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UPDATED: Sat., July 18, 2020

Spokane’s Christine Wren went to bat for future generations as a professional umpire in the 1970s

She wanted to be the next Mickey Mantle, and no one told 8-year-old Christine Wren she couldn’t. Born in Seattle, raised in Spokane, Wren had outsized major-league dreams. And like …


UPDATED: Sun., June 28, 2020

Trip down Northwest sports’ memory lane starts with baseball, hockey upgrades

I am, friends and family constantly remind me, quite elderly. So old, in fact, that I have witnessed a large percentage of the greatest teams, athletes and events in Inland …


UPDATED: Sat., May 30, 2020

John Blanchette: These sports memories might not have been big time, but we still miss them

Among the lesser and self-evident lessons from our ongoing limbo is just how much sports can be missed when they’ve been furloughed.


Spokane’s hometown outdoor consignment shop expanded its inventory and rebranded this month

Spokane’s hometown outdoor consignment shop expanded its inventory and rebranded this month.


Longtime runners reflect on a first Sunday in May without a Bloomsday

There’s an unofficial creed among Bloomsday’s Perennials, a group with the rare distinction of entering Spokane’s popular road race every year since its 1977 inception.


UPDATED: Fri., April 3, 2020

Spokane sports radio duo of Dennis Patchin, Rick Lukens signs off for last time

The show originated in 1986 when KXLY-TV sports veterans Dennis Patchin, Rick Lukens and Bud Nameck, joined by local broadcaster Chuck DeBruin, began Sports Tonight. Over the years the cast …


UPDATED: Fri., April 3, 2020

Hoopfest sticks to schedule but secures backup date in case it must postpone

Hoopfest issued a news release on Wednesday stating its hope to play as scheduled on June 27-28.


UPDATED: Tue., March 24, 2020

Spokane city, county golf courses anticipating two-week closure due to coronavirus concerns

The four city and three county golf courses are expected to be shut down for at least two weeks under Gov. Jay Inslee’s order as the state tries to slow …


Eli Francovich: Outdoor NIMBY attitude is not the answer to a growing region

Two weeks ago I was skiing in the North Idaho backcountry, floating through knee-deep powder. Last weekend, I climbed in the desert high above a lake in a setting reminiscent …


From obscurity to fame: National curling championships this week in Cheney features stars

Cheney is hosting the USA Curling National Championships as teams vie for shot at fame.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 8, 2020

Marco Gonzales, other Mariners look forward to 2020 during Spokane stop

Marco Gonzales is only a few years removed from arriving at spring training hopeful he could carve out a role in the back end of the Seattle Mariners’ rotation.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 11, 2019

West’s best? Gonzaga has had upper hand lately in Arizona series but is winless in Tucson

The Bulldogs have won the last two matchups after the Wildcats claimed six of the first seven. For the sixth-ranked Zags to continue their recent success, they’ll have to find …


Waikiki Spring trails receives a face lift

Trails in the Waikiki Spings area got new signage in late October.


Mt. Spokane’s offensive line clears way to state 3A playoffs

Through the first two games of the season the Wildcats had run, well, wild. Senior do-everything-back Kannon Katzer had run for 471 yards and scored nine touchdowns.


Glacier Conservancy raises funds for lynx research, education

In Glacier National Park, little camouflaged cameras are hidden throughout the trails, not to see hiker’s antics but to capture the elusive lynx.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 20, 2019

$5M gift gets EWU off to a strong start in Roos Field renovation plan

The largest individual donation in Eastern Washington University history has given an early boost to the university’s ambitious plan to raise $25 million for renovations of Roos Field.


Mountain biking trails on Mica Peak taking shape; Beacon Hill remains threatened by development

It’s hot. My lungs are burning. And everything I thought I knew about fitness is expiring on the waves of ragged breath.


UPDATED: Sat., July 13, 2019

Two Eastern Washington football players seriously injured in downtown shooting

Two Eastern Washington football players were shot early Saturday in downtown Spokane’s central bar district, at the intersection of West Main Avenue and North Division Street.


Spokane man tallies 146 bird species in Pend Oreille County in a big birding day for the books

By the time midnight rolled around June 26, Michael Woodruff was out of bed and in the woods listening intently in the morning darkness.


UPDATED: Tue., July 2, 2019

Spokane Indians, local sports community remember beloved Albertsons employee Andrew Vathis

The Spokane Indians honored longtime Albertsons employee and Special Olympian Andrew Vathis, who died in January, by having 30 members of his Special Olympics team, the Wolfpack, and 80 other …


UPDATED: Thu., June 27, 2019

Former Gonzaga basketball standouts at Legends event recall rabid Bulldogs fans

Steven Gray was one of four former Zags participating in Gonzaga Legends, a panel part of The Spokesman-Review’s Northwest Passages Book Club series.


Spokane competitor Sandy Zimmerman completes American Ninja Warrior obstacle course

Spokane’s Sandy Zimmerman is the first mother to ever complete an American Ninja Warrior obstacle course.


UPDATED: Mon., June 24, 2019

Eli Francovich: Seeing the west through the eyes of a Dutchman

In late May, Dutchman Freek Borlee visited me for three weeks. During that time I saw the landscape through his eyes and found myself falling back in love with the …


The Women’s World Cup final 20 years ago changed American sports

About 40 million Americans watched the final match of the 1999 Women’s World Cup, and they’ll struggle to recall the score or the opponent.


Spokane’s Alex Prugh qualifies for U.S. Open; Clarkston’s Joel Dahmen falls just short

Spokane’s Alex Prugh is returning to the U.S. Open for the first time since 2007, when he competed as an amateur.


Gene Warnick: A newcomer’s guide to public golf courses in Spokane County

Last year was my first full golf season in Spokane. The only course I had played previously was Indian Canyon, and that was in the previous millennium.


2019 course guide for Spokane-area golf courses

2019 course guide for Spokane-area golf courses


UPDATED: Fri., May 24, 2019

Third Ferris coach in four years accused of inappropriate interactions with a student

The Ferris High School wrestling coach resigned earlier this month after an investigation was launched into whether he had inappropriate interactions with a female student. The incident marks the third …


UPDATED: Fri., April 26, 2019

Former track athlete’s 1968 Mead High School record in girls high jump is reinstated

Had Becky Nelson been born just a decade later, we just might be celebrating her as an Olympic athlete.


UPDATED: Tue., April 16, 2019

Donny Daniels leaving Gonzaga, dialing back after four decades in coaching

Assistant Donny Daniels is leaving Gonzaga, but he’s not quite ready to completely call it quits after four decades in the coaching profession. He’s expected to join Utah’s staff as …