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Tonasket football hopes to surprise








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The Tonasket football team includes (front row, l-r) Jonathan Freese, Esgar Mendez, Austin Knowlton, Eithan Knowlton, Jeff Stedtfeld, Quinn Mirick, Dalton Wahl, Austin Booker, Ian Young, Trevor Terris, (second row) Makalapua Goodness, Jorge Juarez, Rade Pilkinton, Kjeld Williams, Kenny Freese, Jake Cory, Roberto Juarez, Camron Baller, Chad Edwards, Collin Aitcheson, (third row) Zach Collins, Dallas Tyus, Treven Nielsen, Frank Holfeltz, Morgan O’Brien, Chris Elliott, Brock Henneman, Jesse Manring, Derek Sund, John Rawley, (back row) coach Ryan Pilkinton, head coach Jay Hawkins, coach Jim Swanson, coach Shawn Rader, Colton Leep, David Moreno and Michael Orozco. BY BRENT BAKER BBAKER@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

TONASKET - There wasn’t any hiding the fact that Tonasket’s football team struggled to contain its Caribou Trail League foes last year. “We’ve talked a lot about that,” said coach Jay Hawkins, in his 12th year at the helm. “Defensively, people pretty much came in and took our lunch money. We’re pretty determined that’s not going to happen this year. “Every season provides something of an experience, and what these guys got from last year is that we needed to be a lot more physical. The last couple of games, we saw that mental switch go on, that that was how we had to play. I think we figured out how we needed to play to be competitive.” The Tigers (2-8 overall, 0-5 in CTL play) lost a fair number of seniors to graduation, but a number of those were first-year players. It will still be a young team that takes the field this year, with just six seniors on the roster. There is some experience, though, especially on the defensive side, where seven regulars return. Linebackers Austin Booker, Jake Cory and Dalton Wahl, defensive backs Michael Orozco and Jeff Stedtfeld and linemen Ky Williams and Chad Edwards saw plenty of action last year. Booker, Stedtfeld, Wahl and Williams are seniors. Offensively Booker returns to the backfield, while Wahl (right guard) and junior center Chris Elliott provide the bulk of the team’s varsity experience. Other seniors include wide receiver/defensive back Ian Young and lineman Quinn

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Tonasket head coach Jay Hawkins and the Tigers hope that their young team can build on encouraging signs seen in spring and pre-season practices and improve on last year’s 2-8 mark. Mirick. So with a team that includes 13 juniors, Hawkins and his staff decided that simplicity would give their squad the best shot at improvement. “When we play a team like Cashmere, if we can’t execute our base stuff, nothing else is going to work,” Hawkins said. “Football in a lot of ways is the ultimate team sport - you need all 11 guys to execute. So by keeping it simple, we’ve been able to get a lot of reps in on the things that we need to do well, and we’ve made good progress because we haven’t

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spread the guys too thin.” That process started during two weeks of spring practice, culminating in an encouraging scrimmage against Omak and Okanogan. “We had a couple of very solid weeks,” Hawkins said. “It was a real confidence-builder, and think that’s had some carryover value.” Maturity has helped as well. The Tigers’ overall team size has improved. “I think we’ll match up better physically this year,” Hawkins said. “We have decent size up


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front and we’re stronger, though we don’t have the team speed we had.” The CTL will likely be as tough as ever and has expanded back to eight teams as Brewster moves back up from 2B to the 1A ranks and Quincy drops down from 2A. What won’t change is Cashmere being considered the pre-season favorite. “I automatically put them there,” Hawkins said. “It’s always a safe bet because of their longstanding tradition. And that’s a coaching staff that will never be

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out-prepared.” Chelan, coming off several straight years of deep playoff runs, and Quincy, which played .500 ball in 2A, should also be title contenders. “After that, it should be up in the air,” Hawkins said. “Every year there is kind of a surprise team. Usually that team doesn’t win the league, but might finish in the upper half.” Okanogan is coming off a 7-3 season, while Omak typically fields a strong team (though the Pioneers have to overcome the loss of league MVP Dylan

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Green). “If we keep progressing and stay healthy, it would be fun to find a way to get into that top four. “The goal is always to be the best team that we can be by the end of the season. A lot of the competition is against ourselves and how good we can get. But being that ‘surprise team’ would be a lot of fun.”

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The Oroville football team and cheerleading squad include (front row, l-r) Dayna Roley, Steven Maupin, Robert Hankins, Blaine Weaver, Eddie Ocampo, Ricky Mathis, Brandon Watkins, Kyle Scott, Kayla Mathis, (second row) Bethany Roley, Ezequiel Delgado, Boone McKinney, Angel Camacho, Luke Kindred, Tanner Smith, Dustin Nigg, Corey Childers, Jacob Fleming, Blake Rise, Shelby Scott, (third row) head coach Tam Hutchinson, Ashley Marcolin, assistant coach Josh Marchand, Scott Frazier, Sean DeWitte, Joseph Sarmiento, Connelly Quick, Cody Tibbs, Logan Mills, Ben Hickman, Trevor Shearer, Brian Wise, assistant coach Justin Helm, Angela Nelson, cheer coach Pat Smith, (back row) Wesley Davis, Conner Bocook, Lane Tietje, Tyler Field, Lukas Mieirs, Juan Garcia, Charlie Arrigoni, Mick Fulmer and Jake Scott.

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OROVILLE - Typically, returning just three seniors - none of them starters - would be the precursor for a long season. Oroville football coach Tam Hutchinson doesn’t see it that way. Nearly a dozen sophomores were major contributors to last season’s Central Washington League North Division co-champion squad, and while the last year’s seniors will be tough to replace, he likes what he sees so far. “We really are a junior and sophomore team,” Hutchinson said. “We have a lot of junior returners that played big roles last year.” That’s especially true on the offensive side of the ball, where six key juniors are back. Luke Kindred, with a year of varsity seasoning under his belt, returns for his second run at quarterback, along with center Boone McKinney. Tanner Smith, a wide receiver last year, will see time at running back this season, as will Sean DeWitte, converting from tight end to fullback. Jake Scott is making an even more unusual move, from wide receiver to guard. Connelly Quick, who saw some time at running back last season, will be a key to that position. Also returning are senior receiver/defensive backs Angel Camacho and Cory Childers, as well as lineman Scotty Frazier. Sophomore linemen Jacob Fleming and Lane Tietje also saw plenty of varsity snaps as freshmen. As a group, they’ll have to find a way to replace the production of four-year starting running back Nick Perez and multi-positional big-play specialist C.J. Mathews. “We don’t have a C.J., and

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Oroville coach Tam Hutchinson is just three victories away from setting the Hornets’ school record for career coaching wins. we’re really going to miss Perez,” Hutchinson said. “Nick was our inside guy, and when we gave him the ball we always knew we’d get three or four yards. Smith and (sophomore Dustin) Nigg will be key guys. Smith, believe it or not, is faster than C.J. - the guys said that was true last year during track as well - and Nigg is pretty shifty. We won’t be running as much between the tackles. Between those two, Quick and DeWitte, we’re a faster team than we were last year. We’ll go outside more and definitely be throwing the ball more.” He said he’s also seen a big difference in Kindred’s pre-season play. “He’s really taken charge,”


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Hutchinson said. “Last year I think he was a little intimidated by the seniors. Now we’re seeing him unleash the way he’s capable of and throwing the ball really well. My challenge is to keep this group of guys on the field at the same time.” There are more questions on defense. “Defense is what I worry about the most right now,” Hutchinson said. “That takes some quickness and aggressiveness, which I think we have.” Hutchinson himself has a milestone within range: with 52

career wins at Oroville in 12 previous seasons, he is two away from tying former coach Rick Guenther’s school record. Thanks to reclassification, the CWL is reduced back down to one division and looks very much like the league did three years ago. While the WIAA hasn’t released its playoff allocations yet, its likely the league will have three spots in the state tourney, albeit without the cross-divisional playoff week between Week 9 and the first round of the playoffs. White Swan is widely consid-

ered a state title contender and will be a heavy favorite for the league title. “They’re going to be tough,” Hutchinson said. “They have a lot of talent back, including the Sampson kid, who we last saw when he was a sophomore (in a playoff matchup the Hornets won

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in 2010.)” After that, a lot should be up for grabs. Manson, which took the North’s top seed last year after finishing in a three-way first place tie with Brewster and the Hornets, returns some key players, but their overall numbers and talent level are a question mark. Liberty Bell notched a four-win improvement last year over the previous season and should be solid again. Kittitas, coming off an unusually dismal season, could be a surprise team. Lake Roosevelt and Bridgeport both have new head coaches that were former assistants with their respective programs. “I think we’ll be competitive,” Hutchinson said. “People will know that we’re here. It’s a good group of kids that will play hard and is fun to be around. I’m positive that it’ll be a good year.”

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TONASKET - First-year varsity volleyball coach Jackie Gliddon is no stranger to Tonasket volleyball. With 14 years of coaching mostly at the 8th grade level, with some JV and C-team seasons thrown in - Gliddon has coached many of the players she inherited when Nellie Kirk retired after last season. “I always had a lot of respect for Nellie,” Gliddon said. “But now (after taking over as varsity coach), I really, really have a lot of respect for Nellie. She was crazy organized, and I probably will never be as organized as she is.” Dave Kirk - Nellie’s husband also is staying on Gliddon’s assistant, adding some continuity. The Tigers will need that as there are just four players returning from last year. Those returners, though, do give the Tigers a solid and experienced front line in seniors Devan Utt, Ahlia Young, Sadie Long, and junior Savannah Clinedinst. “We have some senior leadership,” Kirk said, “but it’s pretty young after that.”

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“A lot of our leadership will be on Devan and Sadie,” Gliddon said. “Devan, obviously, as a three-year starter. Devan’s a ‘camper,’ too. She’s spent a lot of time at volleyball camps, working to improve her skills.” In addition to the returning front row hitters, Gliddon has been impressed with the play of senior setter Ameerah Cholmondeley, who last played

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The Tonasket volleyball team includes (sitting) Cassie Spear, (middle row, l-r) Ameerah Cholmondeley, Savannah Clinedinst, Ahlia Young, (back) Casi Infante, Amber Monroe, Shea Smith, Sadie Long, Devan Utt, Jenny Bello, Carrisa Frazier and head coach Jackie Gliddon.

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volleyball as a freshmen, and junior libero Cassie Spear. “Ameerah has really been picking it up,” she said. “And Cassie, she’ll be a real asset. She is a very good all-around player, and is the quickest on the floor. She’s a good hitter, too, though as a libero she won’t be getting to do much of that.” Kirk said that one of the team’s biggest assets has been its atti-

tude. “This group of girls in particular have always had a joy for playing,” he said. “They love to play volleyball.” Gliddon said a lot of the preseason work has focused on passing and team-building. “The team isn’t weak,” she said. “But we want to build into them that they’re going to be there for each other.

“These girls all want to be allaround players. They’re working hard at playing all around, and are disappointed when they have to come off the floor.” Gliddon said a big goal is to chalk up a few Caribou Trail League wins, which have been few and far between in recent years. “They want to win,” she said. “They want to surprise every-

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OROVILLE - New Oroville volleyball coach Stacey Hinze may have been officially hired on the first day of practice, but she’s not taking a short view of the task in front of her. With a young team (just two seniors) coming off a winless season, she is trying to put the things in place that will help the team succeed over the long haul. “Basically, we’re just kind of starting from the ground up since we have such a young group,” Hinze said. “It’s kind of nice preparing ourselves not just for this year, but for next year, too.” Jasmine Nutt is the only returning senior, while juniors Brittany Jewett and Bridget Clark, as well as sophomores Rachelle Nutt, Andrea Perez, Nadia Maldonado and Monica Herrera also are back. “They’ve played together a lot,” Hinze said. “They’re a good group, they get along great, they talk to each other and they play well as a team.” Those qualities have come into play in pre-season practice as the team has had to adjust to Hinze’s new offense. “At first they were a little skeptical,” Hinze said. “It’s more chal-

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rid of it, is the biggest thing we’re working on. We want to be actually spiking the ball, getting more aggressive at the net and taking control of getting those side outs and points.” Coming off a tough season, and without a coach until the last minute, numbers were initially low but have picked up in recent days. Only seven girls were eligible for the Hornets’ season opener against Tonasket on Tuesday, but with 16 girls on the roster by press time there were hopes that

there would be enough to sustain a JV squad before long. “They all need the playing time, so if we could get a couple more girls, that would be a big help,” Hinze said. “Individually, I’d like them to improve their skills as we go along. But honestly, we really would like to win. I’d like to see these girls get a chance to go to state, but we have to start winning first.” It’s Hinze’s first coaching job, though she saw plenty of time on the court as a high school player


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Hornet runners aiming for three-peat

Oroville girls talented but short on numbers; boys team to focus on individual efforts BY BRENT BAKER BBAKER@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

OROVILLE - It’s not very often that the chance to win three straight of anything rolls around. So with the Oroville girls cross country team entering the 2012 season with two regional titles in hand, coach Doug Kee is hoping to get enough girls to come out to seriously compete for a third in a row. “We’d like to have a three-peat,” Kee said. “But we need to have the bodies to do it. Some of the seniors didn’t turn out, and it was kind of a shock to miss them. Hopefully they’ll decide their bored and decide they want to be part of that.” With five girls, the Hornets do have enough to score as a team, though there is no margin for error. The boys have three on their roster. Whether or not the girls team can qualify for state, it’s pretty much guaranteed that, barring





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The Oroville cross country teams include (front row, l-r) Ronel Kee, Diego Santana, Ruben B. Renfro, (back row) Lisa Hartvig, Callie Barker, Aya Cruspero, Celene Cisneros, Sierra Speiker and coach Doug Kee. injury, junior Sierra Speiker will make her third straight trip as an individual. Speiker burst onto


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the high school scene with a state 1B/2B title in 2010, upsetting thendefending champion Morgan Willson of Colfax. Willson, a senior in 2011, returned the favor last fall as Speiker was runner up. That makes her pre-season favorite this time around. “No one is going to stay with Sierra at regionals,” Kee said. “We just need some kids to fill those last spots.” Senior Callie Barker, who was on the 2010 regional title team but didn’t run last year, returns

for her senior season and should be a strong No. 2. “She’s a good, hard worker,” Kee said. “She should place well at regionals and if we don’t have a full team, hopefully she’ll be able to make state, too.” A second senior, Lisa Hartvig, gives the Hornets another experienced varsity runner. Senior Celene Cisneros and sophomore Aya Cruspero fill out the girls roster. “We’re definitely still recruiting, though,” Kee said. “There’s

a lot of kids sitting around doing nothing that could be pretty good runners.” The trio of boys will be led by junior Ruben Renfro, who missed making state last year by one spot. “I’m really looking forward to good things from him,” Kee said. Senior Ronel Kee and junior Diego Santana also return from last year’s squad. Everything, off course, will ride on the regional meet, which this year will be in Wenatchee’s Walla

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Walla Point State Park. Though most sports have seen a reshuffling of teams thanks to reclassification, the 1B/2B teams that run cross country should be relatively unchanged from the past couple of years.

Strong turnout for Tonasket cross country With 18 athletes, future of Tiger distance running looks bright BY BRENT BAKER BBAKER@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

TONASKET - Bob Thornton doesn’t have a lot of returning experience on his Tonasket cross country teams, but couldn’t be happier with the overall numbers on his squad. “With 18 high school runners and 14 middle school runners, I’m excited about the number we have turning out and the potential for Tonasket cross country,” Thornton said. “It looks like I will be buying a lot of ice cream this year.” The Tigers have four boys returning, but the girls’ experience consists of one moving up from last year’s middle school ranks. Oscar Avilez is the lone returning senior. “Oscar has put in the work and is running a lot faster and stronger this year,” Thornton said of Avilez. “He is a very competitive individual and I look for him to have a good year.” Also returning are sophomores Adam Halvorsen, Smith Condon and Johnathan Tellez. “Adam put the time and miles in this summer,” Thornton said. “It is showing in how much stronger he is. “Both Smith and Johnathan are running stronger this year as well and should have good years.” For the girls, Thornton said freshman Jenna Valentine is






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The Tonasket cross country teams include (front row, l-r) Kallie Mirick, Jenna Valentine, Claire Thornton, Vanessa Pershing, Jessica Puente, (back) Jordan Hughes, Oscar Avilez, Adrian McCarthy, Ivan Rios, Smith Condon, Adam Halvorsen, Johnathan Tellez and Abe Podkranic. Not pictured are Lawrence Wambugu, Marshall West, Dallin Good, Giesa Seidler and Corrina Karrer. showing plenty of promise. “She is pushing herself in practice every day and is looking to have a good year,” he said.” The rest of the team consists of first-year runners. “Everyone is working hard and learning how to race,” Thornton said. “As the year progresses we should improve and be competitive with the rest of the league.”


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Tonasket soccer looks to build on strong finish






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The Tonasket girls soccer team includes (front row, l-r) Megan Beyers, Kelly Cruz, Sarina McBride, Alicia Edwards, Lynn Hendricks, (middle) Myra Gaytan, Jensen Sackman, Sarah Green, Hilda Celestino, Christa McCormick, Jaden Vugteveen, (back) head coach Darren Collins, Elizabeth Jackson, Baylie Tyus, Selena Cosino, and Kathryn Cleman. Not pictured are assistant coach Todd Mathews, Jonalynn Glover, Amanda Johnson, Michaela Rampley, Kasey Silverthorn and Tashia West. BY BRENT BAKER BBAKER@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

TONASKET - Late last season, the Tonasket girls soccer team found its mojo. Tigers coach Darren Collins wasn’t sure exactly when it started, but the proof was in the results on the field. There was a come-from-

TONASKET GIRLS SOCCER SCHEDULE Sep 6 Sep 11 Sep 15 Sep 18 Sep 22 Sep 25 Sep 27 Oct 2

Liberty Bell * at Okanogan * Quincy * Omak * at Cascade * at Brewster * at Chelan * Cashmere

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behind shootout victory at Omak in mid-October followed by a dominating victory over Chelan. And the final two losses of the season showed even more signs of promise. The Tigers’ 2-0 defeat at the hands of eventual state runnerup Cashmere was a measure of their improvement from a 13-0 Oct 6 Oct 9 Oct 11 Oct 13 Oct 16 Oct 20 Oct 23 Oct 27 Oct 30

* Chelan 1:30 pm * Okanogan 4:30 pm at Oroville 5:00 pm * at Quincy 1:30 pm * at Omak 4:30 pm * Cascade 1:30 pm * Brewster 4:00 pm * at Cashmere 1:30 pm # District playoffs begin

* League Contest # If Qualify

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ers returning, including senior Kelly Cruz, who was the runnerup in the Caribou Trail League MVP race. Second-team all-CTL midfielder Alicia Edwards also returns, while juniors Kathryn Cleman, Baylie Tyus and Kylie Dellinger give the Tigers multiple threats offensively. Also returning are senior Sarina McBride and juniors Elizabeth Jackson, Selina Cosino, Christa McCormick and Michaela Rampley and sophomore Hilda Celestino. Of the new additions, senior Megan Beyers had Collins wishing he’d had her on the team for her entire high school career. As solid as the Tigers look offensively, graduation hit them hard-

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shellacking a month earlier, and Tonasket’s 2-0 district playoff loss to Cascade was far more competitive than earlier efforts against the Kodiaks. All that to say, Collins is excited about the upcoming campaign. “We’re looking really solid,” he said. “We should be matching up this year with the better teams. We’re certainly hoping to. “With the way we finished last year, especially against Cashmere and Cascade, we showed we could play with those teams. We played Cascade in a summer tournament and lost 4-2 in another match that was very even. “So it was an encouraging way to start.” The Tigers have 11 play-

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est at the defensive end, where defender Michelle Timmerman and goalkeeper Cayla Monroe’s graduation left big holes to fill. And with all the talent returning, the already-tough CTL got tougher as reclassification added Brewster and Quincy to the mix. On top of the usual league powers, Okanogan has been a playoff regular the past several years and Omak showed last year that it was another team potentially on the rise. “Quincy is kind of a shot in

# Name 00 Sarina McBride 6 Lynn Hendricks 10 Kelly Cruz 14 Alicia Edwards 20 Megan Beyers Tashia West 1 Sarah Green 5 Baylie Tyus 7 Elizabeth Jackson 11 Kathryn Cleman 13 Amanda Johnson 16 Selena Cosino 18 Christa McCormick 19 Jonalynn Glover 21 Michaela Rampley 22 Kylie Dellinger 3 Jensen Sackman 12 Hilda Celestino Kasey Silverthorn 2 Jaden Vugteveen 15 Myra Gaytan

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Head coach: Darren Collins Assistant coach: Todd Mathews

the dark,” Collins said of the former 2A school. “And Brewster has always been tough in the past. Our league has got to be the toughest 1A league there is. Cashmere was second in state and they were young. “So our goal is to get to districts. We’ve got to make it there again and see what we can do. And to do that, we’ll have to start out playing tough and be winning games from the start.”

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The Oroville girls soccer team includes (front row, l-r) head coach Laura Kinman, Becky Arrigoni, Kelsey Stell, Tosca Pickering, Breanna Ervin, Alexa Werner, assistant coach Tony Flores, (back row) Meagan Moralez, Yessica Nemecio, Lily Hilderbrand, Kaitlyn Grunst, Kali Peters, Mikayla Scott, Faith Martin and Keyla Layata. BY BRENT BAKER BBAKER@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

OROVILLE - The Central Washington 1B/2B soccer league has a new look this season, and it’s one that the Oroville Hornets should like. Gone are league powers Brewster and Warden, two state qualifiers that moved up to 1A this year and out of the B league. Entiat, which played just four games last year while getting its program up and running, will play a full league schedule with Bridgeport, Liberty Bell and Manson joining the Hornets. Each team will play two league games against the others, though in most cases the Hornets will play one (two against

Bridgeport) non-league game against each as well. “We’ll be a lot more evenly matched this year,” said Oroville coach Laura Kinman. “I think it will be a very competitive, exciting league. Most days it will be anybody’s game.” It’s taken a little time to get enough players out to field a full team -- the Hornets had to reschedule their first two games in order to field enough eligible players -- but by press time had at least 14 players practicing. That could include at least one eighth grader, pending league approval, after the Oroville School Board agreed to a one-year pilot for eighth graders to play at the high school level if there was no

junior high program in that sport. “All we have for soccer in junior high is the rec league,” Kinman said, acknowledging that it results in having to teach basic soccer fundamentals at the varsity level that players on other teams may already have mastered. “So how do you bridge that? If we don’t have a way for the junior high kids to play soccer, we’ll lose them to soccer. They’ll start doing other things, or nothing.” Kinman brings back eight players from last season’s 1-13 squad, including four seniors: goalkeepers Tosca Pickering and Alexa Werner, captain Becky Arrigoni and Kelsey Stell. Breanna Ervin is a fifth senior who didn’t play soccer last season.

“The girls are showing good passing ability and knowledge of the field,” Kinman said. “They know each other well and play with a lot of cohesiveness. What we’re working on is our speed -- we need quicker ball movement. And both of our goalkeepers are seniors, so we need to start working someone in there as well.” The new, young players have Kinman looking forward to the Hornets’ first game as well. “It’s hard to tell how good we’ll be without seeing us play (a game),” she said. “Usually I can say what we have, but the new girls we have, it’s hard to say. They have me excited, though. I think we’ll surprise some people.”

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Ahlia Young Left, Tonasket’s cheerleading squad includes (front row, l-r) Janelle Catone, Ahlia Young, Melanie Christensen, Alissa Young, (back) Sammie Earley, Rose Walts, Brisa Leep and Kallie Mirick. Coached by Crystal Gage.

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2011 Season in Review FOOTBALL STANDINGS



Team W L PF PA W L PF PA * Cashmere 5 0 47.2 10.0 11 1 45.8 14.6 * Chelan 4 1 48.0 10.6 9 4 35.2 18.7 * Okanogan 3 2 25.8 26.8 7 3 33.7 21.2 * Omak 2 3 28.2 29.2 4 6 28.6 27.3 Cascade 1 4 21.2 39.6 3 7 27.2 30.8 Tonasket 0 5 6.2 60.4 2 8 10.2 43.3 *Postseason qualifier State 1A Playoff Qualifiers: Cashmere (advanced to quarterfinals); Chelan (advanced to semifinals)



Team W L PF PA W L PF PA * Oroville 5 1 36.7 11.2 6 4 25.8 19.6 * Manson 5 1 35.5 9.2 5 5 26.1 20.6 * Brewster 5 1 36.0 9.0 7 4 30.3 20.4 Liberty Bell 3 3 21.7 18.3 4 4 21.3 20.0 Entiat 2 4 5.5 32.8 2 7 7.7 32.3 Pateros 1 5 11.0 38.0 1 7 8.3 40.3 Bridgeport 0 6 5.0 32.8 0 9 5.6 33.4 *Postseason qualifier (seeding playoff - 1. Manson, 2. Brewster, 3. Oroville) State 2B Playoff Qualifiers: Brewster, Manson (both eliminated first round)


Team W L GW GL W L * Chelan 10 0 30 2 22 3 * Cascade 8 2 25 7 15 7 * Okanogan 5 5 17 19 16 10 * Omak 4 6 13 24 7 13 * Cashmere 3 7 15 21 5 9 Tonasket 0 10 3 30 4 10 (overall record also includes reg. season tournament matches) *Postseason qualifier State 1A Playoff Qualifiers: Chelan (7th place).

Team W L GW GL W L * Brewster 12 0 36 4 18 5 * Pateros 10 2 34 9 20 3 * Manson 7 5 21 22 8 10 * Bridgeport 5 7 18 26 8 13 Liberty Bell 4 8 16 27 5 16 Waterville 4 8 19 26 8 11 Oroville 0 12 6 36 0 16 (overall record also includes reg. season tournament matches) * Post-season Qualifiers State 2B Qualifiers: Brewster (6th place), Pateros


Team Pts. W L GF GA W * Cashmere 27 10 0 79 4 20 * Cascade 24 8 2 44 6 14 * Okanogan 15 5 5 15 22 9 * Omak 13 4 6 18 45 8 * Tonasket 8 3 7 13 37 6 Chelan 0 0 10 4 68 1 * Post-season Qualifiers State Playoff Qualifiers: Cashmere (2nd place)


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BOYS CROSS COUNTRY STANDINGS / STATE QUALIFIERS CTL XC Finals: 1. Cashmere; 2. Omak; 3. Tonasket; 4. Chelan; 5. Cascade. Individual champion: Damon Halvorsen, Tonasket. CTL/NEA District 6/7 XC Finals: Lakeside 36, Colville 52, Cashmere 91, Omak 113, Riverside 146, Tonasket 165, Cascade 208, Newport 209, Chelan 223, Freeman 271, Chewelah 299. Tonasket 1A State Qualifiers: Damon Halvorsen (13th place); Jake Hickman (65th place) District 5/6 1B/2B XC Finals: Bickleton 54, Liberty Bell 61, Lake Roosevelt 62, Manson 70, Oroville 86. Oroville 2B State Qualifiers: Zack Speiker (3rd place)

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Team Pts. W L GF GA W L T * Warden 27 9 1 36 10 14 3 1 * Manson 23 8 2 16 14 9 5 1 * Brewster 22 7 3 38 13 11 7 0 *+ Liberty Bell 9 3 7 14 22 7 10 0 + Bridgeport 9 3 7 9 16 4 11 0 Oroville 0 0 10 10 48 1 13 0 Entiat 1 3 0 *Post-season Qualifiers + Liberty Bell def. Bridgeport 4-3 in tiebreak State Playoff Qualifiers: Brewster, Warden (both lost first round)

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY STANDINGS / STATE QUALIFIERS CTL XC Finals: 1. Cashmere; 2. Chelan; 3. Omak; 4. Cascade NS; 5. Tonasket NS. Individual Champion: Angela Knishka, Cashmere. CTL/NEA District 6/7 XC Finals: Lakeside 26, Riverside 65, Cashmere 66, Chelan 126, Colville 126, Chewelah 178, Freeman 182, Omak 196, Tonasket NS. Tonasket 1A State Qualifiers: None District 5/6 1B/2B XC Finals: Oroville 26, Riverside Christian 28. Oroville 2B State Qualifiers: Oroville team - Sierra Speiker (2nd place); Katie Tietje (56th place); Lily Hilderbrand (60th place); Lisa Hartvig (61st place); Ali Miller (62nd place).

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