A GRIP ON SPORTS
Really thought I would wake this morning to a covering of snow. And yet, nothing. I know 80 miles south of here, in Pullman (my home away from home the past five years), there is a covering of the white stuff (how do I know? Christian Caple passed on the news in his blog post, plus I can look at Martin Stadium on the Cougars' construction camera), but here in beautiful Spokane, nothing yet. At least where my home is located (and no, we don't have a construction camera link to pass along). Anyhow, the lack of snow sort of mirrors the lack of links to pass along today. OK, I know. That was a long way to go for a short, poor metaphor of sorts, but it was all we could cobble together today. Read on.
• Chiefs: One of two local teams in action on Monday took a one-goal lead into the final period and lost, 3-2. According to their coach, Don Nachbaur, the Chiefs lost a little focus after a big win over first-place Tri-City on Saturday. What a shock, that teenage boys would lose focus. Anyhow, Jess Brown has you covered with her blog post and game story.
• Eastern Washington: The Eagles finished a three-games-in-five-days road trip at Seattle University last night and played as if they were tired down the stretch, ultimately losing 91-78 to the Redhawks. We have this story. … Usually the Seattle Times' Bob Condotta covers Seattle U's home games, but there was so much UW football news – Bob also covers that – he probably was too swamped to get there. Here is the Associated Press story the Times ran.
• Washington State: Christian took care of all the Cougar links this morning in his post (along with all that aforementioned Washington news as well), so we don't have to pass anymore along here. There was one piece of news I saw last night I thought I should pass along for all you WSU fans, however. Bob Robertson has one another award, this one named after a former Cougar. Robertson was named the winner of the Keith Jackson Award and will receive it Jan. 25 at the Seattle Sports Star of the Year banquet.
• Gonzaga: Nothing from the Zags, per se, but there was one West Coast Conference game last night. Brigham Young rolled into San Diego and rolled over USD, 82-63 in a half-empty Jenny Craig Pavilion. Don't think it will be half-empty when GU rolls in, do you? … The Toreros have a 6-foot-11 sophomore who is making a case to play more.
• Preps: There were no competitions in the Spokane-area yesterday, unlike Seattle which had a big basketball tournament at UW – and a girls tourney canceled due to the snowy conditions. The prep athletes get back at it tonight, with our Greg Lee covering the CV boys as they host Gonzaga Prep in a key GSL showdown. Mike Vlahovich, who wrote this story on Jim Paton's memorial service, will be covering the Deer Park at East Valley wrestling match. Lee will have a feature on Thursday's Prep Page concerning Central Valley's leading scorer, Brooke Gallaway, who I saw play on Saturday. She was the most efficient and best player on the court that day. … Our Then and Now feature this week comes from Dave Trimmer, who tracked down former St. John-Endicott star Andee Schmick, who is now Andee Thurston.
• That's all we have this morning. We're back on the Patchin, Lukens and Osso show on 700 ESPN one more time this afternoon – from 3 to 6 PST – and you can listen here. By the way, we have to learn how to do live chats, so we're going to hold one at noon on Friday right here on SportsLink (I picked that day because it is in the middle of Gonzaga's home stand and WSU's trip to Arizona). The live chat will be with me, so put together your questions as the week rolls on, and I'll answer them to the best of my ability on Friday. Don't be afraid of trying to stump me. I'm very stumpable. Until later …