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How would Bellevue fare against a GSL all-star team?

Friday Night Football? Not So Much

From Facebook Friend Brian Cronin: “I've bit my tongue on this long enough. The glorification of high school football, as evidenced by the TV news coverage on Friday nights, represents the many ways in which we prioritize the wrong things (and send very clear messages about those priorities) when it comes to young people and schools.”

  • Remember to follow local high school sports of SR/KHQ site: nwprepsnow.com. ;-)

Question: Do you think Friday night high school football is important?

Can you spot the state that isn’t?

States that are high school football powers.

Florida, Ohio, Texas, Vermont, California, Pennsylvania.

Just wondering

If Gonzaga Prep had played Gonzaga High School (back in Washington, D.C.) in football every year since 2000, what would the series record be now?


RIP: High school football?

The end of Twinkies has been big news for several days (see Cathy's great post below). Even the priest Sunday at Mass in my temporary Chicago parish mentioned it. He also mentioned the end of Kodak (the camera company filed for bankruptcy last January). He wondered if future generations would understand the term “Kodak Moment” which describes great pictures captured at gatherings.

He then added one more cultural phenomenon that could die out — high school football! If concerns about concussions in young brains continue to escalate parents might not let their boys play football in high school, let alone middle school.

If high school football ends, doesn't that mean college football would lack players to recruit and if college football ended wouldn't that spell the end of professional football?

A culture without football? Are the healthy brains of our little ones worth it? My vote: Yes.


(S-R file photo of Texas high school football)

PM Scanner Traffic — 11.6.12

  • 5:25 p.m. Victoria in 1100 block of S. Baker/PF reports strange vehicle in her land had brights on house & now has turned them off.
  • 4:59 p.m. Elderly female driving vehicle 5 p.m. on 15th s/b from Margaret/CdA.
  • 4:57 p.m. Possible DUI driver weaving on H95/MP 434 (Honeysuckle/CdA).
  • 4:43 p.m. Vehicle still driveable after hitting deer on H54/Farragut Park visitors center.
  • 4:37 p.m. Possible grass fire reported @ undisclosed location on Meyer/Rathdrum.
  • 4:31 p.m. Parking problem reported @ Hauser Lake fire station, where voting is going on.
  • 4:28 p.m. 29YO female is unconscious @ North Idaho Dialysis, 2100 Ironwood Court/CdA.
  • 4:25 p.m. Female has fallen in parking lot (unknown location), hitting head & injuring back.
  • 15 more items + AM Scanner Traffic link below

Just wondering

Before today, how would you have reacted if you had been watching a movie or TV show that included a high school football player kicking a 67-yard field goal?

A) “Right.” B) “Well, I've see enough of this.” C) “What do they take me for?” D) “Give me a break.” E) “Oh, for the love of…” F) Other.

Lee: Skyline, Viks Game ‘Unique’

Unique is a word journalists are encouraged to avoid like the plague. But unique is the single-best word to describe a prep football showdown Saturday at the Kibbie Dome. That’s when No. 1-ranked and two-time defending Idaho 5A state champ Coeur d’Alene faces off with No. 1-ranked and defending Washington State 4A champ Skyline of Sammamish. Kickoff is at 8. When have defending state champs of the biggest classifications from neighboring states played? They haven’t in my 29 years here. Something similar occurred, though, Sept. 10, 1982. CdA squared off against Gonzaga Prep at Spokane Falls Community College. Both teams would go on and capture state titles. G-Prep led 14-6 at halftime, but the Vikings, behind 5-foot-10 junior quarterback Scott Wellman and a host of other contributors, rallied for a 23-17 win. It would be the Vikings’ most competitive game in a 12-0 season/Greg Lee, SR. More here.

Question: Have you seen the CHS Viks play during their 24-game winning streak that brought back-to-back state titles?

Pick: Skyline Will End Viks Win Streak

At VarsityCDA.com, all three prognosticators predict that Skyline of Washington will end Coeur d'Alene's 24-game winning streak at the Kibbie Dome this weekend:

Greg Lee: As much as I’d like to pick the Vikings, I must go with the Spartans. USC-bound quarterback Max Browne is the real deal and if the Spartans protect him, it could be a long night for CdA. Skyline 37, CdA 28

Michelle Dapper: Max Browne and the Spartans are fresh off their 57-25 win over Cottonwood on national television. Browne finished with 387 yards and five scores in the rout. Coeur d’Alene’s 24-game win streak may just come to an end at the Kibbie Dome. Skyline 57, CdA 35

Ryan Collingwood: The Vikings’ offense has the means to put up yards on just about anyone, but going up against one of the top offenses in the country with a savvy 6’5 quarterback — one capable of seeing over the Vikings’ smaller defensive backs — will be a chore. No doubt CdA is the best in Idaho but it is too inconsistent to best Spartans. Skyline 34, CdA 21.

More here.

Viks Meet Eagle For Title Tonight

Kerri Thoreson and talented Coeur d'Alene High QB Chad Chalich, who is wrapping up a successful career for the Viks met at KVNI HQ recently.

Standing in the way of Coeur d’Alene High and a second straight state 5A football championship tonight is a team with a talented quarterback, a high-powered offense and a strong, but underrated, defense. Sound familiar? “I think they’re similar to us,” Coeur d’Alene coach Shawn Amos said of Eagle. “They have a very good defense that has been overshadowed by their good offense.” Coeur d’Alene (11-0) and Eagle (10-1) collide tonight in the state title game at 6 p.m. PST at Bronco Stadium in Boise/Mark Nelke, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Feel free to predict the final score.

Edit: Moscow Right To Decide To Play

In a Moscow-Pullman Daily News editorial, Lee Rozen applauds Moscow High's decision to play Coeur d'Alene High in a football game Friday: “As a parent, it's impossible not to be sympathetic. The Bears don't have a lot of extra players. If they hope to do well in postseason play, they'll need to keep their players healthy. Why not just forfeit this meaningless game? We salute the Moscow officials who made the decision announced yesterday to play the game. This is not a decision about football. It's a decision about education. Every one of us has faced or will face insurmountable, unfair, even overwhelming obstacles in our lives. There was or will be no opportunity to call a forfeit if we intend to keep on living. We'll be required to play through whatever pain or embarrassment is involved. We may be left with scars. Our children need to learn some of these lessons.” Full editorial here.

Question: Is it possible that Moscow High will do way better than they think against the Viks? Anyone recall how the saga of David & Goliath turned out?

Online prep football chat at 11

Sports writer Greg Lee is hosting a live chat this morning on prep football, the impending state playoffs and anything football related. The chat will begin at 11 a.m. Follow along with the viewer below.

CdA, Lake City, Post Falls Footballers Win

  • Bonners Ferry 16, Libby, Mont. 9
  • Clark Fork 52, Mullan 14
  • Coeur d’Alene 44, Lewiston 3
  • Lake City 46, Wenatchee, Wash. 18
  • Lakeside 58, Kootenai 28
  • Moscow 56, Timberlake 26
  • Post Falls 56, Timberline 6
  • Priest River 54, Kellogg 30
  • Riverside, Wash. 59, St. Maries 7
  • Sandpoint 41, Lakeland 21

Complete Idaho, Washington scores

Idaho starts this week

I had to interrupt my attendance at Greater Spokane League football practices this week to do my 5A and 4A Inland Empire League football preview and glance.

Lake City and Coeur d’Alene, along with a handful of other teams, open their seasons this week.

My IEL preview package is scheduled to run Thursday.

If I had to pick a favorite right now in the GSL it would be difficult. Five of the six 4A schools are in the mix and you can’t overlook 3A University and Mt. Spokane.

In the IEL, three of four 5A schools will challenge for the league title and Sandpoint and Moscow figure to battle for the 4A crown.

QUESTION: What do you see happening? In the Great Northern League, for example, Clarkston is poised to have its best season in years. In the Intermountain League, Timberlake and Bonners Ferry should challenge for the league title.

Pictured above is Lake City quarterback Mark Smyly.

Sloan back after summer scare

The wait is just about over. Washington high school football teams are fine-tuning for this weekend’s opening games, beginning Thursday when defending Greater Spokane League champion and state semifinalist Ferris faces North Central at Albi Stadium, 6:30 p.m. It is precursor to Friday night’s huge showdown game between Mt. Spokane and Mead at 8.

One bit of good news at Central Valley, which hosts Rogers Friday at 7, is that Rick Sloan is back helping handle the offense. He was diagnosed with a pre-rheumatoid arthritic condition and took the summer off from coaching Bears basketball.

Other games Friday: Lewis and Clark at Lake City (non-league), East Valley at Gonzaga Prep, both 7 and Shadle Park-University, 5:30, Albi. We’ll see early how accurate my predicted order of finish in tomorrow’s S-R might be.