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Mead, Ferris in football play-in games

The Mead and Ferris football teams secured play-in game berths while Lewis and Clark and Central Valley face off next week to decide a third berth.

Here's our Mead/Gonzaga Prep game story. Ferris edged LC in a slugfest. And in North Idaho, Coeur d'Alene sped to a 63-35 win over Post Falls. And here's our area roundup, led by West Valley stopping East Valley in Great Northern League play.

Thursday Prep Page

Click the tab below to see this week's menu. Pictured above is Nathan Weitz of Shadle Park at a cross country meet Wednesday.

Preps this week


Thought I'd re-post this since there's a good conversation going.

Can you smell it? State football playoffs are three weeks away in Washington and Idaho (except the Great Northern League). That means two more weeks to settle state playoff berths.

Oh, what a final two weeks in the Greater Spokane League.

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WIAA state hoops tourneys

The details are still be worked out, but a source tells me that the Washington state boys and girls basketball tournaments will redraw brackets for all classifications after the first weekend of state play (the so-called regional openers).

Remember, the WIAA is determined to not allow any teams that lose the first night of state at the regionals a chance at advancing. That element was not received well last year.

3-way logjam atop GSL

Lewis and Clark made sure there's a 3-way logjam atop the Greater Spokane League football standings Friday. The Tigers strolled past the Mt. Spokane Wildcats 31-7 at Joe Albi Stadium.

Here's our game story. Here's our area roundup, led by Colfax slipping past Lind-Ritzville/Sprague. And here's a list of scores and standings.

Mead handles Ferris

The Panthers stunned No. 1-ranked and defending state champ Ferris 35-14 at Joe Albi Stadium Thursday.

Here's my game story. Junior running back Davian Barlow, who scored four touchdowns for Mead, is pictured above.

Preps this week

This seems to be a popular way to start the week judging by most comments by folks here. I'll do other blogging and tweeting, of course, but this is a good way to jump start our conversations about what is going to happen and what has happened.

As in, what the heck did Gonzaga Prep football do last Friday? I mean, I'm not surprised the Bullpups won. They're getting healthy again. But now they've jumbled up things and there could be some ties and possible mini playoffs after the regular season concludes. Albi Stadium has been reserved for the Monday following the final week of play.

A rather lackluster performance by area volleyball teams at the Crossover Classic. Mt. Spokane surprised, finishing fourth despite missing three starters. Post Falls fared well, but Mead finishing tied for seventh was interesting.

I wonder if volleyball, in general, is down in Washington?

Anyway, chat away.

A look at PR concussions

Concussions, by nature, are such a difficult animal to wrap your arms around. Is it poor equipment, violent hits or just the brain suffering bruising that causes a concussion. Nobody knows for sure. Staff writer John Stucke looked at what has happened in Priest River this fall. Pictured above is the Priest River team standing in silence at a game Friday.

Friday prep football

Here's our roundup of Greater Spokane League games, led by University's win over North Central.

Freeman remained undefeated with win over Newport.

Stretches of dominance

The streak of 20 straight victories by the Ferris football team got me to thinking.

I know Gonzaga Prep had a decade of dominance back in the 1980s when I was traveling the back roads of North Idaho on a regular basis - and enjoying it, by the way.

Could something like what Prep accomplished be duplicated today? I mean, you have to tip your hat to what Ferris has done the last four years. And over in Idaho, Lake City has made the state playoffs for 14 straight years under coach Van Troxel, a streak that is likely to end this year. Coeur d'Alene, the defending state champ, is clearly the heavy favorite to make it two straight. And to be honest, looking at coach Shawn Amos' under-varsity programs, I wouldn't be surprised to see CdA challenge for two more state titles after this season.

So my question (and you know a column will likely follow) is will we see any more long spans of success or are most of the programs in the region to a point where they'll all be competitive so it's unlikely we'll see one program dominate again.

And to the old timers, tell me what you recall from the 1980s.

Ferris, Mead win at Albi

I was told by more than one person Thursday night that it was a Spokesman-Review curse. I did a feature on Ferris running back Kole Heidinger that was published Thursday morning. It centered around the fact that Heidinger once had fumble issues but has overcome them the last couple of years.

Sure enough Heidinger, on a rainy night, was involved in two fumbles lost. So, naturally, the S-R jinxed him!

Anyway, here's a link to our game story from Thursday's Albi doubleheader.

ALSO, I'll be tweeting again tonight at twitter.com/srpreps. If you are attending other games in the region and can text or call me with scores, I'd be glad to tweet updates. My cell phone number is: 208-699-7621.

By the way, I just reached 300 Twitter followers. A modest number, to be sure, but at least it's growing. Thanks for following along.

Albi doublheader tonight

I'll be at the GSL doubleheader tonight at Joe Albi. I'll be tweeting updates. You can follow the tweets at: twitter.com/srpreps.

Nine PR players have concussions

There's been a rash of concussions at Priest River, according to this KXLY link. Interesting.

What do you think about this?

Prep Page Thursday

You know the drill. Click the tab below to see what's on the menu this week.

Message inappropriate

The Coeur d'Alene High administration worked hard to salvage its football game this week against Moscow. Then the Coeur d'Alene booster club president, Chris Costa, sent out a very weak attempt at humor. He put together a list, a la David Letterman, of the top 10 reasons why Moscow decided not to forfeit the game to CdA.

Click the tab below to read the list. Quite inappropriate.

This week in preps

We reached the halfway mark of the regular-season in Washington football last week. What do you see happening from here on out? The big game this week in the Greater Spokane League is University (2-3) vs. North Central (2-3) in 3A. The winner will most likely lock up the 3A top playoff berth. That would leave the NC/Mt. Spokane, the last week of the regular season, to decide the second berth.

Any teams surprise you so far? Any teams disappoint?

In volleyball, the big 64-team Crossover Classic is this weekend at four sites: Ferris, Rogers, Lewis and Clark and Shadle Park. The championship final is Saturday at 6:30 at Ferris. Many of the top teams in the state, including all the GSL teams and most of the North Idaho teams, will be on hand.

Here's your thread to start the week. Talk away. Click the tab below to read a couple of my thoughts.

PR football player in hospital

UPDATED, Tuesday, 1 p.m.


Bobby Clark, a Priest River High football player, is at Sacred Heart Medical Center recovering from an injury believed to have been sustained in a 63-6 loss to Timberlake on Friday.


Details are sketchy because Priest River High School isn’t releasing any information. Athletic director Brandi Johnson referred calls to the district office.


"That particular student we're real concerned about," West Bonner County School District superintendent Mike McGuire said, citing the Family Educational Rights Act (FERPA) for not releasing his name. "We're hoping for a full recovery as soon as possible."


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Ferris grinds past Central Valley

Here's a link to the Ferris/CV game story. Pictured above is Kurtis Karstetter of Ferris scoring a touchdown.

Here's a link to our Post Falls/Lake City game story.

Our roundup, led by Cheney stopping Deer Park.

A link to statistics of area games.

QUESTION: Any thoughts on the Ferris/Central Valley game or other games?

U-Hi edges Mt. Spokane in thriller

Powered by Zach Bruce on the ground and Conner Johnson through the air, the University Titans turned back the Mt. Spokane Wildcats 31-28 in a Greater Spokane League football game in a key 3A showdown Thursday at Joe Albi Stadium.

Here's our story.

NOTE: I'll be tweeting at the Ferris/Central Valley game tonight. You can follow me at: srpreps

Martin out as coach at Riverside



Allen Martin has stepped down as Riverside’s head football coach.

It's not clear whether Martin's departure was of his own volition or not.

Longtime assistant coach Mark Vannatter has taken over on an interim basis, athletic director Brent Monroe said.

When asked if Martin is no longer the head coach, Monroe said, "He's still the head coach." He referred all other questions to Superintendent Roberta Kramer.

"It's a personnel issue and I can't discuss it," Kramer said when reached by telephone.

Martin left the team after the Rams’ defeated Medical Lake on Sept. 10. A standout player at Whitworth University, Martin is arguably one of the school’s most successful coaches. Riverside has made the playoffs four times under Martin, highlighted by a 17-14 overtime victory over Lynden Christian in the 1A state football championship in 1993.

Calls were made to Martin, but he was unavailable.

Riverside is 2-2 overall, 1-1 in the Northeast A League. The Rams play host to Newport (4-0, 2-0)  on Friday.

Thursday Prep Page

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Idaho, Washington football rankings

Click the tab below to see this week's Washington Associated Press football rankings. Ferris continues atop 4A as the Saxons were a unanimous selection. Central Valley is eighth.

Coeur d'Alene continues atop the 5A rankings in Idaho.

Two days until big showdown


Anybody in the know about prep football probably saw this week coming.

The biggest game of the year in the Greater Spokane League thus far occurs Friday when No. 1-ranked Ferris (4-0) visits eighth-ranked Central Valley (4-0). Kickoff is at 7. Take a nap that day because it could be a long game what with Homecoming activities and the fact that it's televised.

QUESTION: What do you see happening Friday? Of course I'll have my pick in my Pick 6 predictions Thursday.

In a game that will likely decide the top 3A playoff berth, University (1-3) takes on Mt. Spokane (1-3) in the secocnd game of an Albi Stadium doubleheader Thursday. Kickoff is at 7:15.

This little pig is CV’s

Central Valley took home the bacon, topping rival University 27-14 in the Greasy Pig game Friday.

Ring my bell … and that's what Mead did to Mt. Spokane in the Battle for the Bell.

Clarkston tops Cheney in Great Northern League opener and roundup.

Scores and statistics here.

Pictured above is CV's Eli Wiecking catching a 56-yard TD pass from Gaven Deyarmin.

Volleyball: Mead sweeps

Mead avenged a loss to Mt. Spokane a year ago, sweeping the Wildcats in a Greater Spokane League match at Mt. Spokane. Here's our story.

Pictured above getting a kill is Mead outside hitter Hannah Zalopany.

Lewis and Clark, North Central prevail

When push came to shove, the Lewis and Clark Tigers did most of it, topping the Gonzaga Prep Bullpups 31-21 in the opener at Joe Albi Stadium, while North Central evened its record at 2-2 with a 17-10 win over the Shadle Park Highlanders.

New computerized grid rankings

You have to check this out. West Valley is ranked No. 1 in 2A in new computerized football rankings by the Tacoma News Tribune. Here's the link.

In 4A, Ferris is 17th. In 2A, Cheney is eighth, East Valley is 0th and Deer Park is 17th. In 1A, Freeman is 12th and Newport is 15th.

Update: Goodwin breathing on own

 Wednesday update

For the first time in a long time, Mary Goodwin, the mother of Ferris senior quarterback Ben Goodwin, is breathing on her own. She was able to do so about 12 hours after a double lung transplant.

"She's up and alert and has the great wit that she always has," Ferris coach Jim Sharkey said, reading a text he received.

Unless waranted, this will be the last update. Keep Mary in your thoughts and prayers.

State volleyball, soccer, XC rankings

Here are the Seattle Times' volleyball rankings and girls soccer rankings. Here are the state cross country rankings.

This week in preps


I'm reposting this from Friday because there's a good conversation going about how football games are scheduled. Feel free to check in with your thoughts.

It's rivalry week in Greater Spokane League football. A couple of interesting games: Gonzaga Prep (2-1) vs. Lewis and Clark (2-1), which nearly upset Mead last week, on Thursday at Albi; Mt. Spokane (1-2) vs. Mead (2-1) at Albi on Friday; and Central Valley (3-0) at University (1-2), which stunned G-Prep last week.

I'll check in Thursday with my Pick 6 predictions. I'm sure I'll include those three games this week.

What are your thoughts on those games or anything prep related. This is your thread to start the week.

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