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CdA’s Blakley leads talented area class

Here's a link below to my unedited story about area prep athletes signing letters of intent Wednesday. Pictured above is CdA's Chase Blakley (Boise State) and Austin Chadderdon (Montana).

Lake City defeats Post Falls 36-30

S-R photojournalist Kathy Plonka covered Lake City's win over Post Falls.  Check out this big picture gallery of  her photos.

Post Falls High vs. Capital

S-R photojournalist Tyler Tjomsland covered the Post Falls High opener against Capital.  Capital defeated Post Falls 35-0.  Check out a big picture gallery of his photos.

Prep football galore

The much anticipated football tab appeared in the newspaper today. If you're truly a fan it's a must purchase. Just bypass that tiny mocha for a day. Anyhow, if you want to see our work online, go here. Pictured above is Central Valley coach Rick Giampietri working with some linemen.

Rypien sees himself throwing less

Wednesday was the first day Washington high school football teams could practice. We caught up with Shadle Park junior quarterback Brett Rypien (pictured above). He told us that for the Highlanders to be as successful as they want this year, he needs to throw less and they need to have an effective running game. Here's our story.

Highly successful Mead wrestler moving

Three-time Washington state wrestling champ Chandler Rogers (pictured above) is moving to Stillwater, Okla., for his senior year. Read about the move here.

Thursday Prep Page

Here's our prep-related stories in Thursday's newspaper.

Carson Murray of Rogers, pictured above, is a special student-athlete in many ways.

Wednesday Walton, standout hurdler at Post Falls, is having an outstanding season.

The Greater Spokane League does it right in honoring its scholar athletes.

Here's a our weekly track honor roll.

It's crowded at the top in Greater Spokane League boys soccer.

Thursday Prep Page

Here's the Prep Page menu

Feature: Mead thrower Courtney Hutchinson (pictured above) poised for big senior season.

Track glance: Here's a league-by-league breakdown of top returning state placers and other things.

Column: Idaho state track not what it used to be.

Prep notebook: Mead, Gonzaga Prep name volleyball coaches.

Leiss finished at CdA

It's official: Kent Leiss (pictured above) will not return as boys basketball coach at Coeur d'Alene.

The on-again, off-again saga that began in late January concluded Thursday when Leiss was told by Principal Warren Olson and athletic director Todd Gilkey in a 1-hour meeting that they were recommending that he not be rehired.


Failor Gatorade player of year

Post Falls' Dani Failor (pictured in the middle above) has been named Gatorade player of year in Idaho.

See story below.

Lake City boys poised for state

This is the first of a handful of state high school basketball previews we will publish each day leading up to the state tournaments.

Today we feature the Lake City boys basketball team and its quest for a state championship. Pictured above is one of the Timberwolves' two senior starters, Riley Moreen.

Postseason hoops, wrestling

The Mead girls basketball team is hitting on all notes. Here's a feature as the Panthers continue their journey to Tacoma. Pictured above is sophomore wing Sue Winger and coach Quantae Anderson.

Post Falls wrestling standout Drake Foster is primed for a state repeat.

The Timberlake boys basketball team qualified for state for first time since school opened in 1998 and the Pullman boys qualified for state.

Here's a link to the Washington boys and girls state basketball brackets. Also, here's a link for the WIAA Selection Show on Sunday from the WIAA headquarters in Renton when the draws for the three-day 4A and 3A tournaments in Tacoma.

Coeur d’Alene coach won’t return

Kent Leiss, pictured above, will not return as Coeur d'Alene High's boys basketball coach this season.

Click the tab below to read my unedited story for Tuesday's newspaper.

Thursday Prep Page

Here's a link to a list of all of our Thursday prep stories.

Those dang ACL injuries

I wrote two stories for our newspaper today about the eve-growing concern with anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries. Pictured above is Reed Hopkins of Gonzaga Prep doing rehab.

Here's a link to a story about a handful of basketball players who have suffered season-ending injuries this winter. Here's a general overview about the injuries.

Time for prep postseason football

Call this a prep playoff primer. Or, everything else I couldn’t get into our postseason information box today. And a few other things. Pictured above is Coeur d'Alene running back/linebacker Reece Mahaffy two weeks ago against Lake City.

Click the extended tab below to read more.

And as always, feel free to comment. What are your predictions for the games this week?

Remember, I'll be tweeting scores Friday. My Twitter address is: @srpreps

Prep football aplenty

Our 2012 prep football preview tab will be published Thursday. Every league in our readership area will be represented for a second straight year. (Pictured above is Mead running back Davian Barlow.)

Prep football starts with a flourish this week. Thursday, Shadle Park and Rogers face off in a key 3A Greater Spokane League matchup at Joe Albi Stadium. Kickoff is at 6:15.

Then on Friday, North Central and Mt. Spokane face off along with Gonzaga Prep and Lewis and Clark in a doubleheader at Albi. In an outside game, Mead visits University.

Action continues Saturday. The annual WIAA kickoff quadruple header is at Eastern Washington University's Roos Field.

In the first game, Tekoa-Oakesdale/Rosalia faces Reardan at 10 a.m.; in the second game, Coville takes on Freeman at 1; in the third game, Cheney meets East Valley of Yakima at 4; and in the nightcap at 7, Central Valley and Ferris square off.

I will be posting some notes and a GSL poll on Wednesday.

QUESTION: Your thoughts on the upcoming season?

I'll be doing my Pick 6 weekly prep football picks, beginning Thursday. I'll also be participating with KHQ/SWX sports anchor Michelle Dapper and VarsityCdA.com owner/editor Ryan Collingwood each week predicting North Idaho games. Here's a link to our picks for this week.

Dream matchup



The Coeur d’Alene football team’s 2012 schedule already was going to be the toughest in school history.

Now it’s been amped up another notch.

The 2011 Idaho and Washington big-school state champions will face off when the Skyline Spartans of Sammamish take on the Coeur d’Alene Vikings as part of a quadrupleheader at the Kibbie Dome on Sept. 15. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.

Skyline originally was scheduled to play host to Manatee of Bradenton, Fla., in a matchup between two of the nation’s top quarterbacks. But the game was scrapped when the marketing company that helped arrange the game couldn’t afford to fly Manatee to Washington.

CdA athletic director Todd Gilkey received an email from Skyline’s administration Wednesday confirming it planned to play CdA pending final approval from its school board.

Skyline is led by senior-to-be, 6-foot-5 Max Browne, who has given an oral commitment to the University of Southern California. Browne is rated the nation’s No. 2 recruit.

“I don’t know if it’s congratulations or condolences,” CdA coach Shawn Amos said of landing the game against Skyline. “We’re really excited about it. It’s a great opportunity for our kids to play another high-profile team.”

Skyline is grateful to find a game for Week 3.

“It couldn't have worked out better in that regard,” Skyline coach Mat Taylor said. “We were on the verge of not being able to find a game. And then, to have a showcase game at the Kibbie Dome that Coeur d'Alene didn't have an opponent for Week 3, it worked out well.”

Amos and some members of the 2011 back-to-back state champs are pictured above receiving an award at the SWABs banquet in February in Spokane as the male team of the year in the Inland Northwest.




Prep page, a day late

I was at the hospital Thursday having a minor procedure done (it comes with turning 50 years old), so I wasn't able to post links to our Prep Page stories.

Here you go:

My column was about Joe Albi Stadium and the need to look at the future. A study is underway to look at options to either retrofit Albi or build a stadium elsewhere among several options. What do you think should be done with the venerable stadium?

Jim Allen had this feature on arguably the best boys soccer team in the area (clue: it's not in the GSL).

The lead item in my track notebook is about ultra talented pole vaulter Anandae Clark of Lakeside (Nine Mile).

Thursday Prep Page

Here in our back yard - if you extend that yard to Newport - is one of the top high school throwers in the nation. Remember this name: Aaron Castle (pictured above) and take a look at his story.

Former teacher, highly successful soccer coach and current Mead athletic director Dick Cullen is retiring. Also, another note about Coeur d'Alene football.

Coeur d'Alene hurdler Morgan Stuble is featured in our weekly track notebook. Here's a link to our area track honor roll.

Thursday Prep Page

Love it when we have stories like we do today on Ferris/ Ben Goodwin. Mike Vlahovich did a marvelous job on the story. Here's a link. Ben is pictured above in a photo taken last spring of him and his mother, Mary, who had a double lung transplant last summer.

The first item in my column today is about the partnership the Greater Spokane League and the new Mid-Columbia Conference have struck.

Here's our first track notebook.

Track, golf previews

OK, it's still not spring. I don't care what the calendar says.

We published our track glance with a feature on Mead sprint standout Wes Bailey (pictured above).

Here's a preview of Greater Spokane League golf.

Bring on the state tournaments

I made it over SNOWqualmie Pass this afternoon. Slow going, but a safe trip thankfully.

I'll be at all the State 4A and 3A boys and girls basketball games involving our local teams. I will tweet as often as possible. You can follow at: srpreps.

If you want to follow the Seattle/Tacoma media, try: @DougPaceyTNT and @masonkelley

First tip Thursday involves the Central Valley girls at 9 a.m.

REMINDE: If you haven't voted in one of the two polls I posted earlier this week, please do so. We have well over 500 votes in the poll asking how the small schools will fare at state and more than 400 votes in the poll asking how the bigger schools will fare.

Thursday Prep Page

Here's our Thursday prep-related stories.

I need to pass along an apology to the Gonzaga Prep girls basketball team. I didn't list the Bullpups regional game in our story today. It was a mistake of omission. It wasn't on purpose - regardless of the emails I've received to the contrary. Fun job at times.

Gonzaga Prep takes on Olympia on Saturday at 6 at Spokane Falls Community College.

Zech Martin has arguably been University's most consistent player.

The Post Falls wrestling team is favored to capture the Idaho 5A state championship this weekend. Pictured above at practice are Cole Jesienouski and Nathan McLeod. Both are seeded No. 1 at their weights.

Area boys and girls basketball teams a win away from state berth.

Thursday Prep Page

I'll jump in the company 4x4 Friday morning and make the trek to Tacoma to cover Mat Classic XXIV. I've never been to a Mat Classic and I understand I'm in for a treat - and braced for the most work I'll ever do in two days.

With our staff, I've become the jack of all trades and master of none. Just call me Mr. Versatile. So I won't be able to watch the District 8 3A or District 8 4A girls and boys basketball title games. I'm leaving you in capable hands - those of Vince Grippi and Mike Vlahovich.

I could also be in Boise for the Idaho state girls basketball tournaments. Coeur d'Alene will win another state championship. We'll have correspondents there to help us cover it.

I'll be tweeting updates from the Tacoma Dome. So if you want to follow along, check me out at: srpreps. Our state preview story and info box will be published in Friday's newspaper.

Click the tab below to see today's menu.

Thursday Prep Page

Click the menu below to see our prep offerings today. Pictured above is standout student and athlete Aleisha Hathaway of Shadle Park, the subject of my feature today.

Tuesday night prep hoops

The Coeur d'Alene girls basketball team captured the 5A Region I tournament championship, 50-22, over Post Falls. In the photo above, taken on my company Iphone, is Coeur d'Alene junior guard Caelyn Orlandi, who had a team-high 14 points, nine rebounds and two assists. Here's the link to my game story.

The Central Valley boys captured the school's first Greater Spokane League championship since 1999. Correspondent Vince Grippi was on hand to file this story. The Gonzaga Prep girls locked up second place. Here's our area girls roundup and here's our area boys roundup.

Preps this week

Idaho girls basketball teams are in the midst of state-qualifying tournaments.

The Greater Spokane League and Great Northern League boys and girls basketball teams conclude regular-season play this week before launching into district tournaments next week.

Washington small schools are in the midst of their district tourneys.

And wrestling teams gear up for regionals this weekend - with state next week.

Click the tab below to see the latest GNL boys and girls basketball scoring leaders.

Thursday prep hoops

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Attached is a brief postgame interview with Gonzaga Prep boys basketball coach Matty McIntyre after his Bullpups rallied from a 23-8 deficit in the first quarter to pull away from Lewis and Clark. Here's a link to the game story.

The Central Valley boys won their 11th straight and University of Idahho-bound Ty Egbert went off for 40 points here. The University girls rallied to top Mt. Spokane.

CLICK the tab below to see updated Great Northern League boys and girls scoring leaders provided by Cheney athletic director Jim Missel.