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Pirates advance to district tourney final, lock up state tournament berth

The Pirates are safely through to the state tournament.

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Bald eagle rescued; Local tennis players advance with Palouse Tennis Club team; Soccer signups reset for 6 p.m. Thursday; PHS girls, KHS boys win on academics

State-bound Pirates headed to Nampa; tourney opens Thursday

Prairie ran into a buzz saw in its district title matchup against the team most observers favor at the outset of the 1AD1 state tournament. But as the only team in the tournament to have played a close game against Lapwai this season, the Pirates may be primed to force a rematch in the classification’s biggest game.

State-bound Bulldogs headed to Boise; GHS draws Wendell

The runner-up in last year’s 2A tournament, Ririe, may be the favorite to win the title this year. While Ririe is seeded on the other side of the bracket, the Grangeville girls likely will face a tough matchup during the second round whether or not they find a way past first-round foe Wendell.

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Potlatch Ends Rams Run

Clearwater Valley’s Trey Pfefferkorn found a lane to drive and scored two points on this play during the 1AD1 District II tournament play-in game held on Presidents’ Day afternoon last Monday, Feb. 16 in Kooskia. Potlatch grabbed an early lead, blunted the Rams’ charge during the second quarter, and held on to win 56-45. Bracket play began after the Tuesday, Feb. 17, print deadline with top-seeded Prairie preparing to play the Kamiah-Troy winner this afternoon, Feb. 18, at the LCSC Activity Center in Lewiston. Prairie, the 2014 1AD1 state champion and the WPL’s 2015 regular season champion, will open at 7 p.m.

Wrestlers tune up at Lake City

Four locals won their respective weight classes last Saturday, Feb. 14, at the last regular season wrestling event of the year.

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Bowling, trapshooting, and high school basketball box scores.

Boys basketball: Pirates’ title defense ramps up as districts open Wednesday

Potlatch ended Clearwater Valley’s boys basketball season with a 56-45 win over the Rams in the 1AD1 District II boys basketball play-in game last Monday, Feb. 16 in Kooskia. But if the district tournament goes the way the Loggers went during their regular season finale against Prairie last Saturday, Feb. 14, the rest of the league’s teams may find contentment in playing for second or third place.

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Hallissey Champs!

The Sts. Peter & Paul Parish girls 7-8th grade basketball team won the 52nd Hallissey Championship Basketball Tournament this past weekend in the Boise area — the first time a Sts. Peter and Paul girls team has ever won the championship.

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‘It was grandpa’s idea to bring a rifle’ : IDFG bags Earthquake Basin poachers, license cheaters

State hammers ‘past employee’ who shot research elk illegally last year

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Wrestlers brace for districts: Locals prep for late-season tourneys

Prairie, Grangeville, Clearwater Valley/Kamiah, Orofino and McCall wrestlers met at CVHS last Thursday night, Feb. 5, for a tune-up before the regional tournament that will thin the field before state.

State-bound! Grangeville, Prairie girls advance: Bulldogs reclaim District II title, lock up a 2A state tournament slot

Led by Central Idaho League "player of the year" Hailey Sullivan, the Grangeville girls reached the District II tournament finale by way of a 64-35 win over Orofino.

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Area boys basketball roundup: Pirates dominate Clearwater Valley, extend perfect league record to 11-0

It’s well-known to Whitepine League basketball fans that the Pirates attack the rack relentlessly, generating an excitement heightened by how little margin for error the baselines at Prairie’s gym afford sprinting players to stop short of the literal brick walls.

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Bulldogs even the score: GHS beats St. Maries, evens up CIL standings

The Lumberjacks came to town with the league's only unbeaten record, but the Bulldogs pulled into a tie atop the Central Idaho League standings with a 50-40 afternoon win last Saturday, Feb. 7.

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Quite A Catch

Rachel Diaz of Riggins caught a 31-inch fish last week, Feb. 4, during the 2015 River Adventures Women With Bait tournament.