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WSU finishes up OSU prep


Well, we already shared you the news of the Pac-12 Conference basketball schedule for 2011-12, which will probably be the only year it looks anything like the old Pac-10 schedules – a new TV contract will probably mean Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, heck, any day, games. Now we will share what football coach Paul Wulff had to say at his press conference, along with a few notes from practice. Read on.

CBBN rejects GSL proposal, again

The Columbia Basin Big Nine’s 3A athletic directors again rejected a proposal by the Greater Spokane League’s 3A boys and girls basketball coaches for a chance at a second berth in the WIAA’s new regional/state format, reports GSL secretary Randy Ryan.

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WSU items and a couple bonus links


Every once in a while we try to bring you something different on this morning post. Just to keep things interesting. Today is one of those days. We have a couple of out-of-the-ordinary links at the end of the Washington State section, so read on.

WSU gets a visit from old quarterback


A quick post dealing with football practice and containing links to our basketball story and Pac-10 football guesses. Read on.

The usual, plus some basketball news from WSU


There’s a lot to get to this morning, and by a lot I mean so much my eyes are watering from reading, so let’s get right to all the football news. Before we do, just a reminder that today is the first day of basketball’s early signing period, so we will have a post soon concerning the two players Washington State is expected to sign today. Coach Ken Bone is also holding a news conference this morning that we will attend. There is already some basketball news on the link, so read on.

UPDATE: WSU announced the signings of Davonte Lacy and Greg Sequele to basketball letters-of-intent this morning. We’ll have more, as we said on the link earlier, after we talk with Bone.

Players return as WSU has quick practice


The wind was up, the temperature down and, when it was all said and down, the defense did some up-downs. For more on Washington State football, and some on basketball, read on.

MSU-Billings bumps off Eastern in exhibition

Eastern Washington dropped its second, and last, exhibition basketball game Monday night, losing to Montana State-Billings 66-60 at Reese Court.

It was ugly.

You can get an early look at the short game story that will appear in Tuesday morning’s S-R by clicking here.



Some pregame thoughts from WSU


This is the 10th game in a 12-game season. We have some thoughts on the first nine and what might happen today, so read on.

Warm day awaits WSU, Cal


The morning has broken warm, if not sunny, with the temperature expected to be in the low 60s during the game. Is this Pullman in mid-November or Vegas? OK, that comparison made even me laugh. Let’s get to the morning links before I write something else really dumb. Read on.

Everything from football to hoops at WSU today


Boy, is there a lot to go over this morning. Last night we published Washington State’s 2011 Pac-12 football schedule for you and this morning there is basketball news to go over. Let’s get right to it. Read on.

Eags fall in exhibition opener

With starting guards Glen Dean and Jeffrey Forbes watching from the bench because of injuries, Eastern Washington University suffered an 87-82 loss to visiting Seattle Pacific at Reese Court Tuesday night.

You can get an early look at an unedited version of the game story that will appear in Wednesday’s S-R here.

Training To Be An NIC Cardinal

“With an LCSC scrimmage Thursday night (no score kept) the NIC men’s power packed basketball team is ready to begin another successful year,” e-mails Don Sausser with this photo. “Preseason NJCAA rankings place the Cardinals 3rd in the nation while the women’s team is ranked 6th. With this quality in our backyard there is no reason to travel far to enjoy highly competitive basketball.” Pictured is a young NIC Cardinal round baller in training!

DFO: Feel free to post a possible cutline, if you’d like.

3 NIC Teams Ranked In Top 10

All three of North Idaho College’s winter teams are ranked in the top 10 by the National Junior College Athletic Association. Wrestling is ranked No. 2, men’s basketball is ranked No. 3 and women’s basketball is ranked No. 6 in the NJCAA pre-season polls that came out this week. “This is the first time all three of those teams have been in the pre-season top 10,” said NIC Athletics Director Al Williams. “This should be a tremendous season for all the players and fans.”

Question: When did you last see a North Idaho College sports event?

EWU’s Dean sidelined with stress fracture

The 2010-11 college basketball season has not started off well for Eastern Washington men’s coach Kirk Earlywine and his Eagles.

Less than a week into practice, Earlywine has lost sophomore point guard Glen Dean for an indefinite time because of a stress fracture in his foot.  And promising freshman Geoffrey Allen has been lost for the season with a broken wrist that will keep him in cast for about three months.

You can read more in the story released by EWU sports information department here.  Here is a link to the story on the Eagles’ injury woes that will appear in Thursday morning’s S-R.



Eags in ESPN’s BracketBusters mix

All nine Big Sky Conference men’s basketball teams are part of the 114-team pool from which ESPN will pick to decide which matchups will be televised as part of its annual BracketBusters weekend that will play out Feb. 18-20.

Eastern Washington will host Big Sky rival Montana that weekend, but ESPN will not announced with 11 games it will televise until Jan. 31.

You can read more here.



Turiaf reportedly dealt to Knicks

Former Gonzaga University basketball star Ronny Turiaf is reportedly one of three players Golden State has traded to the New York Knicks for David Lee.

Fresno prep star commits to EWU

Rakim Brown, a 6-foot-7, 190-pound small forward from Central High School in Fresno, Calif., has made an oral commitment to play basketball for Eastern Washington University next winter.

Brown, who made an official visit to the EWU campus last weekend, averaged 22 points, eight rerebounds and three blocks per game as a senior and led his team to the quarterfinals of California’s D-I Central Section tournament, where he scored 29 points in a 91-88 loss to Bakersfield.

Brown decided not to take any other recruiting visits after receiving a scholarship offer from Eagles coach Kirk Earlywine, who recently received a one-year contract extention.

“It just felt like the right fit when I was there,” Brown explained. “I got along really well with the players, and I think the program is going to get a lot better, with all of the young guards they already have in the program.”

For more on Rakim check out this story from the Fresno Bee.

Gonzaga goes down in flames…

Good morning, Netizens…

Last evening St. Mary’s upset favored Gonzaga from the opening tip-off. Although the final score was 81-62, Gonzaga only held a narrow lead for a short time, toward the end of the second half then St. Mary’s lead began increasing steadily.

I’ll leave it to the sports analysts to tell us why the Zags lost this game so vital to winning the title. I’m sure they will have a cogent reason for what originally seemed like a nearly sure-fire chance for Gonzaga to attend the “big dance” this year, a chance that petered out by the middle of the second quarter of the game.

I can only imagine the trip home from Las Vegas will be somber, subdued and very reflective of a long exciting season that went down in smoke.


Eastern extends Earlywine’s contract

Eastern Washington’s athletic director Bill Chaves announced Tuesday morning that the school has extended the contract of Kirk Earlywine, the Eagles’ third-year head men’s basketball coach.

You can read more here.

Eags win; should Earlywine stay?

Eastern Washington closed its 2009-10 men’s basketball season with a 79-71 home win over Idaho State Saturday night.  It was a nice way to send off the five seniors on this year’s roster, but it still left the Eagles with 21 losses and looking in from the outside on another Big Sky Conference Tournament.

Read on for more on the game, along with S-R columnist John Blanchette’s take on whether Eastern should retain head coach Kirk Earlywine, who is in the third and final year of the contract he signed took over the program back in June of 2007.

And feel free to leave any thoughts you might have on the direction the Eagles are headed and whether Earlywine should get at least another year to clean up the mess he inherited when he arrived in Cheney.

EWU’s postseason hopes crushed

Any remaining chance Eastern Washington’s men’s basketball team had of making the Big Sky Conference Tournament went down in flames — much like the Eagles — in Friday night’s 85-57 home loss to Weber State.

You can read an unedited version of the game story that will appear in Saturday morning’s S-R below.

Eags try to keep postseason dream alive

Eastern Washington has all but played its way out of the Big Sky Conference Tournament once again, needing wins over Weber State (tonight) and Idaho State (Saturday) and help from those same two opponents against Portland State to end its three-year postseason drought.

I’ve attached a release from the Big Sky office that deals with all of the different tournament scenarios that could still play out, and I’ve included this link to league’s weekly press release.  In addition, you can see what EWU’s sports information department posted about tonigh’s game agains Weber State here, and check out the game notes supplied by WSU’s sports info folks here.

Please check back later for an early look at the WSU-Eastern game story that will run in Friday morning’s S-R.

Eags lose another close one

Eastern Washington’s road woes continued Thursday night when the Eagles suffered another heartbreaking loss to the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.

The Big Sky Conference loss dropepd EWU’s road record to 2-12 and severely damaged the Eags chances of qualifying for the six-team BSC Tournament that starts on March 6. You can read the game story that was cobbled together for Friday morning’s S-R here; you can see the game details that EWU’s sports information department posted here, and you can take a look at the gamer published in Friday morning’s  Greeley Tribune here.     I’ve also included this link to the roundup of Thursday night’s BSC game that was posted by the league office.

Attention to detail helps Eags cool off UM

Eastern Washington University gave its postseason hopes another boost Sunday afternoon, but upsetting Big Sky Conference rival Montana 69-68 at Reese Court.

You can take an early look at the unedited version fo the game story that will appear in Monday morning’s S-R below.

Eagles snap seven-game skid

Dean Glen scored seven points in the last 66 seconds of the game to lead Eastern Washington to a 74-69 Big Sky Conference win over Montana State at Reese Court.

You can read an unedited version of the game story that will appear in Saturday morning’s S-R below.

Dean surpassing expectations at EWU

Sorry about the lack of recent posts, but a week-long forced furlough sandwiched between a pair of minor medical procedures — although its now five painful days after the fact and I’m starting to question the sanity of anyone who considers a hernia repair “minor” — has left me a little short of time and motivation.

In an effort to catch up on a couple of EWU-related matters, I’ve included this link to a feature story on the Eagles’ outstanding freshman point guard Glen Dean that ran in Thursday morning’s S-R, and this link to a story about the the national buzz created recently by Eastern’s efforts to install a red synthetic playing surface in Woodward Field.

And check back late Friday night for an early look at the EWU-Montana State basketball game story that will run in Saturday morning’s S-R.


Eagles’ skid continues

Eastern Washington’s men’s basketball team lost its sixth straight game Monday night, dropping a 68-62 non-conference decision to Seattle University.

You can read the game story that ran in Tuesday morning’s S-R here, check out what Eastern’s sports information department posted about the game here and take a look at the gamer that ran in Tuesday morning’s  Seattle Times right here.

Next up for the Eags is a return to Big Sky Conference play on Super Bowl Sunday, when they take on Sacramento State in a battle of BSC bottom feeders. Tipoff is set for 1:05 p.m. at Sac State’s Hornets Nest.

Eags blow big lead, fall to PSU

Eastern Washington blew a 14-point second half lead and suffered a crushing 85-77 loss to Portland State at Reese Court on Saturday night.

I’ve attached an unedited version of the game story that will appear in Sunday’s S-R below.

Bears reel in weary Eagles

Eastern Washington suffered its second tough defeat in a little more than 24 hours Saturday night, losing to Big Sky Conference rival Northern Colorado 74-71 at Reese Court.

I’ve posted an unedited version of the game story that will appear in Sunday morning’s S-R below, but probably won’t have any additional day after quotes, because I’m scheduled for a long shift of covering the U.S. Figure Skating Championships on Sunday.

Eags have no time to dwell on NAU loss

With Northern Colorado, the surprise team in the this year’s Big Sky Conference race, headed into Reese Court for tonight’s 7:05 men’s basketball matchup against Eastern Washington, the Eagles can’t spent much time trying to figure out what went wrong in Friday night’s 73-69 home loss to Northern Arizona.

But we do have some additional thoughts and postgame comments from Coach Kirk Earlywine and senior guard Benny Valentine below, along with some links to other related stories.

Read on.