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Columbia-Inchelium enters the season with a new/old coach. Longtime coach Chuck Wyborney stepped down after last season, and assistant coach Brian Myers takes over as head coach. Myers was the head coach at Inchelium before the two districts combined to play eight-man football.
Duo boosts Selkirk
Selkirk coach Kelly Cain figures to have an especially close working relationship with his starting quarterback. Perhaps because he’s a returning veteran, but mostly because he’s his son, Dominic.
“I feel good putting the offense in his hands,” the coach, said.
The Rangers were particularly young a year ago, and the young guys stepped to finish the year strong.
A year later and there’s reason to be optimistic.
“We have 19 kids out and four of them are upper classmen – two seniors and two juniors,” Cain said.
“Our sophomore class is a pretty good group. They saw some action and filled in for us when we needed them last year and they’re going to compete.”
If Cusick can avoid injuries depleting its small roster, the Panthers should be among the elites of the league and the state. Republic, under second-year head coach Chris Burch, is an up-and-coming team and Columbia-Inchelium shouldn’t miss a beat under Myers. After that a lot will depend on how young players step up once they face real competition.