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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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Nov. 14, 1995, midnight
It is neither likely nor probable, but Idaho has a remote chance at qualifying for the NCAA Division I-AA football playoffs. To have any chance for an at-large berth, the 5-4 Vandals would have to defeat rival Boise State on Saturday in the Kibbie Dome and need Weber State to lose to Idaho State.

Nov. 12, 1995, midnight
It may have been one of the best losses in Rolly Williams' 35 years as the men's basketball coach at North Idaho College. His club pushed the Townsville Suns to the final buzzer, losing 81-78 to the visiting pro team from Australia in a thoroughly entertaining game on Saturday night at Christianson Gym.

Nov. 11, 1995, midnight
There is disappointment and then there is the bottom line. North Idaho College women's basketball coach Greg Crimp wasn't exactly pleased with his team's performance during a 74-55 season-opening win over Mount Royal, of Calgary Alberta, on Friday night at Christianson Gym.

Nov. 11, 1995, midnight
In many ways, the Northern Iowa Panthers are the perfect football opponent for Idaho. The Panthers have a quality team, solid defense, dandy quarterback, high national ranking - just like Montana and Northern Arizona, teams that Idaho defeated earlier this season. If a season-long trend holds true for the Vandals, it'll sure beat playing .500-type clubs, such as Montana State, Weber State or Idaho State, all of whom knocked off Idaho.

Nov. 10, 1995, midnight
For the next couple of nights, it's North Idaho College basketball versus the globe. The NIC women debut tonight against Mount Royal, of Calgary, Alberta, in Christianson Gym in Coeur d'Alene. On Saturday night, the Cardinals' men tangle with the talented Townsville Suns, a professional team from Australia, in an exhibition game.

Nov. 9, 1995, midnight
Quarterback Eric Hisaw makes no promises that Idaho has finally turned the corner after last Saturday's gritty 17-14 win over Northern Arizona. But, he says, "I know we're not going to quit, ever; not with this senior class and this coaching staff." Idaho (4-4) won despite Hisaw's three interceptions in the fourth quarter, and despite temporarily losing receiver David Griffin and running back Lavoni Kidd to injuries.

Nov. 5, 1995, midnight
One of the rules of basketball seems to be inherently unfair to North Idaho College - the one that only allows five on the court at a time. If nothing else, NIC showed it has a cupboard bulging with talent as the Cardinals' men's team opened their season on Saturday night with a 103-56 cakewalk over out-manned Southern Alberta at Christianson Gym.

Nov. 3, 1995, midnight
North Idaho College men's basketball coach Rolly Williams has a positive outlook on his final season. Photo by Jesse Tinsley/The Spokesman-Review

Oct. 28, 1995, midnight
Weber State football coach Dave Arslanian annually trots out a pep talk for Idaho. Last year, he explained to his players that the Wildcats had UI right where they wanted 'em. It was Weber's last game of the season and surely the Vandals would be looking forward to rival Boise State the following week. Idaho won 79-30. Two years ago, Arslanian told his team that Idaho was ripe for an upset because it was an early season contest. Idaho won 56-0.

Oct. 28, 1995, midnight
It is one of the most overused rallying cries in sports - the nobody-respects-us line. But there is no doubt it fit at Lakeland High this year. Lacking the talent of past teams, Lakeland scraped by several Intermountain League football foes before getting throttled by champion St. Maries two weeks ago and losing to Lake City last week.

Oct. 27, 1995, midnight
1. Hisaw 2. University of Idaho quarterback Eric Hisaw is finally finding reason to celebrate. Photo by Geoff Crimmins/Associated Press

Oct. 22, 1995, midnight
The Idaho Vandals proved just out of reach for wide receiver Raul Pacheco and the Montana Grizzlies, who could not overcome a 33-point halftime deficit. Photo by Craig Buck/The Spokesman-Review

Oct. 22, 1995, midnight
Behind quarterback Eric Hisaw, who had a hand in seven touchdowns, Idaho ran off with a 55-43 Big Sky Conference football win over Montana Saturday in the Kibbie Dome. Photo by Craig Buck/The Spokesman-Review

Oct. 21, 1995, midnight
With a senior-less roster, this was supposed to be a transition year for Washington State volleyball. And it has been. The Cougars are busy making the transition from seventh place in the Pac-10 in 1994 to the pursuit of the conference title in 1995.

Oct. 21, 1995, midnight
It's a peculiar phrase, one you wouldn't expect to hear from a football coach, but it's accurate. "They play grass basketball," Idaho defensive coordinator Nick Holt said of Montana's potent, pass-happy offense. "I heard that (phrase) somewhere. It's picks and screens, wide-open stuff. They spread you out all over the court."

Oct. 20, 1995, midnight
Barry Mitchell never missed a football game growing up. He was always at the stadium early, warming up, putting on his game face. You gotta be prepared to play saxophone in the pep band. His late introduction to football came in his senior year of high school in Colorado. He set down the sax and made the second team, becoming a starter when a teammate was injured in the first game.

Oct. 14, 1995, midnight
An unusual occurrence at a sporting event: Both teams feeling pretty good about themselves afterward. Post Falls High School downed Lake City 33-14 in football Friday night, giving the Trojans a share of the Inland Empire League lead with Sandpoint and removing some bitter aftertaste from last week's loss to Colville.

Oct. 14, 1995, midnight
Eric Hisaw, meet Brian Sherick. Now, go decide today's Idaho-Eastern Washington football game. That's what it's probably going to come down to, says EWU coach Mike Kramer, who welcomes Sherick back at quarterback after a one-game disciplinary suspension.

Oct. 8, 1995, midnight
Idaho linebacker Dave Longoria takes on running back role for a play to score Vandals only TD from a yard out. Photo by Associated Press

Oct. 8, 1995, midnight
Idaho keeps getting the same parting gift on its farewell tour of the Big Sky Conference: A loss. And the Vandals can't take 'em back to the return counter either.

Oct. 7, 1995, midnight
Let's call this the Bounceback Bowl. Sorry, no sponsor, unless Rubbermaid offers to step up at the last second. Idaho, dumped by Idaho State last week, and Montana State, thumped by Northern Arizona seven days ago, meet this morning at 11:05 PDT at Reno H. Sales Stadium to determine who might rebound toward a successful football season.

Oct. 3, 1995, midnight

Sept. 17, 1995, midnight
Idaho's Lavoni Kidd eludes Sonoma State defenders on his way to a 140-yard rushingm two touchdown performance. Photo by Associated Press

Sept. 16, 1995, midnight
Freddie Bradley originally signed to play football at Arkansas. Now he's at non-scholarship Sonoma (Calif.) State and works part-time at a minimart. By all accounts, Tyrone Gallien is a fine wide receiver. He and several teammates just moved into an apartment three days ago.

Sept. 16, 1995, midnight
WV quarterback Riley Allen outruns the Trojans for a first-quarter TD, but Post Falls won the ultimate race. Photo by Molly O'Hara/The Spokesman-Review