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.
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.
Softball clinics set; Fenn Pond upgrades to run April 4 to mid-May.
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).
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Last Thursday, three Prairie High School Seniors signed Letters of Intent to continue their athletic playing careers.
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.
How strong was the competition at Grangeville’s first meet last Saturday, March 19? An early example came during the shot put, when Coeur d’Alene junior Grady Leonard launched the 12-pounder 56 feet, 2½ inches, which would have ranked in the statewide top-three in 2015. Teams from Walla Walla to Bonners Ferry made the trip.
Harris to pitch as Grangeville's season gets underway.
The Sweeney Invitational proved a pleasant place for Kamiah’s relay runners and pole vaulters to start their season.
Shortly after his squad’s strong finish two weeks ago at state, Clearwater Valley wrestling coach Carlos Martinez launched a project to raise $20,000 to bring key equipment up-to-date, including new mats ($9,500) wall padding ($7,250) and a heating system upgrade.
For the first time in three years, the Clearwater Valley softball girls scored in their first game. That was true whether the count began with an exhibition tournament at Fenn Field last Friday and Saturday, March 11-12, or with a 14-7 win over Grangeville Monday night, March 14.
The baseball and softball seasons are scheduled to open today, but weather may yet interfere. For now, the Clearwater Valley boys are set to take on Orofino's JV at 3 p.m., with a CV-Troy game to follow at 5:30 p.m. Across town at Fenn Field, the CV girls are set to play Asotin at 3 p.m. with the Grangeville girls to play Asotin at 4:45 p.m., if the weather holds up.
Setting up across from Summit on the opening night of the 1AD2 state tournament, Dietrich proved itself the division’s purest powerhouse a 78-47 win last Thursday night, March 3, followed by a 46-39 win over Clark County in the semifinals and a 68-55 win over Council in the state championship game. The Patriots handled the other two teams they saw with relative ease, avenging a 55-44 district tournament loss to Kendrick with a 62-45 consolation bracket triumph over the Tigers last Friday night, March 4. Summit laid claim to the consolation trophy with a 51-47 win over Rockland keyed by Tyler Krogh and Patrick Chmelik, who hit back-to-back after Rockland tied the contest at 46-all with about two minutes left.
Oakley and Prairie played as close to a scoreless draw as the sport of basketball allows during the first quarter of the first round of the 1AD1 tournament, and the first-round loss left PHS in a vulnerable spot against the league rival they’d face the next night.