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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 5, 2011

 (Ralph Walter)

Walter brothers depart 

WE'RE OFF! We're just two cramped flights, two airports and a rental car away from Frisco, Texas! I'm decamped here at the airport bar while Ralph goes through the TSA line for his fourth pat down. Go Eags! Go hot TSA agent!

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Gonzaga Prep's Parker Kelly (11) shoots over U-Hi's Joe Dahl.  (Dan Pelle)

G-Prep boys top University 

Had my first chance to see the University boys play Tuesday. Amazing the Titans still were in the game despite 27 turnovers. If they can curb some of those unforced errors in their run-and-gun attack, they could give some teams fits. Here's my game story....

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Some answers from WSU 

COUGARS It is less than a month until football's letter-of-intent day, so it's no wonder there were a couple recruiting questions on the blog yesterday. We don't have all the answers but we can add a few things, so read on.

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Delaware QB one of nation's best

Just a hunch, here, but I'm thinking Eastern Washington' s defense is going to have its hands full dealing with Delaware's Pat Devlin. Read more about the Blue Hens' 6-foot-4 quarterback, who transferred from Penn State two years ago here, and tell us what you...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 4, 2011


Gonzaga women get national notice

When it comes to Gonzaga women's basketball, recognition starts at point guard with Courtney Vandersloot leading the NCAA in assists again. But as Graham Hays of ESPN.com points out, it's the seamless transition that Katelan Redmon and Kayla Standish have made to convert those passes...

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Spokane Chiefs' Tyler Johnson challenges Vancouver Goalie Mark Segal. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Johnson honored by WHL

Spokane native Tyler Johnson is the Western Hockey League Player of the Month for December. The Spokane Chiefs center, tied for second in the league in scoring, had 11 goals and 11 assists in 12 games.

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A somewhat busy Tuesday from WSU 13 

COUGARS There is a lot to get to this morning, odd considering it is a Tuesday, which is usually the quiet day of the week. But there rarely is a Monday night in which a Pac-10 team looked as good as Stanford did last night....

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MONDAY, JAN. 3, 2011

Gonzaga women clip Thunderbirds

Gonzaga hammers Southern Utah 102-61, the Bulldogs' fourth century, with five players in double figures, led by Courtney Vandersloot with 20 points and 16 assists, her eighth double-double. Back shortly with a link to the story. Former Bulldog assistants J.R. Payne and Toriano Towns, Southern...

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Cowen to play for gold

Spokane Chiefs captain Jared Cowen will play for a gold medal as Team Canada whipped Team USA 4-1 at World Junior Tournament in Buffalo. Team Canada plays Russia on Wednesday.

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GSL scoring leaders

Well, it's been a while since we last checked in. To get the new year off right, I calculated Greater Spokane League scoring leaders this morning. Click the tab below to see. I would have guessed who the girls' leader was but wouldn't have pegged...

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Chiefs' Tri-City game rescheduled

Here is the WHL release: The Western Hockey League announced today the date for the re-scheduled game between Spokane and Tri-City. The two Clubs met on Friday, December 31 in Tri-City, in a game that was postponed early in the 2nd period due to poor...

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Day after Wake Forest 

A shorter-than-usual day-after post from Gonzaga's 73-63 road victory over Wake Forest. First, the links: Game recaps in the S-R, Winston-Salem Journal and A.P. The latest rankings are out: GU picked up a couple more votes in each poll, but remain outside the Top 25....

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No school but WSU still learning 

COUGARS As we begin a week with no school in Pullman and the first Pac-10 home games of the new year, we stop a while and look around. All we see is snow. A pile here, a mountain of it there. Snowboarding is great, but...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 2, 2011

Good weekend for Chiefs, Cowen

Quick weekend update ... Spokane Chiefs captain Jared Cowen and Team Canada face Team USA in the world junior semifinals on Monday ... The Chiefs got an impressive Western Hockey League win at Kelowna on New Year's Day, led by Levko Koper's hat trick ......

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UConn bounced in this vote 

For the first time in more than two years, I have a new No. 1 atop my women's basketball Top 25 vote. It took a lot to pull out the eraser, but the bottom line is Baylor lost to UConn by 1, UConn lost to...

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Zags pull away from Wake Forest 

Gonzaga earned its sixth straight men’s basketball victory, using a strong second half to pull away from Wake Forest 73-63 on Sunday at Joel Coliseum. Steven Gray, in his best performance since returning from back spasms three games ago, led Gonzaga with 18 points, five...

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EWU seniors: Small numbers, big results

Though small in numbers and big-name stars, the senior class on this year's Eastern Washington University has lead the Eagles to new heights. You can read Sunday's S-R feature story on the remaining members of EWU's 2006 recruiting class that will play its final game...

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View from N.C.

GU-Wake Forest previews in the Winston-Salem Journal, Charlotte Observer and Sports Network. Reminder: In-game updates at Twitter.com/srjimm.

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SATURDAY, JAN. 1, 2011

Quick turnaround for Gonzaga

Back with my game preview of Sunday's GU-Wake Forest game. The Demon Deacons are struggling, but they have been pretty efficient offensively (45.8% FG, 42.6% 3-pointers, 75.9% FT), but they averaged nearly five more turnovers per game than assists. Wake opponents are also scoring nearly...

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Blast from the past: The Road to Cheney

December 2, 2004: Nine kinds of meat add local flavor What the hell are we doing out here again? With Eastern Washington University's football team playing Sam Houston State in the second round of the NCAA I-AA playoffs, the editors have recommissioned my brother Ralph...

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Blast from the past: The Road to KC

March 14, 2004: EWU alums flying high over tourney pick Now the real selection process begins: Fly or drive? There never was any doubt we were going. For years, my brother Ralph and I had promised each other that if our alma mater, Eastern Washington...

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