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Dave Nichols: Put Albi Stadium out of its misery

Joe Albi Stadium, in northwest Spokane, has hosted city football since the 1950s, but by all accounts it is at the end of its life expectancy and needs to be renovated or – more likely – replaced.

Big postseason changes ahead for GSL, MCC

Greater Spokane League 3A schools better make sure their fleet of school buses is tuned up with fresh oil changes and plenty of tread on their tires.

Football openers on standby as Spokane Public Schools await word from teacher’s union

City high schools had yet to hear by Wednesday evening whether they had the go-ahead to play season-opening football games Friday – strike or no strike. Greater Spokane League secretary Herb Rotchford on Tuesday asked Spokane Public Schools officials and Spokane Education Association members for direction regarding football games this weekend. Rotchford said opposing teams traveling to Spokane and even parents traveling to away games had the right to know if they were playing or not.

HS teams also have to scramble

With smoky air socking in the Inland Northwest, fall sports teams throughout the area canceled outdoor practices Monday and have braced for more cancelations. Greater Spokane League administrators last week adopted a policy to deal with unhealthy air conditions.

GSL landscape changing

Greater Spokane League principals voted unanimously Thursday to scrap their traditional football schedule and crown 4A and 3A champions. Beginning in the fall, the six 4A schools will play seven games against GSL teams while the four 3A schools will play six. That leaves 4A schools with two open dates and 3A schools with three. The schools can fill those dates with nonleague games or other crossover matchups against league teams.

Lee: GSL could benefit from splitting 4A/3A

Competitive inequity. Now that’s the new politically correct way of saying some teams aren’t capable of being on the same athletic field as others.

Lee: Committee considers class changes

Some consider the classification system in Washington broken. I contend there’s at least one too many classifications, but that’s not an argument that will gain any traction in these parts – especially in the B ranks.

Lee: State formulas undergo change

In Greater Spokane League 4A and 3A district tournaments this year, earning a first or second seed will present the shortest and less difficult route to state. The top four of five 4A and 3A teams from regular-season play qualify for district tourneys. But earning a first or second seed comes with extra privileges.

Shadle Park principal Rotchford next GSL secretary

Herb Rotchford must add nine ball caps to his wardrobe. The Shadle Park principal is taking over as the Greater Spokane League’s secretary and WIAA District 8 representative, replacing the retiring Randy Ryan.