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THURSDAY, SEPT. 29, 2011


Idaho, Washington football rankings

Click the tab below to see this week's Washington Associated Press football rankings. Ferris continues atop 4A as the Saxons were a unanimous selection. Central Valley is eighth. Coeur d'Alene continues atop the 5A rankings in Idaho.

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Two days until big showdown 

PREPS Anybody in the know about prep football probably saw this week coming. The biggest game of the year in the Greater Spokane League thus far occurs Friday when No. 1-ranked Ferris (4-0) visits eighth-ranked Central Valley (4-0). Kickoff is at 7. Take a nap…

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SATURDAY, SEPT. 24, 2011

Central Valley's Eli Wiecking pulls in a pass on a 56-yard touchdown play as he gets past University's Zane McDonald. (Jesse Tinsley)

This little pig is CV's 27 

Central Valley took home the bacon, topping rival University 27-14 in the Greasy Pig game Friday. Ring my bell ... and that's what Mead did to Mt. Spokane in the Battle for the Bell. Clarkston tops Cheney in Great Northern League opener and roundup. Scores…

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 23, 2011

Mead’s Hannah Zalopany, left, pounds a ball past Wildcats defenders Brooke Reilly (10) and Annie Arnzen (4) at Mt. Spokane HS. (Jesse Tinsley)

Volleyball: Mead sweeps

Mead avenged a loss to Mt. Spokane a year ago, sweeping the Wildcats in a Greater Spokane League match at Mt. Spokane. Here's our story. Pictured above getting a kill is Mead outside hitter Hannah Zalopany.

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 22, 2011

James Volz, right, is a key part of the Mead Panther  offensive line.  Volz also plays noseguard on defense.  (Jesse Tinsley)

Mead lineman overcomes hurdles 

Here's a feature on Mead lineman James Volz (pictured above), who has overcome a health issue to succeed in athletics. In the classroom he's off-the-charts smart. This is the centerpiece feature of our Thursday Prep Page. HERE are other links to Prep Page stories and…

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New computerized grid rankings

You have to check this out. West Valley is ranked No. 1 in 2A in new computerized football rankings by the Tacoma News Tribune. Here's the link. In 4A, Ferris is 17th. In 2A, Cheney is eighth, East Valley is 0th and Deer Park is…

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 20, 2011

Mead workhorse Davian Barlow scored the Panthers’ last two touchdowns in a dramatic victory. (Jesse Tinsley)

This week in preps 21 

PREPS I'm reposting this from Friday because there's a good conversation going about how football games are scheduled. Feel free to check in with your thoughts. It's rivalry week in Greater Spokane League football. A couple of interesting games: Gonzaga Prep (2-1) vs. Lewis and…

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SUNDAY, SEPT. 18, 2011

FRIDAY, SEPT. 16, 2011

THURSDAY, SEPT. 15, 2011

TUESDAY, SEPT. 13, 2011

Prep football this week 24 

UPDATED Although not so surprising to me, there's been an interesting development in Greater Spokane League football the first two weeks. It will be the topic of my column Thursday. Click the tab below to read more. ALSO: You can follow me live on Twitter…

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SATURDAY, SEPT. 10, 2011

Friday prep football

Here are links to our Friday prep football stories. CENTRAL VALLEY rallies against Mead. LEWIS AND CLARK also rallies, one of four unbeaten teams in GSL. ROUNDUP: Colfax fends off DeSales.

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Thursday Prep Page 

Sorry I'm late posting this. I just got back from a quick trip to Tri-Cities to see my dad who suffered a mild stroke. He's going to have surgery to unblock a clogged artery Saturday. He was up last weekend and watched the Central Valley/Mt.…

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 6, 2011


FRIDAY, SEPT. 2, 2011


Would you support pay to play? 26 

PREPS, UPDATED I'm putting this at the top again because we've had a great continuing conversation. I would like to see a few athletic directors check in and comment. Don't use your real name. Make something up. But we need to get the point of…

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Mt. Spokane tailback Chase Naccarato, already one of the fastest players in the GSL last year, shaved almost a tenth of a second off his 40-yard dash time over the offseason. (Christopher Anderson)

Prep football, 2011 14 

All of our prep football previews can be found at this link. Let's continue the conversation we started on the earlier post. Which teams should we watch for this fall? Chase Naccarato of Mt. Spokane is pictured above. Also, here's a link to my column.

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 31, 2011

Quarterback Gaven Deyarmin (center in white) returns for his third season as a starter and team leader for the Central Valley Bears. (J. Bart Rayniak)

Prep football teams getting ready 45 

UPDATE WE'RE ABOUT 30 hours away from kickoff in the first Washington prep football game. Can you smell pork (pigskin) in the air? Our combined college and prep football preview section that will be included in Thursday's newspaper. It should be a good read full…

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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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