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THURSDAY, JAN. 22, 2009

The Spokane Shock of arenafootball2 know that coach Adam Shackleford always stands behind his word.  (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Shock add Williams to roster

Spokane has signed defensive back Aaron Williams, who earned first-team All-af2 honors last season for Amarillo and also picked off a pass against the Shock in the playoffs. More here.And, the af2 Web site is running off-season updates on teams and Spokane was on the...

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Cassie Thompson of Timberlake High School listens during practice at the school near Spirit Lake on Jan. 14. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Lake City boys lead way

Here's a link to my column, the first item of which talks about the Lake City boys basketball team and the race among the Inland Empire League's 5A teams.Also, here's a feature on Timberlake sophomore sensation Cassie Thompson.Here's a link to this week's Idaho state...

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Eastern Washington’s Gary Gibson maneuvers for a second-half basket against Montana’s Brian Qvale, left, and Jack McGillis.  (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Looking back on blog glitch and Eags' nasty loss 

Good morning,And let me apologize about last night's post, which obviously didn't include the unedited version of the game story I wrote following Eastern Washington's 63-50 Big Sky Conference loss to Montana at Reese Court.Let's just blame it on my technological ineptitude and move on...

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UCLA starts six-game test for WSU 17 

COUGARS • UPDATED: 9:30 A.M. A tough six-game stretch tips off tonight for the Washington State Cougars, starting with Pac-10-leading UCLA coming to Beasley Coliseum. It's been a long time since WSU has defeated the Bruins – eight consecutive games – and even longer since...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 21, 2009

EWU chemistry woes continue in loss to Montana

Montana put a 63-50 beatdown on Eastern Washington at Reese Court Wednesday night and will head into Saturday's road matchup against Big Sky leader Portland State without much momentum, confidence or chemistry.You can read an unedited version of the game story that will appear in...

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Washington State center Aron Baynes, right, takes it to the hoop against Oregon center Michael Dunigan during the first half of their NCAA basketball game in Eugene on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009. (Associated Press)

A fitter Baynes good fit for WSU 

COUGARS With UCLA trying to find its way to foggy, storm-ridden, out-of-the-way Pullman, Washington (see the LA Times story linked later), we took this week to profile center Aron Baynes (shown attacking Oregon freshman center Michael Dunigan during the first half last Saturday in this...

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For starters, WSU still not sure 

COUGARS With only a day until Washington State risks its three-game winning streak against UCLA, the WSU players who will be introduced by Glenn Johnson are still up in the air. That, other notes from Tuesday's practice, and a bunch of links all await you....

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TUESDAY, JAN. 20, 2009

Mediocrity behind leaders 13 

After tonight's Greater Spokane League boys basketball turn of events I guess you have to tell it like it is. Behind Gonzaga Prep (12-1) and Shadle Park (11-1) mediocrity reigns. Both won fairly comfortably tonight, although watching the helter-skelter play between the Highlanders and University...

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Gonzaga’s Austin Daye drives to the hole in the second half.  (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Zags, Daye head for California

Back with a collection of Gonzaga notes, including Austin Daye returning to his old stomping grounds in Southern California this week as GU takes on Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount.Daye, who is from Irvine, Calif., said he's looking forward to seeing family and friends, not to...

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Eags hoping for better stretch run

Eastern Washington hosts Montana tonight as it nears the end of the first-half of its Big Sky Conference schedule.You can read an unedited version of the game advance that will appear in Wednesday morning's S-R below. In addition, I've included this link to to the...

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Pot pourri Tuesday 

Tuesday's Prep Notebook day where we discuss a variety of things that occurred over the weekend. There's GSL basketball, how Mead's girls are faring though four players from last year departed; wrestling, a couple of tournament results; and miscellaneous stuff to prepare for the upcoming...

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MONDAY, JAN. 19, 2009

Rochestie's not Pac-10 player of week 32 

COUGARS Just a quick post tonight before I head out to the Valley. I was expecting to link you to a Pac-10 release in which Taylor Rochestie, WSU's nominee, would be named the conference's player of the week. In the two Cougar road wins, Rochestie...

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Ira Brown of Gonzaga splits San Francisco defenders #33 Dior Lowhorn and #2 Blake Wallace to grab an offensive rebound during their game Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009, in Spokane. (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

Gonzaga back in A.P. poll at 23 25 

Gonzaga, after a couple weeks absence, on Monday returned to the Associated Press top 25 at No. 23. The Bulldogs are 28th in the ESPN/USA Today rankings. WCC rival Saint Mary's is No. 22 in the ESPN/USA Today poll, but missed the A.P. top 25...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 18, 2009

Cougars center Aron Baynes dunks over Oregon guard Tajuan Porter during the second half.  (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Oregon win, the day after 19 

COUGARS Well you folks had a lively discussion this morning. Sorry to interrupt, because I want you to keep going if that's your wish, but I have your links for the day after, along with some more comments from the players and coaches after Saturday's...

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Micah Downs, left, and Josh Heytvelt of Gonzaga crash the offensive boards against San Francisco  during their game Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009, in Spokane. Downs controlled this rebound and got the putback for a score. (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

Day after San Francisco 10 

A bunch of notes, quotes, etc., as we recount Gonzaga's 85-51 dismantling of San Francisco on Saturday night. Read on for the day-after USF post.ALSO: Find a photo gallery of GU-USF game here.

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SATURDAY, JAN. 17, 2009

Gonzaga player Andrew Sorenson gets a bear hug from Steve Hertz, Director of Athletic Relations for Gonzaga after the Zags lost to Davidson, March 21, 2008 in Raleigh,NC.  Hertz thanked Sorenson for his enthusium.  DAN PELLE The Spokesman-Review (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

GU gets win, Sorenson gets scholarship 

Back with the game story, which I took in a different direction after post-game interviews. You'll see why below in the unedited version that will run in Sunday's S-R. Check back Sunday morning for a day-after post.(By the way, the photo that accompanies this post...

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Gonzaga moves to 3-0 in WCC 

Austin Daye scored a career-high 25 points as Gonzaga thumped San Francisco 85-51 on Saturday at the McCarthey Athletic Center.Gonzaga, which led 43-29 at halftime, cruised to its third straight WCC victory. The Bulldogs (12-4, 3-0) have won by 17, 42 and 35 points in...

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Idaho drops 2nd straight

A short but dreary road trip for Idaho ended Saturday afternoon with a 74-63 loss at Louisiana Tech. Mac Hopson poured in 25 points for the Vandals, who were plagued by an assortment of blunders down the stretch and porous defense.For more, here's the release...

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WSU pulls away in the second half 20 

COUGARS Ernie Kent didn't stick around to see the end of WSU's 74-62 victory . He picked up two technicals within 2 minutes, 18 seconds from official Chris Rastatter and was ejected with 12:12 left. That was in the midst of a game-clinching 12-0 run....

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WSU leads 24-17 at the half 11 

COUGARS When did this game start? Was it early in the morning? Because at times it seemed like the teams were still asleep. There was one possession in which Oregon had three attempts, the last two without anyone challenging, as the Cougars just stood and...

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Joevan Catron (right) of Oregon is trapped by the defense of Robbie Cowgill of WSU during their game Thursday night at the PAC-10 tournament in Los Angeles.  CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON The Spokesman-Review (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

Ducks, fans ready to test WSU 

COUGARS How good is Oregon? Or, put another way, how bad are the Ducks? Is the five-loss Pac-10 start a product of their schedule or is this a team that will struggle all year with on-court deficiencies and off-court chemistry? Read on.

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