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Steve Christilaw: WIAA’s new rule requiring game film for post playoff play is great improvement

The WIAA executive board’s new rule requiring game film within 30 minutes of announced football playoff brackets gets every team on the same playing field.


Steve Christilaw: Sometimes even homecoming queens play football; get used to it

There are days when you just have to wonder just what, exactly, is wrong with some people.


Steve Christilaw: Fall season kicks off, some players will set themselves apart, and all deserve praise

Yes, it’s technically still August for another day and summer remains in full swing.


Steve Christilaw: Smoky August, Sarah Colonna departure, indoor practice – we’ll adapt

August in Spokane has a new theme.


Steve Christilaw: Northwest Nazarene’s loss is Central Valley’s gain

If job security is a priority for you, if you like knowing where your next paycheck is coming from and you like the idea of a nice, secure retirement someday, …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 9, 2018, 2:19 p.m.

Steve Christilaw: Complaining and blaming WIAA is the easy route

There’s an old joke that says “everyone complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.”


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 1, 2018, 4:42 p.m.

Steve Christilaw: Following athletes long-term is rewarding

I try to keep track of the young athletes I write about.



Steve Christilaw: Art of flopping trending up, unfortunately

The crystal ball shows this happening any day now: kids everywhere will learn to flop like the best of them


Steve Christilaw: Spokane Indians face a difficult learning curve

You reach a certain age when nostalgia becomes commonplace.


UPDATED: Wed., June 27, 2018, 4:08 p.m.

Steve Christilaw: There’s nothing like a road trip

There’s something mythical about riding a bus.


Steve Christilaw: What in the name of Tommy John is going on?

There are moments that make you just plain feel old.


Steve Christilaw: Sometimes a teacher just has to trust his instinct

There are teachers and coaches I wish my grandkids could have the chance to learn from and play for as they grow up.


Steve Christilaw: A real era is about more than just wins

Eras come and eras go. In a twist of logic, it’s generally the going that sets and defines the era. Apparently it’s difficult to recognize an era when you are …


Steve Christilaw: Multisport variety spices things up

But I do have a healthy appreciation for actual well-rounded athletes.


UPDATED: Thu., May 3, 2018, 5:18 p.m.

Steve Christilaw: Spokane Valley will miss dentist Morrow

One of the things that comes to us with age is a new perspective. I’m not sure when it changed, but I suddenly found that my measurement of a place …


Steve Christilaw: Sports chock-full of magic numbers

There are more than a few numbers that will forever be identified with something related to sports. They are the true magic numbers, digits that transport memory to another time …


Steve Christilaw: Coaching carousel can be rewarding

The coaching carousel has been extra sweet for Freddie Rehkow. The Central Valley coach was named Monday the National High School Girls Basketball Coach of the Year by the National …


Steve Christilaw: CV girls team one for the ages

Oh, do we so love champions.


Steve Christilaw: Self-assured Barta charts her own course

With one season of eligibility left, star Gonzaga women’s player is leaving the bright lights of the McCarthey Athletic Center for her home state of Montana and beginning her post-basketball …


Steve Christilaw: Warm sun: is such a spring sports tease

Mother Nature dangles a nice day here and there. She entices you with a little morning sunshine after weeks of gloomy, foggy mornings. Next thing you know you’ve slipped on …


Steve Christilaw: State B tournament brings back memories

There are a lot of memories that come to me during a State B.


Steve Christilaw: Hull sisters have CV headed back to state

It’s state tournament week. If there are any games over the course of a season, even over the course of a career, that out-sized, it is this slate of games. …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 21, 2018, 10:36 p.m.

Steve Christilaw: Freeman Scotties wrestlers typify ‘special’ school

Chad Ripke wasn’t entirely sure what he had when he walked into the Freeman wrestling room for the first practice of the 2017-18 season.


Steve Christilaw: Quarterbacks seem to make fine coaches

There’s something about quarterbacks and coaching that just seems to fit. Not always. But often enough to take notice. There have been a few notable quarterbacks who turned to coaching …


Steve Christilaw: EV’s coach Collins knows the recipe for success

I have a love-hate relationship with labels.


Steve Christilaw: We may despise our rivals, but we love our sports rivalries

Still, rivalries have been with us as long as there have been siblings.


Steve Christilaw: Coach’s faith comes through clearly in actions

You hear proclamations of great faith all the time in the wide, wide world of sports.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 4, 2018, 12:02 a.m.

Steve Christilaw: It’s time football’s hall of fame opened door to Jerry Kramer

Now that we’re a couple days into a new year, and before 90 percent of my New Year’s Resolutions can go down the drain, I am marking my calendar for …


West Valley wrestlers developing Eagle Pride

The first high school wrestling match I ever attended is burned forever in my memory.