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THURSDAY, JAN. 29, 2009

Idaho Vandals Shiloh Keo, left, and Stanley Franks team up to tackle Southern Cal's Stafon Johnson during a season opener. Associated Press
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Shock add pair of Idaho Vandals

Spokane has signed two former Idaho Vandal defensive backs -- Stanley Franks (No. 6, pictured) and Herbert Cash -- and completed a trade with South Georgia. More here. Also, former Shock receiver Kelvin Dickens has signed with South Georgia.

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Post Falls High School basketball player Aynslee Stuart before the start of practice on Jan. 22.  (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Idaho preps

Here's a link to my Thursday column/notebook.Here's a link to a feature in the Prairie Voice on Post Falls girls basketball player Aynslee Stuart.

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WSU hopes to warm up in Tempe 

COUGARS Do you know it is only 15 degrees warmer here in Tempe than it is in Pullman right now? Of course, the high today here will be 73, while Pullman is predicted to top out some 40 degrees lower. The people at the golf...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 28, 2009

Vandals enter key stretch 

It would have been hard to fathom going into the year, but the Idaho basketball squad has a chance to make some serious noise in the WAC. It starts tomorrow night, when the Vandals host Boise State at Cowan Spectrum.Keep reading for more on the...

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Key weekend faces WSU 

COUGARS We're in SeaTac waiting for our flight to the Valley of the Eternal Traffic Jam, and thought we would post our advance that will appear in tomorrow's S-R. We also have some extra comments for you. So, for the unedited advance and more, read...

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Idaho preps

The Lewiston girls basketball team will be a difficult team to match up with when the 5A Region I tournament begins a week from Friday.Click the tab to read more.

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St. Mary's head coach Randy Bennett, right, embraces Carlin Hughes after St. Mary's beat Gonzaga 89-85 in overtime during a college basketball game, Monday, Feb. 4, 2008 in Moraga, Calif. (AP Photo/George Nikitin) ORG XMIT: CAGN108 (George Nikitin / The Spokesman-Review)

Reading material 11 

Still waiting on that return phone call from Saint Mary's coach Randy Bennett, so we'll give you some links of note. With a big game (GU-SMC on Thursday), comes more coverage.Here's John Blanchette's column, the Seattle Times discussing Austin Daye's future, the San Jose Mercury...

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WSU’s Daven Harmeling lofts a 3-pointer Saturday at KeyArena.  (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

WSU hoping to shine in sun 13 

COUGARS Washington State will practice this morning, then catch a bus to Spokane for the flight to Phoenix. And when Pullman looked like a snow globe in the hands of a hyperactive 6-year-old yesterday, I'm sure every one of the Cougars were looking forward to...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 27, 2009

One whale of a game at Shadle 19 

The near-capacity crowd in Shadle Park's new gymnasium were treated to a whale of a basketball game between teams now tied for first place among Greater Spokane League boys with 13-2 records. There was good defense - although Bullpups coach Mike Haugen didn't think it...

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Walla Walla standout commits to Eastern 

Walla Walla High School’s Spencer Hessler, a 6-foot-2, 215-pounder senior running back and linebacker, who led the Columbia Basin Big Nine Conference in rushing and scoring last fall, has made an oral commitment to play college football at Eastern Washington University next fall. According to...

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All things Olynyk 

Waiting for return calls from Saint Mary's coach Randy Bennett and Gaels center Omar Samhan, so we'll post more information on Kelly Olynyk, the 6-10 Canadian who committed to Gonzaga.Read on.

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Hurd a basketball goodwill ambassador

Remember Louis Hurd? He played two years for Terry Reed at Lewis and Clark and credits him for teaching life and basketball lessons. But Hurd wound up transferring to North Central where he was second-leading scorer for the Indians with a 14.4 scoring average before...

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Some football recruiting talk  

COUGARS • UPDATED: 7:50 P.M. We have some surprises for you this Tuesday. Instead of basketball links, we offer some football recruiting insights from the "experts." Not sure if they have any validity, but we're passing them on. And, oh ya, a basketball commentary as...

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MONDAY, JAN. 26, 2009

Washington State’s Caleb Forrest draws a foul from GU’s Robert Sacre.  (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

Gonzaga notes

Back with a notebook from media day this afternoon, but the first half of it centers on Kelly Olynyk's verbal commitment to Gonzaga. Read below for an unedited version of the article that will run in Tuesday's S-R.

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Two Vandals haul in WAC awards 

After a successful weekend for the Idaho men's and women's basketball teams, the programs brought in weekly awards from the Western Athletic Conference. Brandon Wiley was tabbed as the conference player of the week on the men's side while Yinka Olorunnife won the same honor...

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GU gets another '09 commitment 

Kelly Olynyk, a versatile 6-foot-10, 205-pound forward from Canada, has verbally committed to the Gonzaga men's basketball team, Olynyk's father, Ken, said Monday.Olynyk, who plays for South Kamloops Secondary School in Kamloops, B.C., and trains most of the rest of the year at the National...

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Zags, Gaels ranked in both polls 

Gonzaga and Saint Mary's will head into Thursday's showdown ranked in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today top 25 polls. GU moved up three spots to No. 20 in A.P. The Bulldogs cracked the ESPN/USA Today rankings at No. 25 after being in the...

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Northwest Nuggets and Cougs unite 

They still have to sign on the dotted line, but when The Tacoma News-Tribune listed its "Northwest Nuggets" football standouts, one telling note is that 8 of 22 players named have committed to WSU, including GSL players Travis Long, Gonzaga Prep, and Chris Mastin, Lewis...

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Cold day in Pullman 23 

COUGARS A couple of quick links to get you through your Monday. Have a great day and don't forget to bundle up. According to, it's minus-12 in Pullman as I write this. Insert your cold-shooting joke here. And then read on.

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SUNDAY, JAN. 25, 2009

Eags waste big first half, lose to PSU 11 

Just thought I would leave a few belated links to stories about Eastern's lopsided loss to Portland State on Saturday night.Try this one to see what was reported in Sunday morning's S-R; check out what Eastern's sports information department had on the game here, and...

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

WSU threw away a golden opportunity 29 

COUGARS Looking at the Pac-10 standings this morning, you can see why WSU coach Tony Bennett challenged his team before yesterday's USC game and why he emphasized its importance. Besides Washington and its six wins being on top, which is strange enough, there are three...

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