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 By Roger Harnack    Sports

WIAA postpones football, volleyball, boys' soccer

RENTON -- Fall is usually synonymous with prep football and volleyball in rural Eastern Washington. Not this year. Due to the coronavirus scare, the Washington Interscholastic... — Updated 7/21/2020


Ritzville rodeo canceled

RITZVILLE — Less than a week after nearby Basin City hosted it’s Freedom Rodeo, the Ritzville Rodeo Association is pulling the plug on the 51st Pro-West Labor Day Weekend Rodeo here. “The Ritzville Rodeo Association is sad... — Updated 7/10/2020

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Basin City bucks state's reopening denial

BASIN CITY -- Local cowboys are buckin' the state's rejection of reopening Franklin County as the Fourth of July approaches. Despite the state's rejection of Phase 2 reopening in the wake of the coronavirus, residents are planning... — Updated 6/23/2020

 By Drew Lawson    Sports

Reardan basketball coach resigns

REARDAN – A basketball coach for the Reardan School District will not be returning in the coming year, following an investigation that he made inappropriate race-based comments to a student. Coach Damon Dewey was investigated by... — Updated 9/2/2020

 By Dale Anderson    Sports

Playing for the crowd

I’m not sure where to start, or if it even matters anymore. For those of you keeping track, the Stanley Cup playoffs are on the air. The NBA is playing their games in Florida.... — Updated 8/13/2020

 By Drew Lawson    Sports

Big Sky pushes conference season to fall

OGDEN, Utah — A conference football season in which Big Sky powers Montana, Montana State and Weber State were slated to visit Eastern Washington University's newly-turfed Roos... — Updated 8/7/2020

 By Drew Lawson    Sports

WIAA adds fourth sports season

RENTON – Last week, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association created a fourth sports season to accommodate concerns over close contact high school fall sports like football and wrestling. This week, it moved all... — Updated 8/6/2020

 By Dale Anderson    Sports

Long, strange trip

It seems forever ago when the state basketball tournament played out in Spokane. Sure, we were aware of the C-19, but felt pretty good since there were a couple of guys... — Updated 8/6/2020

 By Katie Teachout    Sports

Shooting hoops beats sitting home

RITZVILLE – Basketball coach Dustan Arlt said about 20 boys signed up for summer camp, comprised of small groups of athletes practicing at Gilson Gymnasium. “At least 15 kids... — Updated 7/24/2020

 By The Journal    Sports

End of summer camps bring about the at-home workout

RITZVILLE – Summer camps ended July 16, until further notice, for volleyball, basketball and football athletes. “As coaches, we encourage all athletes to do some workouts at home for physical health, as well as mental... — Updated 7/23/2020

 By Dale Anderson    Sports

The Boys of Summer

We are almost there. Baseball is back starting Thursday, for a 60-game shortened season. Some of us remember the strike shortened season of 1994 when there was no World Series.... — Updated 7/23/2020

 By Katie Teachout    Sports

Shooting contests boost competition

RITZVILLE – Steve Wellsandt said COVID-19 restrictions have limited his training options for girls at their summer basketball camp, so he's focused on the drills allowed. "They... — Updated 7/23/2020

 By Katie Teachout    Sports

Focus on form

RITZVILLE – At a volleyball camp Thursday afternoon, Coach Cari Galbreath filmed her athletes doing individual drills, then went over the footage with them to critique their form... — Updated 7/23/2020

 By Dale Anderson    Sports

Expensive speech

I’ve been talking to a few people and they say to me, “Must be hard finding something to write about isn’t it?” When it gets down to sports topics it sure seems that way.... — Updated 7/15/2020

 By Katie Teachout    Sports

WIAA pushes fall sports back two weeks

RENTON – The WIAA (Washington Interscholastic Activities Association) met July 7 and pushed back the start of fall high school sports by two weeks. Football, previously scheduled... — Updated 7/14/2020


Fish and Wildlife employees on furlough Friday

OLYMPIA — Most state Department of Fish and Wildlife employees will be furloughed Friday, July 17, to reduce agency expenses in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The furlough day is the third of four planned — the fourth... — Updated 7/14/2020

 By Katie Teachout    Sports

WIAA pushes fall sports back two weeks

RENTON — The WIAA (Washington Interscholastic Activities Association) met July 7 and pushed back the start of fall high school sports by two weeks. Football, previously scheduled... — Updated 7/13/2020


Kahlotus Pool remains closed

KAHLOTUS - City officials are keeping the municipal swimming pool closed due to the coronavirus-related quarantines imposed by Gov. Jay Inslee. Officials said they will not reopen... — Updated 7/13/2020

 By Dale Anderson    Sports

Choose your side

It is hard to imagine that any team that is playing today doesn’t have a uniform to wear. Not only that but all of the extra needed items like shin guards for soccer or sweat... — Updated 7/10/2020


Agency restricts campfires

SPOKANE — The state Department of Fish and Wildlife has temporarily restricted campfires and other activities at wildlife areas and water access areas managed by the department, east of the Cascades. The restrictions, which... — Updated 7/10/2020


Sign up for school sports

RITZVILLE — Lind-Ritzville High School students who may be interested in playing sports in the coming school year are asked to sign up on FinalForms through the school website. “It is the best and only good way for our coaches... — Updated 7/10/2020

 By Katie Teachout    Sports

Athletics camps uncertain

RITZVILLE — Athletic summer camps are still uncertain for the Lind-Ritzville School District. “Like many of you, we have more questions than answers in regards to summer camps,” athletic director Greg Whitmore said. “We... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By Katie Teachout    Sports

Skateboard time

Jose Huirtron, left, goes for a boardslide on the rail and Kyle Jurun rides a manual over pyramid June 17.... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By Katie Teachout    Sports

Grandstands get a facelift

RITZVILLE - Lind-Ritzville School District employees Gale Gardner, Zach Gardner and Brady Wahl prepped the Broncos grandstand for a new coat of paint two weeks ago;... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By Dale Anderson    Sports

Child's play

There is a lot of back and forth as to how the sports seasons should begin again. Since we have so many positive tests for COVID-19 (C-19) it is presumed that we will never be free... — Updated 7/1/2020


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