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THURSDAY, FEB. 3, 2011


Women's basketball teams have key games

A number of important games this weekend for the area D-I women's basketball teams. It started off well with Idaho winning big at home against San Jose State before heading off to Hawaii on Saturday in the first of three road games. Yinka Olorunnife set...

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Too much for one day from WSU 10 

COUGARS Twenty minutes into my morning routine of reading stories from up and down the West Coast I began to realize today I was overwhelmed. Snowed under on a clear day by the blizzard of stories on recruiting. There are so many more inches devoted...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 2, 2011

Recap of Vandals' signing day

UPDATED: 10:50 p.m. Robb Akey walked into the media room at the Kibbie Dome on Wednesday and greeted reporters by blurting out a "Merry Christmas" and a few yelps. Akey was clearly thrilled with his 22-player recruiting class. You can read about it here in...

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Round 2 for Zags, Pilots

Back with a look at tomorrow's GU-Portland game and some of the changes the teams have made since Gonzaga's win last month. Here's the link to the article that will run in Thursday's S-R.

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Former Scottie reaches milestone

Now that most of them are seniors, I've been tracking down the area's Class of 2007 in women's basketball, particularly focusing on the Division I signees. The latest is Gonzaga Prep's Tara Cronin, the subject to Wednesday's notebook now a senior at Portland (despite the...

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Spokane Shock wide reciever #17 Huey Whittaker steps past Tampa Bay defender #19 Erick McIntosh for a first half touchdown during the XXlll Arena Bowl at the Spokane Arena in Spokane, Wash. Friday August 20, 2010. (Christopher Anderson / Spokesman-Review)

Whittaker joins Tampa Bay

Former Shock receiver Huey Whittaker is heading home. Whittaker has signed a marketing contract ($1,000 per game, compared to the standard $400) with Tampa Bay, near his Florida home. Whittaker spent time in the UFL after helping Spokane win the 2010 ArenaBowl title.

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More on WSU's football signing class 

COUGARS OK, we've heard from Paul Wulff – and I'm not about to try to summarize his 40-minute conference call; I'm not that masochistic ... or sadistic – and I've chatted with a few assistant coaches. With that, we've put together a story and we...

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Eagles get selective with 2011 recruiting class

Beau Baldwin, the third-year head coach of Eastern Washington University's NCAA Division I national champion football team, announced the signing of 20 high school recruits to letters of intent on Wednesday. You can get an early look at the Eagles' recruiting story that will run...

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Vandal sign 22 commits

The University of Idaho announced a class of 22 players who have signed letters of intent (now including the three who signed in January, Dominique Blackman, A.J. Annelus and Ryan Edwards, all of whom have been officially announced). This also includes Dion Bass, a 5-foot-9...

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GU bench checks in and out

Gonzaga coach Mark Few has been tinkering with his lineup and rotation most of the year and nothing much has changed, according to John Blanchette's column. Past articles on the bench and players' fluctuating playing time here and here. Back later with more on Gonzaga-Portland.

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Sankey's letter arrives at UW 

Gonzaga Prep running back Bishop Sankey, originally a Washington State commit, has signed his letter of intent to play football at Washington. Comments here from running backs coach Joel Thomas, the former Vandal standout. Here is the Seattle TImes update on UW signings.

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Faxes roll into WSU 15 

COUGARS What do you know. The first high school players who committed to Washington State, sans the very first one, all get their letters of intents in early. Read on throughout the morning as we update the list.

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Something going on today at WSU? 

COUGARS It's hard to believe that the first day of the football letter of intent signing period, Signing Day if you will, has snuck up on us. Some things just seem to slip through the cracks. Wish it would get a little more coverage so...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 1, 2011

Roundup of Vandal commits

On the eve of signing day, we've got a look at the University of Idaho's recruiting efforts in what will be Robb Akey's fifth class. Much is unknown at this point -- Akey will hold a press conference at noon tomorrow -- but one late...

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Idaho prep star commits to EWU

Eastern Washington will make its 2011 football recruiting class official on Wednesday, the first day prospects can sign letters of intent. Among those expected to sign with the reigning national championsh is Idaho's Gatorade and 4A player of the year Cody McCarthy who -- according...

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 (Steve Gibbons)

G-Prep's Cronin makes mark for Portland

The latest from the outstanding Spokane Class of 2007 in women's basketball, Portland senior Tara Cronin (G-Prep), the subject of our notebook this week. (University of Portland photo) Also, Tennessee's Angie Bjorklund (U-Hi) - the headline in the Class of '07 - is a finalist...

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Forse signs with Arizona; Lopina cut

For most of the offseason, ex-Milwaukee Iron receiver Nate Forse appeared to be Spokane-bound. The holdup was that Forse needed to take a physical. Forse passed his physical recently, but his destination changed when Arizona signed the talented receiver to a 'Marketing Contract' ($1,000 per...

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Wednesday prep signers 

UPDATED These are the area football players that I'm aware of that are signing Wednesday. They are: Bishop Sankey, running back, Gonzaga Prep, University of Washington Charlie Hopkins, defensive end, Gonzaga Prep, Stanford Kellen Clute, tight end, Mt. Spokane, Oregon State Joe Dahl, offensive lineman,...

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Gonzaga's Mike Hart blocks a shot by Santa Clara's Marc Trasolini during the second half of their NCAA college basketball game at the McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane, Wash., on Feb. 25, 2010.  Gonzaga beat Santa Clara 88-51. 
  (Associated Press)

GU notes

I put together a notebook from Monday's media day with topics ranging from David Stockton and Mike Hart (pictured above) being put on a scholarship for the rest of the year to Sam Dower's improvement to the WCC race at the halfway point. GU now...

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February comes in like a lamb 

COUGARS It is the first of February. The shortest month of the year. And the month that will decide the Pac-10 basketball race, along with the future of thousands of high school football players. For more on both, read on.

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