Sports and Outdoors

<p align="right"><i> Photos by Amy Veneziano</i></p><p>From left, Dave Sunde, Trygve Culp and Tom Winsor dump gravel on a newly-installed turnpike at the Antoine Trail last week. This spot is about a mile from Forest Service road access.</p>

Backcountry Horsemen put in hours clearing trails

ANTOINE TRAIL, HAVILLAH – Digging holes doesn’t immediately come to mind as an activity for a group called the Backcountry Horsemen.

But on one rainy spring day, it was exactly the plan.

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<div align="right"><i> Submitted photo</i></div><p></p><p>Hornet catcher Nathan Thompson was selected for the NCW “B” League First Team All League.</p>

Thompson Named to First Team NCW ‘B’ League

OROVILLE – Oroville senior catcher Nathan Thompson was selected by the NCW “B” League Coaches to the First Team All League. Thompson, who batted .419 in the regular season, was a unanimous choice by league coaches.

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Photos by Amy Veneziano<br>A firefighter continues to set fire while a ponderosa pine burns up in a crown fire behind him. Crown fires can send flames as much as 300 feet into the air.

Prescribed fire a necessary forest tool

TONASKET – Fire.

It’s the dirtiest of the four-letter words for many home owners, farmers, ranchers, recreation seekers and others across the dry, arid west.

It’s the summertime worst case scenario, an out-of-control blaze that eats up miles of forest, towns and homes.

But firefighters and others entrusted with protecting both the backcountry and private lands know that the best way to fight it is with another form of fire, a cleaner version, controlled by those around it.

“We’re emulating what Mother Nature would do,” said Tonasket District Ranger Mark Morris. “If Mother Nature’s happy, we’re happy.”

Last week, the Tonasket Ranger District of the Okanogan National Forest completed work on a 1,000 acre swath of the Upper Aeneas, lighting a fire by hand and chemical-infused ping-pong balls dropped from a helicopter.

But the flames are the result of a long effort in preparing the area for burning.

The Forest Service first arranged a commercial logging effort in the area to be burned, Morris said.

Commercial loggers remove small-diameter trees and logs, a boost for the economy. Once they’re done, the forest service continues to remove “ladder fuels” or the piles of discarded branches, weeds and brush deemed unusable by loggers. At this point, the forest is much less dense.

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The big largemouth bass weighing 1.82 pounds was caught by the team of Jim Barker (left) and Cliff Applebee.

May Fest bass anglers face cold, windy day of tough fishing

OROVILLE – The team of Fred Bender and Claude Roberts took home top honors at this year’s May Festival Bass Tournament with fish weighing a combined 22.46 pounds.

The first anglers showed up that morning at about 4:15 a.m. and were soon joined by 12 more teams coming to register and wait for 6 a.m. to arrive.

“As we waited there was talk of tournaments past and just a little talk about how to catch the big ones on this day,” said Roberts, who also serves as tournament director.

“The day greeted us with cool, windy conditions which made fishing tough, but the weather did not hinder the effort the teams put into their fishing,” he adds.

The results of the tournament were as follows:

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Fast-paced action at May Fest 3 on 3 Basketball Tourney

OROVILLE – Fifty-three teams took to the courts for this year’s May Festival 3 on 3 Tournament, but only nine would walk away as champions Saturday.

“Everything went real well and the weather was actually great for playing basketball,” said John Neal, co-chairman for the event which is sponsored by the Oroville Booster Club.

“We had 53 teams which was an increase from last year when we had 47… everything went smoothly and everyone was well behaved,” Neal said.

In the Men’s Open 18 teams vied for the championship in their division. Romine Fuel, made up of Jason Romine, Casey Watts, Tony Block and Geoff Miller, were victorious and took home the championship.

The Women’s Open was won by Chelocals, Jessica Graham, Megan Gale, Olivia Larson and Amber Lynch.

The Silent Street Spankers, Felipe Gayton, Jacob Longmire, Toshiya Ijichi and Jordon Bebee, won in the Boy’s High School division.

For the Girl’s High School division it was Tonasket, made up of Jayden Hawkins, Cierra Silverthorn, Rachel Hutchins and Dana Pryor.

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<html>  <head>  </head>  <body>    <p align="right"><i>By Amy Veneziano</i>    </p>    <p>    She’s out, but not without a good try. Tonasket first base player Jessie Hedlund sent a Chelan runner back to the bench April 24 in Tonasket. Tonasket lost 0-1

Tough season for Tonasket softball

TONASKET – It’s been a long spring for the Tonasket girl’s softball team.

The girls are currently two and 12 with two games to go before the season ends next week.

“We just want to get by this year,” said head coach Dave Shaw. “We want to make it through the season.”

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<html>  <head>  </head>  <body>    <div align="right"><i>Photo by Gary A. DeVon</i>    </div>    <p>    </p>    <p>Oroville’s Reinna Quick is brought home on an Emily Graham triple last week against the Waterville Shockers. The Hornets easily won each o

Lady Hornets swing for the fences in surprisingly successful season

OROVILLE – Oroville’s Lady Hornets are attracting loyal fans wherever they go as they play in their most successful season since the Hornets started playing fastpitch softball.

The girls are 10 and four for the season and nine and three in the NCW 2B League. Last week, Thursday, April 24, they put away the Waterville Shockers in a double header going just seven innings. They won the first game 18 to one in four innings and the second 18 to two in three innings.

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<html>  <head>  </head>  <body>    <div align="right"><i>Photo by Terry Mills</i>    </div>    <p>    </p>    <p>The Tonasket High School tennis team boys are Aaron Bharucha, Karl Bharucha, Zach Clarkson, Terrell Cross, Zach Ferriel, Jeff Hunlock, Corbin

Tonasket Tiger Tennis in full swing

Yellow and blue have taken over the tennis courts.

The Tonasket High School tennis team began their spring season last week with two away games and one home meet.

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<p align="right"><i> Photo by Bob Thornton</i></p><p>Tonasket athlete Jacob Longmire won the high jump in Cashmere April 12, jumping five feet, eight inches.</p>

Tonasket track has good week

TONASKET – It was a good week for Tonasket track athletes.

The team headed to the Brewster Co-Ed Relays April 8. Every running event was a relay with two girls and two boys, and in the field events a girl and boy team, according to Tiger track coach Bob Thornton.

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Tonasket Little League Wrestling Tournament

TONASKET – The Tonasket Little League Wrestling Tournament was held last Saturday and was a huge success say organizers. The tournament included competitors from Kindergarten to sixth grade with kids from Tonasket, Oroville, Omak, Okanogan, Methow Valley, Brewster and Pateros.

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