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Zamberlin out as Idaho State coach

Idaho State has announced that its head football coach John Zamberlin will be relieved of his duties following Saturday’s Big Sky game against Eastern Washington at Roos Field.

Eagles head coach Beau Baldwin spents six seasons (1997-2002) as Zamberlin’s quarterbacks coach at Central Washington before hiring on at EWU as Paul Wulff’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

You can see the story the Idaho State Journal ran on Zamberlin’s dismissal and find out how his players reacted here.




Small-school tripleheader

They’re staging a tripleheader of small-school football Saturday at Gonzaga Prep.

Things kick off with Cusick taking on Columbia-Inchelium at 11 a.m. and Wilbur-Creston facing Almira-Coulee/Hartline at 2 p.m. in 1B quarterfinals. The fun is capped with a 2B quarterfinal when Colfax meets Lind-Ritzville/Sprague at 5.

In state girls soccer, Lakeside takes on Bush in a 1A semifinal at 2 p.m. at Carl Sparks Stadium in Puyallup. In a 2A semifinal, East Valley faces White River at Sparks Stadium at 6. The championship matches are on Saturday.

More on EWU’s win over Southern Utah

We have some additional player comments below from EWU’s 31-24 win over Southern Utah on Saturday.

In addition, I’ve included this link to the game story that appeared in Sunday’s S-R, along with this link to post-game column written by John Blanchette.  You can also read the Big Sky roundup provided by the league office here and check out what EWU’s sports information department posted about the game here.

Read on.

Opponents set for Ferris, Mt. Spokane

Ferris (11-0) and Chiawana (11-0) will square off Saturday at Edgar Brown Stadium in Pasco in a 4A quarterfinal. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. Chiawana topped Newport of Bellevue today 30-10.

Mt. Spokane (10-1) and Kamiakin (11-0) will tangle Saturday at Lampson Stadium in Kennewick in a 3A quarterfinal. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. Kamiakin handled Kelso today 50-6.

Coeur d’Alene to title game

The Coeur d’Alene football team, thanks to a blocked punt late by senior Drew Turbin that set up the winning touchdown, downed the Capital Eagles 28-24 in a 5A state semifinal Saturday afternoon at Boise State University’s Bronco Stadium.

Coeur d’Alene (10-1) will meet Centennial (9-2) on Friday at the Kibbie Dome in the state championship game. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

Here is the game story.

Eags survive another big scare

Despite being outgained by by more than 100 yards, Eastern Washington managed to hold off visiting Southern Utah 31-24 at Roos Field on Saturday.

The winning touchdown came on a 24-yard touchdown pass from Bo Levi Mitchell to Brandon Kaufman with 2:22 left in the game. It was Kaufman’s second TD catch of the day.

Here is the story.

Ferris, Mt. Spokane advance

The Ferris and Mt. Spokane football teams won their 4A and 3A first-round games Friday at Albi Stadium.

Ferris topped Richland 33-17 and Mt. Spokane stopped University 48-35. I’ll be back later to post my game stories.

Jordan Tonani of Ferris, pictured above, charges through a hole against Richland.

Mitchell right answer for Eags’ QB question

By his own admission, Bo Levi Mitchell has yet to play his best game as Eastern Washington’s starting quarterback.  And that would seem to bode well for the future, considering the first-year junior transfer has helped put the Eagles in a late-season position they haven’t been in since 1997.

You can read the feature on Mitchell that ran in this morning’s S-R here. And don’t forget to check back later for an early look at the game advance for Saturday’s Southern Utah-EWU matchup that will run in tomorrow’s S-R.

Thursday, preps

PREPS, updated

The fall sports season doesn’t get much busier around here than the last couple of weeks. But as a few of our football teams fall by the wayside and volleyball and soccer wrap up in the next couple of weeks, things will slow down momentarily until … basketball starts at the end of the month.

Not much transition between seasons. In fact, girls basketball in Idaho tips off this weekend.

Click the tab below to see the various prep things in Thursday’s newspaper.

NOTE: I will be tweeting updates from the 4A and 3A football doubleheader Friday at Albi Stadium. You can follow me on Twitter at twitter.com/SRpreps

CdA state football semifinal


The Coeur d’Alene at Capital 5A state football semifinal game Saturday at 11 a.m. can be watched live here.

Baldwin: Stakes still high for Eagles

Eastern Washington would seem to have a bit of an FCS playoff cushion as it heads into its final two regular-season football games.  But Eagles’ coach Beau Baldwin insists the stakes are still extremely high for his team as it prepares to take on Southern Utah in a non-conference game at Roos Field on Saturday.

You can read Baldwin’s comments in my Big Sky Notebook for Tuesday’s paper. There is also  this link to the weekly game notes supplied by EWU’s sports information department, along with this link to the football roundup posted by the Big Sky office and this link to the notes SUU’s sports info folks have on Saturday’s game. 


Idaho: State football playoffs

They move to the semifinals this week in the Idaho high school football playoffs, and just one District I team - Coeur d’Alene - remains in the hunt for a state championship. Not a surprise. Outside of the 5A Inland Empire League, football in North Idaho this year was weak.

Click the tab below for the semifinal matchups.

Richland throttles Prep

Other than one magical run, Bishop Sankey couldn’t get untracked and Richland ended Gonzaga Prep’s football season with a 21-7 win Friday night at Fran Rish Stadium. The story is here

Live stream: Gonzaga Prep at Richland

Here’s live streaming video from tonight’s Gonzaga Prep at Richland game, thanks to the Tri-City Herald. The game starts at 7 p.m. Click below to access the video player.

Live stream: Central Valley at Chiawana

Here’s live streaming video from tonight’s Central Valley at Chiawana game, thanks to the Tri-City Herald. The game starts at 7 p.m. Click below to access the video player.

GNL avoids tiebreakers


The much anticipated Kansas Tiebreaker among Great Northern League football teams was avoided thanks to West Valley knocking off Cheney last night.

Click here to read our Thursday roundup. ALSO, the Greater Spokane League got off to a 3-0 start against the Columbia Basin Big Nine in football crossovers last night, including Rogers’ breaking a 16-game losing streak by beating Pasco on the road. I expect several more GSL wins tonight.

Online chat Thursday


Thursday we’re doing our first online prep chat.

Topic: Football and impending state playoffs and anything football related.

The chat will begin at 11 a.m. Stay tuned for more details. You’ll probably get tired of seeing my frequent reminders in the days to come. Put it on your calendars.

Thanks to those who have been participating on this current thread. It’s as if we’ve already been engaging in an online chat. Carry on.

Idaho state football playoffs

Click the tab below to see the finalized sites and times for the Idaho state high school football playoffs.

For our Idaho followers: Which teams do you see faring well and why?

Let’s help Big Sky AD’s set new divisions

The Big Sky announced on Monday that Southern Utah and North Dakota, a pair of NCAA Division II schools in the process of transitioning to Football Championship Subdivision status, have accepted invitations to join the Big Sky Conference.

I’ve included links to related stories below. South Dakota has also been offered an invitation and according to BSC commish Doug Fullerton, is likely to accept,  which would bring the league to 14 football-playing schools and, according to Fullerton, force the Sky to break into two sub divisions.

Fullerton also said one might be able to figure out the likely 7-team division breakdowns by lookiing at a map and checking flight services into and out of the cities involved.  I did, and I have my thoughts on how a North-South divisional setup might play out.

But I think we should all help out the Fullerton and the BSC athletic directors by leaving our own opinions on how a North-South split should shake down. So go ahead and weigh in here with your suggestions.

North teams?  South teams?



Washington football play-in games

Click the tab below to see the matchups for Eastern Washington prep football teams in play-in games this week.

Idaho state football pairings

Click the tab below to see the Idaho state high school football pairings.

Viks Score In last Minute To Nip LCHS

On Rocky Castaneda’s Facebook page, Rocky identifies the Lake City players in this photo as (from left): : Colton Carlson, Robbie Quinn, Simon Gookin, Allen Carmichael (photos).

At first it looked like there was no doubt the rematch would be at Coeur d’Alene, at least until the second half when it appeared the game would have to move west across Highway 395. Then CdA junior quarterback Chad Chalich engineered a six-play, 71-yard drive in the final 94 seconds, capped when Actually, less than a minute elapsed when Connor Harris slipped two tackles after running a little drag route across the field and turned it into a 28-yard touchdown down the left sideline with 43 seconds to play. … That he did, completing 25 of 38 passes for 258 yards and three touchdowns. But after the top-ranked Vikings (8-1, 3-0) controlled the game and built a 13-0 halftime lead, the Timberwolves (6-3, 2-1) reversed things/Dave Trimmer, SR. More here.

Question: Isn’t it ridiculous that two good teams like Coeur d’Alene High and Lake City High have to play again in the first round of the playoffs, which means one will not move on to challenge southern Idaho teams?

Eags survive big Sac State scare

With its offense struggling once again on Saturday, Eastern Washington took advantage of a horrible Sacramento State punt late in the game to put together a game-winning 35-yard touchdown drive and retain a share of the Big Sky Conference lead.

You can take a look at the game story that will appear in Sunday’s S-R here.


Nothing short of amazing


I’ve watched hundreds of prep football games in my 26 years here, but the comeback win by the Ferris Saxons was impressive. Click here to read the story. By the way, Ferris is 7-0. My story listed a 6-0 record. Here’s our GSL roundup here with Gonzaga Prep’s Bishop Sankey inching closer to the league’s all-time career rushing record. Here’s our roundup of the other games in the region. Here’s a list of all the Washington and Idaho scores. And the Lewis and Clark girls soccer team captured the GSL championship here.

CLARIFICATION: The play at the end of the third quarter in the Ferris/Mead game - that I wrote about in the top of my story - was properly conducted by the referees as it turns out. A double personal foul had been called on each team and by rule one more untimed play must be allowed before starting the next quarter. The explanation given in the press box was incorrect. The referees did their job. I personally didn’t see the flags on the play.

Eags win despite offensive struggles

Eastern Washington’s offense committed five turnovers on Saturday, but its defense came through with a huge effort in an important 21-14 Big Sky Conference win over Northern Arizona at Roos Field.

You can read the game story that will appear in Sunday’s S-R here, and you can see what EWU’s sports information department posted about the game here.

And be sure to check back tomorrow for additional thoughts and comments on the victory.



Vik Footballers Best In Region

Perhaps the best football team in the region this year doesn’t reside in the Greater Spokane League. I suspect that team is about 32 miles east of Spokane. We can’t know if Coeur d’Alene is truly the best team in the area because the GSL and Inland Empire League teams aren’t playing this year as they have in recent seasons. I’d love to see a game between Ferris and Coeur d’Alene. That would settle the question for me. Over in Idaho, Coeur d’Alene is making a case that it’s one of the best teams in the state, if not the best. Last Friday, the Vikings (4-1) knocked off No. 1-ranked Rocky Mountain of Meridian 34-22. CdA moved from fifth to second in the poll this week/Greg Lee, SR. More here.

Question: I watched and enjoyed Coeur d’Alene High’s 34-22 victory over then No. 1 Rocky Mountain last Friday. My son played for the Viks. I had forgotten how much fun high school football can be. How about you? Do you attend any prep football games?

More on EWU’s big road win over Weber

Eastern Washington, with star running back Taiwan Jones watching from the sidelines, picked up a huge Big Sky Conference road win on Saturday by beating Weber State 35-24.  I’ve posted some links to the game and related stories below, so read on.

EWU expects to have Jones ready by Saturday

There is encouraging news for Eastern Washington’s football team concerning the health status of junior running back Taiwan Jones, who was injured in last weekend’s 30-7 loss at Montana State

You can read more here.

A look back at Eags’ loss to MSU

I’m about to load up the company rig and set out on the six-hour drive back from Bozeman to Spokane, so any definitive word on the health status of Eastern Washington running back Taiwan Jones probably won’t come until Monday.

Stay turned, and read on for more about the Eagles’ 30-7 Big Sky Conference loss to Montana State in which Jones sustained a still-undiagnosed injury to his midsection and played only one down in the second half.