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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.

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.

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.

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

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