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 By Drew Lawson    Sports

Reardan girls come back to top LRS

SPOKANE VALLEY-In typical Reardan fashion, the girls' loser-out game against No. 6 Lind-Ritzville/Sprague wasn't always pretty. But the senior leadership of Ayden Krupke and Madi De... — Updated 2/25/2022

 By Drew Lawson    Sports

Ritzville boys knock Davenport from districts

SPOKANE VALLEY – Two nights ago, No. 3 Davenport was a controversial no-call away from upsetting No. 2 Colfax, advancing to the district finals and earning an automatic berth to s... — Updated 2/22/2022

 By Drew Lawson    Sports

District 7 2B Tournament second round turns out one upset

Spokane Valley--The second round of the District 7 2B Tournament featured two overtime contests, mostly expected results and one surprising result that affected the outlook of the... — Updated 2/16/2022

 By Drew Lawson    Sports

Bronco girls open district tournament with win

SPOKANE VALLEY – A thin, eight-man roster wasn’t too much of a hindrance for No. 6 Lind-Ritzville/Sprague in the first round of the District 7 2B girls basketball tournament... — Updated 2/15/2022

 By Drew Lawson    Sports

District 7 2B bracket set

Spokane Valley--The basketball postseason has arrived in the Northeast 2B League, with all 11 boys and girls teams earning their spots in the double-elimination tournament... — Updated 2/10/2022

 By Drew Lawson    News

Arrest made for Sprague burglary

SPRAGUE – A Tyler man is being held in the Lincoln County Jail on $15,000 bail in connection to a burglary at a Sprague address. Bruce Paul Havens, 48, who resides on the 25400 block of South Columbia Basin Highway south of... — Updated 12/22/2021

 By Drew Lawson    Sports

2B playoffs letdown

Last week, the WIAA unveiled its state tournament allocations for fall sports. These allocations determine how many teams each district gets to send to the state playoffs in these sports, which around here, include football,... — Updated 10/12/2021

 By Drew Lawson    Sports

Broncos take narrow win

DAVENPORT – The hometown Gorillas marched the ball up and down the field in Friday night's contest against the No. 9 ranked Lind-Ritzville/Sprague Broncos, being stopped from scor... — Updated 9/16/2021

 By Drew Lawson    Sports

Gorillas drop heartbreaker to Lind-Ritzville/Sprague

DAVENPORT--The hometown Gorillas marched the ball up and down the field in Friday night's contest against the No. 9 ranked Lind-Ritzville/Sprague Broncos, being stopped from... — Updated 9/16/2021

 By Drew Lawson    Sports

Preps athletes will see new masking guidelines

DAVENPORT – Masks will still be a part of sports this year, but face covering rules won’t be as restrictive to start the 2021-22 school year. The state Department of Health released new guidelines that mandate masks in some... — Updated 8/17/2021

 By Drew Lawson    Neighbors

Retired professor and Sprague resident writes new book

SPRAGUE – Dr. Youself El-Kaddar’s new book, “Doorways,” has been several decades in the making. Ever since he was a boy, El-Kaddar had explored his and his family’s... — Updated 8/17/2021

 By Drew Lawson    News

Coombs leads Sprague mayoral race

SPRAGUE — The mayoral primary race has one candidate holding a solid position to advance to the Nov. 2 general election, while the second spot is hotly contested between three candidates. M. Shawn Coombs has 48 votes upon early... — Updated 8/3/2021

 By Drew Lawson    News

Sheriff charged for DUI coverup

DAVENPORT – Lincoln County Sheriff Wade Magers faces criminal charges for reportedly preventing DUI charges for his son. Magers is scheduled for an arraignment in Lincoln County District Court on July 7 for obstructing a law... — Updated 6/15/2021

 By Drew Lawson    News

The hunt for space junk is on

DAVENPORT – "BOOM!" What sounded like a bomb going off to Sami Guhlke hit the sky's soundwaves as the Reardan resident walked with her dog to pick up eggs from her family farm's c... — Updated 5/4/2021

 By Drew Lawson    Sports

'Mudbowl Jamboree'

REARDAN— Football was back in muddy, jamboree form Monday, Feb. 22, as the Reardan Indians hosted the Davenport Gorillas and Lind-Ritzville/Sprague Broncos for varsity and junior... — Updated 2/25/2021

 By Drew Lawson    Sports

Davenport offense, Reardan's Nelson stand out at jamboree

REARDAN—Football was back in jamboree form Monday, Feb. 22, as the Reardan Indians hosted the Davenport Gorillas and Lind-Ritzville/Sprague Broncos for varsity and junior varsity jamboree-style scrimmages. Each varsity offense... — Updated 2/24/2021

 By Drew Lawson    Sports

Broncos sweep Gorillas in first match of the season

DAVENPORT — The Lind-Ritzville/Sprague Broncos came to town and used strong serve attacks and solid defense to sweep Davenport (0-1) in three sets, 25-13, 25-20, 25-10. It was... — Updated 2/22/2021


WIAA Executive Board revises Season 1 sports

RITZVILLE – Greg Whitmore, Lind-Ritzville Athletic Director and WIAA Executive Board member, hosted a teleconference Jan. 6 to answer questions about what new state guidelines mean for athletics in the state and for athletes at... — Updated 1/14/2021

 By Drew Lawson    News

71 Eastern Washington school leaders sign letter asking for return of extra-curricular activities

REARDAN--71 school superintendents, principals and athletic directors across Eastern Washington, including 20 from Lincoln County, have signed onto a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee, the... — Updated 12/22/2020

 By Drew Lawson    News

WIAA delays start of winter sports

RENTON-The pandemic has struck another blow to local athletics. The WIAA voted to delay the start of winter sports to Feb. 1, 2021 and shorten each sports season to seven weeks... — Updated 11/22/2020

 By Drew Lawson    News

More guidelines issued by WIAA

RENTON—More tweaks have come to the benchmarks for playing high school sports, as the WIAA updated its return-to-play guidelines Oct. 6 following new guidance given by Gov. Jay Inslee. Sports have been grouped into three categori... — Updated 10/7/2020

 By Drew Lawson    News

STCU may acquire Umpqua branches in Medical Lake, Ritzville

SPOKANE – A banking company with 24 locations in Eastern Washington and North Idaho may be expanding even further. STCU is seeing approval to acquire four new Umpqua Bank locations, including the banks in Medical Lake and... — Updated 10/1/2020

 By Drew Lawson    Sports

P.E. looks different in a pandemic-affected world

RITZVILLE – Physical education is important for students. It provides a chance to not only develop physical fitness, but has been shown to be beneficial for mental and emotional needs as well. However, when social gatherings are... — Updated 9/24/2020

 By Drew Lawson    News

Ammo shortfall result of rising gun sales, virus shutdowns

DAVENPORT – Gun owners anticipating the fall hunting season or hoping to get in some target practice are having more difficulty than normal acquiring the ammunition necessary to operate their firearms. National media reported in... — Updated 9/24/2020


Wolffy's Burgers to host fundraiser benefitting fire victims

AIRWAY HEIGHTS—The two families that lost homes in the Bartholomew and Christensen fires Aug. 27 and Sept. 7, respectively will soon be getting some assistance from the... — Updated 9/16/2020


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