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Shock-Soul ready to go

About 25 minutes before kickoff between Spokane and Philadelphia at the Arena. Not sure how full the building will be, especially with the 5 p.m. kickoff and the nasty traffic jam on I-90 that started before Thor for those coming in from the east.

The Shock are going big tonight, at least at receiver. No Raul Vijil or Shaun Kauleinamoku. Starters will be Emery Sammons (6-2), Markee White (6-7) and Greg Orton (6-3). Adron Tennell (6-4) will make his Shock debut. Shannon Tevaga is starting on the offensive line. Palauni Ma Sun will back up all three line spots.

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Vijil back in the game

Raul Vijil has returned from a serious knee injury suffered last June to be one of the team's most productive receivers — again. That's nothing new for Vijil, who has been with the Shock since their first season in 2006, but the former Eastern Washington Eagle had to work his tail off just to be ready when training camp opened in February.

Here's more on Vijil's recovery from knee surgery.

And here are some notes that were trimmed from my story:

Spokane has several new faces at practice with LB Beau Bell, WR Adron Tennell and DL Jonathan Williams recently activated from injured reserve. “We purposely didn’t sign any new guys because we knew some guys were coming off IR,” head coach Rob Keefe said. “It’ll either be practice squad or active roster for those guys.” … LB Antwan Marsh, who missed the Kansas City game with a concussion, practiced Monday and Tuesday. …  K Taylor Rowan worked out for Omaha of the UFL on Monday.

Shock lineup almost set for opener

The Spokane Shock open the 2011 season on the road against San Jose on Friday. Their lineup is virtually set as they begin defense of their 2010 ArenaBowl championship.

More here.

Vijil added to Shock roster

It seems a little odd writing that headline above, but Raul Vijil, who has been with the Shock since its inaugural season in 2006, was on a two-day tryout at the outset of camp. Vijil, pictured above on the opening day of practice, has been added to the team's roster, roughly five months after having surgery to repair a torn ACL.

Spokane released quarterback Andy Collins and also made a couple of other moves, which you can read about below.

Shock open training camp

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The Spokane Shock opened training camp Saturday and here's my article that will run in Sunday's S-R.

Some other items from the first day: Ex-Shock DB Nygel Rogers, who played for Chicago last year, signed with the Shock, but he isn't in camp. Coach Rob Keefe said it's a paperwork issue and that he isn't sure when it'll be resolved.

“We'll keep the lines of communication open,” Keefe said. “We're not expecting him immediately.”

Kicker Taylor Rowan and WR Dudley Guice have been put on the refused-to-report list. Rowan is back home in Florida and will be in camp at some point. The Shock know he'll be their kicker. Guice is expected to arrive soon. He apparently had flight issues. 

Keefe has it set up so that there will be groups of 2-3 players coming in three days, five days, etc., so he can look at various players.

Schedule change for Shock, AFL

As mentioned in a previous post, the AFL has adopted an 18-game schedule for the 2011 season. In an article posted below, find out when the games will fall on the calendar and how the longer season will impact bye weeks and player rosters.

Read on for my article, which will run in Tuesday’s S-R. Also, there are more details on Raul Vijil, who faces surgery to repair a torn ACL on Wednesday.

Vijil, McCombs won’t play vs. Arizona

Back with a Shock notebook, with the first item centering on the team’s health. Ben McCombs and Raul Vijil won’t play Friday, but the rest of the injury news is more favorable. Read more here.

I just got off the phone with Arizona coach Kevin Guy and he said receiver Rod Windsor is scheduled to return to Phoenix tonight after a workout with the Miami Dolphins. The coach said Windsor might even practice, since the Rattlers train at night to beat the heat during the day. I’ll have more on Guy’s thoughts on Shock coach Rob Keefe (you’ll recall they’re not exactly Facebook friends) and the playoff game in Friday’s preview.

Tomorrow, I’ll post a feature article on Shock defensive end Jerry Turner.

Vijil placed on I-R

Shock receiver Raul Vijil has been placed on injured-reserve after suffering a knee injury in the fourth quarter of Spokane’s win over Milwaukee last week. Spokane has signed receiver Greg Orton, who was with the team in training camp.

Vijil will be sidelined for at least the next four weeks, which means he’ll be eligible to return for the July 30th season-finale against Jacksonville.

More here.

Front office busy as Shock roll on

Spokane has made a number of lineup changes throughout the season, but its level of play hasn’t dropped off. In fact, the Shock appear to be playing their best football heading into Friday’s showdown with Arizona.

Read on for more about the juggling act Spokane has done (mostly because of injuries) as well as an update on Raul Vijil and Rattlers quarterback Nick Davila.

Vijil, McCullough receive AFL honors

Raul Vijil and Kevin McCullough (pictured above) earned AFL player of the week honors after helping Spokane to a 67-57 win over Jacksonville on Saturday.

Vijil, who had seven touchdown catches, was named the offensive player of the week. The EWU product finished with 11 catches for 130 yards. McCullough earned the catch of the week with a one-handed interception of an Aaron Garcia pass and returned the ball 8 yards for a touchdown. He finished with three tackles.

More below.

Vijil comes up big versus Sharks

One more item to pass along — John Blanchette’s column — on Spokane’s 67-57 win over Jacksonville on Saturday night, fueled by Raul Vijil’s seven-touchdown performance.

Rowley, Vijil lead Shock past Sharks

Kyle Rowley tossed seven touchdown passes to Raul Vijil as the Spokane Shock defeated Jacksonville 67-57 in an AFL thriller Saturday night.

Vijil’s seven TD receptions is one short of Antwone Savage’s franchise record, set in 2007. The two connected three times in the fourth quarter alone as Spokane erased a 50-47 deficit.

The victory, Spokane’s fourth in a row, could move the Shock into the top spot in next week’s poll. Spokane entered the game No. 3 while Jacksonville was No. 1. Milwaukee was No. 2 and the Iron routed Dallas to improve to 6-2.

You can read my unedited game story below.

Vijil back with Shock

Raul Vijil, who has been with the Shock since the team’s inaugural season in 2006, has re-signed with Spokane.

More below.


Shock cruise in af2 opener

Spokane opened its 2009 arenafootball2 season in familiar fashion, thumping Stockton 59-42 at the Arena.

Read on below for my unedited game story that will run in Saturday’s S-R. (I’m going to try something new here. I’m going to post stats below the game story and see if I can get it coded correctly. OK, four attempts later, it didn’t work. So I’ll try to link to the stats Saturday morning!).


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