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UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019

Week 8 prep football preview: Gonzaga Prep, Central Valley face off with playoffs on the line

With two weeks left in Washington and one in the Idaho, seemingly every game on the packed schedule will impact a league race in each of the classifications.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019

Week 7 prep football preview: 4A battles highlight slate as league races heat up

It’s hard to imagine there are just three weeks left in the football regular season, but here we are. The “finding out who we are” phase of the season is …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 10, 2019

Week 6 prep football preview: Central Valley faces Mt. Spokane in marquee matchup of ranked teams

It’s a 4A/3A week in the Greater Spokane League, so there are no playoff implications on the line – but there are a few interesting matchups.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 3, 2019

Week 5 prep football preview: Mead faces Gonzaga Prep in early battle for top of 4A league race

With all due respect to the three other teams in the Greater Spokane League 4A ranks, the league title could very well be determined by the three games between Mead, …


Dave Nichols: Box scores a chronicle linking today’s events with the past

For high school sports, the local paper is still the primary place to get the previous day’s scores. It’s the only place to get them organized and together.


Week 4 prep football preview: ‘Battle of the Bell’ showcases two top teams in Mead, Mt. Spokane

The annual “Battle of the Bell” doesn’t mean anything toward postseason play, but it’s a rivalry game unparalleled in the area, with a five-figure crowd expected at Albi Stadium on …


Out of Right Field: Glimmers of hope for the future in the Mariners’ minor league system

After several years of the Seattle Mariners farm system bringing up the rear in national rankings, the M’s pipeline has been widely praised as a top-10 group following this season’s …


Out of Right Field: How draft picks, trade chips might shape Seattle Mariners 2022 roster

Allow us to gaze into the future to envision how draft picks, trade chips might shape what the Seattle Mariners might look like three years down the road.


UPDATED: Sat., June 1, 2019

Out of Right Field: Mariners have the MLB Draft to look forward to – but what else?

It’s tough to be positive about a team that for the past 44 games has played at a .250 clip – a 40.5 win pace over a full season.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 20, 2018

Out of Right Field: Mariners are faced with complete rebuild with trade of James Paxton

On Monday, Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto signaled to all in baseball that the M’s aren’t competing to end the longest playoff drought in American professional team sports for …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 17, 2018

Pick 6: Another slate of close games for prep prognosticators

The overworked and underpaid preps writer and the debonair and charming TV anchor both went 5-1 last week, so it’s a one-game lead heading into Week 8


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 12, 2018

Pick 6: League races, like our picks, are getting close as the season winds down

Perhaps the overworked and underpaid preps writer should spend less time waxing philosophical or theoretical and more time actually looking at the games ahead of him.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 8, 2018

Dave Nichols: Time to level the playing field in the Greater Spokane League

The Greater Spokane League has an increasingly troublesome problem. It has do to with competitive disparity between members – especially in its 3A ranks – and there’s no easy answer.


Pick 6: Thursday night 1B showdown looms large for prognosticators

All credit where it’s due: The debonair and charming TV anchor knocked the overworked and underpaid (and still injured) preps writer off his lofty pedestal – at least for a …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 26, 2018

Pick 6: Ranked Gonzaga Prep and Mt. Spokane square off Thursday at Albi

Gonzaga Prep and Mt. Spokane, both ranked by the AP in their respective classifications, square off on Thursday at Albi Stadium.


Pick 6: Mt. Spokane tries to defend perfect record in trip to Central Valley

Mt. Spokane gets one of its toughest draws of the season with a road game at Central Valley, which is anxious to bounce back from a stunning home loss.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 15, 2018

Out of Right Field: Where do the Seattle Mariners go from here?

The competitive portion of the Seattle Mariners schedule is over. It has been for a while, really.


Pick 6: Greater Spokane League showdowns highlight Week 3 slate

The Greater Spokane League schedule features all six 4A teams against each other in Week 3 in an interesting slate of games.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 5, 2018

Pick 6: Coeur d’Alene, Mead set for high-scoring showdown on the red turf of Roos Field

The overworked and underappreciated preps writer got off to a two-win lead over the debonair and charming TV anchor, but as we all know these things can turn on a …


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 …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 29, 2018

Pick 6: Intrepid prognosticators back to prove … what, exactly?

The start of high school football debuts a new chapter in the ongoing saga that is “Pick 6,” brought to you by The Spokesman-Review and SWX.


Out of Right Field: Distractions abound for Mariners as Felix Hernandez moves to pen and Robinson Cano returns

As if the Seattle Mariners didn’t have enough to deal with on the field, off-field issues with their two stars and highest paid players will complicate anything the team does …


UPDATED: Sat., April 21, 2018

Out of Right Field: Time to let Ichiro move on

No one involved wants Ichiro Suzuki’s storied big-league career to end this way, but it may be unavoidable.


Tuesday tiebreaker on tap for GSL’s third 4A football seed

The football regular season in over, yet the 4A Greater Spokane League playoff seedings still have not been completely settled.


Dave Nichols: The first week on the job

My editors have graciously allowed me to use this space on Mondays to use pretty much as I see fit – as a column, update league races after games over …


Guest commentary: Name change long overdue in nation’s capitol

I’ve been a fan of the Washington Redskins since I was a child. One of my first memories was Super Bowl VII, huddled around a small black and white television …