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Wed., Sept. 16, 2009, 1:57 p.m.

Panhandle Picks

Click the tab below to see my weekly North Idaho football picks.

I'm faring much better here than on the 'Mike and Greg' video picks segment.

I went 9-2 last week, pushing the season record to 15-5 (.750).

Coeur d'Alene at Sandpoint: Can you name the last time Sandpoint has beaten Coeur d'Alene and Lake City in the same year? My research shows it was 1997 - the year the Bulldogs captured the A-1 Division II state championship. Sandpoint has fared well against the Vikings this decade, too, and CdA will be greatly motivated Friday. CdA 27, Sandpoint 17.

Timberlake at Lakeland: This game might be done in 90 minutes or less. Both teams will run, run, run. Truthfully, fans should be home in time to watch Jay Leno's new primetime show. Lakeland needs a win more than Timberlake. The Tigers won't be playing for anything less, either, but they will be less disappointed with a loss than the Hawks if they give a good account of themselves. Lakeland 31, Timberlake 20.

Post Falls at Eagle: The Mustangs zipped past Post Falls last year and ended up playing in the 5A state title game. The element that makes this a difficult matchup for the Trojans isn't a player vs. player thing. Post Falls faces a long road trip. The fresher team wins here. Eagle 20, Post Falls 14.

Clarkston at Moscow: The Bears are flying high after the win over Pullman. Good things continue. Moscow 25, Clarkston 21.

Lewiston at Pullman: Let's see. Moscow beat the Greyhounds last week. No brainer here. Lewiston 40, Pullman 14.

Newport at Bonners Ferry: The Badgers are coming off a confidence-building win over Kettle Falls. BF 27, Newport 13.

Kellogg at Kamiah: The Wildcats are improving, but this won't be their breakthrough week. Kamiah 21, Kellogg 13.

Priest River at Freeman: The Spartans tune up for the Intermountain League opener next week against Timberlake. Priest River 42, Freeman 27.

Lake City JV at St. Maries: A bunch of green sophomores and a few juniors mixed in face a tall task against a varsity team hungry for a win. St. Maries 35, Lake City JV 7.

Wallace at Lakeside: The first of two games that will decide the 1A Division I state playoff berth. The Miners have held the upper hand in this series, but the Knights are poised to end the drought. The scoreboard operator will get a workout. Lakeside 52, Wallace 40.

Mullan at Kootenai: The Warriors are still kings of the North Star League until proven otherwise. Kootenai 52, Mullan 38.


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Greg Lee
Greg Lee joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a prep reporter covering Eastern Washington and North Idaho schools.

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