Mike focuses on West Valley's "surprise" ascension to the top spot among Greater Northern League boys teams.
The reason I put surprise in quotation marks is simple. I'm not a bit amazed, despite all the players the Eagles lost off last year's team.
You take decent to great athletes, add in a basketball tradition, good coaching, a strong youth emphasis, great facilities and, to quote Emeril, bam, you've got a successful recipe. And West Valley's boys basketball program has been cooking for years.
This year the Eagles (14-2, 10-0) are just doing it in the GNL instead of the Frontier, Border or Greater Spokane leagues.
• Rene Ferran has some interesting comments about the weekend that was down in the Tri-Cities on his blog.