FRIDAY, JULY 31, 2009


Shock go for 11th straight vs. Stockton

Spokane opens the af2 playoffs against Stockton on Saturday night. The Shock are 10-0 all-time vs. Stockton, including 3-0 this season with two relatively easy wins and an 88-27 blowout. Read my unedited game preview below.Meanwhile, here's an update on Boise losing quarterback Taylor Tharp,...

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THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2009

WSU hoop recruit shooting for success 

COUGARS When I got to my hotel near LAX on Wednesday, I decided to take in some of the big summer high school basketball tournament being held at Loyola Marymount University. I cruised over and watched Spokane-based Eastern Washington Elite play, with an eye on...

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WSU football kicks off in LA 

COUGARS Another Pac-10 football media day is done and the participants are en route home, wherever that may be. We have a couple of stories for tomorrow's Spokesman-Review, the unedited versions of which can be found by simply clicking on the link. One is built...

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"First Family" no more 

For want of a better eponym, I've dubbed Tom and Julie Yearout Lewis and Clark's "First Family" of coaching. What better term to describe the only husband and wife, at least in my memory, from Spokane, and certainly the Greater Spokane League, to win State...

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The kickoff of WSU's football season 

COUGARS The 2009 Pac-10 football season starts this morning. Well, not really. But the conference's media day does seem like a line of demarcation. Summer is now officially over and football is on the front burner. And today's links include some hot items, so if...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 29, 2009

Tri-Cities #5 Tommy Devereaux slips away from Shock's #6 Stanley Franks for a score in the second quarter Saturday, April 11, 2009, in the Spokane Arena. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Franks catches on with Shock 

The boss changed the schedule so my Stanley Franks feature will run in Thursday's S-R. Which means you can take a look at it now (Wednesday afternoon). Read the unedited version below, and keep on reading to find a feature I did on Franks when...

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An in-depth study of WSU football 

COUGARS • UPDATED 11:20 A.M.; 3:15 P.M. I sit here trying to figure out why the Seattle Sounders are called a football club – ya, I know the real reason, but they do play in a league called the MLS and the S does stand...

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Vandals tabbed 8th, 9th in polls 

The WAC preseason football media and coaches' polls have been unveiled, and both have Idaho and New Mexico State as the two bottom-rung teams. The Vandals were picked eighth in the media poll (ahead of only NMSU) and ninth in the coaches' poll.Boise State was...

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TUESDAY, JULY 28, 2009

Shock riding momentum into playoffs

Back with a notebook that will run in Wednesday's S-R. The unedited version is below.You might have noticed that the American Conference playoff pairings didn't include Florida. Here's af2's explanation why and here's the Firecats' version of situation.(Programming note: I'll post a feature article on...

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MONDAY, JULY 27, 2009

Playoff pairings

Find a rundown of the first-round playoff matchups here and a recap of Stockton's win over Peoria on Saturday here. Spokane entertains Stockton on Saturday.

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SUNDAY, JULY 26, 2009

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FRIDAY, JULY 24, 2009

Shock gear up for Boise

As I write this, Spokane is probably on a bus somewhere in Oregon en route to Boise for Saturday's game against the Burn. Head coach Adam Shackleford lets the players pick the movies. It usually starts with a comedy, followed by an action movie. Below,...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 22, 2009

Shock add another Husky

Spokane has added another ex-Washington Husky to its roster. OL/DL Casey Bulyca joins DL/FB Johnie Kirton and DE Caesar Rayford. All three have joined the Shock in the last five weeks. More on Bulyca here. A couple other items: The Shock maintained their hold on...

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TUESDAY, JULY 21, 2009



Shock playoff tickets on sale

Back from a week of furlough, so we're playing catch up bigtime. Spokane's rout of Central Valley clinched the West Division title and hosting rights through the National Conference title game. Spokane's first-round playoff assignment will be Stockton (5-10) on Aug. 1. Ticket information here.

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MONDAY, JULY 20, 2009

WSU's Casto has surgery on knee 

COUGARS Let's see what we've got. A quick note on DeAngelo Casto's health – we have a short story that will be appearing in tomorrow's paper, so the unedited version is available now – along with a link you might like. Read on.

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FRIDAY, JULY 17, 2009

THURSDAY, JULY 16, 2009

Mayes finally gets his plaque 

COUGARS A quick post tonight. It features the unedited version of our story concerning Rueben Mayes' enshrinement in college football's Hall of Fame on Saturday night. That's followed by a couple links. If you're interested, read on.

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