The odd thing about tearing an anterior cruciate ligament is that the overall pain isn't excruciating, Andy Gordon said. The real pain, he said, comes during rehabilitation.
"Trying to get (his knee) stronger with weights - that was the hard part," Gordon said. "It really hurt at first.
Television cameraman Kenny Haynes and college teacher Daman Hagerott have more in common than working in fields that rely on communication.
Both are Greater Spokane League coaches who never see their players during the school day.
People who have spent thousands of dollars on a boat might want to consider one more investment:
A $10 conservation license.
Without that document, boaters who launch at public access ramps before April 29 - or after that date without a fishing license - are breaking the law.
Gonzaga Prep junior Joe Ascolese (5), a returning all-greater Spokane League performer, has a leg up on the competition. The Bullpups hopes to dethrone nine-time defending champion Mead. Photo by Dan Pelle/The Spokesman-Review
For different reasons, Frontier League teams at this week's State AA basketball tournaments are prompting people to ask, "Are they for real?"
The Cheney girls (23-0) are the only undefeated AA team left, boys or girls. Yet traditional Class AA powers wonder if the Blackhawks prospered with an easy schedule.
Sprague-Harrington's Ryan Floyd rejects Adna's Sean Burdick, while Brett Bly (24) provides defensive support. Adna won 91-75 to take home the third-place trophy. Photo by Christopher Anderson/The Spokesman-Review
Dayton and the Coliseum went out together.
Dayton, making the switch to Class A next year, overwhelmed Toutle Lake 68-46 Saturday to win the championship of the 53rd boys State B basketball tournament.
Dayton's best finish at state had been as runner-up.
Mabton's Mike Roettger absorbs an elbow to the throat as he joins Garfield-Palouse's Jeremy Fox in a loose-ball chase. Gar-Pal won 52-51 to reach the fifth-place game. Photo by Christopher Anderson/The Spokesman-Review
The people directly involved in the action had different responses when Nick Andrew fouled out Wednesday.
Toutle Lake coach Eric Swanson, watching his big man take a seat on the bench, thought, "Well, it's not the first time this has happened this season."
Garfield-Palouse coach Tim Coles, whose team trailed 67-59 when the 6-foot-5 Andrew sat down at the 2:56 mark, mused, "Now we have to get the ball inside. We have to take advantage of this."
Snohomish County Christian boys players have traveled to the Ukraine the last two summers to conduct a camp for 500 underprivileged children. Ben Swetman and Jason Hudson, son of coach Steve Hudson, spent two months in the former Soviet Union last summer.
1. Grasping for glory. The coverted gold ball is reserved for the State B Basketball Tournamant's championship teams, but that doesn't exclude anyone from trying to shape a hoop dream. Photo by Christopher Anderson/The Spokesman-Review
2. On the road to the B, Stinson wiped out the state scoring record. Photo by Dan McComb/The Spokesman-Review
3. Jim Stinson, right, has coached each of his children during their basketball careers. From left: Jennifer, Mark, Andy and Jim. Photo by Molly O'Hara/The Spokesman-Review
State A Tournaments
Vastly different East Valley (Yakima) teams will challenge local entries when WIAA/U.S. Bank Class A basketball tournaments begin Wednesday at the Tacoma Dome.
The seventh-ranked Riverside girls (19-5) open against the top-ranked EV Red Devils (23-0) at 6:30 p.m.
Medical Lake (17-5), making its sixth consecutive state appearance, inaugurates the boys tournament at 9 a.m. against a Red Devils team that squeezed in with an 11-12 record.
Tim Coles and Jay Aune sat in the same row Sunday morning as the brackets were drawn for this week's WIAA/U.S. Bank State B Boys Basketball Tournament.
They aren't in the same row now.
Coach Coles' sixth-ranked Garfield-Palouse Vikings (22-3) landed in an 8 p.m. opening-day game against fifth-ranked Toutle Lake (22-1). Gar-Pal and Toutle Lake played last year for fourth and seventh places, with the Ducks prevailing.
Daryl Groom must have agonized while keeping tabs on the 108-pound division at Mat Classic VII.
Greater Spokane League wrestlers earned three semifinal positions last weekend during the Class AAA state wrestling meet at the Tacoma Dome.
Cory Brannon of Gonzaga Prep ultimately topped the field, defeating Mead's Jon Rugan in the final. Central Valley's Shane Cunanan made it a 1-2-3 sweep for the GSL by finishing third.
B basketball notebook
Garbage in, garbage out.
This week's Associated Press high school basketball poll showed Curlew taking over the No. 1 position among Class B boys teams.
Toutle Lake dropped from No. 1 to No. 5. Voters were apparently swayed by a score that ran on the Associated Press wires Friday night: Lake Quinault 58, Toutle Lake 50.