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Blue Devil softballers bulldoze through Districts

Wa-Hi advances to regional play after cruising past Wenatchee and rival Richland.

PASCO — Wa-Hi took another step in its defense of its state title here Saturday at the Pasco Trac facility in district softball play.The Blue Devils got a combined no-hitter from Alyson Ambler and Jordan Heiser to defeat Wenatchee 9-0 and earn a shot to d

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Rain finally stops Blue Devils

Alyson Ambler tosses a one-hit shutout in a 10-0 win over Moses Lake in the opener, but rain suspends the nightcap.

WALLA WALLA — Mother Nature did what Moses Lake could not do here Tuesday in Columbia Basin Big Nine softball twin bill action.The Chiefs could not stop the Blue Devils as Wa-Hi pounded out 11 hits and Alyson Ambler tossed a one-hit, mercy-rule six inning

Blue Devil bats wake after first league loss

Will Parnicky pitches a five-inning, two-hitter in game two to pick up a 12-2 win in the nightcap against visiting Chiawana Friday night.

WALLA WALLA — It was feast or famine for Wa-Hi here on Friday the 13th in a Columbia Basin Big Nine 4A baseball doubleheader.The Blue Devils were blanked by Chiawana southpaw Spencer Bennion through the first five innings of the opener and the Riverhawks

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Whits nipped by Lewis and Clark

In a battle between two teams with a combined NWC record of 4-20, the Missionaries come out on bottom, 4-3.

WALLA WALLA — Whitman played catch up here Saturday in the opener of a Northwest Conference baseball twin bill with Lewis and Clark College, but the Missionaries couldn't get over the hump and the Pioneers emerged with a 4-3 win.The second game succumbed

Blue Devil hardballers split with Lions

Moe Handcox's walk-off home run lifts Wa-Hi to a 4-3 victory in the nightcap after a 5-4 loss in the opener against Kennewick.

WALLA WALLA — Walk-off.Trailing 3-1 going to its last at bat in the nightcap of a non-conference baseball doubleheader against Kennewick here Wednesday, Wa-Hi's Moe Handcox came to the plate representing the winning run.Handcox took a 3-1 pitch from Kenne

WWCC sweeps Wenatchee Valley

Walla Walla rallies to win the opener and crushes the Knights, 13-0, in the softball nightcap.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College and Wenatchee Valley started from where they left off last season, when the Warriors and Knights finished as NWAACC East Region softball co-champions. WWCC fought back from a two-run deficit with a five-run sixt

Blue Devil softball team crushes Southridge in a rain-delayed opener

Wa-Hi's softball team hands Southridge a 17-0 shutout to open the season before rain postpones the nightcap.

WALLA WALLA — The defending Washington Class 4A softball champions began defense of their title here Tuesday in a delayed season opener. Wa-Hi lost its opening weekend trip to Vancouver, Wash., and Seattle to the elements, and had to play through the rain

Missionaries slip in finale with Linfield

The Wildcats pound 13 hits en route to the 9-4 Northwest Conference baseball victory Sunday.

WALLA WALLA — Whitman couldn't keep pace with the offensive firepower of Linfield here Sunday in the finale of a three-game Northwest Conference baseball series at Borleske Stadium.The Wildcats pounded out 13 hits, including two long balls, took advantage

Segerman leads Walla Walla Community College cowboys at home rodeo

Bo Segerman qualifies for the finals in four events at the 30th annual WWCC College Rodeo at the Walla Walla Fairgrounds.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College qualified eight cowboys and a cowgirl to Sunday's championship-go here in final performance action at the 30th anniversary of the Walla Walla Community College Exchange Club college rodeo's Fight Against Child A

156 Wa-Hi athletes turn out for track

The Blue Devils return four out of last year's six state qualifiers.

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi opened the track season with high expectations as coach Eric Hisaw greeted 82 boys and 74 girls to the opening of Blue Devil track.'I've been as impressed as I've been in my 14 or 15 years here," Hisaw said of early season

Bulldogs pick up state win over La Conner

Dayton can't hit a basket early, but holds the Braves' offense down for a 39-37 victory Friday at the Spokane Arena.

SPOKANE — It took Dayton seven minutes and 40 seconds to score Friday in elimination-game action at the boys Class 2B state basketball tournament at the Spokane Arena.It got better for the Bulldogs as Dayton fought back from an 8-2 deficit to La Conner at

Mules ride opening spurt past Dayton boys

Wahkiakum sprints to a 19-8 lead after one and cruises from there, defeating the Bulldogs, 57-41, and sending them home in sixth place.

SPOKANE — Wahkiakum's John Chambers drained a trey off the opening tip here in Saturday's breakfast special (tipped at 9:30 a.m.) at the Washington state 2B boys basketball tournament.Wyatt Parker hit another 3 for the Mules to end the first period, and t

Bulldog rally falls short at state

Dayton battles back from 21 points down in the fourth quarter to pull within eight, but loses to Toutle Lake, 62-51, to open state 2B play.

SPOKANE — Dayton dug itself a 59-38 hole with 4:13 left in the game here Thursday in state Class 2B boys basketball quarterfinal action.The Bulldogs roared back to cut Toutle Lake's lead to 59-51 with 32 seconds to go, but the Ducks hit 3-of-4 free throws

Dayton boys dog Crusaders, advance to state

The Bulldogs battle past Riverside Christian in a bruising matchup for the region's seed to state. Dayton won, 59-41.

WALLA WALLA — On to state.Dayton won a rough and tumble battle with Riverside Christian here Friday in regional 2B boys basketball action to earn a state 2B ticket.The teams combined for 40 fouls, shot a combined 54 free throws and posted 39 turnovers, bu

Supersized Egbert leads Raiders past Waitsburg-Prescott

Waitsburg-Prescott is overwhelmed by Lake Roosevelt's 6-foot-8 post Ty Egbert, who scores 36 points and 18 rebounds.

WALLA WALLA — Too tall and too talented.Lake Roosevelt's 6-foot-8 Ty Egbert proved to be a one-man wrecking crew here Friday in 2B regional boys basketball action.The Raiders, behind Egbert, marched into next week's state tournament with a 70-53 win over

No. 2 Wa-Hi eliminated from Districts

Wa-Hi's winning streak over Wenatchee ends at four with a 42-41 loss to the Panthers in the District 5/6 consolation match.

WALLA WALLA — It proved to be too much here Saturday, in girls District elimination basketball action, for Wa-Hi to run its win streak over Wenatchee to five.Wa-Hi eliminated the Panthers in last year's district, beat Wenatchee twice in two regular season

Chiawana defeats Wa-Hi in District championship

Chiawana takes the district title for the third season in a row and knocks Wa-Hi into the consolation bracket despite hitting just three buckets in the second half.

PASCO — Wa-Hi put Chiawana at the free-throw line 37 times here Friday in the girls Class 4A District Championship game.The Riverhawks converted 24 of those free tosses and claimed their third consecutive district title with a 45-36 win.'We were fouling w

Blue Devil boys can't maintain hot start in district loss to Chiawana

Wa-Hi hits four of its first five shots, but falls 52-41 to the Riverhawks to end their season.

PASCO — Wa-Hi hit four of its first five shots from the field here Friday in District boys basketball tournament elimination-game action.But the Blue Devils could not maintain their hot start as Wa-Hi finished 16-of-52 from the floor, and Chiawana prove t

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Wa-Hi swimmers have eyes on State

Wa-Hi boys swim team already has the Columbia Basin Big Nine 4A title, as well as District awards, and now has five members vying for state hardware this weekend

Wa-Hi looks to add to its boys swimming season accolades when the Blue Devils travel to Federal Way and the King County Aquatic Center to open competition Friday at the 2012 Washington state Class 4A swimming championships.

Panthers run past Irish girls, 42-28

Asotin hands top-seed DeSales a District 9 2B loss Tuesday night.

WALLA WALLA — In the rubber match between regular-season Southeast 2B champion DeSales and second-place Asotin, it was the Panthers who went on an 8-0 run to open the second half here Tuesday in the first round of the girls district tournament.The Irish h

Blue Devil girls in rarefied air with win

The Wa-Hi girls advance to the District Championship after cruising to a 52-35 victory over Wenatchee.

WALLA WALLA — Happy Birthday Jill Meliah.Meliah's Wa-Hi girls basketball team presented their coach with a 52-35 victory over Wenatchee here Saturday in the semifinal round of the Columbia Basin Big Nine 4A girls basketball District Tournament.

DeSales defense wears down Walla Walla Valley Academy

The Knights' early lead doesn't hold up as the Irish roll to the 41-24 Southeast 2B victory Tuesday.

COLLEGE PLACE — Emotion carried Walla Walla Valley Academy to an 8-5 lead over first-place DeSales here Tuesday in girls Southeast 2B basketball action.

Knight boys fend off Irish

DeSales rallies from 10 points down to tie the game, but WWVA responds for the 65-50 victory.

COLLEGE PLACE — Following a 3-ball by DeSales' Darryl Galloway with six minutes left in the game, the Irish had come all the way back from a 10-point Walla Walla Valley Academy halftime lead to tie at 41-41 here Tuesday in Southeast 2B boys basketball act

Missionary women thrash Lutes with authority

Whitman has three players break double digits and everyone gets to play in the 64-42 victory.

WALLA WALLA — Rebounding from two straight losses (71-69 to second place Lewis and Clark, and 82-51 to first place George Fox), Whitman bounced back here Friday in women's Northwest Conference basketball action.The Missionaries played everyone, had three

Whitman men roar back to beat PLU Friday

Whitman overcomes an eight-point deficit with time winding down to come back for a 73-68 win.

WALLA WALLA — Whitman trailed Pacific Lutheran 63-55 with 5:35 left to play here Friday in Northwest Conference men's basketball action, but roared back to outscore the Lutes 18-5 the rest of the way and pull out a 73-68 win.'PLU is about as good a basket

Wa-Hi girls rout Cadets

The Blue Devils send their seniors out in style with a 62-32 victory over Big Nine foe Eisenhower Tuesday.

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi celebrated senior night here Tuesday in Columbia Basin Big Nine girls basketball action.

Blue Devil girls down Panthers

Mikayla Ferenz scores 17 and Wenatchee runs cold in the fourth quarter as Wa-Hi hangs on to win, 47-38.

WALLA WALLA — In a battle for second place here Saturday in girls Columbia Basin Big Nine girls basketball action, Wa-Hi scored three triples, the only treys of the game, in the fourth quarter and pulled out a 47-38 win over Wenatchee.The win improves the

Wa-Hi swimmers plow through season of firsts

Austin Garrett leads a Wa-Hi boys swim team towards the state meet in a season with many firsts.

WALLA WALLA — It's been a year of firsts for the Wa-Hi boys swim team.It starts with first-year head coach Katharine Curles. Curles is a 2007 Whitman graduate who swam the backstroke and freestyle for the Missionary swim team. She is not new to the Wa-Hi

DeSales girls hammer Walla Walla Valley Academy

The Irish girls shut out the Knights in the first half and cruise to a 51-14 SE2B victory Tuesday night.

WALLA WALLA — DeSales pitched a first-half shutout here Tuesday in girls Southeast 2B basketball action.Annie Higgins drained a trey 15 seconds into the game and the Irish were off and running. DeSales blanked Walla Walla Valley Academy 27-0 over the firs

Walla Walla Valley Academy boys hold off DeSales

Walla Walla Valley Academy enjoys the last run as the Knights hand DeSales the 65-58 Southeast 2B defeat.

WALLA WALLA — In Southeast 2B boys basketball action here Tuesday, Walla Walla Valley Academy and DeSales combined for six ties and 11 lead changes before the Knights emerged with a 65-58 win.'Basketball is a game of runs," Irish coach Allyn Griffin said.

Turner's Time

Dayton senior guard Garett Turner is part of an undefeated Bulldogs squad ranked fifth in the state and has its sights set on the state championship.

DAYTON — 'Gym rat" is a term of endearment used by basketball coaches to describe that player they have to chase out of the gym after practice and during school breaks. It is a player that lives, breathes and sleeps basketball.Dayton's four-year starting

Waitsburg-Prescott boys bury Irish, 80-40

A week after falling to Asotin, Waitsburg-Prescott demolishes DeSales, shooting 53 percent from the field.

WAITSBURG — Waitsburg-Prescott dropped a Southeast 2B league encounter at Asotin last Saturday, but a week of practice paid dividends here Friday in boys basketball action. W-P connected on 11-of-15 shots from the field to score 31 second-quarter points,

DeSales girls blank W-P in second quarter, win 41-30

Waitsburg-Prescott can't recover Friday night after giving up an 11-0 second-quarter run to the Irish.

WAITSBURG — DeSales blanked Waitsburg-Prescott in the second quarter here Friday in girls Southeast 2B basketball action. W-P led 13-10 after one, but the Irish defense forced nine W-P turnovers, Annie Higgins drained two treys and the Irish went on an 11

Blue Devils trip Cadets

Eisenhower's consistency isn't enough as Wa-Hi's boys win the Big Nine game, 50-32.

WALLA WALLA — Eisenhower was the more consistent team here Tuesday in Columbia Basin Big Nine boys basketball action.The Cadets scored eight points in each quarter to finish with 32 points.

Undefeated Dayton cruises past WWVA

Bulldog boys shut down the Knights' offense as Dayton improves to 9-0 with a 69-44 Southeast 2B victory.

COLLEGE PLACE — Defense Bulldog-style was the story here Thursday in Southeast 2B boys basketball action.Dayton unrolled its defensive intensity to post a 69-44 win over Walla Walla Valley Academy and improve to 9-0 on the season, and 3-0 in league play.

Dayton girls pick up first SE2B victory of season over WWVA

The Bulldogs pull out a 40-33 victory over the Knights with a late 12-4 run.

COLLEGE PLACE — Walla Walla Valley Academy's Hannah Woolever hit a 15-foot jumper with 4:45 left here Thursday in Southeast 2B girls basketball action.Woolever's bucket gave the Knights a 29-28 lead over Dayton, but the Bulldogs responded with a 12-4 run

Blue Devils' defense shuts down Bombers

Wa-Hi's girls open the Columbia Basin Big Nine 4A season with a 40-23 victory over Richland Friday.

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi turned up its defensive intensity here Friday to open the Columbia Basin Big Nine 4A girls basketball league season.The Blue Devils held Richland to 14 percent shooting from the field to overcome 23 turnovers and post a league-opening

Waitsburg-Prescott are state champions

Waitsburg-Prescott takes home its first state championship after defeating Morton-White Pass, 33-7, in the Class 2B title game.

TACOMA — Waitsburg-Prescott football nation donned T-shirts that read 'Who are we?” to open the Washington Class 2B state championship game here Saturday at the Tacoma Dome.Washington now knows who W-P is, as W-P posted a 33-7 win over Morton-White Pass t

Waitsburg-Prescott onward to Finals

Waitsburg-Prescott advances to the 2B championship after cruising past rival Colfax Saturday.

PASCO — With 3:15 left, the Waitsburg-Prescott fans rose en masse to salute the W-P offense here at Edgar Brown Stadium Saturday in Class 2B state semifinal football action.W-P's offense produced 450 yards and six touchdowns and a 42-13 win over previousl

Waitsburg-Prescott marches past L-R

W-P rolls past Lind-Ritzville/Sprague 42-7 in the quarterfinals of the Class 2B state playoffs.

PASCO — Neither cold, rain, sleet, snow, nor Lind-Ritzville/Sprague could keep Waitsburg-Prescott from marching into the semifinals of the state Class 2B football playoffs here at Edgar Brown Stadium Saturday afternoon.W-P forced four Bronco turnovers and

Wa-Hi's Ambler fulfills a dream

Wa-Hi pitcher Alyson Ambler inks a full-ride scholarship to play at Connecticut, fulfilling a dream she's had since she was 11 years old.

WALLA WALLA — Alyson Ambler fulfilled one of her dreams and joined an elite sorority at the Walla Walla Public School offices Tuesday evening.Ambler inked her NCAA Division 1 letter of intent to attend the University of Connecticut on full softball schola

Winning Warriors

Middle hitters Brittany Dominguez and Libby Kern lead the WWCC volleyball team back to the NWAACC Championship Tournament.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College's volleyball team returns to the NWAACC Championship Tournament Thursday after missing the 2010 tournament.The Warriors, 31-8 on the season, are looking for their first championship since 2005.'I'll be surprised

Quick start paces Waitsburg-Prescott past Brewster

Waitsburg-Prescott scores 41 first-half points and rolls to the 48-7 victory to advance to the state quarterfinals.

WAITSBURG — Waitsburg-Prescott scored 41 unanswered first-half points here in opening round Washington state Class 2B football playoff action and rolled to a 48-7 win over Brewster and advances to the quarterfinal round.

Warriors drop East Region title match

WWCC falls to Spokane in a four-set match Wednesday.

WALLA WALLA — In the regular season NWAACC volleyball finale, Walla Walla Community College and Spokane Community College squared off here Wednesday to decide the East Region title.The Warriors battled back from a 10-4 deficit in the first set to take a 2

Wa-Hi's Todorovich now coach at WWU

Former Blue Devil Sara Todorovich played at Arizona State University and Eastern Washington before suffering a shoulder injury.

COLLEGE PLACE — If you are 6-foot-5, there are built in expectations that you should excel at volleyball. If you dedicate your young life to playing, and achieving a high-level of volleyball expertise, then it seems natural that volleyball should take cen

Waitsburg-Prescott flies by Kettle Falls in play-in

Waitsburg-Prescott overcomes an early TD to run away with a 54-21 Distric 7/9 play-in win.

WAITSBURG — Kettle Falls' Jesse Dodson broke a 55-yard touchdown scamper with less than two minutes gone and Waitsburg-Prescott, ranked No. 1 in the Washington state class 2B poll, found itself looking up from a 7-0 hole here Saturday in District 7/9 play

WWCC downs TV; Spokane in sights

The Warriors improve to 10-2 in the East Region, with Big Bend and Spokane up next.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College inched closer to a showdown with Spokane for the East Region title in Wednesday NWAACC volleyball action.The Warriors overcame a slow start in game one, dominated set two, and came from behind in set three to ta

W-P proves pink is no problem

Waitsburg-Prescott wears pink socks and hands T-O-R a 35-0 blanking Friday night.

WAITSBURG – Are you tough enough to wear pink?Waitsburg-Prescott was here Friday in the Southeast 2B football finale. Pink-sock clad W-P, to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness month, W-P finished off a perfect 5-0 SE2B regular season with a 35-0 blanking o

Thriller

The Cowboys wrangle the Razorbacks in the WWYF Super Bowl Saturday.

WALLA WALLA — The Cowboys unleashed a two-edged sword here Saturday in the Walla Walla Youth Football Varsity Super Bowl.Nick Zehner and Mason Knowles led the Cowboys to the title as the Cowboys posted a 41-0 win over the Razorbacks.

DeSales deals Dayton 15-14 SE2B loss

The Irish score last and hold off the Bulldogs in the Southeast 2B-11 showdown at Ty Baffney Field.

WALLA WALLA — Defense was the theme for the DeSales homecoming at Ty Baffney Field Friday in Southeast 2B football action.But it was late offense which defined the Irish's 15-14 victory over Dayton.Dayton marched 68 yards in seven plays as Isaiah Lambert