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Archive for June 2008

Baseball postulating

Baseball junkies out there wanted to keep this blog alive so I have something for you to weigh in on.

Since the Dodgers became Spokane’s select baseball benchmark a few years back, several teams have sprung up – the Monster Dogs, Rattlers, White Brothers Academy among them. It got me to thinking. Are there enough elite players out there in the Inland Northwest to justify that many teams?

Indians win in 13 innings

The Spokane Indians held off Tri-City 1-0 in 13 innings Sunday.

Click the tab below to read my unedited game story.

Tracking down WSU’s Olympic hopes

COUGARS

The Olympic Track trials offered a plethora of WSU news this morning. Add to that an editorial from the Seattle Times about Cougar football, and the plate is surprisingly full for the end of June.

Shock clinch Western Division title

The Spokane Shock clinched their third straight Western Division title on Saturday night with a 56-54 victory over the Central Valley Coyotes.

The victory wasn’t an easy one. It took a last-second field goal from kicker Brian Jackson for the persistent Shock to earn the win over their division rivals.

My unedited game story is below.

UPDATED: Shock add former AFL standout

Wide receiver Etu Molden, who played four seasons with the AFL’s Chicago Rush and was an Arena Bowl champion in 2006, was picked up by the Spokane Shock.

There’s more about Molden here in the press release.

UPDATE: My game advance on tomorrow’s game (5 p.m. at the Arena) against the Central Valley Coyotes is posted below.

Weaver headed to Charlotte

COUGARS • UPDATED: 9:20 P.M.; 10 P.M.

The Charlotte Bobcats picked former Washington State guard Kyle Weaver with the 38th pick in Thursday’s NBA draft. Read on for an unedited version of my story that will appear in Friday’s S-R.

Lake City names girls coach

Lake City High School named its head girls basketball coach Thursday.

Click the tab below to read more.

There were mostly smiles on Wednesday

COUGARS

Was in Pullman yesterday looking for an apartment and spent some time in the athletic department, watching little kids run up and down the basketball court under the mostly watchful eyes of WSU basketball players. Talked with some of the coaches and players from football, basketball and baseball. And had no trouble finding a parking space. Summer is sure different.

Sprint boats in St. John

They’re powerful, they’re fast, they’re sleek. They’re boats racing through … wait, a grass field?

That’s right, they’re sprint boats. And the track at Webb’s Slough in St. John, Wash., is in its second year in the racing circuit. More than 3,000 people turned out June 21 to watch the racers fly through corners and down straightaways at up to 70 mph over water.

Here’s my video from the event.

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Shock looking forward to Saturday

I stopped by the Arena this morning for the Spokane Shock’s practice and chatted with Shock coach Adam Shackleford.

You can read my unedited notebook below.

Also, Shock receiver Mutsumi Takahashi - who hails from Japan - is the subject of this story on the league website.

Some thoughts about Thames

COUGARS

Some links for this morning, following up on the commitment news from last night and a couple of other basketball notes.

Are U Redy For Some Football?

OK so high school football is still nearly two months away, but there’s a State All-Star football game coming to Spokane next week and down in the Columbia Basin a 14-team camp in Kennewick that has the boys down there excited.

For those who need a grid fix here’s a summary from Rene Ferran’s blog.

Media All-State spring teams released

That seasonal rite of passage, the Washington newspaper media All-State high school baseball, softball and boys soccer teams have been announced by coordinator and Tri-City Herald prep writer Rene Ferran. More than 20 members of the media statewide ferreted out the winners from his exhaustive lists. Spokane-area players had their share.

News and notes from baseball, basketball and beyond

COUGARS • UPDATED: 6:10 P.M.

A few links for a Tuesday morning. I spent last evening covering WCCBL baseball, with Spokane hosting Corvallis. One oddity of the game: both catchers (Spokane’s Greg Lagreid and Corvallis’ Alex Burg) play for WSU. They combined to go 1 for 8, but did have a genial conversation before each at-bat.

Hines, Wildcats hand Shock first loss of season

Andrico Hines and the South Georgia Wildcats didn’t travel across the country to leave empty-handed. They came to leave the top-ranked Spokane Shock with their first arenafootball2 loss of the season.

My unedited game story is below.

Peters named head coach of Hockey Canada’s Under-18 summer team

Spokane Chiefs coach Bill Peters will lead Canada’s national men’s summer Under-18 team, which will compete in the 2008 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka in Czech Republic and Slovakia from August 12-16.

You can read more on the announcement, which was made Friday morning, in this press release.

Handful of Chiefs prepare for NHL Draft

It’s almost NHL Draft time. In about 24 hours the first selection in this year’s draft class will be called.

Spokane Chiefs forward Mitch Wahl is in Ottawa, Ontario for the event, which begins with the first round on Friday and continues Saturday with the remaining rounds. Chiefs coach Bill Peters and general manager Tim Speltz also made the trip.

Click below for a draft advance and some links to get you prepared for the big event.

Indians off to unbalanced start

INDIANS

In their season opener Tuesday, the Spokane Indians smacked the ball all over the field and squashed the Everett AquaSox 15-3. In their next game Wednesday, Everett’s pitching shut down the Indians’ offense for a 4-1 Sox win.

So what does this all mean?

Well, at this point in the season, just about nothing. Two games down, 74 to go. Ask manager Tim Hulett, and he’d most likely say the same thing.

Read on for some notes.

Taylor switching jobs at Lake City

Darren Taylor is switching head coaching jobs at Lake City.

Click here to read more.

Eastern honors QBs on “100 for 100” team

Eastern Washington has released the list of quarterbacks on its “100 for 100” team, and you can access it here.

More on the Fews receiving Wooden Award

It’s been posted here before that Mark and Marcy Few will be this year’s recipients of the Wooden Award. Click here for additional information.

Tis the season

Now that underclassmen have decided whether to stay in the draft or return to school, a new crop of preseason Top 25 rankings are out.

The Zags are No. 5, according to Foxsports.com, and No. 9 (up from No. 11 on April 9th) in ESPN.com’s poll.

More on Pargo

Here’s the latest installment on Jeremy Pargo’s decision to return to Gonzaga for his senior season.

Read more below.

Few, Lloyd on Pargo’s decision

Gonzaga’s Jeremy Pargo is either en route to his hometown of Chicago or just arriving, so hopefully he’ll be available to the media soon.

Meanwhile, click below for some thoughts from head coach Mark Few and assistant coach Tommy Lloyd on Pargo’s decision to return for his senior season.

UPDATE: Here’s a release from Gonzaga with a comment from Pargo.

Burns expected to join Grier in San Diego

It appears Mike Burns’ tenure on the University of Idaho men’s basketball coaching staff will be a short one. He’s expected to become an assistant coach for Bill Grier at San Diego.

Catching up with EWU’s “100 for 100” lists

While I was setting up and tearing down a weekend garage sale — and trying to keep track of my 4-year-old grandaughter, as well — EWU sports information director Dave Cook released two more installments of the Eagles’ “100 for 100” all-time greatest football players.

You can access the list of defensive linemen here and the list of all-purpose players and specialists here.

Shock clinch playoff spot

The Spokane Shock locked up their third consecutive arenafootball2 playoff berth on Saturday night with a 54-33 win over the Tri-Cities Fever.

You can read about the game below.

Tokarski invited to Hockey Canada POE camp

Spokane Chiefs goalie Dustin Tokarski has been invited to the third annual Hockey Canada Program of Excellence (POE) goaltending camp in Calgary, Alberta, this weekend.

Tokarski is one of 12 goaltenders – and one of eight in the under-20 age category (candidates for the National Junior Team) and four in the under-18 category (candidates for the National Men’s Under-18 Team) – that have the opportunity to work with Corey Hirsch, Hockey Canada’s goaltending consultant, and a number of other instructors during the four-day camp.

Read the rest of the release, which includes a full list of campers, here.

Video: 50 years of Avista Stadium

INDIANS

To go along with John Blanchette’s column Sunday about the 50th anniversary of Avista Stadium, here is a video I produced on the field. During the past two off-seasons, with $4 million from the state Legislature, the stadium had its biggest makeover of its life.

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Shock remain first in poll … notes

A couple of Spokane Shock notes, beginning with the results of the latest arenafootball2 poll - which the Shock topped for the second time in as many weeks.

Here is the link to my Shock notebook that ran today.

Measuring the top point guards

Take a look at this in-depth statistical analysis of the top collegiate point guards, including Gonzaga’s Jeremy Pargo, courtesy of draftexpress.com.

Indians roster starts coming into focus

INDIANS

Hey everyone. You may recognize me from the Cougars blog, or another blog, posting videos and game updates. Or you may not. But I’ll be covering the Spokane Indians this summer. Usually.

This morning we came out with a report that the Indians have announced 25 members of its 2008 roster. You can find the brief (first item) here.

After the jump is a complete roster.

I’ll keep on the lookout as the Texas Rangers assign a few more players to Spokane. And in the meantime, you keep an eye out for more Indians news here on SportsLink and in the paper.

WSU football on TV and satellite radio

COUGARS • UPDATED: 1:55 P.M.

A couple of quick notes concerning football and other things – as I watch snow fall on my back deck on June 10. Read on

Shock remain unbeaten

Not only are the Spokane Shock the last unbeaten team in the arenafootball2 league - they have a stranglehold on the division race.

With their 68-51 win over the host Boise Burn on Saturday night the Shock now have a commanding five-game lead in the West Division standings.

Read on for game details.

Weaver on the radio

COUGARS

Want to know what’s going on with Kyle Weaver? If you do, we have a link that will help.

Bruton gets cornered

Former Spokane Chiefs captain Chris Bruton (weird to say former already…I know) is the subject of this entertaining Saskatoon StarPhoenix interview. Relive the two classic moments Bruton refers to in the story here and here.

Also, who else thinks it’s fitting that Chiefs coach Bill Peters and former Chiefs coach Mike Babcock won their league’s respective trophies in the same season?

Babcock and the Detroit Red Wings are fresh off their Stanley Cup victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins, and I’m pretty sure we all know which piece of hardware Peters just captured.

Nice job guys.

Major League draft today

The Major League baseball draft for first-time qualifiers currently on-going. There are several area collegians and high school players in the mix - particularly in rounds 6 through 10 all the way to round 50 as my story in The Spokesman-Review today indicates. Anyone interested can keep up on MLB.com.

Gilliam eyes af2 record

The Spokane Shock have been hard at work this week in preparation for this Saturday’s game at Boise.

You can read my unedited notebook that is running tomorrow below. It starts off with defensive back Sergio Gilliam looking toward another record.

When you’re done reading, please share your thoughts on the Shock being the last remaining undefeated team in the arenafootball2 league. Do you think the Shock will stay perfect this weekend?

Shock take over top ranking

As expected, the Spokane Shock took over the No. 1 ranking in the arenafootball2 coaches poll on Wednesday. The Shock (9-0) are the last remaining undefeated team in the league after the previously top-ranked Tulsa Talons (8-1) lost last Saturday.

Here are the poll results. I’ll have a notebook posted later tonight and a video will also be posted at some point tonight. Stay tuned.

Gurganious leaving GU

Larry Gurganious, who saw limited playing time during two seasons with the Gonzaga men’s basketball team, is transferring, likely to a school closer to his family in Oakland, Calif.

“It’s really tough to leave,” Gurganious said in a phone interview Tuesday. “That’s been my home for the last three years of my life and I really embraced everything that was going on there. I had a great time. I have no regrets at all. It’s just some (family) stuff I have to deal with.”

More below in extended entry.

Gaddy, Bradley discuss options

Bellarmine Prep guards Abdul Gaddy and Avery Bradley discuss their recruitment and whether they’re a package deal here.

Gaddy says he has six scholarship offers, including one from Gonzaga, and he’s still considering Arizona. Bradley listed seven scholarship offers.

Gonzaga one of many on Gaddy’s list

Bellarmine Prep’s Abdul Gaddy, one of the top recruits in the 2009 class, has decommitted from Arizona and re-opened his recruitment.

He told Scout.com that Gonzaga is one of seven schools that he’s considering. Arizona remains on his list. Gaddy and teammate Avery Bradley, a highly rated shooting guard, apparently want to go to the same school, according to the Tacoma News Tribune.

More here and here.

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