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SATURDAY, FEB. 26, 2011

WSU still preparing for UW 

COUGARS I was going to start today's post just like I did on Thursday, about it being game day, then pretending to remember the game is Sunday and all that crud. But then I decided that was too sophomoric and it would be better to...

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Vandals set for rematch with Utah State

Just a week remains in the college basketball regular season, and before the Idaho Vandals come home for two last games in Moscow they have a big-time challenge on their hands: a rematch with Utah State, ranked No. 23 in the coaches poll and a...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 25, 2011

Day after Saint Mary's 

Good morning from San Diego. We'll get right to it after one of the more memorable Gonzaga games in years. It might have cost me a couple years off my lifespan (8 p.m. start, deadline, overtime, deadline, building 138 degrees, deadline), but it was worth...

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Eags suffer tough loss to MSU

Eastern Washington's men's basketball team didn't do itself any favors at Reese Court Thursday night, losing to Montana State. You can read the game story Kevin Blocker wrote for Friday morning's S-R here, and you can check out what EWU's sport information department posted about...

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Jan and Bill Vandersloot -- proud parents of Gonzaga women's basketball star Courtney Vandersloot -- took charge of the "1,000 assists" trophy ball Courtney was presented Thursday night at McCarthey Athletic Center before the Zags game with St. Mary's.   (Rich Landers)

Vandersloot's parents take charge of the ball

Jan and Bill Vandersloot -- proud parents of Gonzaga women's basketball star Courtney Vandersloot -- took charge of the trophy ball Courtney was presented Thursday night at McCarthey Athletic Center before the Zags game with St. Mary's. And nobody was able to take it away...

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Some help for WSU on Thursday night 

COUGARS It doesn't seem right. USC handing UCLA a chance to move into first-place in the Pac-10 basketball standings by defeating 10th-ranked Arizona? Seems like the Trojans should have lost just to spite the Bruins. Isn't that what a rivalry is about? We kid, of...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 24, 2011

Zags win a thriller 

Back with a game story from one of the better games I've seen in four years of covering Gonzaga basketball. The Bulldogs outlasted Saint Mary's 89-85 in overtime, moving into a first-place tie with the Gaels. Here's a link to my game story. I'll be...

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Vandals fend off Nevada in Reno

Before the season the Idaho Vandals were picked to finish eighth in the WAC, and no one seemed to quibble with their placement in the preseason polls. But look what's happened since: Idaho has won four of its last five games, including a key 67-59...

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Gonzaga women bury Saint Mary's

Gonzaga was, quite simply, senasational. The 23rd-ranked Zags, the nation’s top-scoring women's basketball team, broke 100 for the seventh time, running their winning steak to 15 games, by routing second-place Saint Mary's 106-66. Janelle Bekkering had 22 points, Standish had 19 points and 13 rebounds...

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Zags, Gaels coming up

Good evening from soggy Moraga. I left in a blizzard and landed in a puddle. Rained most of the day in the Bay Area and there's actually a chance of a snow, rare in these parts. Rob Jones was the first Gael on the court...

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State 4A boys and girls tourneys 

I'll be in Richland on Friday and Saturday for the Eastern Region first round of the State 4A boys and girls basketball tournaments. You can follow the action at I'll post updates as often as possible.

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WR Markee White returns to Shock

Wide receiver Markee White, who had 66 receptions last season to help the Shock win an ArenaBowl championship, has signed with Spokane. More here. The Shock made a bunch of moves Thursday, including the signing of QB Joe Ayoob and the trade of WR Eddie...

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Bone talks UW, sore knees and the NFL 

COUGARS With the lone game this week on Sunday – guess you probably already know that – coach Ken Bone held his media call today. Most of the questions, of course, had to do with the Washington game, but there was one with a totally...

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State basketball tourneys 15 

I'm re-posting this because a number have made some good comments. Here's a link to my column about the new state tourney format. All the play-in qualifiers and regional spots have been decided for the Washington state boys and girls basketball tournaments. You can check...

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Game on at GU despite weather

Wow, what a morning, but five clean driveways and a friend's rig now functional, it's time to get going. First news: game on. Despite no classes, Gonzaga women's basketball team is going to take the court tonight to face second-place Saint Mary's. Read on for...

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EWU hosts Bobcats in key Big Sky game

Eastern Washington, still entertaining thoughts of not only making the Big Sky Conference tournament, but perhaps hosting a first-round game, as well, takes on Montana State at 7 tonight at Reese Court in a game Eagles coach Kirk Earlywine calls a "monster." You can read...

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WSU still waiting for UW on Sunday 

COUGARS It's game day on the ... wait, no it isn't. Forgot, only one game this week. So we'll come back Saturday with ... wait, what? The game's Sunday? My word. OK, so we'll be back Sunday with the game-day items. As for today, well,...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 23, 2011

Chiefs' Tyler Johnson is wrestled to the ground by Seattle's Tyler Alos, in the first period on Feb. 23, 2011, in Spokane, Wash. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Seattle thumps Chiefs

For two teams on opposite ends of the Western Conference standings, the Spokane Chiefs certainly have a difficult time with the Seattle Thunderbirds. Wednesday night at the Arena was no differernt. Even though the game started with the Chiefs 31 points ahead of the Thunderbirds,...

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Mickey McConnell hits the winning shot over Robert Sacre. (Dan Pelle)

Title tilt

The showdown -- Gonzaga vs. Saint Mary's -- is 24 hours away. A Gonzaga win leaves the two squads in a tie for first. A Saint Mary's win gives the Gaels their first outright title since 1989. Here's a link to my game preview, which...

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Coeur d’Alene's Carli Rosenthal is one of five WCC-bound women's basketball players that will play in the West Coast Conference next season.  (Kathy Plonka)

Rosenthal headed to Saint Mary's

Coeur d’Alene 6-foot-3 post Carli Rosenthal (pictured above) has given Saint Mary’s College an oral commitment. Rosenthal said she gave the California school the commitment on Monday. She will join Lewis and Clark forward Hayley Hendricksen, who signed with St. Mary’s earlier. Rosenthal led CdA...

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Lot on line for Johnson, Chiefs

The Spokane Chiefs come off a successful 10 days of road games in first place in the Western Division of the Western Hockey League. While they try to keep the momentum going at home, local product Tyler Johnson nears a milestone with a chance to...

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