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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883


Nothing slow about today’s pitches


Once again it is Prep Day in The Spokesman-Review.

On the Washington side, the lead piece concerned slowpitch softball's expansion in the Greater Spokane League.

We also featured a Mike Vlahovich column and a feature on Davenport quarterback Kyle Nelson. There was also roundup.

But, like a Ronco commercial, we didn't stop there. Wednesday also featured the biggest cross country meet of the young GSL season, with the nation's No. 1 boys team, Mead, competing against the No. 4, three-time state champ Ferris, and young North Central. Ferris' David Hickerson ran away with the top spot, the Panthers took the next three places, but the Saxons finished with six in the top 10 to win 27-29. It was just the first of four big showdowns between the schools en route to the state championship. One note that didn't appear in the paper: Mead ran without Taylor Nepon, the Panthers top runner who is just now returning from injury.

UPDATE: Mike has added some more observations about Wednesday's meet on his blog.

On the Idaho side, the main feature was about the eight seniors on the Coeur d'Alene girls soccer team.

We also featured a Greg Lee column on new CdA baseball coach Chris Stangel and a feature on Lake City soccer player Brandon Wood. We also ran the state football rankings and Lee's Panhandle Picks.

And, as usual, we had Quick Hits in Idaho and Washington.

Around Washington, there was a lot of news in this Seattle Times' notebook, including some good recruiting news for University of Oregon fans. There is also the Times' weekly look at the top games in the Seattle area.

Soccer seems to be the sport of the day in the News Tribune, with a feature on two sisters at Fife High and a preview of today's Gig Harbor vs. Bellarmine Prep matchup.

Rene Ferran reports on his blog Cydney Knight, a star last year at Richland, has transferred to Pasco and will sign a letter-of-intent in November to play basketball at the University of Utah.

There was a big Wesco cross country meet Wednesday, won by Lake Stevens' Joey Bywater. And there was a fun cross country feature in Wednesday's Columbian.

Finally, I noticed in Greg Lee's Panhandle Picks, both Lee and his guest picked Lewiston to defeat Ferndale on Friday night. Two things: Here is the

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