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Archive for September 2007

Views of the lost night


You could read the disappointment in the faces of Washington State coach Bill Doba and the players who dragged themselves from the locker room to talk to the media Saturday night. A game they thought they had to win had been ripped away by a second-half collapse in all phases of the game.

As we still have the drive to Phoenix ahead before our morning flight, we’ll just post some quick links and be on our way.

Warrior-Vandal notes

Unedited notebook from the Hawaii-Idaho Western Athletic Conference football game.

All Pirates at the Pine Bowl

Whitworth improved to 3-1 on the season by thumping Menlo 49-0 Saturday at the Pine Bowl in the Northwest Conference football opener for both teams.

Click below for an unedited game story.

Plenty of time to catch up with all the football


Saturday morning in the desert. The sun reflected in the stark mountains. The warmth of the air. Golf on the TV. And a whole day until football.

Much to read, much to pass on. Read on.

Update on injured St. John-Endicott player

Here’s an update from our Jessica Brown on the condition of Beau Winters, the St. John-Endicott quarterback who collapsed at his game last week after suffering a blood clot

Time may stand still tomorrow night


A quick look before we head to the airport. My reservation coming back leaves Sunday morning, but coach Bill Doba was joking this week the game wouldn’t be over until Monday, so I might have to make a late change.

Key weapon lost

Lake City will be without standout senior wide receiver Kyle Johnson tonight when the No. 1-ranked Timberwolves (4-0) play host to Coeur d’Alene (2-3).

In fact, Johnson, who reportedly broke a foot in practice Wednesday, is feared lost for the season. We’ll update in our game story tonight.

Around the WAC

Today was our day for WAC notes, with an Idaho injury update and a note not about moral victories but morale victories.

In Hawaii, The Honolulu Advertiser says the Warriors are preparing for a loud crowd in the Kibbie Dome. The Honolulu Star Bulletin looks at former UI assistant Greg McMackin plus a notebook.

Shock add two more

The Spokane Shock announced today receiver Steve Odom and DS Robert Herbert (6-foot-1, 197 pounds), have been assigned to their 2008 roster.

Talent galore in cross country

Andrea Nelson from Shadle Park finished second in state cross country as a freshman last year. Now Mead’s Baylee Mires, though not quite as prodigeous as Nelson, is the latest freshman making waves.

Bowman’s return boosts Chiefs

Ray Whitney had a question for Drayson Bowman – one that only a former Spokane Chief could ask.

He wanted to know how the Boone Street barn was.

Will the Cougars hit a home run Saturday?


There is no shortage of intensity in Pullman this week, as the WSU players are well aware of what Saturday’s game means to the season.

Quarterback Alex Brink expressed the feeling in his press conference Tuesday this is the time when the Cougars need to step up to the plate and make the season a success. The batter’s box awaits.

Pargo, Bouldin on newcomers

Visited with Jeremy Pargo and Matt Bouldin recently for a story on their summer experiences (Pargo went to two elite camps and Bouldin was with USA’s U-19 team) that will probably run this weekend.

Click below for some of their thoughts on GU’s newcomers (Robert Sacre, Austin Daye, Steven Gray and Ira Brown). There’s also an update on a GU recruit Rotnei Clarke below.

Cougs busy getting ready for must-win game


Let’s get right to it because it’s going to be a busy day for all of us. Well, I shouldn’t be speaking for you …

Arizona present a new type of challenge


I waited until after Bill Doba’s press conference today to post, partly because there aren’t many stories to link to and partly because I wanted to share some of his thoughts with you.

Read on for both of those items. on Zags, WCC

Here’s a link to Ed Graney’s articles on the WCC and conference power Gonzaga on It’s part of the site’s tour of college basketball conferences.

Vandal notebook

MOSCOW – The Idaho Vandals marched smartly downfield to score touchdowns to open their last two football games.

That didn’t happen against Northern Illinois on Saturday but after swapping three-and-outs with the Huskies the Vandals went 59 yards on their second possession, despite three penalties, to grab a 7-0 lead.

Then some weird things happened as the Huskies scored 35 straight points on their way to a 42-35 win in a non-conference football game in the Kibbie Dome Saturday afternoon.

WAC wrap

Morning Vandal fans. Please note the sun is shining. Of course that doesn’t make it a good morning after a disappointing loss.

We’re going to have plenty for you to read today with three posts.

Chiefs win again

The Spokane Chiefs sure took care of business this weekend.

The Chiefs came away with their second straight win in Prince George as the Chiefs used a hat trick from David Rutherford to score a 6-2 win Saturday night in Western Hockey League action.

Whitworth saves best for last

Whitworth drove 56 yards in the final 67 seconds, scoring as time ran out on a Kory Kemp-to-Jay Tully connection from 1 yard out for a thrilling 23-21 win over Wisconsin-Stout on Saturday at the Pine Bowl.

Click below on extended entry for an unedited game story.

Greetings from the Coliseum


It’s about an hour and a half before kickoff, and I’m finally in a spot where I can post. Here are the links from this morning and some thoughts.

Shootout likely in Eags’ Big Sky opener

Eastern opens Big Sky play on the road against Idaho State on Saturday. You can read the game advance that will appear in tomorrow’s S-R by clicking on the “Extended Entry” line below, and you can read this week’s Big Sky notes, which appeared in Friday’s paper by clicking here.

Mead makes statement

Prior to football season’s start Sean Carty noted that games his Mead Panthers expected to win last year got away from them late for a variety of reasons (conditioning being one of them).

Spokane and cross country

Here’s a great story for your reading pleasure on Spokane’s high school cross country legacy that was written by Dave Devine for DyeStat.

Vandals have key game

Idaho faces what could be considered their most important game to date when Northern Illinois comes in for the final pre-WAC football game.

Gonzaga basketball schedule loaded

Gonzaga University has released its men’s basketball schedule and, as usual, the non-league schedule is loaded. Click here for the rest of the story. Click here for the complete schedule.

A little information on Prince George

Alright, so this is my final in a slew of postings today. I just thought maybe you fans would like to know what the Chiefs are up against this weekend.

WAC news

WAC notes and other news from around Idaho’s conference.

Idaho Prep Page

Another Thursday and another Prep Page. Click the full entry tab and check out what’s on the menu.

What’s your take on transfers?

In this morning’s Prep Page of The Spokesman-Review, I opined that until transfer rules are tightened up kids (or their parents) are going to be able to find opportunity by switching schools. What’s your take on this continuing discussion of the issue?

Need ammo, Panthers? Read this

Having won four straight State 4A volleyball championships and with nearly the entire lineup back, Mead is a logical choice to continue the dynasty, as this complimentary article in the Tacoma News-Tribune indicates. But the story also warns that there are teams out there with designs on upsetting the apple cart. Read on

Shock re-sign Sirianni and Emtman

The Spokane Shock have two more key guys back on board.

After re-signing head coach Adam Shackleford to a two-year contract in August, the Shock announced today that assistant coach/defensive coordinator Alex Sirianni and line coach Steve Emtman will return for another season.

Mixon settling in with Eagles

Just saw the question concerning the Terry Mixon story that ran in today’s S-R. In dealing with CCS’s hire of Mike Burns, I forgot to post the story on the Eags’ newest defensive back, who could get some extended playing against pass-happy Idaho State on Saturday.

Click here for the Mixon yarn.

No time to clip the Food coupons


The laundry is going, the dishes are in the sink – except the brownie pan – so now I have time to put together a post.

But I have to hurry, because I don’t want my Calloway golf shirt to wrinkle. Read on for links to WSU stories, comments and stuff from Hollywood.

CCS hires Burns to coach basketball

Community Colleges of Spokane has hired former Eastern Washington University coach Mike Burns to head its men’s basketball program.

Cross country news

By now you all know of the fast times at last weekend’s Highlander Invitational, where on a new course under ideal conditions a number of athletes recorded top 10 all-time times. But here is some other cross country news.

Bruton named Chiefs captain

There wasn’t much of a surprise here.

The Chiefs named 20-year-old forward Chris Bruton captain for the 2007-08 season today.

Click on the link below to read the rest of the release.

Turnovers will sway standings

There’s no antidote for turnovers, special teams gaffe or big plays as Greater Spokane League teams learned last week. And those were the intangible tangibles that figured to determine the outcome of this year’s standings.

Ferris and Central Valley benefited from them, Lewis and Clark and Gonzaga Prep were done in by them.

Positive signs for Vandals

Too many mistakes.

That’s the Vandal take on Saturday night’s football game against Palouse rival Washington State.

Coming up: Northern Illinois, which fell to 0-3 with a loss to Eastern Michigan.

Eastern holds off Aggies

Eastern picked up an important non-conference football win against UC Davis on Saturday night,and you can read the unedited game story that will appear in Sunday morning’s S-R by clicking on the “Extended Entry” line below.

The Eagles suffered a couple of injuries during the game, but coach Paul Wulff said he won’t have detail on the status of defensive lineman Lance Witherspoon (right ankle)and tight end Nathan Overbay (dislocated shoulder) until early next week.

Waiting for kickoff will last all afternoon


It’s game day. I’m back in Pullman and ready to go. Too bad there is about eight hours to kick off. Between then and now, you can check out these links.

Eags face first major challenge

Eastern takes a big step up on the competition scales this evening when the Eagles entertain UC Davis at Woodward Field.

You can read the game advance that ran in this morning’s S-R here.

It will be interesting to see how much more complex the defensive and offensive schemes become against a quality opponent like the Aggies.

Shock will hold open tryout

The Spokane Shock will hold an open tryout for prospective players interested in playing during the 2008 season.

The tryout will be held on Saturday September 29th at the Shock Center, 3212 North Eden Road, with registration beginning at 8 a.m.

Turiaf scores 8, France falls

Ex-GU forward Ronny Turiaf contributed 8 points and 7 boards but France stumbled at the foul line late and fell 75-71 to Russia at EuroBasket 2007.

The loss sends France into a game for 5th/8th while Russia moves into the semifinals. More here and here.

Vandals will invade a new-look stadium


How was your Thursday? Mine was a study in contrasts. Ever drive from Pullman to Spokane while your suffering food poisoning? I hope not. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. I wrote my Eugene guys story - hey, maybe that’s what caused my discomfort, my writing? – did some stuff around WSU, and then headed home.

It was a more than two-hour drive. Want to feel like I felt? Read on. That should cause the same type of discomfort.

Big Sky preview

Eastern coach Paul Wulff discussed the Big Sky Conference football race earlier this week, and you can link to the story that contains his comments by clicking here.

Be sure to leave your comments on how you think the Big Sky will shake down. And stay tuned for comments from Wulff and UC Davis coach Bill Biggs concerning Saturday night’s non-conference showdown at Woodward Field.

Oden will miss first year

PORTLAND — Greg Oden, the top pick in this year’s NBA draft, likely will miss his first season with the Portland Trail Blazers after surgery on his right knee Thursday.

Nervous in Seattle

Seahawks general manager Tim Ruskell hasn’t been tagged with a “Tradin’ Tim” moniker, but he’s not afraid to shake up the roster.

Keo making waves for Vandals

Visited with Idaho safety Shiloh Keo as the Vandals prepare to face the Cougars on Saturday. That ran along with WAC notebook in this morning’s paper.

Heytvelt, Davis update; Turiaf, too

Josh Heytvelt and Theo Davis remain on track for reinstatement to the GU basketball team. Here’s an S-R article from Wednesday’s paper detailing Heytvelt’s progress.

**Sorry for the incorrect link. It’s been fixed. Thanks to alert reader who caught the mistake.

More items below…

A sneak preview


As I promised earlier today, if you click the full entry link you’ll get a few of the Pac-10 notes I pulled together for Wednesday’s paper. It’s a web exclusive (for a few hours at least).

Mixon lands in Cheney


Safety Terry Mixon has found a home: Eastern Washington University. The junior college transfer, who left Washington State last week, will attend EWU and will be eligible to play right away, according to an Eastern press release.

Read on for more news.

Vandals’ Ogletree honored

The Western Athletic Conference names its Players of the Week, which should probably be renamed the Colt Brennan and Friends Awards. However, Idaho linebacker Brandon Ogletree was recognized on defense.

A little late, Sunday’s Vandal notebook.

A final look back at San Diego State game


Back in beautiful Pullman and just finished the Bill Doba press conference. For some thoughts on that, some links and some more thoughts on some of the comments posted here, read on.

The arm and the hands

A look at the San Diego State game by Vince.

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I wonder if Jon Gruden is awake and watching film


Please don’t look at the time of this post and think I’m insane. I prefer the term insomniac. Or something of that ilk. Anyhow, if I can’t sleep I figured I might as well write, catching up with the links and such from last night’s 45-17 rout of San Diego State.

Read on for everything I could find at this early hour.

Brink has the best night of his career


When Alex Brink passed for 531 yards as a sophomore against Oregon State, or when he threw for five touchdowns against Cal that same year, he must have thought it was as good as it gets.

It was better Saturday night.

Allan catches on with Chiefs

We caught up with former Whitworth tight end Michael Allan earlier this week. The seventh-round draft pick made the Kansas City Chiefs’ roster. He’s listed as the fourth TE on the depth chart.

Click below on extended entry for an unedited S-R feature on Allan.

Aztecs’ black and red isn’t the color of choice around here


We walked down to Starbucks for a cup of coffee and a croissant – by the way, we took a walk last night in Bellevue and in three blocks we passed five, five Starbucks – and all we saw were people in Boise State orange. I don’t think San Diego State travels as well.

Read on for more on the Cougars and the Aztecs. But no more about the coffee.

Dombrowski left in San Diego


I’ll be linking after breakfast but first this update. According to the North County Times, San Diego State’s best offensive lineman, Brandyn Dombrowski, didn’t accompany the team to Seattle. He’s been held out due to undisclosed academic issues.

I’ll post other links soon.

Vandals focusing on Vandals

Thanks, but no thanks. That was the message from Robb Akey after Idaho kept the score almost three touchdowns closer than oddsmakers predicted when it opened its football season with 38-10 loss at top-ranked USC last weekend.

Whitworth opening with tough one

They return nine starters from a defense that was tops in its conference in 2006. They have a new starting quarterback. They are expected to contend for a league title.

A taste of the Seahawks

What NFL quarterback wants the nickname “Matthew?” More on nicknames and the Seahawks . . .

Let’s take a tour of the state


Good morning. A beautiful day to drive across the state. A great day to breeze past Ritzville, Moses Lake, George, Ellensburg, Cle Elum. A perfect day to stop at the Schrag rest area for a, well, rest. And we’ll be doing all that – and, when it comes to stops, even more.

Before we get the wagons rolling West, however, let’s link.

Idaho Prep Page

Click the full entry tab below to find the menu for this week’s Idaho Prep Page.

Mike Thacker continued

The Mike Thacker coaching issue at Freeman High School continues with public commentary at the Sept. 12 board meeting in the Middle School next week.

My weekly column on the Prep Page of The Spokesman-Review today addressed the issue and how it is incumbent upon school administrators to tackle personnel issues head-on and avoid hasty decisions that only rile up the school community. Give it a read and weigh in.

Liberals? Conservatives? Isn’t this just football?

Matt Hasselbeck and Mack Strong discovered how quickly fans can turn following a visit with President Bush. It’s worth a read. But now back to the playing field . . .

Mixon decides to leave WSU


A couple of quick notes from practice. There’s more on the link, but Terry Mixon is no longer with the team.

North Idaho volleyball

Here is a team-by-team look, broken down by conference, of the volleyball teams in North Idaho.

Click the full entry tab below to check it out.

Coming Thursday on the Prep Page will be our volleyball preview feature and fact box.

We’re back in the 21st Century


I promised as soon as I had cable access I would post, and because I was told he would be here anywhere between 8 a.m. and noon and he arrived right at noon and now I’m connected, I’m fulfilling my promise. Lunch can wait.

Read on for links and an explanation why the defensive backs play the way they do.

Turiaf, France edge Italy

France improved to 2-0 in Pool D play by knocking off Italy at the FIBA EuroBasket tournament. Ex-Zag Ronny Tufiaf had three points and three boards in 12 minutes. More here and here.

Vandals hoops win three

The University of Idaho men’s basketball team endured a successful trip to British Columbia, Canada, over Labor Day weekend. Although the Vandals won all three of their games, Idaho coach George Pfeifer measured the success in a different way.

WCC commissioner Gilleran to retire

According to a WCC release, commissioner Michael Gilleran will retire when his contract expires May 31, 2008. Read more in the extended entry, with some additional background articles from the S-R archives.

Different path; early thoughts

I wasn’t the first pumpkin to fall off the wagon in my family, but I wasn’t the last either. It took me some time this morning to figure out our new blogging path.

So if you’re frustrated, I share your frustrations. E-mail me ( if you have any questions.

I’m supposed to keep blog items short under the new system. So click the comments tab and tell us what your early thoughts are on the area football teams.

Turiaf, France win opener

Former Zag Ronny Turiaf scored seven points and had two rebounds in France’s 74-66 win over Poland at the FIBA EuroBasket tournament. More here and here.

Nichols honored

Eastern QB Matt Nichols honored by the Big Sky Conferece.

Also, Eagle free agents DL Keith Grennan (Chargers), DB (Brandon Keeler (Cardinals) OL and Harrison Nikoloa (Bengals) were cut over the weekend, although Grennan was brought back to the practice squad.

Want more football?

Here’s a link to The News-Tribune in Tacoma that will give you plenty more football reading.

More on Thacker

Sean Campbell, whose website follows closely the Northeast A and Caribou Trail League has weighed in heavily on last week’s Mike Thacker firing as Freeman Basketball coach.

There is a special board meeting this week to reconsider the matter.

Football games this week

Click the full entry tab below to check out the football games in North Idaho this week.

It’s Labor Day so we are laboring


When the phone rang this morning before 6, there went the whole day. You see, my wife Kim is a nurse and when the phone rings before 6 it can mean only one thing: She has to work. Which destroyed our plans for the day.

So I’m in the office typing this, she’s trying to keep Spokane alive, and you are probably at a lake somewhere, sipping on a cold Pepsi (hey, this is a family column) and couldn’t give a … (hey, I said it was a family column pal). When you get around to turning on the computer, there will be links waiting for you.

Catching up with the Sunday morning reports


We’re back in Spokane after waking up before dawn in Wisconsin and spending a couple of hours in the Minneapolis airport waiting for our plane to be fixed – and no Larry Craig jokes please. We heard them all.

You on-line readers of the S-R get a treat this morning. My full blathering from last night is available at this link, something print readers were spared. I like to call it the director’s cut of the story, with all the deleted scenes. There’s a lot more to cover with John Blanchette’s column and stories from Wisconsin and the Northwest, so click on.

There are some things to get excited about


I’ve got an early flight tomorrow, so this is going to be quick. But if you would like some of our thoughts on today’s loss to Wisconsin, read on.

Pregame notes


The humidity is high here. So are the Wisconsin fans, as the beer gardens seem to have a mandatory attendance policy. Here are few pregame notes …

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Jim Meehan (@srjimm) Jim Meehan's coverage areas include Gonzaga University men's basketball, Spokane Shock football, golf and volleyball. He also contributes to the SportsLink Blog.

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