October 16, 1997 in Sports

Thursday Games Are A Hardship

Dave Trimmer The Spokesman-Revie
 

Mt. Spokane is taking the who out of the football schedule for Greater Spokane League schools. Now they just have to change the how or when of scheduling.

When the Wildcats join the GSL for football next fall, the 10 schools know who they’ll play: nine league games and no non-league games or byes.

Sticking with tradition, there would be two games at Albi Stadium on Thursday and Friday plus one game in the Valley.

The problem is that tradition stinks. More specifically, playing Thursday doubleheaders stinks.

Watch tonight’s games if you don’t believe that.

Central Valley-Mead is a marquee matchup at the inconvenient time of 5 p.m. If the game is at all close and/or high-scoring, the University-Rogers game will start closer to 8 p.m. than the scheduled 7:30. The way Rogers and University throw the ball, that game could run past 10 o’clock.

That’s late for a student with normal responsibilities, ridiculous for a student-athlete. Asking an athlete to concentrate on Friday’s test before a late Thursday game is a stretch. Asking an athlete to study after that game is unfair.

The GSL needs to find another way.

If that means Friday afternoon games at District 81 schools, Mead games at Mead Junior High or “home” games at CV or U-Hi without those schools involved, so be it.

There are many options to explore before the schedule is made next month, almost all involve better conditions for the student-athletes.

Quick kicks

The no-celebration rule is intended as a crackdown on taunting. When a player scores a late touchdown in a tight game, is mobbed by his teammates and tosses the ball into the air, that is not taunting. Flag throwers should use better judgment than was displayed in last week’s Shadle Park-Ferris game.

The Central Valley band, fresh off first-place finishes in major competitions in the Tri-Cities and at Albi last Saturday, performs tonight.

Three major injuries from last Friday will impact games this weekend, and probably longer. Running backs Shane Wharton of Gonzaga Prep and Travis Telecky of Davenport have leg injuries and they will likely miss the rest of the regular season, if not more. North Central’s top rusher, Brian Mack, broke an arm and is out for the season.

CV’s Tyree Clowe is the leading scorer in the state with 18 touchdowns for 108 points. He is also seventh in rushing with 801 yards… . The leading passer in the state is Brian Lindgren of DeSales with 1,501 yards. His closest visit to Spokane is next weekend at Garfield-Palouse.

Scaling the Mt.

The Mt. Spokane Wildcats have yet to win in football, but the new Mead school is getting close.

The Wildcats led Post Falls into the fourth quarter last Thursday before losing 27-16.

“One of our goals was to come out like a real football team and we did that,” coach Mike McLaughlin said. “I think the kids played with very good poise and intensity in the first half. We didn’t turn the ball over and capitalized on their mistakes. Obviously, we don’t know how to win a game in the fourth quarter.”

Mt. Spokane has a number of players who weren’t part of McLaughlin’s successful Mead program, and the coaching staff is learning as much as the kids.

“Something will happen and we’ll say, ‘That’s right, we haven’t covered that,”’ McLaughlin said. “With the variety of games we’re playing, we’ll cover a lot of different things. But each game we’ve learned a lesson, painfully, and I know we’re going to learn from this one also.”

The Wildcats are 0-5 and going to Sandpoint this weekend. They probably won’t remove that zero. However, they’ll have a week off before playing a pair of games they should have a chance to win. In Week 8, Southridge, a new school in Kennewick, comes to Spokane for a game at Albi Stadium. The Suns are playing mostly junior varsity teams but did knock off B-11 power DeSales earlier this season. Mt. Spokane closes its season in Tumwater against first-year Black Hills. Black Hills is 1-4 in the 2A Southwest Washington League.

“Wins and losses aren’t really the measure of this year, but we’d like to win,” McLaughlin said. “The kids deserve it. It will happen. If they continue the effort and improve, the kids will win.”

Around the state

Washington has a number of highly regarded senior quarterbacks this year but no one is outshining Puyallup’s Luke Huard. The brother of the most recently graduated and current UW quarterbacks, Huard has completed 70 of 124 passes for 1,047 yards and 17 touchdowns. While leading the Vikings to a 5-0 record and the No. 1 ranking among 4A schools, Huard has yet to throw an interception.

Two weeks ago it was Davis ending a long drought against Richland. Last week Wenatchee followed suit, ending a 14-game losing streak against the Bombers. The Panthers are on the verge of their first winning season in 15 years… . With Richland losing two straight, we’re betting Kamiakin, which lost to the Bombers, will capture the Big Nine title.

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Games of the Week

Mead ends its killer run of Lewis and Clark-Gonzaga Prep-Central Valley with a 5 p.m. game today against CV at Albi. CV starts a run that goes-Mead-University-Prep LC. The Bears eliminate one contender for the title or the GSL race gets very confusing.

Another big Bi-County B-11 game is Friday at 7 p.m. when Reardan goes to Wilbur-Creston. Reardan handed top-ranked Davenport its first loss while Wilbur-Creston is 5-0.

The Great Northern League gets three playoff berths, and the winner of the Lakeside-Medical Lake game on Friday at 7 p.m. has the upper hand in getting one.

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This sidebar appeared with the story: Games of the Week Mead ends its killer run of Lewis and Clark-Gonzaga Prep-Central Valley with a 5 p.m. game today against CV at Albi. CV starts a run that goes-Mead-University-Prep LC. The Bears eliminate one contender for the title or the GSL race gets very confusing. Another big Bi-County B-11 game is Friday at 7 p.m. when Reardan goes to Wilbur-Creston. Reardan handed top-ranked Davenport its first loss while Wilbur-Creston is 5-0. The Great Northern League gets three playoff berths, and the winner of the Lakeside-Medical Lake game on Friday at 7 p.m. has the upper hand in getting one.

The following fields overflowed: CREDIT = Dave Trimmer The Spokesman-Review


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