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  • Cool to snow, but Californian found traction in ‘Snow Bowl’

    Now it can be told. The Apple Cup of 1992, the famed “Snow Bowl?” The game that ranks No. 1 in nearly every Washington State football fan’s heart, not simply …


  • Sports, nomadic family influence successful ex-Bullpup

    The life path that led Ed Riley, an obstetric anesthesiologist and faculty member at the Stanford University hospital in California, begins long before his time as a Gonzaga Prep and …


  • Ex-WV star, three other ‘88 grads from area played in NFL

    The timing was perfect last Thursday to catch up on the whereabouts of Tim Hanshaw and chat. “I have all the time in the world,” the ex-West Valley, BYU and …


  • Bresson’s vision, hard work revives youth cross country

    Spokane Public Schools elementary youngsters began running against each other again because a marathon runner went the extra mile. The district in 2003-04 quit providing transportation for five elementary sports …


  • Former Eagles coach ‘Mr. Fix-it’

    There were times during his 32 years as a college basketball coach – including a few during his five-year stay at Eastern Washington University – when Steve Aggers felt a …


  • Ex-Eastern volleyball star raising children, running business

    As a record-breaking setter on Eastern Washington University’s volleyball team in the late 1980s, Suzanne Vick Paulsen was a focused, goal-driven and immensely energetic student athlete. And she retains that …


  • Long road took Gonzaga Prep player to Cusick

    For someone who didn’t exactly plan out his life, Mike Keogh was feeling pretty fortunate last week as he sat on the tailgate of his pickup in Cusick, directing the …


  • A family man now

    MOSCOW, Idaho – To this day, nearly 30 years later, the pointed words still rattle in Ken Hobart’s mind. It was the end of the 1981 season, and Hobart went …


  • Then & Now: Ex-Knight, Coug tells stories for a living

    Eric Johnson remembers himself as a wild baseball pitcher in his youth, one who was “all over the place.” “There were literally games when I’d have 13 strikeouts and 13 …


  • Football continues to serve Wayne Ralph well

    When Whitworth junior Wayne Ralph was catching passes from senior quarterback Cliff Madison at an indoor-football-rate back in 1985, the magnitude of his accomplishments didn’t register. “I really didn’t think …


  • Former Mead Panther helps French football team as player, coach

    Chris Elo was in the lineup for Mead in 1998 the first time the Panthers played Mt. Spokane in football. Now living in a suburb of Paris, France, he was …


  • Injuries stirred interest in medicine

    PULLMAN – If college is truly a training ground for the rest of your life, Ed Tingstad’s most important classes were held in the training room. You know, the place …


  • Ex-Eagle Romero content in CFL

    Dario Romero feels like he’s in a good place these days. Not the place he had dreamed of being at this point in his professional football career, but a good, …


  • Calling wasn’t to big leagues

    John Werhas spent 12 years, including five seasons in Spokane, playing minor league baseball. Ten of those years were at the AAA level. But he never got the opportunity to …


  • Spaid enjoyed 18-year basketball career in England

    At first glance Mike Spaid would seem to be an unremarkable candidate to catch up with. Sure, he averaged more than 18 points a game for Cheney as a junior …


  • Now in N.Y., Buterbaugh has traded hoops for golf

    That Jason Buterbaugh became this week’s Then and Now subject was sheer happenstance, precipitated by a chance meeting at Painted Hills Golf Course. Buterbaugh was a starter on West Valley’s …


  • Former U-Hi sprinter fulfills ‘Jeopardy!’ dream

    Former University High and University of Portland sprinter Erik Krauss could easily be the question to an answer from his favorite television game show, “Jeopardy!” “Quick reflexes came in handy …


  • Ruen heads back to beach

    Life lessons don’t get much better than getting paid and having fun while discovering something that isn’t quite what you don’t want to do. Janelle Ruen found out life on …


  • Then & Now: Ex-EWU track star out of the running

    Lyle Balderson isn’t running from anything these days, happily retired for almost 20 years. Of course it was running that got the former Spokane planning director to that point.


  • Williams still ‘Wild Thing’

    OK, once and for all, who was “Wild Thing” first: Mitch Williams or Charlie Sheen? Well, consider that in his debut as closer of the Chicago Cubs in 1989, Williams …


  • WSU prepared law professor for prolific career

    Russell Miller wondered if there was enough “then” in his football career to justify a “now” update. But if he didn’t play his way into the Hall of Fame during …


  • McMahon led D-I turnaround at EWU

    When reflecting on his basketball career at Eastern Washington University, Ronn McMahon will occasionally wonder if he might have been a bit too unselfish. But at the risk of drowning …


  • Ex-Playfair champ lets himself ponder riding again

    Jerry Taketa’s name hasn’t graced these pages since 1987 and it caught the attention of more than just the railbirds at Playfair Race Course. The column by Dan Weaver went …


  • Then & Now: Moscow grad rides for top cycling team

    Kyle Rose likes to say how amazed he is that a handful of diabetics in a hotel room turned their passion for bicycling into big-time competition. He’s even more amazed …


  • The athlete in her helped her reaction to life-altering shot

    The words were chilling. “We were leaving the prison in a two-vehicle convoy,” she said. “I was the driver of the second vehicle. After we exited the outer gate, an …


  • Then and Now: It was fun with the big boys …

    Rob Ryan experienced a cliché first-hand. The former Shadle Park and Washington State baseball player was in the Major Leagues three years after concluding his Cougars career.


  • Counseling consumes ex-Coug

    David Sanders has dealt with pain, both physical and emotional, for a great deal of his life. Kismet led him to a career helping others deal with theirs. Basketball consumed …


  • Remembering a magical time at EWU

    Maybe it takes a shooting star to revive memories of past flashes. Such is the case at Eastern Washington University.


  • Then & Now: Former ‘dumb jock,’ partner have energy-saving idea

    Rob Young has always considered himself a “dumb jock.” It’s an affectionate and long-held self assessment that dates back to his college days at the University of Idaho, where he …


  • Then & Now: Still the big fish

    This may sound like a fisherman’s tale, but former St. Maries High volleyball coach Mitch Santos has pulled more fish from the St. Joe River than he had victories coaching. …

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