Archive for June 2008
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?
The Spokane Indians held off Tri-City 1-0 in 13 innings Sunday.
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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.
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.
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.
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 High School named its head girls basketball coach Thursday.
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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.
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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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 links for this morning, following up on the commitment news from last night and a couple of other basketball notes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Darren Taylor is switching head coaching jobs at Lake City.
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Eastern Washington has released the list of quarterbacks on its “100 for 100” team, and you can access it here.
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.
Here’s the latest installment on Jeremy Pargo’s decision to return to Gonzaga for his senior season.
Read more below.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Take a look at this in-depth statistical analysis of the top collegiate point guards, including Gonzaga’s Jeremy Pargo, courtesy of draftexpress.com.
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.
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
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.
Want to know what’s going on with Kyle Weaver? If you do, we have a link that will help.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.