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Rogers coach Matt Miethe to players: Prepare for life

The setting sun hits the orange Art Deco bricks, and the glow makes Rogers High School look like it’s on fire. In the adjacent field, the school’s football coach takes over a lackluster practice from his assistants, displaying energy he hasn’t had for days. Head coach Matt Miethe missed practice two days earlier, hooked up to an IV full of antibiotics at his home, hoping to avoid his 19th hospitalization in nearly as many years from the effects of an ailment that goes dormant but never fully leaves his system.

Last men standing

Before a team meeting in the wrestling room at Rogers High School, the players gathered for the official team picture. Coach Matt Miethe prefers to have the team photo shot at the end of the season so that the Pirates who are memorialized in the yearbook are the players who made it to the end.   The 2013 final team photo of the Rogers Pirates had 43 players. Here are some of them: Marcus Phillips, the most recognizable kid on the team, with drooping, black, curly hair and braces, is one of several sophomore varsity starters who give the Pirates hope for the future.

Despite winless season, Rogers High football team’s brotherhood is unbreakable

This is it.   The last time these players and these coaches will be a team.   The last time to play under the lights of Joe Albi Stadium.   The last chance to win.   The Rogers High School football team and their coaches stand shoulder to shoulder, arms around one another in a circle in the school’s wrestling room.    They are about to board a bus to their last game of the season.  “The friendships that you make, the bonds that you build, will last a lifetime. It’s never going to be like this again – even for those that have more games ahead of you, this circle will never be the same,” coach Matt Miethe says. “Here’s one last shot for this circle to go out and get the job done tonight.”

Soccer player from Denmark gives Rogers High football a boost as kicker

A ball sailed through the uprights during practice at the Rogers High School football field one day, drawing the kind of cheers from players that normally would be reserved for a game-winning field goal. The kicker, a tall, blond Danish exchange student, lined up in a different spot on the field and did it again. Then again. And again.

Rogers High football players give their all, despite adversity

Jacob Meusy held it together as the seconds ticked off the clock of a homecoming game that appeared won, but somehow slipped to defeat in the final minutes. He held it together as he reprimanded a teammate who had thrown his helmet as tears ran down his face – angry, the player said, at his lack of playing time. Meusy told the teammate to shape up and grabbed him to line up and shake the hands of the celebrating players from North Central who had just beaten them.

Rogers High School Football: Never surrender, never retreat Part II

What if you tried as hard as you could and still lost? That's what some Rogers football team members thought as they walked out of Joe Albi Stadium last week after their third loss, this one to Rogers' rival, North Central. Nearly halfway through the season, the players are eager for a win, still hoping to change the image of the team as the worst in the league. While its coaches say there are more important battles to win, like those in the classroom, they're eager, as well. View the first part of the "Rogers High School Football: Never surrender, never retreat" series

Rogers High football: from boys to men

To make his team think about a fresh beginning, coach Matt Miethe asked his players to contemplate their end. In the first week of Rogers High School football practice, Miethe assigned players the task of writing their obituaries, imagining the end of their high school careers and their deaths at age 99.

Rogers High School Football: Never surrender, never retreat

Rogers High School has had one winning football season in the past 39 years. Coach Matt Miethe and his staff are installing new attitudes and positive thinking to turn the program around. Personal growth for the players is a goal set by Miethe. This the first installment of a continuing series throughout the season.

Former NBA player Craig Ehlo arrested

Basketball standout Craig Ehlo, who spent 14 years in the NBA and last month resigned an assistant coaching position at Eastern Washington University, was arrested early Thursday on charges including domestic violence after firefighters found family members holding him down near a pile of burning clothes outside his rural Spokane home. Spokane County sheriff’s deputies arrested Ehlo, 51, on the felony charge of first-degree reckless burning and a separate charge of domestic violence, according to the Sheriff’s Office. He was booked into Spokane County Jail shortly after 7:30 a.m. under his given first name, Joel.

Veteran’s widow accepts his high school diploma

The United States was embroiled in World War II when a Spokane man left high school early to go fight for his country. Now, nearly 70 years later, Spokane Public Schools is awarding Frank “Lucky” Materne his high school diploma. Materne, who died in October at age 86, left Rogers High School in fall 1943 to join the U.S. Navy.

Students’ music video getting attention on YouTube

Miles Fowler, 18, likes to rap and he likes to perform, and he got to do both when he helped a group of students at Rogers High School put together a musical tribute to the school. The video has now been viewed more than 6,000 times on YouTube. To the tune of Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind,” Fowler wrote rap lyrics about how great Rogers High School is.

Rogers senior keeps the bar raised, hopes to attend Georgetown

Carson Murray set a new high jump record for Rogers High School. And then he broke it. In late April, he was named Rogers’ male scholar-athlete, and a week later he received a Gates Millennium Scholarship – an all-expenses-paid scholarship to a college of his choice. Yet, he’s humble and friendly. And he likes to make people smile.

Education Notebook: Rogers students stage ‘Macbeth’

Drama students at Rogers High School will perform William Shakespeare’s dark and powerful tragedy “Macbeth,” beginning Friday in the school’s auditorium. The production will continue Saturday and April 18-20. All shows are at 7 p.m. The play is set in 2014, but keeps Shakespeare’s traditional scene of the bloody civil war in Scotland; it is nuclear warfare that has destroyed almost all civilization on Earth. Macbeth, played by Dakota Goodwin, is leading Scotland. The weird sisters, representing the seven deadly sins, played by Jourdan Goodenough, Stephi Redmond, and Delilah Peddle, lead him astray by convincing him that he will become king of Scotland.

Rogers High students help out at Christmas Bureau

There’s nothing like the delight and surprise on a child’s face when opening a gift on Christmas morning. That’s why the Christmas Bureau offers a place to drop children while the parents go through the toy room. Funded by reader donations, the bureau provides toys, books and food vouchers so families in need can have a merrier Christmas. On Tuesday, the bureau served 3,398 people, with $25,905 in food vouchers provided for 1,101 households and gifts distributed for 1,597 children.

Rogers graduates honored to step into Walk of Fame

Lt. Col. Robert “Bob” Carlson looked happy, yet a little out of place, during John R. Rogers High School’s homecoming assembly, what with all the cheerleaders and dancers accompanied by pounding music, funny stunts cheered on by loud squeals. “That’s something else,” Carlson, who graduated in 1938, said afterward. “No, we didn’t have anything like that when I went to school here.”

Rogers teacher to represent U.S. in mountain bike championships

The first day of school for Jaime Rees is going to be way better than the stereotypical “What did you do on your summer vacation?” Exactly how the Rogers history teacher responds depends on what happens in Austria next weekend, when she competes in the UCI Mountain Bike and Trails World Championships.