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Inland Empire League wrestling preview

Three of the four teams – Lewiston, Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls – have established themselves for not only sending title-caliber kids to state each year but teams that can challenge for gold as well despite not having the opportunity to qualify more numbers because the league doesn’t have the state allocations that other regions enjoy. This year will be no different. Each of those teams can contend for a state trophy (top four teams earn trophies), and Lake City, long the team that finished so far behind the others that binoculars were needed to find it, is closing the gap. … “The league title will come down to depth and will be very close once again,” Lewiston coach Dan Maurer said. “With three state berths and a wild card I expect our region to advance the top four in each weight to state.” … CdA coach Jeff Moffat may not have the depth to challenge Lewiston and Post Falls. “We should be strong in the upper weights with experience and depth, but the lower weights will be inexperienced,” Moffat said. “If we can get kids into the correct weight classes we should be a very good team. The key word being if.” … Post Falls will have just three seniors but plenty of quality. “We have tough returnees but a young team,” PF coach Pete Reardon said. … LC is making progress. “We will be starting two seniors, 12 juniors and one freshman and 11 of them were starters last season,” LC coach Corey Owen, a nephew of the Greater Spokane League Owens. “If we can get some early confidence and momentum we are going to have a very good season.” Wrestlers to watch

Lake City wants to erase State woes

As predicted a year ago, the Lake City boys basketball team captured the 5A Inland Empire League championship and the Region I title. And when the Timberwolves advanced to state, they expected to fare well. Two humbling losses later and Lake City was on the charter bus for Coeur d’Alene.

Inland Empire League 5A boys basketball preview

Around the league Former Coeur d’Alene standout Kurt Lundblad takes over at his alma mater. A 1984 CdA graduate, Lundblad replaces Kent Leiss, who resigned with three games left in the regular season last season amidst parent dissatisfaction. Lundblad coached at Sandpoint for three years (1998-99 to 2000-01) where his teams were a combined 26-44 overall. As many as seven players started at various times last year at CdA. They were seniors Justin Carpenter, Austin Paulson and Elijah Tripp and juniors Ryan Walde, Colby Daniels, Tony Nacaratto and Devon Kluss. Senior Kelton Hunter opted to have shoulder surgery and will miss the season and junior Nick Hancock transferred to LC. “We’re athletic and fairly deep,” Lundblad said. “We’re not a great perimeter-shooting team but we get to the rim well as a whole. We need to share the ball better and play team defense better.” … Post Falls brings back three starters in seniors Corey Koski and Nick Hall and junior Dalton Thompson. Senior Joey Pfennigs and sophomore Max McCullough are challenging for starting jobs. “We’re returning seven players who played significant minutes in big games last year,” PF coach Mike McLean said. “We will defend very well. We had a great summer and improved our offensive scoring.” McLean expects big things. “We have the players to contend for another league title and district championship. Our guys have been committed to improving since the week after we returned from the state tournament last March.” … Lewiston returns one starter off a 7-13 team – senior Jaydan Rayner. Coach Corey Williams said his team’s strengths are speed and quickness. His concern is lack of size and length. “The league is very tough,” Williams said. “We will have to really rebound as a team and create some offensive opportunities with our defense.”

Inland Empire League 4A boys basketball preview

Around the league Defending champ Moscow came oh-so-close to capturing a state championship last year. “We were one possession away from bringing home a state championship,” first-year coach Aaron Dail said. Dail takes over for Don Dudley, who had returned last year for a second go as head coach. Moscow won two state titles the first time Dudley coached. He resigned in the middle of the fall to spend more time with his business. Dail played for Dudley and has been a varsity assistant and junior varsity coach the past four years. He inherits a team that brings back league MVP Nick Ellison and Adam Gresch, both seniors. Another key returner is junior Jack Ackey. … Lakeland has many holes to fill after graduating seven seniors. Leading the way is junior Tyrel Derrick, who quarterbacked the football team to the state playoffs. Another starter, senior Derek Bayley, is expected to return earlier than anticipated from summer shoulder surgery. He suffered the injury last season and started just four games. “It’s huge to get Derek back,” coach Dave Stockwell said. “We’re awfully young and inexperienced. We’ve got a lot of learning to do.” … Sandpoint returns four starters, all seniors. They are Chase Rodriguez, Matthew Burgstahler, Jeremiah Gagnon and Thomas Edwards. “We have strong senior leadership,” coach Tyler Haynes said. “Speed and transition are this team’s greatest strengths. We had a very productive offseason.”

Vikings celebrate

MOSCOW, Idaho – It had to play out this way. As much misfortune as the Coeur d’Alene Vikings – and specifically the Amoses – have endured the last half of the football season, something good had to go their way.

Bengals on track for another title

The 2013 Idaho 5A State volleyball tournament is beginning to look like the 2012 version. That’s good news for the defending champion Lewiston Bengals, who pulled out another five-game thriller and then handled Inland Empire League rival Lake City to cap an unbeaten Friday at Post Falls High School.

QB Lee fills in nicely for CdA

With starting quarterback Gunnar Amos still recovering from a mild concussion, Coeur d’Alene turned to sophomore Austin Lee. All Lee did was put up Amos-like numbers in his first varsity start as the third-ranked Vikings secured the 5A Inland Empire League championship and the lone state berth Thursday with a 31-14 win over the visiting Post Falls Trojans.

Lee fills in nicely for CdA in victory

With starting quarterback Gunnar Amos still recovering from a mild concussion, Coeur d’Alene turned to sophomore Austin Lee. All Lee did was put up Amos-like numbers in his first varsity start as the third-ranked Vikings secured the 5A Inland Empire League championship and the lone state berth Thursday with a 31-14 win over the visiting Post Falls Trojans.

Vikings stampede

When a football team has horses up front, it doesn’t matter much who is carrying or throwing the ball behind them. The Coeur d’Alene Vikings made that evident Friday as they exposed the Lake City Timberwolves where they were most vulnerable – up the middle.

CdA coach Amos gets big day from QB Amos

It has been an emotional rollercoaster for Coeur d’Alene High football coach Shawn Amos, who was diagnosed last week with a form of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Amos was a coach and a dad on Friday as he took part in Senior Night, hugging son Gunnar, a senior quarterback, during pre-game ceremonies. Next Thursday, Amos anticipates his first chemotherapy treatment, one day before a showdown against rival Lake City.

One to believe in

If the Lake City football team didn’t believe before Friday it believes now. The Timberwolves upset visiting Chiawana, the No. 3-ranked 4A team in Washington, 33-26 in a nonleague game.

Cheney doesn’t let this one get away

It wasn’t going to happen again. A week after giving up a lead and ultimately losing to the Pullman Greyhounds, the Cheney Blackhawks weren’t about to repeat the mistakes of a week ago against the Sandpoint Bulldogs on a brisk night in front of a large crowd at Tom Oswald field.

Coeur d’Alene cruises past Lewiston 48-7

Coeur d’Alene’s fast-paced offense is tough to keep up with for opposing defenses, the chain crew and stat keepers. The Vikings rolled up 390 total yards by halftime and scored 41 points in a 16-minute span as they cruised to a 48-7 Inland Empire League 5A football victory Friday over the visiting Lewiston Bengals.

CdA can smile after easy win

At the time, Coeur d’Alene’s first play from scrimmage Friday was no laughing matter. Two hours later, CdA senior quarterback Gunnar Amos could joke about the snap that went over his head and was recovered by Minico at the Vikings 15-yard line.

Lake City posts wild win

Louie-McGee’s 13-yard run with 58.2 seconds left decided an entertaining contest in which each team scored four second-half touchdowns. The result was a 36-30 victory for Lake City over Post Falls in an Inland Empire League opener.

Pick 6

I’m in full-fledge nosedive mode. And it seems that Sam Adams has decided to join me for the ride.