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Umatilla mercy-rules Pioneer hardballers, 16-5

The Pioneers commit eight errors through six innings of mercy-rule shortened baseball in an unanticipatedly poor debut.

MILTON-FREEWATER — It wasn't the kind of start to the 2012 season that Mac-Hi baseball coach Mike Garcia and his players had in mind.Visiting Umatilla banged out 13 hits and benefited from eight Pioneer errors here Wednesday night during a 16-5 victory at

Pioneer baseball team preps for Greater Oregon League grind

A year after going winless against the Greater Oregon League, Mac-Hi turns up the intensity with the start of baseball season.

MILTON-FREEWATER — There appears to be a different attitude in Mac-Hi baseball circles these days.The Pioneers, who suffered through a winless Greater Oregon League season in 2011, are looking to turn things around against the likes of La Grande, Baker Ci

Mac-Hi sets sights on state title tilt

The Pioneer softball team has high goals after last season's state quarterfinal run.

MILTON-FREEWATER — The goal that the 2012 Mac-Hi softball team wants to attain this season can be summed up with three numbers.6-2-12.To put it another way: June 2, 2012. The day that the Oregon Class 4A state championship game is played at Oregon State

WWCC softball splits with Mount Hood

After losing the first game 1-0, the Warriors rally from a 3-0 deficit to a 4-3 win over Mount Hood in the nightcap.

WALLA WALLA ­— Walla Walla Community College suffered its first defeat of the 2012 softball season Saturday afternoon in the first game of an NWAACC doubleheader at Warrior Field.The Warriors allowed an unearned run in the first inning and managed just th

Warrior women down Cardinals in overtime

The WWCC women now face rival Yakima Valley in the NWAACC semifinals tonight at 8 p.m.

KENNEWICK — Guard Janae Klarich registered two baskets in the final minute of overtime — a layin with 54 seconds remaining and a left-wing jumper with seven seconds on the clock — that lifted Walla Walla Community College to a 72-68 victory over Skagit Va

Warriors sneak past Prairie in twin bill

WWCC slips past Prairie Baseball Academy with 6-5 and 11-8 victories in its season opener.

WALLA WALLA — Mike Paulson dropped a bases-loaded, RBI single into center field to cap a four-run, ninth-inning rally Saturday afternoon as Walla Walla Community College nipped Prairie Baseball Academy, 6-5, in the first game of its season-opening basebal

Waitsburg-Prescott girls go down after dry spell

Waitsburg-Prescott takes a 44-42 lead with three minutes to go but runs dry as Riverside Christian goes on an 8-0 run to end the game.

WALLA WALLA ­— Waitsburg-Prescott's girls could not have picked a worse time to experience a scoring drought.W-P went scoreless in the final three minutes of its Hardwood Classic regional basketball game Saturday night in the Wa-Hi gym and Riverside Chris

Brewster Bears maul Bulldog girls, 71-37

Dayton runs into a brick wall as Brewster scores 29 points off of 20 turnovers in the first half alone.

WALLA WALLA — McKayla Bickelhaupt drained a jumper from the top of the key at the 7:32 mark of the first quarter Saturday night to give Dayton an early lead in its Hardwood Classic regional girls basketball game with Brewster in the Wa-Hi gym.The favored

WWCC nips Timberwolves

WALLA WALLA — Tai Jensen scored 23 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, and Walla Walla Community College made 9-of-10 free throws in the final 1:59 of the game to hold off Blue Mountain for a 76-71 Sophomore Night victory in NWAACC Eastern Region women's basketb

Warrior sophomores celebrate with victory over Blue Mountain

The WWCC men hand Blue Mountain an 88-80 defeat on Sophomore Night at the Dietrich Dome.

WALLA WALLA — Mac Stannard scored 25 points and highlighted a game-ending, 18-4 run with a 3-point field goal with 19 seconds on the clock as Walla Walla Community College celebrated Sophomore Night with an 88-80 victory over Blue Mountain in an NWAACC Ea

Warrior men clinch tourney with victory over No. 1 Spokane

Mac Stannard's late 3-pointer lifts WWCC past first-place Spokane, 80-77, and into the NWAACC Championship Tournament.

WALLA WALLA — Mac Stannard drained a 3-point field goal try with 19.1 seconds left in the second half to give Walla Walla Community College the lead for keeps Wednesday night in an 80-77 NWAACC Eastern Region men's basketball victory over first-place Spok

WWCC women win in pink, clinch NWAACC tourney

Tai Jensen scores 24 points as the Warriors withstand a late rally to defeat Spokane, 62-56, on Breast Cancer Awareness Night.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College post Tai Jensen score a game-high 24 points and the Warriors withstood a second-half surge by Spokane to post a 62-56 victory in NWAACC Eastern Region women's basketball action Wednesday night in the Dietrich Do

WWCC men in second with win over Yakima

The Warriors grab sole possession of second place with the 74-67 victory Wednesday.

WALLA WALLA — Guard Jay Payne made 6-of-13 shots from 3-point land on his way to a 20-point performance that helped lift Walla Walla Community College to a 74-67 victory over No. 8 Yakima Valley in NWAACC Eastern Region men's basketball action Wednesday n

WWCC women knock off Yakima Valley

Tai Jensen's 22 points lead WWCC to a 69-47 win over the defending NWAACC champions.

WALLA WALLA — Sophomore post Tai Jensen recorded a double-double — with game highs of 22 points and 10 rebounds — as Walla Walla Community College stormed its way to a 69-47 victory over defending NWAACC champion Yakima Valley in an Eastern Region women's

Chiawana downs Blue Devil girls, 46-39

Poor shooting plagues both teams, but Wa-Hi misses free throws late to stumble at home.

WALLA WALLA ­­­­­­— Mercades Sparks scored 14 of her 17 points in the second half Saturday night and snagged a game-high 10 rebounds as visiting Chiawana clinched the program's third-consecutive Big Nine Conference girls basketball championship with a 46-

Wa-Hi boys rout Riverhawks

The Blue Devils race to a 27-11 lead after one and pound Chiawana, 76-54.

WALLA WALLA — Six-foot-6 forward Tanner Cranor proved to be too much for the visiting Chiawana Riverhawks to handle during Big Nine Conference boys basketball action Saturday night in the Wa-Hi gym.

Wa-Hi edges Chiefs

The Blue Devil girls struggle against a hapless Moses Lake squad, but come away with a victory.

WALLA WALLA — Saturday's Big Nine Conference girls basketball game between Wa-Hi and Moses Lake in the Blue Devil gym did not figure to be much of a contest.The Blue Devils entered with just one loss in conference play while the Chiefs had just one Big Ni

Warrior men plunder Treasure Valley

Walla Walla Community College builds an early leads then cruises as Dylan Radliff scores 25 points and Dallen Bills notches a double-double.

WALLA WALLA — Dylan Radliff scored a game-high 25 points and teammate Dallen Bills posted a double-double — 22 points and 17 rebounds — to help lead Walla Walla Community College to an 84-70 victory over Treasure Valley in an NWAACC Eastern Region men's b

Walla Walla product interim coach for Ala. A & M

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Former Walla Walla Community College and DeSales baseball star Michael Tompkins has been named the interim head baseball coach at NCAA Division I Alabama A & M University, the school announced Thursday.Tompkins, an assistant coach at th

Wa-Hi crushes Davis in 46-point drubbing

Torri Crawford scores 18 points in the post as the Blue Devil girls dominate Davis, 73-37.

WALLA WALLA — Torri Crawford scored 18 points while MiKayla Ferenz and Maddie Jacobson added 12 and 10, respectively, to lead Wa-Hi to a 73-37 victory over Davis in a Big Nine Conference girls basketball game Friday night in the Blue Devil gym.Crawford ma

Warriors go young, pound Portland

WALLA WALLA — With three sophomores sitting on the bench due to injury or illness, Walla Walla Community College turned to its freshmen Friday night to post a lopsided victory over Portland during NWAACC women's basketball action in the Dietrich Dome.Forw

Irish handle TigerScots for title

DeSales' girls win their Christmas Classic finale, 59-46, over Weston-McEwen Thursday night.

WALLA WALLA — DeSales' inside-outside tandem of Abby Crowley and Annie Higgins proved to be too efficient for Weston-McEwen in the girls championship game of the annual D.A. Davidson Christmas Classic Thursday night on George Ball Court at Sherwood Center

Irish break away from Patriots for 56-25 victory

DeSales hits 8-of-12 shots from the field in the second quarter to cruise to the Christmas Classic final win.

WALLA WALLA — DeSales' boys basketball team made 8-of-12 shots from the field in the second quarter that broke open a tight game and held Liberty Christian to eight baskets on 54 attempts Thursday afternoon in a 56-25 victory during the final session of t

DeSales girls get past Stanfield

The Irish face Weston-McEwen for the D.A. Davidson title tonight after the girls down the Tigers, 32-28, Wednesday night.

WALLA WALLA — DeSales' girls basketball team earned a berth in tonight's championship game of the annual D.A. Davidson Christmas Classic with a 32-28 victory over Stanfield on Wednesday night at Whitman College's George Ball Court in Sherwood Center.The I

Irish girls win, boys fall at Christmas Classic

DeSales' girls rout Echo, while the boys stumble in a loss to the Cougars at Whitman College.

WALLA WALLA — DeSales' girls and boys basketball teams were on opposite ends of one-sided scores against Echo during the opening session of the annual D.A. Davidson Christmas Classic that wrapped up Tuesday night at Whitman College's Sherwood Center.The I

Walla Walla Valley Academy shines over Touchet

Daniel Lomeland scores 34 points and grabs 12 rebounds as Walla Walla Valley Academy takes a 67-37 boys basketball victory over Touchet.

COLLEGE PLACE — Walla Walla Valley Academy's Daniel Lomeland was truly a Knight in shining armor during boys high school basketball action here Tuesday night.Lomeland scored a game-high 34 points and snared a contest-best 12 rebounds as WWVA improved its

Warrior women whip Penguins

The WWCC women ride a 26-4 first-half run to hand visiting Clark an 84-66 defeat Sunday in the Dietrich Dome.

WALLA WALLA — A 26-4 run over a seven-minute stretch midway through the first half catapulted Walla Walla Community College to a 35-14 lead and the Warriors never looked back in an 84-66 victory over Clark in NWAACC women's basketball action Sunday aftern

Kennewick beats Wa-Hi boys

Kennewick's Bryce Leavitt drains 30 points as the Lions edge out the Blue Devils, 71-63 Saturday night.

WALLA WALLA — A pair of devastating scoring runs — 10-3 to end the first half and 18-2 to conclude the third quarter — doomed the Wa-Hi boys basketball team on Saturday night in the Blue Devil gym.So did Kennewick's Bryce Leavitt.The 6-foot-4 senior guard

Wa-Hi girls leave tread marks on Pasco in 57-17 rout

The Blue Devils start 18-0 and don't look back in the run-away victory Friday night.

WALLA WALLA - Wa-Hi placed 11 players in the scoring column Friday night during a girls high school basketball matchup with Pasco in the Blue Devil gym.The Blue Devils led 12-0 after one quarter and 18-0 by the 6:35 mark of period two in a 57-17 rout of t

Blue Devil girls enjoy scoring party against Pasco

Eleven Wa-Hi players get in the scoring column during rout of Bulldogs.

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi placed 11 players in the scoring column Friday night during a girls high school basketball matchup with Pasco in the Blue Devil gym.The Blue Devils led 12-0 after one quarter and 18-0 by the 6:35 mark of period two in a 57-17 rout of t

Pomeroy's season ends in 46-6 loss

Almira-Coulee-Hartline ends the Pirates playoff run with a mercy-rule victory in the Class 1B semifinals.

PASCO — It took top-ranked Almira-Coulee-Hartline just 12 seconds to break out on top of Pomeroy during Class 1B state semifinal football action Saturday afternoon at Edgar Brown Stadium.Cody McCleary returned the opening kickoff 70 yards for a touchdown

Pomeroy scores early, often in rout of Wellpinit

The Pirates improve to 10-1 and face undefeated Almira-Coulee-Hartline next weekend in the state semifinals.

PASCO — Mercy! Mercy! Mercy!Running back Tory Knebel scored six touchdowns — five rushing and one on a punt return — here Saturday afternoon as Pomeroy forced its second straight playoff opponent into submission during a 68-24 victory over Wellpinit in a

TigerScots still perfect with playoff romp

Weston-McEwen rolls to a 48-14 victory over Knappa, and now plays Kennedy on Saturday.

ATHENA — Running back Elliot Salter gained 122 yards, ran for two touchdowns and caught another Saturday afternoon as No. 5-ranked Weston-McEwen kept its unblemished record intact with a 48-14 victory over Knappa in the opening round of the Oregon Class 2

Cougars avenge loss to DeSales

White Swan ends the Irish season with a 34-20 victory in the opening round of the state 2B playoffs.

WHITE SWAN — Running back Niko Nanez rushed for three touchdowns and 6-foot-3, 320-pound fullback Tony Picard ran in two more scores here Friday night to lead White Swan to a 34-20 victory over DeSales in the opening round of the Washington Class 2B state

Irish squeak by Reardan in OT to advance

DeSales prevents the Indians' 2-point conversion attempt in overtime to take the 35-34 victory Friday.

WALLA WALLA — On a night when visiting Reardan gained 326 yards rushing, the DeSales Irish defense came up with the big play to keep its season alive.The Irish stuffed Indians' running back Johnny Kieffer on a 2-point conversion try that preserved a 35-34

Blue Devils face finale against Rogers

Wa-Hi has one more chance to put a win in the record books against the Pirates Friday in Spokane.

WALLA WALLA — Heading into play a week ago, both the Wa-Hi and Rogers football teams had at least one thing in common.Neither had won a game.But that changed when the Pirates downed Greater Spokane League rival Shadle Park, 30-27.

Irish handle Jags in Holy Bowl, 54-14

The annual matchup sees DeSales QB Jeremiah Cox throw four TDs and RB Lucas Fazzari run for three more.

WALLA WALLA — The second annual Holy Bowl football game proved to be anything but a heavenly experience for the visiting Tri-Cities Prep Jaguars on Friday night.Quarterback Jeremiah Cox threw four touchdown passes and running back Lucas Fazzari rushed for

Blue Devils face the general Friday

Wa-Hi has one final chance to earn a league win against playoff- bound Eisenhower.

WALLA WALLA — A Friday night contest at playoff-bound Eisenhower will provide the Wa-Hi Blue Devil football team with one final opportunity to post a 2011 victory over a Big Nine Conference 4A opponent.As they have in most of their matchups this season,

Blue Devils in battle of beatens with Chiefs

Wa-Hi has its best chance yet to pick up a win as neither Moses Lake nor the Blue Devils have won this season.

WALLA WALLA — If there was ever a football matchup where one could suggest that something has got to give, it's Wa-Hi's Big Nine Conference 4A contest at Moses Lake on Friday night.Neither the Blue Devils nor the Chiefs have won a game and both teams are

Bombers dampen Devils' homecoming

Richland sets the tone early and hands Wa-Hi the 31-15 defeat in the last home game of the season for the Blue Devils.

WALLA WALLA — Sophomore quarterback Zack Whitby ran for two scores and passed for another Friday night as Richland put a damper on Wa-Hi's homecoming and last regular-season home game with a 31-15 victory in Big Nine Conference 4A football action at soggy

Rested Blue Devils need homecoming win against Richland

Wa-Hi may tweak its starting lineups as the Blue Devils look for a spark against Richland.

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi and Richland have one thing in common heading into their Big Nine Conference 4A football game Friday night at Borleske Stadium.The two sides need a win in the worst way. Wa-Hi, to at least break into the victory column, and Richland, t

Wa-Hi looks to improve during bye

The bye provides opportunities to review and learn from rough start to season.

WALLA WALLA — It will be another week before the Wa-Hi Blue Devils host Big Nine Conference 4A rival Richland in their final regular-season home game at Borleske Stadium.But minus the shortened practice sessions — from two hours to 90 minutes — it was bus

Pirates pull away from Blue Devils

Davis scores three quick second-quarter touchdowns to overcome Wa-Hi's 7-0 lead and spark the 41-16 victory.

WALLA WALLA — The final four minutes and change of the first half of Friday night's Big Nine Conference 4A football game between Wa-Hi and Davis at Borleske Stadium illustrated why the Blue Devils have yet to win a game this season and the Pirates are und

Devils to take on undefeated Davis

Wa-Hi will 'need to play with confidence” as the biggest test of the season approaches against Davis.

WALLA WALLA - If there was ever a high school football matchup that looked like a mismatch on paper, Friday night's Big Nine Conference 4A contest between Wa-Hi and Davis - scheduled for 7:30 at Borleske Stadium - appears to be just that.The Blue Devils a

Wa-Hi football gets blown out by Chiawana

Riverhawks RB Jordan Downing rushes for 238 yards and QB Joey Zamora throws four touchdowns in the rout.

PASCO — Fourth-ranked Chiawana scored touchdowns on five of six first-half possessions and amassed 517 yards of offense during a 56-24 victory over Wa-Hi in Big Nine 4A football action Friday night at Edgar Brown Stadium. Running back Jordan Downing rushe

Blue Devils prep for Chiawana

The Devils will need everything they can muster when facing the reigning Big Nine 4A champions.

WALLA WALLA — Starting a season 0-3 would mean a steady drop in morale for a lot of high school football teams.Despite setbacks to Hermiston, Southridge and Wenatchee, that doesn't appear to be the case at Wa-Hi.'These kids are awesome. They're great,” Wa

PHOTO GALLERY - Panthers hand Blue Devils 28-17 loss

Wenatchee scores 19 first-quarter points, and 16 more in the fourth, for the Big Nine Class 4A victory at Borleske Stadium.

WALLA WALLA — Wenatchee backup quarterback Dillon Sugg completed just one of his first eight pass attempts Friday night in the Panthers' Big Nine Conference 4A football opener with Wa-Hi at Borleske Stadium.But a pair of fourth-quarter tosses more than ma

‘Resilient' Blue Devils face Panthers

Wa-Hi coach Eric Hisaw is impressed with his squad's practice in preparation for Wenatchee.

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi may be 0-2 in the early stages of the 2011 high school football season, but you wouldn't have known it if you had been on the Walla Walla High School campus this week for any of the team's practice sessions leading up to Friday's Big N

Suns burn Blue Devils in 42-22 win

Southridge quarterback Matt Mendenhall lives up to his billing, throwing for five first-half TDs in the victory.

KENNEWICK — Wa-Hi head football coach Eric Hisaw described Southridge quarterback Matt Mendenhall as 'the real deal” and added he 'may be the best we see all year” in the days leading up to Friday night's clash between the two Big Nine high schools at Lam

Warrior men coast past South Puget Sound

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College shook off a slow start, netted six first-half goals, and coasted to a 7-0 victory over South Puget Sound in NWAACC men's soccer action Saturday afternoon at Warrior Field.The Warriors are now 4-1 on the season a