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Jim Meehan joined The Spokesman-Review in 1990. Jim is currently a reporter for the Sports Desk and covers Gonzaga University basketball, Spokane Empire football, college volleyball and golf.

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Jan. 19, 1996, midnight
Eric Sanchez is in the North Idaho College men's basketball lineup because he is a suffocating defender, a relentless rebounder and he plays the game with the throttle floored. He did all those things on Thursday night - and added a career-high 24 points as NIC destroyed Colorado Northwestern 91-54 at Christianson Gym.

Jan. 18, 1996, midnight
Idaho's Jason Jackman, left, is the Vandals' most consistent inside threat and a big concern for Eastern Washington. Photo by Associated Press

Jan. 12, 1996, midnight
It's the nicest statistic Idaho athletic director Pete Liske has seen in quite some time. Idaho's 252 student-athletes had an average grade-point average of 2.965 for fall semester, Liske said. "That's very, very impressive," Liske said. "We've just done a great job all the way down the line. It's nice because there hasn't been any slack competitively in any way."

Jan. 11, 1996, midnight
It isn't college football season - not even time for spring football yet - but Idaho already has an interesting situation developing at quarterback. UCLA's Ryan Fien is now Idaho's Ryan Fien. He has transferred to Idaho and will begin the new semester on Tuesday. Fien will have one year of eligibility. He cannot redshirt. Idaho's quarterback had been expected to be junior-to-be Brian Brennan or sophomore-to-be Robert Scott.

Jan. 10, 1996, midnight
North Idaho College was leading Walla Walla by 23 points at halftime and NIC men's basketball coach Rolly Williams was exercising his constitutional right of freedom of speech. "He was saying that we weren't doing a good job defensively, which we weren't," sophomore guard Steve Helm said. "So he got on us."

Jan. 9, 1996, midnight
Coach Joe Cravens' Idaho Vandals appear to be in the scramble for the Big Sky Conference men's basketball title. Photo by Dan McComb/The Spokesman-Review

Jan. 3, 1996, midnight
Former Lake City and Coeur d'Alene High basketball star Melissa Dodge is "doing well" after having emergency surgery Sunday night in Rhode Island, according to her father, Mike. "She had what the doctor diagnosed as acute appendicitis and when that was removed, they found a little tumor," said Mike Dodge, who, along with his wife, Sally, traveled to South County Memorial Hospital in Wakefield, R.I., on Monday. "We won't know until Thursday or Friday, but they, and we, are hopeful it's benign." Melissa Dodge, who started on three state championship teams, including Lake City's 1994-95 titlists, is a freshman back-up forward at the University of Vermont. She'll be hospitalized about 10 days.

Dec. 23, 1995, midnight
New looks are becoming old hat for the Idaho men's basketball team. The Vandals' roster seems to change by the day, and Friday was no exception, but it mattered little as Idaho overwhelmed Rocky Mountain College 100-68 at the Kibbie Dome.

Dec. 22, 1995, midnight
1. Cosman Bishop whose lower legs were amputated when he was a child, worked his way out of this headlock to defeat Dusty Dexter in the second round of the Tri-State Tournament. Photo by Jesse Tinsley/The Spokesman-Review 2. Bishop, squared off against Dexter, thrives on the sport's one-to-one competition.

Dec. 17, 1995, midnight
If the turnovers, technical fouls, botched easy shots and players mindlessly stepping out of bounds didn't capture the essence of the Idaho-Washington State men's basketball game, then referee Mike Peterson did. "Is it just me," a confused Peterson relayed during a break at the scorer's table, "or has a bunch of weird stuff happened tonight?"

Dec. 16, 1995, midnight
It doesn't take a doctorate in basketball-ology to understand it's easier to make a free throw than a 3-pointer. The Lake City High School boys buried 34 of 41 free throws - including 18 straight during a fourth-quarter stretch - in Friday night's 89-73 non-conference win over Nampa, which casted up 30 3-point attempts.

Dec. 14, 1995, midnight
Leading scorer Troy Thompson of North Idaho College drives to succeed, on and off the court. Photo by Craig Buck/The Spokesman-Review

Dec. 8, 1995, midnight
Leading scorer Shawna Rainier will help the North Idaho women shoot for the Scenic West Conference basketball title. Photo by Jesse Tinsley/The Spokesman-Review

Dec. 8, 1995, midnight
Montana's Yohanse Manzanaerez, left, and Marty Duffin shut down Charles Bostick of Georgia Southern. Photo by Associated Press

Dec. 3, 1995, midnight
College women It didn't surprise North Idaho College women's basketball coach Greg Crimp that forward Shawna Rainer made 13 field goals on Saturday. It was Rainer's eight misses that slightly confused him. "She's shooting so well, I expect everything she shoots to go in," a smiling Crimp said after watching Rainer score 29 points in the Cardinals' 73-50 stomping of Big Bend at Christianson Gym.

Dec. 3, 1995, midnight
Earlier this season, Troy Thompson was working diligently to impress college basketball coaches. Unfortunately, his own coach, North Idaho College's Rolly Williams, wasn't one of them.

Dec. 1, 1995, midnight
There are not many firsts left for Rolly Williams to accomplish after 35 years as North Idaho College men's basketball coach. But here's one: NIC is hosting its first tournament - the Cardinal Classic - tonight and Saturday. "It's just something some people thought they might like to see and they always ask me about it," said Williams, who will retire after this season. "It's a nice occasion to bring people together."

Nov. 29, 1995, midnight
For some curious reason, Idaho's volleyball team is visiting Ames, Iowa, to meet Iowa State at 5:30 PST tonight in the NCAA Tournament. The 21st-rated Vandals (28-4) are the only ranked team to be packing their luggage for the first round. Unranked Iowa State (21-11) was second in the Big Eight Conference Tournament and has won seven straight at home.

Nov. 25, 1995, midnight
This year's Idaho football team has a distinct advantage over its predecessors coming into the Division I-AA playoffs. UI's style is more consistent with that of playoff teams. Past UI squads relied heavily on offense. The backbone of the 1995 team is defense, a trait common to playoff winners.

Nov. 24, 1995, midnight
McNeese State quarterback Kerry Joseph compares well. Idaho football coach Chris Tormey, whose defense will attempt to collar Joseph on Saturday night in the playoffs, said Joseph is "like a Division I-AA Tommie Frazier." Pro scouts tell McNeese State coach Bobby Keasler that Joseph is sort of like Kordell Stewart, rookie wide receiver AND quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Nov. 23, 1995, midnight
OK, you may recall reading in Wednesday's paper that McNeese State's speedy offense gives Idaho defensive coordinator Nick Holt migraines. Today, we tell you the biggest reason McNeese State is undefeated and ranked No. 1 in Division I-AA football: The Cowboys' defense.

Nov. 22, 1995, midnight
"We've got to get guys. ... who can chase down people like that." - Nick Holt, Idaho defensive coordinator, following 38-21 loss to McNeese State last year. Nick Holt made that comment last November, leaning against a railing overlooking Cowboy Stadium in Lake Charles, La. As he talked, his eyes darted up and down the grass field as if he was replaying in his mind McNeese State's three long touchdowns - all speed generated - that sank UI in the 1994 football playoff game.

Nov. 19, 1995, midnight
1. Idaho's Avery Slaughter helps send Del Graven and Boise State tumbling. Photo by Craig Buck/The Spokesman-Review 2. Idaho's Jason O'Neil, left, keeps Boise State receiver Ryan Ikebe from catching a pass from Tony Hilde, while Travis Coffey (48) offers help. Photo by Craig Buck/The Spokesman-Review

Nov. 19, 1995, midnight
The Idaho volleyball team won another Big Sky Conference Tournament championship, which means only one thing: Vandals' coach Tom Hilbert has some remodeling to do.

Nov. 18, 1995, midnight
Tanya Kirk joined NIC women's team. Photo by Craig Buck/The Spokesman-Review