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The Greater Spokane League boys and girls basketball teams reach the midway point this week with games on three dates - Tuesday, Friday and Saturday afternoon.
The Central Valley girls continue to rule while the GSL boys race is muddled. So the question is which team will emerge. It appeared University was going to waltz to a league title early, but then Ferris and Gonzaga Prep handed the Titans losses. Stay tuned.
In Idaho, big boys game Friday when No. 1-ranked Post Falls visits Coeur d'Alene.
A small Washington town of about 4,200 people now has the country's attention after a video, shot at a recent high school basketball game, went viral and showed up on Yahoo.com's homepage.The video, shot by an opposing team's parent, shows Connell payers committing what could be considered flagrant fouls. Yahoo's article said the video has turned Cole Vanderbilt into “one of the most hated players in Washington.”It shows Vanderbilt smacking players in the face as he tries to get the ball away from them. At one point, he clotheslines a player, sending him flying into the air and landing on his back/Colleen O'Brien, KXLY. More here.
DFO: I once broke down in Connell, Wash., a small town north of the Tri-Cities. Wouldn't want to be from there.
Question: Who's to blame for the deplorable behavior of the Connell High basketball team?
Click the tab below to see this week's menu. Pictured above are Deer Park's Dylan Miller (standing) and Billy Marshall.
Click the tab below to read about Tuesday's boys and girls basketball games. Pictured above is Brett Bailey of University between Gonzaga Prep's Jacob Groh and TJ Bracey. The Bullpups knocked off the Titans 54-48 at U-Hi.
Happy New Year prep sports followers. I return from a restful 2-week vacation, excited to get back to the business of covering games, doing feature stories and columns.
Tonight I'll be at the Gonzaga Prep/University boys basketball game. Game time is 5:30. I'll be tweeting updates. You can follow along at srpreps.
Question: Which boys and girls basketball teams and wrestling teams in our region - regardless of state and classifcation - will have a Happy New Year. Let us know.
Click the tab below to see a wrestling-themed Prep Page with a column about changes to postseason boys and girls basketball that involves the Greater Spokane League.
I'm tardy in posting links to Tuesday's prep basketball stories.
The Central Valley girls played well in a 75-55 win over defending 4A state champ Lewis and Clark. Read about the game and the other GSL openers here. Pictured above are LC's Taylor Howlett and CV's Brooke Gallaway. The LC boys staged quite the second-half rally to top CV. Read about that game and the other GSL openers here.
Well, we've turned the corner. I can officially call this the winter sports season.
Greater Spokane League boys and girls open league play Tuesday. We ran our season previews last week.
Our wrestling preview package will be published Thursday. GSL teams open league duals on Wednesday. The first big tournament is Saturday at the annual Inland Empire Classic at Central Valley with 21 teams including Oregon power Hermiston.
QUESTION: What do you see transpiring in the basketball court in any of our area leauges - Washington or Idaho? What are the storylines this season?
Here are the links to our prep basketball previews/glances. Although the University boys are picked to win the Greater Spokane League title, it could be a tight race. Here's our GSL boys glance. The Lewis and Clark girls should make a run at a repeat state championship, but will be pushed by another deep and strong league. LC's Julia Moravec and Devyn Galland are pictured above.
NOTE: You can get updates on scores and other tidbits by following at Twitter.com/srpreps
I've been wading through questionnaires that I sent out to area boys and girls basketball coaches so forgive me for that posting a prep thread earlier this week.
Our boys and girls basketball advances/glances will be in the paper the next two days along with our predicted order of finishes. Don't hold me to the forecasts in Greater Spokane League boys and girls hoops. The league will be deep in both this year, creating some highly competitive games.
I took in the Gonzaga Prep/Lake City boys game Tuesday. It was broadcast by SWX, which will continue to cover area games this season. KGA 1510-AM also will broadcast a GSL boys or girls game on Tuesdays through the season.
One last fall item: Coming Friday, an advance on the undefeated Almira/Coulee-Hartline football team that takes on Neah Bay in the 1B state final.
This got buried on my to-do list. Coeur d'Alene senior quarterback Chad Chalich (pictured above) gave University of Idaho football coach Robb Akey an oral commitment during a home visit on Sunday.
Click the tab below to see the Washington prep football semifinal matchups - dates and sites.
We're down to three teams from our area: Colfax, Almira/Coulee-Hartline and Odessa-Harrington.
The Coeur d'Alene football team - without a doubt the best in the Inland Northwest - pulled off a 5A state championship repeat, handling Eagle 49-28 at Boise State University's Bronco Stadium Friday.
Here's my story. I'll catch the o dark 30 to go staff Central Valley at Skyline on Saturday.
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We're down to just football in Idaho and Washington. The state title games in Idaho are this weekend.
Central Valley travels to Skyline of Sammamish on Saturday. Game time has been set at 1 p.m. Originally CV was going to request a mid afternoon kickoff time and travel over on game day, but the Bears will go over on Friday to avoid possible travel problems over Snoqualmie Pass.
So use this thread to talk about what's left in football or to celebrate what has occurred in other sports last weekend.
The Skyline Spartans took advantage of key Mead mistakes in a 27-17 decision in a 4A state football playoff first-round game Saturday afternoon. Here's my story.
Central Valley will travel to Skyline next week in the quarterfinals.
A very good night for Central Valley football. Here's a link to our story.
Here's a link to our Coeur d'Alene story. The Vikings will play Eagle in the state championship game next Friday.
Here's our area football roundup.
Pictured above is CV quarterback Gaven Deyarmin.
I'll be tweeting updates tonight from the 4A first-round game between Ferris and Central Valley. I'll also be tweeting Saturday at the Mead/Skyline game.
Please send me score updates so I can pass those along. Either text me at 509-844-8168, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet me at srpreps.
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Just wanted to get this thread up in case you wanted to start talking about accomplishments last weekend or things ahead.
First, what a great showing by area cross country teams and individuals at state. Cheney's girls, Lakeside's boys and girls and North Central's boys (who didn't have a senior on the team). And how about NC's Katie Knight? That was fabulous. She shook a heavy monkey off her back.
Second, state volleyball is upon us. Mead will challenge for a state title and Colville, in 1A, will be a serious contender. The 4A, 3A and 2A tournaments this year are in the Olympia area and the 1A, 2B and B are in Yakima.
Third, we have some impressive football teams at all levels still playing.
So, take a moment and type out your thoughts on anything prep related.
Clck the tab below to see the semifinal matchups in the Idaho state playoffs and the first-round matchups from 4A to 2B in Washington. The 1B won't be set for another week.
Some dates for games may change and I'll update as the WIAA posts updates.
The dates and times have been set for the State 4A first-round football playoff games involving the three Greater Spokane League teams.
Defending state champ Ferris (9-1) and Central Valley (8-2) square off Friday at Joe Albi Stadium. Kickoff is at 6 p.m.
Mead (9-1) plays host to Skyline (7-3) Saturday afternoon at Albi. Kickoff is at 1.
For CV, it’s a chance at redemption. CV led Ferris 10-7 at halftime before the Saxons pulled away late for a 28-10 win in early October.
In Skyline, the Panthers face a team that won a 3A state title in 2008 before winning back-to-back titles when it moved up to 4A the following year. Ferris knocked off Skyline in the final last year.
Wow, what a showing by the Greater Spokane League 4A teams.
I said earlier in the year that I thought the GSL 4A would prove to be better than the Columbia Basin Big Nine 4A teams, and the GSL confirmed it last night.
Mead was ever so impressive in its 68-22 shellacking of Davis. Ferris' playoff savvy proved pivotal as the Saxons pulled out a 38-31 win over Eisenhower. And Central Valley pulled off a stunning 24-0 win over CBBN champ Chiawana at Pasco, setting up a rematch with Ferris this week.
In 3A play-in games, the CBBN shut out the GSL.
Here's our area roundup.
NEXT WEEK: Just talked with GSL secretary Herb Rotchford. Ferris and CV would like to play Friday at 6 p.m. at Albi. The date/time for Mead/Skyline won't be set until Monday, Rotchford said. It appears it will likely be a Saturday afternoon game at Albi.
QUESTON: What are your thoughts about Friday's games?
Entertaining football game at Millwood last night. West Valley kept Cheney from capturing the Great Northern League championship with a 27-21 decision in overtime. Pictured above is WV running back Dylan Ellsworth scoring a touchdown in the second quarter.
NOTE: I'll be tweeting updates tonight from the 4A play-in games at Joe Albi Stadium. You can follow me on twitter at: srpreps
If you're headed to another game - say University or Mt. Spokane's in Kennewick or Central Valley's at Chiawana or any of the Idaho playoff games - tweet updates to me and I'll re-tweet them. And it will be a happy tweet-filled world.
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And feel free to make comments.
A lot - and I mean a lot - going on in area sports this week. Idaho finished up all of its fall sports last weekend with Coeur d'Alene's boys winning the 5A state cross country championship and the CdA girls taking second. Timberlake's girls won a third consecutive 3A title, and the Post Falls volleyball team garnered a runner-up state finish.
FOOTBALL: The 4A and 3A play-in games are this Friday. Davis won the 3-way tiebreaker Tuesday and will meet Mead on Friday at Albi Stadium at 5:30.
In crossovers, Gonzaga Prep goes to Wenatchee and Lewis and Clark travels to Richland. Both are Friday at 7.
The Great Northern League concludes Thursday with a big game - Cheney at West Valley. Deer Park, Cheney and WV are all moving on to postseason, but the league title and seeding are still to be decided.
In Idaho, Coeur d'Alene plays host to Mountain View of Meridian on Friday. while Lake City travels to Eagle after beating Post Falls and Lewiston in a tiebreaker Monday. It's unbelievable that Lake City is in the playoffs for a 15th straight year. This could be the third-worst LC team in school history. I know, I've seen them all. Let's put it this way: it's the least talented team to make the playoffs.
VOLLEYBALL: The 4A Regional tourney is Saturday at Mead and the 3A Regional is at West Valley of Yakima.
CROSS COUNTRY: The Washington state meeets are Saturday at Sun Willows Golf Ccourse in Pasco.
So lots going on. Here's your thread to start talking.
Mead locked up at least a share of the Greater Spokane League football title, Central Valley secured the final 4A state berth and Coeur d'Alene kept rolling along, claiming the 5A Inland Empire League championship.
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NOTE: I'll be tweeting tonight from the Albi doubleheader. You can follow at: twitter.com/srpreps
We've reached the final week of the regular season in Greater Spokane League and Inland Empire League football.
In 4A, Mead and Ferris have secured play-in game berths with Lewis and Clark and Central Valley squaring off to decide another berth.
In 3A, University sits at the top and Mt. Spokane and North Central will decide the other play-in qualifier.
QUESTION: What do you see happening this week?