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UPDATED: Fri., March 1, 2019, 9:48 a.m.

John Blanchette: Carl Crider harvests new memories in Oakesdale

One of the B-est things still remaining about the B tournament is taking a look across the court and being unable to tell if the guy with the probing gaze …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 28, 2019, 2:18 p.m.

John Blanchette: Odessa’s Ryan Moffet serves up State B’s first must-see moment with 48-point outburst

But just as college basketball has managed to go on without Zion, the B tournament doesn’t stop just because Brock Ravet of Kittitas hasn’t laced up his shoes yet – …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 23, 2019, 11:41 p.m.

John Blanchette: Goodbyes no longer reserved for only the seniors in college basketball home finales

Just think of the Zags who missed out on the big farewell – Adam Morrison, Austin Daye, Kelly Olynyk, Domantas Sabonis, Nigel Williams-Goss, Zach Collins.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 22, 2019, 11 p.m.

John Blanchette: Aye, there’s the snub: Give these epic films a sporting chance

Columnist John Blanchette imagines this year’s Oscar-snubbed films with a sports twist.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 21, 2019, 11:09 p.m.

John Blanchette: Josh Perkins reaches the pinnacle of success at ‘Point Guard U’ with career assist record

Records both take you out of the moment and amplify it at the same time, and with the volume knob in Spokane cranked up to 11 on anything Zags, it’s …


John Blanchette: As Pepperdine coach, Lorenzo Romar relishes any chance he can get at Gonzaga

That’s right, Lorenzo Romar wants to be in a position to play Gonzaga more often.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 16, 2019, 8:35 p.m.

John Blanchette: Gonzaga women’s backs up against the bubble after another last-second loss to BYU

Even a full month out from Selection Monday, there was an angsty little subtext mixed into Saturday’s doings at McCarthey Athletic Center that went beyond how much space exists between …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 12, 2019, 10:39 p.m.

John Blanchette: Gonzaga’s Sophie Whittle works even harder now that she’s at the top of the collegiate tennis world

The news, as is increasingly the case these days, was delivered via text – two of them, in fact, from her coaches. Though not so much news as congratulations, so …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 9, 2019, 11:37 p.m.

John Blanchette: Killian Tillie’s latest injury setback adds fuel to Gonzaga’s already red-hot fire

There are rulebooks, and coin flips to decide who kicks off, and the once-a-game center jump to, well, keep things fair. But in the bigger sense, there’s no fairness doctrine …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 9, 2019, 11:23 p.m.

John Blanchette: Football’s success gives Washington State Athletic Director Pat Chun extra momentum for Year 2

In his first 12 months as athletic director at Washington State, Pat Chun has turned over 25 percent of the staff, overseen a record year in fundraising and been the …


Q&A: Washington State’s Patrick Chun talks about his first year as athletic director in Pullman

Spokesman-Review columnist John Blanchette talks with Washington State athletic director Patrick Chun, one year into him taking over the job.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 8, 2019, 10:34 p.m.

John Blanchette: Gonzaga fans won’t soon forget Brandon Clarke’s record-breaking season

The domination enters a third decade and the blowouts, amazingly enough, get ever bigger. The worshippers at McCarthey Athletic Center are left to seek other, more exotic, Gonzaga basketball thrills.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 7, 2019, 11:27 p.m.

John Blanchette: Gonzaga’s West Coast Conference domination a statement to the college basketball world

Fifteen seasons back, the Gonzaga Bulldogs clinched the West Coast Conference regular season title on Feb. 14, something akin to sinking the 8-ball with five of the other guy’s targets …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 2, 2019, 11:11 p.m.

John Blanchette: Gonzaga’s Killian Tillie continues working back to being the player he once was

What we remember – and so does he – is that impossible run of shots 11 months ago, 3-pointer after 3-pointer shimmying through the net and setting off a sequence …


Sports letters: Larry Koentopp made big contributions to Gonzaga basketball

I enjoyed reading (John Blanchette’s) story covering Larry Koentopp’s years at Gonzaga University and it reminded me of my years as Assistant Controller in the Treasurers Office.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 22, 2019, 11:04 p.m.

John Blanchette: Overlooked no more – Edgar Martinez gets the national recognition he deserves with Hall of Fame induction

Once the Seattle Mariners’ Hall of Fame designated hitter puts that decisive swing on Jack McDowell’s split-fingered fastball and the camera tracks the ball into left field, you never see …


John Blanchette: Progress isn’t in WSU’s basketball vocabulary

In fact, the Cougars’ 78-66 loss to Stanford at high noon on Saturday was a mad dash into an open manhole. If somebody slides the cover back on, we may …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 10:53 p.m.

John Blanchette: Conference switch wouldn’t stop Gonzaga from being dominant at home

Actual human engagement returned to McCarthey Athletic Center on Thursday night, and not a minute too soon.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 5, 2019, 11:33 p.m.

John Blanchette: Seahawks passed on opportunity to continue season of surprises by sticking to the run

That, of course, is the narrow view, the only one that seems appropriate in one-and-done football. The playoffs opened and closed for the Seattle Seahawks in one day, no better …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 5, 2019, 8:42 p.m.

John Blanchette: Eastern Washington vows to get the next party started

As sure as your teenager brought the family car home with the gauge on “E” again, North Dakota State rules the clubby little realm of the Football Championship Subdivision, thanks …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 5, 2019, 8:12 p.m.

Sports letters: John Blanchette’s columns always informative, entertaining

I think I am qualified to say that John is the most pertinent and entertaining writer of all time.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 4, 2019, 10:58 p.m.

John Blanchette: Eastern Washington hoping to make Frisco a home away from The Inferno

Nobody could have envisioned the stupefying way they won their 2010 national championship – unless, of course, they’d reviewed the tapes of all the other games Eastern Washington’s Eagles won …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 4, 2019, 8:29 p.m.

John Blanchette: Jay Hillock, Bruce Wilson return to Gonzaga for look at amazing transformation

About 15 months ago, on yet another late night on the road – New Orleans this time – Jay Hillock pushed through the glass door of another 7-Eleven manned by …


John Blanchette: Please dig into your pockets to relocate these Bison

Please consider funding a budget bump that will entice North Dakota State into battle with the Alabamas and Washington States of the college universe, and save the rest of the …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 31, 2018, 9:44 p.m.

John Blanchette: West Coast Conference slate not likely to be a walk in the park for Gonzaga

Oh, the Bulldogs might well win the West Coast Conference four or five games clear of the field, and could even run the table. When an opponent has their full …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 29, 2018, 12:03 a.m.

John Blanchette: Gardner Minshew saves his best trick for last – making a bowl game memorable

When Iowa State’s Willie Harvey reached ramming speed and drove the crown of his helmet straight at Minshew’s nose early in the second quarter of Friday’s Alamo Bowl, all the …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 27, 2018, 9:26 p.m.

John Blanchette: Bowl critics should be realistic, join the party

Any canoe ride up the murky creek of social media tells us that the bowl system must die and that the playoff field must expand, and that seemed perfectly reasonable …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 15, 2018, 10:53 p.m.

John Blanchette: Gonzaga may have muffed the final against North Carolina, but the rest of the semester deserves high marks

So in the wake of the 103-90 pounding at the Dean Dome and their second straight loss – and possible tumble out of top 10 next week – how much …


John Blanchette on Seahawks’ win: Ugly is in the eye of the beholder

Rarely has something that looked so bad for so long felt so good.


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 9, 2018, 7:14 p.m.

John Blanchette: With perfection out of the picture, Gonzaga focused on building best team for March

What, you thought they were going to go 40-0?