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Grip on Sports: Hurricanes now seem to have an impact on college football schedules every year

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s just one of those fall Fridays, isn’t it? You take a look at the television schedule, check the weather report, say a little pray …


Grip on Sports: The rhythm of the football season mandates a slow buildup to each Saturday

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There is a bit of rhythm to a college football week. It starts with a slow shuffle and moves with a quicker beat as Saturday …


Grip on Sports: From emotional releases to penalties to calling off the fight, yesterday’s action kept our attention

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It may not have been officially be Flag Day, but that’s how it felt Saturday around here. Washington State raised its Cougar one in an …


Grip on Sports: There is hope folks, as the unofficial start of summer is only days away

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Is there anything you need to get done, either on the job or around the house? This seems like the week to do it. Read …


Grip on Sports: Sit back, enjoy some orange juice and a Sunday morning with the sports highlights

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Hopefully, your Sunday brunch plate isn’t too full. We have a couple things to add. Read on.


Grip on Sports: The M’s silver lining last night in Kansas City? No one was hurt

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There is little to worry about today. Sure, it will rain a bit, but that’s par for the course this time of year. Oh, wait …


Grip on Sports: Outside of Gonzaga, the West is the opposite of best in college basketball these days

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There once was a time when the western states dominated college basketball. Transformed it from a sleepy game to the product we see on our …


Grip on Sports: Games like Gonzaga’s make us realize college basketball is our best friend

A GRIP ON SPORTS • You remember your best friend from grade school? You know the one, for a while there you were inseparable, no matter how many times you …


Grip on Sports: It’s time for a late-season push for local colleges

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s another Thursday. And it’s another weekend of college basketball. How fast is this season flying by? We’re only three weeks or so away from …


Grip on Sports: It’s Valentine’s Day, which means it is OK to be snowed under with emotion

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If a movie was made about today, we would have to call it “Winter’s Revenge.” I’m not sure any Hollywood producer would buy it, however. …


Grip on Sports: We don’t really need any more demands on our attention this time of year

A GRIP ON SPORTS • You want to know the worst thing about the new, earlier college football letter-of-intent signing period? It’s timing. Read on.


Grip on Sports: It’s the Seahawks turn to make the short turnaround on Thursday Night Football

A GRIP ON SPORTS • You want to insult an NFL fan these days? Compare them to Thursday Night Football. That’s as deep a cutting remark as you can come …


Grip on Sports: What’s in a name? Occasionally it’s hypocrisy

A GRIP ON SPORTS • We don’t venture into the realm of political discussion in this space all that often, but some times the hypocrisy of government makes it unavoidable. …


College volleyball: Sasquatch, Cardinals post sweeps

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UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 11, 2017, 9:27 a.m.

Front & Center: Instructor helps build careers – class by class

Early in life, Matt Piekarski discovered he enjoyed working with his hands. He went on to launch his own construction business and now runs North Idaho College’s carpentry program.


North Idaho coach Russell Grove wins PNW PGA’s Oregon Open Invitational

PGA Professional Russell Grove of North Idaho College won the Oregon Open Invitational by 6 strokes at Juniper GC in Redmond, Oregon on Thursday.


Grip on Sports: A blowout wasn’t what the Mariners needed

A GRIP ON SPORTS • One night it is 1-0, the next 16-1. The common denominator: The Mariners didn’t win. At home. With a decent crowd at Safeco Field. Read …


Grip on Sports: May the force be with you this month, because not much else is

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There is something uplifting about the month of May. New growth maybe. Or the promise of spring warmth finally fulfilled. But there is no May …


Grip on Sports: Man-bun aside, former Gonzaga star Kelly Olynyk is a certified Boston hero

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Back in the day, when Noah checked his weather app and saw the rain coming, he built an ark. These days, we mow the lawn. …


Grip on Sports: Never let your sports memories degrade over the years

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The Mariners had the day off. Spring football is either basically over or on a break. Basketball is down to the NBA playoffs. It’s too …


Grip on Sports: Idaho and Eastern hold Inland Northwest’s banner up today

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Gonzaga’s regular season is finished. The NCAA tournament awaits. Washington State’s season is over. So is Whitworth’s and the area’s community colleges. Even high school …


Grip on Sports: Though WSU finished another basketball season under .500, Ernie Kent is locked in for a few more years

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Another Washington State University basketball season is over. And like most before this one, it wasn’t all that successful. But whether or not that changes …


Grip on Sports: And you thought Honest Abe was tall …

A GRIP ON SPORTS • You know why everything was better years and years ago? Instead of a Presidents’ Day, honoring all of the folks who have held that office …


Grip on Sports: Gonzaga, WSU fill in the blanks over the past 48 hours

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Where were we? Oh ya, documenting Gonzaga’s inexorable march through the WCC. And wondering if the Cougars could sweep a Pac-12 basketball foe this season. …


Grip on Sports: Enjoy it, because we are living in the Golden Age of Inland Northwest sports

A GRIP ON SPORTS • We’ve been doing this feature for going on six years now. In that time, Washington State has gone to three bowl games, Eastern Washington has …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 31, 2017, 3:31 p.m.

Area roundup: Markus Golder scores 18 points and North Idaho cruises past Columbia Basin

Markus Golder scored 18 points to lead five players in double figures and the North Idaho Cardinals men (18-3, 6-2) cruised to an 81-55 win over the Columbia Basin Hawks …


Grip on Sports: WSU gets whipped, Edgar gets close and undefeated Gonzaga heads out of town

A GRIP ON SPORTS • One thing about Thursdays this time of year: There is a lot going on. College basketball is the main element, of course, but today also …


Grip on Sports: Eastern’s Baldwin takes a neccesary step on the road to success

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Beau knows football, that’s for sure. And Beau knows how to be successful at football. Yesterday, Beau showed he knows the steps that have to …


CCS men win Bigfoot-Cardinal Classic; NIC fourth

Cesar Sandoval scored 17 points to lead five Sasquatch in double figures and CC Spokane defeated the Pierce Raiders 89-80 to win the Bigfoot-Cardinal Classic at Spokane Community College on …


NIC men dealing with accident that decimated coaching staff

A month ago, head coach Corey Symons and the North Idaho College men’s basketball team were unsure George Swanson was going to live.