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West Valley, Cheney rivalry still going strong


West Valley and Cheney have played an intense rivalry as long as I can remember – which isn’t as long as I could when I was 40. No matter how good one team is or how poor the other, when these schools’ basketball programs play, the game is always tight.

Friday night was no exception.

Though the Eagles are undefeated atop the Great Northern League standings and the Blackhawks are in the middle of the pack, the game came down to the wire before WV pulled out a 60-58 win. That game is part of this area boys’ roundup, which leads with Deer Park’s 58-55 upset of Pullman.

In girls play, West Valley also pulled out a tight one over Cheney, rallying for a 55-53 victory.

In GSL action, Gonzaga Prep pulled out tight wins against Mt. Spokane in both boys and girls.

In Idaho, Post Falls’ girls upset Lake City in the 5A Region I playoffs, meaning the Trojans will face Coeur d’Alene in the championship game tonight with an automatic state berth on the line.

We also roundups of other Idaho boys’ and girls’ action.

For more on prep sports, check out Greg Lee’s Idaho Prep Sports blog and Mike Vlahovich’s Prep Report blog.

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