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Before the season started, there was no way that Coeur d’Alene High football coach Shawn Amos would have envisioned that the fifth game of the season would carry this much significance – let alone a crossover 5A/4A Inland Empire League game.

But his Vikings (1-3) find themselves in a minor crisis of sorts. They travel to Lakeland (2-2) on Friday.

“We’re desperate for a win. I’ll tell you that right now,” said Amos, whose team fell for a third straight time last week – the first time since 1998 that one of his teams has lost three in a row. “We’ve got to get a win. Our kids know it, our coaches know it.”

Lakeland coach Tim Kiefer suspected that would be the Vikings’ state of mind this week.

“It seems to me they’re probably in a position where we were last week,” said Kiefer, whose team rebounded after back-to-back losses to post a 38-28 win over West Valley. “They’re in a place where they need to get a win. I have a feeling they’re going to come out and be ready to play and give us a pretty tough game. They probably look at us as being a school they could (beat).”

Kiefer looks at CdA as a team his Hawks can beat.

“I felt like we could have beaten them last year, too,” Kiefer said. “But it’s going to take a perfect game from us. We can’t come out and play like we did against Colville and Riverside.”

CdA needs to do something positive with its 5A league opener next week at defending state champ Lake City (4-0), which has a bye this week.

“We just haven’t found a way to finish a ballgame,” Amos said of the Vikings’ troubles. “We could blame our youth for a while. Now we just have high school football players – they’re not underclassmen to me anymore. The good news is there’s a lot of season ahead of us. The real season for us hasn’t begun yet.”

It will next week.

In other games, Post Falls (3-0) travels to Moscow (1-2) and Lewiston (2-1) travels to Washington 3A power Ferndale near Bellingham. The game between Sandpoint (1-3) and McLoughlin (1-1) in Milton-Freewater, Ore., has been cancelled because the McLoughlin coach has resigned.

“Intermountain League teams open conference play when Kellogg (2-1) travels to defending champ Timberlake (2-1) and Priest River (1-2) visits St. Maries (1-3).

“North Star League teams also begin league play when Kootenai (3-1) visits Lakeside (0-2) and Mullan (2-1) goes to Wallace (3-0).

Super 1 Invite Saturday

The 19th annual Super 1/Farragut Invitational cross country meet is Saturday at Farragut State Park.

The meet will feature a smattering of the top small-school teams from Eastern Washington along with the Inland Empire and Intermountain league teams. The meet is four races in one. The smaller schools compete in the B races and the larger schools in the A races. The B girls go first at 11 a.m., followed by the B boys at 11:40, the A girls at 12:10 p.m. and the A boys at 12:45.

Racing will be held at the Sunrise Day Use area.

The state park charges a $4 parking fee for all vehicles entering the park.

Volleyball for charity

The Post Falls and Coeur d’Alene volleyball teams meet tonight in an Inland Empire League match at Elmer Jordan Court. But the match will be secondary to what the girls are playing for.

The match has been dubbed “Volleyball for the Cure,” and they’re playing to raise money for breast cancer awareness. The match begins at 7.

CdA coach Carly Curtis’ mother and mother-in-law are breast cancer survivors. A few of her players have mothers who are also breast cancer survivors.

Both teams will wear pink uniforms.


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