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MONDAY, MAY 4, 2009

Tanner Schalk practices at Lake City High School  April 29. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

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Here's a feature on Lake City hurdles standout Tanner Schalk that was published in the Handle Extra on Sunday.Click the tab below to see the latest North Idaho Track Honor roll going into state-qualifying meets this week.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2009

J.J. Turbin pitches for the Coeur d’Alene Vikings, but will play outfield at Oregon State. (Kathy Plonka photos / The Spokesman-Review)

OSU-bound Turbin leads Viks

Here is a feature on Coeur d'Alene baseball standout J.J. Turbin, whose character far transcends his feats on the field and in the classroom.Here is a column featuring an item on the 16th annual Jack Blair Memorial Washington/Idaho girls basketball game.

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MONDAY, APRIL 27, 2009

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 2009

Viks sweep IEL track 

The Coeur d'Alene boys and girls track teams swept the Inland Empire League championships Tuesday. Read about it here.Our Greater Spokane League prep writer, Mike Vlahovich, helped us out by staffing the Coeur d'Alene/Lake City softball twinbill. Read about the split here.

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MONDAY, APRIL 20, 2009

Lake City High School senior Jessica Ross has taken the reins behind the plate and leads the team in several batting categories.   (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Handle Extra sports 

Here's a feature on Lake City softball standout Jessica Ross, who continues her torrid hitting. She's pictured above.Click the tab below to see this week's North Idaho Track Honor Roll. I couldn't link to it from the Handle Extra. I updated the honor roll to...

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SUNDAY, APRIL 12, 2009

Coeur d’Alene High School senior Amber Coburn practices her pitch Monday. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Handle Extra sports 

Here's a feature story on Coeur d'Alene pitcher Amber Coburn that appeared in Sunday's Handle Extra.Also, here's the first North Idaho track and field honor roll, which was published in Sunday's Handle Extra.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 2009

Courtesy of John Nishioka/Nish’s Photo The 1959 Kellogg state basketball champs today, front row, from left: Don Zimmerman, Chris Milionis, Louie Jennings, coach Ed Hiemstra, faculty representative and team scorekeeper Ray Faraca, Bernard Blondeau, Keith Kilimann and Frank Winiarski. Back row: manager Sam Cummings, Ron Shreve, Ron Jarvey, Rodney Kamppi, Gary James, Rich Porter, Jeff Wombolt, Dennis Seagraves. (Courtesy of John Nishioka/Nish’s Photo / The Spokesman-Review)

50th anniversary of Kellogg title

Here's a feature story on the 1959 Kellogg boys basketball team's state championship that appeared in the Handle Extra on Sunday.Here's a link to the radio broadcast of the '59 title game played at North Idaho College in Coeur d'Alene.Also in the Handle Extra, here's...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2009

Feb.20 2009 Nampa, Idaho, USA; Coeur d' Alene Kama Griffitts battles for the ball with Centennial's Taylor Hagood (21) in the closing seconds of overtime verse the Centennial Patriots during the Championship  game at the Idaho Center in Nampa.  STEVE CONNER Special to The Spokesman-Revieww (Steve Conner / The Spokesman-Review)

Griffitts changes her mind 

The lead item in my column today is about Coeur d'Alene High basketball standout Kama Griffitts, who de-committed to Snow College and is now heading to North Idaho College.Also, in a note about the District I All-Star game, Camille Reynolds of Lakeland won the 3-point...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2009

Nick Rook, center, is the new baseball coach for Coeur d'Alene High School. 3/11/09. KATHY PLONKA The Spokesman-Review (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Idaho preps: baseball, softball

I've been neglectful in linking spring sports preview stories.Here's a look at the Coeur d'Alene, Lake City, Post Falls, Lakeland, Timberlake and Sandpoint baseball teams.Here's a look at the Coeur d'Alene, Lake City, Post Falls, Lakeland, Timberlake and Sandpoint softball teams.Our track preview stories for...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 2009

Sandpoint falls

The Sandpoint boys basketball team ran out of magic in the second half of its 4A state semifinal Friday.Priest River also stumbled in a 3A semifinal.Click the tab below to read my unedited game story.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 2009


Post Falls boys hold on

The Post Falls High boys basketball team made the biggest plays when it mattered most Thursday in the State 5A tournament.Click the tab below to read my unedited game story.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2009


State tournaments

The Post Falls, Sandpoint, Priest River, St. Maries and Wallace boys basketball teams open play at state Thursday. Here's a preview of the tournaments.

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 25, 2009

Big weekend for NIC men 

The North Idaho College men's basketball team is in a position to capture the Scenic West Athletic Conference title and host the Region 18 tournament.Click the tab below to read more.

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Post Falls boys to state

The Post Falls boys basketball team stunned Lewiston at Lewiston to capture the 5A Region I championship and state berth. Coeur d'Alene stayed alive by knocking off Lake City. Here's a link to my game story.

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North Idaho College wrestler Tim McGoldrick runs during practice in preparation for the NJCAA national championships this weekend. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

NIC, McGoldrick seeking titles

North Idaho College wrestler Tim McGoldrick is thankful he received a second chance when he landed in Coeur d'Alene. He and his teammates are seeking national titles at the NJCAA tournament beginning Friday. Read about McGoldrick here.

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MONDAY, FEB. 23, 2009

Idaho: Boys postseason

Postseason tournaments continue this week for North Idaho boys basketball teams, while wrestlers head to state, which will be held Friday and Saturday at Idaho State University's Holt Arena.Click the tab below to read more.

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ORG XMIT: IDMC128 Coeur d' Alene's Kama Griffitts (10) and Whitney Heleker (30) celebrate their overtime win over Centential in the 5A Girls State Championship basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009 in Nampa, Idaho.  Heleker hit a three-point shot to win the game with 1.7 seconds left on the clock.  Coeur d' Alene beat Centennial 54-50.  (AP Photo/Matt Cilley) (Matt Cilley / The Spokesman-Review)

Vikings victorious

I had computer issues Saturday and couldn't post my story about the Coeur d'Alene High girls basketball team defending its 5A state title.So here's the story here.Pictured above are CdA teammates Whitney Heleker and Kama Griffitts hugging and teammates in the background celebrating after Heleker's...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 20, 2009




Camille Reynolds, center, a junior point guard at Lakeland High School has averaged just under 12 points per game this season, one less than last year.
 (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

State girls basketball

The Coeur d'Alene and Lakeland girls basketball teams got off to good starts Thursday and Lake City, despite losing, played well. Not so much for Bonners Ferry and Timberlake.Here's a link to me 5A story and here's a link to my 4A/3A story.Camille Reynolds, pictured...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 19, 2009

Coach Dale Poffenroth and his Coeur d’Alene team celebrate beating Post Falls.Special to  (Bruce Twitchell Special to / The Spokesman-Review)

Idaho preps

Good morning from Boise. I arrived at 8:15 after taking the oh-dark-30 to cover the girls state basketball tournaments.I'll see three games today involving local teams.Click the tab below to see more.In the photo above, Coeur d'Alene girls coach Dale Poffenroth received a confetti shower...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 18, 2009


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