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FRIDAY, NOV. 13, 2009

Saxons win big over Kamiakin 

The Ferris Saxons got an early dose of reality on a game-opening kickoff touchdown return, but parlayed turnovers into quick touchdowns on the way to a 41-16 triumph over Kamiakin. They travel next weekend to Eisenhower of Yakima.Mt. Spokane also won big, 48-13 at Hanford…

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Vikings fall to Eagle

Coeur d'Alene and Eagle hooked up in an entertaining State 5A semifinal Friday night at Viking Field. The game had a little of everything -- snow, big plays from both offenses and the lead flip-flopped back and forth -- but it was Eagle escaping with…

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Eagles fly

A muddy track at West Valley didn't matter with the way the Eagles were soaring. Their first playoff appearance in 22 years produced a 29-0 win. Keep reading for the unedited game story for Saturday's paper.

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WSU rolls over MVSC 

COUGARS The Ken Bone era at WSU is officially underway. We documented it Friday night with this story, the unedited version of which you can find on the link. After the story are a few notes. Read on.

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Vandals take down Utes

A much-anticipated season for the Idaho men's basketball team got off to a stirring start tonight. The Vandals held off late-charging Utah at the Huntsman Center for a 94-87 win. UI's first win over the Utes in 71 years came thanks to 19 points from…

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A prediction for WSU game tonight 

COUGARS • UPDATED: 6:45 P.M. If you've read this blog much, you know I'm not a big fan of predictions. I'm usually wrong and, because I hate being wrong, I rarely make a prediction. But tonight I will make an exception. I've got one for…

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Mead advances to title match

Mead (31-2) will take on Curtis (23-3) in the State 4A volleyball championship game at about 6:30 p.m.Mead handled Graham Kapowsin 25-15, 25-14, 25-20 and Curtis topped Auburn Riverside 25-15, 28-26, 25-20 in the semifinals.I'll check back later with the story.

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Looking ahead to the UCLA game 

COUGARS We're about to head over to Beasley for the basketball season opener, but before we do, we'll catch you up with football. On the link you'll find our short advance of tomorrow's game along with our usual game-day items. And yes, it is snowing…

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Idaho basketball gets under way 

In just a few hours, the Vandals will take the court against Utah (6 p.m. PST tip) in their season opener. It's not an easy opening game, but it sure beats playing at Gonzaga and Michigan State in the first week like last year. Read…

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How best to build a football program 

Why do some football teams succeed when others don't. Is it because of the size of a school, socio-economic, emphasis placed on sports by families or school administrations, coaching, or merely because one school has better athletes than the other?It's probably a little of everything.…

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State football begins 

Tonight we find out how good our teams were this year with the first round of state football games. From the GSL, Ferris hosts Kamiakin, winner 21-0 over CV last week; Mt. Spokane is in Richland against Hanford.In 2A, West Valley is home tonight against…

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Cold day at WSU 

COUGARS As we kick off Dad's Weekend in Pullman, the WSU stories are hard to find – sort of like a warm day in mid-November. But we did unearth a couple, along with the usual Pac-10 items. Read on.

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THURSDAY, NOV. 12, 2009

WSU football, basketball news 

COUGARS • UPDATED: 6:30 P.M. We have a couple items for you, including a short feature on Myron Beck and an advance on tomorrow's basketball game. Also, there are some notes from Paul Wulff's press conference. Read on.

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All eyes are on Gonzaga freshman Demetri Goodson as he banks in a game-winning shot in the final second of the second-round game against Western Kentucky on Saturday in Portland.  (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

Goodson next in GU point guard assembly line

It's college basketball preview time. The S-R has already previewed Idaho, WSU and EWU, meaning Gonzaga's up next. Some turn out to be team overviews, others zero in on a specific player.I wrote about Demetri 'Meech' Goodson, the fiercely competitive point guard from Spring, Texas.…

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QB Reader a nice find for Idaho 

This week's WAC notebook centers on Idaho backup quarterback Brian Reader, who's been thrust into action with Nate Enderle's shoulder injury. It's still up in the air on who will start Saturday at Boise State, but most of the signs are pointing at Reader right…

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Alexis Olgard, center, stretches to her full height of 6 feet, 5 inches, and brings it almost straight down on LC defenders.   (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

State 4A volleyball 

Defending 4A state champ Lewis and Clark and Mead opened with wins in first-round matches Thursday morning at Toyota Center in Kennewick.Click the tab below to read more. I'll update tonight with their second-round matches and my unedited story.Here's a link to a feature Mike…

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Big weekend for Eagles 

It's a big weekend coming up for both Eastern Washington's football and men's basketball teams.The Eagles football team will try to keep its postseason playoff hopes alive on Saturday when they travel to Cedar City, Utah, to take on Southern Utah in a non-conference game.…

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UCLA might get cold reception at WSU 11 

COUGARS The forecast for this weekend seems to get a little worse each day. If not worse, than colder. The chance of snow or a cold rain Friday? Sixty percent. Saturday, only 20 percent, but a high of 33. Of course, that could all change,…

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 11, 2009

Mackay visits WSU practice 

COUGARS From basketball to football. The sound you heard was me grinding my gears. Or teeth. I'm not sure. Anyhow, we have the unedited version of my story on the chemistry between quarterback and receivers. Oh, and some notes on this Veteran's Day, including a…

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Idaho basketball legend dies

Ozzie Kanikkeberg died Friday at the age of 83. He was best known as a small-school basketball icon, having won 660 games during his 46-year coaching career — with 42 of those seasons coming at Genesee. His career win total is probably a state record.

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