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FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012

Prep page, a day late 

I was at the hospital Thursday having a minor procedure done (it comes with turning 50 years old), so I wasn't able to post links to our Prep Page stories. Here you go: My column was about Joe Albi Stadium and the need to look…

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FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2012

Mead vaulter clears 13-6

I was experimenting with my Iphone at a Greater Spokane League dual Thursday. Here's Mead junior pole vaulter Blase Neumann clearing 13 feet, 6 inches to capture first. I'm going to try to get some video at the Pasco Invite on Saturday.

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Newport’s Aaron Castle won the State 1A title last year in the shot put, setting a state record, and finished second in the discus. (Colin Mulvany)

Thursday Prep Page

Here in our back yard - if you extend that yard to Newport - is one of the top high school throwers in the nation. Remember this name: Aaron Castle (pictured above) and take a look at his story. Former teacher, highly successful soccer coach…

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Ben Goodwin’s mother, Mary, had a double-lung transplant. (Dan Pelle)

Thursday Prep Page 

Love it when we have stories like we do today on Ferris/ Ben Goodwin. Mike Vlahovich did a marvelous job on the story. Here's a link. Ben is pictured above in a photo taken last spring of him and his mother, Mary, who had a…

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Mead senior Wes Bailey plans to take summer courses to improve his GPA and earn a NCAA Division I scholarship. (Jesse Tinsley)

Track, golf previews

OK, it's still not spring. I don't care what the calendar says. We published our track glance with a feature on Mead sprint standout Wes Bailey (pictured above). Here's a preview of Greater Spokane League golf.

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 29, 2012

Bring on the state tournaments 

I made it over SNOWqualmie Pass this afternoon. Slow going, but a safe trip thankfully. I'll be at all the State 4A and 3A boys and girls basketball games involving our local teams. I will tweet as often as possible. You can follow at: srpreps.…

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Central Valley’s Austin Rehkow splits Richland’s defense Friday during the Bears’ state-qualifying win. (Christopher Anderson)

Which teams can take state? 

I'll post a similar poll about our area small schools in a day or so. The poll I posted last week about regionals drew more than 1,000 votes. Pictured above is Central Valley junior Austin Rehkow driving against Richland in a 4A regional game Friday.…

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How about the smaller schools? 

Here's a poll question for our smaller boys and girls basketball teams. This is the last time I'll re-post this at the top of SportsLink. This is for our area small school basketball teams. Which teams have a realistic shot at winning state titles?

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FRIDAY, FEB. 24, 2012

Which teams will win? 15 

Here's a poll for every high school basketball fan in every classification in our region. Which area boys and girls basketball teams will win regional games and advance to state this weekend? Please vote for teams you seriously believe will win.

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THURSDAY, FEB. 23, 2012

Defending state champion Cole Jesienouski, front, wrestles Nathan McLeod, who finished second last year, at practice. (Kathy Plonka)

Thursday Prep Page

Here's our Thursday prep-related stories. I need to pass along an apology to the Gonzaga Prep girls basketball team. I didn't list the Bullpups regional game in our story today. It was a mistake of omission. It wasn't on purpose - regardless of the emails…

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FRIDAY, FEB. 17, 2012

Chandler Rogers of Mead before quarterfinal match at 2012 state tournament.

Mat Classic XXIV under way

In the photo I snapped above, Chandler Rogers of Mead paces before his State 4A quarterfinal match Friday evening at the Tacoma Dome. Rogers scored a 17-4 major decision, joining six other Panthers (before Mead's heayweight had wrestled) in the semifinals. Mead is rolling. More…

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THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2012

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)

Thursday Prep Page 20 

I'll jump in the company 4x4 Friday morning and make the trek to Tacoma to cover Mat Classic XXIV. I've never been to a Mat Classic and I understand I'm in for a treat - and braced for the most work I'll ever do in…

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MONDAY, FEB. 13, 2012

Mead wrestler, Jeremy Golding, takes down a teammate during practice. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Matt Classic brackets posted 

The brackets for the Washington state wrestling tournaments can be found here. Mead has three No. 1 seeds - Matthew Petrini at 113 pounds, Jordan Rogers at 182 and Cody Bocook at 285. Chandler Rogers (160) and Jeremy Golding (145), pictured above, are third seeds…

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Caelyn Orlandi of Coeur d'Alene girls basketball team

Tuesday night prep hoops 

The Coeur d'Alene girls basketball team captured the 5A Region I tournament championship, 50-22, over Post Falls. In the photo above, taken on my company Iphone, is Coeur d'Alene junior guard Caelyn Orlandi, who had a team-high 14 points, nine rebounds and two assists. Here's…

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TUESDAY, FEB. 7, 2012

Preps this week 

Idaho girls basketball teams are in the midst of state-qualifying tournaments. The Greater Spokane League and Great Northern League boys and girls basketball teams conclude regular-season play this week before launching into district tournaments next week. Washington small schools are in the midst of their…

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FRIDAY, FEB. 3, 2012

Thursday prep hoops 

Attached is a brief postgame interview with Gonzaga Prep boys basketball coach Matty McIntyre after his Bullpups rallied from a 23-8 deficit in the first quarter to pull away from Lewis and Clark. Here's a link to the game story. The Central Valley boys won…

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THURSDAY, FEB. 2, 2012


Tuesday prep hoops 

UPDATED The video is of Central Valley boys basketball coach Rick Sloan. I asked him about his team's 10th straight win Tuesday, 69-52 over Shadle Park. Here's a link to the CV/Shadle boys story and roundup of the other Greater Spokane League games. The shocker…

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MONDAY, JAN. 30, 2012

Preps this week 

The postseason is upon us in Idaho and Washington wrestling and boys and girls basketball. From here until the first weekend in March it's going to be a roller coaster for yours truly. But I love - LOVE - this time of the winter season.…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 26, 2012

Shadle Park’s Brett Boese, shooting over George Pilimai during practice, is committed to WSU. (Dan Pelle)

Thursday Prep Page 11 

You know the drill. Click the tab below to see what we have today. Above is a picture, taken by Dan Pelle, of Shadle Park hoops standout Brett Boese, who is headed to Washington State University. He's one of the most impressive student-athletes (emphasis student,…

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FRIDAY, JAN. 20, 2012

No GSL basketball games tonight

All Greater Spokane League boys and girls basketball games tonight have been postponed. "It was decided that the forecast was to threatening with the possibility of freezing rain on top of snow," GSL secretary Herb Rotchford said. Rotchford had hoped the games could be made…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 19, 2012

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Greg Lee joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a prep reporter covering Eastern Washington and North Idaho schools.

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