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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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May 25, 1997, midnight
Spokane's Mark Brady, two-time defending champion at the Coeur d'Alene Marathon, won't be racing this morning. He might be watching, though.

May 22, 1997, midnight
University of Idaho volleyball coach Tom Hilbert accepted an offer Wednesday to become the coach at Colorado State. "It's difficult to leave," Hilbert said, "because we've been treated so well by the fans, community and administration at Idaho. We just felt it was time for a change." Hilbert agreed to a one-year contract - as mandated by Colorado state law, similar to Idaho - for about $65,000. His salary package at Idaho was roughly $55,000. Colorado State is expected to announce the appointment today.

May 18, 1997, midnight
Centennial softball coach Paul Atwood hesitates to rank his team's three consecutive State A-1 fastpitch titles. "It keeps getting harder because the competition keeps getting tougher," Atwood said.

May 17, 1997, midnight
Lake City's Katie Hatrock, left, and Centennial's Jessica Yocum look up in anticipation of the call at second base. Yocum was ruled safe and Centennial went on to get a 7-5 win. Photo by Jesse Tinsley/The Spokesman-Review

May 16, 1997, midnight
CdA's Tara Lena, right, celebrates a key run in the Vikings' win over Twin Falls. Photo by Craig Buck/The Spokesman-Review

May 4, 1997, midnight
College baseball So often baseball games like Saturday's have resulted in misery for North Idaho College in this season and many previous. So many times it has been Treasure Valley torturing NIC in the final weekend series of the regular season. This time, NIC came through. The Cardinals parlayed Sean Boesch's bulldog pitching, Nate Lynch's sparkling catch and a bit of good fortune into a 2-1 victory over the Chukars. The win gave NIC (16-18 over-all, 7-11 league) a series sweep and vaulted the Cardinals into the Region 18 Tournament for the first time since 1988. NIC, third in Region 18 North, will face tourney host Dixie, the No. 1 seed in the South, on Thursday night in St. George, Utah.

May 3, 1997, midnight
Jack Bloxom doesn't have anything against his fishing pole or his 9-iron. He just wouldn't mind delaying his retirement. The North Idaho College baseball coach announced earlier this week he would retire following this, his 30th season. His team doesn't seem too eager for goodbye hugs or parting gifts.

April 30, 1997, midnight
Three of the four men's basketball players who made early commitments to the University of Idaho may never become Vandals. Two recruits, Dazmond Kinlow and Marcus Tyler, are in danger of not meeting academic requirements, new head coach Dave Farrar said.

April 27, 1997, midnight
Roster sheets were required reading at Idaho's spring football scrimmage Saturday at Viking Field. Of the four quarterbacks, perhaps only Brian Brennan triggered the memory banks of Vandals followers. Thanks to an ejection and prior injuries, the first-team offensive line at one point had four redshirt freshmen. The top yardage receiver, Post Falls High grad Darick Pope, was a quarterback two weeks ago.

April 25, 1997, midnight
1. Mariner on the edge. Russ Davis is working hard to make himself an everyday player at third base for Seattle. Photo by Associated Press 2. New hitting techniques are helping Davis hit over .300. Photo by Christopher Anderson/The Spokesman-Review

April 21, 1997, midnight
The Seattle Seahawks gladly paid the price of trading to snag two of the top six picks in the NFL draft on Saturday. The maneuvering left Seattle with only three lower-round selections on Sunday, so the Hawks took a budding businessman (Nebraska safety Eric Stokes, fifth round) and a couple of long shots (Brigham Young tight end Itula Mili, sixth round, and Miami cornerback Carlos Jones, seventh).

April 21, 1997, midnight
Shawn Springs and Walter Jones face media. Photo by Associated Press

April 20, 1997, midnight
NFL scouts are big on timing prospects in a variety of ways - 40-yard sprints, lateral quickness, agility drills. Instead, they'd be wise to put a stopwatch on players on draft day and catch their reaction times whenever the phone rings. The calls came for three area players on Saturday, some earlier, some later than expected. And now Washington State's James Darling is a Philadelphia Eagle, Cougar Scott Sanderson is a Houston Oiler and Idaho's Ryan Phillips is a New York Giant. "Every time the phone rang - it'd be my girlfriend or something - I'd answer real quick," said Darling, who, somewhat surprisingly, wasn't selected until the second round, the 57th overall pick. He was the first Inland Northwest player chosen. Phillips was picked in the third round (68th overall). Sanderson, expected to be the earliest area player selected, had the longest wait before going late in the third (81st overall). Washington running back Corey Dillon was taken by Cincinnati in the second round (43rd overall). He was the fifth running back selected. Huskies guard Bob Sapp was picked by Chicago in the third round (69th overall). "When the Giants' pick was up, the phone rang and I answered it in about a quarter of a second," Phillips said. "It was a secretary saying, 'Please hold for Coach (Jim) Fassel.' Every hair follicle on my body stood straight up. "Coach came on and said, 'We just picked you.' I went nuts, started shaking. I tried to be as professional as I could. You can't just throw the phone down and run around the room." With a portable phone in hand, Sanderson was walking down a hallway at his parents' Bay Area home when Houston called. "As the rounds went on, I sat there wondering which team would pick me," Sanderson said. "Houston did and I'm happy for it." All three will report to their respective clubs for mini camps next week. Darling, a middle linebacker from Kettle Falls, will be familiar with a couple of WSU-turned-Philadelphia assistants, Ted Williams and Gerald Carr. "Their first intention is to play me in the middle," Darling said. "I think they just picked up Darin Smith from the Cowboys. I'm just going to go in there and compete. Being a rookie, I'll probably play on special teams." Contract negotiations could be a snap. "I'm not sure what they're going to offer but it doesn't matter," Darling said. "I'm just looking forward to playing... I didn't want to play town-team basketball yet." The Giants sent a representative to Moscow on Friday to administer tests to Phillips, a 250-pound linebacker/defensive end. Phillips, still bothered by a lingering hamstring injury, didn't run a blazing 40-yard time, but excelled on the other drills. "I think it helped them feel a little more relaxed about me," he said. New York plans to use Phillips at outside linebacker in a 4-3 scheme. Not bad for the Auburn, Wash., native who never thought football would be a career option. The Oilers were pleased to see Sanderson there in the third round. "Floyd Reese (Houston general manager) just called me," said Frank Bauer, Sanderson's agent. "He couldn't believe Scott was still there. He said, 'We have to take him."' "I don't have any ties (to Houston), but I'm looking forward to making some," said Sanderson, an offensive tackle.

April 19, 1997, midnight
Dennis Hocking turns two despite Alex Rodriguez's efforts. Photo by Associated Press

April 18, 1997, midnight
WSU's James Darling is expected to be a high draft choice. File/The Spokesman-Review

April 17, 1997, midnight
(From Replay, Friday, April 18, 1997:) The University of Idaho's $359,000 athletic department budget shortfall came in fiscal year 1996 (July 1, 1995, to June 30, 1996) and not in its first year in the Big West Conference, as was reported in a Wednesday article.

April 17, 1997, midnight
So the audition didn't go too smoothly. The end result worked out for North Idaho College's Shawn Myrick. With Cincinnati men's basketball coach Bob Huggins watching at Christianson Gym, Myrick sprained his ankle early in a rat-ball game on Tuesday.

April 12, 1997, midnight
It should have ended with the teams shaking hands, not fists, and with players congratulating their opponents on a well-played, superbly pitched baseball doubleheader. Instead, an unsightly scrum punctuated College of Southern Idaho's 3-2, 2-1 sweep of North Idaho on a sunny Friday afternoon.

April 8, 1997, midnight
Brian Brennan's career was in limbo last July. He could throw a baseball only 22 yards and he couldn't chuck a football because the motion clashed with his surgically repaired right shoulder. But as the University of Idaho opens spring football drills today, Brennan is the No. 1 quarterback.

April 8, 1997, midnight
New Idaho coach Dave Farrar envisions happy tenure. Photo by Associated Press/Lewiston Morning Tribune