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Steve Christilaw: The game of football loves its blood lines

The game of football loves its blood lines.

Steve Christilaw: Do you have a sharp eye and thick skin? Consider becoming an umpire or referee

Some are referees. Others are umpires. Still more go by (something) judge. Some are casually referred to as zebras while others are simply “Blue.”

Steve Christilaw: University High football coaching tree adds new branch

Some things in Nature are just plain awe-inspiring. Mountains. Lakes. Beaches.

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 27, 2019

Steve Christilaw: College recruiting much like panning for gold

College recruiting is like panning for gold, Christilaw says. Recruiters sift through hundreds of players before they find the right nugget.

Steve Christilaw: We should celebrate the Central Valley girls basketball team

The greatest of sports streaks always have an end point.

Steve Christilaw: Toughness a most impressive quality that sports reveals

We throw words around so often that they too-often lose some of the impact.

Steve Christilaw: Former Spokane boxer Andrea Kallas passing on love of sport to youngsters in Washington, D.C.

Spokane women’s boxing great Andrea Kallas is passing on her love and knowledge of the sport to children at a Washington, D.C., parochial school.

Steve Christilaw: Our region has an affinity for hockey

We might not be as avid as our neighbors north of the border, but we have always loved our hockey here in the upper left-hand corner of the country.

Steve Christilaw: WIAA considers new classification formula

Raising a child is expensive. But raising an athlete?

Steve Christilaw: Sometimes even homecoming queens play football; get used to it

There are days when you just have to wonder just what, exactly, is wrong with some people.

Steve Christilaw: Fall season kicks off, some players will set themselves apart, and all deserve praise

Yes, it’s technically still August for another day and summer remains in full swing.

Steve Christilaw: Northwest Nazarene’s loss is Central Valley’s gain

If job security is a priority for you, if you like knowing where your next paycheck is coming from and you like the idea of a nice, secure retirement someday, …

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 9, 2018

Steve Christilaw: Complaining and blaming WIAA is the easy route

There’s an old joke that says “everyone complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.”

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 1, 2018

Steve Christilaw: Following athletes long-term is rewarding

I try to keep track of the young athletes I write about.

Steve Christilaw: Art of flopping trending up, unfortunately

The crystal ball shows this happening any day now: kids everywhere will learn to flop like the best of them

Steve Christilaw: Spokane Indians face a difficult learning curve

You reach a certain age when nostalgia becomes commonplace.

UPDATED: Wed., June 27, 2018

Steve Christilaw: There’s nothing like a road trip

There’s something mythical about riding a bus.

Steve Christilaw: What in the name of Tommy John is going on?

There are moments that make you just plain feel old.

Steve Christilaw: Year at Freeman defines resiliency of human spirit

I was told early on that the phoenix, the bird, was a character of mythology and later a character from the Harry Potter novels. … But six decades and counting …

Steve Christilaw: Sometimes a teacher just has to trust his instinct

There are teachers and coaches I wish my grandkids could have the chance to learn from and play for as they grow up.

Steve Christilaw: A real era is about more than just wins

Eras come and eras go. In a twist of logic, it’s generally the going that sets and defines the era. Apparently it’s difficult to recognize an era when you are …

Steve Christilaw: Multisport variety spices things up

But I do have a healthy appreciation for actual well-rounded athletes.

UPDATED: Thu., May 3, 2018

Steve Christilaw: Spokane Valley will miss dentist Morrow

One of the things that comes to us with age is a new perspective. I’m not sure when it changed, but I suddenly found that my measurement of a place …

Steve Christilaw: Sports chock-full of magic numbers

There are more than a few numbers that will forever be identified with something related to sports. They are the true magic numbers, digits that transport memory to another time …

Steve Christilaw: Coaching carousel can be rewarding

The coaching carousel has been extra sweet for Freddie Rehkow. The Central Valley coach was named Monday the National High School Girls Basketball Coach of the Year by the National …

Norman Chad: The stupid, strange nature of baseball’s unwritten rules

In 1951, Bobby Thomson hit the “Shot Heard ’Round The World” in the ninth inning as the New York Giants beat the Brooklyn Dodgers for the National League pennant.

Steve Christilaw: CV girls team one for the ages

Oh, do we so love champions.

Steve Christilaw: EV’s coach Collins knows the recipe for success

I have a love-hate relationship with labels.

West Valley wrestlers developing Eagle Pride

The first high school wrestling match I ever attended is burned forever in my memory.

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 29, 2017

Steve Christilaw: When season – or high school career – ends, goodbyes aren’t easy

Some days are harder than others. Especially the ones that come after you reach the end of a long, hard road. The day after.