What's up with the search for a head football coach at Coeur d'Alene High School?
Good question. Thought you'd never ask. It's been more than four months since Greg Drake resigned.
The answer: very little.
Lakeland High School senior golfer Corey Rippee has a modest goal this season. Oh, he'll contend for league and district medalist honors. In fact, he may even challenge for a State B title.
But that would just be bonuses. Said the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Rippee: "I just want to play as well as I can."
A starting offensive tackle for the Hawks football team last fall, Rippee is known for his length off the tee. A four-year letterman, Rippee would give up some length for a little more accuracy.
Dave Fealko may have resigned as the head girls basketball coach at Lake City High School, but his influence will remain.
Dave Stockwell, Fealko's top assistant the past seven years, was named head coach Tuesday, his hiring approved by the school board last night.
The S-R's All-North Idaho basketball teams. Back row, from left: Gavin Glindeman (Bonner Ferry), Alli Nieman (Sandpoint), Casey Fisher (Kellogg), Lake City girls coach Dave Fealke, Post Falls boys coach Scott Moore, Brien Russell (Lake City), Melissa Didge (Lake City), Travis Fulton (Kellogg). Front row, from left Jana Nearing (Bonners Ferry), Jennifer Kerns (Lake City), Tim Roberts (Post Falls), Kyle York (Priest River). Not pictured: Andrea Gomez (Lewiston). Photo by Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review
Two North Idaho high school baseball teams could have the ingredients for state championships.
For Lakeland, a state crown wouldn't be new. The Hawks captured gold two years ago and, with a nucleus from that team, slipped to fourth last year.
University High School baseball coach Don Ressa figures his team will be tabbed as a contender for the Greater Spokane League championship.
Though he sees perennial power Mead still the team to beat, Ressa has one specific reason why he expects the Titans to improve on their sixth-place league finish last year: experience.
The recently completed boys basketball season in the Panhandle was easily one of the most enjoyable to chronicle in the past decade.
No area team won a state title, but there were a handful of teams that contended for championships.
1. Lakeland's Kole Clauson, right, gets the upper hand on Sugar-Salem's Matt Winder on the way to a pin at 160. Photo by Sandra Bancroft-Billings/The Spokesman-Review
2. Jake Stark of Priest River, right, works his way toward a second-round win over Buhl's Tommy Howell in an A-2, 112-pound match. Photo by Sandra Bancroft-Billings/The Spokesman-Review
Final thoughts about the state high school boys' basketball tournaments:
Odd things happen at state - particularly in the first round.
It's not a reach to say A-1 state qualifiers Lake City and Post Falls and A-2 entrants Kellogg and Bonners Ferry could have and, in some cases, should have won during the opening round last Thursday of the state tournaments.
Travis Fulton turned out to be a prophet. Well, sort of.
The Kellogg senior point guard predicted three weeks ago in a feature story in The Spokesman-Review that the Wildcats would meet Bonners Ferry in the final game.
Lake City's Bryan Kelley can't break free from Ryan Rowbury's defense as Capital puts a halt to the Timberwolves' first season. Capital won the looser-out semifinal in Pocatello 51-50. Photo by Dan McComb/The Spokesman-Review
Here are some random thoughts as the winter sports season rapidly approaches the finish line:
Not everybody who wanted to watch the Post Falls-Lake City basketball showdown last Saturday in the A-1 Region I championship game at Post Falls had the opportunity.
It's believed that about 300 fans were turned away when the standing-room-only crowd swelled to nearly 2,000, about 200 more than capacity at Trojan Gym.
North Idaho high school girls basketball teams provided many special moments this season.
The teams that qualified for state - and some that didn't - did the area proud. So we say farewell with our season-ending awards, by league:
If play goes according to seed, the Post Falls and Lake City boys' basketball teams should advance to the A-1 Region I Tournament championship game Saturday.
But Inland Empire League coaches warn that the regional tourney could be as topsy-turvy as league.
"You can't count any of the teams out," Lewiston coach Dick Richel said. "You can make a case for any team pulling an upset."