Chewelah head boys basketball coach Jason Norman stepped down last week from his position with the Cougars for a career opportunity and to spend more time with his children, according to Athletic Director Pat Gaffney.
The Chewelah Lady Cougars kept pace with the league leaders through the past week with three consecutive wins over conference contenders.
Tylee Frizzell went 2-for-3 at the plate and batted in three runs and Jaelynn Skok threw a one-hit shutout on Tuesday as the Lady Cougars made short work of the visiting Newport Grizzlies.
Chewelah used nine hits and took advantage of five Newport errors to steamroll the Grizzlies 15-0 in a five-inning league encounter.
As different as night and day. This is the quick and simple description of last Saturday’s doubleheader games against Deer Park.
Paul Buxton of Buxton Financial is pleased to announce the first qualifiers for the end-of-season charity shootout.
Four charity golf tournaments held this summer get to qualify 4 winners each to move forward to the final $50,000 shootout held September 21 after the Veterans fund raiser scramble.
The Northport Lions Club held the first qualifying scramble May 11 at Dominion Meadows.
Closest to the pin on hole number 2 was Mike Becker, number 9 was won by Rheanna Miller, number 11 by Zack Walters and number 16 by Jeff Davis.
“They each hold a ticket to the ‘Big Dance’…. congratulations and the best of luck to each of you,” said Paul who has sponsored a $5,000 hole-in-one contest for each of the charity fundraisers.
Each charity also has a fifth ticket that they are raffling off to raise funds.
“For a chance to compete in the $50,000 hole-in-one shootout and help support these fine organizations you should contact each of the organizers and purchase several tickets,” Paul added.
Northport Lions Club …. Linda Midkiff 509-732-4191
Contacts for the remaining fundraisers are:
Sat June 15 Colville Baseball….Chris Peterson 509-675-2413
Sat July 27 Opie/Coxie Memorial…. Cami Ochs 509-684-4845
Sat Sept 21 Veterans…. Andy Hite 509-684-5508
“My son, Liam, and I are looking forward to competing in the next scramble,” said Paul.
“Liam, a first time golfer, was very excited about leading on hole number 2 until Mike Becker beat him out at the end of the round… he and I will be entered in all the fundraisers… they are lots of fun and for good causes.”
-Submitted by Buxton Financial
Derek Smith, Ben Johnstone, and Caleb Wiebe have been chosen to play in this summer’s all-state football game, announced Chewelah Cougar football coach Jim Fisk.
This year’s East-West All-state Game, known as the Earl Barden Classic, will be played at East Valley High School in Yakima on June 22, with kickoff time set for 1:00 that afternoon.
The East team will be coached by Jim Fisk of Chewelah, and he will be assisted by Pat Gaffney of Chewelah, Keith Stamps of Deer Park, and Zac Farnam of Newport.
Fisk and his staff have completed and submitted their 38-player roster. It includes players from 2A, 1A, and B classifications.
Smith quarterbacked the Cougars to a league championship this past fall and was named the Most Valuable Player on the All-Northeast A League first team offense. He was also selected as a member of the all-league first team defense as a safety.
This season, Smith established a Jenkins High School record when he completed 118 of 229 passes for 1,787 yards. In doing so, he threw 15 touchdown passes. He also led the team in rushing with 1,051 total yards. Altogether, he generated 2,838 yards of Cougar offense.
On the defensive side of the ball, Smith led Chewelah in pass interceptions with seven. He finished the season with 39 tackles in the defensive secondary.
Because he is a threat to run and to pass, Smith will probably be the East’s starting quarterback.
Johnstone was chosen by Northeast A League coaches as the Most Valuable Player on the all-league first team defense. The hard-hitting senior linebacker led the Chewelah defense with 81 tackles, even though he missed three games midway through the season with a knee injury. He could be the starting middle linebacker for the East team.
As a receiver on offense, Johnstone had catches totaling 275 yards.
Wiebe joins the all-state first defensive team as a cornerback. He grabbed five pass interceptions and had 39 tackles in the defensive secondary.
Wiebe also played as wide receiver for the Cougars, where he caught passes totaling 359 yards. He is a player who could see action on both sides of the ball.
Tickets for the all-state game are available from all three Chewelah players, who are also hoping to obtain contributions to fund their trip to Yakima.
By Geno Ludwig, The Independent Staff
Adam Collins will lead a delegation of 13 Chewelah Cougars to this weekend’s Bi-District Track and Field Championships at Riverside.
Collins was the spotlight performer at the Northeast A League Meet last Saturday at Newport, where he won all three jumping events. He won the high jump at a height of 6’2″. His winning leap in the long jump was measured at 19’4.5″. He then won the triple jump at a distance of 41’11”. Although none were personal records, all three first place finishes were better than anyone in the league could equal or surpass.
Collins will be the favorite in this Saturday’s high jump competition. He is the bi-district leader in this event with his season-best jump of 6’3″. He also leads bi-district qualifiers in the triple jump with his best distance of 42’11”. However, he is currently second on the long jump leader board.
Kaitlin Krouse was the winner of the top qualifier in the girls’ discus. She won the event with a throw of 112’11”. She also placed second in the shot put with a toss of 31’2″. So, she will compete in both events at this Saturday’s bi-district meet.
Joining Krouse in the girls’ throwing events will be Jayden Rainer. The young freshman thrower placed third in the discus with a throw of 98’11”. She then finished fifth in the shot put with a distance of 28’10.75″.
McKenzie Miller will also compete in two events at Riverside. He placed second in the 110-meter high hurdles with a career-best time of 17.12 seconds. He then placed second in the 300-meter low hurdles, which he ran in 42.73 seconds.
Daniele Bradley will be spending her time in the jumping pits with Collins. She qualified to compete in the high jump and the long jump in this weekend’s bi-district competition. She placed third in the high jump when she cleared the bar at 4’6″, equaling her best height of the season. In the long jump, she placed fourth with a leap of 14’6.5″.
Kody Karsh will compete in the discus at the bi-district meet after placing fifth at Newport with a toss of 114’7″. Chris Lambert threw the javelin 143’5″, placing third in that event to qualify for this weekend’s event.
Venessa Calhoon will throw the javelin for the Cougar girls. She placed fourth at Newport last weekend with a distance of 90’8″.
Sevannah Blain will be the only Chewelah girl entered in the individual running events. She placed fourth in the 400-meter run with a time of 71.26 seconds.
Both of the Chewelah girls’ relay teams will run at Riverside. Liz Taft, Summer Hodgden, Moriah Hudson, and Bradley will team up to compete in the 4×100-meter relay and the 4×200-meter relay.
By Geno Ludwig, The Independent Staff
Five Cougar golfers will be playing for entries into this year’s State 1A Golf Championships this week when they and other players from the Northeast A league face off with competitors from the Caribou Trail League at the Chewelah Golf and Country Club.
The District Tournament was held at Sundance Golf Course in Spokane on Wednesday, May 8, where NEA golfers played 18 holes to determine the league’s entries into the regional tournament.
Chewelah qualified four boys and one girl to advance to this week’s regional tournament. Clint Long finished in second place with his low round of the year, shooting a 74. Josh Olson came in fourth with a score of 76. Matthew Chalmers finished in seventh place with a score of 85, and Nic Grimm also qualified among the top 19 with a score of 92.
Jamie Olson shot 109 and Mitchell Adkins shot 118 to miss the cut of 97.
The boys also finished in second place at the district tournament behind the district champion Lakeside.
Savanah McMillan finished with a score of 103 for fifth place in the girls’ division of the district tournament. She will be the lone Lady Cougar in this week’s regional action.
Amanda Pugh missed the cut by one stroke, shooting 117, and will be the NEA alternate to the regional tournament. Amanda won a three-way play-off on the first hole to qualify. Hannah Johnson shot a 119 and Jeannie Corbett a 128 to finish their seasons.
On Wednesday, May 1, Chewelah hosted Freeman for a dual league match. The boys won their close match by a score 473 – 476. Josh Olson was the medalist with a score of 76. He was followed by Long with a score of 83, Grimm 88, Chalmers 90, and Adkins 136.
The Cougar boys finished the league season in second place. Olson finished the league season with the lowest average, a 77.8, and will enter the district tournament ranked number one. Long finished the season with an 80.8 average for third place. Chalmers will be ranked tenth with an average of 88.0 and Grimm will be ranked eleventh with an 89.2 league average. All four boys now advance to the regional tournament this week here in Chewelah.
“I really believe all four have a great shot to make the state tournament,” said Coach Brian Harting.
McMillan was the girls’ medalist against Freeman with a score of 98. Hannah Johnson shot 110, Amanda Pugh shot 127, and Jeannie Corbett 139.
McMillan will enter the district tournament ranked third in league with an average of 102.8. Grimm finished the season ranked tenth with an average of 115.2, and Pugh was eleventh with an average of 117.0.
The Regional Golf Tournament was held in Chewelah on Tuesday, May 14. The top 19 boys and 11 girls will advance to the State Golf Tournament next week at Lake Spanaway Golf Course near Tacoma.
By Geno Ludwig, The Independent Staff
Errors have been the undoing of Chewelah baseball throughout the spring sports season. That was especially true toward the end of the season when every out counted.
Last week, the Cougars needed to defeat Medical Lake to make it into this year’s bi-district tournament, but they bobbled away their opportunities.
Medical Lake received new life after the game-winning catch fell through the glove of a Chewelah infielder on Tuesday evening. The error allowed the tying Cardinal run to score, sending the game into extra innings, and eventually led to a 9-6 Cougar loss.
The error was just one of eight made by Chewelah on Tuesday as the Cougars again beat themselves. Medical Lake finished the game with only four earned runs. The other five Cardinal runs were all the result of Cougars failing to make routine defensive plays.
Tuesday’s loss to Medical Lake, combined with last week’s losses to Riverside and Freeman, eliminated Chewelah from post-season play. Only the top three teams in the league standings will advance to the regional tournament against the Caribou Trail League. Those teams will be Medical Lake, Freeman, and Lakeside. Chewelah finished fourth in the final league standings.
Chewelah led Medical Lake through the first six innings of play. The Cougars went into the top of the seventh inning with a 5-3 lead. They needed only three outs and the victory was theirs.
Instead, Medical Lake scored two runs—one earned and one unearned—to come from behind for the win. The earned run resulted from a Cardinal triple into the right field corner, scoring a base runner from first base.
With the go-ahead run now on third base, the Cougars kept him from scoring with a ground out to shortstop and a fly ball to left field. Now, Chewelah needed only one more out to preserve their lead. The opportunity for that third out came on a blooper off the end of the bat of the next Medical Lake batter that barely made it off the infield grass. When it was bobbled, the tying run scored.
Chewelah did not score in the bottom of the seventh inning, and the game was extended all the way into the tenth inning when Medical Lake scored three runs to win it, 9-6.
The Cougars took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. An infield single by Ty Curtis scored Taylor Nicholas from third base.
Medical Lake scored three runs on only one hit in the third inning to take over the lead, 3-1. With two outs and the bases loaded, a Chewelah infield error allowed all three Cardinals to score.
The Cougars responded with three runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. Andrew Hansen triggered the rally with a bunt single and scored on a wild pitch.
Dustin Crowell got on base when the Medical Lake pitcher could not handle his bunted ball. He scored when the Cardinal catcher tried to throw him out attempting to steal third base. His run tied the score at 3-3.
Dustin Olson doubled later in the inning, scoring Caleb Wiebe and returning the lead to Chewelah, 4-3.
Hansen made it a two-run ballgame in the fourth inning. He hit a Texas League single that dropped in front of the Medical Lake outfield and was moved to second base on a single by Derek Smith. He was then batted in by Dustin Crowell, giving the Cougars a 5-3 lead.
That 5-3 Chewelah lead held on until the fatal fifth inning when Medical Lake tied up the score at 5 runs apiece and went on to win it, 9-6.
The Cougars did finish the season with a pair of wins. They traveled to Newport on Wednesday, where they won both games of a doubleheader against the Grizzlies. They won the first game, 9-5, and came out on top of the second game, 21-6.
Altogether, the Cougars had 33 hits at Newport, producing 30 runs in 12 innings. This was a good way to end the season.
Cordell Bean, Derek Smith, and Dustin Olson each swatted three hits in the first game of the doubleheader. Bean had a single, a double, and a triple. Dustin Crowell also hit a three-bagger. Smith, Olson, and Ty Curtis each had a double.
Still, Chewelah had to come from behind for the win. The Cougars trailed 5-4 after five innings. It took a five-run sixth inning to finally put away the pesky Grizzlies.
Back to back doubles by Smith and Curtis manufactured Chewelah’s first run in the second inning. Olson’s double, followed by a triple off the bat of Bean, scored two more runs in the third inning. Singles by Smith, Olson, and Bean brought home one more Cougar run in the fourth inning.
Singles by Curtis and Olson combined with a double by Bean provided the power at the plate in the sixth inning as the Cougars scored five more runs for the come from behind victory.
Wiebe went a perfect five-for-five in the second game to lead Chewelah at the plate. He hit three singles and a pair of doubles, stole four bases, and scored four runs.
Curtis and freshman outfielder Ahron Wuesthoff each batted three-for-four. Curtis scored four runs. Wuesthoff hit a triple.
The Cougars had four innings in which they scored five runs. The game ended after the sixth inning on the 10-run rule.
Dustin Crowell notched the pitching win for Chewelah in the first game. Cordell Bean was the winner on the mound for the Cougars in the second game.
With the two wins at Newport, the Cougars concluded their league season at 11 wins and 7 losses.
Chewelah 9, Newport 5
Cougars: 0 1 2 1 0 5 0 = 9 15 3
Grizzlies: 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 = 5 5 2
Cougar pitching: Dustin Crowell and Cordell Bean. Win – Crowell.
Cougar hitting: Derek Smith 3, Dustin Olson 3, Cordell Bean 3, Dustin Crowell 2, Ty Curtis 2, Carson Coleman, Caleb Wiebe. 3B – Crowell, Bean. 2B – Smith, Olson, Bean, Curtis.
Chewelah 21, Newport 6
Cougars: 5 1 5 5 0 5 = 21 18 4
Grizzlies: 2 3 0 0 1 0 = 6 6 1
Cougar pitching: Cordell Bean and Josh Hanley. Win – Bean.
Cougar hitting: Caleb Wiebe 5, Ty Curtis 3, Ahron Wuesthoff 3, Derek Smith 2, Cordell Bean 2, Dustin Crowell 2, Dustin Olson. 2B – Wiebe 2. 3B – Wuesthoff.
ML 9, Chewelah 6
Cougars: 0 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 = 6
Cards: 0 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 1 3 = 9
Cougar pitching: Caleb Wiebe, Taylor Nicholas (7), Derek Smith (10) and Cordell Bean Loss -Nicholas.
Cougar hitting: Andrew Hansen 2, Derek Smith, Dustin Crowell, Caleb Wiebe, Dustin Olson, Cordell Bean, Taylor Nicholas. 2B – Olson.
Final league standings
Medical Lake 16 – 2
Lakeside 12 – 6
Freeman 11 – 7
Chewelah 11 – 7
Riverside 8 – 7
Kettle Falls 5 – 13
Newport 0 – 18
By Geno Ludwig, The Independent Staff
In This Photo: Seniors Ty Curtis, Derek Smith, Cordell Bean, Caleb Weibe, Carson Coleman and Dustin Crowell (with niece Harper). Not Pictured: Brandon Smith. Mickey Olson photo
The tennis teams finished up their regular season play last Tuesday with wins over Riverside making the boys and the girls league champs, which was a great way to celebrate Coach Smith’s birthday.
This is the third year in a row for the boy’s team as league champs and if you consider wins and losses, the best male team Chewelah has ever put on the courts.
Chewelah has definitely been the team to beat, but no league team has even come close. Seniors, Ben Johnstone, Brady Dainty, Collin Kirk-Patterson, Sam Cobb and Tommy Norman have played their last regular season match, but have lots of play-off matches ahead of them with the goal of playing at State in their sights. Next weekend they will play at Mead with the top 4 of 10 entries advancing to the next weekend tournament at West Valley where they will combine with the B schools of District 7 and 9 for the Regional tournament. From this tourney the top 4 entries will go to Yakima for State the next weekend.
Singles entries will be Johnstone-seeded #2 and Dainty. Doubles teams will be Kirk-Patterson and junior Mason Miller-seated #1 and Cobb and Norman. The sad thing is junior Luke Timm went undefeated the entire season at #3 singles but does not get to play in the tournament because each school is allowed only two entries. If people were seeded according to personal records, Luke would be placed right behind his two teammates, but he will have to wait until next year to play in the District tournament.
For the girl’s tournament, seniors Becka Kenney and Bethany Kofmehl will be seeded #1 and senior Ryann Richmond and sophomore Tenika Smith, who both played singles most of the season, will pair up for a doubles entry. They will have to play a pig tail match to get into the tourney because they have no record in doubles.
The single player entries will be junior Naomi Miller and sophomore Tia Justice who will also have to play pig tail matches. This line up is different than how the team played during the regular season, which allowed them to win a league title. Four entries for the girls will advance to Regionals, but only 3 from there to State.
-Submitted by JHS Tennis
It was another fabulous week for Chewelah Tennis, with the boys and girls each picking up two league wins. The boys were flawless winning 60 games against Freeman and only giving up 16 for another sweep. The match started out with everyone a bit anxious because all seven players were playing someone different than in the previous meeting in March. However, the only challenging match was at first doubles. Collin Kirk-Patterson and Mason Miller had a little attitude check and played keep away from the net guy before winning 6-4, 6-4 to remain undefeated in league. Luke Timm’s opponent asked for a line judge after the first set, but Timm didn’t let that bother him as he won the second set 6-0 in record time by getting to the net and hitting lots of winners.
The girls match was a different story, with two Chewelah girls sick and Bethany Kofmehl in the hospital. Everyone was definitely going to have to step up their game for the team win. After spending a whole practice on figuring out which JV player would play best with Becka Kenney at the #1 doubles position, the coaches re-thought strategy and figured the Scotties would put their best players at doubles and the Cougs had better do the same. So, singles player, Ryann Richmond, who played doubles last year, was teamed up with Becka Kenney, and JV player Patti Hernandez was moved to #3 singles, while Naomi Miller was moved up to #2 singles. The line up paid off for the Cougars, with Kenney and Richmond battling for every point and learning how to work together for a 6-2 win in the first set, losing a tie-breaker in the second set and winning the third set 6-3. Miller had an easy 6-1, 6-1 win with powerful, backhand, cross court shots. Hernandez, playing her first Varsity singles match ever, served a few aces and hustled all over the court “playing the hardest match of her life” for a convincing 6-1, 6-4 win in which she said, “singles is a lot harder than doubles.” But the important thing was she maintained her focus, convinced herself to play each point the best she could, no matter how the previous one had turned out. Tia Justice and Kayleigh Hansen at #2 doubles played inconsistent by hitting too many shots to the net person and everyone knows “net people are not friendly” but came away with the first set tie-breaker win 7-5 due to a scoring error by Freeman and a second set win 6-3.
At Lakeside on Thursday the Cougars stepped on the courts, took charge and never looked back. The results were a 10-0 sweep for the Varsity, with everyone winning in two sets. In the previous meeting against the Eagles, Tenika Smith and Ryann Richmond had both lost, but this time the good vibes were pouring off them and they both controlled their opponent for good quality wins, Smith 6-3, 6-0 and Richmond 6-3, 6-1. “When it comes down to the last week of regular season play, it is nice to see that your players have improved enough to beat someone they had previously lost to.” commented Coach Smith. Miller had the quickest match of the day taking less time to beat her opponent than to chase stray balls 6-0, 6-0. Hernandez and Kenney teamed up at the #1 doubles and had a few poor points but some great alley burns for the 6-1, 6-1 win. Justice and Hansen won 6-2, 6-3 with some good rallies and angle net shots.
In boys action, Ben Johnstone fought the big serve of Thomas Rustin but was more consistent in most other aspects of the game and broke serve enough times to win 6-1, 6-2. This score was a big improvement from the last meeting when Johnstone gave up 7 games. Braeton Dainty-Flanagan took on a new opponent and won handily 6-1, 6-1 with some aces and great passing shots showing he was the most consistent player on the court. Luke Timm won his seventh straight #3 singles match 6-1, 6-1 using a lot of his usual slice and a combination of short and deep shots. Both doubles teams also continued their undefeated league season getting their seventh straight league wins with superb net play and consistent cross court shots that baffled the opponent.
On Friday, the team traveled to Spokane for the 68th annual Inland Empire tournament and played at 7 different sites. Overall, everyone played very well and got a lot of tennis in. This was a chance to play different schools and play several matches in one day in preparation for play-offs.
This week the Cougars travel to Riverside for their last league match on Tuesday then have a break until May 10 when they start league playoffs at Mead at 3 p.m.
-Submitted by JHS Tennis
In this photo: Naomi Miller plays her Lakeside opponent with smooth strokes and persistence to get the win. Kim Johnstone photo