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WSU-Cal post-game video

Tony Bennett, Derrick Low, Caleb Forrest and Taylor Rochestie talk about their home loss to California on Thursday.

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Bobcats trip short-handed Eags again

Montana State overcame a rash of first-half turnovers and dominated the boards Thursday night to post a 64-57 Big Sky Conference win over Eastern Washington at Reese Court.

The Eagles played without starting point guard Adris DeLeon, who has battled flu-like symptoms all week.

You can read an unedited version of the game story that will run in Friday morning’s S-R by clicking on the extended entry line below.

Cougars, Bears tied at halftime

HALFTIME: 35-35

The WSU men’s basketball team got out to a quick start on Friel Court, running 6-0 over Californa to take an early lead. But the Bears ate away at the Cougars’ lead, closing in via missed WSU shots and free throws.

It was another scoreless half for the Cougars’ leading scorer, Derrick Low. Kyle Weaver led his team with 12 points, followed closely by Aron Baynes with 10 — and three dunks.

These Bears will have some bite

COUGARS • UPDATED: 6:20 P.M.

The roads in Pullman were pretty good, but the parking lot I use wasn’t. But a great parking attendant, Tim, dug my car out and helped me get settled. Hope I can get out.

Read on for my thoughts on tonight’s game.

UPDATE: Just heard that DeVon Hardin is sick and won’t be playing tonight. That might make a difference.

Notes

After the Spokane Chiefs took the day off on Wednesday and caught some well-deserved rest, I caught up with coach Bill Peters at Eagles Ice-A-Rena today after the Chiefs’ practice.

Read below for my unedited notebook that will run tomorrow.

Keating quotes, and a couple more things

More from my conversation with Santa Clara coach Kerry Keating and a couple of items from the S-R’s weekly college basketball page in extended entry below.

GSL makeup basketball games

Nearly all of the snowed out Greater Spokane League basketball games have been rescheduled, some under Friday Night Lights.

Tomorrow night’s games are Gonzaga Prep at Ferris, boys at 5 p.m. and girls at 6:30; Mead at Lewis and Clark, boys only, and Rogers at Mt. Spokane at the originally scheduled times.

Saturday, Central Valley hosts North Central, girls at 2 p.m., boys at 3:45, Mead vs. Shadle Park at SFCC, 2 and 4 p.m. (boys first), Gonzaga Prep at LC, 2 p.m., boys only, and East Valley at University, regularly scheduled times.

LC boys continue their journey of six games in eight days Monday at home as part of a doubleheader against Rogers, boys 5:30, girls 7:15.

Shadle and EV play at North Central on Feb. 5. Tentatively, Ferris will host U-Hi girls at 3 p.m. and boys at 4:45, and LC girls will host Mead on Feb. 9 at 3 to end the regular season. Tigers and Panthers are the GSL’s top two girls teams.

An existential question

COUGARS • UPDATED: 10 A.M.

What if they played a basketball game and nobody came? Would it make a sound? Let’s ask philosophy professor Edwin W. Watt. Professor? “No.” Would it count in the Pac-10 standings? “Yes.” Thanks professor Watt.

Sorry, the snow is causing dementia here in Pullman, at least for me. WSU is shutting down this morning, but I’ve been told by an athletic department spokesman tonight’s 7 p.m. basketball game will go on as scheduled as long as the officials and teams can get to Beasley. Read on for more.

All quiet on the hoops front

It wasn’t by design, but a force of nature, that put basketball on vacation, so it’s time to heat up the stove.

No games Tuesday, maybe no games tomorrow. What’s a fan to do?

LC/CdA, the third installment

The Coeur d’Alene and Lake City boys basketball teams face off Thursday - weather permitting of course.

Click the tab below to see a blog-only advance on the game.

Idaho preps - postseason

ORIGINALLY POSTED MONDAY

UPDATED Wednesday, 1:30 p.m.

Click the tab below to see some notes on North Idaho girls and boys basketball.

The 4A Region I girls tournament opener that was postponed until Wednesday - Moscow at Sandpoint - has been postponed one more night to Thursday because of weather.

With the forecast calling for the region to be buried again Wednesday into Thursday, there’s a good chance that the regional opener along with other events will be postponed.

Welcome to Pullman

COUGARS • UPDATED: 12:40 P.M.

The bad news is beginning to pile up for new football coach Paul Wullf. Though there have been a multitude of verbal commitments for next year, a couple of the current defensive players – both starters at times last season – have run afoul of the law.

There is also a little basketball news this morning. And I wonder how much snow will fall today and whether it will throw a kink into Cal’s travel.

Snow postpones, cancels Tuesday high school events

The only thing falling faster than the snow is the high school sporting events in the area.
We have tried to verify cancelled or postponed events in the area. Click here for the complete list of sporting events.

Day after Portland

Click on extended entry below for our day-after post on the Gonzaga-Portland game and a roundup of other WCC games from Monday.

Gonzaga cruises into first place

Read on below for my unedited Gonzaga-Portland game story and come back tomorrow morning for our day-after post.

Gonzaga (16-5, 5-0 WCC)is alone in first place after San Diego upset visiting Saint Mary’s 63-55 tonight. The Toreros and Saint Mary’s are both 4-1. More here on USD’s big win.

Bulldogs lead 39-22 at break

Gonzaga’s David Pendergraft and Josh Heytvelt combined for 27 points as the Bulldogs took a 39-22 halftime lead against Portland on Monday night.

The Zags scored 11 of the last 13 points to close the half, seven of those coming from Pendergraft.

Portland’s Nik Raivio, younger brother of ex-Zag Derek Raivio, made just 1 of 5 shots and scored 2 points.

Chiefs back on top of writer’s poll

They’re back on top.

The Spokane Chiefs, whose nine-week reign atop the Western Hockey League writer’s poll ended last week, collected 11 of 17 first-place votes and 367 total points to regain the top ranking in the poll released Monday by the Western Major Junior Hockey Writer’s Association.

Hall player of the week

University of Idaho junior guard Mike Hall has been named the Western Athletic Conference men’s basketball player of the week for Jan. 21-27.

White on white and nowhere near perfect

COUGARS • UPDATED: 10:15 A.M.

We don’t shovel the snow on the deck off our bedroom. It’s a summer place to sit, not a winter. So when I got home from Phoenix yesterday and saw the 14 inches of snow on that deck – it was clear when I left – I almost got right back on a plane to head south. Except the airport was closed. So here I am, stuck in my home, hoping I can get to the office today for a meeting concerning on-line issues. Hoping I don’t get stuck in a snowdrift somewhere like the Southwest plane I saw while landing at Spokane International yesterday.

For those of you who wondered, the basketball team got home OK Saturday night. For those of you who asked about my thoughts on the Seattle Times stories concerning UW’s football program under Rick Neuheisel, read on.

Bulldogs’ focus returns to WCC

Click below for an unedited preview of the GU-Portland game that will run in Monday’s S-R.

Also, here’s John Blanchette’s column on ex-Zag Richie Frahm and his journeyman career.

Day-after Memphis

Back with our day-after Memphis post (it’s a long one) and links of interest. We should have GU-Portland preview up later today.

Read on below.

Hawaii tops Idaho


Visiting Hawaii knocked off the Idaho men’s basketball team Saturday, 58-53.

Click the tab below to read my unedited game story.

Second-half collapse dooms Eagles

Ouch!

I’m at the Arena covering a Spokane Chiefs hockey game and wasn’t able to keep tabs on Eastern’s men’s basketball team on the radio.

I did learn from an internet report, however, that the Eagles blew a 44-27 halftime lead and fell to Montana State 74-69 on the road.

Cougs win with second-half power

It was quite a nailbiter at the end, but the Cougars pulled out a 56-55 victory against No. 24 Arizona State. Keep reading for my quick gamer.

So who will be ready tonight?

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One of the fun things to watch a couple of hours before game time us how different teams approach the warm-up ritual.

For example, ASU’s players had some time before the assistant coaches stepped on the court. They used the minutes to perfect their 38-footers. Read on for more thoughts.

Bulldogs fall short in Memphis

Gonzaga made repeated runs at Memphis, but couldn’t overcome slow starts in each half and fell 81-73 to the top-ranked Tigers at the FedExForum on Saturday.

Gonzaga trailed by three at half and Memphis ran off nine of the first 11 points of the second half. GU would make a series of comebacks, getting within 46-41, 62-55 and again late when the Tigers struggled at the line. Gonzaga goet as close as six in the closing minutes.

But Memphis hit enough free throws to hold to improve to 19-0. Gonzaga’s six-game winning streak came to an end. The Bulldogs dropped to 15-5.

Jeremy Pargo had 25 points and seven assists. Josh Heytvelt added 13 points and Micah Downs finished with 11.

Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 21 points for Memphis. Derrick Rose had 19 points and nine assists. Joey Dorsey had 9 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks, including a key one late on Matt Bouldin that he Dorsey completed with a dunk at the other end.

Check back for the game story in about 90 minutes.

Early season showdown looms this evening

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One team will win and stay in second place. Another will lose and drop into what will probably be a logjam for third. Such is the story of today’s Arizona State vs. Washington State game in Phoenix.

We’ll be there. We’ll have another post from the Arena. We’ll give you links to the few advance stories available on the extended entry link.

PF girls top Lake City

Click the tab below to read my unedited game story. The Post Falls girls earned the second seed to the 5A Region I tournament with a win over Lake City on Friday.

PF girls stun Coeur d’Alene


Sorry I was tardy in posting Mike Saunders’ story about the Post Falls girls knocking off Coeur d’Alene on Thursday. Click here to read the story.

To some sophomoric blog posters: I warned folks in a previous post dominated by chatter about high school baseball coaches and programs to knock off the garbage. So I killed out the post. Continue to cross the line and see what happens.

Eastern no match for Grizzlies

Kirk Earlywine’s first visit to Missoula, Mont., as the head coach of Eastern Washington’s men’s basketball team turned out to be a real disaster.

Hall knocks down San Jose State

Click the tab below to read my unedited game story and assorted notes.

Vandals win

The Idaho men’s basketball team, behind the record shooting of junior guard Mike Hall, earned their second Western Athletic Conference win in the same season under coach George Pfeifer, topping visiting San Jose State 74-63.

Hall made 9 of 10 3-point attempts, breaking the previous record set by Orlando Lightfoot (eight). Lightfoot made 8 of 11 attempts on Dec. 21, 1993, when he scored 50 points in a game at Gonzaga.

I’ll post my game story in about 90 minutes.

Cougars fall hard in Arizona

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You saw it. If you didn’t, well, count your blessings if you’re a Cougar fan. Now is your chance to comment on WSU’s 76-64 loss at Arizona. We’ll be back later with our game story.

Notes, etc.

The Spokane Chiefs get right back to it tomorrow night, kicking off a stretch of four games in five nights when they host the Seattle Thunderbirds at the Arena.

Read on for my unedited notebook that will run in tomorrow’s section.

McKale is filling up

COUGARS • UPDATED: 5:30 P.M.

A few thoughts before the game starts (as I write this, it’s still almost two hours to game time, but I’ve always been an early arriver) can be found on the full entry link.

Thoughts on the CBL saga

In today’s Prep Page of The Spokesman-Review I opined on the dilemma facing the Greater Spokane League 4A schools relevant to the reorganization in the Columbia Basin.

Next year there will be 11 4A schools in what is now the CBL and it will increase to 12, while the GSL will have 7 or maybe 6. School activities coordinators are worried what that might mean for the regionalization concept that began with wrestling in 1972, expanded to basketball in 1988 and subsequently carried over into football, cross country and track.

Vandals home for two

The Idaho men’s basketball team plays host to San Jose State tonight and Hawaii on Saturday.

Click the tab for links to our Four Corners notes and other things.

Knights, Bears finish 9-1

Central Valley won the 13th Battle of the Bone wrestling match with rival University 34-27 Wednesday night, it’s second in a row and fourth time overall since the trophy became part of the annual match.

East Valley also won, over Shadle Park both schools finishing with 9-1 records atop the Greater Spokane League at season’s end.

Heytvelt Q & A

As mentioned Wednesday night, Josh Heytvelt is the subject of our weekly Q & A on the Four Corners page.

Click below for more on Heytvelt and other links.

Memphis downs Tulsa; programming note

Memphis won its first game as the nation’s top-ranked team, defeating Tulsa on Wednesday night.

Here’s a link to the A.P. game story. Gonzaga takes on Memphis (18-0) on Saturday.

Check back here Thursday morning for a Q & A with GU’s Josh Heytvelt.

Shock add international flavor

The Spokane Shock announced today that wide receiver Mutsumi Takahashi has been assigned to their 2008 roster and defensive lineman Ben Siegert has been released from the team.

Former Cougar Long’s condition upgraded

COUGARS • UPDATED: 11 A.M.; 8 P.M.

Most of the time right now the news is good around Pullman. Such is the case with the country’s sixth-ranked basketball team and the optimism bred of a football coaching change. But Tuesday there was bad news from Tennessee ricocheting around the athletic department, the news about Rien Long’s auto accident and his resultant injuries.

We have some more on that and other stuff on the extended entry link.

Showdown week in GSL

Seven dates remain on the Greater Spokane League basketball calender not counting those three season-ending 3A encounters, but the boys title race likely comes down to the next two games.

Ferris is at Mead and Shadle Park hosts Central Valley tonight at SFCC. Then the GSL’s top two teams square off at SFCC on Thursday.

Day after, days ahead

It’s a strange phenomenon hurriedly putting together a game story, inserting a couple of quick quotes (including one fed to me by the S-R’s John Blanchette) and sending it in about 25 minutes after the final buzzer.

And then going back and interviewing a couple more players. Something seems out of whack with that picture, but that’s what 9 p.m. starts do to sports writers.

Anyway, we’re back with the day-after post, notes, quotes, links if you read on below.

Gonzaga defeats San Francisco, Sutton

Gonzaga posted its sixth straight win, knocking off San Francisco 72-64 on Monday night and preventing Dons’ interim coach Eddie Sutton from his 800th career win.

The Zags followed a familiar pattern, building a sizable second-half lead, only to see an opponent rally to make it interesting at the finish. That’s happened in GU’s previous three games played in Spokane (Utah, Georgia and San Diego), too.

Click below for my game story and check back in Tuesday morning for a day-after post.

Memphis officially No. 1

As expected, Memphis moved into the top spot in both polls today. The unbeaten Tigers entertain Gonzaga on Saturday, but the Bulldogs have work to do before that showdown.

GU takes on San Francisco and interim head coach Eddie Sutton tonight at 9 at the McCarthey Athletic Center.

More notes on the polls and Sutton below.

WSU-Oregon post-game video

Here we have Tony Bennett, Derrick Low, Kyle Weaver and Taylor Rochestie talking about the Cougars’ win over the Ducks.

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Cougars fly past Ducks in final minutes

Beyond the jump is my quick gamer from Beasley Coliseum. I gotta go run to get some video.

Patriots stay perfect

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A few hours before tipoff, the AFC playoff game – the only one available on cable in Pullman – is winding down and the golf tournament is nearing the end. And we have some thoughts.

Day after, Sutton, Memphis

Back with our day-after game post, following the Zags’ 80-70 victory over San Diego on Saturday afternoon.

It will be an interesting upcoming stretch for the Bulldogs. On Monday night they face San Francisco and interim coach Eddie Sutton, who will be trying to become the fifth coach in NCAA history with 800 career wins. GU then has a showdown with likely No. 1 Memphis - North Carolina lost to Maryland - this Saturday in Memphis.

More notes, quotes and links in extended entry below. Come back later this afternoon for a GU-San Francisco preview.

Coeur d’Alene boys win

The No. 1-ranked Coeur d’Alene boys basketball team ran away from visiting Lewiston 74-53 Saturday.

Click the tab below to read correspondent Mike Saunders’ game story.

CSI sweeps NIC

The College of Southern Idaho men’s and women’s basketball teams swept North Idaho College on Saturday.

Click the tab below to read my unedited game story.

Bulldogs win fifth in a row

Gonzaga coach Mark Few earned his 225th career win as the Zags held off San Diego 80-70 on Saturday at the McCarthey Athletic Center.

Click below for my game story and check back Sunday morning for the day-after post.

Time to move on

This will (hopefully) be my last post on this matter, I think the players are ready to move on and I know I am.

Here’s the final verdict in the Chris Bruton-Kyle Beach incident from last Wednesday. Bruton will serve the final of a two-game suspension tonight in Everett and Chiefs coach Bill Peters got slapped with a $500 fine for comments that he made to me in my follow-up stories.

Read on.

A few notes from football and basketball

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A couple of basketball notes and some from football, all based on today’s news.

Grier brings Toreros to Spokane

Gonzaga, back at the MAC for the first time since Dec. 31, entertains San Diego, coached by ex-GU assistant Billy Grier, at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Click below for notes, quotes and S-R preview.

Eagles spotted in CdA

The high-flying College of Southern Idaho men’s and women’s basketball teams invade Rolly Williams Court on Saturday in Coeur d’Alene for a Scenic West Athletic Conference doubleheader against North Idaho College.


Day-after post on EWU’s big win

Good morning.

I’m not sure how many of you out there made it to the Eagles’ 91-85 overtime men’s basketball win over Northern Colorado at Reese Court on Thursday night, but those who didn’t missed a special performance by an intriguing young player, junior guard Adris DeLeon.

DeLeon, a 5-foot-11 point guard and first-year transfer from College of Southern Idaho, hung 42 points on the Bears – the third-highest single-game total in school history – and seemed to have the time of his life in doing so.

You can read the game story that appeared in Friday morning’s S-R by clicking here. And you can check out additional analysis and post-game quotes by clicking on the extended entry line below.

WSU-OSU post-game video

Tony Bennett, Daven Harmeling, Taylor Rochestie, Derrick Low, Aron Baynes and Kyle Weaver talk about their Thursday win over Oregon State and look toward their game against Oregon this Sunday.

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DeLeon’s 42 fuels Eastern’s overtime win

Eastern Washington got a huge scoring effort from Adris DeLeon and scored a much-needed overtime win over Big Sky Conference rival Northern Colorado at Reese Court on Thursday night.

You can read an unedited version of the game story that will appear in Friday morning’s S-R by clicking on the extended entry line below.

And check back tomorrow for additional post-game comments from Eagles coach Kirk Earlywine and his players.

WSU runs away in second for win

Behind the jump is my quick gamer. I have to rush out to get video.

EDIT - The first paragraph of the brief didn’t paste when I posted.

UPDATED: I thought a follow up was in order…

… from last night’s game.

There is more to be addressed, like actual hockey stuff (i.e. the Chiefs’ power play troubles, how Trevor Glass is doing, etc.), but after the drama that followed last night’s game - and the emails I got today - I thought we’d talk about the punch. I’ll have more on the other stuff tomorrow. Read on for my unedited story that will run tomorrow and a link to the infamous punch.

UPDATE: More ‘hockey stuff’ to come tomorrow, as I mentioned above, but I have added quotes and snippets of a story from Everett Herald’s Nick Patterson. They are at the bottom of the post. Also, with all the mayhem, I forgot to mention that the Chiefs are still ranked No. 2 in the Canadian Hockey League.

Idaho on the road

The Idaho men’s basketball team face perhaps its most difficult road conference trip of the season this week.

Click the tab below to check out a few links.

Is OSU’s coach about to be flushed?

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If Jay John’s job depends on Oregon State earning a road win this weekend, which was all the talk around UCLA last week, does that make OSU more dangerous tonight?

You would sure think so. For more on that, and links to our Thursday morning college basketball coverage, read on.

Chiefs drop 2-1 decision to Everett

Wow. This one had a dramatic finish to it. You hope suspensions won’t come out of a situation like this, but who knows.

Read on to find out what I’m talking about in my game story. If you were there, you already know, and I’d be curious to hear what everyone thinks - so please, do share.

Idaho preps

UPDATED, Thursday, 1:40 p.m.

Here is my Idaho prep column, most of which is about an event sponsored by the Human Rights Education Institute in Coeur d’Alene on Monday at Coeur d’Alene High School.

Here is a feature story on Post Falls senior basketball player Kandice McArthur that was published today in the Post Falls/Rathdrum Voice. A feature story on Coeur d’Alene senior wrestler Jesse Nielsen will be in the Handle Extra on Saturday.

Click the tab below to see some prep notes and boys and girls basketball scoring leaders. I haven’t received scoring leaders from all the teams yet, but as they filter in I will update the list.

GSL boys still interesting

Maybe the suspense went out of GSL boys basketball in regards to a top-two finish last night, but there’s still plenty of excitement behind Ferris and Shadle Park.

The two schools have a comfortable advantage over the rest of the league, but third through sixth is still wide open.

USA Today on Gonzaga

A week after USA Today’s Marlen Garcia checked in with an article on Washington State, she’s back with a feature on Gonzaga.

She was in town for the Georgia game at the Arena. Here’s the link.

Day-after Zag update

OK, we’ve made the return flight. Just a slight temperature change from Malibu to Spokane. About 50 degrees.

Read on for a day-after report that won’t be quite as long as usual. The main reason why is Monday’s 9 p.m. start, which put severe limitations on post-game interviews (try three questions for Mark Few, two for Jeremy Pargo).

Halfway to the postseason

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Hard to believe, but we are halfway through January already (the snow on the ground is proof of that) and exactly halfway through WSU’s regular season.

For a few links relating to the Cougs, read on.

Tip in about 45 minutes

Listened to Mychal Thompson on an afternoon radio show and also on the Lakers’ pre-game show (L.A. plays the Sonics in Seattle). On the afternoon show, he said he had a bad weekend.

His son, Klay, a prep standout, lost his game. Klay’s future team, Washington State, lost to UCLA. And his older son, Mychel, is a freshman at Pepperdine, which lost to Portland on Saturday in Malibu.

Some facts and figures below.


Chiefs still No. 1 in writer’s poll

Receiving 14 of 16 first-place votes, the Spokane Chiefs remained atop the Western Hockey League writer’s poll released Monday by the Western Major Junior Hockey Writer’s Association.

Some football news as we wait for the hoop polls

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The new rankings are not out yet, and there is a good chance I will be somewhere south of Rosalia when they do appear, but I had a couple of links to call your attention to. Read on. And we’ll get to the new polls when we get a chance.

Fresno State downs Idaho

Fresno State topped the visiting Idaho men’s basketball team 69-53 in a Western Athletic Conference game Saturday. Here’s a link to the story.

Bulldogs take on Pepperdine

A look back at Gonzaga’s 91-68 win over Loyola Marymount and a look ahead at Monday night’s matchup with Pepperdine.

Read on below for notes, quotes, links and an unedited game preview.

Bulldogs pull away for 23-point win

Click below for an unedited version of the Gonzaga-Loyola Marymount game story and a couple of quick notes.

Zags pull away from Loyola

The Zags had too much firepower Saturday night for the Loyola Marymount Lions, building a 14-point halftime lead, surviving a second-half Lion run, then pulling away late for a 91-68 West Coast Conference-opening victory. You can read a quick game story here.

Gonzaga pre-game notes

A couple of quick notes about 15 minutes before tip between GU and LMU.

Jeremy Pargo (lower back) is still pretty sore from the hard fall he took a week ago against Georgia. He went through most of the pre-game drills and it appears he will attempt to play.

—Ex-Zag Ronny Turiaf, now with the Lakers, is in attendance at Gersten Pavilion. The Lakers entertain Memphis on Sunday night.


Too much Love for the Cougars

One of the key matchups going into the WSU-UCLA showdown was in the middle: Cougar Aron Baynes and Bruin Kevin Love.

Love got the better of it. More in an unedited article below.

First half is ugly

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You saw it. It wasn’t pretty. By far the toughest half of the year. Unofficially, I had the Cougars missing their first seven shots - with five turnovers in the opening stretch.

Not exactly what they wanted. The question now is, how much momentum can one 3-pointer to end the half bring a team? We’ll find out in the final 20 minutes.

It is only the third Pac-10 game of the year. Really.

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It’s almost like an AAU tournament, what with the 11:30 a.m. start today, so let’s get right to all the hype and buildup to the game. And, before we get to the links, a question.

Eags blow early lead, lose to ISU

Tough loss for the Eagles men’s basketball team in Pocatello last night.

I didn’t make the trip, but you read more details on the 58-56 setback to Idaho State here.


Early road swing is turning out positive

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Remember when the Pac-10 season started and there was a hue and cry about the Cougars having to open with three games on the road? Against UW, USC and UCLA of all teams? How some started to rail about the conference trying to ensure an 0-3 start?

Well, two-thirds of the opening stretch is done and WSU has a chance to have three conference wins before it plays a home game. But of course the third one – tomorrow at Pauley against the fifth-ranked Bruins – will be the toughest. Read on for thoughts about last night’s win over USC and links.

An offensive execution in LA

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It’s late I know, but I’m finally done. Here is the unedited version of my game story. I’ll put some thoughts up tomorrow morning.

WHL rosters are set

The Western Hockey League trade deadline has passed, and general managers have certainly been busy around the league.

Click below for a list of the transactions that occured from Jan. 1 through today.

Chiefs aqcuire Glass

Just as we all suspected, the Spokane Chiefs have added some age to the blue line.

The Chiefs have acquired 19-year-old defenseman Trevor Glass from the Medicine Hat Tigers for a pair of draft selections, a third-round pick in 2008 and a second-round choice in 2010.

Before you read the rest of the release below, I’d like to pose the question: who else thinks Tim Speltz did a nice job with this season’s trades? I think there is some credit due here.

Anyways, read on for more.

WCC preview, predicted finish

At last, the WCC preview and capsules. They’re in unedited, cut-and-paste form below. Space limitations will delay these items and a John Blanchette column from running until Saturday in the S-R.

You will see my predicted order of finish. Feel free to make your predictions on the comments line below the post. Here’s another WCC preview from San Diego.

Also, here’s the week ahead for GU and some WCC notes from our weekly Four Corners college basketball page. Note that Cal State Bakersfield is transitioning to Division I (it was trimmed from the version that appeared in the paper).

And finally, from the Seattle Times, Steven Gray’s sister, Bainbridge High junior Brittany Gray, had 24 points, 21 rebounds, four assists and four steals in a 78-47 win Wednesday night.

Ferris wrestlers jumble league

The Ferris Saxons were expected to make noise in Greater Spokane League wrestling and tonight they threw the league into a six-team turmoil. By beating East Valley 33-32 the league standings now look like this:
Central Valley 7-1, EV and University 5-1, Ferris 6-2, Mead 5-2.
Three match dates remain plus next Tuesday’s U-Hi at EV makeup. Ferris is at Mead on Wednesday and CV at U-Hi on Jan. 23.
Given what transpired against the touring Japanese junior national team, it’s looking like the GSL is preparing wrestlers well for post-season.
Here’s the story:

Big weekend ahead for WSU’s veterans

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It’s a little warmer in Los Angeles. A little. And things should be warm down here on the court. There is a big weekend ahead.

Read on for the unedited version of the story that will appear in tomorrow’s paper.

Gonzaga, programming notes

We mentioned that we’d post the WCC preview/team capsules as early as Tuesday afternoon, but those plans changed because the sports section was packed Wednesday and will be again Thursday. Since the WCC season doesn’t begin until Saturday, the previews are being held and won’t run until Friday.

They’re done and I’ll probably post them sometime tomorrow.

Meanwhile, click below for an update on Jeremy Pargo and other notes from media day.

Things get interesting in GSL

Comments on my post of GSL basketball last night degenerated into the ridiculous and has been removed. It goes up again only other these conditions. There will be no more denigrating (look it up) athletes or coaches, period. It is meant to generate thoughtful commentary from fans who follow their teams wish to discuss high school sports and the leagues respectfully and intelligently. Keep it that way or this blog is history.

Let’s hope Pac-10 heat melts winter’s doldrums

COUGARS • UPDATED: 4:15 P.M.

Let’s see. There is almost a foot of snow on my deck. The predicted high is 32. The forecast is, to quote Phil Connors, “It’s gonna be cold, it’s gonna be gray, and it’s gonna last you for the rest of your life.” In Los Angeles, the weather talent is calling for a high of 61, with a good chance of two excellent Pac-10 basketball games breaking out.

I’m sorry I didn’t post anything last night, but the ride from Pullman to Spokane was as bad as I’ve ever seen it. No more than 40 miles an hour, slick, blowing snow, occasional accident. It took me almost three hours to make the trip, but I did stop a while in Colfax. Pretty darn stressful. But the stories are in the paper today, so here are the links.

Game date changed

The Idaho men’s basketball team’s next home game against Louisiana Tech is Thursday not Wednesday as previously reported. Tipoff is at 7:05 p.m.

Click the tab below to read more.

Bouldin honored, Frahm waived

GU’s Matt Bouldin has been named WCC player of the week. The sophomore guard scored a career-high 26 points in a 61-59 win over Utah and added 21 points in a 75-67 victory over Georgia. He made 62.5 percent of his shots and also had 10 rebounds in the two games.

Ex-Zag Richie Frahm was released by the Clippers, but he may be back with the team soon. Read more here, here and here.

Depending on the rate of return calls, I hope I’ll be able to post our WCC preview here later.

Sauls hospitalized after practice accident

COUGARS

WSU freshman guard Stephen Sauls is still hospitalized tonight after receiving a blow to the face during a practice scrimmage. Here is what we know tonight.

Wulff finishes his staff

COUGARS

I’ll have a couple of posts tonight, one on football (this one) and one on basketball.

Gonzaga visits Ronald McDonald House

This is unchartered territory for yours truly.

With the assistance of every available computer/blog guru in the western U.S., I’m attempting to post some photos of the Gonzaga basketball team’s visit to the Ronald McDonald House in Spokane last week.

(UPDATE: I must point out that the photos below were e-mailed to me by Jerid Keefer, the game-day manager for the Ronald McDonald House Charities Classic game. Some of the comments below imply that I took the photos, which of course is impossible because I can barely operate this computer let alone operate a camera! Jerid told me the photos were taken by a representative of RMHC. Those folks deserve credit for the photos. Sorry for any confusion.)

Also, a reminder that the S-R photo staff posts dozens of pictures of GU games, not just the ones that appear in the paper. Find them here.

We’ll also have a couple of notes and links below.

Picture the Cougars in the Final Four

COUGARS

An interesting discussion here yesterday. All the comments were interesting – except the one about my picture. Jeez. OK, I’m ugly. I know it. I’m also overweight. And I talk funny. Leave me alone. My sons give me enough crud.

Before I venture down 195 at 12.3 miles per hour I wanted to share some links.

GU follow up

A lot to cover in looking back at GU’s 75-67 win over Georgia on Saturday. I was anxious to watch a recording of the game when I got home last night because I only saw the hard foul by Georgia’s Corey Butler once live. No replays.

My thoughts on that play and a bunch of other stuff below in our usual lengthy day-after post. Your comments are always welcome, but understand I have little tolerance for mindless name-calling, etc.

WSU-UW post-game video

There were a lot of great quotes from all these guys, so I had a tough time pairing down this video. It’s worth it to watch all the way through (about 3 minutes).

Here’s Tony Bennett, Aron Baynes, Robbie Cowgill, Derrick Low, Kyle Weaver, Taylor Rochestie and UW’s Jon Brockman:

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Cougars tough out a big win

COUGARS

Nick was able to post right after the game – thanks – so you had something to read and comment about. Now you have my unedited story to critique. Just read on.

Gonzaga game story

Apologies for this being later than planned, but a few computer glitches slowed me down.

Anyway, click below for an unedited S-R game story. Check back for updates on Jeremy Pargo when they become available.

Also, we’ll have our usual day-after post Sunday morning.

Cougars struggling on offense, dominating on defense

We head into the second half with a 20-17 Husky lead over the No. 4 Cougars. There are several things to point out.

Follow the jump.

Zags hold off Georgia

Gonzaga built an 18-point lead in the second half, but it wasn’t able to cruise to victory.

GU endured an uncomfortable final three minutes because of sloppy ballhandling and passing before hanging on for a 75-67 victory over Georgia on Saturday in the Ronald McDonald Charities Classic in front of a sold-out crowd at the Spokane Arena.

The game had a scary finish for Gonzaga. Georgia’s Corey Butler was booted out of the game for a hard foul on GU’s Jeremy Pargo on a breakaway. Pargo stayed down on the court for a couple of minutes, but was eventually able to shoot the free throws.

Game story in about 90 minutes.


More from Eastern’s press conference

As promised, I’ve typed up some additional comments from Friday’s press conference introducing Beau Baldwin as Eastern Washington’s new football coach that can be read by clicking on the extended entry line below.

You can take another look at the story I wrote for Saturday’s S-R here and check out the column submitted by John Blanchette here.

Also, there is an interesting piece here on former Eastern lineman Michael Roos that was written by EWU sports information director Dave Cook.

And don’t forget to check back here later this evening for the unedited version of my story on tonight’s Sacramento State-EWU men’s basketball that starts at 7:05.

Shadle girls upset Mead

There’s a four-team logjam vying for second place behind unbeaten Lewis and Clark in girls GSL basketball after Shadle Park outscored Mead 20-8 in the forth quarter for a 54-49 upset road victory.

The Tigers are 9-0, Shadle, Mead and Central Valley 7-2 with University (7-3) one-half game behind. Mead-CV; CV-U-Hi and Shadle Park-U-Hi loom next week in an effort to sort things out.

Chiefs escape with a win

The Spokane Chiefs haven’t been playing too well lately, but they managed to come out of the Arena with two points on Friday night.

Read below for my unedited game story.

Bulldogs vs. Bulldogs

The Gonzaga Bulldogs and Georgia Bulldogs tangle in the Ronald McDonald House Charities Classic at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Spokane Arena.

For an unedited game preview and more information on the Ronald McDonald House in Spokane, click below.

Betts reassigned

Spokane Chiefs forward Luke Betts has been reassigned to a BCHL team to be determined. Betts appeared in six games in Spokane, scored one goal and recorded six penalty minutes after being acquired from the Red Deer Rebels in a trade for Cody Esposito. In total, Betts has played 23 games this season with three goals and five points.

The move leaves the Chiefs with 22 players on its roster; two goaltenders, seven defensemen and 13 forwards.

EWU to officially introduce Baldwin this afternoon

Good morning.

Well, not really. My first phone call concerning EWU’s football coaching search came at 6:15 yesterday morning, and my last at 11:15 last night.

NAU holds off Eagles, 79-75

Eastern Washington’s failure to secure a late-game rebound on the defensive end of the court cost them a chance to finish off a impressive comeback against Northern Arizona at Reese Court Saturday night.

You can read an unedited version of the game story that will run in Friday morning’s S-R by clicking on the extended entry line below.

EWU coaching search reopens

In the wake of Jim McElwain’s decision to turn down an offer to become EWU’s next football coach, it is uncertain where Eagles AD Bill Chaves will turn next.

You can read an updated but unedited version of the story that will appear in Friday’s S-R by clicking on the extended entry line below.

And you check out the McElwain story that appeared in today’s Fresno Bee right here.

Chiefs hit rare skid

The Spokane Chiefs are on a different kind of streak right now - a losing streak.

But they have a plan. And it’s only a two-game skid. They had a good practice on Thursday and are looking forward to a couple of important matchups this weekend. Read on for my unedited notebook, and some bonus quotes that won’t fit in tomorrow’s section.

GSL, GNL wrestling resumes tonight

Mead hosts East Valley tonight as Greater Spokane League wrestling resumes with a match that could make things v-e-r-r-y inter-r-resting.

Are you ready for some basketball?

Sorry to break in with a basketball post amid all of the fallout on Eastern’s never-ending football coaching search, but I did have a long talk with Eagles senior forward Kellen Williams earlier this week and wrote this feature story that ran in this morning’s S-R.

And don’t forget to check back later tonight for a look at the unedited version of the EWU-Northern Arizona game story that will run in Friday morning’s S-R.

Basketball rushes to conclusion

Second half of the Greater Spokane League basketball season is on us and will conclude in a rush. Beginning tomorrow teams must pack as many as a dozen games into a relatively short 35-day window. Included are two three-game weeks. The GSL plays Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday next week and the week of Jan. 16.
Games to watch tomorrow are Ferris boys (8-0) at Gonzaga Prep (6-1) and Shadle Park girls (6-2) and Mead (7-1).

The first night of conference hoops

COUGARS

As Pac-10 Conference play kicks off tonight, there are about a dozen stories from up and down the coast to link to, and we will. We also have links to the S-R stories and our pieces on our Four Corners page, which runs every Thursday. So read on.

It’s time for the Pac-10 to begin

COUGARS

This is going to be a long, long post.

At the top is my unedited Pac-10 preview story that will run in tomorrow’s Spokesman-Review. And below that are the capsules, a team-by-team look at the league. You get it all before it shows up in tomorrow’s paper. I’ve changed my Pac-10 picks a little since before the nonconference season, but I’m sticking with a couple of out-of-the-box choices. I’m just trying to find this year’s 2006-07 Washington State, you know, the team that will come out of nowhere to be successful.

Idaho preps - 2008

The holidays are finally in the rearview mirror and teams return to action this week.

Click the tab below for more.

Gonzaga-Georgia TV change

From GU sports information:

SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University men’s basketball game Saturday against the University of Georgia in the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena will now be televised on KAYU-TV Fox 28 in the Spokane area.

The game was originally to have been televised on KHQ-TV in Spokane but NBC has a National Football League playoff game KHQ is obligated to televise. Saturday’s game will also be seen on FSN throughout most of the five-state region of Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Alaska. Check local listings for the station in your area. Game time Saturday is 5 p.m. PST. Check local listings for the station in your area.


A great way to ring in a new year

COUGARS

Happy New Year. I hope everyone is enjoying their day of football. We’ve got a couple of links for you then a holiday treat: A basketball scheduling story I’ve written that’s yet to make it into the paper.

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