Archive - 2012 - Sports Article
The Riverside Rams kept things in balance, especially in the first half, in their home opener on Friday.
The Rams ran the ball 14 times in the first quarter and the same number in the second quarter as they built a 22-6 halftime lead over the Kettle Falls Bulldogs. Riverside stayed with the ground-oriented attack in the second half to cement a 29-6 win in the Northeast A League opener for both schools.
â€śItâ€™s nice to get a league win under your belt, thatâ€™s for sure,â€ť Griggs said.
With the high school football season arriving this weekend (Deer Park is at Chewelah and Riverside travels to Timberlake, both at 7 p.m. on Friday) there are eight rules for high school football players this fall.
The rules, adopted by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), includes requiring a player to sit out one play if their helmet comes off while the ball is live.
In cases where the helmet comes completely off without it being directly attributable to a foul by the opponent, the player will have to leave the game for at least one down.
Zac Farnam, who has given a decade of his football life to the Deer Park program as a player and later as an assistant coach, is heading north this season.
Farnam has taken over the duties of the head football coach at Newport High School.
A Spokane native, Farnam came to Deer Park as a fifth grader and became acquainted with football as a middle schooler. A 2002 DPHS grad, he played quarterback, running back, wide receiver and cornerback under head coach Doug McGill. Farnam was part of the 2000 Great Northern League football championship team.
The first steps in the new look Riverside football program were taken this summer.
New football coach Tom Griggs held a pair of camps in June to allow players to get a chance to become somewhat familiar with the program.
Griggs, who came to Riverside after a one-year stint as head coach at Rochester (Wash.) High School, held a mini-camp at the end of the school year. A more intense one-week camp was held last week.
Deer Park assistant football coach Zac Farnam has left the program to take the head varsity job at Newport High School.
Farnam, a 2002 DPHS graduate, had been part of Stag head coach Keith Stampsâ€™ staff for the past six years.
He takes over a Grizzly program that went 7-3 last season.
Farnamâ€™s departure will also leave holes in the Stagsâ€™ boys basketball and baseball teams, as he served as an assistant coach with both programs.
Hunters who submitted applications for 2012 special-hunt permits can check the results of this yearâ€™s drawing on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) website.
The results of the random, computerized drawing were verified June 8 and are available at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/wa/specialhuntlookup. Holders of the special permits can hunt at times and locations beyond those authorized by a general hunting license.
Riverside High School seniors Derrick Bender and Kati McKinney were named the winners of the Fred Safford Award, honoring tschool yearâ€™s top athletes.
Bender earned All-Northeast A League honors on the football field last fall and won the state 210-pound Class A wrestling championship in February.
McKinney, who earned All-NEA softball honors this spring, was also a member of the Lady Ramsâ€™ volleyball team.
Three-sport Deer Park High School sports standouts Zach Mohr and Kimmie Brazington were named the winners of the Max Sanchez Award as the top athletes for the 2011-12 school year.
Mohr, who earned All-Great Northern League honors in football last fall. He was also a member of the basketball (he was an All-GNL player as a junior) and baseball teams, where he threw the first no-hitter at the school in more than a decade.
The Deer Park High School athletic program, bolstered by a state wrestling championship and a third place finish in the boys state cross country meet, placed 28th for Class 2A schools in the annual Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Scholastic Cup competition.
The Stags earned 305 points during the school year.
Archbishop Murphy was the runaway winner in the Class 2A ranks with 1,605 points.
For the second straight year, the Deer Park golf program failed to advance a player into the second round of the state Class 2A championships.
Selena Lewis, in her third state championship, shot a 105 (53rd place) in the opening round on Tuesday at the Lake Spanaway Golf Course. Fellow Lady Stag Allison Rummer, in her first state appearance, shot a 110 (65th place).
The top 40 golfers from the first round advance to the championship round in the girls and boys tournaments.
Alena Groenhout of Interlake was the opening round leader with a 75.