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Football Squad Advances Three

Grangeville football coaches Jeff Lindsley and Jeff Adams stand behind three Bulldogs who are headed to college to play football at the next level this fall. Quarterback Layton Harris (left) is headed to North Dakota to join the University of Jamestown Jimmies, while Cole Lindsley (center) and Austin Parks (right) are headed to Caldwell to join the College of Idaho Coyotes.

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Spring puts a damper on more games

Baseball

hile most area teams were already off for spring break, Kamiah had a mid-week meeting at Troy bagged in favor of a double-header last Thursday, March 31. The Kubs won both games handily, punching out victories of 14-1 and 14-2 over Troy behind solid pitching from Branson Ballantyne and Chris Olive, both of whom worked complete games. Ballantyne was nearly unhittable, striking out 10 with a mix of straight and off-speed pitches. Elsewhere, Grangeville and Clearwater Valley were rained out of an April 4 meeting at GHS, which they reset for April 5 only to postpone it again, to April 6, for lack of umpires.

Wolves roamed half of Idaho in 2014

Wolves used about half of Idaho’s total land area in 2014, according to Idaho’s year-end wolf monitoring report, which pegged the 2015 official total at 786 in 108 documented packs inside the state. Biologists also documented border packs – 20 of them – that overlapped the state boundary.

Mushroom permits available; Slide Fire commercial permits limited to 125

In 2014, 27,554 acres burned on the Nez Perce-Clearwater Forests attracting commercial harvesters. In 2015, the forests sold 123 permits and collected $12,300 in permit fees. During the 2015 fire season, 190,000 acres burned on the forests. The combined forests anticipate many more commercial harvesters this year.

Sports...in brief

Dams spilling for fish ; Forests seek campground hosts ; Softball clinics set; Rodeo season starts next month in Riggins ; Jet boats revving up for Salmon River race

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More than 200 finish area hunter ed courses

“It’s a huge undertaking for the kids and the instructors alike,” Idaho Department of Fish and Game district conservation officer George Fischer said Monday, March 28, looking back at the hunter education programs that IDFG has helped put on across the area this year. “It’s two hours after school in the evenings. Ages go from nine to 60 — I think we had a student in their 70s this year.”

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Storm stops meet at CV

Grangeville’s tennis squad followed up a strong outing March 17 at Orofino with a good showing in limited action last week at Clearwater Valley. The Bulldogs were rained out of a March 21 visit to Lewiston and were all but rained out against the Rams, when wet weather slickened the courts at CVHS and put a stop to four matches that were in progress early Thursday evening.

Bulldogs break through before spring break

Grangeville headed to spring break on a bit of a high note, notching the first win of the spring 9-3 during the second half of the set last Friday, March 25. Layton Harris relieved Shane Wood in the fourth inning of the opener, which GHS dropped 11-9 despite a late rally. With Harris starting the late show, the Bulldogs won 9-3, as their suddenly hot hitting carrying over into leads of 2-0 and 4-2. Grangeville added four insurance runs in the top of the seventh.

Sports...in brief

Softball clinics set; Fenn Pond upgrades to run April 4 to mid-May.

GHS teams take third on long trip

Grangeville’s Dillon Alder won the high jump (6-0) and long jump (38-9) and Adam Wonnacott also won two solo events — the 800 (2:10.12) and the 3200 (10:49.98). Those two also powered the winning medley relay, teaming with Booker Bush and Hunter Connolley to post a time of 3:58.97. Cole Lindsley won the discus (164-1) and Noah Kaschmitter won the pole vault (11-6).

Moose, bighorn, mountain goat apps open April 1

The application period for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat controlled hunts is fast approaching. It’s open April 1 to April 30. Applications can be completed at Fish and Game offices or license vendors with a credit card by telephone or over the Internet. Telephone applications may be made at 1-800-554-8685. Internet users may apply fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/fees.

Mild winter opens early opportunities

Turkey outlook

On the heels of the best big-game hunting season in decades, Idaho turkey hunters will likely benefit from similar conditions that benefited big game. Turkey populations are stable or growing in most parts of the state thanks to several consecutive mild winters, and in some places the birds are pushing the tolerance of private landowners.

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Three Pirates sign

Last Thursday, three Prairie High School Seniors signed Letters of Intent to continue their athletic playing careers.

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Colton tops Grangeville; unbeaten Rams whip Troy 9-2

Grangeville’s baseball season opener was bumped from March 12 to last Friday, March 18, by wet weather and the Bulldogs’ game showed a bit of rust.