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 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    April 9, 2020

A conversation with Tom Tsuchyia

Ever wonder who designs the baseball Hall of Fame plaques? Last year when my brother Howard and I were on the press bus heading into Cooperstown, we happened to meet Tom Tsuchiya who has created all... Full story

 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    April 2, 2020

Veterans Committee Hall of Fame Selects Marvin Miller and Ted Simmons

If you are a baseball fan you are probably aware that the Baseball Writers' Association has elected both Derek Jeter and Larry Walker for 2020 induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame. What didn't get...

 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    March 26, 2020

Modern baseball statistics revisited

Last year I wrote a series of articles explaining some of the modern statistics that baseball announcers currently use in broadcasts. The series focused on all of the components that produce the statistic Wins Above Replacement (WAR). Those...

 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    March 19, 2020

Baseball card companies: a brief history

A sporting goods company called Peck and Snyder printed up the first baseball cards in the 1860’s and used them for advertising their products. A picture of a player was on one side and on the back...

 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    March 12, 2020

Mariners fans will need to be patient with retooled team

Even a die-hard Mariners fan may want to buy a baseball program this year. Between the trades made at last season’s trade deadline, Mariner free agents that were not re-signed, and the pitchers the...


Prescott Boys defeat Pomeroy 53-41 in district playoffs

WALLA WALLA-The Prescott Tigers traveled to Walla Walla Community College to play the Pomeroy Pirates Friday February 21st at the Dome. Since both teams were coming off of first round playoff losses... Full story


Prescott Tigers lose to Garfield-Palouse Vikings in district playoffs, 50-31

WALLA WALLA-The Prescott Tigers boys basketball team returned to Walla Walla Community College this time to play the Garfield-Palouse Vikings Saturday February 22nd at the Dome. At stake was a spot...


Prescott drops first playoff game to Oakesdale, 60-54

OAKESDALE-Prescott traveled to Oakesdale on Saturday February 15th to kick off the first game of the district 9 tournament. Oakesdale scored first, but #11 Antonio Hernandez answered for Prescott...


Walla Walla loses in second round to Central Valley, 84-77

SPOKANE-The Walla Walla boys varsity basketball team played in the semi-finals of the district playoffs against the Central Valley Bears Saturday, February 15th on the Bears' home court. Early in the...


Prescott boys win 4th straight game and qualify for district playoffs

COLTON-Prescott boys basketball traveled to Colton on Saturday Feb. 8th for their final regular season game of the year. In the first quarter, #23 Miguel Ayala opened the scoring under the basket...


Prescott Boys handle St. John 58-47 on Senior Night

PRESCOTT-Prescott hosted St. John Saturday February 1st in a home conference game. It was Senior Night in Prescott and all five of Prescott's seniors started the game. St. John took an early 4-0...


Walla Walla girls defeat Kamiakin, 68-54

RICHLAND-The Walla Walla Blue Devils girls basketball team traveled to Richland Friday, January 31st in a conference game. The Blue Devils got out to a quick 10-0 lead to start this game. Within the...


Walla Walla boys drop heartbreaker to Kamiakin, 72-69

RICHLAND-The Walla Walla boys varsity basketball team played the Kamiakin Braves in a conference game Friday, January 31st. Just like in their first meeting of the year, the Braves started out hot,...


Prescott Boys defeat Touchet, but lose to Oakesdale

PRESCOTT—Prescott played in back-to-back conference games over the weekend with mixed results. At home against Touchet they had a dominating performance with all five seniors (Omar Velazco, Victor Garcia, Jonathan Cardenas, Miguel Ayala and Andrew... Full story


Walla Walla girls down rival Richland, 61-41

WALLA WALLA-The Walla Walla girls varsity basketball team hosted rival Richland Bombers in a conference game Friday January 24th. The opening quarter had several lead changes. #22 Emmalyn Ogden hit... Full story


Walla Walla boys defeat rival Richland, 66-54

WALLA WALLA-The Walla Walla boys varsity basketball team played their rivals the Richland Bombers in a conference game Friday January 24th. In the first quarter #12 Dillon Wasser got things started... Full story


Prescott Boys Team wins 5th straight over Colton, 65-51

PRESCOTT-Prescott High School boys basketball played Colton High School Friday the 17th in a home conference game. Coming into this game Prescott had won four straight games to start the New Year.... Full story


Walla Walla boys cruise to easy win over Pasco, 78-43

WALLA WALLA-The Walla Walla boys varsity basketball team hosted the Pasco Bulldogs in a conference game Tuesday January 14th. Pasco opened the game with a very slow-paced offense that included lots... Full story


Walla Walla girls come back to win over Pasco, 61-50

WALLA WALLA-The Walla Walla girls basketball team hosted the Pasco Bulldogs Tuesday January 14th in a conference game. They lost their previous matchup this season in Pasco on December 14th.... Full story


Prescott boys basketball win over Wilson Creek, 45-20

LACROSSE-Prescott traveled to LaCrosse High School to host Wilson Creek January 7th in a non conference game. Wilson Creek and Mary Walker are two teams from the Spokane area Prescott plays in... Full story


Walla Walla boys basketball trounces Hermiston, 86-49

WALLA WALLA—The Walla Walla Boys Varsity basketball team hosted the Hermiston Bulldogs in a conference game Saturday January 10th. Hermiston opened up the game on fire making their first five shots in a row (which included 3 three-pointers) to... Full story

 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    January 9, 2020

Walla Walla defeats Kamiakin, 63-53

WALLA WALLA-The Walla Walla Boys Varsity basketball team hosted the Kamiakin Braves in a conference game on Saturday January 4th. #2 Dylan Ashbeck opened the scoring for Walla Walla. A few possessions... Full story

 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    January 9, 2020

Inside the matchup: Seahawks vs. Green Bay Packers

With the win this week over the Philadelphia Eagles, the Seahawks season continues. Minnesota's upset win over the New Orleans Saints also helped. Going into the playoffs, the top two seeds are the... Full story

 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    January 9, 2020

Prescott boys basketball win over Oakesdale, 43-37

PRESCOTT-Prescott hosted Oakesdale Saturday January 4th in an early afternoon conference game. The crowd size was smaller than usual, likely due to the holiday break and 4 p.m. start time. The first... Full story


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