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FRIDAY, FEB. 16, 2007

Only got to one game last night

PREPSWent to watch the first half of the University vs. Mead girls game last night and intended to head to the second half of the District 8 boys' game, but never left Central Valley.The game was that good, even though Mead was playing without 6-foot-5…

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THURSDAY, FEB. 15, 2007

Four Cougars invited to draft combine

PRO FOOTBALLI just downloaded an Excel file from Mike Sando's Seahawks' blog that contains the names of all the NFL draft combine invitees.My first search covered the word Washington, and four Cougar names came up: defensive backs Tyron Brackenridge and Eric Frampton; defensive end Mkristo…

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Help me please

PREPSI have a little time this evening, so Kim and I were trying to decide which of the District 8 5:45 p.m. basketball playoff games to see.Should we go to the Shadle Park vs. Mead boys game at U-Hi or the Mead vs. U-Hi girls…

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Eastern takes a trip to the beach

EAGLESEastern takes a break from Big Sky Conference play this week to rest, regroup and travel … to Santa Barbara, Calif., for Saturday's BracketBuster game with UCSB.I know there will be at least one person in Santa Barbara's gym who knows where Cheney is: my…

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Memphis presents a heck of a test

BULLDOGSWith a weekend from hell behind them, the Zags now have a weekend with 40 minutes of hell ahead of them.At least Saturday's date with eighth-ranked Memphis (22-3 and winners of 14 consecutive games) in the Arena (3 p.m.; ESPN; 1510-KGA) is about basketball and…

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 14, 2007

WSU throws a shutout in the final minutes

COUGARS, 65-61When Washington's Justin Dentmon drove the baseline with 23 seconds left and the Huskies trailing WSU 62-61 I figured he would either score or a whistle would blow.And he would walk to the line. After all, the Huskies had walked there enough for 21…

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Defense needs to pick up

COUGARS, 26-25The WSU defense tonight isn't up to its usual standard, yielding easy shots and second-chance opportunities. Part of that is the Huskies are playing more unselfishly than they usually do (six assists on their first nine baskets). But part of it is WSU's slower-than-normal…

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Huskies are as tough as anyone at home

COUGARS, PREGAMEThere are two faces to the Husky basketball team, almost as diametrically opposed as the faces of Janus.There is the Huskies' road face, headed south, just like their postseason hopes. In eight road games – it is Valentine's Day and UW has played just…

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Some prep news from the West Side

PREPSA couple of stories that I didn't link to earlier.The first comes from the Vancouver Columbian, and it's on girls' wrestling, which will have its first state tournament this weekend.The next advances the protest at Lincoln High in Tacoma over the suspension of girls' basketball…

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Sportsmanship and female team winners

PREPSThe first-ever Hoopfest sportsmanship of the year award was given to Shea Vucinich, Coeur d'Alene High quarterback whose display of sportsmanship after a defeat to Lake City was behind the honor. The junior female team of the year was won for the third consecutive year…

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Hall, Troxel take awards

PREPSThe senior awards, which have already been in the paper, have been acknowledged, including Becca Noble, Adam Morrison, the Spokane Shock and Brad Walker.The first junior award is the male athlete winner Adam Hall, state champion wrestler from Bonners Ferry who is now at Boise…

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It's time to pass out the awards

PREPSThe awards are about to be handed out and thank goodness, I'm afraid we are going to be killed by a falling food tray. Back here by the kitchen, it's a real possibility.There's been ice spilled, a tray went flying by our table, just barely…

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Tied in with sports award banquet

PREPSI'm wearing a tie right now.Yes a tie. And tying it was easy. Sort of like that old saying about riding a bike. Once you learn, no matter how many years you go without doing it, you still can.And it's been years since I rode…

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TUESDAY, FEB. 13, 2007

A lot of ink signifying nothing

PREPSI remember walking into The Spokesman-Review sports department years ago and mentioning something about USA Today's national poll to long-time S-R prep reporter Merle Derrick.I was met with a withering stare from over his glasses and a well-thought-out lecture from the man everyone called Doc…

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MONDAY, FEB. 12, 2007

The home-winning streak is a thing of the past

BRONCOS, 84-73It's over.Gonzaga University's longest-in-the-nation 50-game home winning streak ended Monday night, shot down by a Santa Clara University team that hardly missed a shot. The Broncos won 84-73, before another sellout crowd of 6,000 at the McCarthey Athletic Center. You can read the game…

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The next few weeks were made for state tournaments

PREPSThe next four weekend's in Washington will be filled with state tournaments, starting with wrestling and gymnastics this weekend, then moving on with three consecutive basketball weekends.Mike Vlahovich looks ahead to all the fun (or in his case, work) in his Monday morning notebook.• For…

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SUNDAY, FEB. 11, 2007

How much better will the M's be?

MARINERSWith spring training beginning in some voluntary form this week, it seemed like a good time to start paying a little more attention to the M's.The much-improved M's.Just kidding.• The Seattle Times' Geoff Baker tried to figure out if they are any better today and…

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Eastern falls a game behind Portland

VANDALS, EAGLESThe Portland State Vikings are a flawed team. Their 16-11 overall record and 7-7 mark in Big Sky play doesn't scream perfection.But Saturday night in Cheney they were nearly flawless in two areas: offensive rebounds (grabbing 16 and turning them into 22 points) and…

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One number stands above all else: 21

COUGARSIt's hard to write any more superlatives about how WSU plays defense, so I'll just write a number: 91.That's how many points the Cougars yielded in two Pac-10 games against the Bay Area teams in Pullman this weekend.Ninety-one.I know, a lot of that has to…

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SATURDAY, FEB. 10, 2007

Gonzaga digs deep to earn the win

BULLDOGS, POSTGAMEI'm not one to say "I told you so" … who am I trying to kid? Of course I am.It might not have been, overall, their best game of the season, but it was there best defensive game of the season. At least head…

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Cougars win once more

COUGARS, 59-46So in two games this weekend, WSU yielded 91 points. That's the usual total some schools give up each game.With the win, the Cougars move to 21-4 overall and 10-3 in the Pac-10, a half-game behind UCLA in the standings. It has been 15…

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Heytvelt and Davis arrested

BULLDOGS UPDATED: 2:20 P.M.UPDATE: The breaking news story with comments from athletic director Mike Roth, coach Mark Few (shown at press conference; Spokesman-Review photo by Dan Pelle) and Gonzaga president Robert Spitzer can be found here.The news is Josh Heytvelt and Theo Davis were arrested…

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