SATURDAY, MARCH 31, 2007

Shock opens season with easy win

SHOCKIsn't af2 football supposed to be an offensive show?Not Saturday. At least not against the Spokane defense. That defense, paced by Rob Keefe's two interceptions, allowed the Adam Shackleford era to open on a positive note, 51-35 against the Stockton Lightning before a sellout crowd...

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Busy day and busy award season for Bjorklund

PREPSAnother busy day on the prep sports scene and we offer this roundup of Washington action and this one with an Idaho lead.• U-Hi's Angie Bjorklund and GU-recruit Steven Gray of Bainbridge were the Associated Press players of the year in Washington. This Times' story...

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Chiefs drop game five 5-1

CHIEFSThe Chiefs come home for Sunday's game in a must-win situation. And then they must win in Everett in game seven as well if they want to advance.All that because they were routed 5-1 in Everett on Friday night.For more on the Chiefs' playoff efforts,...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2007

Bennett named nation's coach of the year by AP

COLLEGE NEWSTony Bennett was named the Associated Press college basketball coach of the year today, an honor he deserved.There is more on Glenn Kasses' blog if you are interested.••••••••••The West Coast Conference baseball season opens this weekend, with GU hosting 20th-ranked USD today at Washington...

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Why will UCLA win?

COLLEGE BASKETBALLWith the Final Four this weekend, we ran a fun little group of stories based on "Why Team A will win."So if you want to know why your favorite team out of the four is going to win read these: Ohio State, Georgetown, Florida...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2007


Spring football in full bloom

COLLEGE FOOTBALLWith the University of Idaho opening spring football Friday, the Idaho Statesman had this piece on new coach Robb Akey.• Idaho State also has a new coach, former Central Washington coach John Zamberlin. The Twin Falls Times-News asked him 10 questions.• The Salem paper...

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Chiefs get healthy at home

CHIEFSIt seems like the post-game fight Saturday night was just what the Chiefs needed. Either that, or some home cooking.Whatever it was, Spokane has tied the first-round playoff series with Everett at two games apiece after the 3-1 win Wednesday night at the Arena.Jeff Bunch...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2007

Minor league game had a major league attraction

MARINERSIt's not often a minor league game on a back field has most of the Mariners' brain trust in attendance, but that's what happened Tuesday in Peoria.The reason was simple: J.J. Putz was throwing an inning in competition. And the M's closer came through with...

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New rules may be on their way

PREPSYou knew this would happen.Following Woodinville's 64-0 rout of Franklin last week, Seattle's Metro league is contemplating adding another level of scoring to its "mercy rule." The league already has the 10-run after five innings rule in effect, but now is talking about a 15-run...

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GU ready to open WCC baseball

COLLEGE SPORTS UPDATED: 8:40 A.M.Gonzaga opens West Coast Conference baseball play this weekend hosting the University of San Diego at Washington Trust Field. Do you think Bill Grier will be there rooting for USD?All this and more from the local college baseball scene can be...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 27, 2007

Morrow proves he's human

MARINERSDang it. I thought Brandon Morrow was perfect. He's not. The Rangers scored a run on him yesterday. That's it. The season's over.OK, now that I got that out of my system, I can be a little more intelligent. A little.Though Morrow did give up...

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Collins' role won't diminish this year

COUGARSWith spring football in full swing, Glenn Kasses caught up with one of the Cougars' most valuable returning players, H-back Jed Collins.Collins has big shoes to fill (Cody Boyd's) at tight end, but will continue to play the multi-dimensional role in the upcoming season as...

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Game three will go on tonight without four players

CHIEFSAs we reported yesterday, the WHL has handed down its suspensions from Spokane's fight with the Everett Silvertips, a fight you can watch on Jeff Bunch's blog.Jeff also had this story in today's paper, with comment from everyone in Spokane connected to the incident.The Chiefs...

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MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2007

Grier takes the reins in San Diego

BULLDOGSIt is official. Billy Grier is the head basketball coach at the University of San Diego.If you want to hear what he had to say – and count how many times he referred to Gonzaga as "we" – you can do it by clicking this...

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Scoring rises in local softball

PREPSIf you click on this post, you can answer a question I posed about high scores in baseball and softball.Interestingly, the abundance of scoring in Greater Spokane League softball is the lead to Mike Vlahovich's prep notebook today.There is a fastpitch game Tuesday that I...

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SUNDAY, MARCH 25, 2007



More on Grier's departure

COLLEGE BASKETBALLThe Billy Grier-to-San-Diego news you read first on the S-R's website last night has been amplified a little bit with Steve Bergum's story in today's paper.• The Times' Bud Withers also has a story on Grier moving to the Toreros, and the San Diego...

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SATURDAY, MARCH 24, 2007

Grier headed to San Diego

BULLDOGSBilly Grier just couldn't wait any longer.The long-time Gonzaga assistant coach, who has been promised the top spot if Mark Few ever left, has decided to become the head coach at the University of San Diego instead. You can read Steve Bergum's story here.The Toreros'...

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Silvertips start fast, stop Chiefs

CHIEFSThe one thing the Spokane Chiefs didn't need Friday night in their WHL playoff opener was to have Everett get off to a quick start.But that's what happened, and the Chiefs ended up losing 4-2. You can read all about it in Jeff Bunch's story...

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