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THURSDAY, AUG. 29, 2013

CV Bears tight end Beau Byus, above left, lines up under the watchful eye of head coach Rick Giampietri. (Jesse Tinsley)

Prep football galore

The much anticipated football tab appeared in the newspaper today. If you're truly a fan it's a must purchase. Just bypass that tiny mocha for a day. Anyhow, if you want to see our work online, go here. Pictured above is Central Valley coach Rick…

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THURSDAY, AUG. 22, 2013

Shadle Park QB Brett Rypien, who set several GSL passing records last season, hopes an improved running game will add balance. (DAN PELLE PHOTOS)

Rypien sees himself throwing less

Wednesday was the first day Washington high school football teams could practice. We caught up with Shadle Park junior quarterback Brett Rypien (pictured above). He told us that for the Highlanders to be as successful as they want this year, he needs to throw less…

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Carson Murray, center, warms up for practice at Rogers High School. Murray broke his own school record in the high jump Saturday, clearing 6 feet, 8 inches. (Jesse Tinsley)

Thursday Prep Page

Here's our prep-related stories in Thursday's newspaper. Carson Murray of Rogers, pictured above, is a special student-athlete in many ways. Wednesday Walton, standout hurdler at Post Falls, is having an outstanding season. The Greater Spokane League does it right in honoring its scholar athletes. Here's…

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Courtney Hutchinson, a Mead High School thrower, is preparing for another season throwing both shot and discus for the Panthers. (Jesse Tinsley)

Thursday Prep Page

Here's the Prep Page menu Feature: Mead thrower Courtney Hutchinson (pictured above) poised for big senior season. Track glance: Here's a league-by-league breakdown of top returning state placers and other things. Column: Idaho state track not what it used to be. Prep notebook: Mead, Gonzaga…

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Coeur d'Alene basketball coach Kent Leiss is counting on his Vikings to play solid defense during the three-day State 5A tournament. 
 (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Leiss finished at CdA

It's official: Kent Leiss (pictured above) will not return as boys basketball coach at Coeur d'Alene. The on-again, off-again saga that began in late January concluded Thursday when Leiss was told by Principal Warren Olson and athletic director Todd Gilkey in a 1-hour meeting that…

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TUESDAY, FEB. 26, 2013

Senior Riley Moreen has helped lead LC to Idaho 5A tournament. (Kathy Plonka)

Lake City boys poised for state

This is the first of a handful of state high school basketball previews we will publish each day leading up to the state tournaments. Today we feature the Lake City boys basketball team and its quest for a state championship. Pictured above is one of…

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SUNDAY, FEB. 24, 2013

Kelsey Moos has led the defending champion Reardan Indians to a perfect 24-0 record heading into the State 2B tournament beginning today. (Colin Mulvany)

Pairings set for Spokane, Tacoma, Yakima

The WIAA hosted the draws for the final three days of the 4A, 3A, 2A, 1A, 2B and 1B boys and girls basketball state tournaments. Click the tab below to see the pairings. Pictured above is Arizona State University-bound Kelsey Moos of Reardan. The picture…

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THURSDAY, FEB. 21, 2013

Mead coach Quantae Anderson, offering advice to sophomore Sue Winger, believes in giving his players offensive freedom. (Colin Mulvany)

Postseason hoops, wrestling

The Mead girls basketball team is hitting on all notes. Here's a feature as the Panthers continue their journey to Tacoma. Pictured above is sophomore wing Sue Winger and coach Quantae Anderson. Post Falls wrestling standout Drake Foster is primed for a state repeat. The…

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TUESDAY, FEB. 19, 2013

Zeroing in: LC’s Riley Lupfer goes after G-Prep’s Laura Stockton for a block and jump ball during Prep’s 38-35 victory. Roundup of Tuesday’s area boys, girls action /B4 (Dan Pelle)

Most of the state berths set

Final 4A boys and girls state berths were determined yesterday for the round of 16 games Friday and Saturday at regional sites. Click the tab below to see matchups involving Eastern Washington teams. Great Northern League boys and girls teams are playing for state berths…

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MONDAY, FEB. 11, 2013

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THURSDAY, JAN. 31, 2013

Three months after surgery to repair his ACL, G-Prep junior Reed Hopkins pulls against resistance of physical therapist Craig Henneberry. (JESSE TINSLEY PHOTOS)

Those dang ACL injuries

I wrote two stories for our newspaper today about the eve-growing concern with anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries. Pictured above is Reed Hopkins of Gonzaga Prep doing rehab. Here's a link to a story about a handful of basketball players who have suffered season-ending injuries…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 10, 2013


Central Valley’s Madison Hovren, right, battles Skyview’s Katie Swanson for a rebound. (PATRICK HAGERTY)

GSL basketball scoring leaders 

Beginning today and running each Wednesday here and Thursday in the newspaper are the Greater Spokane League boys and girls basketball scoring leaders. Click the tab below to see the leaders. Pictured above is the girls leader, sophomore Madison Hovren of Central Valley.

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 17, 2012

Jake Hoffman is North Central High School’s do-everything GSL standout. (Dan Pelle)

Hoffman: Talented and loyal 

I wrote a feature that appeared in our newspaper today about a standout Greater Spokane League football player you may not have heard of: Jake Hoffman of North Central. Hoffman (pictured above) will play football at the NCAA Division I level, Where is to be…

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MONDAY, OCT. 8, 2012

Some key prep games this week 

Things are definitely getting interesting in several Eastern Washington and North Idaho football leagues. In the Greater Spokane League, Central Valley (5-1) faces Mead (5-1) on Thursday. In key games Friday, Mt. Spokane (1-5) is at University (2-4); Shadle Park (2-4) goes against North Cenral…

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GSL football statistics 

Here's a link to this week's Greater Spokane League football statistics. Also, make sure you follow me on Twitter (@srpreps) Thursday and Friday as I post GSL football scores and retweet scores from the area that are passed along. Check out Thursday's newspaper for an…

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 25, 2012

Gonzaga Prep Bullpups quarterback Zach Bonneau picks up yards as Ferris’ Adam Martin (57) tries to make the tackle. (Jesse Tinsley)

Thursday showdown: Mead/G-Prep 13 

UPDATED Just two teams remain unbeaten in Greater Spokane League football - Mead (4-0) and Gonzaga Prep (4-0) - and they meet Thursday night at Joe Albi Stadium. Kickoff is at 6:15. Last week, an enormous crowd of 12,568 watched Mead hold off upset-minded Mt.…

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THURSDAY, AUG. 30, 2012

Greater Spokane League poll 

It's been so long since I've regularly posted here at Sportslink that I had some difficulty posting the first poll question of the 2012-2013 school year. But blogmeister Ryan Pitts came to my rescue. So which GSL football team do you think will capture the…

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 29, 2012

Mead’s Davian Barlow, left, fights off Skyline’s Devin Benford on a first-half run Saturday at Albi Stadium. (Dan Pelle)

Prep football aplenty 

Our 2012 prep football preview tab will be published Thursday. Every league in our readership area will be represented for a second straight year. (Pictured above is Mead running back Davian Barlow.) Prep football starts with a flourish this week. Thursday, Shadle Park and Rogers…

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Coeur d’Alene’s football team gathers for photos at Wednesday’s banquet. Coach Shawn Amos, third from right, was Junior Male Coach of the Year, and Chad Chalich, second from left, was Junior Male Athlete of the Year. (Jesse Tinsley)

Dream matchup

UPDATED The Coeur d’Alene football team’s 2012 schedule already was going to be the toughest in school history. Now it’s been amped up another notch. The 2011 Idaho and Washington big-school state champions will face off when the Skyline Spartans of Sammamish take on the…

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