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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.

All-City malaise has pros searching for a cure

While at one time the Walla Walla All-City Championships attracted more than 200 competitors, only 49 are set to attend this year’s edition of the long-running tournament.

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla All-City Championships golf tournament is in deep trouble again.

Holden's low-key style good fit at U-B, Whitman

WALLA WALLA — Dave Holden was a cool guy. Cool under pressure.

Buchan: Paterno's loyalty clouded his better judgment

WALLA WALLA — Joe Paterno's fall from grace at Penn State University was as tragic as any Shakespearian play.And as puzzling as an Alfred Hitchcock mystery movie.In 1978, Paterno visited Walla Walla and was the guest speaker at the second annual Blue Moun

Buchan: All-Star outcome no way to decide World Series home field

WALLA WALLA — It was comforting to hear the mid-summer hum of baseball back on the airwaves over the weekend.

Buchan: Wine Valley's slick greens sure to test PNGA field next week

WALLA WALLA — The Wine Valley Golf Club's reputation as one of the finest courses anywhere to be found will add another star to its crown next week.Beginning Monday and running through Saturday, Wine Valley will play host to the Pacific Northwest Golf Ass

Jim Volz — an Irish star of the '60s

The DeSales star has been all over the country after playing football, basketball and baseball for the Irish in the 1960s.

WALLA WALLA — If there's any truth to the rumors that DeSales High School has, on occasion, been guilty of recruiting star athletes — and such accusations have certainly been leveled over the years — they might have begun back in the fall of 1965.That's w

Buchan: Softball architect ready to step down at Wa-Hi

WALLA WALLA — Jerry Humphreys' softball coaching legacy at Wa-Hi stands on its own merit.Six Big Nine Conference championships, three district titles, four regional crowns and a Class 4A state championship in 2011. All in a 12-year span in which the Blue

Weather may play role in 52nd annual Senior Invite golf tourney

Although the weather forcast is uncertain, course administrators are expecting the course to be in tip-top condition.

WALLA WALLA — The 52nd annual Walla Walla Senior Invitational golf tournament is slated this week at the Walla Walla Country Club under uncertain skies.Persistent rain early in the week is supposed to give way to a mix of sun, wind and rain as the week un

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Warriors ready to wrangle at college rodeo nationals

This year’s trip to the College National Finals is the seventh in the past eight years for WWCC men’s team.

In his seven previous seasons as rodeo coach at Walla Walla Community College, Buster Barton's men's team has wrangled six trips to the College National Finals and finished in the top 10 nationally each and every time. The high-water mark, of course, was in 2008 when the Walla Wallans won the national championship. That team was led by bareback rider Steven Peebles, who has since qualified twice for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association National Finals and is currently ranked 26th in the PRCA bareback standings with 2012 earnings just south of $10,000.

Warriors ready to wrangle at college rodeo nationals

This year's trip to the College National Finals is the seventh in the past eight years for WWCC men's team.

WALLA WALLA — In his seven previous seasons as rodeo coach at Walla Walla Community College, Buster Barton's men's team has wrangled six trips to the College National Finals and finished in the top 10 nationally each and every time.The high-water mark, of

Buchan: State title signals return to glory days at DeSales

WALLA WALLA —After all the years and all the success, DeSales coach Kim Cox has a pretty good idea of what a state-championship calibre baseball team looks like.But even he wasn't certain of his 2012 team's potential when the Irish took to the practice fi

Storylines abound as Blue Mountain Sports Awards approach

A scintillating season in Valley sports has created several interesting storylines heading into this year's Blue Mountain Sports Awards.

There are many interesting story lines to this year's Blue Mountain Sports Awards, which will be presented May 17 at the Walla Walla Elks Lodge.Here's a sample: Will the third time be the charm for Wa-Hi's softball team? The Blue Devils have been finalist

$n$ Buchan: Sweets owner puts his family first

WALLA WALLA — Sometime this weekend, John Stanton and his two sons will settle back in their Bellevue home, queue up the DVD player and watch one of their favorite movies for the umpteenth time.It's Field of Dreams, the 1989 Kevin Costner flick set in pre

$n$ Mariners CFO visits Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA — Kevin Mather remembers waking up around 3 a.m. Wednesday, just about the time his Seattle Mariners were cracking the seal on the 2012 big league baseball season against the Oakland Athletics in Tokyo.But that's as far as it went.'I thought a