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Grip on Sports: One Christmas present is opened by the Mariners already, will another be coming soon?

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s been a long time since the Mariners could be considered winners during the regular season. You know, when it really matters. But they seem …


Republic’s Shania Graham hopes to win another title at CC Spokane

Taking home the State basketball title was on the short list of things Shania Graham wanted to accomplish before leaving Republic High.


Grip on Sports: Pac-12 football coaches show they are really good at picking up a bunch of coin. Picking award winners? Not so much

A GRIP ON SPORTS • At some point we have to lose our ability to get outraged at the Pac-12’s football awards. However, we have yet to reach that point. …


Grip on Sports: It doesn’t look as if Mike Leach is going to Tennessee but there still will be changes at WSU

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Times are changing in Pullman. That is true whether or not Mike Leach decides to put Tennessee out of its misery. Read on.


After more than half a century, GI Bill still helping vets transition to life beyond war

It’s been 73 years since Congress passed the first GI Bill – landmark legislation that transformed the way the nation treats its military veterans. In observance of Veterans Day, local …


Grip on Sports: It’s the Seahawks turn to make the short turnaround on Thursday Night Football

A GRIP ON SPORTS • You want to insult an NFL fan these days? Compare them to Thursday Night Football. That’s as deep a cutting remark as you can come …


Grip on Sports: No matter the hour, college football finds a way to be a bit cheeky

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The idea is, in the spring, to lose an hour of sleep that can only be made up in November. Which is a decent plan. …


Grip on Sports: A rout one season can turn into motivation the next

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Revenge is a dish best served cold. At least that’s how the old saying goes. Well, it will be in the mid-70s Saturday night in …


Grip on Sports: What’s in a name? Occasionally it’s hypocrisy

A GRIP ON SPORTS • We don’t venture into the realm of political discussion in this space all that often, but some times the hypocrisy of government makes it unavoidable. …


Grip on Sports: The preliminaries are over, it’s time to get back to football

A GRIP ON SPORTS • What day is it? That’s right, Friday. July 28. The Pac-12 football media days are over for 2017. Now, for the next month, we can …


Grip on Sports: Cortez Kennedy anchored the Seahawks at a time when they were barely above water

A GRIP ON SPORTS • You may not remember, but there was a time when the Seahawks were no better than the Mariners are now. In other words, they were …


Grip on Sports: Here’s a fishing story about the son who wouldn’t take the bait

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There were few activities my dad loved more than fishing. His only son? Not so much. Read on.


Grip on Sports: May the force be with you this month, because not much else is

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There is something uplifting about the month of May. New growth maybe. Or the promise of spring warmth finally fulfilled. But there is no May …


Grip on Sports: Like most things the NCAA does, the APR is not perfect but it does help us keep score

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The NCAA wants everyone to believe college athletics are played by student/athletes, with the emphasis on the last word. And that those student/athletes are at …


Grip on Sports: The Mariners are running hot and cold – sometimes in the same game

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The weather gods are teasing us today. It’s going to be 80 in the Spokane area. You read that right. After not hitting 70 degrees …


Grip on Sports: Sooner or later, we will have something to warm our hearts

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Should we focus on another one that got away? Or the hot mess that is the Mariners’ roster? Maybe we should just ignore the M’s …


UPDATED: Wed., May 3, 2017, 12:28 p.m.

SFCC instructor known as ‘Doc Polly’ named Washington community colleges’ faculty member of the year

A Spokane Falls Community College instructor has been named “faculty member of the year” by the Washington State Association of College Trustees. Polly McMahon has taught social services and gerontology …


Grip on Sports: The M’s start isn’t what fans wanted to see

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Remember that fast start we all wanted the M’s have? Well you can forget about it. It’s down the drain unless they reel off 10 …


Maggie Peters takes sixth, leads Whitworth to fourth place in Whitman Invite golf

Maggie Peters finished the Whitman Invitational with a two-round total of 16-over 160 in tying for sixth place and leading the Pirates to a fourth-place team finish at Wine Valley …


Grip on Sports: What do we do for the next three days without NCAA games to fill our time?

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Mondays are the worst. The Monday after the first NCAA basketball tournament weekend? The worst of the worst. If today wasn’t the first day of …


Grip on Sports: The modern equivalent of the gathering around the burning stake just may be college basketball officials and the internet

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The question isn’t how but why. The subject? Missed calls in the NCAA tournament and the officials who are making – or not making – …


Grip on Sports: As soon as you turned the TV on, you knew Gonzaga was a No. 1 seed – if you were observant

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Did you turn on CBS’ NCAA selection show yesterday afternoon with one main objective? You know, to find out if Gonzaga was a No. 1 …


Grip on Sports: It’s the matchups, not the seeding, that really matters to Gonzaga

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Today’s the day we finally find out the answer to all of the important questions in the universe. Well, at least one of them. Is …


Grip on Sports: Idaho and Eastern hold Inland Northwest’s banner up today

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Gonzaga’s regular season is finished. The NCAA tournament awaits. Washington State’s season is over. So is Whitworth’s and the area’s community colleges. Even high school …


Grip on Sports: Though WSU finished another basketball season under .500, Ernie Kent is locked in for a few more years

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Another Washington State University basketball season is over. And like most before this one, it wasn’t all that successful. But whether or not that changes …


Grip on Sports: Gonzaga’s first loss of the season had a handful of reasons behind it

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The quest for perfection ended on a not-so-perfect Senior Night at McCarthey Athletic Center. That’s the news flash. But there were a lot of reasons …


Grip on Sports: Gonzaga, WSU fill in the blanks over the past 48 hours

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Where were we? Oh ya, documenting Gonzaga’s inexorable march through the WCC. And wondering if the Cougars could sweep a Pac-12 basketball foe this season. …


Grip on Sports: Gonzaga survives GameDay circus and a less-than-stellar game by key contributors

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Gonzaga basketball has been a big story in the Spokane area since 1999. The Spokane area. But I don’t recall as many national resources devoted …


Grip on Sports: You really have no choice on Super Bowl Sunday, unless you choose ‘none of the above’

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There is no avoiding it today. It’s Super Bowl Sunday and we have to spend some time opining about the “Big Game,” as the NFL …


Grip on Sports: Every signing day is just like the one before except for the players who achieve their dream

A GRIP ON SPORTS • One Pac-12 coach was quoted as saying he got every kid he wanted. Another talked about the players that signed are his schools’ “guys.” One …