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Saturday’s highlights

Dan Westacott, of Crop Production Services, harvests wheat at the East Valley Farm and Community Garden on Thursday. SR photo/Dan Pelle

Good Monday morning, everyone. Sorry for ducking out of here unannounced last week. I took a little road trip to Colorado to drop my daughter off at school and forgot to warn everyone that I wouldn't be around. I'm back now, though, and ready with some highlights from Saturday's Valley Voice.

The Millwood City Council has voted to postpone a planned sidewalk project on Buckeye Ave., according to a report from correspondent Valerie Putnam. The bids for the project all came in at least $40,000 higher than expected and the council voted to reject all of them and regroup. The project could still be completed in 2014.

Reporter Pia Hallenberg stopped by the East Valley Farm and Community Garden last week for the farm's first wheat harvest. The farm grows vegetables for the school lunch menu and the food bank. The wheat will be ground into flour and used in the school kitchens.

Correspondent Steve Christilaw has a story on Kayla Mainer, former volleyball player at West Valley High School and current assistant volleyball coach at Central Valley High School. She also plays with Team Evergreen in the Premier Volleyball League.

If you have a pooch that needs grooming, reporter Lisa Leinberger has a story on Debbie's Dog Grooming, which has been in business in Spokane Valley for 40 years. The family owned business even does cats.

Saturday’s highlights

Ellin Schafer, 15, above, and her mother, Carolyn, assemble a quilt at their home in Spokane Valley on Tuesday. Carolyn Schafer is organizing a quilting drive for the members of Mason Flemmer’s unit. Flemmer, the orchestra teacher at Central Valley, is being deployed for the third time to Afghanistan. SR photo/Tyler Tjomsland

I invite everyone to take a look at today's Garfield comic strip. That sums up my approach to Mondays very well. With that said, it's time to take a look at some highlights from Saturday's Valley Voice. Reporter Lisa Leinberger has a story on the efforts by students and staff at Central Valley High School to create 140 quilts for the 455th Engineer Company in Afghanistan. CV orchestra teacher Mason Flemmer is part of the unit.The volunteers still need donations of material to make the quilts, volunteers to put them together and cash to ship them.

Correspondent Steve Christilaw has a story on new volleyball coaches at Central Valley High School and University High School. Both are from out of the area and have a good coaching track record. Correspondent Valerie Putnam has a report from Millwood, where the council recently voted to restrict parking on portion of Stout Road and Grace Ave. Residents have complained that employees from local businesses are parking there.

Being buzzed by a bee ended badly for one man recently when he and his tractor rolled down an embankment after he swatted at the insect. The man was seriously injured, but he also had the unfortunate luck to land on a dead porcupine. That call for help was one of hundreds responded to by Spokane Valley Fire Department crews in the last two weeks.

EWU volleyball coach Kydd resigns

Four matches into his fifth season, Eastern Washington volleyball coach Miles Kydd has resigned, the school announced Tuesday afternoon.

Kydd, the Big Sky Conference coach of the year in his first season in 2008, is leaving for personal reasons, athletic director Bill Chaves said in a statement

‘Barefoot Bandit’ injures ankle in jail

SEATTLE (AP) — The man accused of being the Barefoot Bandit injured an ankle while playing volleyball at the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac.

Attorney Emma Scanlan told The Seattle Times today that Colton Harris-Moore is on crutches.

The 20-year-old from Camano Island is accused of a crime spree that stretched from Puget Sound to the Caribbean, including burglaries, and boat and airplane thefts.

He earned the nickname because he allegedly committed some of the crimes while barefoot.

Harris-Moore was arrested on July 11 in the Bahamas and is awaiting trial on six federal charges and more than 30 state felonies. One of the federal charges accuses him of stealing a plane from a Bonners Ferry hangar.

Attorney John Henry Browne says a plea deal is in the works.

State 1A all-tourney volleyball team

Steve Bain, head coach at King's, and Kim Grycel, Lynden Christian's coach, polled the 1A coaches whose teams were at state to select an all-tournament team. "This effort comes about because the media folks that have compiled all-state volleyball teams in the past did not do it this year," Bain said in an email. "The 1A coaching community felt strongly that this oversight needed to be corrected."

Two area athletes were selected. Sierra Pancho of Newport was a first team pick. Jacy Vining and Joelee Buckner of Colville were named honorable mention.

Mead VB knocked off

Jackson knocked off defending 4A state volleyball champion Mead 3-1 in the semifinals. Jackson will face Issaquah in the final tonight. Mead will take on Olympia for third.

In 2A, West Valley and Pullman each won first-round matches today. 3A openers under way.

Thursday, preps

PREPS, updated

The fall sports season doesn’t get much busier around here than the last couple of weeks. But as a few of our football teams fall by the wayside and volleyball and soccer wrap up in the next couple of weeks, things will slow down momentarily until … basketball starts at the end of the month.

Not much transition between seasons. In fact, girls basketball in Idaho tips off this weekend.

Click the tab below to see the various prep things in Thursday’s newspaper.

NOTE: I will be tweeting updates from the 4A and 3A football doubleheader Friday at Albi Stadium. You can follow me on Twitter at twitter.com/SRpreps

State tournament brackets

The WIAA has posted the state volleyball brackets. You can see them here.

Click the tab below for more information.

Question: How do you see the Eastern Washington, Spokane/area teams faring at state?

Annie Arnzen of Mt. Spokane is seen in the picture above trying to hit through Mead’s Kaely Kight and Hannah Zalopany.

NIC Wins Region 18 Volleyball Tourney

After winning the first two sets in the Region 18 Tournament championship match, North Idaho College volleyball coach Colleen Frohlich warned her team that Salt Lake wouldn’t go down without a fight. Sure enough, the second-seeded Bruins rallied to take the next two sets. In a tense, back-and-forth fifth set, No. 1 NIC fought back, winning six of the last seven points to cap a 25-21, 25-16, 19-25, 19-25, 15-11 victory Saturday at Christianson Gym. Both teams had already secured spots in the national tournament, which begins Nov. 18 in West Plains, Mo., but they put on a show anyway/Jim Meehan, SR. More here.

Fed Up, Vik Volleyball Coach Quits

Item: Curtis steps down as CHS volleyball coach after 7 seasons, says she’s tired of the hassle/Mark Nelke, Coeur d’Alene Press

More Info: “I’m tired of dealing with disgruntled/jealous parents and players that are taking their frustrations out on me and my daughter,” Curtis said. “And I am trying to look for a more peaceful atmosphere for me and my daughter.” Curtis’ daughter, Kylie, is a sophomore who has started at setter and/or hitter the past two seasons for the Vikings. She was named to the all-5A Inland Empire League team each season.

Question: Would you want to deal with parents of players as a coach of a high school sports team?

District 8 volleyball, soccer set

Greater Spokane League volleyball and soccer teams are headed to post-season with the start of district play next week.

Volleyball has a pair of four-team tournaments that will qualify a total of seven teams to regional play against the Columbia Basin Big Nine. Tournaments begin Wednesday and conclude Saturday at Mt. Spokane.

Soccer also begins next Wednesday, three 4A teams qualifying for regionals. The 3A schools have no district tournament, but four advance to regional against the CBBN.