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THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2015


Junior guard Shaye Swannack, left, and her freshman sister Sienna combined to average 15 points per game for the 22-1 Lakeside Eagles. (Colin Mulvany)

The final weekend of high school hoop is upon us

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There are quite a few subjects we could explore this morning, everything from NFL free agency to the M's to fixing college basketball – as if it needs it. But instead we make our once-a-year plea to have you support the State high school basketball tournaments. Read on.

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 25, 2014


Seems like a bad day to step inside 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Isn't it just like Spokane? I commit to spending most of the next three days indoors at the State 2B basketball tournament and the weather turns nice. Highs in the high 40s and low 50s and sunshine, at least Friday and...

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SATURDAY, OCT. 5, 2013

THURSDAY, SEPT. 26, 2013

THURSDAY, SEPT. 12, 2013

A good night to see a prep game 

A GRIP ON SPORTS If you are going to see only one high school football game this year, today is probably the best day. After all, it's not often around here you get to watch a prep game and get a sun tan at the...

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Well that's interesting 

A GRIP ON SPORTS It's nearly impossible to predict what will kick off a lively back-and-forth between readers. I've quit trying to figure it out. And I know I should just shy away and let the conversation continue without me. But sometimes I can't. Read...

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SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 2013


TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2013

SUNDAY, JUNE 16, 2013

TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2013

Guess who won 

A GRIP ON SPORTS We interrupt our day-by-day report on the Mariners' futility for this SportsLink special report: The M's won. And so did my golf team. Read on.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 2013

THURSDAY, MAY 30, 2013

You could see this one coming

A GRIP ON SPORTS Sometimes you can see a storm brewing from miles away. Other times it hits you before you have time to run for cover. The latest brouhaha in Seattle? It was visible from here. Read on.

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A few flakes among all the mud

A GRIP ON SPORTS Sometimes I have this vision of myself as a gold miner in California, circa 1850. A crusty old guy with a filthy hat, overalls, a bad limp and a pie plate from Marie Calendar's. Bent over the waters of the Internet,...

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MONDAY, MAY 27, 2013

A day to remember 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Of all the holidays we celebrate each year, this is the one where the words "happy" or "merry" just don't fit as an adjective. Memorial Day is just that, a day for memories. Memories of those who gave their last full...

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SUNDAY, MAY 26, 2013

SATURDAY, MAY 25, 2013

So it doesn't matter who caught the ball? 

A GRIP ON SPORTS An unimportant play in a completely forgettable season. That's what traditionalists – or apologists – might say about another obviously blown call in the Mariners' loss to the Texas Rangers. But there is another view, even if baseball may have trouble...

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FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2013

THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2013

All atwitter about Urlacher

A GRIP ON SPORTS Social media is an interesting beast. Sometimes it can bear sharp teeth, ripping into, say, Sergio Garcia, after his ill-advised comments about Tiger Woods and a dinner entrée. And other times it can be a beauty, as it was yesterday when...

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