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Bulldogs run down Charter

The Bulldogs made short work of a Central Idaho League foe with a 19-0 start en route to a 53-19 win over Charter last Saturday, Jan. 25, leaving only Orofino to stand between Grangeville and the CIL title.

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Bulldogs clock Maniacs, lock up league title

With just one Central Idaho League game remaining after Grangeville thumped Orofino, the CIL's unbeaten leaders pulled two games ahead of second place Tuesday night.

County takes on bridge maintenance

The Salmon River Road’s blacktop leads to the Manning Crevice Bridge, where construction of a new span is anticipated this fall. Idaho County has reached an agreement with federal agencies on maintenance, county commissioner Jim Chmelik said, under which the county has “reluctantly agreed to take over maintenance on the old bridge.”

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Two wins from league title, Grangeville preps for CDA

A dozen and one days after playing a double-overtime thriller at Colton, the Bulldogs made swift work of the Wildcats on Monday night, Jan. 20.

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GHS girls win ‘Shootout’ rematch

Barely a minute into the varsity opener, when Prairie girls varsity coach Lori Mader called a timeout to turn a scramble for a loose ball into an extra possession for the PHS girls, it was clear the Pirates intended to try to squeeze the maximum from every slight advantage they could find.

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Straight Shooter

A few snowflakes fell Sunday morning, but wind made for a few more misses than usual at Grangeville Gun Club, which opened the Camas Prairie Trap Shoot in eighth place in the team standings.

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Prairie, Grangeville split Friday night double-header

With a GHS gym packed for four games Friday night, the Grangeville girls powered past Prairie 51-44. The Pirates claimed victory in the boys game, 54-48.

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Pirates slam reigning champ Savages; nab third win of week over area’s elite

It ended on an uncontested dunk by Salmon River’s Leighton Vander Esch, but the second half on Thursday night, Dec. 19, had already seen Prairie leading by as many as 18 points late in a 66-55 Pirates win.

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How Grangeville alum Jennifer Mills turned a passion into a career Running after life

When Jennifer Mills got serious about running as a teenager during the early 1990s, she launched herself into the routine with the relentlessness of a distance racer.

Wilson returns, but Genesee rolls

Area basketball roundup

Grangeville guard Michael Wilson returned to the lineup, but was limited to six points in his first action of the season.

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New look Bulldogs hit six three-point shots in first game

Even with one of their gunners out injured, five Bulldogs hit at least one three-point shot.

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Humbled by Colton, GHS thumps Asotin

Sullivan averages 11.3 points per game for the week as Grangeville improves to 5-1.

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Ready to defend, contend

Grangeville's basketball title defense begins Friday

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GHS grad visits old stomping grounds

Principal Ruzicka stops by with Centennial Football team

John Ruzicka, a Grangeville High School alum, was in town last week for a movie and a Friday morning walkthrough with the Capital High School football team.

Salmon River 66, Council 26: Savages claim back-to-back 1AD2 titles

Salmon River pulled ahead during the first quarter and scored relentlessly throughout its win over Council.

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1AD1 semifinal: Pirates place third as Troy rallies late to advance

Prairie's bid to upend Troy began with a brilliant offensive and defensive sequence and included a couple of magic moments near the end of the contest.

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One down, one to go: Savages move on from 1AD2 semifinal

Savages return to 1AD2 title game; they’ll face Long Pin rival Council.

Disaster ruling to expedite bridge repair

Urgently needed repairs are in progress on a bridge near milepost 33 off State Highway 14 west of Elk City, according to Idaho County officials who sought and received a disaster declaration from the county commission this month in order to streamline what is normally a complicated permit process.

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Week 11: Thanks for playing, everyone

A thank you to all who played, plus one last pick.

GHS girls win home opener: Grangeville 77, Lapwai 65

With 28 points from Chantel Key, the Grangeville girls basketball team won its second game of the season.

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Salmon River 44, Dietrich 0: Savages reach second straight title game

Salmon River defeated Dietrich in lopsided fashion in Saturday's 1AD2 semifinal. The Savages will play for the state title at Boise State.

Trojans end Pirates season: Troy 42, Prairie 36

Troy overcame Prairie's near-perfect start by sticking with a powerful rushing attack.

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Salmon River 56, Kootenai 6: Warriors washed out as S.R. rolls on

Salmon River made short work of Kootenai, defeating the Warriors 56-6 during the opening round of the 1AD2 playoffs last Saturday, Nov. 9. The Savages struck first on a throw from Leighton Vander Esch, a 25-yarder, but misfired on the two-point try.

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Hornets sting GHS again

No vengeance for last year’s elimination loss as Declo rallies late once again

A stinging loss to Declo one year ago introduced a vengeance factor to one of 2A Idaho’s budding playoff rivalries, but desire to wipe the grins from the Hornets’ faces was not enough to propel Grangeville past the reigning champions last Friday night, Nov. 8, at GHS. Declo again overcame a halftime deficit by shutting the Bulldogs out during the second half of what wound up a 23-17 Hornets victory.

Savages advance: Salmon River 56, Kootenai 6

As they did throughout the regular season, Salmon River mercy-ruled its 1AD2 quarterfinal opponent on Saturday afternoon.

Bulldogs knocked out: Declo 23, Grangeville 17

Declo had Grangeville's number last year, and with a similar showing on Friday night, Nov. 8, the Hornets ended the Bulldogs' football season once again.

With gratitude we thank you, veterans

The Grenada Invasion, 30 years ago Oct. 25, flexed national security muscles that had been little exercised since Vietnam and proved our nation’s martial expertise. Though marked by poor high-level planning and various mishaps, the invasion delivered the island out of Marxist control. In then Maj. Gen.

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Sacked and Burned

2A Playoffs: Grangeville 38, Nampa Christian 18

Nampa Christian couldn’t keep the Grangeville defense away from its quarterback, nor could the Trojans prevent GHS quarterback Michael Wilson from delivering deep throws to his No. 1 target last Friday night, Nov. 1.

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Grenada: The Sunday to Sunday War

Former Ranger Tells his role in 1983 Campaign

Thirty years ago last Thursday, having descended onto the Caribbean island of Grenada five days prior, Michael Peterson of Grangeville and his company of elite U.S. Army Rangers returned to the homeland, having completed a lightning-quick campaign in what became informally known as the Sunday to Sunday War.

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Week eight: Hohman, Lorentz hit again

The Bench Press (as in the column by Idaho County Free Press sports/outdoors editor Andrew Ottoson, not the workout routine) offers up an occasional take on local high school sports and should not be confused with any activity that causes a physically fit person to sweat. If reading the Bench Press causes you to sweat, it might be time to go outside or something, maybe walk the dog or ride a bike or hike in the woods or take up jogging. Speaking of which, it’s probably time for Andrew Ottoson to quit referring to himself in the third person and maybe go outside or something.

Dame good! Grangeville clocks Gooding 24-17

Last time Grangeville met Gooding, the Bulldogs may as well have pitched a tent in the Senators’ end zone — they took a 14-0 lead and scored 48 points in a playoff rout at the Kibbie Dome in 2011.

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Well-played, barely out

“If necessary” loss ends GHS playoff run

Grangeville’s run at the 2A District II volleyball tournament had the surge and sway of an ocean during a perfect storm, which the Bulldogs weathered all the way to a fifth match in as many days.

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Self destruct

Troy QB dominates Whitepine League title game rife with Pirates turnovers

The host Trojans were credited with a 53-28 win at the conclusion of the showdown between the Whitepine League’s top contenders, but the Prairie Pirates pretty well beat themselves with five turnovers.

Back to work

Shutdown disrupts some timber jobs; delays planning

While the divided U.S. Congress bickered over whether and how to fund the federal government for fiscal 2014, Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests supervisor Rick Brazell and a total of about 20 combined forests employees were “excepted” from the shutdown by the Forest Service higher ups – which is another way of saying that the agency’s central office in Washington D.C. asked a fraction of the workforce to stay on the job without pay Oct. 1-17.

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Long Pin locked up

Savages secure playoff seed

Salmon River stuffed a fake punt on fourth down early in a 56-8 victory over Garden Valley last Friday night, Oct. 18, and the Wolverines did not dare question the Savages’ dominance again during the ball game.

Week five: Roberts, Stowell win with 10

Our Week Five winners, David Stowell and Gideon Roberts, were among four who tied at ten correct picks apiece. That’s a bummer for Mike Connolley and Terry Schlieper, but no worries, fellas — we’ll be handing out gift certificates through Nov. 13. I’m glad to have another month to keep firing picks, even though I’m coming off my worst week to date with five whiffs.

Lochsa Land Exchange: After stall, trade receives congressional support

Although three members of Congress signed off on a letter last week declaring the Upper Lochsa Land Exchange essentially dead in its current form, no obituary need be written for the controversial plan to acquire approximately 60 square miles of scattered private timber holdings in north eastern Idaho County.

Prairie wins 10th, but falls to Genesee

Volleyball roundup

Week three: Roberts hits 11, nabs top prize

Week 3 football contest winners and Week 4 picks.

Bulldogs break Vandals

Grangeville 48, McCall 6

GHS offense piles up 380 yards from scrimmage in breakout game.

Volleyball: Prairie wins Grangeville Tournament

Pirates take 10 straight sets, improve to 8-1 on the season

Although the Pirates’ season opener bounced away from them at Troy on Sept. 3, Prairie has gone undefeated since. PHS carried a weeklong winning streak into the eight-team tournament at GHS last Saturday and won every one of their ten sets against teams from across the area. Leading up to the tournament, the Pirates beat Lapwai on Sept. 9 and swept CV on Sept. 10. Then, on Thursday, Sept. 10, Prairie served its way to a win over Grangeville (20-25, 25-15, 25-15, 25-20).

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GHS teams run fifth in opener

Grangeville’s cross-country runners each placed fifth in the boys and girls team scoring, with Kaleala Bass and Diego Barela pacing their respective squads through a 2.6-mile course last Saturday, Sept. 14, at Chief Timothy Island.

Football Picks week #2

Week two: Courtright, Schlieper nab prizes Week two is in the books and Lee Courtright — who just barely missed a win in week one — took first prize last week with another nine correct picks. We had a four-way tie for second place this week, and Terry Schlieper out-drew the crowd for second prize this week. (Come pick up your prizes at the Free Press office, guys.)

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Rams on a Roll

Clearwater Valley 56, Timberline 8

For the first time since both schools were running 11-man teams way back in 1998, Clearwater Valley beat Kamiah in a football game. With an unsurprising drubbing of a team they scorched during a 2-6 season last year last Friday night, Sept. 13, the Rams are 2-0.

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Morels in the markets

'We have about 10 or 12 guys selling to us every day ... Some of the best pickers are making $300-$500 per day.'

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