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Since the Davenport Times and Odessa Record merged to create the Lincoln County Record-Times, our two-person news staff has worked together to report on news, community and sports items in Davenport,...

 
 By Drew Lawson    Sports    June 9, 2022

Gonzaga baseball coach arrested for DUI in Reardan

REARDAN--Gonzaga head baseball coach Mark Andrew Machtolf was arrested by Reardan Police and booked into Lincoln County Jail on a charge of driving under the influence late Thursday, June 9, according...

 

Bulldog boys, girls advance to title games

SPOKANE VALLEY - No. 2-seeded Colfax never trailed in its 59-58 win over No. 3 Davenport in a District 7 semifinal matchup, but the Gorillas made it mighty close in the final minute Thursday, Feb....

 

Colfax girls top Reardan, advance to title game

SPOKANE VALLEY - The No. 1 seeded Colfax girls varsity team has been on a crash course for the District 7 2B title game all season, and an upset bid by upstart Reardan didn't give the Bulldogs much tr...

 

District 7 2B bracket set

Spokane Valley--The basketball postseason has arrived in the Northeast 2B League, with all 11 boys and girls teams earning their spots in the double-elimination tournament beginning Monday, Feb. 7...

 

Disappointing decision for 2B football playoffs

The Washington Interscholastic Athletics Association (WIAA) unveiled its state tournament allocations for fall sports. The allocations determine how many teams each district gets to send to the state...

 

Colfax prepares for visit from Gorillas

COLFAX — Football season is back after a two-year, COVID-19-laden hiatus. For the Davenport Gorillas, this season opens with a challenging matchup with the Colfax Bulldogs on Friday night, Sept. 3,...

 
 By Drew Lawson    Sports    August 19, 2021

Student athletes face new mask guidelines

DAVENPORT – Masks are still a part of sports this year. The state Department of Health released new guidelines mandating masks in some athletic settings, but not others. The guidelines come after...

 
 By Drew Lawson    News    June 17, 2021

Sheriff Magers charged with obstruction

DAVENPORT—Lincoln County Sheriff Wade Magers is scheduled for an arraignment in Lincoln County District Court Wednesday, July 7 after the Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney charged Magers with obstructing a law enforcement officer, making false...

 
 By Drew Lawson    Sports    June 3, 2021

Davenport girls remain perfect in win over Colfax

DAVENPORT — The Colfax Bulldogs rolled into town looking to put an end to the Lady Gorillas’ perfect season but came up short as Davenport won 66-50 on May 27. The Bulldogs were ahead 12-11 after one quarter. It was the most points Davenport had...

 
 By Drew Lawson    Sports    June 3, 2021

Colfax boys basketball defense hands Davenport first loss

DAVENPORT-The Gorillas ran into their toughest test against the now-healthy Bulldogs, and Colfax handed Davenport its first loss of the season 64-51. Key contributors John Lustig and Damian Demler...

 
 By Drew Lawson    News    December 17, 2020

Schools call for athletics to start

COLFAX – Several school officials across Whitman County have signed a letter calling for 1B/2B/1A sports to resume. The letter was written by superintendents Eric Sobotta of Reardan and Jim...

 
 By Drew Lawson    News    December 17, 2020

71 Eastern Washington school leaders sign letter asking for return of extra-curricular activities

REARDAN--71 school superintendents, principals and athletic directors across Eastern Washington, including 20 from Lincoln County, have signed onto a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee, the Washington State...

 
 By Drew Lawson    News    December 10, 2020

ADT gifts Malden Fire Department $10,000

MALDEN-Like most of the town, the fire station here was burned down during the Babb Creek Fire on Monday Sept. 7, Labor Day. About three months later, on Sunday, Dec. 6, the station received a...

 
 By Drew Lawson    Sports    October 8, 2020

More guidelines issued by WIAA

RENTON — More tweaks have come to the benchmarks for playing high school sports, as the WIAA updated its return-to-play guidelines Oct. 6 following new guidance given by Gov. Jay Inslee. Sports have been grouped into three categories based on the...

 
 By Drew Lawson    News    September 10, 2020

Rising gun sales lead to ammunition shortfall

DAVENPORT - Gun owners anticipating the fall hunting season or hoping to get in some target practice are having more difficulty than normal acquiring the ammunition necessary to operate their...

 
 By Drew Lawson    Sports    August 27, 2020

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 the school...

 
 By Drew Lawson    Sports    August 6, 2020

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 Field will have to...

 
 By Drew Lawson    News    August 6, 2020

Medical Lake students will study from home this fall

MEDICAL LAKE — Local students will be starting the school year mostly online learning model, School District Superintendent Tim Ames announced today, Aug. 7. The decision followed state and regional health recommendations for “high-risk...

 
 By Drew Lawson    Sports    July 16, 2020

WIAA announces delay to start of fall sports practices

RENTON—The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) announced July 7 that the start of fall sports practices will be delayed to Sept. 5 for football and Labor Day, Sept. 7, for all...

 

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