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Senior Night arrives for four Zags

Saturday will be Senior Night for four Zags so you can probably guess what I wrote about.

Sam Dower Jr., David Stockton, Drew Barham and walk-on Brian Bhaskar suit up for their final home game when LMU visits the MAC tonight. Here's a link to my article that will run in Saturday's S-R.

Zags thump Portland on Senior Day

Gonzaga completed a 16-0 WCC campaign by routing Portland 81-52 on Saturday at the MAC.

The Bulldogs sent seniors Elias Harris, Guy Landry Edi and Mike Hart out in style with an easy win in front of an appreciative crowd of 6,000.

My unedited game story is below.

Check back tomorrow morning for a day-after post.

GU entertains Portland on Senior Day

It's usually Senior Night, but with tipoff at 2 to accommodate the WCC Game of the Week telecast, Gonzaga will celebrate Senior Day against Portland at the MAC.

In addition to honoring Elias Harris, Mike Hart and Guy Landry Edi, the Bulldogs will try to conclude an unbeaten march through the WCC and stay on course for the program's first ever No. 1 ranking when the polls are released Monday.

Here's a look at the careers of Gonzaga's three seniors

GU is also in the news in the New York Times and Austin American-Statesman.

In-game updates from GU-Portland on twitter @srjimm.

Spin, Stomp and Sexy, too

You don’t have to have the body of a waif or the feet of Fred Astaire to make your moves on the dance floor.  Take a chance, get out and dance!  Timeless Torches, a dancing troupe tied to the New York Liberty of the Women’s National Basketball Association has been holding auditions and most of the men and women who try out are around 60-years-old.

So move over, Rockettes, the competition has arrived!  

(S-R archives photo)

And the Oscar goes to…

The wise and experienced…and a bit older…actor: Christopher Plummer …and the Oscar goes to the nominated-17-times…Meryl Streep…and the evening was hosted by…we all love him…Billy Crystal…and the best picture goes to…  a silent film. Has anyone under 40 ever even seen a silent film before The Artist? And Woody Allen won for his Midnight in Paris original screenplay.

While the younger women wore the  tight-fitting, shimmering, perhaps Oscar de La Renta -designed gowns, the highest awards went to the seniors…a perfect Oscar fit.

(S-R archives photo: Woody Allen earlier this year)

Coming Thursday

Thursday's Valley Voice will be a bit different this week. It's the section we do every year that we call the “grad tab,” which includes information on every graduating senior in the greater Spokane Valley area (including the Freeeman and Liberty School Districts). Included in the section will be the name of every graduating senior from every high school, plus the names and pictures of each school's valedictorian(s). In addition, reporters, correspondents and photographers have spent the last month or so traveling the county to interview one notable graduating senior from each school. Some of the stories are quite touching, so make sure you have a couple of tissues handy tomorrow morning.

And don't worry about missing anything that is usually included in the Thursday Valley Voice. Our regular features will be in Saturday's Valley Voice this week instead.

EWU seniors: Small numbers, big results

Though small in numbers and big-name stars, the senior class on this year's Eastern Washington University has lead the Eagles to new heights.

You can read Sunday's S-R feature story on the remaining members of EWU's 2006 recruiting class that will play its final game in Friday's NCAA Division I Championship in Frisco, Texas, here.  And you can see the notes on the upcoming title game that were posted by Eastern's sports information department here.

In addition, I've included this link what the Big Sky Conference website has on Friday's FCS playoff finale.

Zags send seniors out with easy win

Gonzaga made quick work of Cal State-Bakersfield, leading by 28 at half and 37 early in the second half before settling for a 78-59 victory Tuesday night, sending seniors Matt Bouldin, Chris Pontarolo-Maag and Will Foster out with a victory in their final home game.

Bouldin led the way with 15 points. Foster had six points and ‘P-Maag’ scored his first basket of the season.

Read on for my unedited game story and check back in the morning for a day-after post.

Eags win; should Earlywine stay?

Eastern Washington closed its 2009-10 men’s basketball season with a 79-71 home win over Idaho State Saturday night.  It was a nice way to send off the five seniors on this year’s roster, but it still left the Eagles with 21 losses and looking in from the outside on another Big Sky Conference Tournament.

Read on for more on the game, along with S-R columnist John Blanchette’s take on whether Eastern should retain head coach Kirk Earlywine, who is in the third and final year of the contract he signed took over the program back in June of 2007.

And feel free to leave any thoughts you might have on the direction the Eagles are headed and whether Earlywine should get at least another year to clean up the mess he inherited when he arrived in Cheney.

Day after USC Upstate

Back with the day after USC Upstate post. GU hammered the visitors 90-40, but the Spartans did take home $70,000, their second biggest payday of the season (Notre Dame forked out $90,000).

Read on for more.


Five seniors close out home careers

Gonzaga’s Senior Night celebration is a little different this season. The Zags have a non-conference opponent, South Carolina Upstate, coming in Tuesday. The visitors fill what would have been an eight-day break between Gonzaga’s WCC finale at San Diego and the semifinal contest in the WCC Tournament.

The Zags’ five seniors reflect on their careers below in an unedited version on an article that will run in Monday’s S-R.


Senior Night at EWU important in many ways

Eastern Washington’s men’s basketball team closes regular-season play at home tonight against Big Sky rival Portland State, needing a win to keep its slim post-season hopes alive.

Tonight’s game also marks the final appearance at home for four seniors on EWU’s roster.

You can read the S-R  story on those seniors and how they are approaching Senior Night here, and you can get more details on tonight’s game and what else needs to transpire for the Eagles to play on into the postseason here.

In addition, I’ve included these game notes supplied by PSU’s sports information department.