LBHS football future discussed

Liberty Bell High School will host a community discussion on Friday (Feb. 5) about whether the varsity football team should continue playing eight-man ball, or consider going back to 11-man competition.

The Mountain Lions played a non-league schedule of eight-man football last season and had an 8-1 record. The switch to an eight-man format came after players and parents requested the change, on a one-year trial basis, because of competitive issues, potential injuries and small turnouts.

Varsity coach Steve White will be part of the discussion, which begins at 6 p.m. in the high school library.

“Student and community feedback will be important in guiding our decision for the upcoming season,” Methow Valley School District activities director Chase Rost said in a press release. “Please come ready to respectfully listen to a variety of thoughts and opinions on the topic of eight- versus 11-player football.”

Mountain Lion wrestlers prep for post-season

Eight Liberty Bell High School wrestlers have been seeded in various weight classes for post-season competition, coach Gunnar Doggett said this week.

Ivan Johnson and Jacob McMillan will compete at 170 pounds; Meritt Fink at 145 pounds; Alex Garcia-Lopez and Mason Johnson at 182 pounds; Kaleb Martin and Finlay Holston at 152 pounds; and Tanner White at 132 pounds.

Liberty Bell traveled to Omak on Tuesday (Feb. 2) for a meet that included Oroville. The district tournament begins on Saturday (Feb. 6) at Tonasket. Regionals are the following weekend at Kittitas.

A Jan. 30 meet at Oroville was canceled.

Do the Derby

The Winthrop Ski Derby, staged on Saturday (Feb. 6), is a 15-kilometer and 30K classic technique race on the Sun Mountain trail system, starting at Chickadee Trailhead.

Each race distance will have a mass start, with the 30K race leaving at 9 a.m. and the 15K race leaving 5 minutes later. The 15K course is rolling and utilizes most of the lower trails. The 30K course offers the challenge of skiing in more mountainous terrain. Extra tickets for the awards party and lunch are available for $15 each.

The entry fee includes an awards party with lunch, beverages and door prizes, at the Winthrop Ice & Sports Rink from noon–1:30 p.m. Cost for online registration via Webscorer is $50 until the day of the race, when it is $55. Online registration closes at 5 p.m. on Friday (Feb 5). Day-of-race registration is 7:45–8:15 a.m. inside the Chickadee Warming Hut. To register, visit

Ski for Women at Mazama

Methow Valley Ski for Women, a Nordic event for women of all ages and abilities, will be on Sunday (Feb. 7) at the Mazama Community Club. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and skiing events at 10:30 a.m. The event is free but donations will be accepted, with all proceeds going to Room One. Costumes are encouraged, and prizes will be awarded.

The Freestone Inn will host a free lunch for participants, and Methow Trails will waive trail fees.

Competition includes a 1-kilometer girls’ race; a 3K competitive race; a 3K relay race (for teams of three); and 1K and 3K fun skiing events.

Volunteer instructors will be available to teach the basics. The ski rental shop in Mazama is offering skis, boots and poles for $10 per person for participants.

Register at; call 996-4228 or 996-8080 for more information.

Tour the Methow

Ski all there is to ski in the valley at the Tour of the Methow event on Feb. 13. Choose a distance from 10 to 80 kilometers. The event is free to members of the Methow Valley Nordic Ski Education Foundation, or $10 for non-members. The fee includes food provided at the Mazama Community Club.  For more information, visit