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There’s more important things than games

PREPS UPDATED 1:55 P.M.; 2:05; 5:35

We're starting today with some non-event news.

Coeur d'Alene High girls basketball coach Dale Poffenroth is undergoing open heart surgery today in Spokane. Poff, as he's known, has been an institution in the Inland Northwest's girls basketball scene the past 20-plus years. Let's hope everything works out OK for him today and as he recovers. For more on his condition and what led up to today's surgery, see Greg Lee's on-line column post.

UPDATE NO. 3: As of 5 p.m., Poffenroth was out of surgery and doing well, according to CdA athletic director Larry Schwenke. For more, check Greg's blog.

UPDATE NO. 2: Steve Kelley's column today will make you wonder why anyone would ever worry about missed calls, missed field goals, missed wins when stuff like this happens.

Washington lost one of its girls sports pioneers recently, with the death of Irene Hallett in the Seattle area.

UPDATE: Greg Lee's Panhandle Picks can be found on his on-line column. He picks Lake City to win the battle of CdA in a shootout.

As for the games, here is the Idaho prep roundup and the Washington roundup that appeared in today's paper.

Here are the Seattle Times 4A and 3A state rankings. G-Prep is still third and Ferris ninth in the 4A. They meet Friday night at Albi. And, instead of listing all the AP rankings, I'll just give you a link where Rene Ferran did all the work for me. Thanks, Rene.

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