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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 25, 2015

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 4, 2015

Bill Pierce's Almanac: Amazing 61-62 CV boys team

With all five starters graduating, Central Valley coach Ray Thacker had to replace his entire starting line-up as the 1961-62 basketball season began. The young men who stepped forward to fill the vacant spots obviously did it extremely well. The Bears finished the regular season...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 28, 2015

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FRIDAY, JAN. 2, 2015

MONDAY, DEC. 22, 2014

MONDAY, DEC. 15, 2014

1925 City BB

As with football, Spokane high school basketball teams played in no organized league until the Spokane City League was formed in 1925. Prior to that, the results of the annual games between the schools resulted in a “City Champion”. On Jan. 7, 1926, 200 fans...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 3, 2014

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TUESDAY, NOV. 4, 2014

MONDAY, OCT. 27, 2014

Finally finding true high school champion

High school basketball first had a championship tournament in Washington State in 1923. It took another 50 years before an organized system of playoffs was established for football. Before then, state champions were mythical, usually based on poll results. The Spokane area schools first competed...

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MONDAY, OCT. 20, 2014

Columbia Basin invades Spokane City League

In 1951, the four members of the Spokane City League -- Gonzaga, Lewis and Clark, North Central and Rogers -- mixed with Walla Walla and Yakima High School (currently Davis) to create the Columbia Basin Conference. The second games of the City League’s round-robin schedule...

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MONDAY, OCT. 13, 2014

Rogers' unofficial 1942 state championship

With the country less than a year into World War II, the 1942 high school football season started off with the 5th annual Vic Dessert Merry Go Round spectacle at Gonzaga University’s football field. It was an early version of today’s jamborees and 17,000 showed...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 3, 2014

Charlie Dean (The Spokesman-Review file)

The Dean of Border League

In 1959 and 1960, Central Valley and West Valley joined the Spokane City League for football, but weren’t quite ready to compete with the larger city schools. For a few years, CV and WV played an independent schedule, as did Mead, who was graduating from...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 25, 2014

1934: The year of the forfeits in Spokane

In the early days of high school football, you would occasionally see someone lining up sporting a five o’clock shadow and the appearance of last seeing the inside of a classroom sometime a few years in their past. It was enough of problem, the Washington...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 22, 2014

Back in the day, small schools took on the big boys

The Greater Spokane League will crown two football champions this season with their new 4A and 3A divisional set-up. In the beginnings of high school athletics, there were no classifications by enrollment. Schools scheduled games regardless of the size of their opponent. Some smaller schools...

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 17, 2014

SUNDAY, SEPT. 14, 2014

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MONDAY, SEPT. 8, 2014

FRIDAY, SEPT. 5, 2014

Spanish Flu reduces football schedule to one game

In 1918 the two Spokane high schools, Lewis & Clark and North Central, were under a school board restriction that only allowed them three football games a year, including the traditional game against one another. Unseen circumstances arose that year to make that shortened schedule...

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Bill Pierce
Bill Pierce is a sports blogger who writes the weekly nwprepsnow prep sports almanac.





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