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Cameron Guerin, right, demonstrates a wrestling move for her afternoon class of three dozen local wrestlers, including six-year-old Louis Brotherton of Pateros, left, during a wrestling camp at Okanogan High School last Sunday.
OKANOGAN – Opportunities to learn a sport at the feet of a master are few and far between, so when local wrestlers got the chance to listen and learn from the best high school girl wrestler in Washington State, scores jumped at the chance. Among them was perhaps the youngest of the group, six-year-...

Photos by Mike Maltais Chris Talavera of Brewster had the upper hand on Isabella Chapa of Omak in the third and fourth grade division.
OKANOGAN – Dawson Gym was rockin’ to the rafters last Saturday, March 24, as youngsters from at least three counties converged on Okanogan High School to complete in the annual Little Kid Wrestling Tournament. Parents and friends filled the bleachers on both sides of the gym as toddlers to pre-...

Photo courtesy of Pateros School District
Pateros Elementary School Students of the Month for February included three fifth graders who received the Being Dependable Award and seven students, K-fourth grade who received the Being a Good Kid Award. Pictured in the front row, left to right is Logan Zahn (first grade), Valeria Loyola (second...

The Brewster FFA annual spring plant sale starts here several months prior in the school greenhouse.
BREWSTER – From custom-designed birdhouses to annual plant sales, the Brewster FFA chapter is gearing up for another active year and is already well underway with greenhouse operations that will culminate in some 5,000 plants for the annual April sale. FFA advisor Todd Dezellem, in his seventh...

Members of the Mansfield FFA Apple Judging Team include, from left, David McDonald, Sammie Trull, Riley Wisdom, Breana Ballmes, and Christian Vargas.
MANSFIELD – The FFA members at Mansfield High School know how to celebrate National FFA Week that started last Saturday, Feb. 17, and ends this Saturday, Feb. 24. Students are participating in color-theme Dress-Up Days for all ages, K-12, said Mansfield FFA Advisor Jamey Jo Steele. Wednesday, Feb...

These seven members of the Bridgeport FFA chapter attended the FFA National Convention and Expo in Indianapolis last year.
BRIDGEPORT – FFA advisor Adam Corum has a busy year planned for his near three-dozen FFA students. There are district competitions next month, state convention preparations, projects in the like-new seven-year-old school shop and the big community plant sale that draws buyers from all around the...

Pateros senior and FFA officer Logan Robinson showed his hog at last September’s Okanogan County Fair.
PATEROS – There is never a lack of projects for FFA members at Pateros High School, said FFA advisor Lyle Blackburn. Following several years of rebuilding and refurbishing picnic tables burned at Alta Lake State Park in the 2014 Carlton Complex wildfire, FFA students have taken on some new...
4.0 Seniors:  Rebecca Haney Juniors:  Eugene McDonald Sophomores:  Ian Minatani, Abbigale Smith 3.5 - 3.99 Seniors:   Riley Wisdom, Christian Vargas 3.0 - 3.49 Juniors:  Ariana Salcido, Breana Ballmes, Orion Smith

Champions Gym felt the traffic of familiar feet last Saturday as more than two dozen former Brewster Bears high school varsity and college basketball stars, many of them state playoff veterans, gathered for the second annual Bear Backers Alumni Basketball Game. Standing from left, are Brice Boesel, Johnny Gebbers, David Garcia, Luke Divis, Chance Williams, Chase LaMoreaux, Tim Taylor, Mark Brown, Erick Foyle, Jasen Brown, Cole Youngers, Jesse Villalobos, Clay Divis, Todd Phillips, and Randy Phillips. Kneeling, from left are Ed Hernandez, Ernie Santos, Clay Gebbers, Isidro Najera, Derin Benson, Stockton Taylor, Hawkins Gebbers, Ryan Brown, Dustin Boesel, Don Becker, Michael Taylor, Rafael Sanchez, and Wade Gebbers.
BREWSTER – It was a full day of basketball at Champions Gym at Brewster High School last Saturday, Jan. 13, as more than two dozen former Bears varsity basketball players gathered for the second annual Bear Backers Alumni Basketball Game in between AAU and high school games. Brewster AAU teams got...

Emily Saucedo Bridgeport Senior
BRIDGEPORT – A familiar face on the Bridgeport Fillies’ varsity basketball team this season is senior Emily Saucedo. Saucedo, who is coming off her role as captain of the volleyball team, will turn out for track and field in the spring. In fact, Saucedo hopes to be completing in collegiate-level...

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