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SUNDAY, DEC. 6, 2009

WSU falls in Kansas 17 

COUGARS We're back, for now. We can't catch you up completely, but we can fill you in with what happened last night. A good one for women's basketball, not so good for the men. Read on.

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SATURDAY, DEC. 5, 2009

Skyline handles Ferris

The Skyline Spartans are a dazzling football team.The Sammamish team pulled away from Ferris in the second half with a 45-21 win in the 4A state championship game Saturday evening at the Tacoma Dome.Click below to read my unedited game story.

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Zags lose Harris, game 10 

Back with the game story from Wake Forest's 77-75 win over Gonzaga on Saturday. The game took a U-turn when GU freshman forward Elias Harris was tossed for a flagrant technical foul late in the first half.Read my unedited game story below, and check back…

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State 4A final: Skyline 45, Ferris 21

Coach Jim Sharkey's worst fears were realized. Skyline's defensive front caused problems but not as much as the offense's ability to run the football which made it more difficult to defend the pass. Kasen Williams and his fellow sure-handed mates complimented BYU-bound Jake Heaps and…

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Colfax Bulldogs fall TD short

Colfax moved the football, but four turnovers - two fumbles and two interceptions - came back to bite the Bulldogs in the 2B state championship game this afternoon at Gridiron Classic in the Tacoma Dome. They fell into a 26-10 hole, got back to within…

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Final: Adna 32, Colfax 24

Too many mistakes did in the No. 1-ranked Colfax Bulldogs, and the third-ranked Adna Pirates took advantage for a 32-24 victory in the State 2B football championship game Saturday afternoon at the Tacoma Dome.Colfax (12-1), playing in its fourth final, was seeking its first state…

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Eags' QB fourth in Payton voting

Matt Nichols won't be among the three finalists attending Thursday night's The Sports Network's Award Banquet in Chattanooga, Tenn., where the 2009 Walter Payton Award winner will be announced.But Eastern Washington's record-breaking senior quarterback can take some satisfaction in knowing he finished fourth in this…

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Eagles open Big Sky play tonight against PSU

Eastern Washington University's men's basketball team is just couple of hours away from opening Big Sky Conference play on the road against defending two-time champion Portland State.Eagles coach Kirk Earlywine has previously made it clear he is not a big fan of starting conference play…

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Zags fall to Demon Deacons

Wake Forest ended Gonzaga's five-game winning streak with a wild 77-75 win Saturday afternoon at the McCarthey Athletic Center.Gonzaga was in command, 31-22, late in the first half when Matt Bouldin was whistled for a foul contesting C.J. Harris' 3-pointer and Elias Harris was ejected…

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Eagles game, but fall short in 2A finale

West Valley and Lynden competed tooth and nail, defenses bending but not breaking in a game that wasn't decided until the final four minutes. The Eagles, however, came out on the short end of a 16-6 decision after leading 6-0 until the final 50 seconds…

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Lynden tops West Valley

Lynden defended its 2A state football championship, stopping West Valley 16-6 Saturday morning in the Gridiron Classic at the Tacoma Dome.Click the tab below for final statistics and highlights throughout the game.Mike Vlahovich will post his unedited game story in about 2 hours.

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FRIDAY, DEC. 4, 2009

Something to be said for ball control

TACOMA - Don't know how many of you football followers watched the 3A final between Bellevue and Liberty and kept tabs on time of possession, but the victorious Wolverines, now winners of seven of the last nine titles (including twice over West Valley's foe Lynden)…

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Chiefs top Seattle

It was a bit of a struggle but the Spokane Chiefs scored two late goals to beat the Seattle Thunderbirds 4-2 at the Arena Friday night.Keep reading for the unedited game story.

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Zags entertain Demon Deacons

Some of Gonzaga's biggest wins in recent years (Washington State, Connecticut, Washington, Texas) have been in December. And a high percentage of GU's losses have come in December.The Bulldogs started December off this season with a win over WSU. Next up: Wake Forest of the…

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THURSDAY, DEC. 3, 2009

Idaho stumbles at Northridge

The Idaho Vandals started an important three-game portion of their schedule with a 95-93 loss at Cal State Northridge. UI (4-2) led by 14 in the second half, 63-49, but let it slip away and eventually trailed by eight before a furious (and ultimately futile)…

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Shock sign another Dillon

Spokane has added another Dillon, Ronald 'Rock' Dillon, to their roster, after announcing earlier this week the return of Charles Dillon.There's also more on Josh Leonard joining the Tampa Bay practice squad below.

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Shock grads

At least seven former Shock players have landed in the new arena league. They are: Palauni Ma'Sun (Chicago), Virgil Gray (Milwaukee) and five with Arizona (Nick Davila, John Booker, Kyle Young, Sergio Gilliam and Kelvin Morris).UPDATE: Make that eight: Andrico Hines (Tennessee Valley).UPDATED UPDATE: Make…

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Mead's Jazmine Redmon drives to the basket during Mead's loss Thursday to Kentwood at the WIAA Dairy Farmers of Washington State 4A Basketball Tournament in the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Wash., Mar. 1, 2007.  HOLLY PICKETT The Spokesman-Review (Holly Pickett / The Spokesman-Review)

GSL girls basketball 

Here is a feature on Mead multi-sport standout Jazmine Redmon, who is pictured above.Here's a glance with some notes.Here's a column by Greg Lee with a look at the Coeur d'Alene/Lewis and Clark matchup Friday.

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Iupati named to All-America team 

Mike Iupati, Idaho's dominant left guard, was the only WAC player to be named to the American Football Coaches Association All-America team. The 6-foot-6, 325-pound senior from American Samoa is viewed as an elite NFL prospect as an interior lineman and is a finalist for…

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Shadle's Hester resigns as football coach 

Mark Hester has resigned after 15 years as football coach at Shadle Park. He was third-longest tenured coach this year in the Greater Spokane League.I was here for 15 years and that was plenty of time," Hester said. "It was a great opportunity here. I…

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Gonzaga's Elias Harris and WSU's DeAngelo Casto chase a loose ball in the second half in McCarthey Athletic Center Wed. Dec. 2, 2009. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Day after WSU 

Raise your hand if you expected Gonzaga to be 6-1 at this point. I'm typing so I can't, but I would have guessed 5-2. It's a razor-thin margin between Gonzaga possibly being 7-0 (and probably in the top 10) or 4-3.First, the links: Here's my…

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Vandals enter tough stretch 

Three games in the next week should tell us a lot about the Idaho basketball team. The challenging stretch starts Thursday night at Cal State Northridge, continues Sunday vs. No. 25 Portland (at Memorial Gym; tickets are limited) and finishes Wednesday at Washington State. Keep…

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