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A Grip on Sports: July may not be perfect, but when you’re not yet an adult, it sure seems that way

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s a new month. July. The month of baseball’s All-Star Game, outdoor cooking and celebrating America’s glorious founding. And that’s all in the first 10 …


UPDATED: Sun., June 30, 2019, 8:05 p.m.

The painful truth: Injuries inevitable at Hoopfest

There were half a dozen more injuries at Hoopfest this year than last year. Kevin Maloney, a spokesman for MultiCare, said there were 1,780 total injuries at Hoopfest over the …


A Grip on Sports: Hoopfest dominates the weekend, sure, but there is more, a lot more, today

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Weekends at the end of June are not supposed to be this busy. It is summer, after all, and the word lazy has always been …


Former Big Sky Conference players well represented at Hoopfest

A decade removed from his last Hoopfest appearance, former Post Falls High and Montana State standout Marcus Colbert quickly regained his familiarity with the world’s 3-on-3 basketball tournament on Saturday …


Group of 72-year-old players on Swinging Doors Hoopfest team plan to ‘to keep playing until we can’t’

With a combined 288 years between them, team Swinging Doors is one of the oldest – if not the oldest – teams in Hoopfest history.


Stacy Clinesmith hasn’t lost competitive spirit as she seeks fifth Hoopfest women’s elite title

Stacy Clinesmith fits the bill of Spokane basketball royalty.


UPDATED: Sat., June 29, 2019, 10:07 p.m.

Hoopfest team Against the Grain celebrates recovery from addiction, homelessness

Kevin Schmeider sponsored the team through his hardwood flooring business, which he started after he and his wife climbed their way out of homelessness and drug addiction.


UPDATED: Sat., June 29, 2019, 9:22 p.m.

Ex-Gonzaga standouts Rui Hachimura, Josh Perkins, Zykera Rice take in Hoopfest dunk contest as judges

Fans at Hoopfest’s Nike Center Court were treated to a special surprise as four former Gonzaga basketball players took the court Saturday. Rui Hachimura, the ninth overall pick in this …


UPDATED: Sat., June 29, 2019, 9:50 p.m.

MultiCare’s $1 million gift to Hoopfest to fund new basketball courts in Riverfront Park

A $1 million donation from MultiCare to Hoopfest is expected to fund the construction of two and a half basketball courts in Riverfront Park near the north bank of the …


UPDATED: Sat., June 29, 2019, 8:36 p.m.

Former WNBA All-Star Shoni Schimmel happy to return to Hoopfest after break from competitive basketball

A group of jersey-wearing teens approached Shoni Schimmel on Saturday, each asking for pictures with the two-time WNBA All-Star after she’d survived a Hoopfest elimination game.


A Grip on Sports: Like Christmas, Hoopfest only happens once a year – and this is the weekend

A GRIP ON SPORTS • This is going to be short and, hopefully, sweet enough. We’re off to downtown to watch the beginning of Hoopfest. It’s a family tradition.


Hoopfest kicks off 30th year with fast-paced tournament in downtown Spokane

It’s official: Hoopfest is here for its 30th year. And the excitement around the “greatest basketball weekend on Earth” hasn’t dwindled a bit.


UPDATED: Sun., June 30, 2019, 11:17 p.m.

Paul Turner: What do the party poopers do on Hoopfest weekend?

So do we need to have some sort of special gathering just for these abstainers? “No, Thanks-fest”? Perhaps not. That might be missing the point of their decision to opt …


UPDATED: Fri., June 28, 2019, 10:55 p.m.

NY Harlem wins inaugural Spokane Hoops 3x3 World Invitational title

Dominique Jones and his NY Harlem squad didn’t travel across the country to simply hoist a winning Hoopfest bracket while donning the event’s popular championship T-shirt.


UPDATED: Fri., June 28, 2019, 10:18 p.m.

Hoopfest Men’s Elite preview: 51-year-old Shann Ferch back in over 6-foot division seeking third elite title

Shann Ferch has checked off about every notable Hoopfest box in his long, well-documented 3-on-3 basketball career.


UPDATED: Fri., June 28, 2019, 10:14 p.m.

Hoopfest Women’s Elite preview: Title up for grabs in field studded with WNBA talent

A group of high school girls – USA Basketball, the recent FIBA 3x3 U18 world champions comprised of the nation’s top recruits – breezed through the 2018 Hoopfest elite women’s …


UPDATED: Sun., June 30, 2019, 11:20 a.m.

Ralph Walter: Raising a glass to Hoopfest, Ken Hopkins and 60-year-old knees

Sometimes you have to risk injury – or even worse, ridicule – for the good of the team. In the end, when it comes to Hoopfest, it’s all worth it.


UPDATED: Fri., June 28, 2019, 5:42 p.m.

Spokane Councilwoman Kate Burke says Border Patrol presence at Hoopfest could threaten inclusivity of event

After hearing from constituents who raised concerns over a U.S. Border Patrol booth at this weekend’s Hoopfest, Spokane City Councilwoman Kate Burke has asked the lead organizer of the massive …


A Grip on Sports: If Spokane had to pick just one, which sport would it be?

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s a simple question, but the answer is pretty complex. What sport is the most popular in Spokane?


UPDATED: Thu., June 27, 2019, 10:39 p.m.

Native American basketball legend Jaci McCormack continues to inspire

The turnaround jumper that sent Illinois State to the 2005 NCAA Tournament was among the defining moments of Jaci McCormack’s college career. Another proved to be an intense, heart-rending exchange …


UPDATED: Thu., June 27, 2019, 8:10 p.m.

Warm weather, clear skies forecast for Hoopfest weekend, National Weather Service says

There’s a slim chance of storms Friday for travelers heading into Spokane via I-90, but the National Weather Service predicts clear skies by game time for Hoopest on Saturday.


A Grip on Sports: No matter how many times the world turns, Hoopfest is one of Spokane’s best weekends

A GRIP ON SPORTS • You noticed the days are getting shorter, didn’t you? Before you know it, walking the dog after work will once again occur in the dark. …


UPDATED: Wed., June 26, 2019, 8:59 p.m.

Ahead of his 30th Hoopfest, ‘survive and advance’ applies to more than basketball for Jeremy Weaver

Perhaps it is the gambler residing within Jeremy Weaver that helps him balance optimism and pragmatism every day while living with cancer a second time.


A Grip on Sports: The spat between California and the NCAA may be the impetus for a much-needed change

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Whether you want to call the state of California a trendsetter (as us older folks say it) or an influencer (the new version), it still …


UPDATED: Tue., June 25, 2019, 9:50 p.m.

Former Saint Mary’s standout Calvin Hermanson returns to Spokane for first Spokane Hoops 3x3 World Invitational

Calvin Hermanson endured four years of jeers by raucous Kennel Club members, but the goggles-wearing All-West Coast Conference talent twice left the McCarthey Center with a smile.


Lime to prohibit scooters in Riverfront Park, parts of downtown Spokane during Hoopfest weekend

Starting June 28 at 6 p.m. and ending June 30 at 10 p.m., Lime bikes and scooters can’t be checked out or parked in parts of downtown Spokane and Riverfront …


A Grip on Sports: From the first year, Hoopfest was a well-oiled memory-building machine

A GRIP ON SPORTS • A Sunday morning in late June seems a perfect time to talk basketball. After all, the 30th Hoopfest will be taking over downtown next weekend.


They got the ball rolling: an oral history of the first Hoopfest as the 30th edition is set to begin

Hoopfest almost wasn’t Hoopfest, you know.


UPDATED: Mon., June 24, 2019, 6:44 a.m.

Rob Curley: Hooptown nickname fits Spokane in so many ways

“The Lilac City” has worked well for Spokane for a very long time. It still does. It’s who we are. But our city now has something else in addition to …


UPDATED: Sat., June 22, 2019, 9:27 p.m.

Gonzaga Legends: Kelly Olynyk happy to take a break from South Beach for a trip back to Spokane, Hoopfest

The Miami Heat forward has tried illustrating the world’s largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament to some of his less-familiar NBA teammates, but he insists it’s something they’d appreciate with their own …