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April 11th, 2012
For the first time in 29 years, the Deer Park girls basketball team placed three players on the all-league team.
Named to the All-Great Northern League first team was Tessa Heins. The senior earned All-GNL honors for the second straight year. She was named to the second team last season.
Other first-teamers this season were Allie Brown of Cheney, Erin Wallman of East Valley, Emily Drake of Pullman and KC McConnell of Clarkston.
The East Valley Knights scored three runs in the first inning and Gage Burland did the rest in the first game of a doubleheader on Thursday.
Staked to an early 3-0 lead, Burland limited the Stags to only four hits (all singles) while striking out 10 in a makeup game from an early season rainout.
The Knights added three more runs in the fourth inning and two more in the fifth as they dropped the Stagsâ€™ Great Northern League record to 0-5.
Taylor Watkins provided most of the offensive firepower for the Knights with a pair of doubles.
The â€śmercy rule,â€ť long a staple of Class 1B football in the state may be changed for next season.
Under the current rule, if a team falls behind by 40 or more points anytime in the second half, the game ends. In the other classifications, a running clock is used when a team falls behind by 40 or more points.
Under a proposed Washington Interscholastic Activities Association rule amendment, which must be adopted by the 55-member Representative Assembly, the Class 1B schools will also use the running clock rule.
Riversideâ€™s Derrick â€śDeweyâ€ť Bender, who finished his prep wrestling career with a Class 1A state championship in the 220-pound classification, scored a few more wins at the ORCA Duals last weekend in Ashland, Ore.
The duals featured some of the top senior wrestlers from Washington, Oregon and California.
Among Benderâ€™s wins on Sunday was a 5-3 decision over Mick Dougherty of Barlow (Ore.) High School.
Area football teams have released their 2012 football schedules to reflect the new look Great Northern and Northeast A leagues.
The Deer Park Stags, the defending GNL champions, will open their season at Chewelah on Aug. 31. It will be the fifth straight year the Stags have opened the season against the Cougars in a non-league game.
Riverside will open its season on Aug. 31 at Timberlake, The Tigers defeated the Rams 17-6 in last yearâ€™s season opener.
The Stags and Rams will face off against each other on Sept. 7 at Riverside.
It was truly a team effort this time around as all nine Stags earned state medals, including two state titles, the biggest individual hardware haul in school history.
The effort also assured the Stags their fifth straight state Class 2A team title with a 154-134 decision over runner-up Centralia.
Deer Park trailed Centralia 32-23 after the first round. By the end of the first day, the Stags has closed the gap to 68-67.
â€śIf we do our job weâ€™ll be OK,â€ť said Deer Park head coach Matt Jorgensen after the first dayâ€™s results.
The Pullman Greyhounds survived a flurry of long range shooting by the Deer Park Lady Stags to win the opening round District VII tournament 51-49 on Tuesday.
The win propelled the Greyhounds (9-11) into the double-elimination portion of the tournament, while the Lady Stags ended their season at 11-10.
Trailing 49-38 with 2:14 to play, Deer Park closed the margin on 3-pointers from Danielle Beltrame, Tessa Heins and Alison Ruygrok but could not catch the Greyhounds.
Deer Parkâ€™s Jake Konzal, disqualified from last weekâ€™s District VII wrestling tournament in a weight classification dispute, made a surprising appearance at this weekendâ€™s Region IV tournament.
The district disqualification occurred after Stag head coach Matt Jorgensen decided to move Konzal, who was battling an illness, up a weight class.
Jorgensen said he followed league rules in making the decision and it was met with approval by the Great Northern League coaches.
The Kettle Falls Bulldogs, using a 13-0 fourth quarter run, defeated the Springdale Chargers 40-36 on Thursday in the opening round of the District VII Class 2A tournament.
The win propelled the Bulldogs (3-18 overall) into the double-elimination portion of the tournament. The Chargers, who defeated the Bulldogs twice during the regular season, ended their season with a 4-17 record.
The Republic Tigers wasted little time dominating the Springdale Lady Chargers 43-30 in the opening round of the District VII Class 2B tournament on Thursday.
The win propelled Republic (14-6) into the double-elimination portion of the tournament while Springdale ended its season with a 4-17 record.
The Tigers held the Lady Chargers scoreless for the first 13 minutes of the game as they built an 18-0 lead.
Springdale finally broke the scoreless streak on a pair of free throws from Spring Hamilton. Republic answered with a 3-pointer by Gabby Jessen and took a 22-7 lead at halftime.