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Wrestlers may get to skip regionals

PASCO — Wrestlers may lose a regional tournament and qualify directly for the state Mat Classic tournament if a proposal before the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association is approved later this week. On Tuesday, WIAA s... — Updated 1/25/2022


And the winner is...

The awards for outstanding players in the NCAA divisions have been announced. The FBS winners are told prior to the bowl games in early December. The FCS awards are announced the... — Updated 1/20/2022


Steelhead fishing closed on Lower Snake

BURBANK — The state Department of Fish and Wildlife closed the lower section of Snake River to steelhead fishing effective Jan. 4. The closure extends from the mouth of the river at Burbank upstream to Lower Granite Dam. Above... — Updated 1/5/2022


Disappointing decision regarding 2B football playoffs

Last week, the WIAA unveiled its state tournament allocations for fall sports. These allocations determine how many teams each district gets to send to the state playoffs in these... — Updated 1/5/2022


Special hunt drawing set for early reporters

OLYMPIA — Hunters who report their 2021 black bear, deer, elk, or turkey hunting results by Monday, Jan. 10, will have the opportunity to win one of nine deer and elk incentive permits for fall 2022. State Department of Fish and... — Updated 1/5/2022


Fish and Wildlife commissioner resigns

OLYMPIA – There are now two vacancies on the state Fish and Wildlife Commission. In a letter Monday, Dec. 13, to Gov. Jay Inslee, Commissioner Fred Koontz, Ph.D. of King County resigned form the at-large seat on the nine-member... — Updated 12/14/2021


Shortage of officials interrupting local sports

RITZVILLE – A shortage of officials here and across the nation are interrupting middle and high school sports. According to Lind-Ritzville/Sprague/Washtucna Athletic Director Greg Whitmore, the shortage has prompted the... — Updated 12/9/2021

 By Rod Larse    Sports & Rec

Broncos hoops teams lose to Tri-Cities Prep

RITZVILLE – The Lind-Ritzville/Sprague boys (0-1) and girls (0-2) basketball teams both fell to Tri-Cities Prep on Tuesday, Nov. 30. The Bronco boys lost to the Jaguars, 57-54.... — Updated 12/9/2021


Connell girls eliminated in six sets

YAKIMA - The Connell girls volleyball team was swept from the state 1A volleyball tournament Friday, Nov. 12, in six straight sets. The losses ended the season for the No.... — Updated 11/16/2021


Jaguar girls go two-and-out at state

YAKIMA – The Tri-Cities Prep girls volleyball team went two and out at the state 2B volleyball tournament Nov. 11 and 12 in the Yakima Valley SunDome. The No. 12-seeded Jaguars... — Updated 11/16/2021


Firearms restrictions, hunting closures on tap

OLYMPIA — The state Fish and Wildlife Commission may implement new firearms restrictions and hunting closures when it meets virtually Oct. 21-22. In addition, commissioners will discuss a new rule on importing and retaining dead... — Updated 10/18/2021


Citrus fundraiser starts for Bulldogs boys basketball

PASCO - A citrus-flavored boys basketball fundraiser has kicked off in support of the Pasco Bulldogs hoops programs. Fans, supporters and others can order citrus from today, Oct.... — Updated 10/11/2021


Palouse Falls plan ends camping, requires permits

OLYMPIA – A new plan for managing Palouse Falls State Park may end camping and require hiking permits if its approved. Washington State Parks officials will take comments on the... — Updated 9/28/2021


Additional sturgeon fishing days added

CASCADE LOCKS, Ore. — Fishermen will be able to catch and keep sturgeon on a section of the lower Columbia River for four more days in September. Fisheries managers for Oregon and Washington announced Wednesday, Sept. 15, that... — Updated 9/16/2021


Chiawana football team ranked No. 5

PASCO - A local football team is ranked among the Top 5 among all divisions in Washington state. has ranked the Chiawana Riverhawks as the No. 5 team, behind... — Updated 8/27/2021


Toxic algae subsides in Scooteney

BASIN CITY — Recreational activities can resume on Scooteney Reservoir as a toxic algal bloom has subsided. The reservoir was closed Aug. 13 after water tests showed a high level of toxins, the Benton-Franklin Health District... — Updated 8/27/2021


Eagle's Nest plans fundraiser for Connell sports

CONNELL - The booster club for the Connell Eagles sports program will host a fundraising barbecue Sept. 2. The Eagle's Nest barbecue will take place from 5-7 p.m. at the Connell... — Updated 8/24/2021


Chiawana QB among Top 25 players

PASCO - One local football player is among the state's Top 25 seniors on the high school grid iron. ranked J.P. Zamora, the 6-foot-4, 185-pound Chiawana quarterback as... — Updated 8/18/2021


Berquist takes second at College National Finals

CASPER, WYO. — LaCrosse's Caleb Berquist took second-place in tie-down roping at the College National Finals Rodeo on June 19. A junior at Montana State University, Berquist was... — Updated 8/17/2021


Franklin County residents compete in Cheney Rodeo

CHENEY — Two Franklin County cowgirls were among the Cheney Rodeo contestants last weekend. Jennifer Casey of Mesa and Kaite Breazeale of Pasco were both on the ticket for... — Updated 7/13/2021


Othello receives state recreation grants

OTHELLO – The city was awarded $1,350,000 in grants from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Funding Board, which will be used to improve Lions Park. The city plans to use the funding to replace 1950's playground... — Updated 7/13/2021


Freedom Rodeo draws fans, despite heat

BASIN CITY - Thousands of rodeo fans turned out Friday and Saturday, June 25 and 26, to watch the second Freedom Rodeo. Temperatures neared 100 degrees at performance time Friday... — Updated 6/28/2021


Pelican Fueling competes at Webb's Slough

ST. JOHN - Race fans may want to forgo hydroplanes and follow sprint boats. "It's so much better," Team Pelican Fueling owner and driver Dan Hatch of Pasco said. Hatch, son Dylan... — Updated 6/27/2021


Freedom Rodeo returns to Basin City

BASIN CITY - The second Freedom Rodeo returns to the arena Friday and Saturday, June 25 and 26, with two adult performances and a youth competition. The rodeo was the only one in Eastern Washington to buck Gov. Jay Inslee's... — Updated 6/21/2021


Hydroplane racing is back on

PASCO — Just a few weeks after canceling the annual hydroplane races here, Water Follies officials have announced the races are back on. The hydroplane races will take place July 23-25 on the Columbia River, upstream from the... — Updated 5/25/2021


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