Paul Mencke takes nutritional advice from a guy who weighs 300 pounds, so it might be a stretch to consider him the "logical" choice to become Washington State's next starting quarterback.
But he's in the running, for sure. There was little doubt of that Monday as Mencke and the defending Pacific-10 Conference champions opened spring football practices in Martin Stadium.
Mencke, the former two-sport star at Lewis and Clark High School, has added about 15 pounds to his 6-foot-5 frame. The 232-pounder has been a regular in the weight room this offseason, but he also credits his roommate, 300-pound lineman Joe Criscione, with giving him a nutritional edge.
Full steam ahead. Last year the Washington State football team enjoyed one of its best seasons ever, but many of the best players are gone and coach Mike Price will be busy this spring filling the gaps. File/The Spokesman-Review
The DeSales boys are going to the State B Tournament for the first time in 44 years and won't mind if anyone considers them a long shot, not after draining 12 of 20 3-pointers in Saturday night's 72-56 victory over Blue Mountain rival Waitsburg in a District 9-B elimination game at Friel Court.
"After yesterday's victory (over Garfield-Palouse), the guys weren't going to be denied," Irish coach Joe Lesko said.
Two of Washington State's newest basketball recruits have yet to score a single basket this season, but there's no need to panic.
Mike Bush, a senior at Kent-Meridian High School, and Ventura (Calif.) College sophomore Eddie Miller are sitting out this season.
The 6-foot-6, 190-pound Bush averaged 20 points and 11 rebounds as a junior at Mercersburg (Pa.) Academy, but he cannot play this season because this is his fifth year in high school.
The 6-8, 225-pound Miller played one season at Ventura before the program was discontinued. He'll have three years of eligibility at WSU.