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A GRIP ON SPORTS • This time of year, just past the ides of February, a few things are givens when talking college sports. Conference races and the upcoming tournaments, for example. Baseball season beginning. And, of course, football. Always football.
Even as the COVID-19 pandemic halted, and promptly ended, Washington State's 2020 baseball season, the program's momentum rolled along through the spring, summer and fall, in the form of a $10 million, 12,000 square-foot building that began to take shape behind the third-base line.
In many ways, Washington State's young basketball team has matured and developed since its season opener against Texas Southern nearly three months ago.
WSU president Kirk Schulz: “We need a person to come in and say, ‘If we’re going to elevate our brand, here are some things we need to think about doing as a conference.'”
A GRIP ON SPORTS • A staple of cartoon comedy concerns a snowball rolling downhill. In such instances, the snowball starts small, picks up momentum, grows larger and finally encases every character in its path. Then it crashes into a tree. Reality is usually different, though when it comes to the snowball that is COVID-19, there are similarities. Without any semblance of humor, of course.
Four days after reporting Washington State's Ayden Hector was suspended from football activities for a violation of team rules, The Spokesman-Review learned the freshman safety was recently placed under arrest by Pullman Police after attempting to purchase alcohol at a grocery store with false identification.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • One college basketball team was missing its best player. So was the other team. Which meant ... what exactly? In a rivalry game, very little.
PULLMAN – It was the predominant question beforehand: With Washington State’s Isaac Bonton and Washington’s Quade Green unavailable for Monday’s game between the Cougars and Huskies, which player(s) would carry the baton?
Isaac Bonton won't suit up in tonight's Apple Cup rematch, but the impact of losing the senior point guard should be somewhat offset by a key injury for Washington State's opponent.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Where were we when we last could feel comfortable cruising the Net? Oh, yes. Battling a love/hate relationship with a certain holiday.
From staff reports
When it rains, sometimes we can see oil on the street rise to the top of puddles and spread out into a rainbow of colors. One of the main reasons we see color is because of light, said my friend Cigdem Capan, a physics instructor at WSU.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • We would love to spend Valentine’s Day telling you all of the things we love about sports, local and otherwise. Alas, absence will have to make our heart grow fonder, as that enemy of affection, a slow, intermittent Internet connection, showed up this morning, stealing our bonds with the loves of our life.
Seldom this season has Washington State been a team to live and die by the 3-pointer. Even then, it buried the Cougars Saturday night in a rematch with the best team in the conference.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • We decided to break out of our cold-induced bubble this morning and look around the local sports landscape. What we saw might surprise you.
Cate Reese had 17 points and six rebounds, Aari McDonald added 14 points and five rebounds and No. 10 Arizona avenged its only loss in the last six weeks with a 60-51 victory over Washington State on Friday night.
Washington State went to extreme lengths to convince Jamire Calvin to begin his college football career in Pullman, but it appears the former four-star receiver will finish it elsewhere.
Ayden Hector, who played a major role in Washington State's defensive secondary last season as a freshman, has been suspended from the Cougars' football team for a rules violation, The Spokesman-Review confirmed with a school official Friday night.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Don’t fight it. Stay indoors this weekend. Settle in and watch sports on TV. Sure, there is no NFL anymore, but there is a lot of basketball, pro and college, to savor. And there is golf from one of the prettiest courses on earth.
The high-variance nature of Isaac Bonton's game means the Washington State point guard is susceptible to the occasional off-night. It also means Bonton doesn't often have two in a row.