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G-Prep football film headed to Hollywood

“Pups,” the documentary about the football careers of Gonzaga Prep’s Class of 2009, is beginning to gain a little momentum. Denise Bennett, a Prep alum and journalism professor at the University of Idaho, recently returned from the DocuWest Film Festival in Golden, Colo., and is headed for the All Sports Los Angeles Film Festival in Hollywood this week.

‘Goofing around’ costly to Gonzaga Prep grad Annie Brophy

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – A Notre Dame golfer disqualified from an NCAA regional tournament for giving false scores during the final round says she was just trying to be funny. “Obviously it was not funny. I did not think about long-term effects and consequences of my actions,” said Annie Brophy, an Irish senior from Gonzaga Prep. “I was just out goofing around.”

Art enhances school’s chapel

Last month a new piece of art was unveiled at Gonzaga Preparatory School’s Chapel of the Three Companions. Though the chapel was completed in 2007, Gonzaga Prep President Al Falkner said administrators have put a great deal of thought and care into the beautification process. “We’ve added some art here and there, but one of the things we wanted to add was a gate to the meditation garden.”

Art enhances Gonzaga Prep chapel

Last month a new piece of art was unveiled at Gonzaga Preparatory School’s Chapel of the Three Companions. Though the chapel was completed in 2007, Gonzaga Prep President Al Falkner said administrators have put a great deal of thought and care into the beautification process. “We’ve added some art here and there, but one of the things we wanted to add was a gate to the meditation garden.”

G-Prep boys lose in overtime

A layup at the end of overtime gave No. 1-ranked Federal Way a one-point victory over Gonzaga Prep at the boys State 4A basketball tournament.

Scores claim sex abuse

More than 500 people have filed claims accusing Jesuits of sexually abusing children across the Northwest. The claims vary in severity and span decades and geography, from Native Alaskan village children to students at Gonzaga Prep.

Pups’ center of attention

Coeur d’Alene boys basketball coach Kent Leiss has seen several talented post players in his 21 years as a head coach. None is better than 6-foot-7, 235-pound Ryan Nicholas of Gonzaga Prep.

Long road took Gonzaga Prep player to Cusick

For someone who didn’t exactly plan out his life, Mike Keogh was feeling pretty fortunate last week as he sat on the tailgate of his pickup in Cusick, directing the grade school kids who were arriving for flag football practice. “I’ve been pretty blessed,” coach Keogh said, oblivious to the rain. “It’s been a good life so far.”

Shakespeare, al fresco

To rain, or not to rain. Lucky for the small crowd assembled for a little “Shakespeare on the Green” Saturday afternoon outside Gonzaga Preparatory School, Mother Nature decided not.

Beating the language barrier

When Yasmeen Perez arrived for her first day of third grade at Linwood Elementary, she did not speak a word of English, even though she had been born in Seattle. “I lived in Mexico for eight years,” she said. “Spanish was my first language.”

Baseball, brotherhood a winning combination

Randy Motsinger grew up with an abiding love for the game of baseball, a passion he began sharing with his two sons early in their lives. The fact that each son is a leading hitter at his respective Greater Spokane League school is a testament to just how deeply that love grew.

Baseball, brotherhood a winning combination

Randy Motsinger grew up with an abiding love for the game of baseball, a passion he began sharing with his two sons early in their lives. The fact that each son is a leading hitter at his respective Greater Spokane League school is a testament to just how deeply that love grew.

Going Long

Editor's note: Staff photographer Dan Pelle won a first-place award in the Best of the West competition in the photo slideshow category for “Going Long,” a story about a retiring Gonzaga Preparatory School football coach. Judges said the slideshow “was probably the only entry that told the full tale of a retiring coach in a concise way. From beginning to end, the photos and audio worked in tandem to tell the story.” (5/4/2009)

This one is personal. I have known Ron Long since 1971. He was my 7th grade teacher in Catholic grade school and my freshman football coach in high school. Long was the subject of a yearlong story I shot for The Spokesman-Review back in 1993. He was again on my mind two week ago when I heard he was retiring from coaching after 37 years. We had heard that line from him before. He told me he was leaving the coaching ranks back in 1993. And again in 1994 and 1995. “Just one more year,” he would say. “Just one more year.”

This time I think he means it. After calling Gonzaga Prep to verify the facts, I knew I had to record his last game, not just for the newspaper, or for him, but for all the players and families and students who have crossed paths with the coach. Long is more than just a coach. He is a teacher. Beyond his history classes at school, he has changed lives on and off the field.

On the day of his last game at Hart Field, Long preferred not to talk about himself. He always brought the conversation back to the kids. So I let members of the team speak for him. Long and Bullpups defeated Lewis and Clark by a score of 22-20. But, even if they would have lost the game, there would be no doubt who the real winner would be. A winner for that past 37 years.

Bullpups dig hole

A lethargic effort Tuesday in the first night of the 4A regional has put Gonzaga Prep’s boys basketball team in a hole. The Greater Spokane League champions were outplayed in every facet of the game by visiting Richland and lost 54-45.