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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.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 29, 2017, 2:35 p.m.

Steve Christilaw: When season – or high school career – ends, goodbyes aren’t easy

Some days are harder than others. Especially the ones that come after you reach the end of a long, hard road. The day after.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017, 3:47 p.m.

Steve Christilaw: Valley schools in thick of football, soccer playoffs

It’s funny how the days get shorter just as the fall season grows short. Perhaps it’s nature syncing up with life. Or vice versa.


Steve Christilaw: Right words have power to unlock potential

A keynote speaker at a fundraising event captured columnist’s attention. The topic was about choosing the right words in discussing issues.


Steve Christilaw: It’s a banner year for local sports

Meanwhile, we have a terrific distraction from the news of the day brewing right here in our own backyard.


Steve Christilaw: Today’s players are indeed bigger, faster and stronger

Friday night lights have a wonderful way of measuring the change of seasons. High school football, the quintessential fall sport, starts in the heat of summer. Its first games come …


Steve Christilaw: Freeman High’s football game cathartic

It’s not a vacation, but it can be a much-needed mental and emotional respite.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 23, 2017, 12:37 a.m.

Steve Christilaw: Checking off another sports milestone

Sports columnist Steve Christilaw checks off another item on his mental list of sports-related milestones.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 16, 2017, 4:11 p.m.

Steve Christilaw: Risks of concussion deserve top attention

I still remember a memo my former boss sent around to the staff working the sports section of this newspaper.