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Feb. 1, 2016, 10:42 p.m.
Unbeaten Gonzaga Prep football and girls basketball teams and coaches swept the 2015 Inland Northwest Sportswriters and Broadcasters youth awards honors, winning the trophies in six categories.

Jan. 30, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Gonzaga University’s Elite Eight NCAA basketball team garnered two awards and the Bulldogs women added a third in voting by the 56-member Inland Northwest Sportswriters and Broadcasters association.

Jan. 9, 2016, 10:49 p.m.
Heading into the Pacific Northwest Classic wrestling finals, Deer Park held a five-point lead over tourney host University and both schools had four in title bouts.

Dec. 17, 2015, 10:54 p.m.
Having the Beard brothers as your opening and closing acts isn’t a bad way to avoid wrestling drama.

Nov. 14, 2015, 5:46 p.m.
A fortuitous confluence of circumstances on Saturday propelled the Gonzaga Prep girls soccer team to the State 4A semifinals next Friday at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.

March 8, 2015, midnight
What’s the answer to a team that towers over you and builds a 10-point lead almost entirely at the free throw line? Boom, boom; shoot out the lights. In a basketball game that amassed a plethora of records, the most telling statistic, though not a record, were the 15 3-point baskets that rallied Colton to its seventh straight State 1B Girls championship, 89-70 over Sunnyside Christian.

March 7, 2015, midnight
Colton continues to add to its legacy. The Wildcats qualified for their eighth straight girls State 1B championship game and are seeking their seventh straight title after winning their 70th straight game with a 69-23 rout of Neah Bay on Friday at the Arena. Next up is Sunnyside Christian, 71-59 winner over previously unbeaten Republic at 3 p.m. today.

March 7, 2015, midnight
A trio of individuals who for a quarter century and more have given of themselves for the welfare of Spokane area athletics were recognized for their contributions Saturday at the State 2B and 1B basketball tournaments at the Arena. Hal McGlathery, Kurt Danekas and Rick Lukens were recipients of the 2014 Inland Northwest Sportswriters and Broadcasters 25-Year Award plaques presented by KHQ-6 sports director Sam Adams.

March 6, 2015, midnight
Evergreen Lutheran received an early morning wake-up call by Republic in the 9 a.m. opener of the State 1B girls basketball tournament Thursday at the Spokane Arena. Six minutes into the contest the Eagles (17-9) trailed 21-1 and things didn’t improve as the Tigers cruised to a 64-34 triumph and a date at 3:45 this afternoon against Sunnyside Christian, whose 75-44 pasting of Crosspoint Academy that followed mirrored Republic’s romp.

March 1, 2015, midnight
Trailing by as many as 15 points in the waning minute of the first half, Clarkston mounted a stirring comeback to earn a berth in next weekend’s State 2A boys quarterfinals. They cut the deficit to nine points by intermission, then continued the rally in the second half for a 62-53 victory over Sammamish, improving to 23-1 and moving on to the eight-team, three-day tourney that begins in Yakima on Friday.

Feb. 3, 2015, midnight
The 2014 Inland Northwest Sportswriters and Broadcasters Junior award winners were not only recognized because they were the best in their sports in Spokane, but also because they were the best in Washington. Shadle Park football quarterback Brett Rypien repeats as Junior Male Athlete of the Year and Central Valley sophomore soccer player Kelsey Turnbow is the Junior Female Athlete of the year.

Feb. 1, 2015, midnight
Home-grown products headline the 2014 athletes, teams and coach recognized for their accomplishments by Inland Northwest Sportswriters and Broadcasters. Washington State University quarterback, and former Ferris High star, Connor Halliday is the Amateur Male Athlete of the Year. Tampa Bay Lightning hockey player Tyler Johnson, by way of Central Valley and the Spokane Chiefs was voted Professional Athlete of the Year.

Jan. 29, 2015, midnight
The Stinky Singlet at North Central on wrestling rivalry night in the Greater Spokane League had all the trappings of postseason competition. Some 14 state-ranked wrestlers took to the mat when the Indians and Shadle Park squared off in their season finale. But defending State 3A champion NC, tabbed by coaches to repeat, had more guns for the 36-25 victory.

Jan. 22, 2015, midnight
Even before the wrestling match between Central Valley and North Central began, CV coach John Owen fretted that he’d need to gamble. He figured host NC was favored in eight of 14 matches and opted to take a chance and bump Braeden Orrino up from 145 pounds to 160 in Wednesday night’s opening weight class.

Jan. 16, 2015, midnight
By the time returning Colville state placer T.J. Baun staunched the bleeding with his pin at 113 pounds midway through the showdown wrestling match between the state’s top-two ranked 1A teams, the damage had been done. Just two matches into the showdown between the Indians and host Freeman, Colville was ahead 4-3. Two minutes later, if you count the seconds it took to raise the hands of two Scotties who were awarded forfeit victories, Freeman led 33-4.

Jan. 4, 2015, midnight
You might think Freeman’s Sebastian Hyta would be intimidated competing as he was in a tournament that featured wrestlers from schools three classifications higher than his 1A school. But after placing third earlier at the prestigious Tri-State Tournament in Coeur d’Alene, how difficult could a 195-pound title match be even if it were against a returning State 2A fourth-placer during University’s Pacific Northwest Classic Saturday afternoon?

Dec. 19, 2014, midnight
At first, the University Titans’ effort Thursday was a shadow of what one typically expects from them. Then there were the Titans who rattled off four pins, a technical fall and decision in the night’s last six matches.

Dec. 14, 2014, midnight
There was sense of familiarity about the Inland Empire Classic wrestling tournament hosted by Central Valley on Saturday afternoon. Twenty of last year’s top-four finishers were in the finals of this year’s event and the Moses Lake Chiefs and Post Falls Trojans finished one-two again, albeit in reverse order.

Nov. 9, 2014, midnight
Central Valley girls soccer team, the one that lost to Mead 2-0 for the district championship a week ago, was an imposter. The real Bears (16-2 overall) took care of business winning twice during the week, including a 4-0 throttling of Mead Saturday afternoon, and earning their fifth straight trip to state.

Nov. 2, 2014, midnight
On a dank Saturday afternoon, Mead rained down on host Central Valley in the District 8 4A girls soccer championship. The Panthers stifled the regular season Greater Spokane League champions on their way to a 2-0 victory. It was Panthers coach Kevin Houston’s first girls district title.

Nov. 1, 2014, midnight
The last time University defeated Central Valley in football was a decade ago. Friday night, the Titans put together their most complete game of their season to stun the Bears 35-23, dashing CV’s playoff hopes and putting the Titans’ record over .500 with a crossover game remaining next week. U-Hi put a load on the shoulders of bullish rusher Bryce Williamson in an offense that racked up 435 yards, 316 on the ground.

Oct. 23, 2014, midnight
As Central Valley’s Greater Spokane League slowpitch softball champions were in the middle of their post-game confab, the football team, practicing nearby, stormed the balustrade and offered a raucous shout out. The Bears (21-1) had not only dethroned perennial champion University (20-2), but also did so with a shocking 15-2 five-inning thrashing Wednesday.

Oct. 18, 2014, midnight
It was a tale of two halves. Lewis and Clark dominated the first with its defense for a 21-point lead. Host University returned the favor and trailed by just a touchdown one play into the fourth quarter.

Oct. 11, 2014, midnight
Gonzaga Prep was a model of consistency, University couldn’t get out of its own way and the Bullpups’ 54-19 victory Friday night at U-Hi was the end result. Following a first-possession punt, Prep scored on five successive series and eight of nine to easily dispatch the mistake-prone Titans. The ninth possession was a failed field goal attempt.

Oct. 2, 2014, midnight
Enough of this Three Musketeers “all for one, one for all” stuff. “We hang in for the first 2 miles and in the last mile it’s every man for himself,” University cross country runner Patrick Miranne said, talking strategy about the three-runner cluster that has the Titans perfect so far in the Greater Spokane League.