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 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports    July 20, 2017 

Cannons return to state tourney

As he usually is, Cory Wagner was his productive self in the Spokane Cannon's American Legion AAA district seeding game against Gonzaga Prep. But Prep's Nick Drynan was equal to the effort the...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports    July 20, 2017 

Medical Lake's Cooper collects 'Wally' win

Justin Cooper of Medical Lake drove to an elapsed time of 8.907 seconds at 172.11 miles-per-hour to defeat Joe Kapler of Tacoma (8.891, 167.87) and win the Super Comp title July 16 in a National Hot R...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Opinion    July 13, 2017

The Apple harvest has been pretty phenomenal

While having to dodge yet another phone-fixated robot stepping off the curb recently, it got me thinking. Just when did the world seem to turn the page from gazing intently into a 4-inch by 2-inch piece of plastic to noticing if two tons of steel...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports    July 13, 2017

Cheney Rodeo champs give all fans taste of the action

Top competitors and eventual champions spread their best performances over all three days of the 50th edition of the Cheney Rodeo last week. Friday efforts held true for two more days in bareback and...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports    July 13, 2017

Big putt rewards Vijarro with 2017 Lilac Invite title

His putter got hot at just the right time and helped Andrew Vijarro earn the victory - and the $10,000 that went with it - in the 54th annual Lilac City Invitational July 9 at The Fairways Golf Course...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports    July 13, 2017

Cannons prep for playoffs following Whitefish tourney win

A year ago the Spokane Cannons used a solid second-place finish at the Whitefish tournament to propel them through their local league season, playoffs and on to the state AAA American Legion tournament. This year they will have the added impetus of a...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports    July 13, 2017

West plains rodeo and golf are minutes, miles and worlds apart

To get from Bi-Mart Arena to The Fairways Golf Course is a five-mile drive that takes just about 10 minutes. But in many respects what took place at those respective West Plains sports venues last weekend might as well have been a half a world, or...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports    July 13, 2017

Medical Lake American Legion season ends in playoffs

The conclusion of the Medical Lake AA American Legion baseball season was relatively quick. Losses on Saturday, July 8 at Al K. Jackson Field in Spokane, 16-1 to University and 13-10 to East Valley...

 By Paul Delaney    Photos    July 13, 2017

Summer baseball fades in ML

The Medical Lake AA American Legion baseball team saw its season come to an end with losses to University, 16-1 and 13-10 to East Valley in National Division tournament games played July 8 at Al K.... Full story

 By Paul Delaney    Photos    July 13, 2017

The Golden Anniversary Cheney Rodeo

The 50th Annual Cheney Rodeo produced some entertaining action for fans with some one-the-edge performances by cowboys.... Full story

 By Paul Delaney    Photos    July 6, 2017

Medical Lake Wood Bat

Medical Lake finish 0-5 in the American Legion Wood Bat Classic tournament, losing 10-1 bright and early June 30 to the 16U Spokane Crew to open play. They came back to end the day with a 7-3 loss to... Full story

 By PAUL DELANEY    Education    July 6, 2017

Ice Age Floods Trail gets promotional boost

The Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail, which Cheney would some day like to make a tourism attraction, received some notable national exposure. The trail, which received authorization from Congress in 2009, was featured prominently on the cover...

 By PAUL DELANEY    News    July 6, 2017

Rolling video

This driver and passenger are engaged in having some fun, and capturing the action with a selfie stick during "Drifting" competition July 2 at Spokane County Raceway's road course. Drifting is a...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports    July 6, 2017

Errors haunt Medical Lake in Wood Bat play

Co-head coach Austin Sharp is not offering excuses for his team attempting to multi-task this past weekend as a reason for Medical Lake's 0-5 finish in the American Legion Wood Bat Classic...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports    July 6, 2017

Cannons are clicking now

Coaches will tell you it's not the start but the finish that counts. And Spokane Cannons' head coach Chad Ripke is abiding by that mantra as his team enters the crucial stretch drive of the 2017 AAA A...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports    July 6, 2017

Lilac City Invitational winner's check jumps to $10,000

The lure of a record payout for the winner promises to help add more interest to this week’s 52nd annual Lilac City Invitational golf tournament at The Fairways. Bumped by $2,000 to a hefty $10,000, the purse has attracted some familiar names to...

 By PAUL DELANEY    News    June 29, 2017

Normal summer is in Eastern Washington's forecast

Finally the word "normal," appears in the weather forecast for the weeks ahead. After eight months of off-the-charts wet weather the new season that snuck by at about 9:25 p.m. June 20 promises to be...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports    June 29, 2017

Medical Lake 2017 Spring All NEA

Medical Lake had a bountiful spring in landing 19 athletes on All Northeast A League teams. Their accolades also included a repeat individual state 1A title in the 100 and 200 meter dash by Lexi...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports    June 29, 2017

Coach, teacher retires after 34 years of service

After 34 years in the classroom, on fields, courts and fairways, Medical Lake's Jim Mason is calling it a career. "It's time to do some other things, I want to go hunting and fishing," Mason, a Walla...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports    June 29, 2017

Mixed bag for Medical Lake Legion team

It was a mixed bag that followed Medical Lake’s AA American Legion Baseball team through their 1-5 week of play last week. Bats were either smacking the ball, or not. Gloves were either snagging the ball, or not. And pitchers were either on, or...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports    June 29, 2017

Expanded 'Slack' event at Cheney Rodeo

Want to get a sneak preview of the action at the 50th Cheney Rodeo? Sneak away for a long lunch or an early exit from work on Friday, July 7 for an event called “Slack” which starts at 1 p.m. Admission is $5 and gates open at 12:30 pm. “We...

 By Paul Delaney    Photos    June 22, 2017

West Plains Little League: Froyo wins first-place battle

The final game of West Plains Little League's AAA Baseball came down to a battle for first place between undefeated Froyo and Martinssen, one game behind. But Froyo's starter, Mia Ashcroft, and... Full story

 By Paul Delaney    Sports    June 22, 2017

Local track athletes land in Eagles' nest

Over the decades, interest shown to West Plains high school athletes from the school down the road - Eastern Washington University - could be described as tepid at best. In the past 50 years or so...

 By Paul Delaney    Sports    June 22, 2017

Hartman hits home run with 'they learned it in Little League' essay

The now threadbare and well-used book title tells us that according to minister and author Robert Fulghum, “All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” That is actually the first title of a group of works Fulghum penned in 1986 that...

 By Paul Delaney    Sports    June 22, 2017

Sports Week

(Note: All schedules subject to change. Consult school or facility websites to confirm.) AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL AA Thursday, June 23, Medical Lake hosts Freeman (2), 5 p.m. Friday, June 23, Medical Lake hosts N.W. Christian (2), 5 p.m. Monday,...


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