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A bit distracted today

A GRIP ON SPORTS

As I type this, Tiger Woods is teeing it up for his second round at the U.S. Open. Like a lot of you, I am trying to work and keep tabs on what's happening in Pennsylvania. And it isn't easy. Read on.

This is how not to wave the flag

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Sometime in the fourth quarter Saturday at Martin Stadium, public address announcer Glenn Johnson asked what was left of the crowd of 31,668 to grab the WSU flags left on their seat for homecoming and wave them. It was an impressive sight as the little flags fluttered and waved to the music. There was only one problem. The flags were white. And the football team took it as a cue to surrender. Read on.

Prep baseball, softball notebooks

BASEBALL: Ferris coach Jim Sharkey (pictured above) pulls rare double duty.

SOFTBALL: Shadle Park benefits from transfers, fresh arms.

Rain pushes back softball

University softball coach Jon Schuh enjoys coaching girls for many reasons. One of those reasons was quite evident Friday when the State 4A softball tournament in Tacoma was postponed.

Click here for the story and here for the revised 4A bracket and revised 3A bracket.

Courageous Kennedy catcher

Here’s a interesting softball story from The Seattle Times by Sandy Ringer about outstanding Kennedy catcher Lindsy Dugan, who, beginning at age 12, contracted Alopecia Areata, which causes total baldness.

Kennedy, the defending State 3A champions are ranked sixth in state in a poll compiled by Ringer. University is ranked third in 4A and Shadle Park seventh in 3A.

A new view of softball

Took a departure from the norm to watch Inland Empire League softball yesterday. While it’s difficult to compare, teams from Lake City and Coeur d’Alene doubleheader seemed a little stronger than what I’ve witnessed in the Greater Spokane League. Maybe it was because of my unfamiliarity with them or that I was comparing two teams to the GSL as a whole. The teams had quite a few senior players and it appeared the pitchers threw a tad harder. That said, they were heavily into rise balls.

The Timberwolves Lela Work is headed to Boise State and Vikings Amber Coburn to Delaware State. Also headed to Boise is Viking shortstop Jessica Kraft.

Will GSL softball pitching be as strong?

When I did my Greater Spokane League softball preview this week, the thesis was, what with two-time Washington Gatorade Player of the Year Samantha Skillingstad and Kelsie Vallies graduated, had a pitching era come to an end?

The GSL swept all four state team berths back in 1998 and over 11 years the league averaged 2.5 teams to state behind an array of pitching, peaking between 2003 and 2008 with two state titles (U-Hi and Shadle), two seconds (The Highlanders) and two fourths (Shadle and North Central).

Will this year be different? Mead and Central Valley, pre-season favorites, opened the season with shutout wins.

What are your thoughts?

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