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Andrew Ottoson

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Orofino nearly upsets Grangeville

Preps Beat Journal

The Orofino Maniacs had two cracks at a potential game-tying two-point conversion on Grangeville's home field, but the Bulldogs claimed the Central Idaho League title with a 28-26 win over their longest-standing rival Friday night, Oct. 13.

Timberlake ends boys soccer season

The Grangeville boys' state tournament hopes ended Tuesday night, Oct. 10, when Timberlake held on for a 2-1 win during the second round of the District I-II tournament.

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Lapwai barely stays unbeaten in the WPL

Football

Down by a dozen with less than six minutes to play, the Kubs put together one of the finest defensive stands seen all season at the recently-christened Bob Squires Sports Complex.

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GHS girls season ends in district tournament; boys top Orofino in first round

Chloe Dame and Baeli Kinsley scored the final two goals of the first GHS girls soccer season last Saturday, Oct. 7, during their regular season finale against Timberlake, which won 10-2. Before that game, GHS honored seniors Tessa Godrey and Brenda Gomez.

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Tom’s Tailgate Party Hits Clearwater Valley

(L-R) Clearwater Valley High School athletic director Kolby Krieger is pictured here with Tom Sherry of KREM 2 News in Spokane and Bill Finnan. CVHS was the recipient of a Tom’s Tailgate pre-game party Friday, Oct. 6. About 100 people turned out for the tailgate party and KREM 2 donated $222 to Clearwater Valley schools.

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Giddings unfazed; State Rep says she did all law required in move from Ada County

Contrary to statewide media reports that she is caught a residency and tax scandal, Rep. Priscilla Giddings told the Free Press she had done everything the law required of her and that she continued to follow the law after she decided to run for office early in 2016. She said she even went to the trouble of seeking advice from the Ada County Assessor’s Office at the time she was moving from Garden City to White Bird.

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Lapwai escapes Kamiah with a narrow win

Preps Beat Journal

It's homecoming night in Kamiah, Tom's Tailgate is coming to Kooskia and Grangeville will play its first Central Idaho League game of the season.

GHS to honor soccer seniors Saturday

Soccer

Early in what became a 4-3 loss last Saturday, Sept. 30, the Grangeville boys had taken a commanding lead.

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Prairie holds off Kamiah in second half

Football

The opening kickoff turned the early game into nervous moments for Prairie, but the Pirates eventually prevailed 38-12 on homecoming night, Sept. 29.

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Grangeville to visit St. Maries Friday

Football

Including touchdown runs by Justin Fogleman and Jaize Norman, the Bulldogs accomplished everything they wanted during a 48-0 win over the Lewiston JV Thursday night, Sept. 28, despite a couple of scheduling oddities — one planned and one unplanned.

Player protests cast doubt on NFL's future

Editorial

The NFL players’ protests have been the talk of the nation for more than a week. Everyone has a take, but almost no one has a stake. While fans feel like they’re in serious relationships with their favorite teams, the league’s marriages with gigantic television companies are the real deals.

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Prairie celebrates homecoming win over Kamiah

Preps Beat Journal

September is the time for football optimism. There will still be four weeks left in the 1AD1 regular season after Genesee plays Wallace tomorrow, and the Whitepine League lead will remain reachable for any team that might run the table. But as the only 1AD1 team to beat Prairie thus far, none looks more likely to run the table than Genesee.

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Grangeville tops Lewiston JV 48-0

Preps Beat Journal

It'll be another football-heavy week, as the local games are once again spread over multiple days. We'll be covering Grangeville's game tonight, and we'll have more on the state of the Whitepine League tomorrow.

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Kubs knock Miners off Whitepine pedestal

Kamiah 40, Wallace 20

The Kubs took the lead for good during the third quarter and went on to defeat Wallace 40-20, and joined a crush of teams with at least one win in the Whitepine League.

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Pirates climb WPL standings

Pirates 64, Rams 28

Beneath the surface of a 64-28 Prairie win over the Rams last Friday night, Sept. 22, are signs the quality of football at Clearwater Valley High is on the rise.

Clearwater Valley blanks Timberline

Football

The Kooskia boys posted a 54-0 win over Timberline Friday night, Sept. 15, on the strength of 487 rushing yards.

Prairie thunders Council; game called at half

Football

There was no second half Friday night at Prairie High School, where the Pirates blew out Council 60-8 in what head coach Ryan Hasselstrom called a “gross” game.

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Bulldogs maul Vandals with balanced run, pass offense

Football

For the second time in as many games against teams in their classification, the GHS boys had a blowout win. If they had been stung by a couple of earlier losses to larger schools farther north, the Bulldogs showed no sign of any ill effects in their second game against a squad from parts south, downing McCall 42-8 on Friday night, Sept. 15.

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Gomez tallies; Jacks win

Soccer

St. Maries allowed just one goal during the two soccer games played today at GHS, with the Bulldog boys falling 4-0 and the Grangeville girls on the short side of a 7-1 final score.

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Salmon River tops Grangeville Tournament as Shepherd stars up front

Volleyball

During the last of five matches the Salmon River girls won, in a total of 10 sets, during the Grangeville Tournament, Salmon River front-liner Chevelle Shepherd had a series of solo blocks that staked out a 6-0 lead for SRHS, prompting a Prairie timeout. The Savages led that game by as many as 10, and went on to win the finale 25-14, 25-17.

Plans on the table for bridge

The new Manning Crevice Bridge may be ready for travelers later this year, and two possibilities have emerged for what may happen to the old one when work is finalized next spring or summer. The questions looming over the old bridge are who, if anyone, would pay the maintenance expenses involved with keeping it in place – and if no one will pay the cost of keeping it up, where it will go when it comes down.

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GHS Homecoming Queen and King

Grangeville High crowned Morgan Crea and Garett Malone homecoming queen and king during a ceremony at halftime of the Bulldogs' 42-8 win over McCall Friday night, Sept. 15.

Grangeville tops Orofino for season's second win

Soccer

A couple of goals by Amador Perez and a 3-2 final score gave the Grangeville boys their second win of the season.

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Savages win Grangeville Tournament

Preps Beat Journal

It's homecoming week in Grangeville and Riggins, and Grangeville's parade departed GHS for Heritage Square at 10:45 a.m. Activities are set to continue at the football field at 1 p.m.

Kubs top Lapwai, climb in league standings

Preps Beat Journal

It's homecoming week in Grangeville and Riggins, and the Friday night football games are traditionally the main event.

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Pirates chase Savages after Friday smoke-out

Football

Friday’s smoke-out made for Monday night football between two local teams, and Prairie’s physical play early on pushed the hosts to a 52-34 win over defending 1AD2 champion Salmon River.

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Kubs smoked by Rams, Summers

Football

“If we had to play them again tomorrow, it might turn out different,” Clearwater Valley head coach Roger Whalen said after the Rams' 54-6 win — his first win as CV's leading man. “With a rivalry game, you never know how that's going to go.”

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Bantams sidestep Bulldogs’ big plays

Football

A couple of long scoring plays by Booker Bush put Grangeville ahead 6-0 early in the first quarter and 20-16 late in the third quarter, but host Clarkston converted a tip-drill interception into the decisive points during their 22-20 win over the Bulldogs Saturday, Sept. 9.

Local taxes not the biggest issue, but worthy of public's attention

Editorial

People don’t show up for public meetings the way they used to. History describes huge numbers standing for hours, listening to Lincoln and Douglas, but during the Sept. 5 Idaho County budget hearing last week, elected officials shared a laugh over something they – and we – are worried about.

Board approves solid waste fee hike, new roads tax

In a pair of hearings Tuesday morning, Sept. 5, the Idaho County Commission approved higher solid waste fees for all as well as a new road and bridge tax for some in order to make the coming year’s budget compute. The board passed both resolutions unanimously.

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New Wild and Scenic plan designations possible

USFS taking comment through map website

Through a new website, the Forest Service is receiving comments on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest’s Wild & Scenic Rivers, which are being sought from the public as part of the ongoing forest plan revision process.

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Clarkston slips Grangeville's grip

Preps Beat Journal

All three local football games that had been scheduled for Friday night were scrubbed due to bad air quality related to forest fires, and all three have been rescheduled. Two of those will kick off on Saturday, if the air is good.

All local football games postponed due to air quality; two games reset for tomorrow

Preps Beat Journal

Poor air quality continues to hang over the football games scheduled across the region tonight, with the Prairie-Salmon River, the Kamiah-Clearwater Valley. and the Clarkston-Grangeville game all facing administrative decisions this afternoon.

Poor air quality threatens, but only one smoke-out so far

Preps Beat Journal

While smoke may yet interfere with schedules, local teams are moving to play as planned.

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Valley’s air attack evades Kubs radar

Valley 60, Kamiah 20

“They’ve got speed, they’re physical, they’ve got the total package,” Kamiah head coach Nels Kludt said of his opening-night opponent after his team’s 60-20 loss to Valley Friday, Sept. 1. “They beat Challis last week about like they beat us. That’s a good team.”

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Wallace wallops Clearwater Valley

Leading by 16 early, with a long return of the opening kick having set up the first score of the game, Wallace’s passing game hit Clearwater Valley for score after score, making a 50-22 final score.

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Kamiah honors Squires, names facilities after him

After a lengthy introduction during a pregame ceremony that would culminate with the unveiling of new signage on the Kubs’ scoreboard, Bob Squires told the crowd a pointed story about his coaching career.

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Troy, Genesee top PHS

Volleyball

Troy’s hitters looked strong, but to Pirates coach Julie Schumacher, Prairie’s own miscues were an even bigger factor in the Trojans’ 3-0 win (25-12, 25-16, 25-16) Thursday night, Aug. 31. Earlier in the week, Genesee posted a 3-0 win (25-20, 25-22, 25-22) at PHS.

First ‘W’ for GHS, Adams

Bulldogs 41, Trojans 0

Starting with a couple of early touchdowns, the Bulldogs mauled Nampa Christian Friday night, Sept. 1.

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Kamiah honors Squires; Kubs thumped

Preps Beat Journal

Whatever else happens when the Kubs host Valley tonight, the Kubs have scheduled what is sure to be a big moment in school history, when they'll name the place where Hill Street meets Lawyer Creek after Bob Squires.

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Pirates face another big volleyball test tonight

Preps Beat Journal

Prairie's second big early-season test will be tonight against Troy, with the Pirates having topped Kamiah last Thursday and having fallen to Genesee on Tuesday night.

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Third generation Main Street retailer competes with high-tech giants

It's Your Business 2017

Every smart business adapts along with its customers and competitors. For retailers like Lindsley’s Home Furnishings in places like Grangeville, the rise of Internet giants such as Amazon is bringing global competition to Main Street. While providing great service has helped distinguish Lindsley’s from other competitors since 1945, a big part of what owner Jeff Lindsley is about is keeping his prices competitive.

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First things first: Gomez scores Grangeville girls' first goal

Fall Sports Preview 2017

The GHS soccer girls have a team of their own this fall, in what is sure to be a season full of firsts.

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Stellar crew: CIL showdowns coming this October

Fall Sports Preview 2017

Jeff Adams is living the dream: Not only has he realized a lifelong goal to some day coach the Grangeville High football squad, but also, he takes the wheel from former head Jeff Lindsley at just the moment when a large and gifted group of sophomores have become upperclassmen.

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GHS resets: Hudson takes charge of volleyball program

Fall Sports Preview 2017

“They work really, really hard,” first-year Bulldogs head coach Cheyenne Hudson said of her new team, “and we’re working on some mental stuff. It’s a game of mistakes, but right now they get down really fast if they make a mistake. I’m working really hard on that mental side — how they control their emotions, that kind of thing.”

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Power players: Pirates in the running

Fall Sports Preview 2017

The Pirates are healthy and on their way to readiness for their next game — which will be one of the 1AD1 classification’s most consequential season openers.

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Pirates on board with familiar new coach

Fall Sports Preview 2017

This fall, coaching changes are a big part of what several local teams are facing, and the Prairie volleyball team is no exception. But it won’t be a jarring transition in Cottonwood.

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S-R volleyball squad grows, practices with live play

Fall Sports Preview 2017

Salmon River’s volleyball team hit a new milestone this fall: for the first time since coach Paula Tucker rebooted the program in 2014, the Savages have enough players to play against each other in practice.

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Roger that: Clearwater Valley gets new head coach

Fall Sports Preview 2017

There’s a new head coach running the Clearwater Valley football team — though calling it “running” might not be quite the right word for what the man who has coached football for nearly five decades does.

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18 boys turn out for GHS soccer season

Fall Sports Preview 2017

GHS head coach Joel Gomez was surprised by his team’s nervous start to the program’s second season, during which McCall shut the Bulldogs out on Aug. 22.

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