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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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March 4, 1995, midnight
NIC rips Salt Lake, saunters into tonight's title game vs. CSI with more confidence than ever TWIN FALLS, Idaho It might have been North Idaho College's best performance in the 1990s. Fresh from a 108-85 thundering of Salt Lake in the Region 18 men's basketball tournament semifinals on Friday afternoon, Cardinals coach Rolly Williams pondered the question and grinned.

March 4, 1995, midnight
Last year North Idaho College held a players-only meeting the night before the Region 18 men's basketball tournament. Players said the usual rah-rah stuff. Then the meeting adjourned and several asked: "Which room is the party in?" NIC lost big the next day.

March 2, 1995, midnight
Region 18 women The North Idaho College women's basketball team was outshot, outrebounded, outhustled, outquicked and outplayed Wednesday afternoon. As a result, the seventh-seeded Cardinals are out of the Region 18 Tournament. NIC's bumpy season ended with a 91-62 blowout loss to sizzling Utah Valley in the first round of the tourney at College of Southern Idaho's gym.

March 2, 1995, midnight
About an hour before tipoff, Beth Palmer found out she wouldn't be allowed to play in North Idaho College's basketball game on Wednesday. She retreated to the locker room and cried. Then she returned to a seat behind NIC's bench, filling water bottles and watching helplessly as the Cardinals' season ended in a 91-62 defeat to Utah Valley at the Region 18 Tournament at College of Southern Idaho.

March 1, 1995, midnight
Following a Tuesday press conference promoting the Quarterback Classic to be held at the Coeur d'Alene Resort golf course this summer, Mark Rypien was running late to catch a flight to appear on Jim Rome's television show in Los Angeles.

Feb. 26, 1995, midnight
Idaho's Shawn Dirden uses the no-look pass to throw off Weber State's Kirk Smith in the Vandal' 71-70 win over the Wildcats. Photo by Dan Pelle/The Spokesman-Review

Feb. 24, 1995, midnight
Weird setting. Weirder basketball game. The weirdest finish. Idaho recovered from a seven- point deficit with 1:12 remaining by forcing several rapid-fire turnovers and winning on senior guard Mark Leslie's fall-down, standup, fadeaway 18-footer with 4 seconds left.

Feb. 23, 1995, midnight
The Big Sky Conference's next commissioner will not be Arnie Sgalio. Whether that was or wasn't a prudent decision, most concepts of professional decency were violated when Sgalio, who has dutifully served the Big Sky the last 16 years, was the last to learn he wasn't a finalist. That's incredibly shabby treatment, and nobody, least of all the popular assistant commissioner, deserves such brazen disrespect.

Feb. 23, 1995, midnight
Eddie Turner (right) has come to grips with classwork. Photo by Craig Buck/The Spokesman-Review

Feb. 18, 1995, midnight
Idaho center Nate Gardner grabs one of his seven rebounds as Chad Coates (left) and James Jones provide backup. Photo by Molly O'Hara/The Spokesman-Review

Feb. 17, 1995, midnight
Lewiston's Ryan Baerlocher tries to cut through LC's Kyle Miller (33) and Mike Thompson. Photo by Craig Buck/The Spokesman-Review

Feb. 15, 1995, midnight
Idaho volleyball coach Tom Hilbert interviewed on Monday and Tuesday for the vacant coaching job at the University of Virginia. Virginia, last in the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1994, is replacing Karen Uhler, who resigned for personal reasons. "I'm in a great situation at Idaho, but this was something I felt I needed to look at," Hilbert said. "It's very similar to Idaho when I first came here. The thing is Idaho is committed to a good program and I'm not sure if Virginia is ready to do that. That's a concern of mine."

Feb. 11, 1995, midnight
The streak lives. North Idaho College, which hasn't lost a home men's basketball game to Ricks College since the 1969-70 season, extended the Vikings' misery for another year with an 89-75 victory on Friday night at Christianson Gym.

Feb. 11, 1995, midnight
College women Somebody gave animated North Idaho College women's basketball coach Greg Crimp a "Crimp Smackomatic," a padded device he could use to take out his frustrations. Had he chosen to use the Smackomatic, positioned behind NIC's bench, it would probably be in shreds this morning.

Feb. 8, 1995, midnight
Sandpoint's Carson Jeffries gains possession despite pressure from Post Falls' Tim Roberts (13). Photo by Craig Buck/The Spokesman-Review

Feb. 5, 1995, midnight
1. Mindy Rice's ability to rise to the occasion has netted two-sport stardom at the University of Idaho Photo by Dan Pelle/The Spokesman-Review 2. As the season turns, Rice's hands are full. Photo by Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review 3. Rice made an immediate impact in basketball. Photo by Dan McComb/The Spokesman-Review<

Feb. 5, 1995, midnight
Mark Leslie didn't realize the throbbing pain in his shin until he was getting dressed in the locker room. Minutes earlier he had scored 10 of Idaho's last 11 points as the Vandals, the team that ignores logic, stopped Montana State 79-70 in Big Sky Conference men's basketball Saturday night at the Kibbie Dome.

Feb. 4, 1995, midnight
Idaho men's basketball coach Joe Cravens saw a rerun on Friday night. He's getting mighty sick of the same ending.

Feb. 4, 1995, midnight
Idaho men's basketball coach Joe Cravens saw a rerun on Friday night. He's getting mighty sick of the same ending.

Feb. 3, 1995, midnight
NIC's Roy Kruiswyk (52) can't stop Eastern Utah's Kenneth Pratt. Photo by Craig Buck/The Spokesman-Review

Feb. 3, 1995, midnight
It ended, appropriately, with two basketball players - one from North Idaho College and one from College of Eastern Utah - sprawled on the court in pursuit of a rebound. In a women's game saturated with physical play and floor burns, NIC rode Sid Schraufnagel's 20 rebounds and Michelle Greenwood's 15 points to a 59-45 Scenic West Athletic Conference win at Christianson Gym on Thursday night.

Feb. 2, 1995, midnight
Had he had wanted to use them, new Idaho football coach Chris Tormey had plenty of built-in excuses available regarding the Vandals' unenviable recruiting position this year. Instead, he gestured at a board in his office listing the 16 newest Vandals and smiled.

Feb. 1, 1995, midnight
Jerry Kramer, one of the University of Idaho's all-time football greats, didn't force his son, Matt, to follow in his footsteps. "But I've been influencing him all the way," said Jerry, who went on to star with the Green Bay Packers. "I told him, "Do what you want to do, but look, the door at Idaho is open." Matt, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound tight end/defensive end from Parma (Idaho) High School, said his dad's notso-subtle hints were a factor in his committing to UI, where his father was an All-American guard in 1957.

Jan. 28, 1995, midnight
Lewiston High School boys basketball coach Dick Richel believes his Bengals have been overlooked this season. On Friday night, Lewiston sent a reminder to the Inland Empire League that it intends to be a factor in the upcoming regional tournament by upsetting Post Falls 55-50 at Trojan Gym.

Jan. 25, 1995, midnight