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Grip on Sports: Let’s just say goodbye to summer a bit early

A GRIP ON SPORTS • A Pac-12 showdown in Salt Lake City. A big local showdown in Pullman. Intersectional games on the television. Yep, fall Saturdays are here, even if …


Grip on Sports: The rhythm of the football season mandates a slow buildup to each Saturday

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There is a bit of rhythm to a college football week. It starts with a slow shuffle and moves with a quicker beat as Saturday …


Grip on Sports: The new NFL season opens a lot like the old one ended, at least for the Seahawks

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The first Sunday of NFL football is over. Why is it that, despite wholesale changes in the offseason, so many teams haven’t really changed at …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 7, 2018, 3:54 p.m.

Whitworth grad Kayla Leland makes next round for NCAA Woman of the Year

She’s known for a week but the NCAA made it official on Thursday: Whitworth graduate Kayla Leland has been selected as one of 30 finalists for NCAA Woman of the …


Grip on Sports: College football’s first full Saturday at times made us sore, but also offered some exercise

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Is your backside sore? You know, after spending from 9 in the morning until after 11 at night sitting and watching college football? No way …


Grip on Sports: The waiting is finally over, college football is really back today

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It is here. Finally. It is the first full Saturday of college football season. Everyone plays. And everyone gets to cheer. Or moan. Read on.


Grip on Sports: From signings to trades to losses to endings to special sections, it is one packed day

A GRIP ON SPORTS • So much happened yesterday, time constraints make it impossible to get to it all. Not for me, but for you. Who has an entire day …


Grip on Sports: It’s not a stretch to say last night’s win was crucial for the Mariners

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Sometimes it only takes one improbable win to propel a team to heights unexpected. And other times that unexpected victory is just a footnote in …


Grip on Sports: When the air starts to look like soup, it’s time to practice indoors

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If you are old enough to remember, there was a time when people were allowed to smoke cigarettes anywhere. Offices, banks, movie theaters, you name …


Grip on Sports: In a game dominated by the long ball, the Mariners’ Jean Segura hit the most dramatic one

A GRIP ON SPORTS • You get a home run. You get a home run. And you get a home run. Heck, everyone gets a home run. It’s the All-Star …


New Whitworth women’s basketball coach Joial Griffith ‘ecstatic’ to lead Pirates

On Tuesday night at the historic home of Whitworth alum Frank Knott – the large, renovated structure is a 112-year-old former electric powerhouse on the bluff above Liberty Park – …


Grip on Sports: It’s not Christmas, it’s better. Hoopfest is back this weekend

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There are many good weekends around here. Memorial Day weekend is always fun. Labor Day weekend means college football is beginning. The weekend that includes …


Grip on Sports: Mariners, Paxton get the drop on Houston and now know they will leave town still on top in the West

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There was an old-time showdown in Houston last night, but the script lacked a bit of drama. If you are a Mariners’ fan, it’s pretty …


Grip on Sports: There is hope folks, as the unofficial start of summer is only days away

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Is there anything you need to get done, either on the job or around the house? This seems like the week to do it. Read …


Grip on Sports: If it’s April, there must be some groundshaking NFL news

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There is one thing at which the NFL is great. There is no professional sports league in the country (and maybe the world) that does …


Grip on Sports: The weather in Minneapolis saved us from getting hurt trying to watch two events

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It was cold in Augusta yesterday. But not nearly as cold as it was in Minneapolis. Appropriate and expected, I guess, for early April. One …


Grip on Sports: Will the NCAA really clean up recruiting when the shoe on the other foot pays so well?

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Reform is all the rage around NCAA basketball these days. Committees here, committees there, all devoted to “cleaning up” recruiting practices. But the root element …


UPDATED: Fri., April 6, 2018, 4 p.m.

Helen Higgs steps down after 24 years as Whitworth women’s basketball coach

Helen Higgs, the winningest women’s basketball coach in Whitworth history, has decided to step down after 24 years, the school announced Friday.


Grip on Sports: WSU’s basketball defections gives us another reason to exercise our right to complain

A GRIP ON SPORTS • One of the eternal rights given to us by our Founding Fathers is the ability to complain about local sports teams. Heck, about all sports …


Grip on Sports: A tribute to Gonzaga’s consistency, the Pac-12’s inability and the best college baseball coach ever

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Yes, Gonzaga survived and, as the cliché goes, advance. And yes, the Pac-12’s historically bad basketball season culminated in Arizona giving up in the NCAA’s …


Grip on Sports: The Pac-12 would like you to know First Four participants have had some success in the past

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The NCAA basketball tournament begins today, with Radford and Long Island University-Brooklyn having the honors. And the honor of losing to Villanova on Thursday. Read …


Grip on Sports: Sherman’s departure reminds us of sports’ impermanence

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Nothing in sports last forever. Nothing. We are being reminded of that fact just about every day this week. Read on.


Grip on Sports: After a day of rest (or revelry), WCC tournament begins again – and a goodbye to a hero

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Monday mornings mean a new beginning. Whether it’s work or school, for most of life the day actually begins the week. The same can be …


Grip on Sports: No matter what the level, basketball’s postseason games always deliver

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There is something special about postseason basketball. The playoffs are different in every sport, sure, but basketball, with its intensity level ratcheted up to 12 …


Grip on Sports: If this week isn’t the best of the sports year, it’s at least in the top five

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If you love sports, this might be your favorite week of the year. It has to be in the top five. There are so many …


Grip on Sports: There’s so much happening in the world of sports, we need to stay positive or we may get kicked out

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It seems like a good morning to cover a lot of ground, quickly. Let’s travel from basketball to golf, from the baseball field to the …


Grip on Sports: Steely Whitworth may be forced to go back, Jack, and do it again this weekend

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s playoffs time in (much of) college basketball. In fact, one local school, Whitworth, is set to find out where it is headed in the …


Grip on Sports: There’s a storm brewing in college hoops and it sure seems like safe shelter is going to be hard to find

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It can’t be aspartame-coated. Yesterday was a pretty cruddy day for college sports, both nationally and in our region. Read on.


Grip on Sports: If you can pull yourself away from the Olympic drama tonight, there are some important college basketball games

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Not sure how I was able to do it, but I pulled myself away from watching Jocelyne Lamoureux’s gold-medal winning shootout goal this morning with …


Grip on Sports: It may be cold outside, but watching sports is nice way to stay warm

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s going to get cold in the Spokane area this week. Not Havre, Montana, cold, but pretty close. Let’s hope there are some really good …