WEDNESDAY, FEB. 29, 2012

Bring on the state tournaments 

I made it over SNOWqualmie Pass this afternoon. Slow going, but a safe trip thankfully. I'll be at all the State 4A and 3A boys and girls basketball games involving our local teams. I will tweet as often as possible. You can follow at: srpreps....

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Central Valley’s Austin Rehkow splits Richland’s defense Friday during the Bears’ state-qualifying win. (Christopher Anderson)

Which teams can take state? 

I'll post a similar poll about our area small schools in a day or so. The poll I posted last week about regionals drew more than 1,000 votes. Pictured above is Central Valley junior Austin Rehkow driving against Richland in a 4A regional game Friday....

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How about the smaller schools? 

Here's a poll question for our smaller boys and girls basketball teams. This is the last time I'll re-post this at the top of SportsLink. This is for our area small school basketball teams. Which teams have a realistic shot at winning state titles?

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A win-win for Eagles, fans

Eastern Washington's rousing Senior Night win last night over Idaho State (check out Dan Pelle's great photo essay here) was not only a big win for the program and first-year head coach Jim Hayford, it means that fans will get one more chance to see...

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Hey snow, you can leap this 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Around the Inland Northwest, there is a lot of truth to the old saw about March coming in like a lion. And this year did not disappoint. Here it is, the first day of March and there's more snow ... wait,...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 28, 2012

Gonzaga seniors Marquise Carter (2) and Robert Sacre (00) thank Bulldogs fans after their McCarthey Athletic Center finale Monday night. (Colin Mulvany)

Day after Longwood

The Bulldogs accomplished pretty much all of their objectives last night, pummeling Longwood 92-60, distributing playing time to everyone on the roster and celebrating a no-stress sendoff for seniors Robert Sacre and Marquise Carter. The links: My game story, Colin Mulvany's photos and A.P. (Programming...

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Huge night for Eagles

If the Eastern men's basketball team wants to stay at home, it needs to win tonight against Idaho State in order to stay there tonight for an even bigger game Saturday - the Big Sky Conference quarterfinals. Tipoff is at 6 p.m. at Reese Court.

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Noon, really?

A GRIP ON SPORTS Really, we were going to bide our time on this subject. Wait until next week to vent. But you can't always control the news cycle. Sometimes your hand is forced by an outside entity. So you have to move before you're...

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A busy Tuesday begins with links 

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- There's plenty to do in the next 48 hours. But Tuesday's morning post is always like the calm before the storm -- not a ton of reading material, but just enough to prepare myself for another busy week ahead. Read on,...

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MONDAY, FEB. 27, 2012

Zags send seniors out in style

Gonzaga got contributions from its entire roster in a 92-60 rout of Longwood on Senior Night on Monday at the McCarthey Athletic Center. Marquise Carter had 13 points and five assists and Robert Sacre added five points and six rebounds as Gonzaga improved to 24-5...

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Katelan Redmon was West Coast Conference Player of the Week. (Jesse Tinsley)

A few Gonzaga women's notes

Following their 77-60 win over Brigham Young on Saturday to clinch their eighth consecutive West Coast Conference title, the Gonzaga women's basketball team moved up three spots to No. 22 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll on Monday. Also, seniors Katelan Redmon and Shannon...

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Last Monday of the season

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- Some more snow tonight, but the Honda managed to make it all the way to my apartment building last night, so all is well. We have a couple Pac-12 games to recap on our last Monday of the regular season, so...

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SUNDAY, FEB. 26, 2012

BYU’s Noah Hartsock watches as Gonzaga's Robert Sacre takes the ball to the basket. Sacre finished with eight points. (Associated Press)

Sacre, Carter await Senior Night

The final home game for Gonzaga seniors Robert Sacre and Marquise Carter arrives Monday night when Longwood visits the MAC. The Lancers are a Division I independent from Farmville, Va. joining the Big South Conference next year. I chatted with both seniors and coach Mark...

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Day after San Diego

Good afternoon. You know how you plan some trips out and they go off without a hitch. This wasn't one of those trips. From lousy wireless (shouldn't that be a non-issue in this age of technology?) to blog posts that literally vanished into hyperspace, not...

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SATURDAY, FEB. 25, 2012

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