SUNDAY, SEPT. 23, 2018
Former Gonzaga Bulldog Sam Dower Jr.’s professional basketball career appears to be over. Dower said in an Instagram post Sunday that it “may be time for the basketball chapter of my life to come to an end.” The 6-foot-9 forward, who signed in August with MKS Dabrowa Gornicza in Poland, explained that he needs another surgery on his left knee, the third in the last 2½ years.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 22, 2018
Four Zags – Rui Hachimura, Killian Tillie, Zach Norvell Jr. and Brandon Clarke – have tested the NBA waters after the program’s second trip to the Final Four in three seasons. Hachimura leads the way as a projected lottery pick and Tillie is considered a late first-round selection.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 21, 2018
Coeur d’Alene is 5-0 and its strength of schedule is off the charts. The third-ranked Vikings’ latest conquest was perhaps their sweetest, a decisive 42-20 victory Friday over No. 1-ranked Highland at Viking Field in a rematch of the 2017 state championship game won by the Rams.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 20, 2018
Gonzaga’s latest international recruit, Martynas Arlauskas, adds to the program’s already impressive 2019 class. Arlauskas, a 6-foot-7, 195-pound small forward from Lithuania, is the Zags’ third 2019 commitment, joining Gonzaga Prep forward Anton Watson and Kittitas guard Brock Ravet.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 18, 2018
Community Colleges of Spokane volleyball coach Jenni Hull has been on the job since 2005, so she knew she had the makings of a good team. Roughly four weeks into the 2018 season, Spokane has left good behind and is pushing for greatness, perhaps even all-time greatness.
MONDAY, SEPT. 17, 2018
Rui Hachimura led the way Monday, scoring 25 points as Japan picked up another huge win, 75-60 over Iran, in the FIBA World Cup Asian qualifiers. Hachimura, Gonzaga’s 6-foot-8 junior forward, filled out the stat sheet with seven rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals at sold-out Ota City General Gymnasium in Tokyo.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 15, 2018
Quarterback Leif Ericksen, known for his throwing ability, passed for 324 yards, but added a rushing touchdown. So-called running quarterback Connor Johnson came through with a rushing touchdown, but also tossed a beautiful 54-yard deep ball that was erased by a penalty.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 14, 2018
Coeur d’Alene had all sorts of reasons to look past Eisenhower on Friday night.The visitors from Yakima were without starting senior quarterback Drew Kornegay. The Vikings have a huge showdown next week against top-ranked Highland. And it was Coeur d’Alene’s homecoming.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 13, 2018
Don Newman set the tone in his two seasons as Idaho climbed the Big Sky Conference ladder by winning 11 and 17 games, respectively, setting the table for coach Don Monson’s squads that won 72 games the ensuing three years.
Former Gonzaga teammates Kelly Olynyk and Kevin Pangos played key roles as Canada defeated Brazil 85-77 on Thursday in a FIBA World Cup Americas qualifier at Place Bell in Quebec.
A couple of Gonzaga basketball players, current junior forward Rui Hachimura and former Zag wing Ira Brown, helped Japan cruise to victory Thursday in the FIBA World Cup Asian qualifiers.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 12, 2018
Geno Crandall said on a podcast that he expects to enroll at Gonzaga in October, presumably with the intention of being in a Zags uniform for the upcoming season.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 11, 2018
Nine of Gonzaga’s 16 WCC games, including both of its showdowns with Saint Mary’s and BYU, will be televised on ESPN’s family of networks, according to a conference release.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 7, 2018
Post Falls rallied from a two-touchdown deficit in the final 6 minutes only to watch the visiting Titans march 80 yards in about 45 seconds for the game-winning touchdown in a 43-37 victory.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 6, 2018
Jeff Carroll first met Taylor Mims when she was a seventh-grader attending his volleyball camp. Carroll, who retired two years ago after a 31-year career at Billings Senior High, asked Taylor what her dreams were.
FRIDAY, AUG. 31, 2018
About the only thing that slowed Coeur d’Alene’s offense was Coeur d’Alene’s offense. But that didn’t derail the Vikings, who beat Gonzaga Prep at home 28-14.
THURSDAY, AUG. 30, 2018
Gonzaga has essentially adhered to a tournament rotation schedule for more than a decade, often visiting the top holiday basketball events once every four years. That rotation will continue in the 2019-20 season, with the Zags venturing to the 2019 Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas.
This has become an annual deal for Coeur d’Alene, replacing the exodus of all-league and in some cases, all-state players, from the previous season.
New Sandpoint football coach Ryan Knowles was busy after a recent practice placing decals on helmets. “I’m going to go paint the field when I’m done,” he said.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 29, 2018
School says he’s working on transfer requirements.
Gonzaga filled out its men’s basketball schedule with an exhibition game against Central Washington and a home contest against Texas Southern.
FRIDAY, AUG. 24, 2018
The Web.com Tour does a cool ceremony every year after its final regular-season event, announcing the 25 players that secured PGA Tour cards for the following season.
THURSDAY, AUG. 23, 2018
Washington State volleyball coach Jen Greeny can’t recall welcoming back a bigger group of experienced players in her eight years on the job.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 22, 2018
The NCAA has made another significant adjustment to the ranking system used for seeding and selecting NCAA Tournament teams. Once again, Gonzaga coach Mark Few was one of the leading proponents for change, the latest sending the antiquated Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) to the sideline while inserting the NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET).
TUESDAY, AUG. 21, 2018
Former Gonzaga center Ryan Edwards is heading to Spain for his first season of professional basketball.