Stories tagged: John Blanchette
UPDATED: Mon., March 11, 2019, 10:49 p.m.
Anyone have the guts to get this wager down before tipoff Monday night? Killian Tillie, tournament MVP.
UPDATED: Mon., March 11, 2019, 7:26 p.m.
Their gruesome falls to the court and the injuries that forced them to hobble out of Orleans Arena on crutches after the Monday afternoon women’s semifinals of the West Coast …
Fri., March 8, 2019, 5 a.m.
Before Gonzaga took up more or less permanent residence in the high rise that is the NCAA Tournament bracket, the Bulldogs had to get past the doorman. And before that, …
UPDATED: Fri., March 1, 2019, 11:06 p.m.
This was the small-ball world when Mike Colbrese took on the job as executive director of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association 25 years ago. Lots of things were simpler then, …
UPDATED: Fri., March 1, 2019, 9:48 a.m.
One of the B-est things still remaining about the B tournament is taking a look across the court and being unable to tell if the guy with the probing gaze …
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 28, 2019, 2:18 p.m.
John Blanchette: Odessa’s Ryan Moffet serves up State B’s first must-see moment with 48-point outburst
But just as college basketball has managed to go on without Zion, the B tournament doesn’t stop just because Brock Ravet of Kittitas hasn’t laced up his shoes yet – …
UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 23, 2019, 11:41 p.m.
John Blanchette: Goodbyes no longer reserved for only the seniors in college basketball home finales
Just think of the Zags who missed out on the big farewell – Adam Morrison, Austin Daye, Kelly Olynyk, Domantas Sabonis, Nigel Williams-Goss, Zach Collins.
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 22, 2019, 11 p.m.
Columnist John Blanchette imagines this year’s Oscar-snubbed films with a sports twist.
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 21, 2019, 11:09 p.m.
John Blanchette: Josh Perkins reaches the pinnacle of success at ‘Point Guard U’ with career assist record
Records both take you out of the moment and amplify it at the same time, and with the volume knob in Spokane cranked up to 11 on anything Zags, it’s …
Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 10:56 p.m.
That’s right, Lorenzo Romar wants to be in a position to play Gonzaga more often.
UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 16, 2019, 8:35 p.m.
Even a full month out from Selection Monday, there was an angsty little subtext mixed into Saturday’s doings at McCarthey Athletic Center that went beyond how much space exists between …
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 12, 2019, 10:39 p.m.
John Blanchette: Gonzaga’s Sophie Whittle works even harder now that she’s at the top of the collegiate tennis world
The news, as is increasingly the case these days, was delivered via text – two of them, in fact, from her coaches. Though not so much news as congratulations, so …
UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 9, 2019, 11:37 p.m.
There are rulebooks, and coin flips to decide who kicks off, and the once-a-game center jump to, well, keep things fair. But in the bigger sense, there’s no fairness doctrine …
UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 9, 2019, 11:23 p.m.
John Blanchette: Football’s success gives Washington State Athletic Director Pat Chun extra momentum for Year 2
In his first 12 months as athletic director at Washington State, Pat Chun has turned over 25 percent of the staff, overseen a record year in fundraising and been the …
Sat., Feb. 9, 2019, 4:06 p.m.
Spokesman-Review columnist John Blanchette talks with Washington State athletic director Patrick Chun, one year into him taking over the job.
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 8, 2019, 10:34 p.m.
The domination enters a third decade and the blowouts, amazingly enough, get ever bigger. The worshippers at McCarthey Athletic Center are left to seek other, more exotic, Gonzaga basketball thrills.
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 7, 2019, 11:27 p.m.
John Blanchette: Gonzaga’s West Coast Conference domination a statement to the college basketball world
Fifteen seasons back, the Gonzaga Bulldogs clinched the West Coast Conference regular season title on Feb. 14, something akin to sinking the 8-ball with five of the other guy’s targets …
UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 2, 2019, 11:11 p.m.
What we remember – and so does he – is that impossible run of shots 11 months ago, 3-pointer after 3-pointer shimmying through the net and setting off a sequence …
Sat., Feb. 2, 2019, 4:37 p.m.
I enjoyed reading (John Blanchette’s) story covering Larry Koentopp’s years at Gonzaga University and it reminded me of my years as Assistant Controller in the Treasurers Office.
UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 22, 2019, 11:04 p.m.
John Blanchette: Overlooked no more – Edgar Martinez gets the national recognition he deserves with Hall of Fame induction
Once the Seattle Mariners’ Hall of Fame designated hitter puts that decisive swing on Jack McDowell’s split-fingered fastball and the camera tracks the ball into left field, you never see …
Sat., Jan. 19, 2019, 6:18 p.m.
In fact, the Cougars’ 78-66 loss to Stanford at high noon on Saturday was a mad dash into an open manhole. If somebody slides the cover back on, we may …
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 10:53 p.m.
Actual human engagement returned to McCarthey Athletic Center on Thursday night, and not a minute too soon.
UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 5, 2019, 11:33 p.m.
John Blanchette: Seahawks passed on opportunity to continue season of surprises by sticking to the run
That, of course, is the narrow view, the only one that seems appropriate in one-and-done football. The playoffs opened and closed for the Seattle Seahawks in one day, no better …
UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 5, 2019, 8:42 p.m.
As sure as your teenager brought the family car home with the gauge on “E” again, North Dakota State rules the clubby little realm of the Football Championship Subdivision, thanks …
UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 5, 2019, 8:12 p.m.
I think I am qualified to say that John is the most pertinent and entertaining writer of all time.
UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 4, 2019, 10:58 p.m.
Nobody could have envisioned the stupefying way they won their 2010 national championship – unless, of course, they’d reviewed the tapes of all the other games Eastern Washington’s Eagles won …
UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 4, 2019, 8:29 p.m.
About 15 months ago, on yet another late night on the road – New Orleans this time – Jay Hillock pushed through the glass door of another 7-Eleven manned by …
Thu., Jan. 3, 2019, 5:59 p.m.
Please consider funding a budget bump that will entice North Dakota State into battle with the Alabamas and Washington States of the college universe, and save the rest of the …
UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 31, 2018, 9:44 p.m.
Oh, the Bulldogs might well win the West Coast Conference four or five games clear of the field, and could even run the table. When an opponent has their full …
UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 29, 2018, 12:03 a.m.
When Iowa State’s Willie Harvey reached ramming speed and drove the crown of his helmet straight at Minshew’s nose early in the second quarter of Friday’s Alamo Bowl, all the …