It’s going to be a memorable weekend at the newly remodeled Shadle Park High School.
Among the activities surrounding the re-grand opening is an opportunity to retire a jersey of a former three-sport athlete and the naming of the gym in honor of a standout two-sport coach.
Shadle Park will retire No. 14, the jersey worn back in the late 1970s and early 1980s by Mark Rypien, on Friday, beginning at 6 p.m.
Then on Saturday, the gym will be named Linda Sheridan Court, honoring the longtime volleyball and girls basketball coach. The ceremony will be held at 1 p.m.
Rypien’s former coach, Bob Haney, will be on hand Friday.
“It’s long overdue,” Todd Bender, vice president of Shadle’s booster club, said of retiring Rypien’s jersey. “It’s been talked about for a while. We need to have that jersey on the wall in the commons, not hanging on somebody’s shoulders.”
Rypien, a 1981 Shadle graduate, was born in Calgary, Alberta and lived there until his family moved to Spokane in 1969. He was a three-sport standout at Shadle, playing on the Highlanders basketball team that captured a controversial state championship.
He went on to Washington State University. In the NFL, Rypien led the Washington Redskins to a Super Bowl championship in 1992. He was named MVP of the Super Bowl.
Sheridan coached volleyball for 24 seasons and basketball for 20. She compiled a combined record of 820-214 amongst a long list of accomplishments and coach of the year honors.
New A.D. at Lakeland
Trent Derrick has taken over as athletic director at Lakeland, replacing Will Havercroft who retired.
Derrick has served as boys basketball coach the past 14 seasons. He’s been a half-time vice principal and teacher the past two years.
He will coach basketball one more season before stepping down to concentrate fully on his administrative duties.
“I’m 95 percent sure that this will be my final year coaching,” Derrick said. “I need to be a full-time administrator with the amount of time that’s required.”
A handful of North Idaho football teams begin their seasons this weekend.
In openers Friday, Lake City is at Lakeland, Coeur d’Alene travels to Moscow and St. Maries is at Grangeville. In a pair of North Star League openers, Clark Fork goes to Wallace and Mullan visits Kootenai.
In one game Saturday, Timberlake visits Libby, Mont.
Cross country polls
North Central’s boys and Shadle Park’s girls were ranked first and second, respectively, in the preseason 3A rankings that were released Monday.
• In 4A boys, Lewis and Clark, Mead and Ferris were ranked third, fourth and fifth respectively. In the girls, Central Valley was rated seventh and LC 10th.
• In 3A boys, University was ranked second and Mt. Spokane fifth. In 3A girls, Mt. Spokane was tabbed sixth.
• In 2A boys, Cheney was ranked seventh. In 2A girls, Cheney was ranked fifth and Deer Park 10th.
• In 1A boys, Lakeside is ranked third. In 1A girls, Lakeside is ranked third.
• In 2B/1B boys, Northwest Christian is ranked seventh and St. John-Endicott is 10th. In 2B/1B girls, Northwest Christian is third and St. George’s is fourth.
Shriners big winner
Montana’s annual East-West Shrine high school all-star football game raised nearly $103,000 for the Shriners Hospital in Spokane.
The game’s board of directors voted Saturday to approve a $102,728 donation to the hospital, which provides children with orthopedic and burn care at no cost. It’s believed to be the largest donation in the 64-year history of the game and second largest in the country.
The Montana Shrine Game is the oldest continuous single-state sponsored Shrine Game in the U.S.