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Simon recommits to WSU 31 

COUGARS Just got off the phone with Patrick Simon, the senior-to-be at Ephrata High. He made a visit to WSU today and decided to recommit to the Cougars. Read on for an unedited version of what will appear in tomorrow's S-R.

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J.J. Turbin pitches for the Coeur d’Alene Vikings, but will play outfield at Oregon State. (Kathy Plonka photos / The Spokesman-Review)

OSU-bound Turbin leads Viks

Here is a feature on Coeur d'Alene baseball standout J.J. Turbin, whose character far transcends his feats on the field and in the classroom.Here is a column featuring an item on the 16th annual Jack Blair Memorial Washington/Idaho girls basketball game.

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Washington State guard Taylor Rochestie celebrates after an Oregon player drew a foul with 8.9 seconds left in the second half of a college basketball game against Oregon Sunday, Jan. 20, 2008, in Pullman, Wash. Washington State won 69-60. Oregon had won 13 strait and 21 of the last 22 games between the two teams. (AP Photo/Dean Hare) ORG XMIT: WADH107 (Dean Hare / The Spokesman-Review)

April's shower of WSU news finally ends 

COUGARS Let's catch up with April here. WSU is about a week away from the end of the school year. The state legislature has cut millions from every school budget and athletic departments are feeling the pinch. There has been more than one spat between…

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New WSU recruit Reggie Moore in 2006 playing for O'Dea in the 3A championship game.
 (John Froschauer / The Spokesman-Review)

WSU signs guard 

COUGARS Just when we thought basketball news was settling down, Washington State goes out and signs another point guard. For the unedited version of our story, read on. There is also a note at the bottom.

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Ben McCombs has a motor that never stops. (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

McCombs lines up with Spokane 

Ben McCombs has been an arenafootball2 impact player with Bakersfield, Rio Grande Valley and Central Valley. Nothing changed when he joined the 2009 Shock.McCombs (No. 99 pictured above) was perhaps the biggest free-agent signing for Spokane, which returned 13 players from last year's squad. He's…

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WSU, UW rivalry takes a turn 

COUGARS If you've read the links here last night and this morning, you know University of Washington athletic director Scott Woodward had a few things to say about the demise of Senate Bill 6116. The bill would have given King County a way to ask…

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White takes advantage of opportunity

Back with a Shock notebook, with the first item on Markee White, who made his af2 debut last week and caught 12 passes in Spokane's win over Stockton. More on White and other notes below in an unedited article that will run in Wednesday's S-R.

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Courageous Kennedy catcher

Here's a interesting softball story from The Seattle Times by Sandy Ringer about outstanding Kennedy catcher Lindsy Dugan, who, beginning at age 12, contracted Alopecia Areata, which causes total baldness.Kennedy, the defending State 3A champions are ranked sixth in state in a poll compiled by…

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High school season at crunch time

Another of my favorite Greater Spokane League coaches, one highly respected by his peers, is calling it quits. Mike Haugen, who coached Gonzaga Prep boys basketball to fourth place in state, is stepping down to concentrate on his passion for history.I respect both Haugen and…

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Gonzaga, Michigan State talking

A week or so after it was learned that Gonzaga and Duke are talking about a possible matchup in New York City comes the news that the Bulldogs and Michigan State are discussing a two-game series, according to the Detroit News. More here. It's not…

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MONDAY, APRIL 27, 2009

Final version of Vilarino

OK, I chatted with G.J. Vilarino, who committed to Gonzaga on Monday. He clarified a few things from my previous posts. He said he's 175 pounds, not 170 (his coach says he's 172 or 173, to be precise). And his father Gerry was the one…

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WSU running back Dwight Tardy leaves UCLA defenders behind as he seals the win over UCLA in Pullman Saturday Ooctober 27, 2007 with a 51 yard run for a score in the final minute.  WSU beat UCLA 27-7 for their first PAC-10 win of the season.  CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON The Spokesman-Review (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

Where is WSU headed in the fall? 13 

COUGARS • UPDATED: 6:25 P.M. We've got a bunch of stuff for you. There's a football note, a basketball note and, most importantly, the rough draft of our fall outlook, based on the recently completed spring practices. Read on.

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More on Vilarino 

Waiting for a call from the latest Zag commitment, G.J. Vilarino, but he has a good excuse. Classes at McKinney High go from 9:15 to 4:20, then he follows a post-classes regimen where he hits the weight room.Until then, read on for more on Vilarino…

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Vilarino commits to Zags

Kentucky's loss is Gonzaga's gain.Former Wildcats signee G.J. Vilarino, who de-committed after the coaching change at Kentucky, has verbally committed to the Bulldogs, Vilarino's father, Gerardo, said Monday.More below.

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NFL nearly bypasses Washington schools

COUGARS Welcome to our Monday morning post, NFL edition. As the draft ended yesterday, we were given another clue just how bad Washington State and Washington were last year. The number of draft picks from the Evergreen State? One, WSU's Brandon Gibson, and yes we…

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SUNDAY, APRIL 26, 2009

Idaho H-back Williams taken by Redskins 

Eddie Williams, the most productive offensive weapon for Idaho last season, was selected in the seventh round (No. 221 overall) of the NFL draft by the Washington Redskins on Sunday afternoon. Williams figured to be plucked a bit earlier had it not been for a…

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Shock march on

No. 1-ranked Spokane improved to 4-0 with a 70-51 dismantling of Stockton on Saturday. Here's our game recap, a Stockton Record report, and write-ups from the PR staffs of the Shock and Lightning.

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EWU football: Is it worth the costs? 

Eastern Washington's football team staged its annual Red-White Game at Woodward Field on Saturday. There were several outstanding individual performances, but all came against a defense that was woefully undermanned because of injuries.You can read the story on the game that appeared in Sunday morning's…

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WSU's spring nears end 

COUGARS The end is near. Of spring football practice, I mean. Of the Apple Cup at Qwest as well. Of hype about the NFL draft, for this year anyway. Of probity in Olympia too. We've got links that cover most of them. Read on.

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Vandals put a wrap on spring football 

The Idaho football team put the finishing touches on spring camp this evening, and it did so without an organized spring "game" like you might expect. Instead the Vandals put on an exhibition filled with team drills and scrimmages from different spots on the field.…

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