THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2011

Spokane Chiefs'  Levko Koper makes an unsuccessful shot on goal against on the Chilliwack's goaltender Lucas Gore in the first period of their WHL first-round playoff  game, Thursday, March 31, 2011, in the Spokane Arena.  (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Chiefs take 3-1 series lead

The Spokane Chiefs, without their leading scorer, jumped to a 3-0 lead after one period and held on for a 4-2 win over the chilliwack Bruins Thursday night, to open a 3-1 lead in their best-of-7 Western Hockey League playoff series. Game 5 is at...

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Shock trying to reduce mistakes

Spokane (0-3) tries to get back in the winner's circle when winless Kansas City (0-2) visits the Arena on Friday. My game preview here. (Correction: Shock P.R.'s Kevin Maloney points out that Spokane does have an interception, by Terrance Taylor last week before he was...

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UW's Thomas headed to NBA 

COUGARS So, I was sound asleep on the plane ride home this morning when I awoke, startled. I think we were somewhere over Kansas. Wichita, maybe? Anyhow, I had this terrible thought Klay Thompson was holding a press conference and I wasn't there. Imagine my...

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Graves officially turns down Huskies

Kelly Graves made it official - again. The Gonzaga women's basketball coach said he was not interested in the same position at the University of Washington, although he was on the UW campus on Wednesday. For more, read on.

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Mead track star Baylee Mires leans on the boys track coach, her father, John Mires, for the mental side of running. (Colin Mulvany)

Track previews

Dave Trimmer wrote this nice feature on Mead track and cross country standout Baylee Mires (pictured above with her dad, the Mead boys track coach) and her family. Here's the Greater Spokane League glance. Here's the Inland Empire League glance.

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A look ahead for WSU, Pac-12 

COUGARS With basketball season over – except for some important news – and spring football in full swing around the Pac-12, we've decided to return to our old morning format. We'll try to have something from every school, at least for a while. Read on.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2011

Bruins shock Chiefs in OT

Kevin Sundher scored the last two goals of the game, the second 3:20 into overtime, to rally the Chilliwack Bruins to a 4-3 win over the Spokane Chiefs Wednesday night at the Arena. The Bruins shocked the 4,737 fans by rallying from a 3-0 deficit...

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Spokane Chiefs  goaltender James Reid falters as Chilliwack's Kevin Sunher ties up the score 3-3 in the third period of their WHL first round playoff  match, Wednesday, March 30, 2011, in the Spokane Arena. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Chiefs vs. Chilliwack

Kevin Sundher scored the last two goals of the game, the second 3:20 into overtime, to rally the Chilliwack Bruins to a 4-3 win over the Spokane Chiefs at the Spokane Arena on Wednesday, March 30, 2011.

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Courtney Vandersloot, who scored a game-high 25 points, drives through a maze of arms to score late against Stanford. (Christopher Anderson)

Two more honors for Vandersloot

Gonzaga star Courtney Vandersloot picked up two more All-American Awards on Wednesday, giving her three in two days. The first is the John R. Wooden Award All-American team. Only five players were picked by the almost 1,000 members. She is joined by Maya Moore of...

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Taylor on IR; Arizona No. 1

A couple of Shock notes. The team has added LB/WR Chris Hemphill, who was with the Shock in 2009 training camp before joining the Tri-Cities Fever. Defensive lineman Terrance Taylor has been placed on injured reserve with an ankle injury. Injured reserve is a minimum...

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Kichton, Chiefs return to action

Brenden Kichton, the subject of a story in the Wednesday morning paper, and the Spokane Chiefs return to action tonight for Game 3 of their Western Hockey League playoff series with Chilliwack. Spokane swept the first two games in Chilliwack. Game Four is Thursday. A...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2011

Olson coordinating Shock offense

I was at Shock practice this morning and I put together a Shock notebook that will run in Wednesday's S-R. The first item is on Andy Olson, the former Shock receiver (pictured above from the 2009 season) who is now Spokane's offensive coordinator. Here's a...

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WSU goes down hard, 75-44, to Wichita State 

COUGARS After that debacle, I wanted to get out of Madison Square Garden, out of New York, really, as fast as I could. But I think the Washington State fans beat me to the phone, because Wednesday's flights to Seattle, crowded but still with seats...

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WSU trails Wichita 36-19 at half 34 

COUGARS Quick halftime post. We'll just recount each of Washington State's baskets. There was a Reggie Moore jumper (his only bucket), a Klay Thompson (his only bucket to go with three fouls), four jumpers from Faisal Aden (he has a team-high eight points), a DeAngelo...

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Prep baseball, softball notebooks 

Here's our first prep baseball notebook that will be in our Tuesday newspaper and appear weekly thereafter through the season. Danny Rowton of Shadle Park (pictured above during American Legion last summer) is hitting .818 after a week. Here's our first prep softball notebook that...

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It's game day in New York for WSU 

COUGARS • UPDATE: 11:45 A.M. It's game day and it's about time. It seems like a month since Washington State last played a basketball game, but it's been less than a week actually. We'll see if the time spent traveling, practicing, away from home and...

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MONDAY, MARCH 28, 2011

The Gonzaga Bulldogs wave goodbye to the fans and their basketball season after their 60-83 loss against Stanford in their regional final NCAA tournament women's college basketball game on Monday, March 28, 2011, in Spokane, Wash. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Gonzaga's magical run ends

UPDATED: 12:15 a.m. Stanford whipped Gonzaga in the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament and the photographers whipped us writers, getting the slide show up first. On the budget is a game story, a notebook (Greg Lee's credit was left off) and John Blanchette's column,...

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Courtney Vandersloot of Gonzaga salutes the crowd as she comes off the floor for the last time to a standing ovation and hugs from her teammates.  Gonzaga lost to Stanford on Monday, March 28, 2011, 83-60 to end their run in the NCAA Tournament at the Elite Eight. (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

Gonzaga vs. Stanford women

Top-seeded Stanford pulled away from 11th-seeded Gonzaga in the second half 83-60 in the Spokane Regional final Monday in front of 11,646 at the Arena, ending the most successful season in the Bulldogs’ history.

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