CLEARWATER VALLEY – Forty-two years after hosting my last cross country competition in high school, I still love the sport. Although I run a lot slower than before and not that far, the trail can’t be beat. I try to attend at least one of the high school meetings every year. Last Wednesday, I went to Deyo Reservoir, near Weippe, for the Spartan Invitational to cheer on the CVK (Clearwater Valley-Kamiah) team. It’s a pretty trail, with the kids roaming the recreation area, ending with a ride through the trees around the lake. Five girls and three boys from CVK competed. Wyatt Anderberg ran hard for his first cross country victory, Emmett Long came in second. Dayton Mitzkis also participated. The girls placed 2, 3, 5, 6 and 11th – Eleah Swan, Zoe Hooper, Kelsee Hunt, Ashlyn Ledeboer and Evelyn Ward. Congratulations to all the runners and to trainer Jeff Loewen for keeping the sport going. It’s a young team with mostly 9th and 10th graders so it will be fun to watch if the riders stick to it.
In other sports news, it’s reunion week at Clearwater Valley High School. The women’s volleyball team welcomes Highland at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 7. On Friday afternoon, people are invited to line the streets of downtown Kooskia at 4 p.m. for the return parade and cheering rally. The parade includes a float of each class, as well as the candidates for the royalty. The High junior football team plays Kamiah at 4:30 pm The Rams college football team plays the potlatch at 7:00 pm Both games are played on Friday October 8th. The public is welcome to attend these and any other sporting events for a small fee. helps support sport.
Rabbits, chickens, cats, goats, pigs, sheep and oxen filled the day last Friday at the Lewis County Fair in Nezperce. Although I’ve lived in remote rural Idaho for most of my adult life, I didn’t grow up with the whole 4-H animal show scene, so I’m learning yet how it all works. I made the trip early in the morning to catch the Cloverbud rabbit (5-7 years old), poultry, fancy goats, and cat shows (yes, cats). The darling little children and their pets did not disappoint. Serious looks on little children’s faces, cheering talks with their animals, careful listening to the judge, and the occasional animal escape for a fun morning.
By the time the kids are in high school, they have gained control and confidence in their performance and their answers to the judge’s questions. However, the animals have their own minds and the screenings don’t always go as planned.
I also met Lori McCann, the new District 6 state legislator (representing Lewis and Nez Perce counties) whom Governor Little picked to fill a vacancy after Von Ehlinger resigned her seat in the spring. latest. It’s great to see McCann and his family enjoying the fair.