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Rarified atmosphere

Rarified atmosphere

Ice climbing is an exotic experience under any circumstances. In the dark, on a route that is so seldom climbed that its handful of ascents can be individually recited, it can become something other-worldly. On an early January morning before sunrise, climbing partners Seth Keena and Mark Allen were …
Mountain Lion of the Week: Jed McMillan

Mountain Lion of the Week: Jed McMillan

This week’s Mountain Lion of the Week is ninth-grade wrestler Jed McMillan. Jed consistently shows leadership, integrity and dedication to his academic and sports commitments. He never misses a practice or a day of school. He looks out for others and encourages others to do their best. He sets high standards and goals for himself...
Lady Lions overwhelm Waterville

Lady Lions overwhelm Waterville

The Liberty Bell High School girls’ basketball team put together one of its best games of the season for a convincing 73-48 home-court win over Waterville-Mansfield last Friday (Jan. 13). “We finally put together a complete game,” Liberty Bell coach Ed White said. “We had fewer turnovers and the girls ...
Liberty Bell closes the gap, but can’t catch Waterville-Mansfield

Liberty Bell closes the gap, but can’t catch Waterville-Mansfield

The Liberty Bell High School boys’ basketball team played even-up with Waterville-Mansfield for half of Friday’s (Jan. 13) home game, but the Shockers prevailed in the other two quarters for a 56-40 win. “The guys are still working hard as they have all year,” Liberty Bell coach Kyle Acord said. “It was …
Hit the ski trails for this weekend’s Methow Valley Nordic Festival

Hit the ski trails for this weekend’s Methow Valley Nordic Festival

Methow Trails will celebrate its 40th birthday with a weekend of competitive skiing events, free skiing on its trail system and a party co-hosted by the Methow Conservancy (see related story), all part of the Methow Valley Nordic Festival. On Saturday (Jan. 21), skiing will be free on the Methow Trails system. New this year...
Extra ski tracks being groomed for blind, mobility-impaired skiers visiting next week

Extra ski tracks being groomed for blind, mobility-impaired skiers visiting next week

Skiers may be surprised to find an extra set of tracks parallel to the regular classic tracks on trails in the Mazama area starting this Sunday (Jan. 22) and running through Thursday, Jan. 26. The double tracks will be used by visually and mobility-impaired skiers and their guides, who are coming to the Methow Valley...
WIAA announces statewide high school basketball rankings

WIAA announces statewide high school basketball rankings

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) has starting compiling its Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) standings for the 2016-17 boys’ and girls’ high school basketball. The rankings will be used to seed qualifiers for the 2017 Hardwood Classic. The formula used to rank schools is comprised of three weighted sections — winning percentage (25 percent), opponent’s winning percentage...
Fitzmaurice named state Athlete of the Week

Fitzmaurice named state Athlete of the Week

Liberty Bell High School senior Lauren Fitzmaurice was named an athlete of the week by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) for her performances in recent basketball games against Eatonville and Manson. Against Eatonville in the Cascade Holiday Tourney, Fitzmaurice has 23 points, 10 rebounds and nine steals. Against Manson, she put up 20 points,...
Lady Lions take two of three games to stay near league leaders

Lady Lions take two of three games to stay near league leaders

Starting the second half of the Central Washington 2B league season, the Liberty Bell High School girls’ basketball team is in good position to qualify for post-season play. In games last week, the Lady Lions beat Manson and Bridgeport while dropping a …
Liberty Bell boys have tough week against league contenders Manson, Tonasket

Liberty Bell boys have tough week against league contenders Manson, Tonasket

By Don Nelson The Liberty Bell High School boys’ basketball team was on the losing end of three games last week — two of them against teams near the top of the Central Washington 2B league — and heads into the second half of league play looking for its first win of the season. That could come with a...