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Jim Buchan

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Touchet tramples Odessa-Harrington, 68-14

Touchet’s defense terrorized Sam Schafer, Odessa-Harrington’s junior quarterback, in a 68-14 Indians victory.

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Indians plan to spread wealth against Titans

Touchet has used its depth all season long, and coach Gary Dorman doesn’t plan to change it up against Odessa-Harrington Friday.

Prep football playoffs kick off this weekend

DeSales, Waitsburg-Prescott and Touchet are all in contention for a state championship.

Indians prep for playoffs with big win

Touchet enters the playoffs as the No. 2 seed after a 56-8 win against Sunnyside Christian on Thursday.

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Indians' tricks no treat for Pomeroy

If the weather didn’t catch you by surprise here Friday afternoon, perhaps Gary Dorman’s play calling did.

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Indians down Lacrosse-Washtucna 58-6

There wasn’t much in the way of suspense here Friday on another golden October afternoon in the Walla Walla Valley as Touchet crushed Lacrosse-Washtucna in a Southeast 1B League 8-man football game.

New pros at Vets promise hands-on approach

Mike Early and Chris Repass are determined to prove that Thomas Wolfe was wrong.

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WWCC graduate Kati Isham returns to coach the Warriors

Kati Isham has been in love with the game of basketball since she was a small child growing up on a family farm homestead near Howe, Idaho, in the southern part of the state.

Buchan: Flaherty confident he will be back after Tommy John surgery

Eric O’Flaherty wasn’t surprised when his left elbow deserted him in May.

Buchan: Rostollan eager to show off Memorial in All-City

Mike Rostollan has high hopes for a successful All-City Championships golf tournament next month, and his is more than a passing interest.

Buchan: Marketing keeps M’s relevant despite poor play

You’ve got to hand it to the Seattle Mariners, they know how to market their product. Despite just two winning seasons — and no playoff appearances — in the last 10 years, the team is still averaging nearly 22,000 fans per home game and is well on its way to another adequate year at the turnstiles.

Little Leaguers to battle for All-City glory

Tom’s Chevron holds a league-best 19-2 record as the Little League city title tourney approaches.

Is Irish baseball success taken for granted?

The Irish may have been done in by their own success after getting passed over at the Blue Mountain Sports Awards.

Spokane favored to win NWAACC golf tourney

WALLA WALLA — Spokane is favored to win its second consecutive men’s title here beginning this morning when the NWAACC Championships golf tournament tees off at Veterans Memorial Golf Course.

Vets golf course in shape for CC tourney

WALLA WALLA — A couple of weeks ago, Mike Rostollan was worried that he might have to move today’s opening round of the NWAACC Championships golf tournament to a different venue. Veterans Memorial Golf Course, where the 36-hole tournament commences this morning, was in deplorable condition. Fairways and greens were shaggy, and roughs were overgrown and almost impossible to escape with any kind of decent ball advance.

Vets golf course shipshape for CC tourney

WALLA WALLA — A couple of weeks ago, Mike Rostollan was worried that he might have to move today’s opening round of the NWAACC Championships golf tournament to a different venue.

Baseball loses a true friend in Tom Lewis

WALLA WALLA — Baseball lost a true friend and a great ambassador last week when Tom Lewis died at his home in Bellingham. He was 78.

Tales of Bill Till dear to Derby's heart

WALLA WALLA — Dean Derby is a great storyteller, and Bill Till is one of his favorite subjects.

San Diego's Bankhead pulls for Zags with Toreros on sidelines

WALLA WALLA — You can be sure Kyle Bankhead will be in Gonzaga’s corner Thursday afternoon when the Bulldogs open NCAA tournament play against Southern University in Salt Lake City.

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Clark ousts Warriors from NWAACCs

The WWCC women suffer a tournament-ending 75-70 loss to the Penguins Monday at the Toyota Center in Kennewick.

Duncan, Felgenhauer lead WWCC past Southwest Oregon at NWAACCs

KENNEWICK — Walla Walla co-captains Caitlin Duncan and Hailey Felgenhauer put their team on their collective backs here Saturday night in the Toyota Center and carried the Warriors to a 71-57 victory over Southwest Oregon in the first round of the NWAACC Championships women’s basketball tournament.

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WWCC women take experience to NWAACCs

WALLA WALLA — Bobbi Hazeltine professes to be superstitious when it comes to some things — broken mirrors and black cats, perhaps — but not necessarily the number 13.

Warrior hardballers boast 11 returnees

WALLA WALLA — The competitor in Dave Meliah yearns for an Eastern Region title and a return to the NWAACC Championships for the first time since 2007 when he was an assistant coach and Mike Cummins was in charge of Walla Walla Community College’s baseball fortunes.

Spring solicits mixed baseball memories from WWCC coaches

WALLA WALLA — There’s a definite change in the air. Days gradually warm, songbirds reappear and the snow line inches its way up the slopes of the Blue Mountains.

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Warrior men not content without NWAACC title

The WWCC men aren’t just happy to be in the NWAACC Championships, they want to win games.

Whitman baseball roster familiar, yet different

WALLA WALLA — While there are mostly familiar faces on this year’s Whitman baseball roster, there are unmistakable differences as well.

Walla Walla Community College men still in hunt for NWACCS despite loss to Big Bend

WALLA WALLA — Where there’s life, there’s hope. And Walla Walla Community College’s men’s basketball team is still alive in its bid for a return trip to the NWAACC Championships

Warriors make statement in win over Big Bend

WALLA WALLA — Bobbie Hazeltine knew for darn sure that she didn’t want her team playing in the 8 a.m. breakfast lid-lifter in a couple of weeks when the NWAACC Championships tips off at the Toyota Center in Kennewick.

WWCC women have no trouble trouncing Treasure Valley

WALLA WALLA — In a game matching polar opposites here Saturday afternoon in the Dietrich Dome, the final score was hardly surprising.

Warriors down Chukars, 95-76

WALLA WALLA — Sophomore guard Dylan Radliff stroked a 3-pointer with 10:27 showing on the first-half clock that gave Walla Walla a 13-point advantage, 22-9, over visiting Treasure Valley here late Saturday afternoon in the Dietrich Dome.

Buchan: College football’s title tilt didn’t pit best teams together

WALLA WALLA — Call in West Coast Bias if you will. But is there anyone out there besides me who wouldn’t have rather watched the University of Oregon take on Alabama in Monday night’s BCS National Championship football game in Miami? Or Texas A&M, for that matter, or perhaps Stanford?

Buchan: College football's title tilt didn't pit best teams together

WALLA WALLA — Call in West Coast Bias if you will.

Buchan: WWCC coach discounts 11-1 mark as division play begins

WALLA WALLA — Bobby Hazeltine scoffs at the suggestion that her team is the clear-cut favorite heading into Saturday afternoon’s NWAACC Eastern Region women’s basketball opener against Columbia Basin College in Pasco.

Buchan: Bonds' 'Fame' inclusion hard to fathom

WALLA WALLA — December is almost history, the calendar is about to flip over to a new year, and the consternation is about to begin all over again.

Warming to all of baseball's offseason going-ons

WALLA WALLA — Thank goodness for the Hot Stove League.

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The long road to clowning glory

JJ Harrison was sitting in a rodeo production meeting in Billings, Mont., last month when his cell phone signalled an incoming call.

WWCC men to feature depth, balance

The Warriors return 2011-12 leading scorer Dylan Radliff as they prepare to make another run at an NWAACC championship.

Buchan: Warriors’ Reinland takes aim at 20th campaign

WALLA WALLA — When Jeff Reinland took over the Walla Walla Community College men’s basketball program in the fall of 1993, he viewed the job at his alma mater as a stepping stone to bigger and better things.

Touchet falls in 1B playoffs

SPOKANE — When Cusick scored three touchdowns in what seemed like a blink of an eye here Friday night, it must have seemed like deja vu for Touchet’s football faithful.

Rebuilt lines lead to Indians' success on football field

TOUCHET — There was no shortage of skill players in attendance when Touchet High football coach Gary Dorman called his first football practice back in August.

Warrior women hampered by injuries as hoops season begins

WALLA WALLA — When fully one third of your 15-player roster watches practices from the sidelines icing injured knees, that’s problematic.

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Touchet rambles past Wellpinit, 76-36

TOUCHET — AJ Kieffer was a one-man wrecking crew here Saturday afternoon.

Buchan: Indians' Big Bird might be hiding in the weeds

TOUCHET — It’s hard to imagine anybody overlooking Big Bird. But Touchet coach Gary Dorman has an inkling it’s a scenario that just might be a secret weapon for his football team here Saturday when the Indians entertain Wellpinit in a 1 p.m. postseason clash.

Touchet rumbles past Soap Lake, 60-22

TOUCHET — As usual, the Touchet Indians’ football season got off to a fair start here Saturday afternoon.

Texas cowboys red hot as rodeo opens

WALLA WALLA — A couple of Texas ropers were piping hot in the Walla Walla Fairgrounds arena Tuesday as the annual Frontier Days Rodeo got underway.

Indians work on ball-control mentality

TOUCHET — Gary Dorman did a little arithmetic during the off season.

Pirates reload after postseason run

POMEROY — Tory Knebel’s graduation has left gaping holes on both sides of the football at Pomeroy High.

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Annual Frontier Days Rodeo returns

Nearly 500 cowboys hit the Fairgrounds for rodeo events Tuesday, and then through the weekend.

WALLA WALLA — Nearly 500 riders and ropers will descend on Walla Walla this week for the annual Frontier Days Rodeo at the Walla Walla Fairgrounds.

Mac-Hi's Crimins going strong at age 78

WALLA WALLA — When the 60th anniversary of Jerry Crimins’ record-setting night on the basketball court came and went unnoticed at Mac-Hi last winter, it wasn’t really a surprise.

WW golfers get chance to tee up for militaryfamilies

WALLA WALLA — Terri Camp has always had a special place in her heart for military families.