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It shouldn’t come as a surprise which area high school football team received the nod as top-ranked in the first NWPrepsNow power rankings.
So now what do you think about Greater Spokane League football teams after two weeks? We can rate some things for sure. There are teams elevating and teams struggling to get out of the blocks.
Junior quarterback Logan O’Neil tossed three touchdown passes and ran for another as the University Titans rallied to upend the Post Falls Trojans 37-27 in nonleague action Friday night at Trojan Stadium. Senior tailback Bryce Williamson ran for 212 yards for the Titans, who improved to 2-0 under second-year coach Rob Bartlett.
Coeur d’Alene got better from Week 1 to Week 2. A lot better. One week after needing a big fourth quarter to defeat Skyline, the Vikings put up six touchdowns in the first half and cruised past visiting Central Valley 50-14 on Friday night.
Apparently Sam Adams wants more punishment. The KHQ/SWX sports director and yours truly went head to head on weekly prep football picks last year in something we called Pick 6.
SANDPOINT – Post Falls football coach Jeff Hinz was quick to acknowledge how special the Trojans’ 42-39 season-opening win over the Sandpoint Bulldogs was Friday at Barlow Stadium. Then Hinz was just as quick to praise his players, steering the conversation away from his 10-month battle with cancer.
MERIDIAN, Idaho – As the ball sailed end-over-end through the uprights, Casey Bourque raced down the middle of the field, helmet raised in triumph and his Lake City teammates in hot pursuit. A wild celebration ensued at Brighton Stadium – a party worthy of the barnburner that preceded it.
Lakeland or Sandpoint? Most agree one of those two teams will win the IEL 4A championship. Ah, but which one? The answer should come when the rivals collide Oct. 10 in Rathdrum.
Inland Empire League football coaches thought it was a door that had been permanently shut. For nearly a decade, IEL coaches have desired that their counterparts in the Greater Spokane League would convince their administrators to open up their schedules and allow nonleague games.
Post Falls High football coach Jeff Hinz gets to coach a game Friday night. Hinz stresses his use of the word “gets”, and with it comes a ton of perspective.
For the second straight year, Lakeland’s Derek Bayley played in the Idaho 4A State tournament and a couple days later made a run at the first stage of qualifying for the U.S. Open. Bayley won his second state title with a two-round total of 4-under 132 at Twin Falls Municipal. Derek and his dad, Mike, flew out of Boise at 9:15 p.m. Tuesday and arrived in Anchorage, Alaska, in the early morning hours Wednesday.
Zoe Clark struggled against her best friend until it counted the most. Clark, a senior center fielder, snapped a 4-all tie last Thursday with a two-out, RBI single in the seventh inning to give Coeur d’Alene a 5-4 win at Lake City to cap the Inland Empire League season.
Last year, Coeur d’Alene finished runner-up for the state championship after winning the Inland Empire League 5A with a 21-6 overall record. Coach Nick Rook has eight starters and 13 lettermen returning for the Vikings and expects good things out of 6-foot-6, 230-pound pitcher Michael Hicks.
GSL outlook U-Hi returns five all-leaguers from last year’s fourth-place team at the State 3A tournament. The first-teamers are senior shortstop Taylor Morales and junior third baseman Brooklynn Tacke. Senior first baseman Hannah Wesselman, junior pitcher/1B Alex Douglas and junior center fielder Rachael Johnson were second-teamers. “Our team has high expectations for the year and if they play together, we look to make a run in the postseason,” coach Jon Schuh said. … CV tied NC for first place last year with a senior-heavy roster. The Bears return first-team all-league senior P Carli Riordan, a Montana recruit who pitched a no-hitter in her league opener. Senior Kiara McCoy, another all-leaguer, moved to Bakersfield, Calif., but the Bears picked up junior SS Shayla Vegas, a transfer from Fort Worth, Texas. … Mead, a regional qualifier last year, returns senior CF Ashlynn Bocook, a three-year first-teamer, and two second-teamers: senior left fielder Ashley Patterson and junior P Kylie Bremner. “We have solid line-drive hitters and defense and look to compete for the 4A crown,” coach Joel Shawen said. … Senior CF Berkley Fisher, a first-team all-leaguer, leads Shadle, which advanced to the 3A regional last year. Second-team returners are senior P Brittney Gately, junior second baseman Sarah Tiffany and sophomore catcher Leslie Jones. “We’ll take our lumps but will get better as the season moves along,” coach Guy Perham said. … Mt. Spokane welcomes back two senior all-leaguers: first-teamer Shania Lawrence at 2B and second-teamer Markee Jackson at 1B. “I like our athleticism,” coach Carl Adams said. “It serves us well defensively and should help us be on base more and put pressure on opposing defenses.” … G-Prep has one of the league’s top pitchers in senior Selena Rima, a first-team all-leaguer last season. … Senior SS Lauren Hare, a second-teamer, returns for NC, which advanced to regionals last year. “(She) leads a young team that should be able to compete for some quality wins,” coach Rob Kuehn said. … Second-teamer Sage Scheiwiller, who has committed to Division III New York University, will pitch and is one of five returning starters for Paul Neff, in his sixth year with LC. … Ferris returns senior P Michele Strauss, a strikeout specialist, and welcomes three freshmen who will start in key positions. … Rogers starting P Kalena Quilt returns after one year at Taholah. “(We) will definitely be a completely different team from last year and compete for a number of wins and possibly a playoff spot,” coach Cris Coffield said.
5A Inland Empire State placers
If being courtside at a state basketball tournament seems second nature to Lake City senior JJ Winger, it has been. His father, Jim Winger, has been taking teams to state going back to before his son was born. Now son and dad are going together for the last time, beginning today when the 5A State tournament begins at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa.
Justin Carpenter scored 16 points and Coeur d’Alene survived Post Falls’ late rally and beat the Trojans 44-41 in an Inland Empre League 5A game Tuesday night in Post Falls. Ryan Walde added 10 points, five assists and three steals for the Vikings (9-1, 2-0).
In a game that featured difficult stretches for both teams, the Coeur d'Alene Vikings had the most determination in the end. The Vikings overcame some frigid shooting from the free-throw line, especially late, to knock off the Lake City Timberwolves 58-54 in a hard-fought 5A Inland Empire League opener before a crowd of 1,700 Tuesday at LC.
Brittany Tackett scored 15 points and Sydney Williams added 14 points and nine rebounds as Coeur d’Alene (10-2) beat Central Dauphin of Pennsylvania 70-46 on Sunday at the Diamond State Classic in Wilmington, Del. Madison Sumner and Sydni Park both scored 11 points and Sumner added six steals for CdA, which meets Ursuline Academy of Delaware in the fifth-place game this morning.
The Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls boys basketball teams scored victories on the first day of the CdA Inn-vitational at North Idaho College on Thursday. Devin Kluss scored 17 points and Tony Naccarato added 15 as Coeur d’Alene defeated Central Kitsap 61-51.