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  • In need of a tow

    Updated Jun 17, 2024

    "Tugboat Timmy" tows the Monkey Business, driven by Mark Toombs and navigated by Amy Hensley, sprint boat back to the pits Saturday after the vessel stalled on the race course at Webb Slough in St. John. Thousands of fans braved cold, rainy weather to watch the high-speed action. For more on Sprint Boat racing, see Page 9....

  • Junior Rodeo action

    Updated Jun 17, 2024

    Aspiring cowboys and cowgirls turned out Saturday and Sunday, June 8-9 for the Junior Rodeo at the Palouse Empire Fairgrounds in Colfax....

  • I had a good reason

    Dale Anderson|Updated Jun 17, 2024

    I find it interesting how we determine who our favorite players are. I know that as a young Dodger fan that lived in a home with other Dodger fans it was easy to have Maury Wills, Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale as your go to favorites. But when it came to the NBA it was different in the 1960s. There weren’t a lot of college or even NBA games on TV. I know that today we have ESPN, TNT, ABC and may other ways of watching basketball games so a young fan can gravitate to watching g...

  • Sprint boats hit Webb's Slough

    The Journal|Updated Jun 17, 2024

    ST. JOHN - Thousands of sprint boat race fans braved what felt like four seasons of weather on Saturday, June 15, to watch the high-speed action at Webb's Slough. A cold wind blew as rain hit the slough early in the day, followed by a break in the weather with blue skies. Throughout most of the day, the temperature hovered in the mid-40s, prompting spectators to don coats and wrap themselves in blankets in the blustery weather. The cold weather brings increased air density,...

  • Combine combat

    Updated Jun 11, 2024

    Lind Lion's Club arena filled with combine derby and race fans Friday and Saturday. The event included car, pickup and grain truck races, as well as the main event, the Lind Lion's Combine Derby. For more on the Combine Derby, see Page 8....

  • There is hard work ahead

    Dale Anderson|Updated Jun 11, 2024

    A couple of months ago I was asked by several 8th grade boys that I had the opportunity to coach the last two falls and winters if I would give the promotion address for their class. Now these are 14 year olds so I told them that if they were serious I would certainly do it. Well it turns out they were serious and now it was my turn to put together some words of wisdom. I also had the opportunity to substitute teach for these classes when they were in 6th and 7th grade so I...

  • Lind hosts 35th annual combine derby

    Matthew Strissel, Journal reporter|Updated Jun 11, 2024

    LIND - Thousands of fans turned out Saturday, June 8, to witness the destruction of farm equipment during the 35th annual Lind Lion's Club Combine Derby. Weekend festivities also featured a car show, parade through town, a barbecue in the park, car racing, and pickup and grain truck races, including an Australian Pursuit and powder puff races. For photos of the parade, see Page 7. The weekend was capped off with a live performance Fred Bauer band in the arena. The Combine...

  • Now it's official

    Dale Anderson|Updated Jun 4, 2024

    It has been quite a year for the Pac 12 from football until the final baseball tournament that ended last week. The Arizona Wildcats defeated the USC Trojans 4-3 to earn the last Pac 12 title. Two days later on May 27th, Bill Walton passed away after a battle with cancer. Walton was a basketball announcer or more accurately a color commentator. And yes he was definitely colorful. Like most listeners, you either liked Walton or put your TV on mute when he would go off on a...

  • Combine Derby set for Lind

    Roger Harnack, The Journal|Updated Jun 4, 2024

    LIND — The town will roar to life this weekend as the annual Lind Grand Parade and Combine Derby return to town. The action begins Friday with car and pickup truck racing. Locals and visitors alike with “run what they brung” to Lion’s Club Arena on state Highway 21. Racing is set to begin at 6 p.m. As of press time, racers were still able to get registered for the event by calling Eric Lund at 509-677-3432. Expect racers from across Whitman, Franklin, Adams, Lincoln, Spokane and other counties to be among the field. Saturda...

  • Free fishing weekend on tap for June 8-9

    The Journal|Updated Jun 4, 2024

    OTHELLO – Dust off those rods and reels and head to the PotHoles this Saturday and Sunday, June 8-9, for a free fishing weekend. In accordance with the law creating the paid Discover Pass, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife is opening up state waters for fishing without a license. Trout and warm water species may be caught and kept, as can shad. But fish requiring a catch card — salmon, steelhead and sturgeon, to name a few — still require an angler to have a license, officials said. State rules on size and daily catch...

  • Be respectful

    Dale Anderson|Updated May 28, 2024

    The NCAA basketball tournament ended the first week in April. The all-time leading scorer in NCAA history is Cailtlin Clark from the Iowa Hawkeyes. She and her teammates were runner ups to the National Champions two years in a row. Clark, the three point making machine was selected number one in the WNBA draft by the Indiana Fever Now because of Clark the ratings for the tournament semi-final and final were record setting. People wanted to watch her play. Some for her success...

  • Broncos medal at state

    Roger Harnack, The Journal|Updated May 28, 2024

    YAKIMA - Several Lind-Ritzville/Sprague tracksters brought medals home from the state 2B meet at Zaepfel Stadium from May 23-25. Zoe Galbreath posted the highest finish for the Broncos, finishing second and bringing home a silver medal in the pole vault. Zach Klein paced the boys, taking third-place and bringing home bronze in the 400-meter with a time of 52.43. Klein just missed a medal in the boys 200-meter, where he finished ninth in the preliminaries with a time of 23.30,...

  • Broncos softball see season slip away

    Jake Hull, The Journal|Updated May 28, 2024

    YAKIMA – The Lind-Ritzville/Sprague Broncos softball team watched its season end with a 6-4 loss, Friday, May 24, in the opening round of the state tournament at the Gateway Sports Complex. After taking an early lead in the game, the score was tied at two until late. Warden would score in the bottom of the sixth inning to control the game. Ritzville would add two runs in the seventh inning, however, Warden would score again, taking the two-run victory, and knocking the B...

  • Broncos qualify for state track

    The Journal|Updated May 21, 2024

    YAKIMA - Several Broncos are headed to the state track meet this coming weekend following a solid performance in the regional championships May 18 on Jimmie Snider Field. Zach Klein, Brody Boness, Shawn Steinberger, Brock Kinch, Damon Schilling and Bridger Moore will represent the Lind-Ritzville/Sprague boys at the state meet Thursday through Saturday, May 23-25, at Eisenhower High School's Zaepfel Stadium, located at the intersection of South 40th Avenue and Tieton Drive. For...

  • Another big weekend

    Dale Anderson|Updated May 21, 2024

    Last Wednesday and Saturday Lind Ritzville High School hosted the state regional track meet at Jimmie Snider Field and our wonderful track. 1B and 2B teams from Districts 7 and 9 were at the event with top individuals and relay teams heading to the state meet at Eisenhower High School in Yakima this Friday and Saturday. Adam Dirks and I were at the triple jump on Wednesday and the long jump on Saturday. We manned the pit with the help of several high school track team members...

  • Golfers go to state

    Updated May 21, 2024

    Two Lind-Ritzville/Sprague golfers are competing in the state tournament May 21-22 at Tumwater Valley Golf Club. Lance Williamson, left, and Beau Fode flank Coach Jack Welker at a high school send-off last week. According to Athletic Director Dustin Arlt, a practice round was scheduled for Monday, May 20. Competitors who finished in the top half of a field of roughly 60 golfers Tuesday qualified to compete in the final round Wednesday. Williamson placed eighth at district...

  • Broncos softball head to state

    Jake Hull, The Journal|Updated May 21, 2024

    RITZVILLE – The Lind-Ritzville/Sprague Broncos enacted revenge on the Asotin Panthers by winning a winner-to-state game 16-2, advancing the Broncos to state. The district tournament was played on Tuesday, May 14, in Spokane at Dwight Merkel Complex. The first game for the Broncos was against Asotin, where the Broncos took the 8-5 victory, knocking Asotin to the losers bracket. The Broncos out-hit the Panthers 12-6 in the game, leading to their three-run differential. Hannah T...

  • Othello City League volleyball registration to close

    The Journal|Updated May 21, 2024

    OTHELLO – A final call for the city adult co-ed volleyball league has been sounded. The city’s annual league will see a closing deadline of Friday, May 24, this week. This year’s first season of adult volleyball will only consist of a maximum of 12 teams, which are encouraged to consist of three men and three women. The Othello Parks and Recreation Department advises that if teams cannot consist of an evenly split three men and three women, teams should attempt to balance with a line up of the following: • Thee men and two...

  • Williamson qualifies for state

    The Journal|Updated May 14, 2024

    TUMWATER — At least Lind-Ritzville/Sprague golfer will compete for a state title this week. Lance Williamson placed eighth in the district golf tournament Wednesday, May 2, at Meadowwood Golf Course in Liberty Lake. Williamson will play again May 21-22 at Tumwater Valley Golf Club, 4611 S.E. Tumwater Valley Drive, Tumwater, in the 1B/2B state boys and girls golf championships. And with a little luck, he won’t be the lone Bronco on the course. Beau Fode finished 18th at districts, good enough to earn a state-alternate des...

  • Great job!

    Dale Anderson|Updated May 14, 2024

    I can remember years ago when athletes were often called dumb jocks. Oh there were a few that struggled to stay eligible but for the most part players had to understand football or basketball plays, or baseball signals in order for the team to succeed. Our quarterbacks called the plays not like the coaches do today. We had to know the offense backwards and forwards and what we needed to do against this team’s defense which was different than last week’s defense. In bas...

  • Girls playing this week at district

    The Journal|Updated May 14, 2024

    SPOKANE — The Lind-Ritzville/Sprague girls are still alive in the fastpitch playoffs picture this week. District tournament play was set to begin Tuesday, May 14, at Dwight Merkel Sports Complex, 5701 N. Assembly St. The No. 4-ranked Broncos were schedule to open the tournament against No. 5 Asotin at 4 p.m. The two teams split when they faced off earlier this season in Ritzville. The winner was slated to advance to the district semifinals against the winner of the Jenkins (Chewelah) versus Liberty (Spangle) game at 6 p.m. T...

  • Three golf at district

    The Journal|Updated May 7, 2024

    LIBERTY LAKE — Three Broncos have advanced to Day 2 of the district golf tournament. Lance Williamson, Beau Fode and Jase Bowman are playing today, Wednesday, May 2, in the state qualifier at Meadowwood Golf Course, 24501 E. Valleyway Ave. The 1B/2B boys and girls state golf championships are set for May 21-22 at Tumwater Valley Golf Club, 4611 S.E. Tumwater Valley Drive, Tumwater....

  • Track team competes at league meet

    The Journal|Updated May 7, 2024

    COLFAX - The Lind-Ritzville/Sprague boys finished fifth in the league track meet April 30, but the Bronco girls could only muster a ninth-place finish. The local boys tied for fifth with Jenkins (Chewelah) with 58 points each. St. George's won with 109 points, followed by Reardan with 95. Colfax was third with 73 and Davenport fourth with 71. In the girls division, the Broncos score 36 points to edge only Colfax with 32. The girls team title was won by Davenport with 159 point...

  • The Coaching Conundrum

    Dale Anderson|Updated May 7, 2024

    It seems that every year there is an issue concerning coaches. By that I mean coaches decide to retire from coaching; coach another sport; take some time off; take a job in another district or fill in the blank reason. For colleges the transfer portal and NIL have definitely been part of the reasoning to move on from coaching especially guys like Roy Williams, Coach K from Duke and Nick Saban. Kids are looking at more money and more playing time because if they get more...

  • Locals brave the rain for Bloomsday

    Dale Brown, The Journal|Updated May 7, 2024

    RITZVILLE — Twenty-two local residents were among the estimated 27,885 people competing in this year’s 48th annual Bloomsday run on Sunday, May 5. The 7.46-mile course (12 kilometers) left many wet to the bone as they slogged the slippery streets of Spokane in a constant downpour and 45-degree temperatures. 1. Along the course, participants were regaled by bands singing gospel songs, accordion players and drummers playing folk tunes, rock’n’ rollers belting out oldies and pro-Palestinian protesters chanting their favorit...

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