Friday night is the big showdown in Coeur d'Alene. The Vikings (4-1) of CdA host the Timberwolves (4-0) of Lake City. The winner is in first in the 5A Inland Empire League. Greg Lee takes a look at one of the state's last great rivalries. We also had a graphic look at the rivalry, but because of the way it is produced, we can't link to it here.
The main feature on the Washington side is about the new era at Ferris High. The Saxons are 4-0 and meet Gonzaga Prep on Friday with the Greater Spokane League on the line. But they'll have to do it without their best athlete, quarterback/defensive back Shaun Stockton, who broke his clavicle in the first quarter against Lewis and Clark. Mike Vlahovich highlights the changes at Regal and 37th, with the biggest being this group is playing loose and having fun. Just like high school athletes are supposed to.
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• Finally, Mike Vlahovich's column about Central Valley graduate Steve Garrison, the head football coach at Monrovia High in Southern California. In the small world department, when my father went back to get his high school degree in the early 1960s – he quit school to enter the navy at 16 in 1941 – he attended Monrovia High. And when my eldest sister graduated in 1965, she graduated from Monrovia High.
Around the area, if you look at the Seattle Times state's top 10 in 4A and 3A, there's only one matchup between two ranked teams (Ferris vs. G-Prep) this weekend. But there are a couple of other good games, including Eisenhower hosting Moses Lake.
One last note on the Bellevue situation, Eric D. Williams of the News Tribune columnizes (is that a word?) on the money today.
There's a new girls basketball coach at Arlington. That and other notes from Everett.