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Scary good: Gonzaga men need quartet of returners to get on a roll with new roles

Gonzaga has just four returning players, but don’t expect to see the 2018-19 versions of Killian Tillie, Corey Kispert, Filip Petrusev and Joel Ayayi this season. All four are slated …


Frighteningly young: Talented group of Gonzaga newcomers tackle swift learning curve

“We’re really counting on those two grad transfers,” Few said of the likely starting backcourt duo. And the Zags are counting on contributions of varying degrees from at least three …


John Blanchette: Ol’ Doc Basketball has a wonderful mix of ingredients in creating the perfect Gonzaga player

Ol’ Doc Frankenstein – movie Frankenstein, anyway – had it easy.


Gonzaga men: Time on Bulldogs’ side to put talented pieces together

Stop us if you’ve read this before, like, one year ago practically to the date: Gonzaga’s outlook is bright, even with Killian Tillie battling an injury leading into the season.


Fearsome twosome: backcourt duo of Katie Campbell, Jessie Loera not shying away from leadership roles

They’ve already raised their game. Now Katie Campbell and Jessie Loera are raising their voices.


Gonzaga women: Bulldogs will rely on depth in run through tough West Coast Conference

Did Gonzaga really lose three starters from last year?


West Coast Conference men: Experienced Saint Mary’s, BYU nipping at Gonzaga’s heels

The script is dog-eared, tattered and coffee-stained from two decades of re-use, as if plucked from the read-through table on the set of “Law & Order” or “Home Improvement.”


Washington State men: Cougars begin new era as Kyle Smith brings ‘Nerdball’ style to Pullman

The first year of the Kyle Smith era at Washington State won’t be as telling as the second or third, but a program that averaged 11 wins per season under …


Pac-12 men: Veteran Colorado squad will have to hold off youthful Washington, Oregon teams

Well, the NCAA still hasn’t gone nuclear on Arizona and USC for transgressions that landed their assistant coaches in front of a judge. One of its teams even reached the …


Washington State women: Borislava Hristova, Cougars on mission to climb crowded Pac-12 ladder

At the end of a tough season, Washington State women’s basketball coach Kamie Ethridge was ready turn the page.


Eastern Washington men: Eagles enter season with sky-high hopes after being favored to win conference title

Coaches around the Big Sky Conference believe experienced, talent-stocked Eastern Washington has the means to clear a hurdle that’s tripped the Eagles the last two seasons: The Big Sky Tournament …


Eastern Washington women: Eagles in rebuild mode after coming up short of NCAA Tournament

Gone is Violet Kapri-Morrow, who led EWU in scoring (18 ppg) and rebounding (6.4 rpg), and starters Alissa Sealby and Uriah Howard.


Idaho men: New-look Vandals forge ahead after upheaval

Interim coach Zac Claus says the team he stitched together from four key returners plus Wilson and 10 newcomers is talented and fully invested in playing for the Vandals.


Idaho women: After graduation of top scorers, Gina Marxen next in line for Vandals

It’s time for someone else to make a splash in Moscow, and it probably will be Gina Marxen.


Whitworth men: Pirates starting anew after departure of coach, leading scorer

Having established a foundation of excellence, the Whitworth Pirates are doing their best to maintain it.


Community college men: CC Spokane Sasquatch stepping up; North Idaho loaded with talent again

The Northwest Athletic Conference’s East Region flexed its muscle on the 34-team junior college athletic association in March.


Whitworth-NWAC women: Underclassmen power Pirates after falling short of Northwest Conference Tournament

Whitworth was a hair short of reaching the Northwest Conference Tournament in coach Joial Griffith’s first year, a transitional season with a relatively young squad.