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TUESDAY, AUG. 15, 2006

Lots to read at the ol' S-R today

Before I run off to meetings – I’m filling in as the top brass catches up on vacation time, us grunts never get any time off, except maybe June and July – I thought I would catch you up on what you missed if you...

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MONDAY, AUG. 14, 2006

Frederick, three others honored by af2

The arenafootball2 all-star teams were announced today, and the Spokane Shock had three players named to the National Conference first team.UPDATE: Here's a link to Jim Meehan's story, which explains why so few Shock were picked.Wide receiver/linebacker Charles Frederick, who caught the winning touchdown pass...

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SUNDAY, AUG. 13, 2006

Playing for a conference title

Once again the Spokane Shock pulled a win out of their hat.Saturday night's 50-47 comeback against Bakersfield reserved a spot in the National Conference championship game next Saturday, that will now be held in the Spokane Arena. Tickets for the 7 p.m. game go on...

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SATURDAY, AUG. 12, 2006

Cougar scrimmage

We interupt this Shock coverage to give you a heads up. The Cougars held their first scrimmage today, and some new faces popped up. See Glenn Kasses' blog entry here and the CougarFan.com post here.One thing the Cougars can't afford is injuries, so the past...

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Cheney says goodbye to a friend

They gathered in Cheney on Saturday morning to celebrate Tom Oswald’s life. Hundreds came, nearly filling the floor and bleachers of Cheney High’s gym. They cried, they laughed. They were a living memorial to a man whose life touched theirs.They entered to the strains of...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 11, 2006

O'Reilly an All-American

Mt. Spokane's Megan O'Reilly was the only Spokane runner named to the USA Today high school All-American track team. You can read the paper's story about the girls team here. The boys team is here.

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THURSDAY, AUG. 10, 2006


Sometimes senioritis can be good

Let's get started with the Cougs and Huskies before I have to hit a meeting.The one thing I learned while covering high school football is that seniors make or break your season. There are lots of reasons for it that I won’t delve into here,...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 9, 2006

What's in a quarterback's name?

I made a small note of Johnny Unitas’ shoes in an earlier blog and that little thought triggered a memory.No, not of high-tops.It took me back to George Plimpton’s book “Mad Ducks and Bears,” a sequel of sorts to his much-more famous “Paper Lion.” "Ducks"...

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A Dawg start to the day

Our first posts today have to do with UW opening football camp yesterday. We’ll get into the Cougs and others – wasn’t the Mariners’ game last night fun to watch? Felix was impressive – but for now let’s put our attention on the Dawgs.John Blanchette’s...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 8, 2006

Time changed for Cougs/Vandals game

For once TV helps out.The starting time for the Sept. 9 Washington State vs. Idaho football game has been moved up more than three hours.The game, originally scheduled to kick off at 4 p.m., will start at 12:45 p.m., to accommodate Fox Sports Northwest. The...

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One more reason to have hired Dennis

Class is over, and I’m smarter. To be precise, more educated.So much so, I found a story for you in an unlikely spot. USA Today’s Reid Cherner was in Moscow recently to profile Idaho football coach Dennis Erickson.Nothing surprising here, except the fact it was...

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MONDAY, AUG. 7, 2006

The first day in Pullman

As promised, here is a look back at Washington State’s first day of football practice. I’m not going to cover anything in-depth that Glenn Kasses covered either in his story or his blog this morning, both of which are worth following the links to.But there...

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SUNDAY, AUG. 6, 2006

Off to Pullman

A couple of things before I make the trip down U.S. 195 to Pullman.There is no doubt that John Blanchette is the most talented writer on our staff. Few people could have handled the subject of today's column - the loss WSU football coach Bill...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 4, 2006

Another prep commits to GU

Andy Poling, a 7-foot center who will be a junior at Westview High in Beaverton, Ore., verbally committed to Gonzaga University on Wednesday night.According to a story in today’s Oregonian, Poling picked the Zags over offers from nearly every Pac-10 school.“It was a tough decision,...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 3, 2006

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 2, 2006

The short introduction

Welcome to the SportsLink.What the heck is the SportsLink?Well, honestly, I’m not sure yet. I have a general idea of what I want it to be, but I guess you’ll judge if it hits the mark.I want it to be your link to Inland Northwest...

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