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Mead girls knock off CV

The Mead and Lewis and Clark girls basketball teams secured Eastern Regional berths with victories Tuesday.

Click the tab below to read my unedited game story.

Monday prep thread

OK, I know it’s Sunday night, not Monday. But I’m going to be tied up until at least noon on Monday. So I wanted to get this posted so you can start talking about a number of things.

Anything from 4A and 3A District 8 boys and girls basketball tournaments.

Mat Classic, which is Friday and Saturday at the Tacoma Dome.

Or the Idaho state girls basketball tournaments in the Boise area.

Titans qualify 10 to Mat Classic

University took care of the first order of business in its quest for a State 4A wrestling championship. The Titans qualified 10, four of them champions, four of the second, to next weekend’s Mat Classic in Tacoma.

Its 2A counterpart, two-time champion Deer Park, did likewise, advancing 11 wrestlers, six as finalists, for of them champions.

Here are their stories:

Picture is clear among GSL girls

The Central Valley girls captured the Greater Spokane League championship, and seeding is set for the 4A and 3A District 8 tournaments.

Read my unedited game story and roundup by clicking the tab below.

Hey, it’s still winter, right?

I know the winter sports season has yet to conclude, but I came across this link to maxpreps.com that features a look from their perspective of the best baseball teams state by state. Look which team has been tabbed among the best in Idaho.

Here’s the link.

Thursday prep page

Here’s a feature on the rise of the Central Valley girls basketball team.

Post Falls senior Katelyn Loper, pictured above, is the subject of my column.

Here’s a look at Washington state-qualifying regional wrestling tournaments.

Here’s a notebook that includes a look at the final night of Greater Spokane League boys and girls basketball. Most of the seeds for next week’s 4A and 3A District 8 tournaments are set, but not all.

Mead girls avenge early loss

The Mead girls upended Lewis and Clark 64-57 Tuesday, setting up a showdown at Central Valley on Thursday for the GSL championship.

Click the tab below to read my unedited story and a roundup of the GSL girls and boys games.

Monday prep thread

UPDATED: 3:45 p.m.

Lots of things going on this week - from district basketball tournaments to regional wrestling tournaments. The Greater Spokane League boys and girls basketball seasons conclude as well.

Question: What do you see happening as teams jostle for final seeds?

Click the tab below to see the updated GSL boys and girls scoring leaders as provided by Mike Vlahovich.

Spokane-area prep wrestling

Here’s a roundup of Saturday district and subregional wrestling. This was the first step toward qualifying for Mat Classic, which will be held in two weeks in Tacoma.

Gonzaga Prep avenges loss

The Gonzaga Prep boys basketball team battled toe to toe with Mead until a late surge vaulted the Bullpups into first place by themselves.

Read my unedited game story and blurbs on the other games by clicking the tab below.

CV girls move to top, stop LC

Now there is one.

Three Greater Spokane League girls basketball teams went into action Thursday tied atop the conference. Central Valley stands alone.

Click the tab below to read Mike Vlahovich’s unedited game story along with blurbs on the other games.

Thursday prep page

Here’s a must-read story by John Blanchette on North Central girls basketball player Mariah Alexander.

Here’s my column including an item on Medical Lake dropping out of the Great Northern League in football.

Here’s a notebook with items on Idaho’s 5A Region I girls basketball tournament, big Greater Spokane League boys and girls basketball games tonight and league realignment among Eastern Washington small schools.

Monday prep thread

Just returned from a week-long furlough. I’ve actually been away from the preps longer than that when you consider I had three glorious days staffing figure skating the week prior to my furlough.

Lots of stuff going on, obviously, and February means we’ve reached postseason for some teams with district and regional tournaments looming for others.

I’m in the process of tracking down all the district/regional info for girls and boys basketball and wrestling for Spokane and North Idaho leagues.

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Thursday prep page

Here’s a quick post with stories from the prep page. I’m beginning three days of U.S.Figure Skating coverage followed by a one-week furlough. I’ll be back on the prep scene a week from Monday.

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Pictured above is Christy Grorud of North Central at a gymnastics meet Wednesday.

GSL boys follow form

Here’s our roundup of Greater Spokane League boys basketball games Tuesday.

Click the tab below to read the unedited version.

Bullpups trip up LC girls

UPDATED, 10:15 p.m.

The Gonzaga Prep girls basketball team, behind 63 points combined from Tia Presley and Lindsay Stockton, knocked off Lewis and Clark 75-71 on Tuesday.

Click the tab below to read my unedited game story. I’ll check back later and add some notes that I couldn’t get into the newspaper because of tight space.

How they fared

The Associated Press bureau in Seattle just released lists on how the Washington boys and girls basketball teams in last week’s rankings fared over the weekend.

Click the tab below to see the lists.

Monday prep thread

Here’s a thread to get the week started.

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Troxel resigns

No not that Troxel. Southridge football coach Andy Troxel resigned Thursday.

Click the tab below to read a story by Rene Ferran of the Tri-City Herald.

Mead boys stop Shadle

Mead opened a big first-half lead, then had to hold on to thwart a rally in a 60-57 win over Shadle Park.

Click the tab below to read my unedited game story and blurbs on the other boys games.

Thursday prep page

A few things to link to here. Click the tab below.

Robby Douglas of Shadle Park is pictured above.

Monday prep thread

Here’s a thread to start talking about the week ahead or the week behind us.

Thursday preps

A few things to link to on the prep scene.

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In the picture above, University’s Brandon Matlock takes Mead’s Andrew Basinger to the mat in their match Wednesday night.

Ferris boys stop Mead

Here’s a link to our featured Tuesday game involving the Ferris and Mead boys.

Here’s our Greater Spokane League girls roundup.

Here’s our area boys roundup.

Here’s our area girls roundup.

Here’s a roundup of Great Northern League wrestling matches.

Monday prep thread

Well, the holidays are in the rear view mirror. That means we’re back to work at prep central. Not sure what the new year will bring for me, what with this combined Eastern Washington/North Idaho prep gig. But I’m excited nonetheless.

Anyway, use this thread to get caught up on what transpired over the break.

Here’s a link to the girls basketball standings.

Here’s a link to the boys basketball standings.

LC stops Central Valley girls

Click the tab below to read my unedited game story from the Lewis and Clark/Central Valley girls game Saturday afternoon. Also, you’ll see a roundup of the other girls games and a GSL boys roundup.

G-Prep cruises past Ferris boys

Click the tab below to read my unedited game story from the Gonzaga Prep/Ferris boys game, along with a roundup of the other boys games and the girls games.

Sports enrollment breakdowns finalized

This, according to the final breakdown for sports enrollment classifications purposes, is where the Washington state high schools have landed.

Sixty six schools with three-year enrollment averages of 1,304 and higher are in 4A, including opt ups Gonzaga Prep and Mead (among 4), Lewis and Clark (1,564), Central Valley (1,506) Ferris (1,379) and Rogers (1,316). They will join seven schools from the Columbia Basin Big Nine (Wenatchee, Eisenhower, Walla Walla, Richland, Davis, Moses Lake, Chiawana) to form an eastern region that will likely have three state berths combined - 1 1/2 each. Those numbers aren’t determined until next year

Elsewhere -

Prep Page Thursday

It’s a sad day here at The S-R. We’re saying so long to a good friend and classy teammate, Mike Vlahovich. Here is his final column. My wish is I can work as late in life as he did. But with the industry the way it is now, that’s probably mere hope.

I try to explain how we will go forward without Vlahovich and honor the man here.

Here’s a feature on Cheney multiple sport standout DeAngelo Jones.

And a quick glance at Great Northern League boys and girls basketball.

The annual Tri-State wrestling tournament is Friday and Saturday at North Idaho College. Here’s a preview.

Also, here’s a feature on former Sandpoint football standout Erik Stoll who is a starting strong safety at Montana. The Grizzlies play for the FCS national title Friday.

Preps miscellany

A few prep-related items of interest.

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