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Sept. 20, 2012, 7:46 p.m.
The Spokane Chiefs were 5 minutes – and one goal – from playing for a conference title last season. And if you paid any attention to the series, you know it was heart-stoppingly close the entire way.

Sept. 20, 2012, midnight
Here’s one more thing to appreciate about major junior hockey: Its teams will actually be playing hockey soon. As the National Hockey League went into lockout mode last week with the expiration of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, 60 Canadian Hockey League teams were wrapping up the preseason slate.

Sept. 19, 2012, 5:53 p.m.
Here’s one more thing to appreciate about major junior hockey: Its teams will actually be playing hockey soon.

Sept. 19, 2012, midnight
There’s no arguing that the Mead Panthers are perennially a well-oiled volleyball machine. But after coming home empty-handed from last year’s State 4A tournament the, Panthers have something more to prove this season.

Sept. 9, 2012, midnight
You get the sense that Shawn Amos had to dig around for seldom-used vocabulary on Saturday afternoon. Mediocre, embarrassing, undisciplined – these aren’t words often used to describe the performance of Amos’ two-time defending State 5A champion Coeur d’Alene football team.

Sept. 8, 2012, midnight
Sometimes a lit fuse is slow to ignite an explosion. But when the Central Valley Bears finally sparked on Friday night, the result was a 41-14 Greater Spokane League football victory over visiting Rogers.

Sept. 7, 2012, 11:45 p.m.
Sometimes a lit fuse is slow to ignite an explosion.

Sept. 1, 2012, midnight
Maybe all that hype about the Mead Panthers is justified. It certainly appeared that way in how they dealt with the pressure of the preseason buzz in whipping University 43-10 in a Greater Spokane League football game on Friday night.

Aug. 31, 2012, 7:25 p.m.
The Spokane Chiefs play their first two preseason games this weekend at the annual Everett Silvertips tournament.

Aug. 30, 2012, midnight
Last year, the best offense for Mike Morgan and his Colfax Bulldogs was – literally – a good offense. This year, Morgan’s young offense will be a direct result of good defense. Just how good will soon be on display when the Northeast 2B football season opens Friday and the four-time defending league champions prepare to go after a fifth title.

Aug. 30, 2012, midnight
If Mike Morgan has to lead his team against Jeff Bartlow’s Waitsburg-Prescott Cardinals again this season, he knows what to expect from Bartlow. The Cardinals – annual trouble for other area football teams in the Southeast 2B League – won the state 2B title last season with an unblemished 14-0 record.

Aug. 27, 2012, 12:18 a.m.
For the rookies, the initial training camp experience – which is more like an early initiation into major junior hockey – is over. And as camp typically goes, the veterans put on a show for the newcomers on Sunday afternoon. “I think we wanted to get a feel for the game and let the young guys know what the league is about,” veteran forward Mitch Holmberg said following Team Red’s 5-1 victory over Team White in the Spokane Chiefs’ annual Red-White scrimmage, marking the end of training camp. In front of 2,877 fans at the Arena, Holmberg scored a goal and recorded an assist for Team Red, and fellow veterans Mike Aviani and Collin Valcourt each added a goal and a pair of assists.

Aug. 27, 2012, midnight
For the rookies, the initial training camp experience – which is more like an early initiation into major junior hockey – is over. And as camp typically goes, the veterans put on a show for the newcomers on Sunday afternoon.

Aug. 24, 2012, midnight
There’s really only one person hoping Brenden Kichton doesn’t spend his overage season in Spokane, and that’s Brenden Kichton. “Not because I don’t love Spokane – I love it here,” said the Western Hockey League’s reigning Western Conference defenseman of the year, who was among the nearly 70 players to take the ice on Thursday at the Arena as the Spokane Chiefs opened their annual training camp.

Aug. 23, 2012, 8:30 p.m.
There’s really only one person hoping Brenden Kichton doesn’t spend his overage season in Spokane, and that’s Brenden Kichton.

Aug. 23, 2012, midnight
Everybody is checked in and, in theory, ready to begin. After days of fitness testing to see if their young talent adaquately prepared over the summer, the Spokane Chiefs coaching staff, scouting staff and general manager Tim Speltz will turn their boys loose on the ice today as the annual Chiefs training camp begins.

Aug. 22, 2012, 9:36 p.m.
Everybody is checked in and, in theory, ready to begin. After days of fitness testing to see if their young talent adaquately prepared over the summer, the Spokane Chiefs coaching staff, scouting staff and general manager Tim Speltz will turn their boys loose on the ice Thursday as the annual Chiefs training camp begins.

Aug. 19, 2012, 10:59 p.m.
In his fourth game with the Spokane Indians, Joey Gallo’s two home runs – one an eighth-inning grand slam – led Spokane to one of its best wins of the season as the Indians opened their final homestand of the year by running over the Tri-City Dust Devils (9-17) with a 16-4 Northwest League win. His first three games with Spokane (11-15) resulted in a pair of hits in 11 at-bats, with eight strikeouts. But that was on the road. Gallo looked right at home in his debut at Avista Stadium.

Aug. 19, 2012, midnight
The Spokane Indians return home to Avista Stadium tonight for their final homestand of the season with a pair of streaks intact. One of those – a 16-game streak of at least one hit batter per game – isn’t one they’d like to have continue as the short-season Class A Northwest League short season winds down.

Aug. 18, 2012, 10:48 p.m.
The Spokane Indians return home to Avista Stadium tonight for their final homestand of the season with a pair of streaks intact.

Aug. 16, 2012, midnight
Felix Hernandez accomplished one of the rarest feats in all of sports on Wednesday and began to trend worldwide, and it occurred to Everett AquaSox broadcaster Pat Dillon that Seattle’s ace threw his first professional baseball pitch in Spokane nine years ago. As Hernandez approached perfection in the win over Tampa Bay, some of the AquaSox – Seattle’s short-season Class A affiliate – listened to or watched and tried to absorb some of the magic en route to Avista Stadium for a game of their own.

Aug. 15, 2012, 10:42 p.m.
Felix Hernandez accomplished one of the rarest feats in all of sports on Wednesday and began to trend worldwide, and it occurred to Everett AquaSox broadcaster Pat Dillon that Seattle’s ace threw his first professional baseball pitch in Spokane nine years ago.

Aug. 15, 2012, midnight
The bottom line for the Spokane Indians: Overall, they’re still sporting the worst record in the Northwest League. But some fine tuning in the second half has led to improvements across the board. They’re no longer the worst team in the league at the plate. Most nights their bullpen keeps up on its end of the deal. And there hasn’t been a messy pile-up of errors in some time.

Aug. 14, 2012, 10:44 p.m.
The bottom line for the Spokane Indians: Overall, they’re still sporting the worst record in the Northwest League. But some fine tuning in the second half has led to improvements across the board.

Aug. 14, 2012, midnight
In some cases, you can go home again. At the very least, you can stop by and catch up. Or, like Liberty Lake native Rusty Shellhorn did on Monday night, you can throw down.