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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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May 26, 1995, midnight
During the World Cup soccer competition last summer, a sarcastic Chicago columnist wrote: "World Cup Fever... Find it." You will be able to find soccer fever in Coeur d'Alene this weekend. In fact, you probably won't be able to avoid it - and there's no need for immunization.

May 22, 1995, midnight
This will not be a sequel to Chevy Chase's European Vacation movie. There will be some fun (sightseeing) and games (seven) during the University of Idaho men's basketball team's 16-day trip to Europe. The Vandals depart from Spokane this afternoon and touch down in London on Tuesday, take a 3-hour bus tour and then begin a routine of a roughly a game every other day. For one thing, the only credits in Chase's movie were the kind that rolled up the screen at the end. Several Vandals can earn two credits if they complete the course load that goes with Comparisons of European and American Sports Cultures. The UI course requires, among other things, a daily log and a 5- to 15-page paper.

May 21, 1995, midnight
About a month ago, Coeur d'Alene High's baseball team was last place in the league, fielding poorly with decent pitching and so-so hitting. These days the Vikings vacuum up ground balls, launch home runs into the underbrush of Tubbs Hill and pitch complete games.

May 14, 1995, midnight
President Elizabeth Zinser approved Big West move, then her own. Associated Press

May 13, 1995, midnight
When Jesse Hoorelbeke belly-flopped through the mud toward home plate with what proved to be the winning run in the fifth inning of the second game, it was appropriate for several reasons. One, Hoorelbeke was a primary reason why Coeur d'Alene High was able to sweep Lake City 9-6 and 5-4 in Inland Empire League baseball on Friday. Hoorelbeke was the winning pitcher in the opener and he slammed three hits, including a homer, in the second game.

May 6, 1995, midnight
College baseball In the twisted, tangled Region 18 North Division baseball standings, North Idaho College knows only two things for sure. To have any chance of making next week's Region 18 Tournament, the Cardinals must beat Treasure Valley today at noon and hope that College of Southern Idaho defeats Ricks at least once.

April 29, 1995, midnight
The Idaho Vandals concluded spring football drills with a stunning, suffocating defensive effort. Or a sluggish, sputtering offensive showing. Or, perhaps more accurately, something in between.

April 28, 1995, midnight
Jason Bowles has NIC in first place. Photo by Craig Buck/The Spokesman-Review

April 23, 1995, midnight
The first thing you notice is the notepad. It seems attached to Chris Tormey's hands like an extended fingernail. About the only time he sets it down is when he turns his University of Idaho hat around and assumes a three-point stance to illustrate a drill to a Vandals football player.

April 22, 1995, midnight
Jeff Pankratz went home to Boise over Christmas break in 1994. He would have been fortunate to find a stocking with a lump of coal. Instead, he found out he had cancer. The University of Idaho freshman football player had noticed swollen, cloudy masses in his neck and chest, unusual conditions for a fit, 215-pound tight end. "It looked like a bad case of mumps," he said.

April 9, 1995, midnight
I knew the Final Four was big when the Bud Light cross-dressers, the four burly, hairy stars of those pool and volleyball TV commercials ("Who you callin' guys?"), were in Seattle. I knew it was rather huge when my neighbor on press row worked for Hogs Illustrated, a magazine extolling Arkansas basketball. He was due to put out 64 pages of Hogs' copy by Thursday. Good luck. Three seats down began a string of Sports Illustrated writers. And I knew it was enormous when CBS' Leslie Visser looked me square in the eye and said, "Do you know UCLA?"

April 4, 1995, midnight
1. UCLA's Toby Bailey slams the door on Arkansas' hopes for an NCAA Tournament repeat. The Bruins came out on top 89-78. Photo by Associated Press 2. Even without Tyus Edney, Ed O'Bannon had little doubt about the outcome of the championship game. Photo by Associated Press

April 4, 1995, midnight
Equipment, check. Playbooks, OK. Pep talk, uh huh. Placed classified ad looking for a punter, yup. There, now, the University of Idaho is indeed ready for spring football. Drills begin today in Moscow under new coach Chris Tormey. The Vandals will have 15 practices (10 in pads), scrimmaging on Saturdays until the annual spring game on Friday, April 28.

April 2, 1995, midnight
Corliss Williamson's lane-side seat didn't prevent this shot from being blocked. Photo by Associated Press

April 2, 1995, midnight
1. UCLA guard Tyus Edney turns Oklahoma State inside out with a backward layup over Chianti Roberts. Photo by Associated Press 2. Ed, left, and Charles O'Bannon are slap-happy after reaching the championship game. Photo by Associated Press

April 1, 1995, midnight
When ceiling tiles tumbled from the Kingdome roof last July, they landed square on Mick McHugh's wallet. Now that the Dome, site of this weekend's NCAA basketball tournament, is back among the structurally sound, McHugh's restaurant clientele has returned as well.

April 1, 1995, midnight
A sheepish Bryant Reeves, Oklahoma State's center, turns his back on his first Final Four victim: a shattered backboard on the Kingdome court. Photo by Associated Press

March 30, 1995, midnight
Final Four coaches will be grateful to be in Seattle. They probably won't be overjoyed at the sight of their unofficial welcoming committee - the media. Three days before Saturday's NCAA Tournament semifinals at the Kingdome, the four coaches had moments of testiness during a telephone press conference Wednesday. Nothing that will require audio to be beeped-out on ESPN, but even mild-mannered Dean Smith piped in with an occasional swipe at the media. The veteran North Carolina coach was asked to detail the differences from his first Final Four in 1967 to his current one.

March 26, 1995, midnight
If you were associated with Sandpoint High wrestling, Coeur d'Alene girls basketball and University of Idaho volleyball, you probably enjoyed Saturday night's Idaho Sports Banquet. Each of those respective teams brought home two awards from the 33rd annual banquet, which honored athletic excellence for 1994, at The Coeur d'Alene Resort.

March 23, 1995, midnight
Usually following North Idaho College baseball games, Cardinals' players armed with rakes filter out on the diamond to tidy up the field. In the aftermath of NIC's 10-3, 13-8 losses to Blue Mountain on "Blue Wednesday," Card coach Jack Bloxom instructed his players to "get the hell away from here."

March 21, 1995, midnight
Allen Iverson, Shawn Respert, Lewis Lofton. Pick out the name that didn't belong in the NCAA Tournament? Trick question: All showed they belong. Lofton, the former North Idaho College basketball standout from Centralia, Wash., played a prominent role as unheralded Weber State stunned Michigan State on Friday and narrowly lost to Georgetown on Sunday.

March 11, 1995, midnight
Josh Martin practices bunting - just in case. Photo by Jesse Tinsley/The Spokesman-Review

March 8, 1995, midnight
NIC coach Rollie Williams found new life in 1994-95. Photo by Jesse Tinsley/The Spokesman-Review

March 5, 1995, midnight
Winning basketball titles never gets old for Mindy Young. Young was part of two state championship teams at Coeur d'Alene High and she racked up another on Saturday night as Ricks downed Utah Valley 70-63 for the Region 18 Tournament title at College of Southern Idaho's gym.

March 5, 1995, midnight
CSI's Mantia Callender (right) kept the title out of reach for North Idaho and Eddit Turney (left). Photo by Dan McComb/The Spokesman-Review