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Posts tagged: Washington preps

GSL basketball scoring leaders

Beginning today and running each Wednesday here and Thursday in the newspaper are the Greater Spokane League boys and girls basketball scoring leaders.

Click the tab below to see the leaders. Pictured above is the girls leader, sophomore Madison Hovren of Central Valley.

Time for prep postseason football

Call this a prep playoff primer. Or, everything else I couldn’t get into our postseason information box today. And a few other things. Pictured above is Coeur d'Alene running back/linebacker Reece Mahaffy two weeks ago against Lake City.

Click the extended tab below to read more.

And as always, feel free to comment. What are your predictions for the games this week?

Remember, I'll be tweeting scores Friday. My Twitter address is: @srpreps

Hoffman: Talented and loyal

I wrote a feature that appeared in our newspaper today about a standout Greater Spokane League football player you may not have heard of: Jake Hoffman of North Central. Hoffman (pictured above) will play football at the NCAA Division I level, Where is to be decided.

What makes his story enjoyable is his loyalty. You can read about him here.

Be sure to check out our Thursday newspaper. It will be chock full of prep stories including a feature on Gonzaga Prep's rushing attack.

Also, be sure to follow all of the S-R's prep stories including scores from football games on our Twitter account: @srpreps.

Some key prep games this week

Things are definitely getting interesting in several Eastern Washington and North Idaho football leagues.

In the Greater Spokane League, Central Valley (5-1) faces Mead (5-1) on Thursday. In key games Friday, Mt. Spokane (1-5) is at University (2-4); Shadle Park (2-4) goes against North Cenral (1-5) at Albi; and Ferris (5-1) faces Lewis and Clark (3-3).

In the Great Northern League Friday, col-leader West Valley (5-1, 3-0) goes to East Valley (5-1, 2-1) while the other co-leader, surprising Pullman (5-1, 3-0) has a bye. Cheney (3-3, 1-1) visits Deer Park (3-3, 0-2). This is a correction. I originally said the EV-WV game was at WV.

In the Northeast A League, Chewelah (5-1, 3-0) and Freeman (5-1, 3-0) face off Friday at Chewelah in what should decide the league championship.

In a game that could go far in deciding the Northeast 2B title Friday, co-leaders Reardan (4-1, 2-0) and Lind-Ritzville/Sprague (5-0, 2-0) meet in Ritzville. Reardan is coming off a big win over Colfax.

In Southeast 2B play, league-leading Tekoa-Oakesdale/Rosalia (6-0, 4-0) visits DeSales (3-1, 1-1) on Friday.

QUESTION: Your thoughts on any of these matchups?

Thursday showdown: Mead/G-Prep


Just two teams remain unbeaten in Greater Spokane League football - Mead (4-0) and Gonzaga Prep (4-0) - and they meet Thursday night at Joe Albi Stadium. Kickoff is at 6:15.

Last week, an enormous crowd of 12,568 watched Mead hold off upset-minded Mt. Spokane. Meanwhile, G-Prep was taking Shadle Park to the woodshed (57-19). Pictured above is G-Prep quarterback Zach Bonneau.

So let's start a discussion here. What are your thoughts on the big showdown. Who will win? You'll see my prediction Thursday morning in the Pick 6.

Greater Spokane League poll

It's been so long since I've regularly posted here at Sportslink that I had some difficulty posting the first poll question of the 2012-2013 school year. But blogmeister Ryan Pitts came to my rescue.

So which GSL football team do you think will capture the conference title? Vote here.


Prep football aplenty

Our 2012 prep football preview tab will be published Thursday. Every league in our readership area will be represented for a second straight year. (Pictured above is Mead running back Davian Barlow.)

Prep football starts with a flourish this week. Thursday, Shadle Park and Rogers face off in a key 3A Greater Spokane League matchup at Joe Albi Stadium. Kickoff is at 6:15.

Then on Friday, North Central and Mt. Spokane face off along with Gonzaga Prep and Lewis and Clark in a doubleheader at Albi. In an outside game, Mead visits University.

Action continues Saturday. The annual WIAA kickoff quadruple header is at Eastern Washington University's Roos Field.

In the first game, Tekoa-Oakesdale/Rosalia faces Reardan at 10 a.m.; in the second game, Coville takes on Freeman at 1; in the third game, Cheney meets East Valley of Yakima at 4; and in the nightcap at 7, Central Valley and Ferris square off.

I will be posting some notes and a GSL poll on Wednesday.

QUESTION: Your thoughts on the upcoming season?

I'll be doing my Pick 6 weekly prep football picks, beginning Thursday. I'll also be participating with KHQ/SWX sports anchor Michelle Dapper and owner/editor Ryan Collingwood each week predicting North Idaho games. Here's a link to our picks for this week.

A tour of the Greater Spokane League

Wow, it's been next to forever since I posted something here. It must mean it's time to launch another school year.

Wednesday was the first day of high school football practice in Washington so I decided to challenge myself. I went to all 10 Greater Spokane League practices. Here's a link to my story. Pictured above is Mead coach Sean Carty.

I'll be back in the coming days. Meanwhile, I'm buried trying to get stories, schedules and glances finished for our Football Tab, which will be published Aug. 30.

QUESTION: What do you see happening among area football teams this fall?

Dream matchup



The Coeur d’Alene football team’s 2012 schedule already was going to be the toughest in school history.

Now it’s been amped up another notch.

The 2011 Idaho and Washington big-school state champions will face off when the Skyline Spartans of Sammamish take on the Coeur d’Alene Vikings as part of a quadrupleheader at the Kibbie Dome on Sept. 15. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.

Skyline originally was scheduled to play host to Manatee of Bradenton, Fla., in a matchup between two of the nation’s top quarterbacks. But the game was scrapped when the marketing company that helped arrange the game couldn’t afford to fly Manatee to Washington.

CdA athletic director Todd Gilkey received an email from Skyline’s administration Wednesday confirming it planned to play CdA pending final approval from its school board.

Skyline is led by senior-to-be, 6-foot-5 Max Browne, who has given an oral commitment to the University of Southern California. Browne is rated the nation’s No. 2 recruit.

“I don’t know if it’s congratulations or condolences,” CdA coach Shawn Amos said of landing the game against Skyline. “We’re really excited about it. It’s a great opportunity for our kids to play another high-profile team.”

Skyline is grateful to find a game for Week 3.

“It couldn't have worked out better in that regard,” Skyline coach Mat Taylor said. “We were on the verge of not being able to find a game. And then, to have a showcase game at the Kibbie Dome that Coeur d'Alene didn't have an opponent for Week 3, it worked out well.”

Amos and some members of the 2011 back-to-back state champs are pictured above receiving an award at the SWABs banquet in February in Spokane as the male team of the year in the Inland Northwest.




Prep page, a day late

I was at the hospital Thursday having a minor procedure done (it comes with turning 50 years old), so I wasn't able to post links to our Prep Page stories.

Here you go:

My column was about Joe Albi Stadium and the need to look at the future. A study is underway to look at options to either retrofit Albi or build a stadium elsewhere among several options. What do you think should be done with the venerable stadium?

Jim Allen had this feature on arguably the best boys soccer team in the area (clue: it's not in the GSL).

The lead item in my track notebook is about ultra talented pole vaulter Anandae Clark of Lakeside (Nine Mile).

Mead vaulter clears 13-6

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I was experimenting with my Iphone at a Greater Spokane League dual Thursday. Here's Mead junior pole vaulter Blase Neumann clearing 13 feet, 6 inches to capture first.

I'm going to try to get some video at the Pasco Invite on Saturday.

Thursday Prep Page

Here in our back yard - if you extend that yard to Newport - is one of the top high school throwers in the nation. Remember this name: Aaron Castle (pictured above) and take a look at his story.

Former teacher, highly successful soccer coach and current Mead athletic director Dick Cullen is retiring. Also, another note about Coeur d'Alene football.

Coeur d'Alene hurdler Morgan Stuble is featured in our weekly track notebook. Here's a link to our area track honor roll.

Thursday Prep Page

Love it when we have stories like we do today on Ferris/ Ben Goodwin. Mike Vlahovich did a marvelous job on the story. Here's a link. Ben is pictured above in a photo taken last spring of him and his mother, Mary, who had a double lung transplant last summer.

The first item in my column today is about the partnership the Greater Spokane League and the new Mid-Columbia Conference have struck.

Here's our first track notebook.

Track, golf previews

OK, it's still not spring. I don't care what the calendar says.

We published our track glance with a feature on Mead sprint standout Wes Bailey (pictured above).

Here's a preview of Greater Spokane League golf.

U-Hi boys muscle past Kangaroos

The University boys basketball team rallied in the fourth quarter, topping the Lake Washington Kangaroos 60-55 in the 3A state tournament Thursday at the Tacoma Dome.

Here's my story.

G-Prep, CV girls win openers

The Gonzaga Prep and Central Valley girls won going away Thursday in the opening round of the State 5A basketball tournament at the Tacoma Dome. Here's my story. Pictured above is G-Prep freshman Laura Stockton.

Bring on the state tournaments

I made it over SNOWqualmie Pass this afternoon. Slow going, but a safe trip thankfully.

I'll be at all the State 4A and 3A boys and girls basketball games involving our local teams. I will tweet as often as possible. You can follow at: srpreps.

If you want to follow the Seattle/Tacoma media, try: @DougPaceyTNT and @masonkelley

First tip Thursday involves the Central Valley girls at 9 a.m.

REMINDE: If you haven't voted in one of the two polls I posted earlier this week, please do so. We have well over 500 votes in the poll asking how the small schools will fare at state and more than 400 votes in the poll asking how the bigger schools will fare.

Which teams can take state?

I'll post a similar poll about our area small schools in a day or so. The poll I posted last week about regionals drew more than 1,000 votes. Pictured above is Central Valley junior Austin Rehkow driving against Richland in a 4A regional game Friday. Click the tab below to see the pairings for all the state tournaments. This is the last time I'll re-post this at the top of SportsLink.. 

How about the smaller schools?

Here's a poll question for our smaller boys and girls basketball teams. This is the last time I'll re-post this at the top of SportsLink.

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