A GRIP ON SPORTS • UPDATED: 9:20 A.M.
We had such a huge day of local basketball yesterday, we want to get the links up to those stories as early as possible. So we're putting this up now and will be back later with more. UPDATE: OK, we are back, with more links from yesterday. So now you can read on for everything.
• A quick note: If you came here earlier this morning and read through everything, you might want to just check out any additions. You can tell there are additions, because I've put them in italics. I know, tough to read, but easy to identify.
• Preps: There were finals all over the state of Washington – and one big one in Idaho as well. … In Tacoma, none of the Spokane schools were able to bring home the ultimate prize. Greg Lee has stories on the tough battles faced by Central Valley's boys, the Bear girls and the University boys and girls. We also have this story on the Gonzaga Prep girls. … At the Spokane Arena, Mike Vlahovich chronicled the story as the Almira/Coulee-Hartline boys won the 1B title, while Dave Trimmer has the story as the Colton girls won their fourth consecutive crown. In 2Bs, Dave has the tale of Reardan's comeback victory in the girls and I can pass along my story on Colfax winning its boys title. … We also have stories from Yakima, where the 1A boys and girls and the 2A boys and girls were playing. … The Post Falls boys came up a win short in their quest for an Idaho state 5A title. … We have more on Central Valley boys' runner-up finish from the Seattle Times and from Yakima. … The News Tribune has this on the 4A girls final.
• Gonzaga: The Zags pounded BYU into submission, riding Kevin Pangos' 30-point performance to a 77-58 rout. Jim Meehan has his story and John Blanchette adds his column. … The Gonzaga women had a much tougher time of it, but also moved on to the tourney final, defeating St. Mary's 83-78 behind Kayla Standish's 31 points. Jim has the story. … Because the Zag men were playing BYU, there is a lot more including a couple of game stories, a blog post on the Cougars' NCAA chances and a sidebar. … The BYU women had little trouble with USD. … St. Mary's held off USF and will play GU on Monday. … More on the GU women and their win.
• Washington State: The Cougars' offense wasn't anything to write home about, but USC's is never any good. The result was a 43-38 WSU win. Christina Caple has the story, a post-game blog post and a post with links from this morning. … Saw this first tweet last night and retweeted it - and sent a text message to the tweeter to keep his head down. It's pretty funny.
• Eastern Washington: One more win over Idaho State. That's what the Eagles needed and that's what they got Saturday, defeating the Bengals 81-75. Jim Alllen was there and he relates how EWU moved on in the Big Sky playoffs. … The Eagle women fell once again at Idaho State. … The Portland men are also headed to Missoula for the Big Sky's final four.
• Idaho: The Vandals won in San Jose and came this close to finishing second in the Western Athletic Conference. But New Mexico State rallied and held on to the spot.
• Whitworth: Two NCAA Division III tournament games in Texas, two wins for the Pirates. They await their next destination.
• Mariners: Franklin Gutierrez returned to camp yesterday and said he's going to be back in no time. … Jamie Moyer is still kicking around the big leagues, which makes me smile. … And the M's have an Italian third baseman. That also makes me smile.
• That's our full report for today. Hope you have a good Sunday. Until later …