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
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!
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
WALLA WALLA — As far as Jeff Reinland and Bobbi Hazeltine are concerned, the Christmas season's basketball interlude couldn't have come at a better time.For Reinland, Walla Walla Community College's men's coach, the necessity of the break is perhaps the p
WAITSBURG — When Jeff Bartlow took over the Waitsburg High football program in the fall on 1999, he had a couple of goals in mind.'When we got here 13 years ago, we wanted to win a state championship,” Bartlow said earlier this week, including his wife Lo
ATHENA — Weston-McEwen coach Kenzie Hansell learned most of his football Xs and Os during his playing career at Washington State University.But he absorbed his coaching philosophy from his parents growing up on a wheat ranch near Hermiston, where he atten
The Indians struggle through freezing cold and fall to undefeated Almira-Coulee-Hartline, 52-8.
MOSES LAKE — It didn't take long for inevitability to sink in here Friday night in a cold-to-the-bone Washington Class 1B-8 quarterfinal football game.Touchet head coach Gary Dorman and his assistants — Guy Gregg, Leland Weber and Saul Martinez — certainl
TOUCHET — If you stay in this newspaper business long enough, one truth is abundantly clear.The readers always write.Or, in the case of the folks who live in and around Touchet, they take you by the arm, look you squarely in the eye and explain your tran
Touchet hopes to get speedy Vicente Flores healthy for the state B-8 quarterfinal game in Moses Lake.
TOUCHET — When he's at his best, Vicente Flores can expect to touch the ball on offense 10-to-12 times during the course of a game.And more often than not, that's been often enough to produce several Touchet touchdowns, keep opposing defenses honest and s
WALLA WALLA — Dave Vargas is a bonafide duffer. His handicap at the Walla Walla Country Club since taking up the game of golf 16 years ago while still in his mid-50s has ranged from the low teens to the mid-20s. He's currently listed as a 21, although he
The Indians can't find their offense in the first half, but overcome a 6-0 halftime deficit for the playoff win.
TOUCHET — The Touchet Indians put forth their best defensive effort of the season here Saturday afternoon in a wind-blown, sometimes-drizzly District 7/9 8-man prep football playoff game against Cusick.Good thing, too, because an Indians' offense that did
WALLA WALLA — The Highline men and the Clark women will be in town Saturday to face Walla Walla teams in the quarterfinal round of the NWAACC Soccer Championships.The Thunderbirds, who finished second in the NWAACC's Western Division with a 13-1-3 overall
The TigerScots are heavily favored in Saturday's playoff with Knappa.
ATHENA — On paper, this game shouldn't be close.Blue Mountain Conference champion Weston-McEwen looms as a heavy favorite here Saturday afternoon when the TigerScots entertain Knappa in the first round of Oregon's Class 2A state football playoffs. Kickoff
Touchet has made it to the playoffs eight times since 1999, but has rarely been a serious factor.
TOUCHET — The Touchet Indians won the last of their four Class 1B-8 state football championships in 1999.In the 11 seasons since that thrilling 42-36 victory over Neah Bay in the Tacoma Dome, the Indians have qualified for postseason play eight times, mad
The Pirates host Northport Friday in a District 7/9 elimination match.
POMEROY — Sanford Bates has been involved in the football program at Pomeroy High for most of his 27 years at the school, ranging from junior high coach to varsity assistant coach to head coach on two different occasions.But Bates was no more than an inte
MILTON-FREEWATER — Mac-Hi will play its first postseason prep football game since 1996 Friday night when the Pioneers travel to Baker City to face the Greater Oregon League rival Baker Bulldogs in one of 16 Oregon Class 4A play-in games that will determin
Pomeroy piles up 457 rushing yards as the Pirates outduel Touchet, 48-42, in their SE1B-8 showdown.
TOUCHET — Yielding huge chunks of yardage isn't anything new for the Touchet Indians' defense.Garfield-Palouse rushed for 438 yards just a week ago. Earlier in the year, Lacrosse-Washtucna combined for 491 yards running and passing. And Colton burned the
ATHENA — If saving the best for last is the ultimate dining experience, Weston-McEwen football fans are looking forward to a double serving of dessert during the final two weeks of the Blue Mountain Conference season.Nothing sour, please.The unbeaten Tige
Lacrosse-Washtucna holds a late lead, but Touchet responds to garner the 48-36 Southeast 1B-8 victory.
TOUCHET — Fear, it's been said, is a great motivator.The Lacrosse-Washtucna Tigercats came here Friday knowing full well that one more defeat would dash all remaining hope of securing one of the Southeast 1B-8 League's three postseason playoff berths.And
WALLA WALLA — When the Atlanta Braves squandered their big September lead and relinquished the National League Wild Card to the onrushing St. Louis Cardinals, it was a big disappointment to many baseball fans hereabouts.With the Seattle Mariners finishing
Touchet makes big plays on offense, key stops on defense and capitalizes on opportunities for the 48-38 victory over Colton.
TOUCHET — Two days of incessant drizzle subsided here Friday.Gusty southwest winds sprang up in the vacuum of the front as it moved east, raising havoc with the Touchet High homecoming parade in the morning. But by mid-afternoon, things had settled down.
WALLA WALLA — It's October.And that means that area prep football teams are heading into what promises to be — for some, anyway — an exciting second half of the season.None more so than Touchet.
WALLA WALLA — When DeSales entertains Waitsburg-Prescott Friday night at Ty Baffney Field, it will be a renewal of the Southeast 2B-11 League's most heated football rivalry.Currently speaking, that is.And it's a rivalry that leans in Waitsburg-Prescott's
Touchet scores early and often in the 52-8 win over Sunnyside Christian.
TOUCHET — After last weekend's brief, autumn-like respite high up in the Wallowa Mountains, summer was back in full force here Friday afternoon on the first calendar day of fall.But the searing sun and temperatures that ticked into the lower 90s had no ad
WALLA WALLA — Eric O'Flaherty received some well-deserved recognition earlier this month in Sports Illustrated.O'Flaherty, Wa-Hi Class of 2003, is pitching out of the Atlanta Braves bullpen and has emerged as a member of the most dominant triumvirate of r
Touchet holds Wallowa to six points over three quarters of the victory that wasn't as close as the final score.
WALLOWA, Ore. — One hundred and fifty-two points in two games is a big number, even in 8-man football.So it's easy to understand why Touchet spent so much time working on its defense this past week as the Indians prepared for their Friday afternoon non-le
Touchet coach Gary Dorman is pleased with his squad's aggressive play in a 50-8 win over Condon-Wheeler.
TOUCHET — Like so many season-opening football games, Touchet's non-leaguer here against Condon-Wheeler of Oregon's Class 1A Special District 3 was somewhat ragged around the edges.There were the usual missed assignments on both sides; five Condon-Wheeler
WALLA WALLA — When T.J. Conley steps on the field tonight for the first time at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., it will be the culmination of a lifelong dream.Also the product of dedication and determination. But most of all the power of patienc
Wa-Hi's Moe Handcox, Jr., brings more to the gridiron than athletic abilities -- just like his father, Moe, Sr., who played at Kamiakin and Walla Walla Community College 20 years ago.
Brent Wooten was a three-sport star at Wa-Hi, and played football at UW.
CHENEY — Former Wa-Hi three-sport standout Brent Wooten, who went on to star in football at the University of Washington and later served as head football coach and athletic director at Eastern Washington University, died here Monday after a lengthy illne
Visiting cowboys lead the way in the slack competition on Tuesday.
WALLA WALLA — Jhett Johnson lived up to his Christian name and Turtle Powell surmounted his during the Frontier Days Rodeo slack competition Tuesday at the Walla Walla Fairgrounds.Johnson, who is from Casper, Wyo., and Powell, Stephenville, Texas, turned
WALLA WALLA — I remember the day well.It was late November, post-Thanksgiving, and the temperature was unseasonably warm, hovering near 70 degrees.Bright sunshine painted long shadows across the first fairway as two of my Union-Bulletin colleagues and I s
WALLA WALLA — As a long-standing member of the YMCA, I have always admired the old-timers.Those septuagenarians and octogenarians — some, perhaps, older still — who show up daily to wage war against the never-ending onset of the aging process. Men and wom
The Peach Basket Classic has welcomed 3-on-3 basketball teams to the streets of downtown Walla Walla since 1994, and volunteers are intent on keeping it a fixture in the Valley.
WALLA WALLA — When YMCA Physical Director Tom Kelleher — with an OK from Executive Director Ned Schafer — began formulating plans for a 3-on-3 street basketball tournament in Walla Walla back in 1994, he had a couple of objectives in mind.'For one thing,
WALLA WALLA — The Blue Shoes are coming! The Blue Shoes are coming!It's a refrain that might not mean a thing to many of you out there in U-B Land. But if you happened to be paying attention to Wa-Hi boys basketball 25 years ago, it just might ring a bell
WALLA WALLA — When the Washington Junior Golf Association determined that Walla Walla would be the site of its 35th annual state championship tournament, designating someone locally to serve as tournament director was a piece of cake.Carol Morgan, who has
The addition of Wine Valley makes Walla Walla a prime location for the three-course WJGA tournament.
WALLA WALLA — It takes three conventional-length golf courses to adequately host the Washington Junior Golf Association State Championships, which explains why Walla Walla has never served as the tournament site.Because up until a couple of years ago, Wal
WALLA WALLA — Ray Steele has been coaching AAU youth basketball teams on and off for better than three decades.For a variety of reasons, he readily admits, not the least of which is what he views as exposure to college coaches that many players might othe
WALLA WALLA — What if every day was like today?Major League Baseball stadiums all across the country sit empty during the final day of the mid-season All-Star break.The National Football League's first preseason games are still nearly a month away, and th
Other than Hawaii, Alaska's Inland Passage and a week in the Caribbean, my experiences as a world traveler were practically nil.Discounting those island stops at St. Maarten/St. Martin and St. Kitts, several pleasant trips to British Colum
WWCC golfer Dona Dunovant won the NWAACC title for the second year in a row — but golf isn't all this busy mom, student and actress is made of.
So you think you're busy?Try hustling around in Dona Dunovant's shoes for a day.That's shoes as in plural pairs.There's the shiny black work boots with the reinforced steel toes that offer some protection just in case she loses her grip on a 50-pound suit
WALLA WALLA — No question about it, foolish pride can be problematic.I found that out — again — not so long ago when my wife Margaret and I took an Atlantic Ocean cruise in which we sailed from the sultry shores of South Florida to the ancient city of Rom
Rich Abajian follows an unexpected football career at Wa-Hi and WWCC by coaching the sport, and his life's turns now find him at a Las Vegas car dealership.
WALLA WALLA — Growing up in Walla Walla in the 1960s, Rich Abajian never thought of himself as a football player.Baseball was his first love, and he dreamed of one day playing in the majors.And even though his father, John Abajian, was for many years a pa
Jerry Votendahl has taught area fastpitch softball pitchers the finer points of the game for almost 30 years.
WALLA WALLA — The windmill motion of firing a softball fast-pitch style is considered more natural and less stressful than the overhand delivery of a baseball pitcher.That doesn't mean it's any easier to master. It requires a combination of athletic skill
WALLA WALLA — I've never been much in favor of instant replay.Even in the NFL, where it has been a widely accepted technological staple for many years, I find it more of a nuisance than anything else.With so many commercials already in place to interrupt
Mac-Hi, Weston-McEwen and Whitman have a shot at three of the five trophies at this year's ceremony.
WALLA WALLA — Will this be the year of the Blue Devils?Mac-Hi's Pioneers, perhaps? Or Weston-McEwen's TigerScots? Or how about Whitman College?These are the schools who are in position to pull off the trifecta — a hat trick, if you will — during the 35th
WALLA WALLA — The marathon is on.And baseball fans from Bremerton to Boston couldn't be happier. Even those huddled under blankets or hidden beneath umbrellas in the stands of many big league ballparks around the country where spring stubbornly refuses to
WALLA WALLA — Another March Madness is in the record books.And this year's wild scramble for men's NCAA basketball supremacy was one of the craziest on record, with the eighth-seeded Butler Bulldogs and No. 11 seed Virginia Commonwealth advancing all the
WALLA WALLA — Sitting court side in the Pendleton Convention Center a couple of weeks ago and awaiting the tipoff of Weston-McEwen's first game at the boys Class 2A state basketball tournament, I spent a few minutes browsing through the Oregon School Acti
WALLA WALLA — When freshman scoring leader Alex Pfefferle blew out her knee in the quarterfinals of the NWAACC Championships women's basketball tournament Sunday night in Kennewick, Walla Walla coach Bobbi Hazeltine instinctively looked to the end of her