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Inside Page: Outlaws still alive and well

The Tri-City Outlaws are alive and well in Kennewick after an 0-7 start to the season.

But on Oct. 24, Aaron Questad scored at the 3:14 mark of the third period to give the Outlaws their first victory of the season, beating the Eugene Generals 2-1.

After that, the Outlaws beat the West Sound Warriors 8-4 and 11-0 for a three-game winning streak, before losing twice to first-place Wenatchee this past weekend.

The Outlaws are one of six teams playing in the Junior Tier III Northern Pacific Hockey League this season.

The Wenatchee Wild leads the standings with a 13-0 record, followed by the Bellingham Blazers (9-4), Eugene (8-4), the Seattle Ravens (5-8), Tri-Cities at 3-9, and West Sound (0-13).

The league lost the Cheney Icehawks in August when the franchise was unable to put together a full roster.

The Outlaws have a 40-game schedule, so there is still plenty of time to see them play at the Toyota Arena, right next door to the Toyota Center where the Americans play.

Their next home game will be Friday at 7:05 p.m. against West Sound.

Tickets to Outlaws games at $10 for adults (ages 18-59); and $7 for students (13-17), seniors (60 & Up), Military, and children (3-12).


This from the PRCA last week: Kennewick’s Horse Heaven Round-Up Rodeo donated $7,292 to cancer prevention efforts in the community as part of its Tough Enough to Wear Pink program from August’s event. The money will be shared among area hospital foundations to assist those in need in the battle against breast cancer. Over the past nine years, the rodeo and fair in Kennewick have donated more than $142,000 to local programs to help the uninsured, which has enabled 1,500 women in the community to receive free mammograms and cancer screenings, follow-up care and other forms of assistance.

▪ Back in the 1990s, when I covered Tri-City Raceway, my path would cross with Garrett Evans, a quiet young man from the Wenatchee area. Evans won his share of races on the old Northwest Tour Series.

Fast forward to 2015. Evans was named the 2015 Tri-Track Super Late Model Series season champion by being consistent.

It was his seventh season championship. Not bad for a guy who is 59 years old now. Nice to see some things never change.

As a side note, the series changed its name for 2016: the Northwest Super Late Model Series.

▪ Congratulations to Othello’s Ruben Martinez, who was inducted into the Washington State Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Oct. 24.

Martinez coached 23 years at his old school, Othello. He took over the program in 1995, and stayed there for 20 years until this last spring. His teams won two state titles and 16 of his wrestlers captured state titles. In dual matches, his Othello team had 150 dual wins, and overall his teams had 195 wins.

▪ Speaking of wrestling, I flew back from a European vacation early last month and was watching the movie Foxcatcher on the plane ride. My head was down while the movie played in one scene, when I heard a familiar voice.

I looked up to the screen and saw it was Dr. Dave Bennett, the former Richland High School wrestling coach, who was acting in a scene with Mark Ruffalo (who was playing wrestler Dave Schultz).

Bennett, playing a documentary director, was interviewing Schultz in a scene.

It got me thinking, since Bennett left the Tri-Cities in the 1990s and headed to Colorado to work for USA Wrestling, what has he been up to?

Earlier this year, Bennett was awarded the Order of Merit by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Here is what the website said of him: For the past 45 years, Doc Bennett has been contributing to the advancement of wrestling through work in coaches education, videography, and coaching. He balanced his career as an optometrist with coaching, creating instructional videos, and producing television shows. Bennett served as the National Developmental Freestyle Coach from 2000-2009 and received the United States Olympic Committee Coach of the Year award in 2008. He continues to volunteer his services to USA Wrestling, United World Wrestling, and the NWHOF as either a coach or with digital media productions.

College update

CARROLL: Crystal Schmidt (Hermiston) had 11 kills to help lead the volleyball team to a 3-1 win over Lewis-Clark State on Sept. 24.

COLLEGE OF IDAHO: Andres Idoeta (Walla Walla CC) had an assist as the men’s soccer team beat Walla Walla University 6-2 on Sept. 25.

IDAHO: Kristin Strankman (Richland) finished tied for 9th at the WSU Cougar Cup golf tournament Sept. 21-22 at Palouse Ridge. Strankman fired a 4-over-par, three-round score of 220.

SIMON FRASER: Jake Oram (Hanford) had three tackles and a forced fumble in a 40-7 football loss to Central Washington on Sept. 26.

WESTERN OREGON: Alisha Bettinson (Richland) had 16 kills and 16 digs in a 3-2 volleyball loss to St. Martins on Sept. 24.

Walla Walla University’s men’s basketball team was named the Adidas Team of the Week in the Cascade Collegiate Conference after knocked off NAIA No. 23 team University of Montana Western 72-67 this past weekend, marking the program’s biggest win. Junior Chad Torkelson was named the CCC men’s basketball player of the week after he scored 19 points in the win.

Jeff Morrow: 509-582-1508;; Twitter: @morrow_jeff