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 By Teren Kowatsch    Sports    March 2, 2023

Wildcats scrape by Lions in opening round

CHENEY - The one-loss Colton Wildcats girls basketball team, fresh off a 1B District 9 title, opened the proceedings of the WIAA 1B state tournament against the three-loss Moses Lake Christian Lions....

 
 By Teren Kowatsch    Sports    March 2, 2023

Bulldogs dominate Vikings in Cheney

CHENEY - The Colfax Bulldogs girls basketball team walked into Cheney on Feb. 25 for the first round of the WIAA 2B girls basketball state tournament. The first round marked Colfax's first obstacle...

 
 By Teren Kowatsch    Sports    March 2, 2023

Nighthawks fail to hold off Vikings

CHEHALIS - The Oakesdale Nighthawks began its bid for a state 1B girls basketball crown on Feb. 25 at W.F. West High School in Chehalis as the seventh-seed against the second-seeded Mossyrock Vikings....

 
 By Teren Kowatsch    Sports    March 2, 2023

Phillips brings home state medal

On Feb. 18, Colfax High School freshman Cooper Phillips took fifth place in the 1B/2B boys 120-lb. wrestling bracket at the Mat Wrestling Classic state tournament in Tacoma. Phillips was the lone wrestler representing the Bulldogs at the Classic....

 
 By Teren Kowatsch    Sports    March 2, 2023

Pullman alumni gets inducted into HOF

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. — The same day his alma mater of Pullman High School won the WIAA 2A swimming state championship for the first time in school history, Gabe Brannan was inducted to the Washington Swimming Hall of Fame for his accomplishments as a s...

 
 By Teren Kowatsch    Sports    March 2, 2023

Whitman County teams hit the road

SPOKANE – After all three teams completed their first-round state tournament games on Feb. 25, the Oakesdale Nighthawks, Colton Wildcats and Colfax girls basketball teams all will advance to the Spokane Arena in Spokane to continue their efforts a...

 

Thank you

COLFAX — When I was hired by the Whitman County Gazette at the end of August, I didn’t know what to expect. I knew that I would be covering prep sports in the area (with the occasional Washington State story sprinkled in) and I knew that I was goi...

 

Wildcats win District crown

DAYTON - The Colton Wildcats girls basketball team withstood a competitive Yakama Nation Tribal Eagles team to win 46-40 and secure a 1B District 9 title and a top-seed in the upcoming WIAA 1B state b...

 

Phillips earns fifth-place

TACOMA - Colfax's lone representative at the Feb. 17-18 Mat Wrestling Classic in Tacoma, Cooper Phillips, earned fifth-place in the boys 1B/2B 120-lb. weight class. Phillips started the tournament on...

 

Colfax Bulldogs off to state

SPOKANE VALLEY — The Colfax girls basketball continued its undefeated season and punched its ticket to state after a 59-14 win against Liberty Bell in a 2B Girls District 6/7 Crossover game on Feb. 18. The Lady Bulldogs dominated the 2B District 7 t...

 

Pirates stand tall against Nighthawks in consolation final

DAYTON - After both teams won their own Feb. 15 consolation bracket semifinal games by single digits, the Pomeroy Pirates beat the Oakesdale Nighthawks 51-39 on Feb. 17 in the 1B District 9 boys...

 

Nighthawk girls advance to state

DAYTON - After beating Garfield-Palouse on Feb. 15 to advance to the girls 1B District 9 consolation final, the Oakesdale Nighthawks punched their ticket to state with a 30-29 win against the...

 

Pirates comeback against the Timberwolves

DAYTON - After both teams led by double-digits, the Pomeroy boys came back to beat Tekoa-Rosalia 67-60 in a 1B District 9 consolation bracket game Feb. 15 in Dayton. Pomeroy opened the game with a 10-...

 

Vikings' season ends against Nighthawks

DAYTON - Two familiar Whitman County foes in the Garfield-Palouse Vikings and Oakesdale Nighthawks girls basketball teams faced off on Feb. 15 to determine who would face Sunnyside Christian in the...

 

Nighthawk boys take down Eagles in overtime

DAYTON - On Feb. 15, the Oakesdale Nighthawks boys basketball team beat the Yakama Nation Tribal Eagles 55-53 off a Jackson Perry buzzer-beater to advance to the Feb. 17 consolation bracket final...

 

Timberwolves end Eagles season

TEKOA - For the third time this season, the Tekoa-Rosalia Timberwolves and St. John-Endicott/LaCrosse Eagles faced off, this time to determine who would advance to Dayton in the 1B District 9...

 

Eagles upset the T-Wolves

ROSALIA — 1B Southeast Grape division’s third-seeded boys basketball team, the Yakama Nation Tribal Eagles, upset the Wheat Division’s second-seeded Tekoa-Rosalia Timberwolves 73-62 on Feb. 9, spurred on by a 21-point third quarter. Yakama Nation Tri...

 

Vikings advance in consolation bracket against Patriots

PALOUSE — After giving up a double-digit lead during the game, the Garfield-Palouse girls basketball team fought back to beat the Liberty Christian Patriots 49-34 on Feb. 10 to advance to the next round of the consolation bracket of the 1B District 9...

 

Wildcats sprint past Patriots

COLTON - After weathering a competitive first quarter from the visiting Liberty Christian Patriots, the Colton Wildcats distanced themselves from the visitors enroute to a 69-39 win to advance to the...

 

Colfax off to Mat Classic

REARDAN — On Feb. 11, several wrestlers from Whitman County and the greater Eastern Washington area competed for an opportunity to go to the Mat Wrestling Classic state wrestling tournament in Tacoma. Colfax’s Cooper Phillips had the most dominant sh...

 

Payton Davis signs to Lewis-Clark State College

Turner and the rest of the players preach about the program is teaching life lessons with the sport, something that Davis said was an important factor for her in making her college decision. "When I...

 

WDFW December wolf update

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) released December’s Monthly Wolf Report on Jan. 6. Among the issues discussed in the report are: statistics of wolves involved in livestock death in the year 2021 and classes and directives i...

 

Whitman County Cougars host basketball practice

PULLMAN — The Whitman County Special Olympics Team held its practice at Smith Gym on the Washington State campus in Pullman in preparations for its regional basketball tournament being held on Feb. 12, also at the Washington State campus. The C...

 

Nighthawks win nail-biter vs. T-Wolves

OAKESDALE - The Tekoa-Rosalia and Oakesdale boys basketball teams faced each other in a competitive matchup on Jan. 13, a game that the Timberwolves won 63-57. The Nighthawks got even with...

 

Colton Gun Club gets to shootin'

COLTON - For many small towns, there is often one building, business or establishment that serves as an epicenter of sorts for the community. Fundraisers, events, reunions or weekend gatherings...

 

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