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 By Bob Kirkpatrick    Sports

Summer Hawks continue strong play

CHENEY-The Cheney Summer Hawks are finding success on the diamond, sporting a 10–5 record heading toward the Wood Bat Classic Tournament on the Fourth of July weekend. The team sp... — Updated 6/30/2022


West Plains takes first district game

LIBERTY LAKE— The West Plains Major All-Stars rolled past Liberty Lake 12-2 in first-round district action in Liberty Lake Monday. Cooper Weed got West Plains on the board early with a two-run single in the first inning. The... — Updated 6/30/2022


West Plains Little League volunteers recognized

Two-hundred volunteers with the West Plain Little League were recognized at a gathering held at Salnave Field on Thursday, June 23. RJ Schmitt was honored as the Volunteer of the... — Updated 6/30/2022


Students sign letters of intent

 — Updated 6/23/2022

 By Bob Kirkpatrick    Sports 

Longtime teacher and track coach retires

CHENEY – After 36 years of teaching and 30-plus years coaching track and field, Tom Stralser is retiring. "It's been quite a journey," Stralser said. "I came to Cheney High School... — Updated 6/23/2022

 By Bob Kirkpatrick    Sports 

Summer Hawks on a heater

CHENEY – After splitting their first four games of summer ball, the Cheney Summer Hawks have chalked up five wins in their last six outings. Cheney took a twin bill from the North Central Wolf Pack, 11-1 on June 15 and 12-2 on... — Updated 6/23/2022

 By Olivia Harnack    Sports 

Sprint boats hit Webb's Slough

ST.JOHN – First-time sprint boat racers were among the top competitors Saturday, Jun 18, at Webb's Slough. Jason Perkins of Cheney drover the No. 145 Pour Decision boat to first... — Updated 6/23/2022

 By Bob Kirkpatrick    Sports

Summer Hawks split first four games

CHENEY—The Cheney Boys of summer took on the Colfax Bulldogs in doubleheader action on Wednesday, June 1 and came away with a split of the twin bill. The Summer Hawks took the first game 6–1 and were shut out 3–0 in the... — Updated 6/22/2022

 By Olivia Harnack    Sports

High-speed action hits Webb's Slough on Saturday

ST. JOHN — The water-borne action returns to Webb’s Slough on Saturday, June 18, with 25 to 30 sprint boats expected to race. Several thousand race fans are expected. This year, Whitman County will be represented by one boat.... — Updated 6/20/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Annual Combine Derby draws thousands to Lind

LIND – With names like "General Lee," "Let's Go Branden" and "The Bandit," politics were on full-display Saturday along state Highway 21. Dozens of "Trump Country," Trump 2024"... — Updated 6/16/2022


'Free fishing weekend' set for June 11-12

Fishermen won’t need a license, vehicle pass or two-pole endorsement this coming weekend if they head to the water. That’s because Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12, are a “free fishing weekend.” The free weekend is... — Updated 6/9/2022


Spokane Festival of Speed gathers motorsport community

AIRWAY HEIGHTS- Sixty cars, some capable of reaching speeds upward of 170 mph, raced sped around the 2.25-mile-long track at Qlispé Raceway Park (QRP) last weekend, competing in th... — Updated 6/9/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Eagles compete in state track

CHENEY - The St. John-Endicott/LaCrosse Eagles were among the teams competing int eh state 1B/2B/1A track and field meet at Eastern Washington University from May 26-28. The St.... — Updated 6/9/2022

 By Jon Wilson    Sports

Tips for a productive walleye outing

Fishing is like befriending a large and playful beast, the Disney kind, whose favorite meal is your ego. The problem is our desire to attribute a few good catches to our growing ski... — Updated 6/9/2022


Ride 'em cowboy

Dylan Riggins of Cheney rides Buck Snort in the saddle bronc competition at the Founders Day Rodeo in Tonasket during the Memorial Day weekend.... — Updated 6/2/2022


Cardinal track athletes medal at State

CHENEY – Several Medical Lake athletes placed high enough to win medals among the hundreds of high school athletes from around Washington who came to Roos Field in Cheney to... — Updated 6/2/2022


Little League Volunteer of the Year named

WEST PLAINS – RJ Schmitt is the 2022 West Plains Little League (WPLL) Volunteer of the Year. League President Stacy Ashcroft, who nominated Ashcroft, said he is a highly active vo... — Updated 6/2/2022


Medical Lake boys fall at State tournament

YAKIMA – Medical Lake Cardinals doubles Tristan Francis and Isaac Barr fulfilled their goal of making the state tennis tournament. But they weren't able to place because of the tough competition at that level, according to Head... — Updated 6/2/2022


Cheney High Track

CHENEY – Kai York-Akiu had an outstanding State Meet finishing second in the Boys High Jump with a mark of 6–04. Konner Dobosh took sixth in the Boys Javelin competition with a throw of 173–06. Teammate Curran Moore placed... — Updated 6/2/2022

 By Bob Kirkpatrick    Sports

Cheney Fastpitch season ends with loss to Kennewick

CHENEY— The Blackhawks were looking to make a deep postseason run. But a district first-round forfeit to Walla Walla and a second-round 7-5 loss to Kennewick on May 18 knocked Cheney out of the playoff and ended the teams... — Updated 5/25/2022

 By Bob Kirkpatrick    Sports

Westwood student shares unforgettable experience

CHENEY-Caitlin Shaffer, an 8th-grade para-athlete at Westwood Middle School, had an experience of a lifetime playing in the Women's Nationals Wheel chair Basketball Tournament in Ak... — Updated 5/25/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

High jump

Lancer junior Mark Watson clears 5-02.00 in the 2B District 7 Championship track meet Friday, May 20, at Ridgeline High School in Liberty Lake. Watson finished eighth overall and... — Updated 5/25/2022


Cardinals headed to State

CHENEY- Sixteen Medical Lake athletes have qualified for the WIAA State Track and Field Championship meet held at Eastern Washington University on May 26–28. The qualifying meet... — Updated 5/25/2022

 By Bob Kirkpatrick    Sports

Cheney Track sends 12 to State

CHENEY—Cheney Track and Field athletes turned in an outstanding performance at the 3A/4A District 8 Championship Meet May 20–21 at Central Valley High School. Several personal records were set at the event, and 12 athletes... — Updated 5/25/2022

 By Bob Kirkpatrick    Sports

Eastern athletes advance to West Preliminaries

CHENEY— Five Eastern Washington University athletes will compete in the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds in Fayetteville, Ark., this week. Katrina Terry, pole vault, Vernice Keyes, hammer throw and Maggie Nelson, javelin, take... — Updated 5/25/2022


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