Everything tagged

Latest from The Spokesman-Review

PSU, La Tech favored in women’s basketball

Eastern Washington was picked to finish in the middle of the pack in the Big Sky Conference and Idaho was voted near the bottom of the Western Athletic Conference in women's basketball polls released on Tuesday.

Big Sky coaches picked EWU seventh and the media had the Eagles sixth. Sherri Murrell's Portland State Vikings were picked first in both polls. Montana and Northern Colorado had the next two spots.

Six teams advance to the league tournament at the home of the regular-season champion. PSU won the tournament two years ago in Cheney and the Grizzlies won it at Portland State last year.

Louisiana Tech has the top spot in the WAC  with Idaho tabbed for seventh in the coaches poll and by the media. Utah State and Fresno State also received first-place votes. Utah State's Ashlee Brown was the preseason choice as Player of the Year.

As long as we're on the subject of women's basketball, one website is ranking the top 100 women's programs. It started with 71-100, followed by 41-70. Looks like tomorrow is when it's going to get interesting locally, which is quite a compliment to a program that has sold more than 4,000 season tickets for this season. Yes, that would be Gonzaga.

By the way, the Pan American games are undway, which means Gonzaga is practicing without senior starters Kayla Standish and Katelan Redmon, who are on Team USA. Their first game in Mexico is Friday.

Three starting dates for women’s basketball

NCAA women's basketball teams have 40 days to get in 30 practices, beginning yesterday, which means there are three different starting days for area teams.

Eastern Washington and Washington State started Monday and Idaho hits the floor today. Gonzaga commences on Thursday.

The men don't join the action until a week from Friday.

WSU women particpate in Midnight Mayhem with the men Friday, Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. The men will have a scrimmage and dunk contest while the women will participate in a 3-point contest and games with fans. The Cougars play Seattle Pacific in their first exhibition game on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 1 p.m.

Gonzaga is having a Fan Fest on Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. There will be a scrimmage and a variety of other activities. The Bulldogs play Corban in a scrimmage the following Saturday at 6.

Idaho has an exhibition game on on Friday, Nov. 4 at 6 p.m. against Warner Pacific in Memorial Gym. Eastern plays Warner Pacific the following Sunday at 1 p.m.

Season openers/Home openers

Washington State: Friday, Nov. 11 at Penn State Tournament/Wednesday, Nov. 30 vs. Gonzaga.

Gonzaga: Friday, Nov. 11, vs. Hofstra

Eastern Washington: Friday, Nov. 11 vs. Corban

Idaho: Saturday, Nov. 12, vs. Corban

Soaking in the Great Outdoors

Some people have the right idea.

I've written about Kelly Tareski before, but after reading about it on her blog, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to learn a little more about her outdoor spa.

Tareski, who owns GardenStone Creations in Airway Heights, coerced (or canoodled) husband Monte into using an old claw-foot tub she had been saving to create a place to enjoy a hot soak under the stars on their Nine Mile Falls property. While that might be a big request for most of us, Monte is in the business of moving things around. He owns Cascading Creations and spends most days moving big rocks, building walls, steps and water features.

In a few days she had her heated outdoor tub, surrounded by flagstone pavers. Kelly whipped up burlap curtains and cajoled (or canoodled) Monte into building a vanity using an old sink she'd been saving for another project.

The result? A beautiful, nature-inspired place to soak and dream under a big Eastern Washington sky.

Unfortunately, as happens with most good ideas, now everyone wants in on the act. The kids like the outdoor bathtub so much Kelly has to schedule her own play time. Isn't that always the way?

You can read more about Kelly Tareski's "Suite Outoors" and see more photos of the project here


Cheryl-Anne Millsap writes for The Spokesman-Review and is the editor of Spokane Metro Magazine. Her essays can be heard on Spokane Public Radio and on public radio stations across the country. She is the author of “Home Planet: A Life in Four Seasons” and can be reached at catmillsap@gmail.com

How T-Mobile will help AT&T expand 4G service across most of the Northwest

While AT&T won't say when Spokane and North Idaho will have its own version of 4G broadband services, the company is presenting a visual map of plans covering the next several years, using a before-and-after map scheme. 

Both maps come from the marketing and communications department of AT&T. 
  Dark blue areas indicate 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) service.   The map on the left is the projected 4G rollout — by 2013 —  for Washington and North Idaho. For now, AT&T is providing its version of 4G only in the Puget Sound. There is no 4G service in Spokane, though Verizon Wireless has said it plans to deliver it later this year. 
The right-side map proposes a significant AT&T 4G rollout across Eastern Washington and parts of North Idaho. Specifically the rollout looks to expand service up toward the Canadian border, and across the upper Panhandle to Sandpoint and Bonners Ferry.
No date is mentioned by the company for that investment, and it will be interesting if AT&T sticks to its plan to reach those less-populated areas.
Important: the right-side map only reflects what could happen if federal regulators approve the purchase of T-Mobile by AT&T.The map includes this wording: "The AFTER map shows the additional 4G LTE deployment that will occur due to (the T-Mobile) deal by the period ending five years after the deal closes."
AT&T spokeswoman Colleen Smith added this comment about the plan and the value of the merger: 
“AT&T and T-Mobile USA customers will see service improvements including better voice quality and data service. At closing, AT&T will immediately gain cell sites equivalent to what would have taken on average five years to build without the transaction. The acquisition will increase AT&T’s network density by approximately 30 percent in some of its most populated areas, without constructing new cell towers."

Season ends for EWU

UPDATE: 10:40.

Portland State, with strong games from GSL grads Kelli Valentine (Mead) and Lexi Bishop (Shadle Park) turned back Eastern Washington in the semifinals of the Big Sky Tournament (will link after hockey). Chene Cooper, Brianne Ryan and Julie Piper had big games for the Eagles. The Vikings play Montana for the NCAA berth after the Grizzlies, behind Katie Baker (Lake City) beat Northern Colorado.

The season ended for freshman Kate Loper (Post Falls) as Hofstra falls in the CAA tournament but Heidi Heintz (Central Valley) and UC Davis plays for the the Big West title.

Interesting nationally, Houston falls, which I think opens the door for Gonzaga to be a No. 7 seed, instead of a No. 10.

Eagles win, Vandals fall

One and one is the verdicdt in women's basketball tonight. Eastern Washington, behind a career high 25 from Tatjana Sparavalo, beat Montana State, and Lyndi Seidensticker (Lewis and Clark) who had 14 points,  for the first time in three tries this season, maybe a little payback for a year ago, but Idaho runs out of gas close to the finish line and bows out of the WAC tournament against Nevada. The Eagles, losers to Montana State in the Big Sky Tournament in Cheney last year, now face league champion Portland State, and GSL grads Lexi Bishop (Shadle Park) and Kelli Valentine (Mead) on Friday night. In the other game, Montana, with 12 points from Katie Baker (Lake City)  turns back Idaho State and faces Northern Colorado.

Also, freshman Kate Loper and Hofstra win the first game of CAA tournament and tonight UC Davis and Heidi Heintz (Central Valley) play in the second round of the Big West. Loper had 8 points in her first postseason game, Heintz had 10 in the Aggies opening win.

Bjorklund nears end of journey; Idaho wins, Cougars fall

Loyal readers, you may not have believed this day would get here, the end of the line checking in with the area Division I women's basketball players from the Class of 2007 … at least those who are coming to the end of the line of their college careers.

Our final installment is two-time State Player of the Year Angie Bjorklund (University), who went off to Tennessee and reached heights no other Spokane basketball player did, winning a national championship and being ranked No. 1. There were also a few lower moments playing for that storied program, but overall it is a dream come true and more.

As for games, despite Jazmine Perkins reaching 1,000 career points, Washington State's season came to an end with a loss to USC in the Pac-10 tournament but Idaho overcame illness with Yinka Olorunnife to beat Boise State for the third time this season at the WAC Tournament and plays Nevada tonight. Eastern Washington swings into action tonight against Montana State in the Big Sky Tournament.

The updated ESPN Bracketology keeps Gonzaga as a No. 10, the opponent is now Houston, with UCLA a No. 2 and the Big Sky champ a 15, in the Dallas Regional. … That's probably close although if Houston doesn't win its conference tournament but is deemed good enough for an at-large bid, the same thing could be accomplished with the Zags at No. 7, the seeding they had last year with an identical record. 

Vandal women clinch 5th seed

Idaho got a key win for seeding purposes but Washington State couldn't close in Los Angeles and Eastern Washington can't find the touch. Our women's basketball roundup, read on.

Busy closing week for women’s basketball

Welcome from the State B basketball tournament at the oud Arena, where I'm set up for coverage of the 2B boys. But there is still some women's basketball news, starting with Hofstra freshman Katie Loper (Post Falls) scoring a career high in a win. Read on.

Eastern Washington women end long skid at Missoula; Cougs fall

Gonzaga's expected wrap-up of a perfect West Coast Conference season wasn't the only big news in women's basketball on Saturday.

Eastern Washington won at Montana for the first time in two dozen years - yes, 24 - a 27-game losing streak back to 1987 when the Eagles won their only Big Sky Conference tournament. … Washington State just can't beat Washington. (I'll link a different story on Sunday when I file my Top 25 vote.)

For other news, keep reading and I'll be back, if possible, during the hockey game, to give you the Washington-Washington State game, which the Cougars trail 30-25 at halftime.

Class of 2007 highlight of women’s roundup

Good morning … a little slow on the uptake. Staying up late for a truly great basketball game on TV and awaking to the sound of a roadgrader with its blade down … five driveways, two cups of coffee and a hot chocolate later, the fingers work.

Onward, there was more news in women's basketball on Thursday than just Gonzaga's well-orchastrated symphony. Read on.

Game on at GU despite weather

Wow, what a morning, but five clean driveways and a friend's rig now functional, it's time to get going.

First news: game on. Despite no classes, Gonzaga women's basketball team is going to take the court tonight to face second-place Saint Mary's. Read on for the rest of the area roundup (and pardon the typos that sneak through, my fingers may never unthaw).

Cooper & Vandersloot PofW

The news is starting to pile up on the women's basketball beat and time is running out to post it. Read on.

Top 25 and women’s roundup

Going to take care of business, starting with women's basketball, because if have to get in a Top 25 vote, posted below, with other links.

Gonzaga clinches, key win for EWU

The area Division I teams broke even on Thursday. The big, but not not surprising news is that No. 25 Gonzaga clinched a tie for its seventh-straight WCC title. The most important news is Eastern Washington finished strong to inch closer to a Big Sky tournament berth. Washington State and Idaho lost, but both those teams are going to be in league tournaments. Read on.

Key games down the stretch

As you might expect with just a couple of weeks left in the regular season, there are some big women's basketball games this weekend. Read on.

Cougars Gather In Soap Lake

Washington Fish and Wildlife Department biologists confirm the authenticity of this remote camera photo made in the Moses Coulee area near Soap Lake, Wash. Biologists the rare shot of eight cougars in one spot — on the carcass of a dead animal — is the result of a female cougar with a litter converging with the adult cats from her pervious litter. The woman who forwarded the photos to Fish and Wildlife biologists was not identified.

Evans gets record, Gonzaga at home, Bjorklund still out

Before I get to the women's basketball preview for the weekend, kudos to Eastern Washington senior guard Kyla Evans. Despite missing too many games with a bad back that has hampered her throughout her career, she returned Tuesday night to set the Eagles' career record for 3-pointers. However, the struggling Big Sky Conference champions lost badly at Seattle.

Read on for more, including an injury update for the most heralded member of the local Class of 2007 we've been following this year.

UPDATED: A link that dicusses the professional potential of Angie Bjorklund.

Washington State women get sweep

Totally remiss in my women's basketball duties … enjoying a lovely day downtown on Saturday, especially the walk through the park but the basketball game at the Arena was less satisfying. Today, don't ask but it involved a lot of honey-do's if the Super Bowl gets on the calendar. But first, a Top 25 and roundup of what happened around here. Read on.

Good win for Cougars, Eagles fall

It was a split decision for area women's basketball teams Thursday night, but only half were in action. But there was other news as well as a local player returns to action pretty quickly after surgery. Read on.

Women’s basketball teams have key games

A number of important games this weekend for the area D-I women's basketball teams. It started off well with Idaho winning big at home against San Jose State before heading off to Hawaii on Saturday in the first of three road games. Yinka Olorunnife set a WCC record in the win.

Eastern Washington is home against Big Sky-leading Northern Colorado tonight and Idaho State on Saturday, a pair of teams that edged the visiting Eagles. A pair of wins would solidify EWU, which spent most of January on the road,  for the Big Sky Tournament.

Washington State is home against the Oregon schools, Oregon State tonight and Oregon on Saturday. The inconsistent Cougars have shown some flashes lately and it's important they get the second half of the Pac-10 season off to a good start at home against a team below them and the Ducks, just a game ahead.

Gonzaga starts the second half of WCC at home against Portland and Tara Cronin (G-Prep) on Friday. The Bulldogs get five of their last seven at home in their quest for a seventh-straight title.

Split the state? Dissolve some counties? Not likely

OLYMPIA – The east-west split in Washington is probably never as interesting as in the early weeks of a legislative session, when hope springs eternal in the breasts of legislators with novel if not always practical ideas.

This period sometimes births proposals from Eastern Washington solons to divide the state along the crest of the Cascades and divest the right-thinking folks on the dry side from those people whose repeated exposure to rain, Microsoft money and ferry commutes makes them terrible spend thrifts intent on saddling every business owner, farmer and local official with a mountain of red tape and an army of bureaucrats. The proposal to set up this 51st state, possibly named Lincoln or Columbia, generally gets, at most, a hearing where some west siders have a chance to suggest good riddance to eastern brethren.

This year a small group of Western Washington legislators propose a remedy for an imbalance they see against their side of the mountains: Counties that receive far more in state money than they send to Olympia in taxes could be dissolved and attached to a neighboring county or divvied up among several….

To read the rest of this item, click to go inside the blog

Zags pass century mark again

Another game, another win, another record, another PR, that seems the way it goes for the Gonzaga women's basketball team. Read on.

Baker has surgery, Bjorklund questionable

Before we get to the women's basketball advances for this weekend's game, tough news out of Missoula where sophomore Katie Baker (Lake City) had an emergency appendectomy and could miss the rest of the season.

Also, senior Angie Bjorklund (U-Hi) is likely to miss Tennessee's game tonight with a foot problem. "It's time for (teammates) to tell Angie 'Don't worry about it. We've got your back,' " Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt said.

Read on for the roundup.

UPDATE: 2 p.m. (links fixed),  For more on Gonzaga's game with Saint Mary's, LeftCoastHoops checks in with Gaels' coach.

Gonzaga, Idaho, EWU win big

Plenty happening in women's basketball this Saturday. With the four Division I teams playing at four different starting times, I'll update throughout the evening as time allows at tonight's hockey game, so keep checking back, I'll make it worth your while.

Update: 10:45, Idaho crushes Boise State; Eastern wins at Sac.

Zags, EWU win, Idaho stumbles

Our women's basketball roundup: As expected the Gonzaga women rolled past Santa Clara, Eastern Washington got a solid road win at Northern Arizona but Idaho fell at previously winless San Jose State, despite a monster game from Yinka Olorunnife (above, center). All that to go with an earlier win by Washington State at Arizona State. Read on.

Full slate for women’s basketball teams

A busy night and weekend for area Division I women's basketball teams.

Gonzaga is home for the first time in West Coast Conference play, facing former assistant Jen Mountain and Santa Clara tonight, San Francisco and first-year coach Jennifer Azzi on Saturday.

Idaho is at San Jose tonight and then returns home to join the men for the rivalary doubleheader with Boise State.

Eastern Washington has made the trek to Northern Arizona for a game tonight and then comes back to meet Sacramento State on Saturday, a rare home game this month.

Washington State is on its desert swing at Arizona State for an early game today (10 a.m.) and Arizona on Saturday afternoon. Also, with the big UCLA-Stanford game tonight, we'll take you to LeftCoastHoops and Michelle Smith's look at the Bruins, the latest PAC-10 team to challenge the Cardinals.

Gonzaga women win, EWU loses

It's been kind of a long, but fun, day with the outdoor hockey game but there is still time to catch up with women's basketball before calling it a night.

Idaho, Gonzaga, EWU women win

Thursday was a busy night in women's basketball, including a historic win for Idaho and easy road wins for Gonzaga and Eastern Washington.

Busy weekend for women’s basketball

Full slate of games for women's basketball teams, though the Washington State schedule is Friday-Sunday.

Gonzaga plays one of its tougher WCC foes, at Pepperdine (game on TV, CBS college sports, hopefully my kids can find that channel for me), with LMU on Saturday. Idaho goes for 500th win against visiting Hawaii in only game. Eastern goes to Sacramento State and then Northern Colorado. Cougars get Cal (game on FSN NW) first then No. 4 Stanford Sunday afternoon.