Liberty Bell High School wrestlers boast bleached blonde hair for the state championship meet — and following that example, 12 of the local youth wrestler little guys sported green and gold, thanks to the skills of stylist Devin Barnhart, parent of a young wrestler. I will be sad when the colors fade; so will the boys.
My next-door neighbor Gage Wilson celebrated his tenth birthday with a gold medal win in the 67-pound class at the regional meet in Omak on Saturday (April 11). The regional meet was scheduled at the last minute, according to Charlotte Wilson, Gage’s mom. Teams from the valley, Tonasket, Cashmere, Omak and four other towns took part. As it took place during spring break, some team members could not participate.
Besides Gage, Greyden Paz (48-pound class) and Lucien Paz (70-pound class) also took golds; Remi won silver. Remi Paz wrestles in the 60-pound class.
None of the five boys was shy about telling of his prowess on the mats. Each boy had pinned at least one opponent in each of the regular season meets. To what do they owe their successes? Coach Paul Schmekel encourages lots of warm-ups, stretches and, says five-year veteran wrestler Gage, “a winning attitude.”
Riders will be setting up camp at Beaver Creek Campground beginning April 24 for the Methow Valley Back Country Horsemen’s 31st annual Spring Ride. Willie Kemper will again lead the ride.
You don’t have to ride or even own a horse to share in three days of fun with the club members. They would like to have your company. You will need to purchase either a fishing license or a Discover Pass if you bring your car to the campground. The Discover Pass is available for $30 online; a service fee may be added. A fishing license will also do the trick and save me from a fine. As a “resident senior,” I can buy one of those online for $7.50.
Horsewoman Jan Ford is still gathering items and organizing the big silent auction. Bidding opens on Friday; the first table closes around 5 p.m. on April 25, a couple of hours after trail riders return to camp. In addition to the auction, MVBCH logo gear will be sold: sweatshirts, T-shirts and fleece. Guests are also welcome to share a potluck dish and attend the entertainment around the campfire on both evenings. Betty Wagoner is in charge of the entertainment, which will include Randy Edin and Johnny Green.
Early Sunday morning, April 26, as the riders begin to pack up for home, we can count on a chilly morning and a Western breakfast cooked on the grill and shared around a fire. Ann Port leads the breakfast crew, and breakfast is served from 7-9 a.m.
Cathy Upper is MVBCH chapter president. The Spring Ride raises funds for chapter projects, including trail maintenance and continuing work at the Loup Loup horse camp. To register for the ride, call Nancy Palagruti at 997-4802. Registration forms may also be found online — search for MVBCH on Facebook, its blog or website.
Don’t miss Washington state’s poet laureate, Elizabeth Austen, at the Twisp Library on Thursday (April 16) at 7 p.m. The program is made possible by Humanities Washington and the Washington State Arts Commission. Free. Refreshments!