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Coeur d’Alene wins opener

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.

LC takes another win from CdA

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.

Lake City advances to state again

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.

IEL Wrestling

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.

IEL Preview Boys Basketball

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.

Preps Notebook: Stags claim GNL crown

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.

Lee: Local teams will heat up the winter

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.

IEL Preview Basketball

Outlook Two straight state titles and three straight years that a 5A IEL team has played for a state championship.

Lee: CdA Vikings continue to impress

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.

Post Falls Trojans repeat as IEL champs in volleyball

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.

5A Inland Empire League balanced and loaded

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.

Pharis worth the wait

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.

IEL preview: Boys basketball

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.

Idaho preps: 5A football sets mark for zaniness

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.

Idaho preps: Playoff chase begins in earnest

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.

Vikings edge Bengals

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.