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Ex-PFHS Footballer Tofflemire Dies

In this SR file football by Christopher Anderson from the mid-1990s, Joe Tofflemire grimaces as a Seahawk trainer checks his shoulder during a recent practice. Tofflemire was a football standout at Post Falls High.

Joe Tofflemire, a first-team All-Pac-10 center at Arizona in 1986, 987 and 1988, died Tuesday in Post Falls. He wa 46. He was found unconscious and unresponsive in his home, according to family reports on Facebook. He later died in a Coeur d'Alene (Kootenai Medical Center) hospital. Tofflemire was UA's 1988 football team's Most Valuable Player and the 1988 winner of the Pac-10 Morris Award, emblematic of the league's top offensive lineman. He was selected in the second round of the 1989 NFL draft by the Seattle Seahawks and played for the team from 1989-94/Arizona Daily Star. More from Wikipedia here. (John Blanchette & Greg Lee are working on story for SR.)

  • From Alison Larkin McArthur Facebook wall: The Funeral Services for Joe Tofflemire will be Rosary September 30th at 7 pm at Bell Tower Funeral Home- 3398 E Jenalan Avenue Post Falls- Graveside services Monday at Noon at Evergreen Cemetery- Spokane Street- Post Falls, and Monday 2pm Reception Post Falls Senior Center 1215 E 3rd Avenue Post Falls. If you wish to donate any cash or food items for the reception Monday drop the items off at the Post Falls Senior Center- 1215 E 3rd Avenue. Any other questions please feel free to contact me at 208-773-9582.

Wildcats win in upset

Arizona's Derrick Williams, left, is fouled by Duke's Miles Plumlee on a dunk try.

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Derrick Williams carried Arizona in the first half, keeping the Wildcats in the game against Duke. His teammates returned the favor in the final 20 minutes with an offensive barrage that stunned the defending national champions.

Williams scored 25 of his career-high 32 points in the first half of Arizona’s 93-77 victory Thursday night, helping the Wildcats reach the final eight for the first time since 2005.

“As a team, we came together and willed ourselves to win,” said Lamont Jones, who added 16 points. “Derrick is a great player, but we all contribute.” Beth Harris, AP

I'm thinking this game probably messed up a few brackets. How are yours?

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