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Tiger Woods’ comeback at Masters named Associated Press Sports Story of the Year

In choosing Tiger Woods’ victory at the Masters as The Associated Press sports story of the year, voters went with the uplifting escape of a great comeback over options that were as much about sports as the issues that enveloped them in 2019: politics, money and the growing push for equal pay and equal rights for women.

Sandpoint Enjoys Banner Year Of Successes

The year 1997 can be summarized in one word: Sandpoint. Several other schools and athletes shined, but none brighter than Sandpoint. From most recent to last winter, here's a look at the year's highlights:

From Crackers To Pie, A Look At The Best Of ‘97

Amid all the fat-free frozen dinners and funny-flavored fruit drinks, once in a while we serve The Spokesman-Review's reader food panel some pretty decent stuff. And if you look at it over a long enough period - say, the past year - you could actually put together a fairly respectable menu. That's exactly what we've done, coming up with the food panel's "Greatest Hits of 1997" - the top-scoring snack, side dish, main dish, drink and dessert items sampled during the year.

Weathering ‘97 Big Storms Created A Big Impact - Good And Bad - On Wildlife And Recreationduring The Year

1. A mule deer finds its way through the snow on a trough-like trail in the Methow Valley. Many deer didn't survive the winter. Photo by Rich Landers/The Spokesman-Review 2. A five-legged frog was discovered at Dishman Hills Natural area last summer. Photo by Rich Landers/The Spokesman-Review 3. Coffee Pot Lake in Lincoln County was among the acquisitions by the Bureau of Land Management. 4. Thanks to a huge snowpack, it was possible to enjoy skiing in May at Silver Mountain. Photo by John Miller/The Spokesman-Review 5. Steve Nehl of the Portland Oregonian took this photo of the Hale-Bopp comet over Mount Hood. Photo by Associated Press

‘97 In Review

1. CHAMPIONS Ritzville celebrates its State B basketball title in March. Photo by Dan McComb/The Spokesman-Review 2. COURAGE After being forgotten for his heroic deeds in World War II, St. Maries resident Vernon Baker, above, becomes one of the nation's first African Americans to receive the Medal of Honor. Baker received the medal in January in Washington, D.C. Photo by Craig Buck/The Spokesman-Review 3. DOGS HAVE THEIR DAY Volunteers rescue more than 200 dogs from unsafe conditions in Newport (right) in January. Photo by Sandra Bancroft-Billings/The Spokesman-Review 4. A 'STAR' IS REBORN The "Star Wars" trilogy returns to the big screen in the winter months (left) and draws a new legion of fans for Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia. Photo by Christopher Anderson/The Spokesman-Review 5. WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE Spring brought floods throughout the Northwest and Midwest. In Grand Forks, N.D., resident Don Mergenthol, left, rides to safety in April after his home was flooded. Photo by Dan McComb/The Spokesman-Review 6. Below, water rolls out of the Bitterroot Mountains on the Little North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River. High water threatened the Inland Northwest throughout the springtime, but most areas escaped major flooding. Photo by Craig Buck/The Spokesman-Review 7. A BLOOMING TRADITION Left: On the first Sunday in May, nearly 50,000 Bloomsday participants were at it again running the 7.2-mile road race. Marie Martin hands out the fluids to runners near the three-mile mark. Photo by Dan Pelle/The Spokesman-Review 8. TURMOIL AT GONZAGA Above: Rev. Edward Glynn, left, is forced out as Gonzaga president in May in a dispute with the college's board of trusteees and chairman James Jundt, right. Photo by Dan Pelle/The Spokesman-Review 9. SUPPORT FOR HARRIS Five years after the Ruby Ridge standoff, murder charges were filed against Kevin Harris by a Boundary County, Idaho, prosecutor in late August. At right, supporters of Harris in Republic, Wash., console his wife, Danielle, just after he turned himself in to authorities. The chartes were later thrown out by an Idaho judge. Photo by Dan McComb/The Spokesman-Review 10. A WALL OF HEAT Below, firefighter Jed Manual yells as flames cross the road at Washington Highway 291 in August. Two blazes, one in Tum Tum, the other near Newkirk Road west of Spokane, burned nearly 2,000 acres and destroyed five homes, eventually costing more than $1 to fight. Photo by Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review 11. MALL MOB SCENE The grand opening of the Spokane Valley Mall in August (below) attracts crowds pushing for free gift bags given to the first 3,000 people. Photo by Liz Kishimoto/The Spokesman-Review 12. TOUCH THE SKY More than 2,000 people gather in Spokane for the Subud World Congress in August. The spiritual organization's two-week meeting was the largest international gathering in Spokane since Expo in 1974. Photo by Torsten Kjellstrand/The Spokesman-Review 13. SAYING GOODBYE Below: Classmates mourn Nick Scherling, 13, who was killed by a driver while walking home from school in November in Post Falls. Photo by Jesse Tinsley/The Spokesman-Review 14. CRYING TIME Former Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy Tom DiBartolo, on trial in the murder of his wife, daubs tears while testifying in early December. DiBartolo later was found guilty. Photo by Christopher Anderson/The Spokesman-Review 15. VICTORY IN SEATTLE Above: After leading the Washington State Cougars to a 41-35 win over archrival Washington in the Apple Cup, star quarterback Ryan Leaf is carried off the field by jubilant fans. The win put WSU in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day against No. 1 Michigan. Photo by Dan Pelle/The Spokesman-Review 16. A MAYOR'S MOMENT Spokane mayoral candidate John Talbott hugs his granddaughter on election night. Talbott won the election, unseating incumbent Jack Geraghty. Photo by Torsten Kjellstrand/The Spokesman-Review 17. Gary Locke 18. Tom DiBartolo 19. Dan Fitzgerald 20. Frances McDormand 21. Tiger Woods 22. Silver Mountain ski resort 23. John Stockton 24. Jimmy Stewart 25. Carl Maxey 26. Ryne Sandberg 27. Princess Diana 28. Mother Teresa 29. John Denver 30. (photo of a scene from the New York Stock Exchange) 31. Louise Woodward 32. Janet Reno

10 Easy Choices A Variety Of Exceptional Movies In 1996 Made It Easy For Critic Dan Webster To Pick His 10 Favorite Films

1. Hortense (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) left, and Roxanne (Claire Rushbrook) in "Secrets and Lies." Director Mike Leigh goes beyond the simple protrayal of a troubled vamily. 2. "Trainspotting" had a less-than-damning protrayal of heroin use. 3. "Lone Star" is one of the year's greatest films. 4. William H. Macy in the Coen brothers' "Fargo." 5. Demi Moore in "Striptease."