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GU, St. John’s stories from Denver

Good morning from Denver. We arrived last night, wrote some on the plane, finished up at the hotel, then found dinner and a TV in time to watch Saint Mary's lose another heartbreaker.

Here's our GU-related material in today's S-R: John Blanchette details redshirt freshman David Stockton's growing impact this season and I put together an article on St. John's D.J. Kennedy, one of the key players in the program's turnaround, who will miss the tournament with a torn ACL.

More on the matchup in the New York Post and Daily News, and more on St. John's Sean Evans (Kennedy's replacement).

Press conferences from both teams late this afternoon/early evening. We'll be back with more later.

GU notes

I put together a notebook from Monday's media day with topics ranging from David Stockton and Mike Hart (pictured above) being put on a scholarship for the rest of the year to Sam Dower's improvement to the WCC race at the halfway point.

GU now has 12 players on scholarship (13 is the NCAA limit). 

One note that didn't make the notes. Rob Sacre, who spends quite a bit of time visiting relatives in Louisiana in the offseason, was asked to predict a Super Bowl winner. 

“I hate both teams so I don't really care,” Sacre said. “I just know that the Saints are going to the Super Bowl the next five years so it doesn't really matter.”

—Saint Mary's senior Mickey McConnell and Portland freshman Tim Douglas shared player of the week honors. McConnell scored 27 points and hit the game-winner against Gonzaga. Douglas, in his first two career starts, scored 40 points in Pilots' wins over San Diego and Saint Mary's.

Stockton ready when called upon

Good morning from Sea-Tac. En route to tonight's game (in-game updates at and, with the benefit of free wireless, I have a morning post of the GU items on the S-R's Four Corners page today.

I did a short article on David Stockton, who is making the most of his playing time. Stockton is pictured above. Here's a glance at GU's upcoming games this week. And I contributed a note on Santa Clara coach Kerry Keating praising Saint Mary's as the best team in the WCC at present (note is at the bottom of the item on WSU's Moore.). Keating made his comments after losing to the Gaels by 25 last Saturday. 

Saint Mary's (17-2. 5-0 WCC) remained unbeaten in conference with a hard-fought win over San Diego on Wednesday night.

Zags opener; Dower, Stockton slated to redshirt

Just put together a few paragraphs on Gonzaga’s season opener Saturday. There are a couple of players updates, courtesy of GU’s game release, below.

Stockton inducted into Hall of Fame

Got to Husky Stadium about an hour ago, got the wireless working about 40 minutes ago and just got done visiting with friends from the Seattle media. I’ll be doing a game story from UI-UW game, then heading over to Qwest Field to help with the WSU-Hawaii game coverage.

Meanwhile, here’s a rundown of stories on John Stockton’s induction into the Hall of Fame. All good stuff from John Blanchette, who attended the festivities. Find our main story here and there’s links on the right to the Stockton coverage from the last couple days.

Shock crush Stockton, 62-21

Spokane, after trailing 21-7 in the second quarter against eighth-seeded Stockton, rolled up eight unanswered touchdowns to post a 62-21 win Saturday at the Arena.

Next up: Spokane (16-1) meets Boise (13-4) on Saturday, the fourth clash of West Division rivals this season. Spokane is 3-0 against the Burn.

Read on for my unedited game story.


Shock go for 11th straight vs. Stockton

Spokane opens the af2 playoffs against Stockton on Saturday night. The Shock are 10-0 all-time vs. Stockton, including 3-0 this season with two relatively easy wins and an 88-27 blowout.

Read my unedited game preview below.

Meanwhile, here’s an update on Boise losing quarterback Taylor Tharp, who was hurt against Spokane last week, for the remainder of the season. Spokane and Boise would collide next Saturday if both teams win Saturday.

Stockton plans to walk-on at GU

There’s going to be another Stockton at Gonzaga.

John Stockton’s son, David, is heading to GU as a walk-on. The Gonzaga Prep senior (his last day of school was Friday) received recruiting interest from Idaho, Seattle U and The Citadel, but decided to stick close to home with the Bulldogs.

Stockton (pictured above against Richland in a Feb. 25th game) wasn’t sure if he would redshirt this season, but it sounds likely and it would give him additional time to add speed and strength.

More below.

Shock march on

No. 1-ranked Spokane improved to 4-0 with a 70-51 dismantling of Stockton on Saturday. Here’s our game recap, a Stockton Record report, and write-ups from the PR staffs of the Shock and Lightning.



Shock-Lightning, round two

The Spokane Shock, 3-0 and ranked No. 1 in arenafootball2, today boarded a plane for Portland and then on to Sacramento. They’ll face Stockton, a 59-42 loser to Spokane earlier this month, tomorrow at 7 in Stockton.

Below is an unedited game preview that will run in Saturday’s S-R.


Stockton elected to Hall; Arizona hires?

It’s been rumored for a couple of days, but today’s it’s official: Gonzaga great John Stockton has been elected to the Hall of Fame, and he’s joined by his former coach, Utah’s Jerry Sloan. Here’s S-R report and A.P. article. (Picture is from Stockton’s election to the Inland Northwest Sports Hall of Fame in 2005. He’s holding son, Samual, and pictured with Jack Spring and Ed Sharman.)

I almost hesitate to post this because there’s been more speculation about this job than any I can remember in a long time, but it looks like Arizona has finally found a coach. Xavier’s Sean Miller. According to, Miller turned down the Wildcats on Sunday night, but reversed his decision this morning. Here’s a link, one more, and yet another. Here are a couple of blogs that show just how crazy this search has been: One here, other here.


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