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Thu., Aug. 28, 2014, 8:16 a.m.

Prep Footballers Resume Border Wars

Inland Empire League football coaches thought it was a door that had been permanently shut. For nearly a decade, IEL coaches have desired that their counterparts in the Greater Spokane League would convince their administrators to open up their schedules and allow nonleague games. It made sense for two reasons for IEL teams. First, they wanted quality, playoff-level competition. Second, they wanted to stay closer to home instead of making treks to Boise, Pocatello, Seattle and stops in between to fill out their schedules. It made sense, too, for GSL schools – especially 3A schools. Rogers and North Central, for example, would be able to schedule games against teams more at their competitive level. Imagine the smiles that crept over IEL coaches faces in early January when they learned that the GSL planned to divide into 4A and 3A divisions, opening spots on their schedules for nonleague games/Greg Lee, SR. More here. (SR photo: QB Brett Rypien of Shadle Park, left, and Drew Berger of Idaho 5A defending champion Coeur d'Alene)

Question: Are you glad to see North Idaho and Spokane football teams playing one another again?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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