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Week Seven Not So Lucky For Matchups

Historically, the seventh week of the high school football season in North Idaho has featured some wonderfully competitive games. For example, several Coeur d'Alene-Lewiston and Lakeland-St. Maries games rank among the all-time "classic" contests in the Panhandle. It's not likely, though, that those teams will engage in games for the ages Friday when CdA (0-1 in league, 1-5 overall) visits Lewiston (1-1, 5-1) in Inland Empire League action and defending Intermountain League champion Lakeland (3-0, 4-2) treks to preseason favorite St. Maries (2-0, 5-0).


Sandpoint’s Volleyball Effort State Of The Art At Invitational

The Sandpoint High School volleyball team tried on its state-tournament face Saturday and liked the fit. Playing with a style that Sandpoint coach Jeff Hurst called "controlled and smooth," the Bulldogs easily devoured St. Maries 15-2, 15-7 in the championship match of the Lake City/Coeur d'Alene Spike-n-Dig Invitational.

Raising A Stink Over Pigskin Picks

I lost my appetite for fish this week. I won't be eating at Skipper's any time soon. What does any of this have to do with high school sports you ask? Keep reading, this is no fish tale. Last week, it turns out, I provided bulletin board fodder for the Sandpoint High School football team in my Panhandle Picks.

Two Teams On Quests To Break Streaks

If you need a reason to take in a high school football game Friday, at least two contests - Sandpoint at Coeur d'Alene and Bonners Ferry at Lakeland - provide several intriguing subplots. Bonners Ferry and Sandpoint, for example, will be out to snap streaks against longtime rivals. Bonners Ferry hasn't beaten Intermountain League power Lakeland since 1982 (13 straight defeats), while one must go back to 1977 (17 straight losses) to find the last time Sandpoint defeated Coeur d'Alene. Coeur d'Alene (1-4 overall) opens Inland Empire League play when Sandpoint (1-0, 4-1) comes to town Friday, and the Vikings are starving for a win. The Bulldogs can clinch no worse than third and one of the league's three state playoff berths with a win.

Unbeatens Lewiston, Pf Battle

A pair of high school football league openers Friday could go far in deciding conference championships, if not state playoff berths. Unbeatens will clash when Post Falls travels to Lewiston in an Inland Empire League opener. Both teams are 3-0, and the game most likely will decide the league championship even though both teams will play three more league games. Kickoff at Lewiston, as well as most stops in the Panhandle, is at 7:30.

Sandpoint Rises To The Occasion

Sandpoint middle hitter Alli Nieman gives Lake City something to think about. The Bulldogs prevailed 15-9, 15-3. Photo by Craig Buck/The Spokesman-Review

Lakeland High Avoids Move Up To A-1

Though Lakeland High School has A-1 classification numbers, the Rathdrum school will remain in the A-2 division for at least the next three years. A year ago, it appeared Lakeland was A-1 bound. The school had been posturing for a possible move up next year as school officials attended Inland Empire League meetings. They had even gone as far as scheduling four of the five league members in most major sports. But when the attendance figures for the past two years were tallied this summer, Lakeland caught a break.

Cda Teams Look For First Wins Lake City Host To Cheney; Vikings Travel To East Valley

Coeur d'Alene's two football teams, winless in their season openers, take on the Frontier League in hopes of notching their first victories Friday. Lake City, which has lost 10 straight since the school opened, came as close as ever to capturing its first win last week in a 20-17 loss to St. Maries. The task doesn't get any easier this week, though, when the Timberwolves have their home opener against Cheney, a traditional Frontier power.