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Cutting sports seems to be pound foolish

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If you had time this morning to read my column in the S-R, you may have realized I was expanding on a post I put up here a few days ago.

After some research about state reimbursement of tax dollars and conversation with educators, it seemed to be the right time. I know there are other good reasons to fund our school’s sports programs – keeping kids in school is one that comes to mind, and keeping them interested is another – but I decided to focus on one element, the financial, because that’s what’s driving the cuts in the first place.

I know Mike Vlahovich has asked for comment on his blog, so most of you are commented out. But if you have thoughts, even if just to call me an idiot (you won’t be the first – or the last) share them.

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After the spring break week, high school sports get back in full swing today. You can check out the area schedule here.

Me, I can’t decide whether to attend the Mt. Spokane at Mead baseball game (Mt. Spokane is ranked second in 3A; Mead is eighth in 4A) or the Mead at Shadle Park softball game. Maybe I’ll hit both.

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The Sideline Smitty column today has Craig Smith’s thoughts on which high school names or mascots he would change. It’s a fun read and brings up a question:

Which high school nickname in the Inland Northwest would you change? For example, for years I’ve heard people say, completely facetiously of course, that Ferris High should be nicknamed the Wheels. Any other ideas?

• The Times has a flashback feature on Christian Welp. His 1983 Olympic team defeated Cheney in the semifinals en route to the state title.


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