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 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    September 12, 2019 

A Brief History of Start-up Pro Football Leagues Part Two:

United States Football League (1983-1985) David Dixon a New Orleans antiques dealer came up with a plan for a spring and summer football league. Attempting to repeat past failures of other leagues the plan called for a salary cap, strict vetting for...

 
 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    September 12, 2019 

DW Football Drops Home Opener to Columbia-Burbank 25-0

WAITSBURG – DW had difficulty moving the ball on offense. Columbia-Burbank held DW's running game in check for most of the game and when DW's defense made stops they took over deep in their own...

 

A Brief History of Start-up Pro Football Leagues Part One: 1940s thru 1970s

A new professional football league called the XFL will start in 2020 following the conclusion of the upcoming NFL season. Pro football leagues have been popping up since the 1940’s. Most don’t last more than a few seasons. Several have generated...

 
 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    August 29, 2019

Football turnout portends good year for dw

High School football is right around the corner with the first game scheduled for Fri., Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. in Waitsburg versus Columbia-Burbank. Practices are up and running Monday thru Friday. Troy...

 
 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    August 22, 2019

High schools are forming ESports leagues

Electronic sports or ESports are played either on traditional video game consoles or personal computers. You may have recently heard of sixteen-year-old Kyle Giersdorf who won $3 million dollars...

 
 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    August 15, 2019

Mariners Post Trade Deadline News

Tim Beckham recently tested positive for Stanozolol, which is an anabolic steroid. This is his first suspension, so the penalty is 80 games. Since there are fewer than eighty games left in the season...

 
 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    July 25, 2019

Edgar Martinez' Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

From the editor: It's not every day that a Times staff writer gets to attend the Baseball Hall of Fame. In fact, this may well be a first. Times sports writer, Eric Umphrey and his brother Howard,...

 
 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    July 18, 2019

Which Mariners are likely to be traded before July 31?

With the All-Star break behind us and the trade deadline just a couple weeks away, which Mariners are most likely to be traded? Most fans would like to see Félix Hernández or Kyle Seager moved but b...

 
 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    July 11, 2019

How are recently-traded Mariners doing?

Since we are at the All-Star break, it's a good time to take a look at some of the players the Mariners traded away this year. Fans are usually very critical of trading away their favorite players...

 
 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    July 4, 2019

Daniel Vogelbach is Mariners All Star representative

Daniel Vogelbach will be going to the baseball All Star Game for the Mariners this year. He was picked up in a trade with the Chicago Cubs on July 20, 2016 with Paul Blackburn for Jordan Pries and...

 
 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    June 27, 2019

A look at some Mariner prospects close to the majors

Since the season has gone off the rails and more trades are likely on the way, I thought it would be a good time to look at some prospects that are close to major league ready in the farm system....

 
 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    June 20, 2019

Edwin Encarnación traded to Yankees for Juan Then

Another Mariner player was traded over the weekend. This time it was the current American League home run leader Edwin Encarnación. He was sent to the New York Yankees for minor league pitcher Juan...

 
 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    June 13, 2019

Mariners criticized over pitcher-heavy early draft

The Mariners took pitchers in nine of their first 11 picks in this past weeks baseball player’s draft. Overall, out of their 41 picks they took 23 pitchers. That works out to 56% of all picks in this year’s draft. The average team takes about...

 
 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    June 6, 2019

What to expect from the Mariners the rest of the way

SEATTLE—It was fun while it lasted. After getting off to a 13-2 start to the season, the Seattle Mariners have hit a wall. They are now in last place in the American League West division after...

 
 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    May 30, 2019

DW Softball falls to Onalaska and Friday Harbor at State Tournament

YAKIMA—A pair of early losses ended play for DW at the the Washington State Class B on Friday, May 24. A 14-4 loss against Onalaska pushed DW into the consolation bracket where they fell 10-9 after...

 
 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    May 23, 2019

DW Softball heads to State in #2 spot

MOSES LAKE, Wash.- The DW softball team was one of eight teams competing in the regional tournament in Moses Lake at the Paul Laurier Athletic Complex on Sat., May 18. Qualifying District 5 teams...

 
 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    May 9, 2019

DW girls slide into #2 seed in District playoffs

RICHLAND, Wash.-Sat., May 4, the DW softball team played a doubleheader against Liberty Christian, securing the number two seed at districts. In game one, DW scored two runs in the top of the first...

 
 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    May 9, 2019

Mackenzie Forney and Sadie Seney home runs propel DW to sweep over DeSales

DAYTON-Sat., April 30, the DW softball team played a doubleheader against DeSales. In game one, errors by DW led to a big four-run inning in the 2nd by DeSales. DeSales would lead 9-5 going into the b...

 
 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    May 9, 2019

DW Boys lose in extras drop doubleheader to Liberty Christian

RICHLAND, Wash.-The DW baseball team came very close to their third win of the season in game one against Liberty Christian on Sat., May 4. After giving up three runs in the first inning they would...

 
 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    May 9, 2019

DW Boys sweep White Swan in doubleheader

WHITE SWAN, Wash.—The DW baseball team had their best games of the year on April 27, taking a doubleheader on the road at White Swan. A balanced attack with contributions from everyone in the lineup put this one away quickly. White Swan was...

 
 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    May 2, 2019

Neylan Bryan Homers Twice as DW Sweeps Lyle-Wishram

DAYTON-The DW softball team continued its great play on the season, scoring early and often against Lyle-Wishram on April 25. After giving up a run in the top of the first, DW batted around three...

 
 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    May 2, 2019

DW tracksters fought the elements at April 27 Udeberg Invitational

RITZVILLE—The DW track and field team traveled to Lind-Rtizville High School for the Udeberg Invitational on April 27, where high winds and hail made for a tough day on the field. “Weather had a huge impact with winds averaging 20-25 mph, gusts...

 
 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    May 2, 2019

Evan Harvill places second at Wine Valley Invitational

WALLA WALLA-Four area players from the golf team were invited Wednesday April 24th to the Wine Valley Invitational. Ashton Phinney and McKellyn Bradham represented DW while Evan Harvill and Will Neylo...

 
 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    May 2, 2019

DW Softball Sweeps White Swan

WHITE SWAN—April 27, 2019 the DW softball team won a pair of games in White Swan, 23-10 and 8-2. This improves their league record to 10-2 and overall record to 11-3 on the season. Up next is DeSales in Dayton for senior night. Game One 1st 2nd...

 
 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    May 2, 2019

DW Boys drop doubleheader to Lyle-Wishram

WAITSBURG—Thursday, April 25, the DW baseball team played a doubleheader against Lyle-Wishram. In game one, the offense managed only a single by #20 Ashton Loper in the fourth inning, falling 13-0. In game two all of DW’s scoring would take...

 

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