Spokane Valley high school football coaches will preview the upcoming season Friday morning when they speak to members of the Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce.
“The Battle of the Valley” at the chamber breakfast at 7 a.m. at the Red Lion Inn will feature coaches Rick Giampietri of Central Valley, Jim Clements of East Valley, Mike Ganey of University and Steve Kent of West Valley.
It marks the renewal of a chamber tradition when coaches annually swapped tales about their teams.
First practice for high school teams isn’t until Monday. Junior high practices begin one week later for ninth-graders and Sept. 6 for seventh- and eighth-graders.
Prospective players must have passed a physical examination, paid requisite fees and participate in 14 practices before they can be eligible to play.
The Valley high schools will be involved in a Sept. 1 jamboree at Central Valley.
First games of the year are Sept. 8, when last year’s Greater Spokane League co-runnerup Central Valley plays defending champion Lewis and Clark at 5:45 p.m. at Albi Stadium.
The other Valley teams have nonleague games.
University hosts Eisenhower and former Valley coach Greg Gavin, East Valley entertains Coeur d’Alene, and West Valley is home against Lewiston. All games are at 7:30 p.m.
Freeman to hire new hoop coach
Football season hasn’t even started at Freeman, but already Principal Dennis Schuerman is interviewing for a new basketball coach.
John Nelson announced his resignation three weeks ago to teach physical education and assist in basketball at Western Baptist College in Salem, Ore.
There were about 20 applicants for the job, Schuerman said, and four to six finalists are being interviewed today and tomorrow.
“We hope to have a decision by 3 p.m. on Friday,” Schuerman said.
Nelson, who was out of town until later this week and unavailable for comment, will move his family to Salem in a week.
“It was always his goal to get to college level, I think, and the opportunity arose,” said Schuerman, “The move is best for John.”
Club championship begins
First round of match play for the Liberty Lake Ladies 18-Hole Golf Club was conducted this week.
In championship flight, Billie Etter, Jean Hatcher, Diane Hicks and Louise Newtson won their respective matches over Freda Beckman, Yvonne Splan, Carol Alboucq and Jackie Shea.
First flight winners were Alice Shattuck, Patsy Lynn, Marion Jordan and Gloria Cash.
In second flight the winners were Nancy Montieth, Mabel Watkins, Jean Fulks, and Donna Ogilvie.
Third flight winners included Margaret Brashears, Jody Cantrell, Coleen Wisenor and Ella Leinwebber.
Advancing in fourth flight were Betty Dalzell, Myrna Neubauer, Betty Harmon and Phyl Kahle.
And in fifth flight, Jo Seigel, Eleanor Seefried, Jan Krogseth and Barbara Buteux were all victorious.
Medal play results included Louise Newtson with low gross 90 in A flight, Montieth with 98 in B flight, Leinwebber with 105 in C flight and Ethel Rankin with 111 in D flight.
Respective net winners were Patsy Lynn with 72, Noreen Sale with 75, Cantrell with 78 and Buteux with 74.
Painted Hills golfers compete
Surviving an early morning rain, Painted Hills Ladies Club golfers conducted their weekly competition.
In A flight, Pat Casey shot 46 for the best reported round.
In B and C flight the winners with identical 54s were Sharon Halsey and Colleen McGraw.
D flight leader was Marion Decker with 61.
Net winners were Lori Gray with a 33 in A, Christy Cossette with 35 in B, Margi Evenson and Sandee Bickelhaupt with 34s in C and Kay Duchesne with 45 in D.
Leslie Zilka birded the fourth hole during her round of play.
Hangman Valley Captain’s Cup
During the August leg of the Hangman Valley Women’s Golf Club Captain’s Cup, Gloria Cash was the winner with a net 64.