November 4th, 2011
What is fast becoming a school tradition, Deer Park football coaches spent the final game of the regular season with one eye on the scoreboard and the other on their cellphones.
For the past two years, the Stags, assured of a playoff spot, spent the final weekend of the regular season worried about postseason seeding at the same time they were playing a non-league game against Medical Lake.
For the second straight year, the Riverside Rams will open the Class 1A football playoffs against the Chelan Goats.
Last year the Goats, the Caribou Trail League champion, defeated the Rams 47-10 in a regional playoff match-up. This year Riverside (5-4) will travel to Chelan (6-3) 1 p.m. Saturday for another regional game.
Chelan, coming off a 60-0 win over Cascade in its regular season finale, is led Michael Amsel, who has completed 42 of 69 passes for 873 yards and 13 touchdowns.
The Deer Park football teamâ€™s playoff future will be determined on Thursday at West Valley.
The Stags, who finished their Great Northern League season two weeks ago with a 4-1 record, finish their season with a non-league game at Medical Lake 7 p.m. on Thursday. They, however, must wait to see who wins the Cheney-West Valley match-up on Thursday to see who they will play in the opening round of the playoffs.
The Deer Park football team had to rewrite its record book following a convincing 44-13 non-league win over Riverside on Friday.
The Stags, who saw Zach Mohr kick a school record 51-yard field goal in the second quarter, also used the offensive outburst to set a school mark for most points in a season (324). The win improved Deer Parkâ€™s overall record to 8-1, which tied the 1992 Stags for the best season start in school history after nine games.
â€śYou never know how itâ€™s going to go,â€ť said Deer Park head coach Keith Stamps on his teamâ€™s strong start.
A memorial service was Nov. 1 at Country Church of the Open Bible in Elk for longtime Elk resident Pat Rickey Jr., 76, who passed away on Oct. 25 in Spokane.
Born on Oct. 1, 1935, to the late Patrick Sr. and Leona (Flanders) Rickey at the family home in Spokane, the family moved to Chattaroy, where he and his three sisters were raised and attended school. Following high school, he worked as a mechanic at Madren Brothers in Hillyard and then moved to the sales of Studebakers, Internationals and eventually Toyotas.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Nov. 11 at Foothills Community Church, N.11102 Forker Road, Spokane, for former Deer Park resident Cloyce E. Preedy, 87, who passed away on Oct. 19 in Spokane.
Born on June 18, 1924, to the late Evert and Maude Preedy, he graduated from Deer Park High School in 1942.
In 1945 Cloyce married Blanche C. Morton. They were divorced in 1954. In 1955, he married Olive A. Thomas-Davis. In July 1993 she passed away and he married Bonnie Lorraine Anderson-Neil in June 1994.
Spokane County Fire District No. 4 crews were busy in the morning hours of Nov. 1.
Firefighters were first called to a chimney fire in the 25000 block of Monroe Road.
Pat Humphries, the fire districtâ€™s public information officer, said the firefighters were able to save the two-story home by limiting the flames to the attic at around 9 a.m.
Slightly more than a hour later, another fire call reported a mobile home fire at Riverside Village on U.S. Highway 2.
Fire crews from Stations 41, 43, 44 and 46 responded to the fire.
Deer Park SCOPE volunteers will be out in force on Halloween to enhance the safety of children as they roam neighborhoods in search of sugary booty.
Citizens on Patrol (COP), a community safety program that involves citizen volunteers driving through neighborhoods, will provide a visible deterrent. Using retired sheriffâ€™s patrol cars, COP participants can quickly alert deputies to potential or active criminal activity.
The Deer Park City Council chose park security over comfort in the 2012 budget.
Faced with a rapidly shrinking budget (an original $200,000 general fund surplus is now closer to $175,000) the city council continued to try and find ways to save money.
The city council at the Oct. 25 budget workshop decided to fund a $21,700 video surveillance system for Swinyard Park.
A memorial service will held at 1 p.m. on Oct. 29 at the Clayton Community Bible Church, 4494 Carlton Ave., for Evelyn Johnson, 86, who passed away on Oct. 21 in Spokane.
Born on Jan. 31, 1925, in Brownsville, Maine, she graduated from high school at the top of her class of four students. At age 18, she went to work as a welder in the shipyards in Connecticut during World War II then to work for the Army Map Service in Washington, D.C.