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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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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

April 7, 1997, midnight
Dave Farrar is expected to become men's basketball coach at the University of Idaho today, The Spokesman-Review has learned. A press conference announcing Farrar's promotion from associate coach to head coach has been scheduled for 11 this morning. Farrar and Stanford assistant Doug Oliver interviewed in Moscow on Saturday. They apparently were the only candidates formally interviewed by the university's screening committee and President Robert Hoover, though athletic director Oval Jaynes visited with North Idaho College coach Hugh Watson earlier this week and on Sunday.Farrar, 49, was the lead assistant under coach Kermit Davis, who departed last week for an associate head coaching job at Louisiana State University.

April 5, 1997, midnight
Once Thomas Williams was saved by the bell. Another round ended with Williams slumped over the ropes as the bell sounded. Ultimately, though, nothing could save Williams from "The Boogey Man." Or at least the Boogey Man's right hand, which separated Williams from his senses in the eighth round.

April 5, 1997, midnight
Eric Wallace reacquainted himself with home - and home plate - on Friday afternoon. The former Coeur d'Alene High baseball standout swatted three home runs - two line shots and a towering drive - to lead Ricks College to a 6-0, 6-3 Region 18 sweep over bungling North Idaho College.

April 4, 1997, midnight
Once Thomas Williams was saved by the bell. Another round ended with Williams slumped over the ropes as the bell sounded. Ultimately, though, nothing could save Williams from the "Boogey Man." Or at least the Boogey Man's right hand, which separated Williams from his senses in the eighth round.

April 3, 1997, midnight
Roughly 12 months after being rehired as University of Idaho men's basketball coach and nine days after saying unequivocally he wouldn't accept an offer from Louisiana State University, Kermit Davis is leaving. For LSU. Presumably unequivocally.

April 1, 1997, midnight
If Idaho men's basketball coach Kermit Davis is staying, he isn't saying. If Davis is leaving, he isn't saying. New Louisiana State coach John Brady, who is hoping Davis joins his staff as an associate head coach, says he doesn't know Davis' plans.

March 27, 1997, midnight
North Idaho College track and field coach Mike Bundy said he unwittingly broke an NJCAA rule when he posted bond money for one of his athletes. NIC self-reported the violation on Wednesday to the NJCAA.

March 25, 1997, midnight
Davis was offered job as LSU's associate head coach. File/Associated Press

March 23, 1997, midnight
North Idaho College will check in a load of extra baggage before its flight home today from the NJCAA basketball tournament. NIC's Shawn Myrick was named to the all-tournament team and was given the Bud Obee Most Outstanding Small Player Award, given annually to the top player 6-foot-1 or under. Spud Webb won the award in 1982 when he played for Midland College. Cardinal sophomore forward Chris Harrison received the Sesher Sportsmanship Award. The Cardinals also won a large trophy for taking fourth place. The rest of the all-tournament team: Mesa's Jeff Jacoway, Connors State's Detrick White and John Woods, Vincennes' Shawn Marion, Tallahassee's Marvis 'Bootsy' Thornton, Bossier Parish's Oral Roberts, San Jacinto's Omar Sneed and Steve Francis, and Indian Hills' C.J. Bruton, Pete Mickeal and J.J. Green. Bruton won the MVP and Indian Hills' Terry Carroll was voted Coach of the Tournament. Defenseless, for a reason How, after being a strong suit for most of the season, did NIC's defense give up 95, 90, 112 and 121 points in four games at the tournament? "When you play back-to-back games like that (four in four days), it wears on your body," NIC's Harrison said. "You get fatigued." Pinpointed NIC's Myrick: "You're playing against the best players in JC basketball." Recruiting news NIC's Myrick, Harrison and Andre McKanstry probably improved their recruiting stock with solid showings. Myrick, a streaky shooter capable of scoring binges, is being eyed by numerous schools, including Minnesota, USC and DePaul. Though just 6 feet, Myrick is an accomplished rebounder and effective inside scorer with a habit of getting to the foul line. Harrison, a forward, showed perimeter shooting ability. He said at least 10 new schools have entered his recruiting picture. McKanstry's nofuss approach and determined defense impressed coaches. Freshman Steve Ryan, a native of Australia, said he'll probably be back at NIC next season. Ryan originally signed at Colorado, but the NCAA didn't count his previous credits in full, forcing him to go the JC route. Ryan became a significant contributor in the last month. At 6-foot-8, Ryan is the team's tallest player and he's become a key defensive substitute. "I started playing with the confidence I had back in high school," Ryan said. "I loved this tournament. I've never experienced anything like it." Indian Hills tops The Ottumwa, Iowa-based Indian Hills Warriors built an eight-point halftime lead and maintained the margin to win their first national title, 89-80 over San Jacinto.

March 23, 1997, midnight
REPLAY: 3-24-97 North Idaho College men's basketball player Leonard Myles was misidentified in a photo caption on page C1 of Sunday's Idaho edition. Also, NIC's final record is 30-6. North Idaho's Todd Myles, center, attempts to drive the lane but is stopped by Tallahassee's Kevin Bruno, left, and Tyron Triplett during the first half of their game Saturday night in the NJCAA Tournament. NIC placed fourth in the tournament. Photo by Monty Davis/Special to the Spokesman-Review

March 22, 1997, midnight
North Idaho's Steve Ryan reacts to his team's loss to Jan Jacinto in the national tournament Friday. Photo by Monty Davis/Special to The Spokesman-Review

March 22, 1997, midnight
North Idaho College's Shawn Myrick has got his point across at the NJCAA basketball tournament. Myrick poured in 39 points in Friday's 112-103 loss to San Jacinto of Pasadena, Texas. In the second half of Thursday's win over Champlain, Myrick scored 21. That gave him 60 in three halves.

March 21, 1997, midnight
North Idaho's Shawn Myrick finds an easy path to the basket in front of Champlain's Vincent Mitchell. Photo by Monty Davis/Special to the Spokesman-Review

March 21, 1997, midnight
As his players headed to the locker room at the end of the first half of Thursday's game against Champlain, North Idaho College men's basketball coach Hugh Watson went the opposite direction. The tournament director wanted to chat by the scorer's table.

March 20, 1997, midnight
It is becoming so tiresome, so overused. Some school out there ought to change its nickname from "Tigers" to "Dangerfields." NCAA Tournament teams spout the "We don't get any respect" line in unison. So do NJCAA teams. So does North Idaho College's men's basketball team. In NIC's case, though, it is somewhat warranted. Seems a newspaper here rated the 16 teams at the national tournament and NIC plopped down at sweet 16. We couldn't find the newspaper, but several Cardinals insist they saw it.

March 20, 1997, midnight
Bossier Parish's Kenny Haynes loses the handle under defensive pressure from North Idaho's Andre McKanstry. Photo by Monty Davis/Special to The Spokesman-Review

March 19, 1997, midnight
North Idaho College men's basketball coach Hugh Watson thought the wrong videotape had arrived in the mail. "It said Oral Roberts on the side," Watson said. "I thought that meant Oral Roberts University, until I looked at their roster." Oral Roberts is the starting center for Bossier Parish, NIC's first-round assignment today at 11:45 a.m. PST at the NJCAA Tournament. Roberts, a 6-foot-7, 245-pound space-eater averaging 18 points and 7.7 rebounds, is being recruited by Mississippi State, USC, Iowa State and Tulane, among others. He is the southern equivalent of NIC's regional rival K'Zell Wesson, from College of Eastern Utah. "The first thing on the tape is Oral Roberts two-handed dunking," Watson said. Roberts' sidekick is Michael Smith, a 6-8 stringbean who plays anywhere from shooting guard to power forward. He's in the mold of CEU's Harold Arceneaux, only slightly taller. NIC hopes it can duplicate the success it had defending CEU in a 19-point win nine days ago when it meets up against the Louisiana-based Cavaliers (25-8), champions of Region 23, in today's tournament opener. NIC (28-4) captured Region 18 with the win over CEU, but the Cardinals suffered some ill fortune during practice Tuesday when leading scorer Shawn Myrick twisted his knee. "He's limping around," Watson said. "I think he'll play. They've been working on him all day." Once again, the Cards will rely on their pressure defense to offset a height disadvantage. "Our thing is to make the other team start its offense two steps farther out than they want to," assistant coach Mark White said. "If they catch the ball on the wing, the two steps makes it that much longer of a pass to get it inside." Northeast Mississippi, coached by Mike Lewis, lost to Bossier Parish in its regional tourney. Lewis described Roberts and Smith as difficult to defend.

March 18, 1997, midnight
On his first full day at the national tournament, North Idaho College men's basketball coach Hugh Watson saw a great sign, a good sign and a daunting sign. The great: NIC players were sharp-shooters during Monday's workout at the Hutchinson (Kan.) Sports Arena, where the Cardinals (28-4) will face Bossier Parish (25-8) on Wednesday at 11:45 a.m. PST in the first round.

March 18, 1997, midnight
Some budget-strapped schools offer pay-to-play sports. North Idaho College baseball prefers shovel-to-play. "We've had ice augers, axes, picks and heavy-duty shovels on the field," coach Jack Bloxom was saying - BEFORE Saturday's snow storm. "The mayor ought to get a hold of us because we know how to remove snow."