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SUNDAY, DEC. 14, 2008

SATURDAY, DEC. 13, 2008

Chiefs split weekend games with Seattle

The Spokane Chiefs played host on back-to-back nights to the Seattle Thunderbirds this weekend and wound up with one win and one loss.Here's the link to the game story from Friday night's 1-0 victory, and you can read about Saturday night's 3-1 loss below.

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Zags, 'Zona preview; Sacre hurt

Down in Phoenix for tomorrow's Desert Classic(Gonzaga-Arizona at 3 PST, Arizona State-IUPUI at 12:15).Read on for an unedited GU-UA preview that will run in Sunday's S-R. The hot topic down here, of course, is the Arizona coaching vacancy and whether Gonzaga's Mark Few has any…

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WSU builds a 12-point halftime edge

COUGARSPatience is a virtue, and WSU is being virtuous this evening against Montana State. The Cougars are 14 of 24 from the floor in the first half against the Bobcats, with only five of those shots coming from beyond the arc.The result is a 30-18…

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The Ferris streak is over

A new year, a new team, a new beginning. Shadle Park rallied from a 13-point deficit in the final quarter and one-half to defeat plucky young Ferris 66-59 Friday night ending their winning streak at 59 (and GSL win streak at 50). Not that a…

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FRIDAY, DEC. 12, 2008

WSU survives bumpy trip to Seattle

COUGARSOver here on the West Side, where the weather is as big a topic of conversation as on the East Side. Though it isn't snowing, most people are worried it will be soon. Read on for the unedited version of my advance for tomorrow.

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Few conference call

Gonzaga coach Mark Few just concluded his remarks on a conference call with Spokane, Arizona and Seattle media.Few touched on numerous topics, including the Arizona coaching job, the last UA-GU contest, the possibility of playing the Wildcats in Seattle in 2011, Micah Downs, Ray Giacoletti…

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Can Lakeside repeat?

As good as Greater Spokane League wrestling was last year, and should be better this year, but Lakeside and Deer Park may have had better seasons a season ago. The Eagles scored 233 points at state with nine finalists and Deer Park won its first…

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THURSDAY, DEC. 11, 2008

Conley named to Walter Camp All-American team

IDAHO FOOTBALLAfter the finest season by a punter in University of Idaho history, senior T.J. Conley was selected to the Walter Camp All-American team Thursday. Conley led the FBS (Division I-A) in punting with a 47.43-yard average. The Walla Walla product and former Desales High…

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 10, 2008

Zags dominate second half, Cougars

COUGARSFor a half this seemed like a highly contested game between two evenly matched teams. Then it wasn't anymore. Just like that. It seemed like a lot of the football games, with one team playing at a high level and the other, well, not. We…

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Zags scorch WSU in second half

On Washington State's first possession of the second half, Cougars center Aron Baynes powered inside and scored over Josh Heytvelt. The bucket trimmed Gonzaga's lead to 32-31 and seemed to indicate that the second half was going to produce another tight, tough contest between the…

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Appreciation for old school

If you have an appreciation for old-school basketball post play you'll love watching Ryan Nicholas work for Gonzaga Prep. The 6-foot-7 post was the object of Mt. Spokane's attention with its packed in zone, but the tireless worker used the bodies on him to his…

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Shock, af2 still a go for 2009

I just spoke with Spokane Shock general manager Adam Nebeker, who said arenafootball2's 2009 season will proceed, despite reports today that the Arena Football League is expected to cancel its 2009 season."We're selling tickets, the lights are on and we're busy signing players," Nebeker said.…

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Students will be ready for Zag invasion

COUGARSAnother game day. We would say "just another typical game day" but the students lined up in front of Beasley belie that. So we'll just stick with our original statement. Another way you know it's not typical? All the stories to link. Read on.

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TUESDAY, DEC. 9, 2008

Idaho preps

UPDATED TUESDAY A.M.By special request, I'm going to list my winter predictions for girls and boys basketball. Things have changed at the old S-R in the past year so we can't offer team-by-team capsules anymore.Click the tab below to see my predictions.YOUR COMMENTS and predictions…

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Why rain on a parade?

My thought for the day: Why is it that no matter what athletes and teams accomplish and the kudos their followers give them there is always someone out there who feels compelled to rain on their parade?

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WSU news - and a couple of questions

COUGARSJust when you thought football season was over, it goes on and on and on. The Pac-10 announces its all-conference team yesterday and the coaches decide no Cougar is in the top 50 or so (see yesterday's post for more). Then UW officially introduce its…

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MONDAY, DEC. 8, 2008

Bulldogs move up to No. 4

Gonzaga climbed up one spot in both polls.The Bulldogs are No. 4 in the A.P. and ESPN/USA Today polls. They were fifth a week ago, but moved up when No. 4 Duke lost to Michigan. Media day this afternoon. Check back later for a GU…

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SUNDAY, DEC. 7, 2008

Looking back on Eags' win in BSC opener

Eastern Washington University's men's basketball team found a way to win ugly Saturday night when it found a way to hold back visiting Montana State despite making only three of its first 19 basket tries.You can access the game story that ran in Sunday's S-R…

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TUESDAY, AUG. 26, 2008

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