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Shock open AFL season with easy win

Spokane got off to a slow start, spotting Iowa nine points in the first 4 minutes, but dominated the rest of the way and crushed Iowa 64-35 on Saturday at the Arena.

Here's a link to my game story, Dan Pelle's photos and John Blanchette's column.

Shock open 2014 season vs. Iowa

Spokane opens the 2014 AFL season at home against Iowa tonight.

AFL openers haven't been kind to the Shock. They're 1-3 in lid-lifters, including a loss to Milwaukee in the 2010 season-opener. That team, once 2-2, finished 16-3 and won the ArenaBowl.

Here's my preview of tonight's game. College hoops dominates in the Des Moines Register, but we dug around and found a short article on Iowa's opener.

Shock roll to third consecutive win

At first glance, Spokane's 2013 AFL schedule looked daunting at the outset with three straight road games, but the Shock rolled to a three straight wins, the latest a 66-43 rout over Iowa on Friday.

Erik Meyer passed for 330 yards and nine touchdowns, three each to Kamar Jorden and Adron Tennell. The defense came up with five stops (two interceptions, one fumble and two on downs). It was actually six stops because Iowa settled for a field goal in the second quarter.

Spokane will finally hold its home opener when No. 1 Arizona visits on Friday. The Rattlers (2-0) face San Jose (2-0) on Saturday night.

Our unedited game recap is below.

Shock cap road trip in Iowa

Spokane will try to push its record to 3-0 when it faces Iowa (2-0) tonight in Des Moines.

Shock-Barnstormers preview here.

Shock travel to Iowa

After five days in Chicago, the Spokane Shock will bus to Des Moines today to continue preparations for Friday's game against Iowa.

The Shock remained in the Midwest after defeating Chicago on Sunday. Here's a look at how they're spending their time.

Shock comeback comes up short in OT

There have been so many crazy finishes to Spokane Shock football games over the years — Charles Frederick's TD catch in the 2006 playoffs, the blocked PAT in the franchise's first game, the Hail Mary against San Jose last season. It looked like the Shock might deliver another one Monday, erasing a two-touchdown deficit in the last two minutes of the fourth quarter.

But Spokane couldn't shake the turnover bug — committing its fifth on an intercepted pass in overtime — and Iowa capitalized to claim a 69-63 victory. Shock starting quarterback Erik Meyer was knocked out of the game late in the fourth quarter after absorbing a helmet-to-helmet hit by John Mohrning, who was penalized and ejected.

My unedited game story is below.  

Shock, Barnstormers open 2012 season

After several days of labor unrest, the Spokane Shock can finally concentrate on football and the Iowa Barnstormers, who visit the Arena on Monday night in the AFL season-opener for both teams.

Here's my game preview. If there was more in the Des Moines Register on the opener than this, I couldn't find it.

Shock fall again

Spokane, which started the season ranked No. 1, is still without a win three games into the young AFL season.

The mistake-prone Shock didn't score for the last 13 minutes, committed five turnovers and were flagged for costly penalty after costly penalty while falling to Iowa 43-42 on Friday night. Game recap here.

The Shock (0-3) led 28-18 at half, but scored just two touchdowns in the second half. They return home to face Kansas City next week. The Command (0-2) have a bye week after close losses to Dallas and San Jose.

Arizona (2-0), which plays Tulsa on Monday, leads the West Division. San Jose (2-1) lost to unbeaten Chicago. Utah (1-0) faces Orlando tonight.

Shock take on Iowa on NFL Network

Spokane, still in search of its first win in the 2011 season, visits Iowa on Friday night in the NFL Network's AFL game of the week. Here's my preview.

Also, the Shock have signed offensive lineman Palauni Ma Sun, who was with the team in 2008 and played for Chicago last season. He did not make the trip to Iowa.

Roundup from Gonzaga’s win over Iowa

It was quite a Saturday of NCAA Basketball Tournament - women's style - at McCarthey Athletic Center.

Of course the highlight was Gonzaga's high-octane upset of Iowa that had the sellout crowd in a frenzy. 

The on the opposite end of the spectrum UCLA held off Montana's upset bid in a defensive struggle

We have a notebook and outstanding slide shows to go with both stories … including 33 of Gonzaga (Kayla Standish pictured here) … from Chris Anderson and Jesse Tinsley. Take a look and guess which one is going to be the big picture in your Sunday paper.

We interrupt this NCAA report to announce the North Idaho women won the Junior College national championship. Congratulations to Chris (and Cary) Carlson and the Cardinals.

Back to the NCAA's, there's the Cedar Rapids Gazette story, the Des Moines Register story and the Associated Press story.

Stanford had no problem with UC Davis but Heidi Heintz (Central Valley) had 11 points in her only NCAA Tournament appearance.

We have more, read on.

Bjorklund, Tennessee kick-start NCAA women

Were your eyes open enough to see the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament get off with a bang … Angie Bjorklund (U-Hi) hitting her first three 3's, to be 19 of 21 over five games, as Tennessee beat somebody … and an early upset, Marist over Iowa State, which I picked.

Anyway, now we focus on McCarthey Athletic Center, where Gonzaga faces Iowa at 1, followed by Montana and UCLA.

For all we can find in the time we have … read on.

Schick & Bulldogs ready for Iowa

OK, there's an hour before the hockey game and I've filed my women's basketball stories, so let's get caught up in the hoops world before we hit the ice.

Today started with a story on Gonzaga's Carter Schick (above), the Bulldogs'  … um, free spirit. I also advance the No. 20 Bulldogs NCAA opener against No. 25 Iowa. I'll return with the notebook and capsules and Greg Lee's advance on Montana and UCLA.

For more, read on.

And for your halftime reading, women’s hoops

Back in the old days - or is that the young days - today would be the start of my personal two-day vacation. After the deadline stress of state basketball, two days of recliner basketball recharged the batteries. (I think I'm starting to sound like our Cougar writer).

Gonzaga has changed all of that - in a good way. So what do we have about women's basketball as the NCAA Tournament bears down?

Well, so far I haven't found anything on Courtney Vandersloot winning another award (though I have the all-District team that was announced Wednesday) - but it's still early.

Central Washington has released its long time women's coach and given former Mead star Stacy Clinesmith the option to stay in an interim basis and apply for the head job.

Read on for my other discoveries.

Vandersloot honor, Iowa underdogs, Baker happy

OK, it's been a long day but there is women's basketball news to pass on between periods of this scoreless hockey game … Courtney Vandersloot is an All-District player (along with an Iowa player, the Zags' opponent in the NCAA Tournament Saturday afternoon at McCarthey); Sherri Murrell is Big Sky co-coach of the year.

And Montana sophomore Katie Baker (Lake City) ftells Greg Lee the NCAA Tournament fulfills another goal.

There's more, read on.

News and notes from women’s basketball

OK .. we're ready to take on the world, or at least our world of women's basketball.

As you all know by now, Gonzaga is sacrificing the hoopla of heading off to an exotic site for the NCAA Tournament to sleep at home. There are other things to check out as well, including some unhappiness in Iowa City. Read on.

Road sweet road

Spokane feels right at home on the road.

The Shock improved to 7-0 away from home with a 48-42 win over Iowa on Friday, overcoming a whopping 17 penalties in the process. The Shock didn’t commit a turnover and the defense forced two fumbles. They also stopped Iowa quarterback Ryan Vena on a fourth-down run in the first half.

Click here for a recap.

Shock to make NFL Network debut

Spokane,which has the AFL’s best record (11-2), longest winning streak (9) and a No. 1 or No. 2 ranking since Week 9 is about to make its debut on the NFL Network’s game of the week.

In roughly 24 hours, the Shock will take on Iowa in Des Moines, marking the first of at least three straight NFL Network appearances (the broadcast schedule for the playoffs hasn’t been determined).

My unedited game preview is below.

Also, ArenaCup championship rings for the 2009 Shock are expected to arrive next week. Shock ownership covered the remaining costs. More on the rings next week.

And the Shock remained No. 1 by a comfortable margin in the writers’ and fans’ polls. Spokane is No. 2 in the coaches’ poll.

Shock didn’t get a kick out of loss

The Spokane Shock returned to practice Tuesday, trying to put a 54-48 loss to Iowa in the rear-view mirror.

However, the coaching staff is seeking clarification on the rules regarding onside kicks. Spokane recovered three onside kicks, but all three were wiped out by penalties. One was because the ball didn’t travel the necessary 10 yards. The other two had coaches scratching their heads.

Read more in my unedited notebook below.

Also, read more about the Shock’s newest roster addition, Caesar Rayford, here.

More on Shock’s first setback

A couple of items from Spokane’s 54-48 loss to Iowa on Saturday — the view from the Des Moines Register and the af2 Web site.

Iowa hands Shock first loss

Spokane’s unbeaten run is over. The Shock were uncharacteristically mistake-prone while dropping a 54-48 decision to Iowa on Saturday. Read on for more details.


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