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TUESDAY, NOV. 1, 2011

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UPDATED A lot - and I mean a lot - going on in area sports this week. Idaho finished up all of its fall sports last weekend with Coeur d'Alene's boys winning the 5A state cross country championship and the CdA girls taking second. Timberlake's…

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THURSDAY, OCT. 27, 2011

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 26, 2011

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UPDATED We've reached the final week of the regular season in Greater Spokane League and Inland Empire League football. In 4A, Mead and Ferris have secured play-in game berths with Lewis and Clark and Central Valley squaring off to decide another berth. In 3A, University…

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SATURDAY, OCT. 22, 2011

Mead, Ferris in football play-in games 

The Mead and Ferris football teams secured play-in game berths while Lewis and Clark and Central Valley face off next week to decide a third berth. Here's our Mead/Gonzaga Prep game story. Ferris edged LC in a slugfest. And in North Idaho, Coeur d'Alene sped…

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THURSDAY, OCT. 20, 2011

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 19, 2011

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UPDATED Thought I'd re-post this since there's a good conversation going. Can you smell it? State football playoffs are three weeks away in Washington and Idaho (except the Great Northern League). That means two more weeks to settle state playoff berths. Oh, what a final…

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MONDAY, OCT. 17, 2011

WIAA state hoops tourneys

The details are still be worked out, but a source tells me that the Washington state boys and girls basketball tournaments will redraw brackets for all classifications after the first weekend of state play (the so-called regional openers). Remember, the WIAA is determined to not…

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SATURDAY, OCT. 15, 2011

3-way logjam atop GSL

Lewis and Clark made sure there's a 3-way logjam atop the Greater Spokane League football standings Friday. The Tigers strolled past the Mt. Spokane Wildcats 31-7 at Joe Albi Stadium. Here's our game story. Here's our area roundup, led by Colfax slipping past Lind-Ritzville/Sprague. And…

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THURSDAY, OCT. 13, 2011

Mead’s Davian Barlow drags Ferris’ Zach Minnerly. Barlow scored four touchdowns despite an injured ankle. (Jesse Tinsley)

Mead handles Ferris 

The Panthers stunned No. 1-ranked and defending state champ Ferris 35-14 at Joe Albi Stadium Thursday. Here's my game story. Junior running back Davian Barlow, who scored four touchdowns for Mead, is pictured above.

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 12, 2011

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This seems to be a popular way to start the week judging by most comments by folks here. I'll do other blogging and tweeting, of course, but this is a good way to jump start our conversations about what is going to happen and what…

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SATURDAY, OCT. 8, 2011

The Priest River football team stands in silence Friday night during a tribute to teammate Bobby Clark, who remains in critical condition at a Spokane hospital. (Jesse Tinsley)

A look at PR concussions

Concussions, by nature, are such a difficult animal to wrap your arms around. Is it poor equipment, violent hits or just the brain suffering bruising that causes a concussion. Nobody knows for sure. Staff writer John Stucke looked at what has happened in Priest River…

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FRIDAY, OCT. 7, 2011

Stretches of dominance 10 

The streak of 20 straight victories by the Ferris football team got me to thinking. I know Gonzaga Prep had a decade of dominance back in the 1980s when I was traveling the back roads of North Idaho on a regular basis - and enjoying…

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Ferris, Mead win at Albi

I was told by more than one person Thursday night that it was a Spokesman-Review curse. I did a feature on Ferris running back Kole Heidinger that was published Thursday morning. It centered around the fact that Heidinger once had fumble issues but has overcome…

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THURSDAY, OCT. 6, 2011

TUESDAY, OCT. 4, 2011

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The Coeur d'Alene High administration worked hard to salvage its football game this week against Moscow. Then the Coeur d'Alene booster club president, Chris Costa, sent out a very weak attempt at humor. He put together a list, a la David Letterman, of the top…

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We reached the halfway mark of the regular-season in Washington football last week. What do you see happening from here on out? The big game this week in the Greater Spokane League is University (2-3) vs. North Central (2-3) in 3A. The winner will most…

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MONDAY, OCT. 3, 2011

PR football player in hospital 

UPDATED, Tuesday, 1 p.m. Bobby Clark, a Priest River High football player, is at Sacred Heart Medical Center recovering from an injury believed to have been sustained in a 63-6 loss to Timberlake on Friday. Details are sketchy because Priest River High School isn’t releasing…

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SATURDAY, OCT. 1, 2011

CdA/Moscow game will be played

Just talked with Coeur d'Alene athletic director Todd Gilkey, who drove to Moscow this morning to meet with Moscow administrators. After Gilkey talked with Moscow officials, they in turn met with some concerned Moscow players. Gilkey shared that CdA's players are tiny but speedy. He…

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Ferris' Kurtis Karstetter, left, carries the ball out of his own backfield past Central Valley's Jordan Tabish on Friday night. (Jesse Tinsley)

Ferris grinds past Central Valley

Here's a link to the Ferris/CV game story. Pictured above is Kurtis Karstetter of Ferris scoring a touchdown. Here's a link to our Post Falls/Lake City game story. Our roundup, led by Cheney stopping Deer Park. A link to statistics of area games. QUESTION: Any…

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 29, 2011

U-Hi edges Mt. Spokane in thriller 

Powered by Zach Bruce on the ground and Conner Johnson through the air, the University Titans turned back the Mt. Spokane Wildcats 31-28 in a Greater Spokane League football game in a key 3A showdown Thursday at Joe Albi Stadium. Here's our story. NOTE: I'll…

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Martin out as coach at Riverside

UPDATED Allen Martin has stepped down as Riverside’s head football coach. It's not clear whether Martin's departure was of his own volition or not. Longtime assistant coach Mark Vannatter has taken over on an interim basis, athletic director Brent Monroe said. When asked if Martin…

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