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Suspect arrested in EWU recruit’s murder

KENT, Wash. (AP) — Police say a suspect in a fatal Halloween shooting in Kent has an extensive criminal history.

The 20-year-old Auburn man was caught Tuesday night after detectives got a tip, followed a car and chased down a passenger who tried to run away. A police dog tracked him to a convenience store where he was arrested.

The man is jailed for investigation of murder in the killing 18-year-old Devin Topps on Oct. 31 outside a house party.

Topps graduated from Kentridge High School and had signed a letter of intent to play football for Eastern Washington University

Past coverage:

Nov. 2: EWU football recruit shot to death

Eagles easing into title game preparations

Coach Beau Baldwin and his top-ranked Eastern Washington football team will get in a couple of practices prior to taking a brief break for the upcoming Christmas holiday.  And once the Eagles return, they will begin all-out preparations for their Jan. 7 showdown against Delaware in the NCAA Division I Championship game that will play out in Frisco, Texas.

You can take an early look at the practice-plan story that will appear in Tuesday morning’s S-R here, and you get more details on how to buy tickets for the title game here.


More on Eags’ semifinal win over Villanova

Back a little later than I had hoped, but, as promised, I’ve provided some links below to stories related to Eastern Washington’s 41-31 win over defending national champion Villanova in Friday’s semifinals of the FCS playoffs.

Read on, but before you do, check out this link to the day-after notebook that will run in Sunday morning’ s S-R.

Check out game story on Eagles’ historic win

You can get an early look at the game story on Eastern’s 41-31 FCS semifinal playoff win over Villanova that will appear in Saturday morning’s S-R here.  And check back tomorrow for additional links to other related stories, along with more comments from the players and coaches involved in Friday night’s game.



Eagles earn berth in FCS title game

Bo Levi Mitchell threw for 292 yards and four touchdowns Friday night, leading Eastern Washington to a 41-31 win over Villanova in the semifinals of the FCS playoffs at Roos Field.

The Eagles will play the winner of Saturday’s Delaware-Georgia Southern semi in the NCAA Division I Championship in Frisco, Texas, on Jan. 7. 

Eagles brace for semifinal showdown

Defending national champion Villanova and No. 1-ranked Eastern Washington University clash tonight at Roos Field in the semifinals of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

Kickoff is set for 5, and the matchup promises to be entertaining.  You can read the game advance tha appeared in Friday morning’s S-R here, and you take a look on the feature story I did on Villanova’s do-everything senior wide receiver Matt Szczur here. I’ve also included some addition links to related stories below.

Eags’ Baldwin finalist for Coach of Year award

Eastern Washington’s Beau Baldwin, who has his No. 1-ranked Eagles in the semifinals of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, has been named one of five finalists for the esteemed Liberty Mutual FCS Coach of the Year Award.

More details here

AP honors Eags’ Sherritt, Jones

Eastern Washington’s senior linebacker J.C. Sherritt and junior running back Taiwan Jones have both been named to the first team of the Associated Press FCS All-America Team.

You can read more here, and get the details of Sherritt also being named to the Walter Camp All-America team here.



EWU’s Brown set to step in for Taiwan

Eastern Washington’s true freshman Mario Brown is experiencing all kinds of different emotions as he prepares to fill in for injured teammate Taiwan Jones as the Eagles’ starting running back in Friday’s FCS semifinal-round playoff matchup against Villanova at Roos Field.

You can get at early look at the story on Brown that will appear in Wednesday morning’s S-R here

EWU’s Jones out with broken foot

Eastern Washington’s No. 1-ranked football team will be without the services of all-American running back Taiwan Jones for Friday night’s FCS semifinal playoff matchup against visiting Villanova.

According to EWU’s head athletic trainer Brian Norton, x-rays taken on Sunday showed that Jones suffered a fracture to the base of the 5th metatarsal in his left foot in Saturday’s 38-31 overtime playoff win over North Dakota State.  According to Norton, Jones will consult with an orthopedic specialist on Monday to see if surgery is necessary.

Norton added therer might be a slight chance Jones could return for the FCS championship on Jan. 7 — provided surgery is performed, and the Eagles make it past Villanova at Roos Field on Friday night.

EWU to host Villanova on Friday

Top-ranked and fifth-seeded Eastern Washington will entertain defending national champion Villanova in the semifinals of the FCS playoffs at Roos Field on Friday. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m., with the game being televised on ESPN2.

You can get more details here.


Looking back on Eags’ stirring playoff win

There were far too many big plays and outstanding individual performances during Eastern Washington’s 38-31 overtime FCS playoff win over North Dakota State to fit into Sunday’s S-R, so I’ve cobbled together some additional post-game quotes and links to related stories below.

Read on. But before you do, check out these game photos shot by S-R photographers.


Eags survive in OT, advance to FCS semis

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EWU used a late-game 90-yard drive to tie North Dakota State and then knocked off the Bison 38-31 at Roos Field on Saturday to advance to the semifinals of the FCS playoffs, where they will host defending national champion Villanova next Friday or Saturday.

You can get an early look at the game story that will appear in Sunday morning’s S-R here, and you can see what EWU’s sports information department posted about the game here.  I’ve also included this link to what the Big Sky Conference office had on the game.

And be sure to check back tomorrow for more links to related stories, along with some additional comments from players and coaches involved in Saturday’s quarterfinals thriller.

And, along with this link

Eags face another built-to-run opponent

For the second-straight weekend, the Eastern Washington’s defense will be geared up to stop the run on Saturday when the No. 1-ranked Eagles play host to North Dakota State in the quarterfinals of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

You can click here for an early look at the game advance that will appear in Saturday’s S-R.

Baldwin keeps it going at Eastern

In only his third season as Eastern Washington University’s head football coach, Beau Baldwin has the Eagles in the FCS playoffs for the second straight year and poised to advance to the semifinals for only the second time in school history.

This story on EWU’s successful young coach ran in Friday’s morning’ s S-R. And check back on Saturday for an early look at the game story from tomorrow’s quarterfinal-round showdown between the Eagles and North Dakota State..

Bison linebacker never doubted his return to football

When North Dakota State’s Matt Anderson lines up at his weak-side linebacker position in Saturday’s  12:30 p.m. FCS playoff game against Eastern Washington at Roos Field, he will do so with an ever-growing appreciation for the sport he loves.

Anderson, a 6-foot-2, 233-pound senior, whose junior year was cut short by a neck injury, has made it all the way back to become a major contributor, once again, to the Bison defense.  And you can read the story on his comeback that appeared in Thursday morning’s S-R here.

In addition, I’ve included this link to John Blanchette’s column on EWU’s senior two-time all-American J.C. (Jed Clampett?) Sherritt that ran in Wednesday’s S-R.

Eags Sherritt, Jones named to AFCA All-Ameria Team

EWU’s senior linebacker J.C. Sherritt and junior running back Taiwan Jones have both been named to the College Football Coaches Association’s FCS All-American.

You get a quick read on the related story on the S-R’s website here;  you can see what Eastern’s sports information department posted about the awards here, and you can access the story on AFCA’s website here

A look back at Eastern’s big playoff win

Eastern Washington’s 37-17 win over Southeast Missouri State in Saturday’s second round of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs moved the top-ranked and fifth-seeded Eagles into the quarterfinals, where they will host unseeded North Dakota State at Roos Field this coming Friday or Saturday.

I’ve included some links to related FCS playoffs stories below and will post a link later this evening to a day-after story on Eastern’s win over SEMO that will appear in Monday morning’s S-R.

Read on.

South Bend plows over Colfax

Colfax had no answer to South Bend’s running game. Consequently, the Bulldogs fell in the 2B state football championship game for a second straight year.

Here’s my game story.

Ferris 4A state champ

The Ferris Saxons broke through against the state power, topping the Skyline Spartans 24-16 in the 4A state final at the Tacoma Dome.

Here’s a link to my game story.

Back with link to EWU’s game story

As promised, I’m back with this link to the story that will appear in Sunday’s S-R about Eastern Washington’s 37-17 Roos Field win over Southeast Missouri State in the second round of the FCS playoffs.

And check back on Sunday for addition links to related stories.


Ferris 14-0 at halftime

Well, Ferris’ defense has done its job and is getting some help from the offense.

Linebacker Cole Lemer is having a fabulous game with an interception and a couple of knock downs.  And Riley Stockton recovered a fumble that thwarted a Skyline scoring attempt.

Lemer’s interception set up the Saxons’ first touchdown, a 17-yard pass from Ben Goodwin to Jordan Tonani, who beat arguably the state’s best athlete, Kasen Williams, on the play.

Then Stockton hauled in a 17-yard TD pass from Goodwin, and Stockton beat Kasen Williams and another Spartans cornerback.

Skyline has 158 yards total offense. QB Max Browne 10 of 21 for 137 yards. Spartans have rushed for just 21 yards.

Ferris has 142 yards total offense. Goodwin has completed 7 of 13 for 46 yards. Saxons have rushed for 96.

Sharkey coach of year

Doug Pacey of the Tacoma News Tribune puts together an All-Classification All-State Team, and Pacey named Ferris coach Jim Sharkey (pictured above) as the coach of the year. A good call by Pacey. He also named Gonzaga Prep running back Bishop Sankey and Ferris safety Riley Stockton to the team.

Reminder: I’ll be tweeting from the 4A and 2B state football championship games. Catch the tweets at twitter.com/srpreps

1B: Lummi tops Cusick

Lummi pulled even early in the third quarter and then the Blackhawks pulled away in the State 1B football championship game Friday at the Tacoma Dome.

Here’s my game story here.

3A: Bellevue champs again

The power of 3A football, the Bellevue Wolverines, made the Kamikin Braves look like a junior varsity team in a 38-0 romp at the Tacoma Dome.

The No. 1-ranked Wolverines (13-1) scored on five Kamiakin (13-1) turnovers, bolting to a 31-0 lead by halftime.

It’s Bellevue’s eighth state title in 10 years.

Two of FCS’s finest on display at Roos Field on Saturday

Eastern Washington’s Taiwan Jones and Southeast Missouri State’s Henry Harris are among the top Football Championship Subdivision running back in the country, and will match numbers again each other on Saturday afternoon at Roos Field, when the Eagles and Redhawks kick it off at 1:05 in the second-round FCS playoff showdown.

Check back later for an early look at the game advance that will appear in Saturday morning’s S-R. In addition, you can click here to read the feature story on SEMO’s junior quarterback Matta Scheible that appeared in Friday morning’ s S-R.



Sea-Tac media pick Skyline big

The Seattle/Tacoma media are picking the Skyline Spartans to handle the Ferris Saxons on Saturday. Mason Kelley with the Seattle Times picks Skyline to crush Ferris, 35-7, while his teammate, Sandy Ringer, picks Skyline to win 35-14. Doug Pacey of the Tacoma News Tribune also picks Skyline, but figures the game will be closer.

Lummi is picked to beat Cusick in 1B, but Colfax is picked to beat South Bend.

Of course yours truly picked the three area teams. So I’m either an idiot (no comment, please) or an expert!

Who do you pick to win the title games? Bellevue is also picked to beat Kamiakin. I picked Kamiakin.

Reminder: I’ll be tweeting (twitter.com/srpreps) during our our teams’ games.

No praying in the end zone?

A Tumwater player scored a touchdown in the semifinal win over East Valley on Monday, then dropped to one knee and pointed to the sky. He was praying. Seconds later, a referee threw a flag for unsportsmanlike behavior.

Check out this video posted by the Seattle Times here. And Gail Wood of The Olympian newspaper and a former Coeur d’Alene Press reporter has a story about the flap here.

The Tacoma News Tribune posted a different video here.

QUESTION: What do you think about this?

Dyslexia almost derailed Jones’ football dream

Becasue of his learning disability, Taiwan Jones fell off the recruiting radar of the big-name football schools.  But the junior running back has found a stage on which to perform at Eastern Washington University — and he’s getting by in the classroom, as well.

You can read the feature story on Jones that appeared in Thursday morning’s S-R here.  And I’ve included some links to other stories related to Eastern’s second-round FCS playoff matchup against Southeast Missouri Sate at Roos Field below.

Read on, and be sure to check back tomorrow to learn more about SEMO’s junior quarterback Matt Scheible.