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Capital defeats Post Falls High 35-0 at Post Falls High on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013.
The Coeur d’Alene High football team opened the season in Oregon against West Linn and came away with a 49-35 victory over West Linn.
Two games, two different defensive strategies and two wins by the Lake City boys basketball team over its crosstown rival. Throw in a big helping of 6-foot-6 junior post Kyle Guice and the visiting Vikings fell short, 50-47, in an Inland Empire League game Friday played before an estimated crowd of 2,700.
It was business as usual for the Lake City High football team and a frustrating night at the office for Post Falls. The Timberwolves tacked on another year to its streak of 5A State playoff appearances, making it 16 years in a row with a 19-7 victory over visiting Post Falls on Friday night. The Trojans (2-7) haven’t qualified for the state playoffs since joining 5A in 2006.
Outlook Coeur d’Alene won its second straight Idaho 5A state championship last year after Lewiston won district but finished fourth in state. Post Falls finished seventh in state, but had the most champions and finalists. Does that tell you how close this Inland Empire League should be? “The road to a state trophy is difficult,” Lewiston coach Dan Maurer said.
Tough as they come If you listen to Post Falls coach Mike McLean or Coeur d’Alene coach Kent Leiss, the 5A state champ should come from the IEL. Every other team in the state – including Post Falls and CdA, depending on which coach you’re talking to – is playing for second. There’s good reason why those coaches should be optimistic. No league has been tougher in the state in recent seasons than the IEL, and this season could prove as difficult as any. Post Falls, which captured a state title two years ago, figures it should be listed among the favorites this year. CdA, coming off a third-place finish at state and returning its team intact, also should rank among the best by season’s end.
Dylan Miller (171) used a third-period escape to defeat Tim Haynes 1-0 Wednesday as Deer Park wrapped up its fourth consecutive Great Northern League wrestling title with a 57-13 win at Medical Lake. Cody Dehn of the Stags (6-0) edged Anton King 3-1 at 125 with a late escape. Aaron Weere of the Cardinals (1-4) beat Jared Swiger 6-5 at 189 with a late reversal.
Full disclosure: I wasn’t mentally ready for the winter sports season to begin. Perhaps, more accurately, I wasn’t ready to start covering winter sports.
Outlook Two straight state titles and three straight years that a 5A IEL team has played for a state championship.
There are two places I’d like to be Friday. Small problem, though. Make that a large problem. The locations are separated by about 34 miles.
Perhaps the best football team in the region this year doesn’t reside in the Greater Spokane League. I suspect that team is about 32 miles east of Spokane.
The Post Falls volleyball team graduated six seniors, five of whom were starters, off last year’s 5A Inland Empire League champions. PF coach Willow Hanna had a bit of a rebuilding project this fall. She thought she had the pieces; it was a matter of finding the right combinations.
A playoff-caliber football team will not qualify for the state playoffs in the 5A Inland Empire League this season. The conference shapes up as the most balanced in years.
It had been more than a month – 34 days to be exact – since Lake City senior left-handed pitcher Ben Pharis started. Heck, it had been 34 days since Pharis’ last and only appearance on the mound.
Two straight state titles for IEL? The Post Falls Trojans were a break or two away from playing for the 5A state championship last year.
Has 5A Inland Empire League football been unpredictable enough for you? We go into the final week of regular-season play with all four teams still alive for the two state playoff berths.
Ah, there’s a chance for rain Friday, and the evening temperature should be about 20 degrees colder than a week ago. It can only mean one thing – high school football games for area teams begin to carry postseason significance.
Whitney Wood’s penalty-kick goal 11 minutes into the second half proved to be the difference as Coeur d’Alene slipped past visiting Lewiston 2-1 in Inland Empire League girls soccer action on Tuesday. Caelyn Orlandi staked CdA (4-1, 2-0) to a 1-0 lead just 3 minutes into the match. Lauren Nuxoll scored for Lewiston (0-1-1, 0-1) in the 58th minute.