Archive for October 2007
A sophomore reserve basketball player is kicked off the team for attending a party where three players were murdered.
A couple of basketball-related links await your perusal. By the way, we are headed to the Pac-10 basketball meetings tomorrow in Los Angeles, so we should have some more hoops talk for you then.
Just spoke with outgoing WCC commissioner Mike Gilleran about the status of the men’s and women’s conference basketball tournaments, which was discussed at the WCC meetings Monday and Tuesday in San Francisco.
Click below for an update.
One of the bright spots in the Idaho football season has been freshman running back Deonte Jackson.
We caught up with him this week and discovered something about him than we hadn’t read in all the previous stories about the humble young man who is just 26 yards short of 1,000.
That will be the lead to Thursday’s WAC notebook. For today we have other news.
Eastern Washington’s first-year men’s basketball coach Kirk Earlywine likes the makeup of his team, but admits the Eagles are a bit undersized on the front line.
You can read the season preview that ran in this morning’s S-R here.
Spokane Chiefs coach Bill Peters left the ice after an hour-long practice Tuesday afternoon at Eagles Ice-A-Rena, and almost immediately the gloves came off.
Several players stayed on the ice – taking shots on goalies between dropping sticks and gloves and play fighting around the rink after practice was over.
The pressure is mounting, but it doesn’t seem to be bothering the Chiefs.
One day after the 2008 coaching staff became complete, the Shock added defensive lineman Brian Rackley (6-foot-6, 280 pounds) has been added to the roster.
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We’re headed to Pullman, but before we leave we wanted to give you links to our S-R stories today.
The Spokane Chiefs nearly earned the top ranking in this week’s poll. My guess: if they can beat Vancouver for a second time on Saturday, they will get that top nod next week.
Until then, read on for the results, and please, share your thoughts.
The University of Idaho Athletic Department is inviting the community to enjoy the 2007 Trick-or-Treat With Vandal Athletics on Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 6:30 to 7:30 in the South Concourse at the Kibbie Dome. The event will be a great opportunity for Vandal fans to meet some of Idaho’s top student-athletes and also do some trick-or-treating in a safe environment. Members of each Idaho athletic team will be in attendance to hand out candy and celebrate Halloween with the community. Everyone is invited and admission is free.
The winning streak has reached eight games, matching the second longest in franchise history, as the Spokane Chiefs skated over the Portland Winter Hawks with a 9-1 Western Hockey League victory on Sunday evening.
The longest winning streak was 12 games during the 1995-96 season. Read on for more details from the game and a quick link to the stats.
Once again the Idaho football team dug a hole, only to battle back and come up short.
This time it was Nevada with a 37-21 win, pulling away after the Vandals battled back from a 17-0 first quarter deficit.
Blanked in regulation in Everett and back-to-back losses – in overtime and a shootout – to the Tri-City Americans.
Within the U.S. Division, the Spokane Chiefs haven’t had much luck so far this season, with three of their four losses coming at the hands of the usual suspects.
Saturday night could be an important turnaround for the Chiefs in that aspect.
Even a scaled-down Kennel _ roughly 5,000 fans instead of the customary 6,000 and volume not quite at regular-season levels _ was still an eye-opener for GU’s freshmen as they joined their teammates for the Kraziness in the Kennel scrimmage Friday night.
It was sloppy in the first half, but play smoothed out in the second. Here’s the S-R article (an update on Josh Heytvelt at the bottom).
Thursday night Mead football coach Sean Carty said he and CV’s Rick Giampietri had been kiddingly e-mailing each other rooting for their opponents in order to avoid a tiebreaker for third place.
The Panthers had done all they had set out to do, “except beat CV - because we didn’t play them,” Carty said.
The time has come for the two to meet. Tuesday, 6 p.m. at Albi, a Kansas tiebreaker will determine which team plays for a state berth against the Columbia Basin League champion and which plays its 10th game as part of the GSL-CBL 10th game crossover series.
The Idaho football team gets its starting quarterback back for Saturday’s game at Nevada.
After throwing on consecutive days, coach Robb Akey told reporters: “He appeared to be right on. Mentally, I think he’s done a nice job staying in tune to everything that’s going on. I don’t think he’s lost a lot of ground there. It’s just a matter of making decisions and pulling the trigger. And for practice, I thought he looked damn good.”
While Enderele was out the last three games, senior Brian Nooy and true freshman Quin Ashley, who provided an option look to the offense, split time with Ashley starting the last game.
Enderle and Ashley will share the position but Akey did not say which one would start.
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A quick set of football links. The big WSU news is on the earlier posts.
Washington State is ranked No. 10 in the season’s first USA Today/ESPN coaches poll and Gonzaga is tied for 14th with Texas A&M. North Carolina is the No. 1 preseason pick followed closely by UCLA. There are six Pac-10 teams in the Top 25. Click here for the story and a poll breakdown.
The Post Falls High football team kept its playoff hopes alive with a 26-14 win over Coeur d’Alene on Thursday. The win also secured a playoff spot for Lake City.
Click here to see the story and possible three-way playoff that both Post Falls, Coeur d’Alene and Lewiston could find themselves.
I told you earlier today I would post again after Bill Doba’s press conference and this is a fulfillment of that promise. This post has some notes, but we will open with a Doba story about hunting season in the state of Washington.
Forward Josh Heytvelt (foot) remains sidelined and wing Larry Gurganious (knee) won’t participate when Gonzaga holds its Kraziness in the Kennel scrimmage Friday at 7 at the McCarthey Athletic Center.
Sorry about the delay in updating the blog, but prior commitments — work-related and otherwise — prevented me from making it to Cheney this week.
Mead’s No. 1, Shadle lives on and both Mt. Spokane and Lakeside are a win away from state.
The regular season champion Panthers, a state semifinalist last year, defeated Gonzaga Prep 2-1 for the district title and an automatic berth in state.
Shadle Park stayed alive with a 2-1 victory over Lewis and Clark and both the Wildcats and Eagles easily won regional playoff openers.
The Spokane Shock announced today that defensive lineman Jason Jack (6-foot-4, 265 pounds), has been added to the 2008 roster.
A pretty interesting day at practice Tuesday, with Micah Hannam returning, almost Lazarus-like, from his leg injury, and some lighthearted occurrences interspersed with intense contact.
To be honest, it wasn’t the Cougars best practice of the season in a lot of ways. Which harkens me back to the days of middle school drama and Miss Barrett, who always said, “bad dress rehearsal, great play.” We’ll see if the time-worn axiom holds Saturday.
The Idaho football team hasn’t been all bad, as a 1-7 record and six game losing streak might suggest.
The trouble is when the young team hits a bad stretch it’s really bad. That stretch is in the second quarter, where over the course of eight games they’ve been outscored by almost 100 points when the difference in the other three quarters combined is 11.
Season tickets for the 2008 Spokane Shock season will go on sale to the general public starting tomorrow at 9 a.m.
Read on for the rest of the release, along with one I forgot to post last week. Sorry about that.
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It’s Tuesday, and as we do every week throughout football season, this is the day we take a look at WSU’s upcoming opponent.
This week it’s the Pac-10-leading UCLA Bruins. Read on for our usual coverage.
A quick update from Idaho’s next opponent, Nevada.
But first, from the Vandals. Starting linebacker Ben Alexander suffered a broken leg at New Mexico State and is out for the season. Idaho coach Robb Akey said he hoped to have starting quarterback Nathan Enderle, who has missed the last three games, throwing this week but it sounded like Enderle would probably not be ready for the Nevada game.
A weekend of solid work paid off for the Spokane Chiefs, who moved up three spots in this week’s Western Hockey League writer’s poll, released by yours truly each Monday.
Keep reading for the goods.
The Pac-10 coaches’ women’s basketball picks were released today and there were no surprises. Stanford was picked to win, Arizona State second and Washington State 10th. The Cougars were a near-unanimous choice for the cellar.
As the bye week comes to an end, which it did in reality Sunday, there isn’t much in the way of Cougar stories available. So we have to widen the net a little to catch you up.
Former Gonzaga forward Adam Morrison is probably out for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, according to this Charlotte Observer story.
Morrison was injured Saturday in an exhibition game against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Hello all, sorry I didn’t post last night. Here’s what happened in Kelowna (click on the link below), and I’ll post later today with the Vancouver result.
I know this isn’t a WSU question, but I was wondering: Are the Seahawks relevant right now? Last year, when I was trying to make SportsLink an on-line daily sports section, it seems like they were. But has their less-than-inspired play of late relegated them to the end of the bench? Just a personal question I hope you folks will answer.
Something that is relevant is WSU basketball. And that’s where we traveled this morning.
Click here to see the game stories from Friday football games.
In January of 2006, Kevin Armstrong came to Spokane and put on a Chiefs sweater as part of a two-player deal with the Saskatoon Blades.
Armstrong stopped 20 shots, rookie defenseman Jared Cowen netted the game-winning goal and added an assist, and the Chiefs earned a 3-2 Western Hockey League victory in front of 5,273 fans on Friday night at the Arena.
A good chunk of our time this week was spent researching the following story, which appears in its unedited form. It will be in Saturday’s S-R.
It is not an opinion piece. It is a piece of in-depth reporting trying to get an answer to the question of what the future holds for WSU football. Our hope is it will help answer them well enough to hold everyone until the season ends, because, with football playing and basketball getting started, it’s the last time we’ll do this much depth on this site until then.
At the bottom is some other thoughts from the key players that didn’t make the story.
If there was ever a reason for the Idaho football team to focus on itself more than an opponent, this is the week.
Click the tab below to see a quick capsule of how North Idaho teams fared in the first day of state soccer tournaments.
I talked with my friend at the Tri Cities Herald, Rene Ferran, asking how a person suspended for “disciplinary” reasons at one school could get eligible at another. He checked into the Jake Haworth situation at Richland - a probable GSL football playoff opponent and received an answer (which he posted on my blog the other day). Turns out there was more to it as his most recent blog reveals.
Click the entry tab to view the menu for this week’s Idaho Prep Page.
Good morning. As this football bye week wears on and basketball practice starts to wear a little older, there is only a few things to draw your eyes toward.
Eastern coach Paul Wulff told those media types who dialed in to Wednesday’s Big Sky Conference football coaches’ teleconference that he expects his Eagles to be competitive in Saturday’s non-conference road game against Brigham Young University.
Are these Spokane Chiefs for real? They are about to find out.
It’s go time.
The Chiefs are nine games into their Western Hockey League season and are quickly approaching a series of important tests.
For those of you clamoring for an update, click the entry tab below.
Let’s move on. There are a couple of football-related stories available to link today and we’ll get right to those.
Plus, we’ll be at basketball practice this afternoon and we’ll try to get a basketball-centric post this evening. To quote Mr. Miyagi, there is no try, only do, so we will post something on basketball this evening.
The Spokane Shock announced today that OL Ryan Belcher has re-signed for the 2008 season. DL Derron Ware, 6-foot-4, 217 pounds, and FB Ken Williams, 5-10 286, have also been assigned to the Shock.
Eastern, following its big win over Montana State on Saturday, steps out of the Big Sky Conference and up to the NCAA Division I — or Football Bowl Subdivision — level this weekend when they travel to Provo, Utah, for Saturday’s game against Brigham Young University.
Each Monday the Western Hockey League writers poll is put out by the Western Major Junior Hockey Writer’s Association (WMJHWA).
Read below for the release. I will post these every Monday, and please, share your thoughts.
FYI for the frequent commentors - I’ve never been to the various Chinese restaurants that Guarantee Guy speaks of.
It took three days for the Western Athletic Conference to get its four games in but the weekend ended the way it started - a wild overtime game where the favored team barely ecked out a win.
As has been my habit the past few weeks, I’m posting my analysis that runs in Monday’s paper here tonight. Read on.
After a 6:30 flight out of Eugene, I’m back in sunny Spokane – and the sunny part is another difference with Eugene. I’ve always wondered, what would WSU be like if it was in Spokane, with the football stadium overlooking the river from the West Plains, perhaps.
Anyhow, here are your links …
There was no shortage of story lines at the Arena on Saturday night.
Spokane Chiefs leading scorer Drayson Bowman up against Kelowna Rockets rookie defenseman Collin Bowman in a matchup of brothers.
Minnesota Wild 2007 draft picks Justin Falk against fellow Wild pick and Kelowna forward Cody Almond.
Spokane’s Ondrej Roman, a Dallas Stars selection this year, against Kelowna’s Jamie Benn, also a Stars’ pick in the 2007 NHL draft.
Story lines aside – given the power, it was Roman and the Chiefs who made the plays.
The Vandals had their first basketball practice Saturday morning and the roster has a new look from last year’s 4-27 disaster.
Our unedited story from the first day follows.
Another game, another hole, another comeback that comes up short.
“My general thought is it’s not a lot of fun right now,” Idaho football coach Robb Akey said after Saturday’s 37-24 Homecoming loss to Fresno State. “They’re giving us all their effort, we’ve got to keep that together. We’ve got to get the execution to start to happen.
“Things like this aren’t going to happen overnight. But as close as we’ve been able to get to some things, that’s the competitior in me and these players, we want make it want to happen right now, impatient world as it is. I’m very adamdant about getting it to happen now. I’m very adamant we’re capable of winning any of the games we play. But if we do the things like we did at times today, we’re capable of not winning those games unfortunately.”
Keep reading for our unedited game story.
This is a short game preview put together by the Okanagan Staff courtesy of Doyle Potenteau for tonight’s matchup between Kelowna and Spokane.
Give an A to Ferris’ defense which was dominant Friday night in a 49-14 victory. Coupled with Mead’s thrilling comeback 28-27 win over Gonzaga Prep, the standings are taking shape.
Last weekend, the 1-5 Portland WinterHawks beat Everett 3-0 for their first victory of the season.
Tonight, they visit the Arena for the first time this season. Watch out Chiefs, the Hawks are playing desperate hockey.
A win could get the Chiefs back on track. Read on for more about tonight’s opponent.
Idaho faces Fresno State for Homecoming on Saturday and coach Robb Akey is hoping a big crowd can help the Vandals get over the edge for a victory.
Our unedited game advance follows.
There were two Greater Spokane League football games tonight. North Central defeated Rogers 21-12 strengthening its post-season playoff position. Central Valley whipped Shadle Park setting up next Thursday’s showdown against unbeaten Ferris. My story for tomorrow’s paper follows.
Some GU notes with the first official practice set for Friday night at 7.
Click below for more.
One of the advantages of seniority in the Prep sportswriting business is having the privilege to watch Hall of Fame athletes play in high school before they became famous.
Guys like John Stockton, Ryne Sandberg and two who will be inducted next week into the Inland Northwest Sports Hall of Fame, Jeanne Helfer and Steve Emtman, were no different from your youngsters, playing for the glory of their school and for the fun of sport.
Just a quick post today with links to my stories and to others. Read on.
The Spokane Shock announced defensive linemen Ben Siegert and Ray Gant have been added to the 2008 roster.
The Spokane Chiefs have acquired forward Ryan Letts from the Calgary Hitmen in exchange for a sixth-round pick in the 2008 WHL Bantam Draft.
Read on for the rest of the release.
The Bozeman Chronicle caught up with former Eastern Washington and Montana State coach Mike Kramer, who — for the first time since 1988 — won’t be a part of the EWU-MSU football rivalry that will be renewed in Cheney on Saturday.
You can read it here.
Idaho men’s basketball team will practice for an hour Friday evening with the public event to meet the team.
Pretty quiet day around the Western Athletic Conference, although the preseason basketball poll is going to be released later today.
In football, Fresno State defensive lineman suspended after accident.
Just finished putting together a feature on EWU quarterback Matt Nichols for tomorrow’s S-R. You can get an advance look at the story by clicking here.
And I hope to post some notes out of Wednesday morning’s Big Sky coaches’ conference call as soon as I can — although there isn’t usually much that comes out of those.
Gonzaga is scheduled to open practice Friday at 7 p.m., but a couple of players might be spectators or see limited duty.
Forward Josh Heytvelt has a foot ailment and could miss 7-10 days, according to head coach Mark Few. Forward David Pendergraft’s recovery from knee surgery is nearly complete, Few said.
If it’s Tuesday, we must be in Pullman – and if you know that obscure reference, you watch way too many bad movies. Anyhow, here’s the links from today. As for your questions, I’m not sure I can answer them all, but I do know the hurry up offense is practiced every day.
Eastern Washington wideout Aaron Boyce, following his record-setting performance in Saturday’s 24-23 road loss to No.1-ranked Montana, has been selected by The Sports Network as the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Offensive Player of the Week.
Here are some observations by writers at the Seattle Times to update we east siders on what’s going on over there.
Click the tab below to see the list of games in the Panhandle this week.
Another Monday, another week. But this Monday is special. The first reader who can guess why today is important wins a free … heck, I don’t have anything to give away. They win recognition of their feat of intelligence right here on “SportsLink, The Cougar Page.”
Keep reading for links to today’s stories.
Click the tab below to see our Friday and Saturday football game stories.
A quick post this morning with links to the WSU stories and information out there.
I’m writing what follows knowing full well I’m going to tick a lot of you off, but that’s too bad. I’m also sure it won’t stop the comments I just don’t understand. Read on to see what I’m talking about.
Despite the best defensive game of the season, WSU lost to 18th-ranked Arizona State on Saturday 23-20 when a late field goal was wide left. We’ll be back later.
Multimedia: View photos from the game.
Still several hours until kickoff of what I expect to be another entertaining EWU-Montana football game.
Here is the game advance that ran in this morning’s S-R, and I will post a story from today’s game as soon as I can.
The sold-out Eastern Washington University versus University of Montana football game will be broadcast live in Spokane on KSKN Channel 22 in Spokane.
The Spokane Shock have added three more players to their 2008 roster - wide receiver Kelvin Dickens, DL Elbert Shumake, and WR/DB Roshawn Marshall.
Dickens is the third player from last year’s team to re-sign with the Shock.
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Marcus Capers, a 6-foot-5 senior wing from Florida, committed to WSU today. We have more on this, and how the Cougars came up with an available scholarship, on the link.
It’s Thursday and you know the drill. Click the entry tab below to get the Prep Page menu.
This Chris Bruton story is running in tomorrow’s section, but I thought you night owls would enjoy the read.
Here’s the link.
The Spokane Shock have added another quarterback to their 2008 roster.
When the glass is half full, Robb Akey takes a big swallow before he declares it empty.
Talking about the unexpected loss of starting quarterback Nathan Enderle, who had minor surgery on his throwing hand on Monday, the Idaho football coach came up with a couple positives.
As some of you have already commented, Spokane’s opponent tonight - the Everett Silvertips - are still searching for their first victory.
Only three teams in the league have yet to earn points in the standings: Prince George, Portland and Everett, all 0-4-0-0.
Click below for some more links.
Good morning from the Palouse, where it only rains at night and the sun shines all day. Right. Before I walk down the hill to get a paper – and I am walking today – let’s get you a couple links.
After a long practice, a bite to eat and a chance to reflect on the day, I’m posting with two goals in mind: to give you some news that happened today and to answer a lot of questions that have been asked lately – though I apologize, Rufus, for being unable to find an answer about the buses; it’s still on my list.
Read on for other news and answers.
Point guard Demetri Goodson, who had scholarship offers from several Big 12 Conference basketball powers as well as one from Arizona State for football, has orally committed to Gonzaga, according to Goodson’s high school coach.
Click below for more…
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Today is the Pac-10 conference call day, when we get to hear coaches answer questions from all over the country. Then there is a conference with quarterback Alex Brink. So the morning is mostly taking up listening to answers to questions we would never ask.
But that’s the way things are. And it’s already started, so I have to get going. On the link are the other usual links to Cougar stories from around the area.
We’ve had a lot of comments posted the past couple days, and that’s good. But they are starting to get pretty darn redundant, and that’s bad. After more than 120 posts, even I get it, there are a lot of people upset about the debacle in the desert and they blame the head coach, his staff and the quarterback (the last one I really don’t get, but that’s me).
Now, with homecoming – isn’t that ironic, when Dennis Erickson is coaching the opposition; who says football schedulers don’t have a sense of humor? – about five days away, it seems time to change the subject. Read on for my thoughts.
Records at the Mt. Baker Invite, strong efforts in Yakima had Spokane cross country teams looking good over the weekend.
Both Central Valley boys and Mead girls beat Gig Harbor which has turned into a strong program, one whose goal is to emulate the GSL.
Click the tab below to see the list of prep football games in North Idaho this week.
Action picks up Western Athletic Conferece with Idaho heading to San Jose State for the Spartans homecoming.