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MONDAY, MAY 30, 2011

Report: Goodson joining Baylor football

Ex-Zag Demetri Goodson is transferring to Baylor to play football, according to a Houston television station report. Goodson announced earlier this month he was bypassing his senior season at Gonzaga to pursue football. The TV station's report doesn't indicate if Goodson is receiving a scholarship.…

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Shock trade for Meyer, give up Smith

Spokane has made a trade it hopes will solve its quarterback issues, but it came at a hefty price. The Shock dealt standout defensive end Khreem Smith and starting center Antonio Narcisse to Utah for quarterback Erik Meyer and starting center Raymond McNeil. Meyer, the…

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SATURDAY, MAY 28, 2011

FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2011

Officials get in the way of a good meet 

Spokane coaches were still fuming on Friday because both the Mt. Spokane boys and Mead girls were disqualified in the prelims of the 1,600-meter relay Thursday night. The Wildcats are the second-fastest quartet in the state, the Panthers two-time defending champions. Both, who easily qualified…

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Idaho running backs coach leaves

Jeremy Thielbahr, Idaho's running backs and co-special teams coach, has left to take the head coach and assistant athletic director position at Eastside Catholic High in Sammamish, Wash. Thiehlbahr is the second UI coach to leave during the offseason, following offensive line coach Dan Finn.…

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THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2011

Shock add DL, release Witherspoon

Spokane has made some changes on its defensive front, signing former Duke Blue Devil Ayanga Okpokowuruk and releasing ex-EWU Eagle Lance Witherspoon. Okpokowuruk was on the N.Y. Giants practice squad last year. He's an AFL rookie. Witherspoon, who fell on a fumble in the end…

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TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011

Tampa Bay’s Jermaine Smith, left, rushes Shock quarterback Casey Hansen and forces an incomplete pass during the Storm’s 51-42 victory. (Colin Mulvany)

Shock, Hansen prepare for KC

I visited Shock practice today and checked in with Casey Hansen, who absorbed some punishment from Tampa Bay's defensive front in Friday's 51-42 loss. More on Hansen, Markee White's health and other notes here. One note that didn't make it: The AFL has extended the…

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APR, Bland and Gesser news from WSU 22 

COUGARS A busy day for those of us at Cougar Central, what with trying to sift through the debris of the APR results for the local Division I colleges as well as deal with the latest Louis Bland news. Oh, and some rumor control. For…

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SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2011

FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2011

Shock, Storm tangle

It should be an interesting one tonight when Spokane, with Casey Hansen under center, and Tampa Bay, with Brian Zbydniewski at the controls, collide tonight at the Arena. Hansen joined the Shock earlier this week after the team lost quarterbacks Bill Stull and Kyle Rowley…

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THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2011

Coeur d’Alene junior Morgan Struble has the best 300-meter hurdle time in the state at 44.24. (Kathy Plonka)

Prep page

The Lake City and Coeur d'Alene softball teams begin State 5A tournament play Friday. Here's a feature on the LC Timberwolves. The Idaho state track meets begin today, and here's the track notebook featuring Coeur d'Alene hurdler Morgan Struble (pictured above). Perhaps parents' attitudes toward…

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Hansen gets starting nod

Casey Hansen will start at quarterback when Spokane takes on Tampa Bay on Friday, head coach Rob Keefe said. Hansen was one of three quarterbacks brought in this week as the Shock were forced to replace Bill Stull (knee) and Kyle Rowley (shoulder), both of…

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Hansen, Sheffield added to roster

Spokane’s muddled quarterback situation is clearing up. The Shock, who lost quarterbacks Bill Stull and Kyle Rowley to injuries in Saturday’s win over Dallas, brought in three quarterbacks for tryouts and Casey Hansen and Steven Sheffield have been added to the roster. Hansen was Spokane’s…

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TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2011

Spokane Shock quarterback Bill Stull dives for the endzone and scores against Dallas, Saturday, May 14, 2011, in the Spokane Arena.   Stull was injured on the play. (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

Stull gets good news, Rowley on IR

Checked in at Shock practice today where Bill Stull (pictured above) received some good news regarding his left knee and Kyle Rowley was placed on injured reserve. Three quarterbacks audtioning for the starting -- and backup -- job threw about a billion passes. WR Markee…

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MONDAY, MAY 16, 2011

Shock bringing in three QBs for tryouts

Spokane doesn't know the full extent of injuries to quarterbacks Bill Stull's knee and Kyle Rowley's right (throwing) shoulder. In the meantime, the team will bring in three quarterbacks for tryouts: Casey Hansen, who backed up Nick Davila in Spokane's 2009 af2 championship season; Steven…

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SUNDAY, MAY 15, 2011

Financial windfall headed to WSU 

COUGARS We spent a little time this week looking at Washington State's financial future. The result was a couple stories and graphics we ran in today's Spokesman-Review. For that, more thoughts and some links, read on.

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Shock lose two QBs, win game

I've seen my share of strange arena football games over the years, but Saturday's has to rank as one of the strangest. Spokane, which made headlines earlier in the week for changing quarterbacks with Bill Stull taking over as the starter in place of Kyle…

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FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2011

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