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Ralph Walter
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Ralph Walter ralphw@spokesman.com (509) 459-5471

Ralph Walter joined The Spokesman-Review in 1992. He currently is the Assistant Managing Editor for Sports.


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June 7, 2020, 4:11 p.m.
Always scheduled for the second Monday of June, the Wet Dog Fur Open – the S-R sports department’s unauthorized golf tournament that has produced enough embarrassing moments to make even John Daly blush – is circled on most of our calendars like Christmas. Until this year. Like most everything else this spring, our tournament was shelved by COVID-19. While not exactly a sad moment, it’s a nostalgic one nonetheless.

April 6, 2020, 2:34 p.m.
As the coronavirus pandemic has exploded and our lives have been turned upside down, we’ve had to adjust even our most comforting routines. Even something as inane as old-man basketball.

March 14, 2020, 7:19 p.m.
Back in 2018, we launched a series called “The Great What-If,” stories that explored alternate endings to real-life sporting events: what if the SuperSonics had stayed in Seattle? What if the Spokane Indians had remained a Triple-A farm team.

Aug. 29, 2019, 5 a.m.
Loosely based on Coach Mike Leach’s pass-first, shotgun spread offense that has transformed his Washington State Cougars into a perennial bowl team, our simple Air Raid game blends modern football strategy and decision-making with nostalgic 1970s technology.

June 28, 2019, 5:23 p.m.
Sometimes you have to risk injury – or even worse, ridicule – for the good of the team. In the end, when it comes to Hoopfest, it’s all worth it.

May 16, 2019, 6 a.m.
Over the years, I’ve given my girlfriend some real duds as gifts – with the exception of last year: An autographed copy of “Day Hiking Eastern Washington,” co-authored by former Spokesman-Review outdoors editor and good friend Rich Landers, and a guided hike with the legend himself.

March 19, 2019, 5:34 p.m.
In a never-ending quest to match up the greatest players in Gonzaga basketball history – not to mention find ways to pass the time until the REAL games begin – we’ve come up with a new one: You have $15 to spend on five GU greats, ranked by position, and whose values range from $1 to $5.

Dec. 13, 2018, 5:42 p.m.
For the fourth time since the National Championship run of 2010, Eastern Washington University is just a win away from a return trip to the FCS title game in Frisco, Texas. And with a second national crown on the line, this is your last chance this year to experience the most dominant football team in the Northwest over the last decade.

Nov. 20, 2018, 4:19 p.m.
And now for the big Hollywood ending. Nearly three months after The Spokesman-Review kicked off the college football season with a special section inspired by classic sports films, we’re sprinting toward the kind of finish that would make even “Rudy” blush.

Nov. 1, 2018, 6 a.m.
As news broke Tuesday afternoon that talented Gonzaga big man Killian Tillie would miss a significant chunk of the season following surgery for an ankle fracture, a sense of Zagony set in since our annual college basketball section – which you’ll find tucked into Thursday’s print edition of The Spokesman-Review – was already out the door for an early press run.

Oct. 16, 2018, 4:48 p.m.
I was at a wedding reception filled with Washington State University alums Saturday night when news broke that ESPN’s College GameDay was finally coming to Pullman.

Sept. 14, 2018, 6:01 p.m.
There’s always a certain buzz when a big fight rolls around. So when middleweight champions Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez step into the ring for their much anticipated rematch Saturday night in Las Vegas, it’s a safe bet that many of the biggest names in local boxing will be glued to their TVs, as well. On Friday, a few weighed in with predictions.

Aug. 30, 2018, 6 a.m.
Last year, we had an obvious hook: the local star power at quarterback. From high schools to colleges and even the Seahawks, the talent was historic. This year proved more challenging. Then, in late July, Idea Man struck: what about a movie theme? As I sketched it all out, I realized every team could be connected to an actual football flick.

June 1, 2018, 5:39 p.m.
“What if?” When it comes to sports, it’s hard to find two words as compelling. And it’s the inspiration behind an occasional new series that we’ll kick off this Sunday called “The Great ‘What If.’ ” Just as it sounds, the series will explore alternate endings to real-life sports stories and events.

May 2, 2018, 5:24 p.m.
I know how lucky I am to be living in a place where golf is both amazing and affordable, regardless of how amazing or atrocious the game can sometimes get. From North Idaho and Liberty Lake, to north of Spokane, to the South Hill and beyond, you can’t beat the price, beauty or accessibility of our area’s courses.

March 27, 2018, 4:28 p.m.
Let me throw out the first pitch this season: If you’re a fan of the Seattle Mariners, you must check out The Spokesman-Review’s new feature, “Out of Right Field: Mariners Observations from the East Side.”

March 24, 2018, 4:21 p.m.
I probably owe Mark Few an apology.

March 10, 2018, 3:51 p.m.
Sadly, we can’t please everybody, no matter how hard we try. And I assure you, we’re trying.

Oct. 17, 2017, 7:01 p.m.
When it comes to sports tributes, I love them all: rings of honor, halls of fame, retired jerseys (hint-hint, East Valley.)

March 8, 2017, 9:03 p.m.
Nearly two weeks have passed since becoming The Spokesman-Review’s new sports editor, and I’ve already made a splash.

Jan. 10, 1997, midnight
If ever a team needed a win, this was it. Still reeling from the death of point guard Rodrick McClure and looking for its first Big Sky Conference men's basketball win in almost two years, Eastern Washington University beat Cal State Sacramento 60-59 on Travis King's 3-pointer with 4 seconds left Thursday in Cheney. "It feels good to get that monkey off our backs," said EWU coach Steve Aggers, who earned his first conference win since taking over as coach last season. "Given the events of the past few weeks, with the injuries and the death of Rod, that just makes the game that much better."

Dec. 31, 1995, midnight
Expect the euphoria of Eastern Washington University's 93-59 men's basketball victory over Whitman College in Cheney on Saturday night to last well into next year. Or at least until Jan. 5. "Any win's a good win for us right now," said EWU coach Steve Aggers, whose team plays host to Gonzaga on Thursday in a rematch of GU's 68-55 romp on Dec. 22. "I don't care who it's against. Hopefully, it will help our confidence a little bit going into the Gonzaga game."