High school football to return March 5th in NCW

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Athletic directors in North Central Washington released a tentative varsity football schedule today. Games would begin on March 5th with classifications thrown out the window to create regional matchups.

On the opening Friday night, Moses Lake would play at Wenatchee while Eastmont travels to Royal. March 12th would feature the first Bridge of Sportsmanship game as Eastmont would host Wenatchee; Cashmere plays at Moses Lake; and Ephrata hosts Royal.

Of course, this doesn’t include all the schools and teams in the region. Eastmont A-D Russ Waterman told me today that they hope to have the rest of the “fall” sports schedule out by Friday.

Van Lith’s Cardinals ranked No. 1

For the first time in team history, the Louisville Cardinals are ranked Number 1 in the country by the Associated Press…

Louisville Cardinals are ranked No. 1

Louisville moved to the top spot Monday, a day after previous No. 1 Stanford lost to Colorado. Coach Jeff Walz said, quote, It is really special. It’s neat to be able to share with these young women, not only the ones here right now but the players who have played in the past to help build this where it is, end quote.

Cashmere grad Hailey Van Lith is in her freshman year at Louisville. She’s averaging 12.8-points a game. She leads the team in minutes played and is second on the team in rebounds (75) and steals (16).

Van Lith and the Cardinals host No. 21 Syracuse Thursday at 6 on ESPN-2.

Gonzaga’s game with San Diego postponed due to COVID

Here’s a look at the upcoming college basketball schedule for the week…

Women's College Basketball Schedule

The Gonzaga women, currently ranked 20th in the country, had its game against San Diego scheduled for Thursday postponed due to COVID in the SDU program.

On Friday, Washington State plays at No. 13 Oregon at 5 o’clock on the Pac-12 Network. Washington plays at Oregon State Friday at 7.

Gonzaga will host BYU Saturday at 2 o’clock.

UW and WSU men play Thursday

On the men’s schedule…

Men's College Basketball Schedule

Washington makes up its game with Colorado in Seattle Wednesday at 6 o’clock. Washington State hosts Utah on Thursday at 7 on the Pac-12 Network.

Washington State hosts Colorado Saturday at 5 and then No. 1 Gonzaga hosts Pacific at 7 o’clock. You can watch the game on Root Sports.

NHL scoreboard

It was a busy Monday in the NHL as we check the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

NHL Scoreboard

Pierre Luc Dubois scored what proved to be the game-winner at the 6:26 mark of the third period giving Columbus a 3-2 win in Detroit.

Semyon Varlamov made 27-saves in his second straight shutout for the Islanders as New York blanked Boston 1-0.

Mitchell Marner scored twice as Winnipeg topped Toronto 3-1.

Curtis Lazar and Sam Reinhart each scored two goals to help Buffalo to its first win of the season, downing Philadelphia 6-1.

Jordan Kyrou’s goal midway through the third lifted St. Louis over San Jose 5-4.

In other action, Carolina doubled up Nashville 4-2. Anaheim shut out Minnesota 1-nil. Calgary conked the Canucks 5-2. Montreal skated past Edmonton 3-1. And Vegas improved to 3-and-oh with a 4-2 win over Arizona.

NHL Schedule

Eight games fill the slate today with the Rangers hosting the Devils. The Sabres visit the Fliers. The Panthers host the Black Hawks. Washington skates at Pittsburgh. The Senators welcome the Flames. The Red Wings take on the Blue Jackets. The Hurricanes skate at Nashville. And the late game has the Kings hosting the Avalanche.

Seahawks have choices to make on running backs for 2021 season

The Seahawks have some interesting choices to make in the off-season regarding its running backs…

Seahawks running back decisions

Both Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde are unrestricted free agents. Carson led the team in rushing with 681-yards on 141-carries. He missed four games due to a foot injury. Hyde finished behind Russell Wilson, rushing for 356-yards on 81-carries. He missed six games due to injury or illness.

Coach Pete Carroll said before the firing of offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer that he’d like to see more success in the running game next season…

Pete Carroll on Running Game 2021-01-19

Pete Carroll on Running Game 2021-01-19

Seattle continues to conduct interviews with potential offensive coordinators. So far, no other coaching changes have been announced for the Seahawks this off-season.