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Jim Buchan

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Helix to celebrate basketball glory days Saturday

Memories of Kim Flerchinger’s final high school basketball game in late winter of 1983 are kind of a blur, she admits.

CC takes on Whit JVs in needed game

Basketball pals Bobbi Hazeltine and Michelle Ferenz have decided to close out the year in unusual fashion Wednesday night.

Warriors’ scoring machine also good at giving

To say that the Walla Walla Community College men’s basketball team runs its offense through Satchel Schetzle might be the understatement of the year.

MLB moves brighten dark days of winter

When the sun creeps above the rim of the Blue Mountains Saturday morning at exactly 7:32.29, it will mark the dawn of the shortest day of the year.

Buckeyes’ ascension baffles Baylor, TCU fans

The four-team playoff that will determine this year’s college football national championship is a better format than any previous method of crowning a champion.

Lots of reasons for area grid fans to tune in

The cream almost always rises to the top, and this year is no exception.

Pirates’ state title no big surprise

Jim Greene saw it coming midway in the season.

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W-P looks to snap Broncos’ streak

Could this be the week for long winning streaks to come to an end?

Indians lived up to their own high standards

It would be wrong to suggest the Touchet High football team underachieved in 2014.

Touchet’s turnovers prove costly in 34-28 loss

TOUCHET — The sun set on Touchet High’s 2014 football season here Saturday afternoon, a brilliant golden disc descending upon a frozen landscape. Four uncharacteristic turnovers and a costly roughing-the-kicker penalty proved to be more than the Indians could overcome as visiting Cusick sandwiched 21 unanswered points around the halftime break and defeated Touchet 34-28 in the first round of the Washington Class 1B-8 state playoffs.

Indians’ playoff with Cusick certain to be cold

Snow is in the forecast, and the temperature isn’t expected to reach 30 degrees for the playoff game at 1 p.m. Saturday.

W-P looks to speed against Tonasket

W-P coach Jeff Bartlow feels his team is faster than the Tigers headed into their state playoff Friday night.

Pirates hit road to face Republic

Pomeroy’s road trip north of Spokane will be much easier if the Pirates can win their playoff game Friday.

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Patriots hand Indians first loss, 62-46

Liberty Christian claims the Southeast 1B-8 District title after a 62-46 victory over Touchet.

Indians look to turn tables on Pats

Touchet has never defeated Liberty Christian, but hopes to change that Thursday in a battle of SE1B-8 unbeatens.

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Walla Walla man recounts being on hand for only perfect game in World Series history

Monday, Oct. 8, 1956, and Dean Lodmell and three of his college pals were hanging around the Columbia University campus with not much going on.

Wa-Hi grad Thompson taking in the world as diplomat

Matt Thompson has been helping to organize this weekend’s reunion of the 1994 Wa-Hi football team from afar.

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'94 Blue Devil football team to reunite, remember playoffs run

Members of Wa-Hi’s 1994 football team, the only team in school history to reach the state championship finals, will gather in Walla Walla this weekend to reminisce and honor coach Gary Mires 20 years after their memorable trip to the Kingbowl in Seattle.

Difficult (unfair?) schedule stymies M’s push

By the time the Seattle Mariners decided to take things into their own hands, it was too late.

Time for cautious M’s fans to climb on board

It keeps rumbling up and down main street, the question begging to be asked.

Dedloff leads Dayton into 8-man ranks

Jerry Dedloff returns to his alma mater for his second stint as football coach, this time competing at the 8-man level.

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Wa-Hi alum Chutas doesn't slow down

Lindsay Chutas has always possessed a steadfast sense of her own self worth.

Fiddes was first to rule All-City tourney

Ed Fiddes won the first Walla Walla All-City Championships golf tournament in 1950.

Contenders fill field at All-City Championships

About a fifth of the field is expected to play from the longer blue tees this weekend.

World Cup frenzy has one US sports fan up in arms

Having twice visited Europe in recent years, I have been blessed with some memorable moments.

Calling all Warriors: WWCC championship players reunite

After capturing the first conference title in school history, the 1979 WWCC football team returns to Walla Walla.

Warriors to gather in honor of retired grid coach Levens

Steve Kizer coached football for 15 seasons at Walla Walla Community College, the last 10 as the Warriors’ defensive coordinator under Mike Levens.

Gwynn’s baseball legacy began at Borleske

Like Sweet Onions and fine wine, Tony Gwynn’s name is a point of pride in the Walla Walla Valley.

Baseball’s the best, but not without its warts

Baseball’s finer points — its history and traditions, its long-standing love affair with America’s sporting public — were examined recently in this space. Now for a rebuttal.

Title run pleasant surprise for young Pioneers

Who could have guessed?

Senior Invite set to tee off Thursday

The field of 117 men and 41 women take to the Walla Walla Country Club for the 54th annual tournament Thursday through Saturday.

Baseball best at passing the test of time

Terry Cashman was a minor league ballplayer in the Detroit Tigers organization in the late 1950s and early ’60s. During that same time he doubled as the lead singer and songwriter for a rock band called the Chevrons.

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Wa-Hi baseball team claims MCC crown

Wa-Hi rallied for four runs and a two-run lead in the bottom of the first inning Saturday afternoon at Murr Field, then played add-on. Good thing.

Whitman quartet tuned up for NWC main stage

Whitman men’s golf coach Peter McClure never intended to guide his team through the pitfalls of the 2013-14 Northwest Conference season with just four players on his roster.

Whits’ national golf goal still to be had

Skip Molitor sees an important similarity between his Whitman College women’s golf team and the school’s women’s basketball team that made such an amazing run to the NCAA Division III national championship game last month in Whitewater, Wis.

No such thing as too much baseball for Eskil

Practice! Practice! Practice!

Whitman seniors won’t be easy to replace

Scoring, rebounding, you name it, graduation is certain to take a heavy toll on this year’s amazing Whitman College women’s basketball team.

Arizona wedding bells suit O’Flaherty just fine

Trading the sands of Florida’s beaches for the those of the Arizona desert wasn’t the only major change in big league pitcher Eric O’Flaherty’s life during baseball’s off season.

Final Four matchups may mislead

The Missionaries face a Wisconsin-Whitewater team that might have some hidden advantages.

March Madness hightens for Whits’ Ferenz

Basketball has always been big in the Ferenz household.

Irish reload after state 2B title run

WALLA WALLA — Veteran DeSales baseball coach Kim Cox will have to replace seven of his nine most productive hitters this spring.

DeSales softball team deals with injury bug

The DeSales softball team has had to overcome injuries, as two would-be starters sustained knee injuries during basketball season.

Whitman women define school’s resolve

George Bridges took over as Whitman College’s president in July of 2005.

Hazeltine in search of depth, shooters

Bobbi Hazeltine knows what it takes to win an NWAACC Championship — first hand and vicariously.

No place like home, but Whits wary of pitfalls

Michelle Ferenz is excited and happy that her Whitman College women’s basketball team has the opportunity to host an NCAA Division III regional tournament this weekend at Sherwood Center.

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Warrior women ousted by Clark

WWCC loses to Clark, 64-56, in the NWAACC Championships despite a team-high 18 points from freshman Karli McHone.

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Warriors open NWAACC tournament with win

Coach Bobbi Hazeltine couldn’t find a thing to complain about here Saturday afternoon in the moments after her Walla Walla women’s basketball team dominated Treasure Valley 70-46 in the first round of the NWAACC Championships in the Toyota Center.

Warriors gear up for Cardinals

The WWCC women open the NWAACC Championships against Skagit Valley at noon on Saturday.

Redshirts bolster CC men’s hoops future

There were times at practice during the recently completed basketball season when veteran Walla Walla coach Jeff Reinland must have felt like pulling out what’s left of his thinning hair.

Whits’ ascent to No. 1 began last year

When Whitman College tipped off its 2013-14 women’s basketball season with a 77-76 victory over No. 5-ranked St. Thomas, Minn., at the Whitworth Classic in Spokane back in mid-November, Missionaries coach Michelle Ferenz surely knew that something was up.