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  • Combine Derby set for Lind

    Roger Harnack, Franklin Connection|Updated Jun 4, 2024

    LIND - The town will roar to life this weekend as the annual Lind Grand Parade and Combine Derby return to town. The action begins Friday with car and pickup truck racing. Locals and visitors alike with "run what they brung" to Lion's Club Arena on state Highway 21. Racing is set to begin at 6 p.m. As of press time, racers were still able to get registered for the event by calling Eric Lund at 509-677-3432. Expect racers from across Whitman, Franklin, Adams, Lincoln, Spokane...

  • Free fishing weekend on tap

    Franklin Connection|Updated Jun 3, 2024

    OTHELLO – Dust off those rods and reels and head to the PotHoles this Saturday and Sunday, June 8-9, for a free fishing weekend. In accordance with the law creating the paid Discover Pass, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife is opening up state waters for fishing without a license. Trout and warm water species may be caught and kept, as can shad. But fish requiring a catch card — salmon, steelhead and sturgeon, to name a few — still require an angler to have a license, officials said. State rules on size and daily catch...

  • Be respectful

    Dale Anderson|Updated May 29, 2024

    The NCAA basketball tournament ended the first week in April. The all-time leading scorer in NCAA history is Cailtlin Clark from the Iowa Hawkeyes. She and her teammates were runner ups to the National Champions two years in a row. Clark, the three point making machine was selected number one in the WNBA draft by the Indiana Fever Now because of Clark the ratings for the tournament semi-final and final were record setting. People wanted to watch her play. Some for her success...

  • Othello City League volleyball registration to close

    Franklin Connection|Updated May 22, 2024

    OTHELLO – A final call for the city adult co-ed volleyball league has been sounded. The city’s annual league will see a closing deadline of Friday, May 24, this week. This year’s first season of adult volleyball will only consist of a maximum of 12 teams, which are encouraged to consist of three men and three women. The Othello Parks and Recreation Department advises that if teams cannot consist of an evenly split three men and three women, teams should attempt to balance with a line up of the following: • Thee men and two...

  • Okay, I had fun

    Dale Anderson|Updated May 1, 2024

    I sometimes think that I am way too busy at my age but that can also be my fault. When a person retires they are supposed to do this or do that but whatever you do don’t sit around and do nothing. So I’m at least not doing nothing. This was a much anticipated weekend for some time now with the Invitational track meet on Saturday but also the EWU spring football game on Friday. My buddy Kenny G. came to town on Friday and we drove to Cheney for a reception pre-football wit...

  • Now get to work

    Dale Anderson|Updated Apr 17, 2024

    There have been a lot of changes in NCAA basketball. UConn won its second championship in a row — in case you forgot. Coaches moved to different challenges, replacing coaches who were fired or took a successful season and received a bigger paycheck somewhere else. I guess we could call it the coaching transfer portal. Eastern Washington University head Coach David Riley moved onto WSU. I like Riley, but I wish he hadn’t said this was his dream job because a lot of dream job...

  • Lowland lakes open April 27

    Franklin Connection|Updated Apr 17, 2024

    PASCO – The state lowland lake fishing season is set to open Saturday, April 27. And if fishing isn’t enough, the state has tagged more than 800 trout and released them into lakes around the state. Fishermen landing a tagged trout will be eligible for prizes in the state’s derby. While none of the lakes in Adams or Grant counties were stocked this year, a couple nearby Franklin County lakes have received fish from the Lyons Ferry Hatchery. Dalton Lake and Marmes Pond both have been stocked multiple times from Feb. 26 to Ma...

  • The next steps

    Dale Anderson|Updated Apr 8, 2024

    By the time you read this you will know who the men’s NCAA basketball champion is. All I can say is that the two best teams are playing for the crown. I’ll watch as I always do because it’s the right thing to do. It was a great season and an interesting one. Whereas the women’s champion was undefeated the men’s’ teams stubbed their toes a few times, Purdue 4 times and UConn 3. It has been a long time since the men had an undefeated champion mainly due to talented rosters and...

  • A time to revisit

    Dale Anderson|Updated Apr 5, 2024

    I’ve always maintained that timing is everything. I wrote last week’s column and sent it off a few hours before WSU basketball coach Kyle Smith announced that he would be the next Stanford Cardinal men’s basketball coach. When I found out I thought that it wasn’t a step up as Stanford has had trouble winning and now they are going to the ACC to play the likes of North Carolina, Duke and this year’s tournament upstart North Carolina State. A few hours later when I was watch...

  • Three Burbank wrestlers win bronze

    Roger Harnack, Franklin Connection|Updated Apr 2, 2024

    SPOKANE — The Burbank Wrestling Club brought home four bronze medals March 30 from the annual Jason Crawford Memorial Tournament in Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. More than 2,100 wrestlers competed in the event billed as "state" for youth grapplers in Eastern Washington and North Idaho. Burbank's four bronze medalists include three boys — Leon Avalos, Ashton Miller and Cody Sloan — and one girl — Amy Sloan. In addition to the Top 3 finishers, Ryker Ricard finished fourth. Here are the individual results for Burbank...

  • Six Connell wrestlers win weight classes

    Roger Harnack, Franklin Connection|Updated Apr 1, 2024

    SPOKANE - The Connell Little Guy wrestling club brought home several gold medals from the Jason Crawford Memorial Tournament on Saturday, April 30, in Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. More than 2,100 wrestlers competed in the tournament that features youngsters from ages 5-14 from across Eastern Washington and North Idaho. In the 5/6 age division, Liam Rodriguez won gold at 46-47 pounds and in the 9/10 division, Romeo Cortez was first at 80-82 pounds. In the 11/12 division,...

  • Rally season opens

    Northwest Rally Association|Updated Mar 28, 2024

    Carey Lando races against the clock in the Lind Lion's Club Arena earlier this month during the Northwest Rally Assocation's 2024 season-opener. Rally racing is expected to return to Lind in the fall....

  • What's next?

    Dale Anderson|Updated Mar 28, 2024

    There are a ton of stories about the teams, players and coaches in the NCAA basketball tournament. There are family stories and stories of tragedy that can make a person cry. With the games there are upsets and blowouts and buzzer beaters. We all know that some of the players that had great tournaments will be on someone else’s roster next year. Coaches that had great seasons will be courted by bigger programs that weren’t happy with the person that is heading their pro...

  • Wild and crazy

    Dale Anderson|Updated Mar 22, 2024

    I’m sure that many people who enjoy watching the NCAA basketball tournament really don’t watch many of the conference tournaments. For fans around here that watch Gonzaga and WSU your interests were in Las Vegas last week and the last game you watched ended in a loss for the men and also the GU women. The only local team to win their conference tournament was the EWU women. The Eagle ladies had and extraordinary season and will now take on Oregon State in Corvallis. Nice rew...

  • Rally racing results announced in Lind

    Franklin Connection|Updated Mar 22, 2024

    LIND — The Northwest Rally Association opened its 2024 season with two days of racing in Lions Club Arena on March 9-10. The Top 3 finishers in each class are as follows: Saturday, March 9 Prepared FWD — 1. James Connelly, 6:42.948; 2. Joshua Albanese, 6:47.750; 3. Chase Cook, 7:04.621. Stock RWD — 1. T.J. Vollema, 6:22.983; 2. Bryan Davidson, 6:25.797; 3. Jason Angell, 6:36.874. Prepared RWD —1. Michael Erbland, 7:25.626. Prepared AWD —1. Omri Reeves, 6:07.682; 2. Daniel Slipes-Brandt, 6:07.747; 3. Dean Minner, 6:11.212....

  • March Madness ahead for Eagles

    Special to the Franklin Connection|Updated Mar 22, 2024

    BOISE, Idaho — For the first time since 1987, Eastern Washington women’s basketball is going to the NCAA Tournament. Eastern defeated Northern Arizona, 73-64, in the Big Sky Tournament finals to capture the conference’s automatic bid on Wednesday afternoon. Jacinta Buckley had a monster game with 21 points and 11 rebounds. The Eagles had five players score in double figures as well. “This team is tough and resilient, they don't waver or panic. We knew if we upped our urgency at the defensive end to get more stops; we knew we...

  • One and done - again - for Eastern Washington University men

    Paul Delaney, Franklin Connection|Updated Mar 13, 2024

    BOISE, Idaho — The Eastern Washington men's basketball team was upended in the quarterfinals of the Big Sky Tournament for the second-straight season on Sunday in Boise, losing to the No. 10 seed Sacramento State Hornets, 74-69. The Eagles entered the tournament as the regular season champions and top seed, just as they did last year, and finished with a 21-11 overall record. Eastern fell in similar fashion last season, losing their first game to No. 8 Northern Arizona. Sacramento State led wire-to-wire in the first half, p...

  • Eastern women reach BSC title game

    Paul Delaney, Franklin Connection|Updated Mar 13, 2024

    BOISE — The Eastern Washington women used two deciding quarters, were led by three players in double figures and topped Montana State 56-39, March 12, to advance to the Big Sky Conference women's championship game March 13. Eastern was set to play the winner of the Northern Arizona vs. Montana game, which followed their contest with a berth in the NCAA Tournament at stake. With Jacinta Buckley scoring 16, Jamie Loera 12 and Aaliyah Alexander 10, the top-seeded Eagles pulled away from the Bobcats on the strength of an 18-6 e...

  • State unveils pike plan

    Roger Harnack, Franklin Connection|Updated Mar 13, 2024

    LAKE ROOSEVELT - The state Department of Fish and Wildlife has released a "rapid response" plan to take extraordinary measures to kill northern pike found in waterways like Lake Roosevelt. Released last week, the plan would allow state officials and tribes to draw down reservoirs, using Rotenone to poison the fish, netting and seining, quarantining waterways and more after declaring a northern pike emergency. State Aquatic Invasive Species Policy Coordinator Justin Bush...

  • Hunters may comment on proper rule changes

    Franklin Connection|Updated Feb 29, 2024

    OLYMPIA — Hunters can comment on a proposed rule change governing seasons for the next three years. State Department of Fish and Wildlife employees are proposing changes to game-management unit boundaries, landowner hunting permits, pelt inspection and sealing requirements, weapon and hunting attire requirements, trapping and various rules related to big and small game and gamebirds. A substantial number of changes are proposed and can be reviewed online at https://wdfw.wa.gov/sites/default/files/about/reg...

  • Two Bulldogs finish seventh at state

    Franklin Connection|Updated Feb 23, 2024

    OLYMPIA - Two Pasco Bulldog wrestlers brought home medals from the state Mat Classic XXXV on Feb. 16-17: Both Alexander Barajas at 138 and Kamden Boyer at 215 finished seventh in state 4A wrestling in the Tacoma Dome. Two other Bulldogs, Devon Valdivia at 165 and Victor Cuellar at 175, qualified and competed at state, but didn't place. Here are the Bulldogs' individual results: 138 - Alexander Barajas (40-13) placed 7th and scored 7.0 team points. Champ. Round 1 - Alexander...

  • Most surprising March Madness winners of all time

    Stacker, Bob Cooper, Data Work By Karim Noorani|Updated Feb 23, 2024

    There's a reason it's called March Madness. Besides the mad enthusiasm (and heavy betting) of partisan fans, the madness of underdog teams posting upset after upset to advance as far as the Final Four or even the championship game makes for compelling theater. Who doesn't love an underdog or, in March Madness parlance, a Cinderella? ATS.io compiled a ranking of the most surprising men's March Madness champions since 1982 (when "March Madness" was coined) using Sports...

  • Connell boys win 2 matches each at state

    Franklin Connection|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    TACOMA — Two Connell Eagle boys won two matches each in the 1A boys state Mat Classic wrestling championships Feb. 16-17 in the Tacoma Dome. But despite those victories, neither Eliuth Serra nor Jackson Forsyth was able to medal. Here are the individual results for the Eagles: 120 — Eliuth Serra (32-17) place is unknown and scored 5.0 team points. Champ. Round 1 - Eliuth Serra (Connell) 32-17 won by fall over Marshall Pell (Cashmere) 5-3 (Fall 4:39) Quarterfinal - Cooper Williams (Castle Rock) 9-0 won by fall over Eliuth Serr...

  • Burbank boy competes in Mat Classic

    Roger Harnack, Franklin Connection|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    TACOMA - A Burbank wrestler competed in the state Mat Classic XXXV tournament Feb. 16-17 in the Tacoma Dome, but came home empty-handed. Wrestling at 113 pounds in the boys 1B/2B division, Carter Katz made it to the third round of the tournament. He was pinned by Abraham Montealagre of Forks in 1:41 in his opening bout. In the wrestlebacks, he received a bye and then was eliminated from the state tournament by Landon Batton of Cle Elum by pin in 4:15....

  • Three Chiawana wrestlers win silver medals at state

    Roger Harnack, Franklin Connection|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    TACOMA - Chiawana wrestlers brought home several medals from state Mat Classic XXXV, including three silvers and a bronze in the boys 4A division Feb. 16-17 in the Tacoma Dome. Silver medalists include Anthony Shima at 106 pounds, Daeton Johnson at 138 and Jordan Tobias at 144. Chiawana's bronze medalist is Lane Hedrick at 285. During the two-day tournament, Chiawana amassed 169.0 team points, good enough for second-place. Tahoma won the team title with 193.5 points. Skyline,...

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