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Not many schools from area in state football finals


The football seasons for all the Inland Northwest are over – save one: The St. John-Endicott Eagles.

The Eagles (12-1) will be playing in the 1B – formerly B-8 – state championship game Saturday at 4 p.m. in the Tacoma Dome against Lummi (11-1).

The last time St.John-Endicott played for the state title was in 1984, when the Eagles lost to Wiskah Valley 40-28 in the Kingdome.

There is also one other team if you consider Asotin (9-3) as part of the Inland Northwest, and we used to before it moved up to the 2B ranks and out of the Whitman County League. The Panthers still playing as well, facing undefeated La Salle (13-0) in the 2B final Friday night.

Mike Vlahovich covers all this – and G-Prep’s season-ending loss to Oak Harbor in the 4A playoffs – in his Monday prep notebook.


Football isn’t the only prep sport covered in today’s paper. With Greater Spokane League basketball beginning Tuesday, we ran our girls preview of the league by correspondent Jason Shoot. One correction, which I fixed in the on-line version of the story, G-Prep made regionals last season, but lost one-game short of the state tournament.

Also available is a quick look at the upcoming girls season and, in on on-line exclusive, team-by-team capsules on the GSL girls’ teams.

Coming Tuesday will be the boys’ preview. As always, if you want more, check out Mike Vlahovich’s Prep Report blog and Greg Lee’s Idaho Prep Sports blog.


The Seattle Times named its all-area football team today, with Oak Harbor’s Marshall Lobbestael the quarterback. After watching his play Saturday, sitting with a former college quarterback who raved over his performance, I agree he’s pretty darn good.

The Times also has a state finals’ notebook. The P-I adds a 4A preview and one from the 3A game.

Rene Ferran summarizes the Columbia Basin games from Saturday that left only 1A Connell standing.

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