The Riverside boys basketball team, sparked by the play of freshman point guard Taylor Axtell, rallied to defeat rival Deer Park 59-54 in a non-league game on Dec. 13.
The Rams, hurt by cold shooting and the Stagsâ€™ strong inside game, trailed 45-36 going into the fourth quarter.
A short time later, Axtell, who tossed in a team-high 16 points, took over. He scored seven straight points to trim the Stag lead to 47-46 with 4 minutes to play.
Deer Park and Riverside will not be going anywhere when it comes to Washington Interscholastic Activities Association sports classifications for the 2012-13 school year.
In a WIAA meeting in Renton last week to look at preliminary classifications for the upcoming two school years, Deer Park will remain a Class 2A (Great Northern League) school will Riverside will remain in the Class 1A (Northeast A League) ranks.
A funeral service is planned for a later date for area resident Michael S. Slocum, 59, who passed away on Dec. 11.
Born on Jan. 29, 1952, he graduated from Shadle Park High School in 1970 and later enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he spent time stationed in Thailand and at Nellis Air Force Base.
After being honorably discharged he worked for many years at Alcoa in Addy, Wash., as an emergency medical technician and security guard.
Mr. Slocum enjoyed hunting and hiking in his spare time.
A graveside funeral service will be at 1 p.m. on Dec. 19 at the Woodland Cemetery, Deer Park, with the Rev. Richard Finch officiating, for longtime Denison area resident Myrna R. Walters, 80, who passed away on Dec. 3.
A reception will follow the service at the Deer Park Eagles Lodge, W12 South Ave.
Born in Onaway, Idaho, the family moved to Spokane when she was a child. She graduated from Lewis and Clark High School in 1949 and later from beauty school.
The Deer Park wrestling team, bolstered by championships by Joe Grable at 138 pounds and C.J. Rodriguez at 220 pounds, placed third at the highly competitive Inland Empire Tournament at Central Valley last weekend.
Mead won the title with 205 points, followed by Post Falls at 194.5 and Deer Park at 180.5
In addition to two individual championships, Deer Parkâ€™s Aaron Klauder (106 pounds), Cody Dehn (126), Cole Harris (132) and Dylan Miller (160) brought home runner-up medals.
Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Dec. 10 at the Riverside Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with Bishop Bryon Wiltse officiating, for Deer Park resident Chanin D. Starbuck, 42.
Born in 1969 at Anderson, Ind., she graduated from Lake Mary (Fla.) High School and attended Florida State University. She later earned her associateâ€™s degree in art therapy from Seminole State College.
Mrs. Starbuck, who lived in Orlando, Fla., and Alaska before moving to Deer Park, recently graduated from dental assistant's school in Spokane.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Dec. 17 the Tri-County Christian Center, E320 â€śHâ€ť St., Deer Park, with the Rev. Timothy White officiating, for Springdale resident Carol D. Brooks, 68, who passed away on Dec. 7.
Born in Clovis, N.M., in 1943, she married Sonny Brooks in 1959. Mrs. Brooks worked many years as a certified nursing assistant in nursing homes and in home health care services in Colorado and Washington. After her and her husband's retirement, they moved to Springdale in 1998.
She was a member of the Tri-County Christian Center.
In a match-up of two of the top Class 2A wrestling programs in the state, the top ranked Deer Park Stags easily dispatched the 16th ranked Clarkston Bantams 58-18 on Wednesday.
It was the Great Northern League opener for both schools.
The Stags, who trailed 6-0 after the first match (at 160 pounds), won the next four to 16-6 lead.
Among the wins in that stretch was a hard-pounding 4-2 decision by Dylan Miller at 170 pounds over Brock Beeler. Miller, a state runner-up last season, scored the win with a takedown with only 2 second left in the match.
A small private service is planned at a later date for former Deer Lake resident Phyllis M. (Williams) Welch, 88, who passed away on Nov. 30.
Born on Dec. 6, 1922, in Rapid City, S.D., to Henry Clark Williams and Adeline Maude Williams (Jolly), she married Harold Stanley Welch from Deer Park on Jan.18, 1947.
She was librarian for Connell School District and served as mayor of Hatton, smallest town in Washington with 75 residents at that time, from 1979â€“83. She and her husband retired to Deer Lake for 25 years until health reasons moved them to Pasco, Wash., in 2005.
For the second straight game, the Deer Park boys basketball team jumped out to an early lead then held on in the second half. The latest victim of this scenario was the Lakeside Eagles, who fell 63-55 on Tuesday.
The non-league win improved Deer Parkâ€™s record to 2-0 while Lakeside fell to 1-1.
The Stags, who led 18-8 after one quarter, expanded the lead to 16 points midway through the second quarter before the Eagles started chipping away at the margin. Deer Park regrouped to take a 50-39 lead with eight minutes to play and held off Lakeside down the stretch.