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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

Buchan: Longtime Braves fan debates hot corner greatness

WALLA WALLA — News reports out of the Atlanta Braves camp last week that this will be Chipper Jones' final big league baseball season contradicted the euphoria that I usually associate with spring training.What a bummer, I thought to myself, knowing full

Michels heads to 33rd year with Irish track teams

Mike Michels has coached the DeSales girls and boys to state titles over his tenure.

WALLA WALLA — In his 33 years as head track and field coach at DeSales, Mike Michels has just about seen it all.The 62-year-old Michels has coached two of his Irish teams to state championships — the 1992 girls team and the 1999 boys squad — and numerous

Injuries, low turnout dampen Irish expectations

DeSales calls up six eighth-grade students to its softball team to supplement its injury- and low-turnout-ravaged ranks.

WALLA WALLA — When you don't graduate a single senior off of a softball team that placed fourth at state last spring, rebuilding shouldn't be part of the 2012 conversation.Right?Well, Russ Vera, who is beginning his fourth season as the DeSales High varsi

Irish focus on return to state championship

DeSales' baseball team hasn't played in the title game in two years.

WALLA WALLA — In 1989, Kim Cox's seventh season as the head baseball coach at DeSales, the Irish celebrated their first state baseball championship after a 7-2 victory over Toutle Lake in the Kingdome in Seattle.DeSales made it back to the Washington Clas

Buchan: Warriors' Reinland deals with recruiting disparity

WALLA WALLA — Jeff Reinland admits that he wears his emotions on his sleeve.And Reinland looked lower than a snake last weekend at the Toyota Center in Kennewick after his Walla Walla men's basketball team had been knocked out of the NWAACC Championships

WWCC coach fires up team with history lesson

WALLA WALLA — Coach Bobbi Hazeltine's fears that her Walla Walla team couldn't — or wouldn't — regroup emotionally in time for Tuesday's third-place game at the NWAACC Championships women's basketball tournament in Kennewick proved to be unfounded.Fueled

Warriors withstand rally, place 3rd at NWAACC tourney

Despite blowing a 20-point, halftime lead, the WWCC women hang on to beat Chemeketa for third place in the NWAACC tournament.

KENNEWICK — Halftime came too soon here Tuesday afternoon at the Toyota Center as far as Walla Walla coach Bobbi Hazeltine was concerned.The second half lasted way too long.So it's no wonder Hazeltine collapsed in her chair and breathed a deep sigh of rel

Yaks jump over Warrior women

Yakima Valley's defense and 3-point shooting are too much for WWCC as the Warriors fall, 59-47, in the NWAACC semifinals.

KENNEWICK — It's going to be another all-Eastern Region party here late this afternoon at the Toyota Center in the women's NWAACC Championships basketball tournament finals.But for the first time in three years, Walla Walla's Warriors are not invited.

Shoreline Dolphins sink Walla Walla Community College men

Shoreline outshoots the Warriors, 96-94, to end WWCC's NWAACC run.

KENNEWICK — Walla Walla knew that it couldn't get off to another poor shooting performance here Sunday morning at the Toyota Center.Not against a Shoreline team that scored on average 103 points a game during the regular season but also yielded 100-plus p

Early burst lifts Tacoma past WWCC men

The Warrior men fall into the consolation bracket of the NWAACC tournament after losing to Tacoma.

KENNEWICK — It wasn't the 8 a.m. opening tip. And it wasn't tournament jitters, either.Tacoma's fast getaway and subsequent 80-73 victory over Walla Walla here Saturday in the opening round of the men's NWAACC Championships basketball tournament at the To

Warrior women zone Pierce out, 61-46

WWCC defeats Pierce despite hitting just 28 percent from the field in the first half of the NWAACC tournament opener.

KENNEWICK — There were some technical difficulties here Saturday afternoon at the Toyota Center.For starters, the 30-second shot clock wasn't functioning properly during Walla Walla's first-round game against Pierce in the women's NWAACC Championships bas

Warrior weapons loaded as NWAACC tourney tips

The WWCC women can turn to a number of players to lead the way against Pierce on Saturday.

WALLA WALLA — Leslie Stillar has been Walla Walla's most consistent scorer this season, and she leads the Warriors with a 13.7 scoring average going into the women's NWAACC Championships that tips off Saturday at the Toyota Center in Kennewick.But if the

Buchan: Warrior women's coach worried as usual

WALLA WALLA — Bobbi Hazeltine's 13th season in charge of the Walla Walla Community College women's basketball program has been a fairly smooth ride.Other than one early season scare when scoring leader Leslie Stillar appeared to suffer a serious knee inju

Buchan: WWCC men greet dawn's early light

WALLA WALLA — It's Jeff Reinland's opinion that breakfast and basketball do not enhance one another.That said, the Walla Walla Community College men's basketball coach accepts the fact that he's going to have to work some corn flakes in with his practice

Warrior men prep for NWAACC tourney

In a year of spotty shooting, the WWCC men hang their hats on defense as they prepare to face Tacoma Saturday.

WALLA WALLA — Longtime NWAACC Championships basketball fans may not recognise this year Walla Walla representative in the men's 16-team field that begins a four-day run Saturday at the Toyota Center in Kennewick.Although known through the years for their

Buchan: Dayton's Turner big fan of 1995 champs

DAYTON — You don't find many high-school kids who dig watching old movies.But Garett Turner, one of six seniors on this year's Dayton High boys basketball team, is an exception. There's this one old classic in particular.

Ramirez has history with seniors

Dayton coach Roy Ramirez has known the six Bulldog seniors leading the team into the state Class 2B tournament since 2005.

DAYTON — Roy Ramirez is a 1985 Dayton High graduate, but he was living in Spokane when he first became involved coaching basketball in this small farming community.'One of my wife Kristen's cousins had boys who were young and playing AAU basketball, and t

Buchan: Weston-McEwen boys eager to take next step at 2A state

ATHENA — Progress!In a word, that is the definition of Brian Pickard's body of work during his first three seasons as boys basketball coach at Weston-McEwen.Unwavering progress.In year one in 2009, the TigerScots managed a 10-14 season record and missed t

Three fields. three hat. Three teams and the coach that helped to build ... A Special Baseball Bond

When it comes to baseball, Dave Meliah, JC Biagi and Cesar Lopez have a lot in common.

Buchan: District 2B hoops bracket gets failing grade

WALLA WALLA — There's a lesson to be learned from the Southeast 2B District basketball bracket that riled up so many of the participating coaches last weekend at Sherwood Center.Be careful what you wish for.

Waitsburg-Prescott, Dayton boys set for regional tilts

W-P faces Lake Roosevelt and Dayton plays Riverside Christian Friday night in Wa-Hi's gym in regional play.

WALLA WALLA — Devising a successful defensive scheme is a top priority for Waitsburg-Prescott boys basketball coach T.J. Scott as he prepares his team for Friday's regional showdown against Lake Roosevelt in the Wa-Hi gym.It's a tall order. And defense is

Bulldogs face Brewster; Waitsburg-Prescott takes on Crusaders

The girls regional action is set for Saturday with a berth to the state tournament on the line.

WALLA WALLA — Nearly halfway through the season, the Dayton girls basketball team was still in search of its first victory.Now the Bulldogs are just one victory away from their first state tournament appearance since 2006.

Waitsburg-Prescott girls knock out Irish

DeSales, which entered as the No. 1 seed, falls to Waitsburg-Prescott in the District tourney.

WALLA WALLA — DeSales erased all but one point of an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit Saturday afternoon at Sherwood Center before succumbing to Waitsburg-Prescott 47-44 in a girls Southeast 2B District loser-out basketball game.The Irish, who entered the

Waitsburg-Prescott boys down Tri-City Prep

Waitsburg-Prescott overcomes a poor third-quarter shooting performance to take a 37-27 victory.

WALLA WALLA — After nearly shooting itself out of the game in the third quarter, Waitsburg-Prescott turned the tables on Tri-Cities Prep in the fourth period of Saturday afternoon's Southeast 2B District boys basketball game at Sherwood Center on the Whit

Holowaty takes on all comers, his father included

WALLA WALLA — Never let it be said that Jared Holowaty is one to shy away from competition.Whitman College's third-year head baseball coach believes that the best way to build a winning program is to play up. Never mind the disparity between wins and loss

Yankees no longer incite envy; how about the Giants?

WALLA WALLA — Break up the Yankees!That was baseball's bitter battle cry that began in 1923 — the year the Yanks won their very first World Series — and echoed down the halls of the next four decades. And for good reason.

Pro Bowl revises Hawaiian vacation schedule

OAHU, Hawaii — When my wife Margaret and I were unable to book a room at a popular resort that we had discovered here a couple of years ago, we didn't realize that the National Football League was to blame.

Tebow's QB play remindful of tough guy Kapp

WALLA WALLA — I promised myself I wasn't going to weigh in on the Tim Tebow debate simply because I don't believe the sports page is the proper forum in which to argue positions on religion.If there are others in the media ­ ­— and there certainly are — w

Familiar sound foretells baseball's return

WALLA WALLA — Pling!The sound was unmistakable. And inviting.Pling! I was jogging on Tietan Street. The sun was arcing low along the southern horizon and it's brilliance was almost blinding. But my ears were not deceived.Pling!

Buchan: College coaching ranks has distinct WW flavor

WALLA WALLA — Peter Sirmon's decision to return to the Pacific Northwest as a member of the University of Washington football coaching staff is welcome news.Sirmon, a 1995 Wa-Hi graduate, is a good guy who gives all of us here in Cougar Country a reason t