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WVC softball: Knights infielders blossoming offensively

WENATCHEE — Before the start of last season, Kinley Pope and Haley Hess battled for the shortstop the Wenatchee Valley College softball team. Hess won out, but Pope wasn’t benched; she eventually won the starting gig at third base.
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Commentary: Once again, Gonzaga can’t move past first weekend

SAN DIEGO — In the grand Gonzaga vision, Arizona would have gotten such an argument from the Zags in their NCAA tournament round-of-32 game here Sunday night that perhaps they’d feel a little fear about a face-losing defeat as a No. 1 seed.

WVC roundup: Knights softball team rallies again

WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee Valley College softball team’s ability to win games no matter the direness of its situation is easier to understand when listening to head coach Shelly Pflugrath talk about her current team and how it relates to the program as a whole, which has won eight straight Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges East Region titles and won the NWAACC championship last season.

Knights’ young but talented baseball squad hopes to contend

WENATCHEE — In Dustin Willis’ two years as the Wenatchee Valley College baseball team’s head coach, the Knights have gone from seven wins to 22. Last season, WVC clinched the fourth spot to the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges East Region playoffs, and came within one win of advancing to the NWAACC Tournament.
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WVC softball team ready for run at repeat

One day not too long ago, Shelly Pflugrath turned on a sports radio station during a drive to Couer d’Alene, Idaho. College football commentator Lou Holtz was talking about the vaunted Alabama football program, which at that point was the NCAA Division-I two-time defending national champion.
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WSU fires Bone after 5 seasons

Bill Moos saw the losses piling up at the same rate as the apathy was growing among Washington State’s fans. It was clear that Ken Bone’s time as the men’s basketball coach was at an end.
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Stanford pulls away from WSU in second half

LAS VEGAS — Chasson Randle scored 22 points, Josh Powell added 16 and sixth-seeded Stanford used a big second-half run to pull away for a 74-63 win over Washington State in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament Wednesday night.
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Pac-12 tourney kicking off in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS — Arizona is the top seed and is ranked at No. 4. UCLA is seeded second and was ranked for good parts of the season, while Arizona State and California will each get a bye for the opening round.
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Zags march on toward another NCAA trip

LAS VEGAS — At tipoff, Orleans Arena seemed a little more subdued than usual for a Saint Mary’s-Gonzaga game. The crowd must have sensed this was Zags-Gaels Lite.