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November 9, 2017


ML’s Zane Higgins to be inducted into

Community Colleges of Spokane Hall

Medical Lake soccer coach Zane Higgins will be inducted into the Community Colleges of Spokane Sports Hall of Fame in ceremonies set for Saturday, Nov. 18 at noon at the Student Union Building at the Spokane Falls campus.

He is one of a dozen inductees in the Class of 2017.

Higgins, a graduate of Medical Lake High School chose to play soccer for coach Cor van der Meer at Community Colleges of Spokane. He was an outstanding player for the Sasquatch, being named to the NWAACC All-Star team and was chosen as team MVP in both 1988 and 1989.

Higgins went on to Whitworth University where he was named conference Most Valuable Player and was selected for the All-American team in 1991. He continued to play soccer in the USISL where he was named to the league All-Star team and was league MVP in 1996.

He has been the Medical Lake High School soccer coach for many years.



Eastern men, Legans, get season

started at home Nov. 10

The head coaching career for Shantay Legans finally gets down to the real business of basketball.

The Eastern Washington University men’s basketball team officially opens the 2017-18 season against teams with varying degrees of difficulty, starting first with the Walla Walla University Wolves from Walla Walla.

That game will take place on Friday, Nov. 10 at 1:05 p.m. at Reese Court. Then, the Eagles begin a monstrous 10-game road stretch by playing the Washington Huskies in Seattle on Sunday (Nov. 12) at 5 p.m. The stretch continues at Stanford next Tuesday (Nov. 14), meaning the Eagles will play three games in five days.

“We’ll be able to see exactly where we are,” Legans said. His team will go 36 straight days without a home game. “We’ll see who is ready to play, who picked up everything from the preseason and who can play with the lights on. We have a bunch of players who can, and a lot of guys will be given opportunities. We’ll need to put our best foot forward for us to win and succeed at the end.”

The UW and Stanford games will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks, and all EWU games will be carried live on 700-AM ESPN in Spokane, with Larry Weir calling the play-by-play. Broadcasts begin a half-hour prior to tipoff and may also be heard via

Walla Walla is a member of the NAIA and competes in the Cascade Collegiate Conference. The Wolves were 3-26 a year ago, with a 2-18 league record. They opened their season on Oct. 29 with a 95-65 loss to Lewis-Clark State, ranked No. 24 in the NAIA.

Washington also has a first-year head coach in Mike Hopkins, as he inherits a team that was 9-22 a year ago and 2-16 in the Pac-12 Conference.



Eastern women win exhibition contest

In its lone exhibition of the year, the Eastern Washington University women’s basketball team rolled past The Master’s University with an 87-56 victory on Sunday, Nov. 5. 

The Eagles had a well-balanced attack offensively, as three players scored in double figures. Preseason Big Sky Conference MVP Delaney Hodgins led all players with 21 points, while Uriah Howard and Violet Kapri Morrow accounted for 14 points apiece. Howard also led Eastern with seven rebounds and four steals. As a team, Eastern Washington was solid from the field, shooting 46.6 percent from field goal range.

Eastern is at Fresno State Friday, Nov. 10, and the Air Force Academy on Nov. 14 before returning home to meet BYU on Nov. 17 at 6 p.m.



Volleyball team hits road for Montana

In the final week of the regular season, the Eastern Washington University volleyball team is headed to face Montana State and Montana. The Eagles travel to Bozeman, Mont., for a matchup against the Bobcats Nov. 9 before facing the Grizzlies in Missoula on Saturday, Nov. 11.

 This is the second time EWU has faced both teams this season. Eastern opened up Big Sky Conference play against both squads, topping Montana 3-1 before beating MSU in five sets. Both the Bobcats and Eastern are still fighting for a spot in the Big Sky championship tournament on Nov. 16-18 while Montana is out of contention.



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