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Spokane Empire players named to All-IFL team

Spokane Empire defensive lineman John Griggs was named to the first team All-IFL team, while defensive back John Hardy-Tuliau was named to the second team, the Indoor Football League announced on Wednesday.

Griggs led the league in sacks with 11.5 this season and ledf the league in tackles for losses with 18.5. Hardy-Tuliau ranked in the top four in the league in interceptions with six and was second on the Empire in total tackles.



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Life without arena football: Faithful fans root for return of high-flying sport to Spokane

The season is winding down in arena football leagues across the country but not in Spokane. The franchise – known as the Shock for the first 10 seasons in arenafootball2 and the Arena Football League and the Empire for two seasons in the Indoor Football League – shuttered last July for financial reasons. The organization’s 12-year run was long by most arena franchise standards, but not long enough for its diehard fans.