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Theo Lawson
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Theo Lawson theol@spokesman.com (509) 939-5928

Theo joined The Spokesman-Review in 2017 as a sports reporter covering Washington State University athletics.


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Feb. 21, 2020, 8:44 p.m.
Count Kyle Smith as one of the few Inland Northwest residents who would’ve been overjoyed to see the University of San Francisco hang on Thursday night to stun second-ranked Gonzaga at the McCarthey Athletic Center.

Feb. 21, 2020, 1:47 p.m.
Washington State has effectively rounded out its 2020 recruiting class, receiving a commitment Friday from Jefferson Koulibaly, a long and explosive point guard from Canada.

Feb. 19, 2020, 10:08 p.m.
Bonton’s been key in helping create opportunities for his Washington State teammates and he’s one of just a few Cougars who can manufacture offense for himself. Which is why Bonton’s value to this WSU team may actually be best measured in the games he’s missed.

Feb. 18, 2020, 1:45 p.m.
The Cougars may have to find alternative ways of manufacturing offense Wednesday night against Cal, but they expect to have Bonton back in the fold for the last home game of the regular season, on Sunday against Stanford, and for three final road games, at Washington, Arizona and Arizona State.

Feb. 13, 2020, 5 a.m.
Isaac Bonton’s basketball schedule is conflicting with his basketball schedule. There’s an obligation in Saturday night at Galen Coliseum in Los Angeles. There’s another one Sunday morning in the Tri Cities.

Feb. 11, 2020, 2:54 p.m.
There weren’t too many cracks in Washington State’s defense during Sunday’s rivalry win over Washington. Kyle Smith hopes he can say the same thing about the Cougars on Thursday night after playing UCLA at Pauley Pavilion.

Feb. 10, 2020, 12:25 p.m.
For the second time this season, Washington State’s CJ Elleby was voted the most outstanding player of the week in the Pac-12 Conference, the league announced Monday afternoon.

Feb. 9, 2020, 8:22 p.m.
Seven straight Washington State basketball seasons have ended in Las Vegas at the Pac-12 Tournament. It’s unlikely the streak reaches eight this March.

Feb. 9, 2020, 8:03 p.m.
At some point before the season began, Kyle Smith took a break from designing plays for WSU’s basketball team and put his literary juices to work, penning a short victory poem for the Cougars. The lyrics sounded a little sweeter Sunday afternoon, and it’s no wonder why.

Feb. 8, 2020, 6:11 p.m.
Game one between WSU (13-10, 4-6) and UW (12-11, 2-8) takes place at 3 p.m. Sunday (ESPNU) at Beasley Coliseum. The Cougars will put George Raveling’s name in the rafters during a halftime celebration for the Hall of Fame coach.

Feb. 6, 2020, 9:30 p.m.
Wednesday signified Rolovich’s first media availabilities since his introductory press conference last month, so while it was a valuable opportunity to learn about the newest batch of Cougar signees, it also presented a chance to pick the coach’s brain on a variety of other topics.

Feb. 5, 2020, 6:22 p.m.
Anthony Gordon followed in the footsteps of Luke Falk and Gardner Minshew when he became the third straight Washington State quarterback to accept an invitation to the Senior Bowl. Now he’ll also join his Cougar predecessors for another pivotal stage of the lead-up to the 2020 NFL Draft: the Scouting Combine.

Feb. 5, 2020, 6:05 p.m.
It may be difficult to draw too many parallels between the small coastal village of Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the sprawling city of Seattle, other than both places should get used to regular visits from Nick Rolovich and his Washington State assistants over the next few years.

Feb. 5, 2020, 9:25 a.m.
New Washington State coach Nick Rolovich is expected to sign six or seven players Wednesday, rounding out the 2020 class that predecessor Mike Leach began working on last December.

Feb. 4, 2020, 10:08 p.m.
Antonio Pule III, a defensive end from Modesto (Calif.) Junior College, committed to Nick Rolovich and the Cougars Tuesday, meaning at least five players will be inking letters of intent with the Pac-12 North program on national signing day.

Feb. 4, 2020, 2:01 p.m.
In a recruiting battle that pitted Rolovich’s run-and-shoot against Leach’s Air Raid – and multiple other Power Five schools – the Cougars won the Pettway sweepstakes, receiving a pledge from the 5-foot-10, 170-pound prospect Monday afternoon, making him the third high school prospect in as many days to commit to the Pac-12 North program.

Feb. 3, 2020, 7:43 p.m.
Nick Rolovich stressed the importance of recruiting in the Evergreen State when he was introduced as Washington State’s new coach last month. More urgent was the need to ink a few more defensive backs to round out the Cougars’ 2020 signing class. Rolovich and his staff have done a little of both in the last few days.

Feb. 2, 2020, 12:49 a.m.
ELITE Athlete Management, the group representing Patmon during the pre-NFL draft process, announced on its Instagram account the Washington State wide receiver had accepted an invitation to the NFL scouting combine taking place at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis from Feb. 23-March 2.

Feb. 1, 2020, 8:46 p.m.
An Arizona team that hasn’t been as steady, or consistent, as many of its previous editions lost its national ranking after losing at Arizona State last Saturday. The Wildcats still displayed the strength, size and athleticism befitting a team that posted the country’s sixth-rated recruiting class in 2019.

Jan. 29, 2020, 10:58 p.m.
Even as Washington State raced out to its largest lead of the game, the Cougars knew enough about Arizona State’s recent history to understand why it was important they not grow complacent. The Sun Devils nearly lured the Cougars into their trap anyway.

Jan. 28, 2020, 9:41 p.m.
Young, bold and ambitious, DJ Rodman wasn’t afraid to make an introduction the first time he spotted Kobe Bryant milling the sideline of his sister’s youth soccer game in Southern California.

Jan. 27, 2020, 5:35 p.m.
Former Hawaii wide receivers coach Andre Allen has accepted the same position on Nick Rolovich’s staff at Washington State, multiple sources confirmed to The Spokesman-Review.

Jan. 25, 2020, 4:20 p.m.
Wearing the No. 3 on his back as a tribute to former friend and teammate Tyler Hilinski, Gordon completed 8 of 12 passes for two touchdowns and no interceptions, splitting time with fellow North QBs Jordan Love of Utah State and Shea Patterson of Michigan.

Jan. 24, 2020, 7:06 p.m.
Two college standouts with ties to the Inland Northwest have spent the last week in Mobile, Alabama, at the Reese’s Senior Bowl – considered to be one of the most important job interviews in the lead-up to the NFL draft.

Jan. 21, 2020, 10:05 p.m.
Elleby and Bonton may have been the headliners, and they may be in most Pac-12 Conference games WSU manages to pull out this season, but the Cougars were also dependent on a few young supporting actors who this time last year were getting ready to put a bow on their respective high school careers.