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 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    June 22, 2016 

What's going on out there?

Here are a few thoughts from the last few weeks. Remember, my thoughts are strictly my thoughts, not anyone’s at the paper, school, church or in my household. Please do not hold them accountable for anything I might write here or say in public....

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    June 8, 2016

The disappearing classes

With the recent class of graduates surviving the sticky heat in the gym and receiving their neatly bound diplomas, I decided to look back at some of the subject courses throughout the years that have mysteriously disappeared from the schedules of...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    June 1, 2016

Gems in the Coulee: Dr. Dennis Carlson

Sometimes the hard work of one man can go unnoticed. But in the case of Dr. Dennis Carlson, we have a new Pre-K-through-12 school that cannot go unnoticed. Since his arrival here in Coulee Country, he has made an impact. He would be the first to...

 
 By John R McNeil II    Sports    June 1, 2016

Nathan Morrell competes at state track meet

Nathan Morrell represented the Lake Roosevelt Raiders at the WIAA State 1B, 2B, 1A Track Meet at Eastern Washington University Saturday. Morrell threw the discus in the first flight, which included all the other District 5-6 competitors from the...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    May 25, 2016

Event, special state day will honor song man

May 28 is now officially Woody Guthrie Day in the state of Washington, and a large celebration of the musician and his works will take place at the Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center on that date. The event will include performances from 12 different...

 
 By John R McNeil II    Sports    May 25, 2016

Discus thrower moves on

Nathan Morrell has qualified to compete in the 2016 State Track & Field Championships at Eastern Washington University this Saturday. The Lake Roosevelt discus thrower was the only Raider who qualified out of the five that had an opportunity to...

 
 By John R McNeil II    School    May 25, 2016

Tennis ends season at district

The Raider tennis doubles team of Jordan Charles and John Drapela traveled to Omak last weekend to try to make it to the state tournament, falling short of that goal by one match. In the first match of the day, Charles and Drapela faced the district...

 
 By John R McNeil II    Sports    May 25, 2016

Golfers' season ends at district

Raider golfers ended their season at the district tournament last week at the Alta Lake Golf Course outside of Pateros. “I was very pleased with how our young team handled themselves at this year’s district tournament,” Head Coach Steve Files s...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    May 18, 2016

And now some advice for 2016 grads

Relax. That’s right, I said it. Relax. You have had a strenuous senior year and you are thinking that this has been so hard. Note that I said “thinking.” I use that word because for most of you, you think the last four years were the most gruel...

 
 By John R McNeil II    Sports    May 18, 2016

Many Raiders named to 2B North all-league squads

Lake Roosevelt’s baseball and softball teams had several members named to the Central Washington 2B North All League squads last week. Khani Priest was named to the First Team softball squad. Priest was a big part of the Lady Raiders’ turnaround...

 
 By John R McNeil II    Sports    May 18, 2016

Bulldogs end Raiders' postseason

Raider baseball’s season came to an end Saturday at Moses Lake as the Okanogan Bulldogs defeated the Raiders 6-0. LR had to win to stay alive in the postseason. It was the furthest the Raiders have gone in the postseason since the 2011 state...

 
 By John R McNeil II    Sports    May 18, 2016

Tennis moves on to districts

Raider Tennis took part in the Central Washington B League Tennis Tournament in Omak at the North Cascades Athletic Club last Friday and Saturday. The results from the matches determined both who would advance to the district tournament against the...

 
 By John R McNeil II    Sports    May 18, 2016

Five tracksters move on to districts

Five members of the Raider boys’ track team qualified from the sub-district competition May 11 to this Saturday’s district meet in Ephrata. At the sub-district level last week at Oroville, the Okanogan Bulldogs won both the boys’ and girls’...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    May 11, 2016

'Honest man' to play blues festival

Award-winning blues musician Matt Andersen will take the stage with his band, the "Bona Fide," on May 21 at the biannual Sunbanks Resort Rhythm & Blues Festival. His new album, "Honest Man,"...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    May 11, 2016

Seniors, are you ready for the next step? Part 2

Last week I started a peek into the Senior class which, before we know it, will be stepping out on stage and receiving that coveted paper that says, “Congratulations, you have met all the requirements …” and lets them know that the next step...

 
 By John R McNeil II    Sports    May 11, 2016

Raider baseball needs another win

Raider Baseball is one win away from advancing to the regional tournament for the first time since 2011. To get to this point, the Raiders had a doubleheader in Tonasket May 3 to close the regular season as the Tigers surprised the Raiders in the fir...

 
 By John R McNeil II    Sports    May 11, 2016

Tennis prepares for league championships

Raider Tennis played three matches last week, and one already this week, ahead of the Central Washington North 2B Tennis Tournament at the North Cascade Athletic Club in Omak this Friday and Saturday. The Raiders traveled to Entiat May 3, where, as...

 
 By John R McNeil II    Sports    May 11, 2016

Raider tracksters head into postseason

Raider Track wrapped up the regular season at the Ron Vanderholm Invitational in Royal City Friday. No Raiders placed at Royal City. “Our athletes continue to bring down their times and increase their heights and distances,” Head Coach Lori...

 
 By John R McNeil II    Sports    May 11, 2016

Lady Raiders finish season .500

The Lady Raiders’ season came to an end May 3 in Tonasket as the Tigers took both games of a doubleheader by the scores of 11-10 and 13-7. Because of losses earlier in the season, the Lady Raiders finished fifth in the Central Washington North,...

 
 By John R McNeil II    Sports    May 11, 2016

LR Golf continues to improve

Raider Golf continues to improve and is peaking at the correct time — at Lake Wood Golf Course against both Okanogan and Omak — where two Raider boys finished the 18-hole round at under 100 strokes. Darin Whiteman led the Raider boys, shooting a...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    May 4, 2016

Seniors, are you ready for the next step?

This is the time of year when a small group of people in our community start to panic. A whirlwind of activity surrounds them, with every day being one step closer to that goal they have coveted for the last 13 years: graduation. The senior class of...

 
 By John R McNeil II    Sports    May 4, 2016

Raider tennis team keeps improving

Raider Tennis competed in three matches last week and continued to improve to get ready for the postseason. Against Liberty Bell April 26, the Raider boys won their match 3-2, and it wasn't easy for...

 
 By John R McNeil II    Sports    May 4, 2016

Raiders on win streak

The Raiders are on a baseball win streak that has improved their overall win-loss record to 14-4 and their Central Washington North 2B record to 10-4. Lake Roosevelt defeated the Pateros Billygoats on senior night at Greene Field April 26 12-2 and...

 
 By John R McNeil II    Sports    May 4, 2016

Four-win streak keeps Raider Ladies softball team hopeful

The Lady Raiders won four games last week, which moved them into the number-four spot in the Central Washington 2B North standings. If they remain there, they will have a berth to the district tournament at the Ephrata Fastpitch complex starting May...

 
 By John R McNeil II    Sports    May 4, 2016

Track looks to finish on high note

Raider Track finished its last two-meet week with the Northeast B meet in Davenport April 26 and the Rieke Invite at Peshastin on the 29th. Head Coach Lori Adkins was pleased with the progress the team made last week. “Between the two meets last...

 

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