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November 30th, 2012
The Deer Park Stags, who got a major decision from Aaron Klauder and a pin from Jake Konzal, held off the Orting Cardinals 44-35 in Fridayâ€™s battle of state wrestling champions.
The Stags, the five-time Class 2A champs, took a 28-23 Billy Marshall defeated Andrew Melot in the 285-pound match. Deer Park got some breathing room after Tysen Jorgensen received a forfeit in the 106-pound match.
Orting, the four-time Class 1A champs, narrowed the lead to 34-29 in the 113-pound bout after defending state champ Fred Green only needed a minute to pin KC Ayers.
The Deer Park wrestling team opens its season this week with a match-up of a pair of 2012 state team champions.
The Stags, the five-time defending Class 2A champs, will entertain Orting on 6 p.m. on Friday.
The Cardinals, who have moved up to the Class 2A ranks this season, are four-time defending Class 1A champs. Last year's team featured (all returning) Fred Green, the 106-pound champion, Austin Dodson, the runner-up at 113 pounds, and Beau Gore, the runner-up at 145 pounds.
In addition to its state title run, Orting finished second the three previous seasons.
The Deer Park Stags could not run and eventually could not hide from the East Valley Knights in Thursdayâ€™s Great Northern League regular season finale for both teams.
The Stags, who only had one run over more than 9 yards in the game (a 35-yard run by Dalton Hanson in the fourth quarter), could not catch the Knights 35-24.
The loss eliminated the Stags (3-3 in the GNL, 6-4 overall)) from state playoff consideration. East Valley (4-2, 7-3) was eliminated later in the evening after Colville upset league-leading Pullman.
In a match with deep playoff implications, the Clarkston volleyball team defeated Deer Park 5-19, 22-25, 19-25, 25-9, 15-8 on Thursday.
The win improved the Lady Bantamsâ€™ Great Northern League record to 2-8 while the Lady Stags fell to 1-8.
Clarkston grabbed a quick lead in the first game. A Sierra English kill trimmed the Lady Bantam lead to 9-7. A pair of Jemma Lakewolf kills kept Deer Park close only to have Clarkston close out the game with late kills by Tori Zeimantz and Adriana Arnone.
The Freeman Scotties, staking claim as the top volleyball team in the Northeast A League, took care of the Riverside Lady Rams 25-10, 25-20, 25-18 on Thursday.
The Scotties, behind three kills from Kaela Straw, opened up a 10-1 lead in the first game.
Riverside (5-4 in NE-A play) made a brief run with three straight points behind the serving of Courtney Davis. Freeman, (7-1) however, responded with six straight points to stretch the Scottie lead to 16-5.
Two aces by Straw gave the Scotties a 20-7 lead and were never threatened the rest of the game.
The Deer Park boys cross country team lived up to its No. 3 ranking in the stateâ€™s Class 2A ranks with a overwhelming 15-50 win over Clarkston on Wednesday in the Stagsâ€™ lone home meet this season.
Nolan Woodward led the charge over the 3-mile course with a 17-minute, 7-second performance, good enough to lead the field. Teammate Kody Turner finished second (17:16), followed over the finish line by fellow Stags Sam Davis (17:38), Brady Bollum (17:42) and Coltan Boswell 17:45).
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.