B Fans Bid Bye-Bye To Boone Street Barn
State B basketball fans said their farewells to the Boone Street Barn on Saturday as it was the last night the old Coliseum would house a basketball game.
“I’m going to miss it,” said Nick Pease, Cusick boys basketball coach. “It always seemed like State B basketball and the Coliseum were one and the same ever since I can remember.”
Next year’s State B tournament will take place in the new Coliseum which is under construction and is expected to finished in September. Both the boys and girls will play side by side in the larger facility for the first time in Spokane.
In past years, the girls have played their early-round games at Spokane Falls Community College while the boys competed at the Boone Street Barn.
“I think it will be great to have the chance to see the girls and boys both,” said Larry Goin, who returned to Spokane to watch the tournament every year since moving to California five years ago.
The Barn holds many old memories for basketball fans.
“I was here in 1972 watching my friends from Curlew when Doug Way hit the shot from half court,” Pease said. “So there’s a lot of memories here.”
Clarice Burkhart has been attending events at the Coliseum for 40 years.
“My kids have played basketball and volleyball here and I came here when the Spokane hockey team was called the Flyers,” she said.
Although most fans are looking forward to the new facility, most believe it will be difficult to give up the old joint.
“If they have a special ceremony to say good-bye, I will be here crying,” Burkhart said.
Stinson stand by T-O.
Although Davenport was not in the final game in the girls State B tournament for a fourth straight year, Gorillas coach Jim Stinson and daughter Jennifer were represented in the championship game by Mark Stinson, assistant coach for finalist Tekoa-Oakesdale.
“I’ve been going to this tournament since I was probably about 6 years old,” Mark said. “My dad wrote the history of the State B tournament, so I went all over the state with him and came to watch the games from 8 in the morning until 12 at night. I never really realized that I’d be out here.”
The Stinsons’ involvement with the State B championships has been extensive.
“My brother (Andy) made it when Northwest Christian won state and then Davenport with my dad and my sister. Me and my mom were the only ones who hadn’t really participated and I don’t think my mom’s going to make it because we don’t let her play,” Mark said.
After both teams reached the final four, there was a chance Mark’s Nighthawks and his dad’s Gorillas would face each other in the final game.
“We talked to Mr. Jaeger (Tekoa-Oakesdale’s head coach) about what we’d do on that. It would be really hard for me,” Mark said. “That would have been a dream come true and would have been the perfect movie setting.”
However, the dream matchup didn’t happen. Davenport was defeated by eventual winner Wishkah Valley in the semifinals Friday. T-0 lost to Wishkah in the final 47-34.
“I just didn’t want to play them for third and sixth; that would have been worse,” Mark added.
Both Jim and Jennifer attended the championship game to support Mark.
“In fact, my dad gave me a big scouting report on Wishkah and it helped us out quite a bit,” Mark said.
All in all, Mark was happy to represent the Stinson family in the championship game.
“At least we’ve got one Stinson here,” he said. “I won’t score any points like my sister, but it was fun to keep the tradition going. Maybe we’ll get back here next year.”