Following its series-opening Northwest League win over the Boise Hawks last weekend, the Spokane Indians had visions of first place dancing in their heads.
Four straight losses later, though, the Indians head to Northern Division-leading Bellingham this weekend hoping to climb back into contention.
The numbers finally added up Sunday evening for the Boise Hawks.
Actually, timely hitting probably had more to do with Boise's 11-4 Northwest League victory over the Spokane Indians than the sum.
Still, the Hawks' 15 hits - 29 combined in the opening two games of the five-game series - had a cumulative effect.
Alleging that his athletic and academic rights were violated, a former North Idaho College wrestler has filed a tort claim against head coach John Owen and the school. Matt Rosen, 21, seeks $750,000 in damages.
In his claim filed by Spokane attorney Russell Van Camp, Rosen alleges his health, safety and well-being were jeopardized due to the overall lack of supervision and control of the NIC wrestling program.
Hey, has anyone seen where the 1994-95 high school sports year has gone?
Oh, there it ... uh, goes.
It came to an end last weekend in the Boise area, but it seems like just a couple of weeks ago that we christened the Coeur d'Alene-Lake City rivalry in the season-opening football game.
Post Falls' Darick Pope, left, strains for second place in the 110-meter hurdles, nearly a second after winner Rex Grange of Highland crosses the finish line. Photo by Jesse Tinsley/The Spokesman-Review
Coeur d'Alene senior pitcher Jeff Anstine had just won his biggest high school game, but he stopped well short of accepting all the credit.
After the Vikings provided the lefthander with a two-run lead in the top of the ninth inning, Anstine recorded two of the final outs by srikeout.
The pressure is off now for first-year Coeur d'Alene High baseball coach Paul Mather.
A month ago, it appeared reaching the State A-1 Tournament would be nothing but a dream for CdA.
The Vikings were struggling in two of the three areas vital to success: they were booting routine ground balls and couldn't get a clutch hit with runners in scoring position. In fact, they weren't getting many hits, period.
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Pitchers Jeff Anstine of Coeur d'Alene and Ryan Kempton of Post Falls have had some classic duels the past two seasons.
In two previous showdowns this season, Kempton has prevailed.
The most important result in the raindrenched Lakeland Relays track meet Friday evening is there were no serious injuries.
That was the common concern among coaches with state-qualifying meets next weekend.
Bill Anderson thinks he may have found the perfect place to retire when he's through coaching high school football and teaching.
That in part explains why Anderson, 51, who was officially named Coeur d'Alene High's head football coach Thursday, will embark this fall on his third head coaching job in five years.
Welcome, students, to class: How Not To Hire a Head Football Coach 101.
Our case study today will be the Coeur d'Alene High School head football job. The selection of a new coach is a done deal. Change the name plate on the coach's office at CdA to read: Bill Anderson. More on that later.
Last Friday, you may recall, school officials interviewed five candidates.
1. The All-North Idaho wrestling team. Back row, from left: Josh Curran (Coeur d'Alene). Justin Pluid (Bonners Ferry) and Nathan Pascoe (Lakeland). Front row, from left: coach of the year Shawn Amos (Kellogg), Pat Clevenger (Lewiston) and Ben Frank (Post Falls). Photo by Dan McComb/The Spokesman-Review
2. Back row, Sandpoint wrestlers Pat Larson and Shawn Garner. Front row: Sandpoint's Brett Lawrence and Jared Lawrence. Not pictured: Billy Greene (Lewiston), Tony Matson (Moscow), Kole Clauson (Lakeland), Matt Butkovich (Coeur d'Alene). Photo by Jesse Tinsley/The Spokesman-Review
Technically, the Lakeland-Coeur d'Alene nonleague high school baseball game Thursday will likely stand as a tie.
Technically, though, Lakeland outplayed Coeur d'Alene - at least in the later innings as the Hawks took an 11-8 lead moments before umpires suspended the game because of darkness at North Idaho College.