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Updated GSL cross country standings

Central Valley girls are alone atop the GSL cross country standings, but it's crowded at the top in the boys standings. Mt. Spokane, North Central and University share the lead at 3-0. Click here for GSL standings.

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 High School Association decided to come up with some rules about making sure the players were actually students of the school they were representing. One such rule had to do with age. If you’re 26, you probably shouldn’t be out there.

In 1934, the Spokane City League was having a spirited football campaign, and Rogers High was enjoying a very good year.  They won their first five games in league and only a 12-6 setback to Gonzaga in the annual Shrine game spoiled an undefeated league season.

Gonzaga also was having a good year, with their only loss being to Rogers in an earlier game. They also had a 0-0 tie with Lewis and Clark.

Early in November, it was pointed out by the State Association that three players were over the newly established age rule. They were legitimate students at the schools they attended, but the Association ruled that games in which they had participated would be forfeited. Rogers, Gonzaga and North Central were the schools affected.

The State Board insisted the decision was no reflection on the schools, saying that the evidence clearly indicated that school officials acted in good faith, and believed the players were eligible as certified.

Nonetheless, it made a mess of league standings. Rogers went from 5-1-0 to 2-3-0. Gonzaga’s ineligible player only took to the field in one game, that being with North Central. Since both schools played with an offending player, the game was ruled a non-counter in league, leaving the Bullpups with a 4-0-1 record and the league crown.  Lewis and Clark was the only team not penalized, and went from winless to 2-3-1. The Rogers-North Central game was also ruled a non-counter.

Rogers, with only the one loss on their season before the state ruling, salvaged some pride with two wins over non-league opponents to end the year. One of those was a 14-7 victory on the road against a strong Helena, Montana squad that was considered that state’s best team.

After the 1934 forfeit parade, the Spokane City League only saw one more forfeited game due to an ineligible player in the rest of its long 50 year history.

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 in the early days had some success against their larger neighbors. Valley High School of Menlo won the 1936 State Basketball Tournament defeating much larger schools along the way, including Lewis and Clark, to win the title. It was Washington State’s “Hoosier” moment.


Archie Buckley: Star athlete, coach, war hero

Many young men and women have gone from the playing fields of high school to serve their country in times of conflict. Some have made the ultimate sacrifice.  Archie Buckley was one of those.


Almanac: Holy Toledo! Lewis and Clark football team on a trip for the ages

Lewis & Clark was having a great football season in 1923. Their record went to 5-0 with a 21-0 win on the road against Walla Walla on Nov. 10. Little did they foresee what that victory would bring.


20,000 Leagues in Spokane, or so it seems

As the Greater Spokane League begins its 39th season of football competition, it might be interesting to look back at how the teams that make up the league evolved into their present alignment.

Spokane high school football: How it all began

High school football in Spokane dates back to the 19th century when the city’s only public high school at that time, Spokane High, first fielded a team.

When exactly Spokane High first took to the field is lost in the mists of time, but we know it was as early as 1894 when they were one of the first opponents of Washington Agricultural College when that institution took to the gridiron. Today, the school is known as Washington State University.

As the 20th century got underway, Spokane High played a schedule which featured games against schools from Seattle and Tacoma on a yearly basis.. The winning team often proclaimed themselves state champions.  Other opponents hailed from far and near, and included contests with schools from Portland, Butte, and even Salt Lake City.

In 1908, the city’s second high school, North Central, opened its doors, and Spokane High was renamed South Central. The two schools enjoyed two years of a spirited rivalry until June, 1910, when South Central was destroyed by fire.

In the fall of 1910 the students of the two schools joined together for classes at North Central . For two years, NC became Spokane High School once again.  Because of the crowded conditions at the school, seniors and juniors had the morning shift while sophomores and freshman met in the afternoon. The school colors were Blue and White, and they became the Huskies for sporting competitions.

In football, Frederic Kennedy, who had coached South Central prior to the fire, had the reins in 1910. In 1911, Sam Moyer, who would go on to coach NC football for 10 more years, took over. The team had winning seasons both years, and only a 6-3 season-ending loss to Wenatchee kept the 1911 squad from going undefeated.

In 1912, on the former site of South Central, the new Lewis & Clark High School opened. Spokane High School then became just a historical footnote. North Central began its new rivalry with LC, and reclaimed its name, colors, and Indian mascot which continue to the present day.

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 even smaller.

In 1918, the world was hit by one of the most serious pandemics of all time, the Spanish Influenza. It’s thought over 50 million or more people died around the world. In Spokane, one estimate had 1,000 or more Spokane citizens succumbing, with up to 17,000 affected by the time the flu had run its course.

 By early October of that year, Spokane Health Officer, Dr. John Anderson, trying to keep the spread of the disease limited, ordered that all schools, theatres, places of amusement, dance halls, churches, conventions and other meeting places were prohibited until further notice.  Even funerals and weddings were restricted in the numbers that could attend. Spokane County Health Officer, Albert Stuht, followed suit with a similar order.

Naturally, football took a back seat to the health concerns of the community. Both Lewis & Clark and North Central had games scheduled that were to have taken place in October, but fearing for the health of the players, those contests were canceled.

After seven weeks of quarantine, schools opened again on November 25th.  LC and NC decided to take to the football field for their one chance to have a game in 1918, and scheduled a Thanksgiving Day contest to be held at the Spokane Interstate Fairgrounds.  Coaches Leonard Elder at Lewis & Clark and Sam Moyer of North Central had just a few days to get their players ready before the big game.

On November 28  the two schools met and approximately 2,000 people turned out to see favored North Central come away with a 23-7 victory.  Aside from the game itself, the chance to meet and mingle with friends and schoolmates once again without fear of falling ill was undoubtedly a big feature of the day.

Bill Pierce has something to share

If you’re a fan of local sports history, you are going to love this site.

If you just want to find out who was on the 1982 all-GSL team, or how many wins Billy Frazier compiled as the coach at Gonzaga Prep, or how the Rogers football team fared in 1932, you are going to love this site.

If you just like to look through old high school sports photos, you are going to love this site.

We have asked Bill Pierce to share his incredible database of records of Spokane-area high school sports teams.  Over the years, he has compiled information on nearly every football season in Spokane high school history. His records on girls and boys basketball is even more complete. For many years, Bill has been a great resource for area writers, broadcasters, coaches and athletic administrators. Now he will share his information with everyone.

Web team members Gina Boysun and Dan Gayle have laid the programming groundwork to present Bill’s data. Because of the enormity of the task, the team has started with just football. More and more data will be added as the high school season rolls on.

In addition to the data, we will present archive photos and Bill Pierce’s blog, which will appear in this space. Bill will share information he has learned over the years through tireless research. He loves the hunt and when he goes into newspaper archives, or yearbook archives, he pieces together a history that readers should enjoy.

Joe Palmquist, sports editor

Mat Classic XXVI results

Full medal results are now posted, including the Championship Finals.


The Spokesman-Review has three people at Mat Classic in the Tacoma Dome and will bring results of Friday's quarterfinals and Saturday's trophy matches. Check back here for updates throughout the tournament.

Prep football galore

The much anticipated football tab appeared in the newspaper today. If you're truly a fan it's a must purchase. Just bypass that tiny mocha for a day. Anyhow, if you want to see our work online, go here. Pictured above is Central Valley coach Rick Giampietri working with some linemen.

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