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Jim Meehan
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Jim Meehan jimm@spokesman.com (208) 659-3791

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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Feb. 14, 1997, midnight
Chemistry, as it applies to basketball, is nearly impossible to define, but the North Idaho College women's team appears to have an abundance of it. If chemistry was visible, it might look like Tammy Goyne's pass to Shawna Rainer for a layup as the entire Cardinals bench erupted in celebration on Thursday night. Or a seamless possession where the ball didn't touch the floor and several quick passes set up Ann Shepard's short jump shot.

Feb. 13, 1997, midnight
Idaho center Jason Jackman cleaned up his act and got serious this season. Photo by Sandra Bancroft-Billings/The Spokesman-Review

Feb. 12, 1997, midnight
Mandy Jacques and Cameron Banks have many similarities, including their affections. Photo by Jesse Tinsley/The Spokesman-Review

Feb. 12, 1997, midnight
Idaho's Troy Thompson tangles with Chris Crosby of Washington State during the first half of the Vandals' victory at Moscow. Photo by Sandra Bancroft-Billings/The Spokesman-Review

Feb. 8, 1997, midnight
1. Lewiston's Alison Roberts, right, unloads a pass before Lake City's Luara Dodge intervenes. Photo by Jesse Tinsley/The Spokesman-Review 2. Lake City's Katie Hatrock scores on a running jumper as Erin Benson and Brooke Cushman (43) of Lewiston defend. Photo by Jesse Tinsley/The Spokesman-Review

Feb. 6, 1997, midnight
The issue that won't go away Idaho's I-AA football classification and its never-ending attempts to reach I-A - has reared its ugly head again. University of California wants out of a Sept. 13 game with the Vandals because a victory wouldn't count toward the bowl-game requirement of six I-A wins, Idaho athletic director Oval Jaynes said.

Feb. 6, 1997, midnight
Idaho signed almost a ton of linemen Wednesday on national letter of intent day. That's seven linemen, six weighing 250 or more, tipping the scales at a combined 1,870 pounds. Their average size is roughly 6-foot-4 and 267 pounds.

Feb. 5, 1997, midnight
Commence the poking and prodding. The NFL Scouting Combine, pro football's version of a meat market, begins in Indianapolis today. Seven area players are expected to attend. The combine runs through Monday, with players arriving in shifts in Indianapolis.

Feb. 4, 1997, midnight
Tracy Hanson's back is better; now she's working on polishing her game. File/The Spokesman-Review

Feb. 2, 1997, midnight
UC Irvine committed numerous crimes against the game of basketball on Saturday, but they were unfailingly gracious while doing so. Anteaters coach Rod Baker probably set a Kibbie Dome record for earliest congratulatory handshake by squeezing palms with UI counterpart Kermit Davis 15 seconds before Idaho's mind-numbing 57-40 victory became official.

Feb. 1, 1997, midnight
Shortly after the Montana State men's basketball program was put on probation two months ago and forced to forfeit some past wins, former Idaho coach Joe Cravens phoned in with a correction.

Jan. 31, 1997, midnight
Dixie College basketball coach Dave Rose boiled down his team's 107-94 loss to North Idaho College to four words. "Those two killed us," Rose said, referring to NIC's Shawn Myrick and Chris Harrison. Myrick snapped out of a shooting slump with 38 points and Harrison scored 28, grabbed 19 rebounds and drew four charging fouls as the Cardinals posted a hard-earned, yet uncomfortable win before 994 fans on Thursday night at Christianson Gym.

Jan. 31, 1997, midnight
The big question following Idaho's 1996 football season: Who was going to succeed Ryan Fien at quarterback? That question remains, but the number of possible answers has increased. Senior-to-be Brian Brennan, a part-time starter in the past, is doing well rehabilitating his shoulder. Brennan had wondered if his career was in jeopardy after shoulder surgery last year. Now, he'll likely be No. 1 going into spring football.

Jan. 30, 1997, midnight
Andre McKanstry scores, as well as plays tough defense, for NIC. Photo by Jesse Tinsley/The Spokesman-Review

Jan. 29, 1997, midnight
Idaho basketball coach Kermit Davis doesn't have much room to maneuver with his current roster, which has been revamped due to injuries, suspensions and defections. But he did make a change last week when he started 6-foot-8 sophomore Kevin Byrne.


Jan. 24, 1997, midnight
Jessie Schaeffler of NIC has Ricks' Jeff Ireland in a precarious predicament en route to an 8-2 win that helped the Cardinals reverse the Vikings. Photo by Jesse Tinsley/The Spokesman-Review

Jan. 23, 1997, midnight
Trevor Prangley turned his life upside down to wrestle at North Idaho College. Photo by Craig Buck/The Spokesman-Review

Jan. 22, 1997, midnight
The coaches took different pleasures following North Idaho College's 97-73 men's basketball win over host Community Colleges of Spokane Tuesday night at Spokane Falls CC. NIC, wounded by a road loss at Eastern Utah that dropped the Cardinals out of first place in the Scenic West Conference last Saturday, got back on track for a key conference game against Ricks on Friday night.

Jan. 22, 1997, midnight
North Idaho College basketball player Toby Stack was dismissed from the team on Tuesday after being cited on three misdemeanor theft charges Saturday night in Price, Utah. Stack, 20, was charged with theft of lost property, attempted unlawful use of a credit card and giving false information for a police report, Lt. Ed Shook told the Sun Advocate newspaper in Price.

Jan. 19, 1997, midnight
The score was close in the final minutes, as it often has been for these teams this season. That usually gives Boise State the shivers. That always gives Idaho the shivers and the shakes, and inevitably leads to a lot of tough losses. BSU, notorious for blowing leads this season, did so again on Saturday night, but recovered to nip the Vandals 62-57 before a Kibbie Dome gathering of 5,564 - more than double Idaho's largest crowd of the season. These close-but-no-W replays are wearing thin with UI coach Kermit Davis.

Jan. 19, 1997, midnight
Boise State, notorious for blowing leads this season, did so again Saturday night, but recovered to nip the University of Idaho 62-57 before a Kibbie Dome gathering of 5,564 - more than double Idaho's largest previous crowd of the season. These close-but-no-W replays are wearing thin with Idaho coach Kermit Davis. "Everybody says, 'Well, you compete hard and you don't quit,"' Davis said. "Well, that's college athletics. I mean, that's expected. I'm not going to brag on my team for competing."

Jan. 18, 1997, midnight
In front of a national television audience on Thursday night, Boise State ripped visiting Eastern Michigan 73-61. The same Eastern Michigan that beat Idaho 81-71 in overtime at a tournament in Hawaii in late December. The same Eastern Michigan that is 12-2. The same BSU that visits Idaho tonight at 7:05. The Broncos are just 6-7 overall, 1-2 in the Big West, records which would be better if BSU could hang onto late-game leads.

Jan. 15, 1997, midnight
If you weren't one of the 350 people who attended the Lake City-Sandpoint boys basketball game Tuesday night, here's a brief recap: Dribble, dribble, pass, dribble, foul, free throw. Repeat. If you were in Lake City's gym, don't be alarmed: Your hearing should return to normal in a few days.

Jan. 15, 1997, midnight
The roster shuffle continued Tuesday on the University of Idaho men's basketball team. This time, however, the Vandals added instead of subtracted. Robert Scott, an acrobatic wide receiver on the university's football team, joined the basketball team and practiced for the first time Tuesday.