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Grip on Sports: A Sunday with a regional legend saying goodbye and a national one saying hello to a new home

A GRIP ON SPORTS • When you admire an athlete, it doesn’t matter what uniform he or she wears. But when they wear a uniform of a team you support, …


Paul Turner: How to talk when we talk about Hoopfest

Here’s a quick guide to the sort of Hoopfest stories your co-workers and others will actually want to hear from you today.


UPDATED: Sun., July 1, 2018, 11:10 p.m.

Team USA teens cruise through Hoopfest elite women’s division

Four champions were crowned in Hoopfest’s respective elite divisions Sunday.


UPDATED: Sun., July 1, 2018, 9:21 p.m.

Hoopfest 2018 wraps up with family, food and more than a few sprained ankles

Family, food and fun: A rundown of Sunday’s events as Hoopfest 2018 draws to a close.


Grip on Sports: Even after a day off, some things just don’t change – but others do

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Where were we? Oh ya, the Mariners were winning. They still are. And Hoopfest was coming. It’s here. And some old Zags were playing hoops. …


UPDATED: Sat., June 30, 2018, 11:30 p.m.

Former Gonzaga forward Josh Heytvelt using Hoopfest to fuel his competetive basketball fire

Before Josh Heytvelt lost his first game Saturday in the elite men’s division of Hoopfest, the former Gonzaga big man had touched a basketball maybe five times in the last …


UPDATED: Sat., June 30, 2018, 11:53 p.m.

Elite bracket update: High school team, Stars and Stripes, rolling through Hoopfest’s elite women’s division

Stars and Stripes, which features Notre Dame commit Samantha Brunelle, the top-ranked recruit in 2019 recruiting class, won both of its games Saturday, three months after winning a USA Basketball …


Former Eastern Washington football players take their games from the gridiron to the asphalt for Hoopfest

Ex-EWU football players Shaq Hill, Stu Stiles and Nick Ellison team up Saturday for Hoopfest.


UPDATED: Sat., June 30, 2018, 9:13 p.m.

Still going strong: Hoopfest’s elder players look back on nearly three decades of competition

Hoopfest is an event for all comers, and athletes from second grade to age 77 squared off Saturday in the world’s largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament, now in its 29th year.


UPDATED: Fri., June 29, 2018, 11:13 p.m.

Matt Bouldin puts finishing touch on Few Good Men’s 84-83 win over Team Utah in The Basketball Tournament opener

The Basketball Tournament organizers added a new wrinkle to their winner-take-all, $2 million event with the Elam Ending. Under the Elam rules, at the first dead ball with under 4 …


UPDATED: Fri., June 29, 2018, 11:28 p.m.

YYC Canada add fourth player in hopes of repeating as Hoopfest women’s elite champions; BAMM back to defend coed title

Janelle Bekkering, a former Gonzaga star, brings back an All-Calgary team, including longtime friend Stephanie Price (Lethbridge University) and Kimberly Lee (Waterloo University).


UPDATED: Fri., June 29, 2018, 9:14 p.m.

On eve of Hoopfest, former Gonzaga great Nigel Williams-Goss leads skills camp for kids, talks about his future plans

Nigel Williams-Goss, the All-American who led to Bulldogs to the national title game in 2017, was back in Spokane Friday, giving a one-hour skills camp on the eve of the …


Grip on Sports: It’s not Christmas, it’s better. Hoopfest is back this weekend

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There are many good weekends around here. Memorial Day weekend is always fun. Labor Day weekend means college football is beginning. The weekend that includes …


Tall task ahead: Lee & Hayes knows repeating as Hoopfest 6-foot-and-over champions won’t be a walk in the park

In an elite division littered with ex-college stars, Parker Kelly, who helped EWU reach the 2015 NCAA tournament, believes a championship repeat will be an even tougher pursuit.


SkyRide opens for Hoopfest weekend

The Sky Ride at Riverfront Park will have its official opening this Friday at 10 a.m., just in time for Hoopfest. “We couldn’t miss this opportunity,” said Jon Moog, director …


UPDATED: Thu., June 28, 2018, 11:01 p.m.

City gears up for Hoopfest 2018

More than 6,000 teams will face off in downtown Spokane this weekend for the region’s annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament, Hoopfest.


UPDATED: Thu., June 28, 2018, 8:51 p.m.

Hotels near capacity as Hoopfest weekend approaches

At-capacity hotels in downtown Spokane are seeing last-minute cancellations for this weekend’s Hoopfest, leaving the door open for some late bookings.


UPDATED: Wed., June 27, 2018, 8:32 p.m.

The Basketball Tournament Hoopfest pod: Round three for Few Good Men, Team Utah

The Basketball Tournament schedule-makers appear to have a keen sense of TBT’s short history as well as the best rivalry in the West Coast Conference. Sixth-seeded Few Good Men, which …


UPDATED: Wed., June 27, 2018, 8:33 p.m.

Miami Heat guard Tyler Johnson remembers Hoopfest and childhood in Spokane

A decade before starring at Fresno State and signing a $60 million contact with the Miami Heat, Johnson attended Spokane’s Hamblen, Adams and Sunrise elementary schools as his mother, Jennifer …


Grip on Sports: CTE and the death of a young athlete

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Yesterday was another tough day for fans of Washington State football. Heck, for all of us, really. Once again we are trying to answer a …


UPDATED: Tue., June 26, 2018, 7:16 p.m.

Charlie’s Gold looks to repeat as men’s 6-foot-and-under champions at Hoopfest

Dozens of teams will be looking to dethrone Charlie’s Gold in the men’s 6-foot-and-under division, including annual contender Desert Horse, which won a string of titles from 2014-16.


UPDATED: Wed., June 6, 2018, 6:49 p.m.

Sixth-seeded Few Good Men draw Team Utah in TBT opener

Few Good Men picked up a sixth seed and a first-round matchup with No. 11 Team Utah in The Basketball Tournament’s Hoopfest pod.


UPDATED: Tue., June 5, 2018, 6:04 p.m.

Few Good Men adds former Eagle Jacob Wiley, ex-Cougar DaVonte Lacy

Few Good Men, the Gonzaga-centric entry in The Basketball Tournament, has added a few great players well known in the Inland Northwest and beyond. Few Good Men bolstered its roster …


UPDATED: Sat., May 19, 2018, 6:21 p.m.

Press Box Podcast: Hoopfest registration open until May 25, but space is limited

Guaranteed registration for the 29th edition of the world’s largest 3-on-3 tournament has passed, but the space-available deadline is Friday.


Grip on Sports: The Mariners needed to rally – and they did

A GRIP ON SPORTS • You could sort of feel the Mariners’ season slipping away last night. Down by four runs early, with Felix Hernandez’s evening done, Robinson Cano in …


Gonzaga Prep graduate Oti Gildon will join Oregon teammates for tournament in the Philippines

All those Hoopfest games have paid off in a big way for Oti Gildon.


UPDATED: Wed., May 2, 2018, 5:35 p.m.

Few Good Men staying close to home in The Basketball Tournament’s Hoopfest pod

Few Good Men, comprised of former Zags and probably a few others who played at schools in the region, will be joined by Gael Force (featuring Saint Mary’s alums), Team …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 2, 2017, 8:04 p.m.

Vegas shooting raises security angst level for Spokane venue operators

The mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas has prompted continued angst and attention to security at venues in Spokane – where the same performer who was …


Small communities take Hoopfest’s success, create their own versions

Beer-drinking patrons nearly choked on their mugs when 6-foot-8 Tim Atwood came crashing through their bar’s window.


Grip on Sports: Is it a good habit or a bad one to watch the M’s right now?

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Habits are hard to break. It’s why we are here this morning, despite not much sleep. And it’s probably why you pulled your hair out …