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THURSDAY, FEB. 19, 2009

Gonzaga captures another WCC title

Gonzaga took control early and cruised past Loyola Marymount 91-54 on Thursday at the McCarthey Athletic Center.The 17th-ranked Zags (20-5, 11-0 WCC) earned at least a share of their ninth straight conference title and they will be the No. 1 seed in the WCC Tournament…

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No surprises in 3A basketball

The favorites moved on as expected in the Greater Spokane League District 8 seeding tournament. Top seeded Shadle Park beat Mt. Spokane and North Central ran off 15 straight points to beat Rogers in boys. The Indians are at the Highlanders tonight at 7:15 p.m.…

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The world's oldest and greatest sport 

More than 130 wrestlers from this area converge in Tacoma for the extravaganza that has become Mat Classic. In it's 31st year in the Tacoma Dome, there will be six tournaments going on simultaneously (with state gymnastics going on nearby). And I get to spend…

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Coach Dale Poffenroth and his Coeur d’Alene team celebrate beating Post Falls.Special to  (Bruce Twitchell Special to / The Spokesman-Review)

Idaho preps

Good morning from Boise. I arrived at 8:15 after taking the oh-dark-30 to cover the girls state basketball tournaments.I'll see three games today involving local teams.Click the tab below to see more.In the photo above, Coeur d'Alene girls coach Dale Poffenroth received a confetti shower…

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USC guard Daniel Hackett (13) hits a jump shot over WSU guard Klay Thompson.  (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Lot riding on WSU, USC tonight 33 

COUGARS Even Tim Floyd knows it. "Outside of UCLA, no team has given us more trouble than Washington State," Floyd told the Los Angeles Times this week. Which makes tonight's matchup at the Galen Center all that more interesting. The Cougars want to play in…

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 18, 2009

WSU heads into Pac-10 stretch run

COUGARS The final five games of the Pac-10 season come against teams in the conference's top six. That sixth-place team is USC, the Cougars' first opponent on this weekend's trip to Los Angeles. Washington State has been pretty successful against the Trojans in Tony Bennett's…

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So much for Boise State's guarantee 

Idaho rallied from a 13-point deficit to shock Boise State on Wednesday night, winning 56-54 at the Broncos' Taco Bell Arena. The Vandals knocked off BSU for the second time this season after Marvin Jefferson snapped a tie with a putback with 4.3 seconds left.After…

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Former GU assistant and now San Diego head coach Bill Grier congratulates GU's Matt Bouldin while former player and current San Diego assistant coach Kyle Bankhead (far right) greets Austin Daye after the Zags defeated the Toreros. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Bouldin in line for WCC player of year? 13 

Gonzaga has won (or shared) the last eight WCC player of the year awards. With four games remaining in the WCC season, Matt Bouldin is in position to make it nine straight Bulldogs.More on Bouldin and the other WCC awards, GU's Thursday night matchup with…

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TUESDAY, FEB. 17, 2009

Prep-LC; LC-Mead in district championships 

There wasn't a surprise on the second night of Greater Spokane League district basketball play. League champions Gonzaga Prep boys and Lewis and Clark girls earned the right to play for regional berths. Their opponents, third-seed Lewis and Clark and girls second-place finisher Mead respectively.…

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WSU's big week and more on NCAA rules

COUGARS This week is, according to WSU basketball coach Tony Bennett, a life lesson. "The test will be, a lesson of life, can you dust yourself off and get back up and try and finish strong," Bennett said Tuesday, looking back to the Cougars second-half…

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Tuesdays with WSU 13 

COUGARS The last couple days have been somewhat thin on WSU news around the web. But we've found a couple things to pass on. You can find them on the link.

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MONDAY, FEB. 16, 2009

SUNDAY, FEB. 15, 2009

San Francisco's Kwame Vaughn loses his balance as he drives to the basket in front of Gonzaga's Micah Downs during the first half in San Francisco. (George Nikitin / Associated Press)

Day after San Francisco 25 

I've traveled home, had the requisite number of computer issues, so I'll take another stab at getting this post off the ground. Lots of stuff to get to after Gonzaga's 78-73 win over San Francisco. Read on for the day-after USF post.

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Washington State forward DeAngelo Casto goes up for a dunk. (Dean Hare / Associated Press)

Oregon State, the morning after 37 

COUGARS It was that kind of day in the Pac-10. WSU did what it did, blowing a lead and losing to Oregon State. Stanford blew even a bigger lead – 22 points – and lost to Cal. Arizona dominated UCLA, which a week ago looked…

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SATURDAY, FEB. 14, 2009

Idaho pockets comfortable win

The Vandals looked shaky early, but had little trouble posting a 74-66 win over San Jose State on Saturday night. The game, or second half at least, wasn't as close as the final score suggests.Read on for my game story from Moscow, where only 1,697…

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Local wrestlers advance to state 11 

Regional wrestling is over. Next up is Mat Classic XXI in Tacoma Feb. 20-21. How did teams fare? Pretty well actually. East Valley in 3A, Deer Park in 2A and Republic in B appear to be the teams most likely to contend for state titles.The…

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Zags up four at half

Gonzaga shot it well, rebounded it well, but turned the ball over frequently, which pretty much kept the Bulldogs from grabbing a bigger lead against San Francisco. GU leads 41-37 at half after making 17 of 26 shots (65.4 percent) and holding a 19-10 rebounding…

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