some teams around the Walla Walla Valley this weekend.

Dayton forfeits today’s game versus Touchet

Dayton opened its football season with 17 or 18 — at one point even 19 — players on its squad.

Valley grid play heats up down the stretch

The Walla Walla Valley’s two biggest football programs took divergent paths after Friday’s games.

Haves and have-nots set up big games

For the most part, it was a week of haves and have-nots in football play for Walla Walla Valley teams.

League grid action heats up in Valley

League football play is heating up for teams around the Valley, and Borleske Stadium is ground zero for the hottest action today.

Hit the road for prep grid play tonight

If you’re going to watch any prep football action in person tonight, you’re going to have to do a little driving.

Lifelong fan loves following Cardinals

On Oct. 15, 1946, Dale Ford found himself listening to his beloved St. Louis Cardinals with his Army buddies on Armed Forces Radio while stationed in Germany.

Lopsided scores fill last week’s grid results

There were some lopsided scores among area football results last Friday.

Devils, Pirates roll to first wins in week 3

Finally! Walla Walla High fans let out a sigh of relief as the Blue Devils opened the Mid-Columbia Conference schedule with a 34-14 victory over Kennewick at Borleske Stadium last Friday.

Third week follows hope, anguish

Heartbreak for the Blue Devils. Hope for the Pioneers. A return to offense for the Irish.

A few get answers, others more grid questions

Some Walla Walla Valley football teams had questions answered after the opening week of play.

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Wa-Hi harriers strong once again

Walla Walla High’s cross country teams enjoyed successful seasons last year, the Blue Devil girls winning the Mid-Columbia Conference and district titles, finishing second at regionals and onto the state meet — not to mention their fourth straight Class 4A academic state title.

Real football season kicks off with preps games

You could say the football season’s been underway for more than a week already.

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Tracksters make bids for state

Oregon schools are at their state meets today and Saturday, while Washington 2B and 4A track and field athletes try to reach state.

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All Missionaries at sports awards

Whitman’s women’s basketball run to the national title game leads to a sweep of BMSA honors.

Clem recalls Dayton career fondly

When Jim Clem left Central Washington University with his Bachelor of Arts in history and psychology, the native of western Washington found himself heading even farther east than Ellensburg, landing in Dayton.

Warriors welcome new soccer coaches

Ben Rotert takes over the WWCC men’s program, while ex-Warrior player Jordan Hacker heads up the women’s team.

Rankin: Baseball season brings changes to sports section

The Seattle Mariners open the 2014 campaign a week from Monday against the Los Angeles Angels even as the euphoria from the Seahawks’ Super Bowl victory has yet to subside from Northwest sports fans.

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Blue Devils get glimpse of new-look track squad

Wa-Hi’s track and field team features 175 athletes that bring a little different look than last year’s squad.

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Local skier heads to Junior Olympics

Walla Walla’s Hayden White heads to the Junior Olympics to ski in Jackson Hole, Wyo., next week.

College Rodeo returns to Fairgounds

The annual ‘Ride Against Child Abuse’ runs Friday through Sunday.

Michaud tackles new game with Warriors

New WWCC softball coach Mike Michaud is having fun learning a new game, as well as getting to know his new Warrior players.

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Weston-McEwen girls advance to state

Keegan Shepard hit an early free throw to give Weston-McEwen’s girls a 1-0 lead over Union in the first game of the Blue Mountain Conference District tournament at Armand Larive Middle School here Friday.

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Wa-Hi’s Jones swims to state

Tyler Jones is the lone Blue Devil at the Class 4 state meet this weekend, where he is the top seed in the 500 Free and the 14th seed in the 200 Free.

Wa-Hi swimmers head to district

Twenty-one Blue Devil boys head to Ellensburg Friday for a shot at qualifying for state.

Orb pic sparks mystery sound story

The Union-Bulletin published a story and photo of a mysterious orb captured on a smart-phone camera by an elk hunter in southwest Oregon in the Jan. 1 Diversions section.

Blue Devil boys swim team returns to water

The Wa-Hi boys swim team open its season with the Eastern Washington Jamboree on Saturday.

It’s déjà vu for W-P against NW Christian

Last season in the Washington state 1B/2B soccer quarterfinals, Waitsburg-Prescott met up with Northwest Christian (Colbert), with the team from just north of Spokane sending W-P home with a 5-1 loss.

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Mackenzie Hale represents Wa-Hi at state swim meet

Mackenzie Hale swims in the 500 Freestyle at the state meet this weekend.

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Harriers ready for state meet

Wa-Hi and Waitsburg-Prescott runners head to Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco for the races.

Indians storm past Titans

TOUCHET — Thursday evening’s storm left the scoreboard at Touchet’s football field dark as the Indians prepared to kick off the season against Odessa-Harrington Friday afternoon.

Walla Walla-area coaches: Report your scores early, often

WALLA WALLA — After what seems to be an ever-shorter summer, the fall sports season is once again upon us

Rankin: Pacific’s ‘small world’ evident at state

“Little League baseball is a small world, as it comes around,” Ron Queen wrote me in an email Tuesday morning.

Rankin: Smiley’s legacy lives on in Prescott

Around the Prescott High community, Jack Smiley embodied Tigers athletics for years as athletic director and physical education teacher.

Wolves AD calls it quits after 30 years

After 30 years as the school’s first — and only — AD, Tim Windemuth is calling it a career this summer. He and his wife, Cheri, will soon move into a brand new house on Silver Lake, near Spokane.

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Bevy of arms lead Sweets into new season

Coaches are still getting acquainted with their 2013 Walla Walla Sweets players as the new season opens tonight against Bend.

New face at 78th Carnival of Speed

Stacie Pickler spearheads the annual track and field festival Friday as Mac-Hi’s new head coach.