TUESDAY, JUNE 30, 2009



Youth Notebook - Bledsoe MVP

Blake Bledsoe, Central Valley's Greater Spokane League MVP quarterback, was named MVP during last weekend's East-West All-Star football game. He passed for a touchdown and rushed for the winner with 1 minute, 40 seconds remaining for a 13-12 win in Everett.His story and numerous others...

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All-State soccer

Every year Washington high school sports writers send a list of candidates and vote on All-State teams in sports where there is no other avenue to honor the best of the best. It was the brainchild of Rene Ferran from the Tri Cities Herald who...

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Pistons fire Curry

Austin Daye has been a Detroit Piston for less than a week and he's already experiencing a coaching change. Detroit parted ways with Michael Curry after one season at the helm. A bit more here.And here's more on the somewhat chilly reception Daye is receiving...

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All-State Baseball

University pitcher Billy Moon was named to the 4A All-State baseball team that is compiled each year by Rene Ferran from the Tri-City Herald with input and voting by high school writers from newspapers throughout Washington. Jake Partridge of Rogers was 3A second team outfielder....

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All State Softball

Every year Washington high school sports writers send a list of candidates and vote on All-State teams in sports where there is no other avenue to honor the best of the best. It was the brainchild of Rene Ferran from the Tri Cities Herald who...

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MONDAY, JUNE 29, 2009


Bledsoe big at East-West game

Just as a year ago when Ferris quarterback Jeff Minnerly rallied the East to victory with his legs and arm in the annual East-West All-Star football game when it was in Spokane, this year Central Valley QB Blake Bledsoe provided the heroics in similar fashion...

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SATURDAY, JUNE 27, 2009

Shacklefords welcome Caleb William

Spokane Shock head coach Adam Shackleford celebrated an arenafootball2 win Friday night and the arrival of his second son early Saturday morning.Shackleford’s wife, Migdalia, went into labor at halftime and left the game to go to the hospital. Shortly after No. 1-ranked Spokane wrapped up...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 2009

Shock throttle Yard Dawgz in second half

Spokane players and coaches have said for weeks they wanted a good test on the field. They got one Friday.For a half.Spokane broke away from a halftime tie with a dominating second half, outscoring the Yard Dawgz 33-0 to claim a 61-28 victory at the...

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Day-after Daye

Here's a roundup of articles about Austin Daye, Daye mentions or the draft in general: From ESPN.com's winners and losers, San Jose Mercury-News winners and losers, USA Today, A.P., the Detroit News here and here, the Detroit Free Press here and here, Los Angeles Times,...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 2009

Detroit takes Daye, no other Zags selected

Back with an unedited article on Austin Daye being taken by Detroit with the 15th pick of the first round. No other Zags were selected. I tried to contact Daye and Josh Heytvelt, who was projected as a second-rounder in numerous mock drafts, but didn't...

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Daye goes to Detroit with 15th pick

Former Gonzaga Bulldog Austin Daye was selected by Detroit with the 15th pick in the first round of the 2009 NBA Draft. Daye, who averaged 12.7 points and 6.8 rebounds as a sophomore, joins Eastern Washington University's Rodney Stuckey on the Pistons' roster.Three other Zags...

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Shock, Yard Dawgz battle in Arena

Spokane puts its unbeaten record on the line against Oklahoma City on Friday. Read on for my unedited game preview that will run in Friday's S-R.Also, the Tri-Cities Fever, Spokane's closest geographic rival, may not be around in 2010..

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24, 2009


Shock set poll record; ArenaCup to Vegas

Neither one of these news items is a surprise. First, Spokane came out No. 1 again in the weekly af2 poll. That marks 15 straight weeks, a new af2 record. Second, the ArenaCup, as expected, will be played in Las Vegas in August.I'll post a...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2009

Four Bulldogs await NBA Draft 

Here's my look at the draft prospects for Gonzaga's Austin Daye, Josh Heytvelt, Micah Downs and Jeremy Pargo. The article will run in Wednesday's S-R and the unedited version is below. (Heytvelt and Pargo are pictured in GU's NCAA loss to North Carolina.)

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EWU assistant Leep leaving for SPU 

Assistant coach Grant Leep, the longest-tenured member of Eastern Washington University’s men’s basketball staff, has accepted a position as the top assistant under Ryan Looney at Seattle Pacific University.Leep, a former prep standout for Mount Vernon High School and four-year letterwinner at the University of...

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MONDAY, JUNE 22, 2009

Halliday verbals 

Cougfan.com has announced that Ferris quarterback Connor Halliday has made a verbal commitment to Washington State. The story indicated that he had offers from Hawaii, Idaho, Montana and EWU and had attracted interest from Boise State, Arizona State, Oregon State, Washington and Oregon. Halliday was...

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McCombs will enter the ring

Shock defensive end Ben McCombs (No. 99 pictured above) will try his hand at Mixed Martial Arts on a 10-fight card in September at the Spokane Arena. (Yes, the af2 season will be over by then).More below and a couple of other leftovers from Saturday's...

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SATURDAY, JUNE 20, 2009

No. 1 Shock keep rolling 

Spokane's 11th win of the season was another one-sided affair. The Shock led 42-0 at half and coasted to a 69-22 win over Tri-Cities on Saturday.Read my unedited game story below.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2009

Shock await 1-10 Fever

Spokane returns to the Arena tonight for the first time in nearly a month. Visiting Tri-Cities provides the opposition at 7 p.m. About 500 tickets remain for Saturday's game.Read on for my unedited game preview that will run in Saturday's S-R.

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