Sports and Outdoors

Tigers blast Bridgeport in opener

Tonasket’s football team dominated Bridgeport in its season opener on Friday, Aug. 31, behind four touchdowns by Michael Orozco.

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UPDATED HIgh School Sports Schedule, Aug. 30-Sept. 8

Friday, Aug. 31

Football (varsity) – Brewster at Oroville, 7:00 pm

Football (varsity) – Bridgeport at Tonasket, 7:00 pm

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Brent Baker / staff photoTonasket's Collin Aitcheson, shown here at last year's WIAA state wrestling tournament, competed in July at the USAW Junior Greco Nationals in Fargo, North Dakota.

Tonasket’s Aitcheson competes at Greco nationals

TONASKET – Collin Aitcheson probably didn’t know what he was getting into when he and some of his Tonasket High School wrestling teammates started dabbling in Greco-Roman wrestling last spring.

For Aitcheson, it meant a summer filled with the kind of training in a new variety of the sport and a trip to Fargo, North Dakota, in July to compete in the USAW Junior Greco-Roman Nationals tournament.

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Brent Baker / staff photoForty years after a disastrous Olympics experience, Doris Heritage is still providing wisdom and encouragement to athletes -- and, occasionally, their parents.

Half-Baked: An encounter with my favorite Olympian

I’m one of those people who can’t quite get enough of the Olympics. I won’t confess to being a rhythmic gymnastics addict, but I love watching some of the lesser-known sports and seeing the same levels of skill and passion we often see elsewhere. Watching a bunch of NBA stars jumping around like high school kids after winning gold was pretty cool.

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Tonasket youth football sign-ups Monday

TONASKET – Registration for Tonasket Youth Football will take place on Monday, Aug. 20, 5:30 p.m. at the Tonasket High School football field.

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Brent Baker / staff photoViews of the Similkameen River abound on the trail, particularly on the more rugged upper half.

Strolling the Similkameen trail

OROVILLE – Sometimes it’s those things in your own back yard that are least appreciated.

It’s pretty early in the game to render a final verdict on whether or not the Similkameen Trail is properly appreciated, but its easy access, dual starting points and status as part of the Pacific Northwest Trail make it one of the area’s most family-friendly trails.

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Brian Tanzman at the Similkameen Trailhead in Oroville. Tanzman is hiking the 1200 mile Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail and Oroville is the halfway point. He spent a few days resting up at the Camaray Motel before continuing his journey up the Sim

Take a hike

OROVILLE – Brian Tanzman, just back from hiking 2,000 miles in New Zealand, decided he’d like to try the Pacific Northwest Trail (PNT). Oroville is the halfway point on his journey, which began in Glacier National Park on June 26.

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Can Am Apple Cup holds successful powerboat races on Lake Osoyoos

OROVILLE – This weekend offered much to do and see throughout Oroville with Heritage Days, the Fly-in and the Can Am Apple Cup.

Heritage Days featured music in the park and an extended Farmer’s Market, exhibits at the Depot Museum, spinning wheel demonstrations, plant sale and pie and homemade ice cream. There was also a tractor show and competition. The Fly-in featured a breakfast put on by the Boy Scouts, airplane rides and a couple of exciting fly-bys.

The Can-Am Apple Cup, back after a miss last year, was back on Lake Osoyoos off Oroville’s Deep Bay Park last weekend.

“I think it was a great success,” said a tired Jinnie Bartholomew, who with her husband led the move to bring powerboat racing back to Oroville.

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T.J. Tjoelker's "Runnin' in the Red" throws off plenty of heat at Saturday's Truck and Tractor Pulls.

Truck and Tractor Pull roars through Tonasket

TONASKET – Noise, smoke and dirt filled the air at the Tonasket Rodeo Grounds on Saturday, July 14, as the Tonasket Comancheros hosted their Third Annual Truck and Tractor Pulls.

Actually, it was a two-day event, with local amateurs making a go at it on Friday. Saturday had its fill of local talent as well, but most of the anticipation was for the professionals of the Moonlighter Pulling Team of Spokane and their modified diesel trucks, smoker tractors and multi-engine tractors.

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Corey Olson of Chesaw throws a loop in the Junior Breakaway Roping at the Chesaw Fourth of July Rodeo. Olson, who took second place in the Pee Wee Barrels earned Junior All Around Cowboy honors. Photo by Gary DeVon

Kartchner and Olson earn All Around Cowboy at Chesaw Rodeo accolades

CHESAW – Talon Kartchner was named Senior All Around Cowboy and Corey Olson Junior All Around Cowboy at the Chesaw Fourth of July Rodeo.

Kartchner, from Republic, took first place in the Bareback and third in the Senior Cow Riding. He teamed up with Steve Kartchner, also of Republic, to take third in the Wild Cow Milking, as well. Olson, of Chesaw, took second in the Pee Wee Barrels.

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