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UPDATED: Fri., March 1, 2019, 11:06 p.m.

John Blanchette: Balancing act driving changes for state hoops tournaments

This was the small-ball world when Mike Colbrese took on the job as executive director of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association 25 years ago. Lots of things were simpler then, …


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 – …


Change at WIAA might be on way

There are 410 high schools in the state and, together, they are the governing body that empowers and informs the WIAA.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 16, 2017, 4:28 p.m.

WIAA head Mike Colbrese to retire at end of 2018-19 school year

Mike Colbrese, who has been the executive director of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association for 25 years, announced this week he’ll be retiring at the end of the 2018-19 school …


UPDATED: Thu., May 18, 2017, 9:26 p.m.

3A golf coaches miffed by WIAA’s late adjustment to state tournament berths

Greater Spokane League 3A boys golf coaches are upset after learning of a discrepancy in the number of state berths available at Thursday’s regional tournament at MeadowWood.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 11, 2017, 9:04 p.m.

WIAA has struck gold with RPI format

I couldn’t express my thoughts about the WIAA’s RPI (Ratings Percentage Index) format in a regular news story.


WIAA to implement state format change, RPI system for seeding; area coaches mixed

Four more boys and girls basketball teams will advance to state tournament sites in Spokane, Tacoma and Yakima beginning this winter.


WIAA committee looking at major change to basketball tournaments

A WIAA committee is preparing to propose a major change to the state basketball tournament format and seeding criteria.


Investigation finds potential violations by Bellevue High’s successful football program

An independent investigation of the storied Bellevue High football program has found that its boosters paid for athletes to attend an alternative private school and that false addresses were used …


Greg Lee: Idaho’s correct to stay away from shot clock

In many things – whether it’s prep sports or various avenues in life – I’ve often thought that Idaho was behind the times. I’m convinced that the Gem State has …


There are lessons to be learned in staging state tournaments

In the last week, a year’s worth of public stewing came to a boil as half the usual 16-team state basketball fields were eliminated with a couple rounds in high …


John Blanchette: Playing at state never a birthright

To all of the bellyachers in a dither about the shrinking of Washington’s high school basketball tournaments from 16 teams to eight: stop it. Really. Just stop.


Web chat focuses on changes in state basketball tournaments

Mike Colbrese, the executive director of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, has taken some heat for the recent changes in the state basketball tournament format. This afternoon, Colbrese and readers …