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It’s too early to tell


Now the second part of the prep post …

The All-Greater Spokane League basketball teams have been picked by the league’s coaches. The Spokesman-Review has always respected the GSL’s embargo date, that is, the day the awards are to be made public. That date is always after the state basketball tournament.

But almost every year coaches of state-bound teams tell the names of their All-GSL players to the West Side newspapers. For example, in a link below, a Puget Sound-area newspaper has the news Ferris’ Jared Karstetter was the GSL’s MVP. According to what I’ve been told – and remember, the names haven’t been officially released yet - it’s true, as is the presence of two other Saxon juniors, Shawn Stockton and DeAngelo Casto, on the first team. They were joined by Nick Ambrose of Central Valley, Scotty Livengood of Rogers and Zack Humphrey of Shadle.

• Norman Chad’s syndicated column, which ran in today’s S-R, decries the proliferation of traveling high school teams.

• Eisenhower’s boys’ team will be joining the Ferris and Pasco boys as representatives from the East Side at the State 4A tournament and the Yakima Herald Republic has this story. The paper also has this look at the Yakima-area teams at the 2B.

• The Everett Herald not only has this feature on the Mariner High boys, the paper also has capsules on the 4A girls’ and boys’ teams. The paper also has five boys to watch (including Ferris’ Casto) and five girls (including Angie Bjorklund but no Katelan Redmon).

• Everyone on the West Side had the story of Franklin guard Venoy Overton switching his verbal commitment from USC to UW, so we’ll just link the News Tribune piece and the Times’ story.

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