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UPDATED: Tue., June 23, 2020

Dave Nichols: Long way to go before high school sports return

The WIAA issued guidelines for the state’s high school sports to return to play this fall. It doesn’t – rather, can’t – answer the question everyone wants to know: When …


Dave Nichols: Connection to outdoors reinforces bond between parents and children

My pop passed away in 2011 due to leukemia and a bit of his own stubbornness, so when Father’s Day rolls around each year it’s always a melancholy day. I …


CaughtOvgard: Choose your character, but choose wisely

When it comes to fishing, stereotypes are very real. Make a mental tally next time you go fishing, and odds are, most everyone around you will fit into one of …


Off the grid: You can take the girl out of the backwoods

“Do you have an eyelash curler?” asked the woman behind the makeup counter. She has the kind of symmetric eyebrows that Mother Nature is not entirely responsible for. I looked …


CaughtOvgard: Anglers must become warriors for change

Fear has no place in my thoughts when I go to the water, and it shouldn’t have a place in the minds of any American legally recreating in the outdoors.


Dave Nichols: Back into the great outdoors

In my six years at the S-R, I’ve taken on a lot of different roles. For the next three months I’ll be returning to where I started, editing the Outdoors …


Ammi Midstokke: How to tell what is important

Any time I get arrogant, Mother Nature or the full moon or Mercury work their strange ways to reacquaint me with humility. The pattern is so reliable, I only buy …


UPDATED: Fri., May 15, 2020

Dave Nichols: WIAA proposals for state basketball tournaments leave open possibility of State B venue moving to lowest bidder

Have we already witnessed the last State B tournament in Spokane? It’s entirely possible.


UPDATED: Sat., May 9, 2020

Tim Dalhberg: Still bad after all these years, Mike Tyson hits gym

It’s hard to say what is more startling, seeing Mike Tyson hitting a bong or watching him hitting the mitts in a boxing gym like he was getting ready to …


Rob Curley: It’s all about family as Dodgers pitcher Blake Treinen seems headed for a Hollywood ending

We grew up in a small-town where 50 people in your graduating class was considered huge. Our extended family all lived nearby and we were a fairly tight-knit bunch. Even …


Dave Nichols: All-star showcase will present best high school basketball east of Cascades

A lot of folks were disappointed about the demise of the Jack Blair girls all-star basketball game. We figured, why not do something about it? And add a boys game …


Hawkins instilling running mentality in Pasco

Anyone who’s ever spent a prolonged amount of time in the Tri-Cities knows what a summer along the Columbia River means.


Steve Christilaw: How did it get so late so soon?

Where does the time go?


Steve Christilaw: Athletic records are for us to emulate

One thing you learn early on about sports is that the box score never, ever tells you the whole story. Neither does the record book.


Steve Christilaw: Cycling star puts new face on homelessness

You meet some incredible, memorable athletes in this business.


UPDATED: Sun., March 3, 2019

Dave Nichols: A special week for Spokane-area high school basketball

It was a special week for high school basketball in Eastern Washington. Maybe not quite as special as some would have hoped, but special nonetheless.


Dave Nichols: Done correctly, football builds character, memories

Now that the skies have cleared and the air is a bit cooler, thoughts turn to football. The Washington high school season starts tonight in some places and on Friday …


Larry Stone: Who’s the most underappreciated player on the UW Huskies roster? That would be QB Jake Browning

I come to you today slightly puzzled, which, granted, is not an uncommon state of mind for me. The subject this time is Jake Browning.


Steve Christilaw: Warm sun: is such a spring sports tease

Mother Nature dangles a nice day here and there. She entices you with a little morning sunshine after weeks of gloomy, foggy mornings. Next thing you know you’ve slipped on …


Steve Christilaw: State B tournament brings back memories

There are a lot of memories that come to me during a State B.


Steve Christilaw: Hull sisters have CV headed back to state

It’s state tournament week. If there are any games over the course of a season, even over the course of a career, that out-sized, it is this slate of games. …


Norman Chad: Managerial expectations set too high

In 10 seasons as New York Yankees manager, Joe Girardi produced 10 winning records, six playoff appearances and a World Series title.


UPDATED: Wed., July 19, 2017

Steve Christilaw: Sweat equity will pay off for runners in fall

I was sitting on my back deck, sipping on an iced tea the other afternoon. And I actually broke a sweat.


Steve Christilaw: Avoid Uncle Charlie when you’re young

Baseball, like everything else in our society, is prone to fads.


Rich Landers: Yellow jackets are wild friends with attitude

Yellow jackets generally are known for their stings and the venom they can deliver in multiple stings. They come to our attention when trapped in a bicycle helmet vent as …


Landers: Fair chase, not baiting, should be standard for deer, elk

“I feel bad for the kid that goes out with his uncle and gets a buck the first time out hunting over bait. That’s the only way that kid knows …


Column: Final Four matchup as much about scandals as baskets

Coming to Houston this week with hopes of another national championship is North Carolina, a school embroiled in one of the biggest NCAA academic scandals ever for enrolling athletes in …


Blanchette: Gonzaga still searching for way to close out victories

Curious behavior trending at McCarthey Athletic Center these days: the customers are cutting out with the outcome still in doubt.


Rich Landers: Good management, mild winters paying dividends for anglers, hunters

Elk, deer and fish were hot topics when Idaho Fish and Game Department staffers reported to sportsman at a monthly breakfast meeting Tuesday in Coeur d’Alene.


Attendance numbers add up to mixed bag

Attendance at state basketball tournaments isn’t what it used to be. Or is it? This year the 4A tournament drew 26,859. Overall numbers for six tournaments were 121,004. Those figures …