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  • All Wheels Weekend revved up Dayton's over Father's Day Weekend

    Karen Huwe, The Times|Jun 20, 2024

    DAYTON - All Wheels Weekend offered automotive fun for everyone from Friday, June 14, through 16. Over Father's Day Weekend, Dayton was filled with classic cars, trucks, motorcycles, tractors, and bicycles. There were cackle cars all day, and later, the noisy, adrenaline-pumping Drag the Gut featuring the roar of nitro-fueled cars. These restored vintage dragsters brought the noise to town. Later that evening, the Frog Hollow Band played music on the courthouse lawn, and the Presentation of Cars...

  • Cardinals have new basketball coach

    Karen Huwe, The Times|Jun 20, 2024

    WAITSBURG-The Cardinal boys basketball team has a new head coach. Coach Roy Ramirez has retired and Westin Wallace, a new high school teacher, was hired to lead the program. Wallace is a Toledo, Washington native and has played basketball since his youth. He played in three State tournaments with the 2B Riverhawks and received first-team All-State honors. At Toledo, Martin Huffman (a WHS alum) was Wallace's Principal. After high school, Wallace played a year of college basketball at South Puget...

  • Waitsburg Scouts hold a flag retiring ceremony

    Karen Huwe, The Times|Jun 20, 2024

    WAITSBURG - Girl Scout Troops 2127, 5381, and 5383 and Boy Scouts of America Troop 337 held a Flag Retirement Ceremony at the Waitsburg Cemetery on Flag Day, June 14. The ceremony began with the raising of the Flag of the United States. Emylee Willams, Lillian Carpenter, Shylo Hedges, Chelsea Faden, Sidian Stegall, and Katherine Roberts followed with retirement ceremony readings. "The Flag of the United States of America is an honored symbol of our nation's unity, its hopes, its achievements, it...

  • Cardinal Spring Football prepare for EOU camp

    Karen Huwe, The Times|Jun 13, 2024

    WAITSBURG-Spring football is going strong at Waitsburg High School. The players have been preparing to attend a football camp at Eastern Oregon University, June 16–19. Waitsburg athletes attended the EOU camp last year, and Cardinal Coach Gabe Kiefel said the boys will again match up with other 8-man football teams this year. On May 31, Coach Kiefel, his staff, and high school football players held a one-day football camp for elementary and middle school students where athletes participated i...

  • Waitsburg's week of celebrations and honors

    Karen Huwe, The Times|Jun 13, 2024

    WAITSBURG-Waitsburg celebrated a week of graduations, promotions, induction or installation and numerous parties. On June 4, the Kindergarten class held an afternoon graduation ceremony in the Elementary's multipurpose room. Twenty students sang "Kindergarten Medley" and "Goodbye My Friend" before receiving certificates from their teacher, Mrs. Jordan Greer. In the evening, the school honored Hope Adkins, Sarah Daves, Karissa Potts, and Sara Wilson, inducting them into the National Honor... Full story

  • WHS sent student Youth Legislation Delegation to Olympia

    Karen Huwe, The Times|Jun 6, 2024

    OLYMPIA - In early May, Waitsburg Youth and Government sent a Youth Legislature Delegation to Olympia for the first time since 2019. Advisors Matt Elder and Heather Baker spent four exciting days with students Will Ahler, Mylie Jones, Chasity Paddock, Grayson Teal, and Lucas VanHoose at the state capital. Before traveling to Olympia, the students met weekly during their lunch break, preparing to debate issues that affect citizens in their state, propose legislation, and learn procedures they... Full story

  • ASB election, yearbooks and games at Waitsburg High

    Karen Huwe, The Times|Jun 6, 2024

    WAITSBURG - On May 31, Waitsburg High School students attended a morning assembly to hear speeches by candidates before voting for 2024-2025 ASB officers. The new officers are Cedar Stegall as ASB President, William Daves as vice-president, Miley Jones as secretary, and Isaac Mahre will serve as the public relations officer. After the assembly, the students enjoyed Spring field day activities. The Mi Pueblito Taco Truck was on-site for the lunch break. The students then gathered in the Cage for...

  • WHS Track team bring home medals at State

    Karen Huwe, The Times|May 30, 2024

    WAITSBURG - Waitsburg Cardinal Reuben Yutzy placed in two individual events at the 1B State track in Yakima May 23-25 and anchored the 4x100 relay to place 5th. Yutzy attended State his junior year and placed 13th in the shot put with a throw of 38' 6.5". Determined to go back to State his senior year, Yutzy put in the time, and his hard work was rewarded with a throw of 46' 4/12" earning him third place. Brenton Segraves placed 15th in the shot put and Yutzy placed 8th in the high jump. Teegan...

  • Living History and Ice Cream Social coming to Fort Walla Walla

    Karen Huwe, The Times|May 30, 2024

    WALLA WALLA-Fort Walla Walla Museum will host The Ice Cream Social: The Oregon Trail Game, its biggest summer event. On June 23, from 10 am to 5 pm, visitors will be able to play an interactive live-action version of the popular 1985 video game "Oregon Trail." Bring your team and survival skills to travel from Independence, Missouri, to Fort Walla Walla. In this kid-friendly game, participants pack a wagon to travel the Oregon Trail and stop at forts along the way, where the wagon party will be...

  • Makenna Barron Elected Washington FFA State Treasurer

    Karen Huwe, The Times|May 30, 2024

    PULLMAN - The 94th Washington FFA Convention was held in Pullman, Washington, on May 9 through 11. Students from around the state competed in competitions, and members who met the final requirements ran for a State FFA office. Waitsburg's Makenna Barron ran and was elected FFA State Treasurer. Barron will serve a year leading over 14,500 Washington State members with five other officers. Barron will serve with President Emily Ryder of Ellensburg, Vice-President Levi Kukes of Quincy, Secretary...

  • Waitsburg, Prescott, and Dayton track team athletes qualify for State

    Karen Huwe, The Times|May 23, 2024

    WAITSBURG - Reuben Yutzy will compete in three events at the State Track meet at Eisenhower High School in Yakima. The three-day event starts on Thursday, May 23, and ends with finals on Saturday, May 25. Yutzy placed second in the shot put with a PR of 45'9" at Regionals on May 18 and he jumped 5'8" in the high jump event for a third-place finish. Yutzy was the anchor on the 4x100 relay which placed fifth. Brenton Segraves, Blake French and Teegan Kenney will attend State competing with Yutzy...

  • Waitsburg played Dayton in exciting Coach Pitch

    Karen Huwe, The Times|May 23, 2024

    WAITSBURG - The coach pitch baseball team sponsored by Walla Walla Electric played a game against Dayton on May 14th in Waitsburg. The team coached by Chelsie Abel and Nicole Abel had solid hits and played defense well....

  • Waitsburg Nukes flag football season

    Karen Huwe, The Times|May 23, 2024

    WAITSBURG - Waitsburg's fifth and sixth-grade boys are finishing their season in the Walla Walla Valley Blues Flag Football League. Coaches Dane Kiefel and Jarod Gagnon hold practices three times a week, and the team, The Nukes, plays two games every Saturday. Jake Lynch is the assistant coach. There are seven 5/6th grade teams in the league. Each game is played within a 25 minute running clock. The team was formed in April and will play in the single-elimination playoff games on June...

  • Waitsburg School Band debuts new uniforms at WCD Parade

    Karen Huwe, The Times|May 23, 2024

    WAITSBURG - Waitsburg High School's band now has new uniforms thanks to the generous donation from the Ed and Gloria Lawrence Foundation. Lawrence's daughter Susan Talbott, an alumnus of Waitsburg, learned that the band needed uniforms and contacted band director Elizabeth Jaegeski. She told Jaegeski that her parents had earmarked money specifically for the Waitsburg HS band through the Blue Mountain Foundation. The band had been using uniforms from the 1990s, and the new brightly colored,...

  • Waitsburg Class of 2024

    Karen Huwe, The Times|May 16, 2024

    Quinn Benavides Quinn Benavides plans to go to lineman school after graduation. As a WHS student since his sophomore year, Benavides attends WHS full-time. He is in FFA and played baseball. His favorite memory is beating Burbank in baseball. Wyaiit Booth Wyaiit Booth enrolled at Waitsburg Schools for his senior year, splitting his school day between WHS and SEATech. At SEATech, he was in the Advanced Manufacturing and Welding program. Booth played basketball, and his favorite memory is of...

  • Middle School Track members add PRs

    Karen Huwe, The Times|May 16, 2024

    WAITSBURG - Waitsburg Middle School track team competed well in Dayton on Thursday, May 2, against teams from Desales, Dayton, and Rogers. • 100-meters: Leif Heckman 6th, Colt Boudrieau 8th; Olivia Kiefel 6th, Audrey Kiefel and Sophia Castillo (PR) tied for 8th • 200-meters: Carter Barron 8th; A. Kiefel 6th (PR) • 400-meters: Liam Kiefel 3rd; A. Kiefel 3rd (PR) • 100-meter hurdles: L. Kiefel 2nd, Heckman 4th, Barron 6th; O. Kiefel 3rd (PR), Castillo 5th • 4x100 relay: 3rd (Barron, Boudrieau...

  • HASA raises $4,000 at Carnival

    Karen Huwe, The Tines|May 16, 2024

    WAITSBURG – The Home and School Association carnival was successful, and around $ 4,000 was raised to purchase school supplies for Waitsburg Schools students. It was a lovely, warm Friday evening where over 140 kids enjoyed games thanks to the numerous volunteers who donated time. Kids played games for tickets and then traded tickets for prizes. Pizza, hotdogs, popcorn, and sno-cones were available for purchase, along with silent auction items to bid on. Cash Grende was the top bidder for the u...

  • Yutzy places first in four events for Cardinal Track

    Karen Huwe, The Times|May 16, 2024

    WAITSBURG — Waitsburg track star Rueben Yutzy placed first in his four events at the District 9, 1B track meet at Pomeroy on April 30. The Cardinals men’s and women’s teams each placed 3rd out of nine. Pomeroy’s men placed first as a team, with Dayton 6th and Prescott 9th. In the women’s, Gal-Pal took first place, Prescott 5th and Dayton 9th. Yutzy placed first in the shot put with a personal record of 42’10” and a PR in the discus with 132’1.” He cleared 5’6” in the high jump and teamed with Teegan Kenney, Brenton Segraves and Blake Fr...

  • Waitsburg Class of 2024

    Karen Huwe, The Times|May 9, 2024

    Simon Andersen Simon Andersen plans to study botany at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington in the fall. Anderson began classes at Waitsburg High School his junior year. His favorite memories are spending time with his friends in Utah. Cyson Morris Cyson Morris likes the outdoors and hanging out with his friends when he is not playing sports. Morris has attended Waitsburg schools since kindergarten. He has played football and baseball for the school and is the Vice President of the...

  • Waitsburg students return from Amazing Shake Competition

    Karen Huwe, The Times|May 9, 2024

    WAITSBURG - Seven Waitsburg students traveled to Atlanta, Ga., at the end of March to compete in the National Amazing Shake competition at the Ron Clark Academy. They joined over 400 students from the United States, Germany, Honduras, and Canada who attended the event. After preliminary rounds, the top 50 competed, and a student from Germany won. This was the first time that students from the Waitsburg School District participated in the competition. Faculty advisors Dusty Wirtzberger and...

  • Waitsburg School's Spring Concert highlights talented students

    Karen Huwe, The Times|May 9, 2024

    WAITSBURG - The 2024 Waitsburg High/Middle School spring band/choir concert with director Mrs. Elizabeth Jagelski was a huge success on Wednesday, April 24, in the high school auditorium. The audience was treated to the sixth-grade band playing "Go for Excellence," "Skip to My Lou," "Mexican Mountain Song," and a scale skill presentation. Following a piano solo by Emily Kudson, the seventh-grade band played the "Pink Panther Theme" and "Rondeau." The choir delighted the audience with "Skye Boat...

  • Waitsburg Class of 2024

    Karen Huwe, The Times|May 2, 2024

    Amy Bly Amy Bly has attended Waitsburg School since pre-school. She enjoyed kindergarten; her favorite memory is the fish game with Mrs. Shirm. Bly is a member of FFA, has played volleyball, and is on the Cardinal softball team. During her junior year of high school, Bly enrolled in the running start program at Walla Walla Community College. She is attending health science courses at SEATech part-time during her senior year. After graduation, Bly plans to work as a CNA (Certified Nursing... Full story

  • Phase 2 Electric Win 5-3

    Karen Huwe, The Times|May 2, 2024

    WAITSBURG - Two Waitsburg minor league teams played on Tuesday, April 23. The Phase 2 Electric team scored 5–3 against Grende Occupational Therapy. The minor league division in Little League is ages 5-11. Jaylynn Gleason was the starting pitcher for Phase 2, with Bridger Abel pitching in relief. Wyatt Parrish was the catcher. Phase 2 is coached by Lloyd Knudson and, Stefanie and Rob Parrish. Timothy Hollingsworth started on the mound for Grende Occ. with Ryden Huxoll as catcher. Becca Brown, C...

  • Waitsburg Drops Game at Touchet

    Karen Huwe, The Times|May 2, 2024

    WAITSBURG — The Cardinals’ baseball team came up one run short in the game at Touchet on April 23. Touchet scored in the bottom of the first inning and continued to score into the fourth inning before the Cardinals kept the Redhawks from crossing home plate. Klint Kuykendall started on the mound for the Cardinals and struck out six Redhawks and walked one in the 8-7 loss. Jayce Gleason pitched in relief. Waitsburg had a good sixth inning. Three Cardinals reached base via walks, Gleason had a hit and Kuykendall had a double and three runs wer...

  • Cardinal Softball wraps up season

    Karen Huwe, The Times|May 2, 2024

    Waitsburg High School girls softball players teamed up with the baseball players for an end-of-the-season friendly softball game on Monday, April 29. Before the start of the game, the school recognized the senior girls and their parents. Seniors Amy Bly, Alyssa Segraves, Kylee Henry, and Bailey Standring played their last high school game. Coach Joe Greer pitched for both teams, and Principal Joe Wirtzberger was the umpire. David Long from Walla Walla DJ was the emcee for the event and a BBQ...

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