Spirit basketball games are always entertaining, no matter the outcome.
The spirit games in the Greater Spokane League are still weeks away. But over the state line in Idaho, the annual Fight for the Fish doubleheader is Friday at Lake City when the Coeur d’Alene boys and girls visit. The girls tip things off at 5:45 followed by the boys at about 7:30.
The games take on an even more significance because they count in the Inland Empire League standings.
The game Friday is the 5A Inland Empire League opener for the Lake City boys. It tips off a busy stretch with a game Tuesday at defending state champion Post Falls and a home game the following Friday against Lewiston. In a matter of a week, the Timberwolves will know where they stand after the first round of league play.
The distraction with playing a league game Friday in the midst of a spirit doubleheader is obvious.
“The key is to get your kids into the game and not into the spirit of the baloney,” LC coach Jim Winger said.
Winger is looking forward to league play.
“The last three years North Idaho has boded well at state,” Winger said. “The league’s just as good or better this year.”
Both games should be entertaining and tightly contested.
Back to the mat
Greater Spokane League wrestling teams return to dual matches tonight.
The 10 teams find themselves in five ties for various spots in the league standings. Central Valley and University are tied atop the league at 4-0, followed by Mead and North Central at 3-1, Ferris and Mt. Spokane are each 2-2, Lewis and Clark and Shadle Park are both 1-3 and Gonzaga Prep and Rogers are each winless at 0-4.
In the best matchup tonight, CV is at North Central. In the other matches, U-Hi entertains G-Prep, LC is at Rogers, Ferris goes to Mt. Spokane and Shadle is at Mead. Each match begins at 7.
In a single match Tuesday, Mead goes to NC.
Good test on tap
In perhaps the best GSL basketball matchup Friday, girls league leader Gonzaga Prep (7-0) goes to Shadle Park (6-1). Tipoff is at 5:30.
In the other girls games, University (4-3) is at Lewis and Clark (7-1), North Central (4-3) is at Ferris (0-7), Rogers (0-7) visits Mead (4-3) and Mt. Spokane (2-5) is at Central Valley (3-5).
• The boys teams have the same matchups at the same sites Friday, beginning at 7.
G-Prep boys coach Matty McIntyre continues to be pleased with what he calls a work in progress.
The Bullpups were in control throughout Tuesday at U-Hi despite the fact that the Titans pulled within 46-38 midway in the fourth quarter before G-Prep had a strong finishing surge to win 63-50.
“When push came to shove, our execution came through for us,” McIntyre said. “Other people can step up on this team. I think some people think there are only one or two scorers. I’d like to see people keep defending us like that and let other people step up. We’re still figuring out our roles, to be quite honest. Our rotations have changed from the beginning of the year and it’s in constant flux. We’re still finding guys and we’re still finding ways to score the ball.”