Nineteen-year-old Derek Kolbaba has already cashed his first Frontier Days Rodeo check. The 2014 Wa-Hi graduate finished fourth in last year’s bull riding event in the Walla Walla Fairgrounds arena and earned $1,230.46 for his trouble. He’s setting his sights higher Sunday night when he comes out of the rough stock chutes during the final moments of this year’s Frontier Days.
The Walla Walla Exchange Club is back in the golf business.
Any weekend duffer who ever played a $2 Nassau could identify with Dustin Johnson’s internal debate as he hovered over a makeable 12-foot eagle putt on the 18th green Sunday during the final round of the U.S. Open at much-maligned Chambers Bay.
If Curt Hisaw has a bumper sticker on his 1994 one-ton Dodge pickup, it most likely reads Gone Fishing. Or, perhaps even more appropriate these days, I’d Rather Be Fly Fishing. “I am almost obsessed with fly fishing,” says the 69-year-old Spokane native. “It’s almost spiritual to be standing out in that stream. I love it so much.” But Curt’s angling avocation took a sharp detour from the Spokane Valley’s lakes and streams earlier this spring when his eldest son, Walla Walla High’s Eric Hisaw, put an arm around his father’s shoulder and asked for a favor.
Leading up to Sunday’s NCAA South Regional championship game in Houston, college basketball expert Dick Vitale of ESPN sized up the Gonzaga-Duke game thusly:
This is always the time of year when Phil Reser gets that spring-training itch.
Having a freshman as your go-to players might not be all bad, especially when you begin the discussion about next year.
WWCC gets bounced from the NWAC Championships in the opening round by Clark on Saturday.
Mac-Hi hasn’t had a winning record in boys basketball since the 2003-04 season when Chris Meyers guided the Pioneers to a 15-7 record in the last of his four years as head coach.
Walla Walla erases a 15-point second-half deficit to claim the East Region championship.
Walla Walla rallies to take a 87-86 lead in the second half, but can’t hold on against Columbia Basin.
The Warriors hold off the Vikings, 80-62, after racing to a 28-point halftime lead.
Walla Walla was less than three minutes away from a season-saving victory over Eastern Region-leading Big Bend Saturday in a Northwest Athletic Conference men’s basketball game in the Dietrich Dome.
Eric O’Flaherty already has one game on his Oakland Athletics baseball schedule circled in red.
It was all Connie’s idea. Connie Rogers, that is, hard-working owner of White Elephant Sales, an estate-sales business, and Diettrich House Antiques down on the corner of Ninth Avenue and West Alder Street.
Walla Walla beats Treasure Valley, 76-46, on Saturday to improve to 16-4 overall and 7-1 in East Region play.
Treasure Valley outclassed Walla Walla for the second time in 11 days Saturday night in the Dietrich Dome, drubbing the Warriors 81-63 in a Northwest Athletic Conference men’s basketball game.
Memories of Kim Flerchinger’s final high school basketball game in late winter of 1983 are kind of a blur, she admits.
Basketball pals Bobbi Hazeltine and Michelle Ferenz have decided to close out the year in unusual fashion Wednesday night.
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.
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.
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.
The cream almost always rises to the top, and this year is no exception.
Jim Greene saw it coming midway in the season.
Could this be the week for long winning streaks to come to an end?
It would be wrong to suggest the Touchet High football team underachieved in 2014.
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.
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 coach Jeff Bartlow feels his team is faster than the Tigers headed into their state playoff Friday night.
Pomeroy’s road trip north of Spokane will be much easier if the Pirates can win their playoff game Friday.
Liberty Christian claims the Southeast 1B-8 District title after a 62-46 victory over Touchet.
Touchet has never defeated Liberty Christian, but hopes to change that Thursday in a battle of SE1B-8 unbeatens.
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.
Matt Thompson has been helping to organize this weekend’s reunion of the 1994 Wa-Hi football team from afar.
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.
By the time the Seattle Mariners decided to take things into their own hands, it was too late.
It keeps rumbling up and down main street, the question begging to be asked.
Jerry Dedloff returns to his alma mater for his second stint as football coach, this time competing at the 8-man level.
Lindsay Chutas has always possessed a steadfast sense of her own self worth.
Ed Fiddes won the first Walla Walla All-City Championships golf tournament in 1950.
About a fifth of the field is expected to play from the longer blue tees this weekend.
Having twice visited Europe in recent years, I have been blessed with some memorable moments.
After capturing the first conference title in school history, the 1979 WWCC football team returns to Walla Walla.
Steve Kizer coached football for 15 seasons at Walla Walla Community College, the last 10 as the Warriors’ defensive coordinator under Mike Levens.
Like Sweet Onions and fine wine, Tony Gwynn’s name is a point of pride in the Walla Walla Valley.
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.
Who could have guessed?
The field of 117 men and 41 women take to the Walla Walla Country Club for the 54th annual tournament Thursday through Saturday.
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.
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.