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Preps this week


Here’s a quick early look at what’s on tap in the area this week.

Click the tab below.

Thursday Prep Page


Click the tab below to see today’s menu for the Prep Page.

Pictured above is Gonzaga Prep senior Bishop Sankey, who we featured in a story this week.

Preps this week

UPDATED: Wednesday

Got an e-mail from a follower over the weekend who wondered why there doesn’t seem to be as much conversation this fall on the prep posts. I suggested the interest is there - if not increasing by what I can determine - but fewer people are talking. It appears the cat has Big Al’s tongue, too.

Anyway, click the tab below to see perhaps some conversation starters about what’s going on this week.

Here are the Seattle Times’ updated football rankings. Here are the Tacoma News Tribune’s updated football rankings.

Thursday Prep Page

A few things to link to. Click the tab below for more.

Also, see results of early September poll.

Menegas turns to writing

Former Lewiston and Post Falls football coach Nick Menegas is writing a weekly column - Coach’s Corner - for the Lewiston Tribune.

I’m going to post those columns from time to time. Click the tab below to read about one of his former players who is a standout lineman in the NFL.

Longtime Legion coach dismissed

Tom Grunenfelder, longtime Lewis-Clark Twins American Legion baseball coach, has been dismissed.

Click the tab below to read a story from the Lewiston Tribune newspaper.

Prep football this week

So which is the real University football team? The one that handled Lewis and Clark last week or the one that Ferris topped the week before?

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CdA athlete dies in accident

UPDATE: Monday a.m.

Click the tab below to read about the death of Coeur d’Alene baseball standout Devon Austin in a car accident early Sunday morning. A friend of Austin, Ryan Reinhardt, also died in the accident.

Austin is pictured above.

Here’s a link to the story about the accident in this morning’s Twin Falls newspaper.

Gomez sets Walters record

A great football Saturday, but maybe even a better day to run. The Tracy Walters Invitational with state cross country championship teams from Montana, Idaho and Washington, lived up to the billing with a couple of course records. North Central boys and Bozeman girls have the best teams but the records go to Kamiakin junior and Coeur d’Alene’s amazing Kinzey Gomez. There were also big meets at Mead (Meadlander) and Silverwood.

Football back in Northport

You don’t have to wait until Thursday morning to read my column.

For the first time since 1951, they’re going to play football in Northport.

Labor Day preps

Click the tab below to see links around the Pacific Northwest.

CdA, lightning stop Moses Lake

I thought I had difficulties Friday. In North Idaho, they had to deal with lightning, lightning delays, rain and more lightning.

Correspondent Steve Christilaw was at the Coeur d’Alene/Moses Lake game that endured a 1 hour and 10 minute lightning delay, only to restart and finally be stopped because of a second round of lightning.

Here’s a link to his story.

A gander at prep football

UPDATED: Friday, 10:45 a.m.

Thought it would be good to refresh this and put it at the top of Sportslink with tonight being the official kickoff to the high school season.

We start our look at Greater Spokane League football with a feature on preseason favorite Gonzaga Prep and the retooling of its offensive line.

Here are some GSL notes and our predicted order of finish.

Here is our Great Northern League glance.

Here is our Intermountain League glance.

Here is my first fall column. I take a closer look at the GSL and the 5A and 4A Inland Empire League.

PLEASE FEEL free to post your thoughts.

Pictured above is a file photo of Gonzaga Prep running back Bishop Sankey.

Idaho football rankings

Here is Week 1 of the Idaho prep football rankings.

Click the tab below to see.

Preps ready for official kickoff

A handful of North Idaho football teams got the jump on the area last weekend, but this week marks the official start of the fall season.

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Pictured above is University coach Bill Diedrick, whose Titans open at home Friday against Ferris.

Idaho: Football kicks off


Here’s a look at 5A and 4A Inland Empire League football.

Here’s a link to the league glance and predicted order of finish.

Lake City starts well

The Lake City football team got out to a nice start, topping Lakeland 41-7 in a season opener.

Here’s a link to our game story.

In other scores Friday:

Coeur d’Alene 42, Moscow 19; Wallace 60, Clark Fork 12; Kootenai 48, Mullan 0.

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.

Idaho cuts some games

The Idaho High School Activities Association passed a measure requiring schools to cut some games in minor sports. It does not affect the revenue-producing sports.

Also, just one Greater Spokane League 3A boys and girls basketball team will be able to earn a state berth in the new regional/state format beginning next year.

Click the tab below to read my unedited story.

Metro bounces back

After seeing its 15-game winning streak snapped last year, Metro bounced back to handle Region 103-81 in the 17th annual Jack Blair Memorial Girls Basketball game Monday at University.

Click the tab below to read my unedited story.

Thursday Prep Page

Dave Trimmer and Greg Lee arrived in Tacoma for state track, softball and soccer Thursday afternoon. The anticipated rain hit at about 7 p.m.

Here’s what appeared in Thursday’s newspaper:

Greg Lee salutes the North Idaho track athletes who survived winter-like conditions at state last Saturday, among other notes.

Lewis and Clark boys, Chessey Thomas of Lewis and Clark and Savannah Bezdicek of Mt. Spokane all won state golf championships.

Here’s a feature on the brother/sister combo, the Stralsers of Cheney.

North Central’s Ben Johnston seeks triple crown.

Final North Idaho honor roll

Click the tab below to see the final North Idaho track and field honor roll.

Post Falls captures state title

The Post Falls softball team cruised to the 5A state championship. Click the tab below to read our unedited story.

NOTE: A parade will take place Sunday, beginning just east of the Highway 41/Seltice Way intersection and contining west on Seltice Way to Spokane Street, up to Poleline Avenue and culminating at the high school where a ceremony in the gym will take place.

Timberlake boys, girls second

Click the tab below to read our unedited story about the Idaho 3A, 2A and 1A state track.

Cda boys 2nd, PF girls 3rd

Click the tab below to read my unedited Idaho 5A and 4A track story.

Timberlake boys, girls rolling

Click the tab below to read by unedited Idaho 3A, 2A and 1A track story.

CdA boys second, PF girls third

Click the tab below to read my unedited Idaho 5A and 4A state track story.

Idaho state track

Click the tab below to read by unedited story from the first day of the Idaho state track meet in Boise.

Thursday Prep Page

Dave Trimmer had this feature on Mead pole vaulter Tasha Clark.

Here’s a column on Lewis and Clark’s Levi Taylor.

Jim Meehan had this feature on Post Falls softball pitcher Richelle Ashburn.

Lake City freshman pitcher Casey Stangel suffers appendectomy, plans to pitch at state.

CdA boys in third; Pounds leads

The Coeur d’Alene boys golf team is in third and the Vikings’ Alex Pounds shot the day’s low round in the first day of the Idaho State 5A tournament at Avondale Golf Club in Hayden.

Click the tab below to read our unedited story.