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Colville prevails despite Wellpinit effort in second

It was a tale of two halves – Colville won the first, Wellpinit the second – but the end result was a 53-47 nonleague boys win for Colville at Wellpinit on Monday night. Matt Hubbard (16 points), Miguel Anaya (14) and Zach Hull (13) combined for 43 points for the Indians (2-1), who opened a 25-17 halftime lead. Drake Wynne had 15 points and Kenndy Seyler 14 for the Redskins (3-1), who had a 30-28 edge after intermission but couldn’t avoid suffering their first loss.

Area roundup: Hill scores 30 as Post Falls beats Ferris

Connor Hill led all scorers with 30 points and added six rebounds and Michael Hillman added 10 points as Post Falls (3-0) outdueled Ferris (0-1) in nonleague action at Ferris. Jordan Tonani hit three 3-pointers and finished with 24 points and seven rebounds to lead the Saxons.

Waters carries No. 3 Lewiston to top CdA in OT

The way Lewiston coach Pat Teichmer and Coeur d’Alene coach Dale Poffenroth both figure, their teams could end up playing each other five times this season. If the other four games are anything like the first one Thursday, buckle your seat belts.

Rogers capture opener over Shadle Park

The Rogers Pirates talked about their rally. The Shadle Park Highlanders talked about squandering a six-point lead with 1:39 remaining.

Prep basketball roundup: Lake City cuts down Bantams

Chris Wheelock hit three 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 17 points and Mark Smyly chipped in 15 points as Lake City (3-1) edged Clarkston (1-1) 53-46 in a nonleague bout Tuesday in Clarkston. Trey Sobotta led the Bantams with 20 points, but the Timberwolves built a seven-point lead after one quarter and held on the rest of the way.

Girls basketball roundup: Hawks open IEL play with win over Bulldogs

Nena Buchmann tallied 14 points and Cieana Close added 11 as the Lakeland Hawks (3-4, 1-0) opened Inland Empire League play Tuesday night with a 41-26 victory over the Sandpoint Bulldogs (1-5, 0-2) in Sandpoint. Maggie Kirscher had 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Bulldogs.

GNL basketball

Outlook   Boys: First-year Clarkston boys coach Justin Jones, who takes over for Brendan Johnson, walks into a wonderful situation. He inherits a team that returns four starters and seven lettermen.

GSL girls basketball

Outlook  Lewis and Clark returns the strongest starting lineup and enough bench support to supplant Central Valley as league champ.

LC coach thinks he has the makings of another state contender

If Jim Redmon had his druthers, his Lewis and Clark girls basketball team would fly under the radar. He laughs when he suggests as much. He understands the recognition that comes with qualifying for state eight straight years including three consecutive state championships.

IML Preview Basketball

Outlook Priest River had a magical season, capturing its first state championship – two weeks after the Spartans’ girls took home a state title. It’s doubtful the Spartans can repeat, but they are favored to capture the league title and they should get back to state and contend for a trophy.

IEL Preview Basketball

Outlook Two straight state titles and three straight years that a 5A IEL team has played for a state championship.

G-Prep senior guard earns chance to lead

Chris Sarbaugh has made himself into a basketball player. The Gonzaga Prep senior laughs when he recalls his humble beginnings. In the fifth grade he could barely jump.

Area roundup: Colbert guides Post Falls to opening-game win

Point guard Marcus Colbert scored 27 points and Connor Hill added 19 as Post Falls opened its boys basketball season Wednesday with an 82-66 nonleague win over visiting Shadle Park. The Trojans scored 52 second-half points. Brett Boese led Shadle (0-1) with 21 points.

GSL Preview Basketball

Outlook The league saw the graduation of four of the five first-team all-GSL picks including the two best post players, league most valuable player Ryan Nicholas and Aaron Dunn of Mead. So the league has to be down a tad this year, doesn’t it?

Basketball roundup: Post Falls High opens with win

Dani Failor led all scorers with 15 points and Josie Tennison added 14 as the Post Falls girls basketball team opened its season 1-0 with a 57-33 road win against Inland Empire League opponent Moscow (0-1) Saturday. Abi Quinnett led the Bears with 11 points. Post Falls held Moscow to four points in the opening quarter and took a 31-22 lead into the half.

Idaho preps preview: Girls basketball

5A IEL will be tight Had Coeur d’Alene lost not one returning starter but two potential starters to anterior cruciate ligament injuries, the Vikings would have been a no-brain selection to win a fourth straight 5A state championship.

GSL Preview: Girls basketball

The Lewis and Clark girls’ string of three straight State 4A championships was snapped last year, but the Tigers earned a trophy for a fifth straight year (fifth place). The Tigers, who return two starters and seven lettermen, have been given the nod as a slight favorite. Mead, which upset LC in the district final, and Central Valley should challenge. Mead brings back three starters and CV returns four. … Three 4A teams advance to regionals where four state berths are available. … Shadle Park, a 3A state runner-up last year, is heavily favored to be the best out of a light 3A league lot. Four teams qualify for regionals where two state berths are available. Top players

Traditional powers will play at last

The two best girls basketball programs in the area the past four years face off Friday night when Coeur d’Alene visits Lewis and Clark at 7:15. They aren’t the same teams that have combined for five state championships in that span. But they’re not far removed.

Ex-sports star sentenced for child molestation

A former high school sports star who was to attend community college on a basketball scholarship will spend at least four years in prison for molesting younger players. Rikeya J. Crossley, 20, pleaded guilty to one count of child molestation in a case that involved sexual contact with two girls, ages 13 and 14, while Crossley was 17 and 18.