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Jim Buchan

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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.

WWCC women knock off Columbia Basin

Bobbi Hazeltine and her Walla Walla Warriors will head into next week’s NWAACC Championships in Kennewick with a full head of steam after handing Columbia Basin its first league loss of the season.

Reich's 27 points not enough for WWCC

Sophomore Dallas Reich scored a career-high 27 points Saturday afternoon in the Dietrich Dome, but it wasn’t enough to offset another Walla Walla defensive meltdown.

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Warrior women rally to beat Blue Mountain, 70-62

Forward Jessica Siler scores 22 of her game-high 26 points in the second half, as WWCC overcomes a one-point halftime deficit.

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WWCC men out of tourney contention

The Warrior men’s team loses to Blue Mountain, 89-80, effectively ending their chance of postseason play.

CC coach chills out with spot in tourney assured

Bobbi Hazeltine is breathing easy this week.

Hawks’ escape evokes playoff regrets

Last Saturday’s NFC Divisional playoff game in Seattle stirred up some personal ghosts of playoffs past.

Whitman’s Thomsen turns 100 Saturday at Cordiner

There was a lot happening in 1914.

CC women approach hill climb in East hoop race

Bobbi Hazeltine can’t remember a time in the last 13 seasons when her Walla Walla Community College women’s basketball team faced a hill so steep.

WWCC takes team approach into league

The Warrior men don’t have one go-to player this season, and will rely on the entire team as the NWAACC East season tips off.

Cummins’ legacy will live forever in WW

If it’s true that legends never die, then Scotty Cummins is still here with us.

Warriors look to Reich for offensive punch

Dallas Reich has been known for his work on the defensive end of the basketball court, both at Weston-McEwen High School where he was a four-year starter and now in his second season at Walla Walla Community College.

Indians’ Dorman discerns building blocks

Gary Dorman seems to remember a time during his 32 previous years as a Touchet High football coach when the Indians lost nine players to graduation.

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Indians fall to Neah Bay

The Touchet High School football team fell to Neah Bay in the Class 1B 8-man state championship, 36-18, on Friday.

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‘Fun loving’ Indians get down to business

After quarterfinal disappointments the last two years, nine Touchet seniors hope to close out their prep football careers by winning a state championship Friday in the Tacoma Dome

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Touchet preps for 8th title tilt

Indians coach Gary Dorman was an assistant coach on the team’s last six trips to the 8-man state championship game, and is now in charge as Touchet face Neah Bay on Friday in Tacoma.

Touchet seniors to play final game together

Whatever happens Friday afternoon in the Tacoma Dome, emotions are sure to be raw on the Touchet sidelines.

Neah Bay in third straight state title game

Red Devils coach Tony McCaulley has a good scouting report on Touchet as they face off Friday.

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Touchet overcomes 24-point deficit in playoff semifinal

Touchet overcame four first half turnovers and 30-6 deficit to defeat Rosalia 62-36 here Saturday night at Edgar Brown Stadium and earn its first trip to the gridiron classic since 2002.

Indians face Rosalia Saturday

Rosalia enters the semifinals fresh off a 76-32 win against Colton last weekend.

Indians knock off Wildcats

Stingy defense and hard-nosed offense propels Touchet into the state semifinals, 36-14, over Wilbur-Creston.

Indians head to Spokane for playoffs this weekend

West Valley High School in Spokane will be the site of this weekend’s Class 1B quarterfinal football game between Touchet and Wilbur-Creston.

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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.