OAKLAND — Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins and Washington State’s Ernie Kent both have a tendency to refer to their first dozen or so games, the ones played against nonconference opponents, as the “preseason.”
SALEM, Ore. — The Wenatchee Valley College women’s basketball team is not officially the Chemeketa Holiday Tournament titlists, because the tourney wasn’t set up in a single-elimination championship format, but the Knights proved that they were the best of the eight teams during a three-day stretch that ended Tuesday.
In each of its first three tournaments of this season, the Wenatchee Valley College men’s basketball team has won two games and lost one. “That’s kind of what we do,” said Knights coach Coby Weidenbach.
In one of the great, unintentionally self-deprecating TV sports commercials of all time, actor Sean Astin reprised his role this autumn as Notre Dame walk-on Rudy Ruettiger to predict the coming of the College Football Playoff.
SEATTLE — During his previous 12 years with the Washington men’s basketball team, Lorenzo Romar had just one team begin the season with 11 straight wins ,and that squad came within a whisker of advancing to the 2006 NCAA tournament Elite Eight.
GRESHAM, Ore. — For the second straight weekend, the Wenatchee Valley College women’s basketball team bounced back with a win on the second day of a tournament after dropping its first tourney contest.
PULLMAN — As optimistic as the Washington State basketball team felt after giving Gonzaga a solid challenge last week, much of that feeling was gone three days later when the Cougars lost at Santa Clara. The 76-67 defeat dropped WSU to 4-6 on the season, but more important, it saw senior DaVonte Lacy struggle from the floor.
SEATTLE — Shawn Kemp Jr. and Robert Upshaw took turns flushing alley-oop jams, high-flying slams and putback dunks during the Washington men’s basketball team’s 86-38 victory over Grambling State on Wednesday.