College sports

Gonzaga forward Corey Kispert reacts to hitting a basket against Norfolk State during the first half of a men's college basketball game in the first round of the NCAA tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Saturday, March 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Kispert scores 23, Zags stomp Norfolk St. in tourney opener

The Edmonds native hits six 3-pointers as the No. 1-seeded Bulldogs dismiss the Spartans 98-55.

Gonzaga forward Corey Kispert reacts to hitting a basket against Norfolk State during the first half of a men's college basketball game in the first round of the NCAA tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Saturday, March 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Gonzaga players celebrate after defeating BYU in an NCAA college basketball game for the West Coast Conference men's tournament championship Tuesday, March 9, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)

Van Til: Gonzaga looks to complete remarkable rise to the top

The rags-to-riches Zags are seeking to become the first undefeated national champion since 1976.

Gonzaga players celebrate after defeating BYU in an NCAA college basketball game for the West Coast Conference men's tournament championship Tuesday, March 9, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)
FILE - Gonzaga forward Corey Kispert prepares to pass the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Loyola Marymount in Spokane, Wash., in this Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, file photo. Kispert has made The Associated Press All-America first team, announced Tuesday, March 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Young Kwak, File)

A stat-filled look at Edmonds native Kispert’s All-American year

Corey Kispert is having a spectacular senior season for unbeaten, national-title-favorite Gonzaga.

FILE - Gonzaga forward Corey Kispert prepares to pass the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Loyola Marymount in Spokane, Wash., in this Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, file photo. Kispert has made The Associated Press All-America first team, announced Tuesday, March 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Young Kwak, File)
FILE - Gonzaga forward Corey Kispert dunks during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against BYU in Spokane, Wash., in this Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, file photo. Kispert has made The Associated Press All-America first team, announced Tuesday, March 16, 2021.(AP Photo/Young Kwak, File)

Edmonds native Kispert named 1st-team AP All-American

The star guard from King’s has helped lead Gonzaga to a perfect record heading into the NCAA tourney.

FILE - Gonzaga forward Corey Kispert dunks during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against BYU in Spokane, Wash., in this Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, file photo. Kispert has made The Associated Press All-America first team, announced Tuesday, March 16, 2021.(AP Photo/Young Kwak, File)
Washington head coach Mike Hopkins sits on the bench before an NCAA college basketball game against Southern California, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

What went wrong for the UW men’s basketball team?

A look at the blunders that led to the Huskies’ historically bad season.

Washington head coach Mike Hopkins sits on the bench before an NCAA college basketball game against Southern California, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Washington's Quade Green, right, scrambles for the ball with Utah's Riley Battin (21) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the Pac-12 men's tournament Wednesday, March 10, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

UW’s difficult year ends with loss in Pac-12 tournament

The Huskies finish 5-21 on the season after falling to Utah, 98-95, in the opening round.

Washington's Quade Green, right, scrambles for the ball with Utah's Riley Battin (21) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the Pac-12 men's tournament Wednesday, March 10, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Gonzaga forward Corey Kispert (24), looks to drive against Pacific forward Jeremiah Bailey (13), during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Stockton, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. Gonzaga won 76-58. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Edmonds native Kispert named WCC player of the year

Former local hoops stars Paisley Johnson Harding and Jordyn Edwards also received All-WCC honors.

Gonzaga forward Corey Kispert (24), looks to drive against Pacific forward Jeremiah Bailey (13), during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Stockton, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. Gonzaga won 76-58. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
FILE - Washington's Asa Turner (20) celebrates with Kamren Fabiculanan (31) after Turner intercepted a pass in the final minute of an NCAA college football game against Oregon State in Seattle, in this Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, file photo. Washington won 27-21. Washington has pulled out of the Pac-12 football championship game due to COVID-19 issues in the Huskies program, and Oregon will now play No. 13 USC for the conference title on Friday instead.  Washington (3-1) announced Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, it is withdrawing from the championship game after determining the Huskies did not have at least 53 scholarship players available and did not meet the minimum number of scholarship athletes at specific positions.(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Washington’s 2021 football schedule released

Huskies head coach Jimmy Lake is hopeful that fans will be allowed as soon as the spring game May 1.

FILE - Washington's Asa Turner (20) celebrates with Kamren Fabiculanan (31) after Turner intercepted a pass in the final minute of an NCAA college football game against Oregon State in Seattle, in this Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, file photo. Washington won 27-21. Washington has pulled out of the Pac-12 football championship game due to COVID-19 issues in the Huskies program, and Oregon will now play No. 13 USC for the conference title on Friday instead.  Washington (3-1) announced Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, it is withdrawing from the championship game after determining the Huskies did not have at least 53 scholarship players available and did not meet the minimum number of scholarship athletes at specific positions.(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
Washington State running back Deon McIntosh (3) celebrates after scoring against Utah during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Washington State’s 2021 football schedule released

The Cougars open the season with three straight home games and six of their first eight in Pullman.

Washington State running back Deon McIntosh (3) celebrates after scoring against Utah during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Arizona guard Bennedict Mathurin (0), left, and center Christian Koloko (35) smother Washington forward Nate Roberts (1) as they fight for a loose ball goes to the ground in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Tucson, Ariz. (Kelly Presnell/Arizona Daily Star via AP)

Huskies edged by Arizona in regular-season finale

Washington’s difficult regular season comes to an end with a hard-fought 75-74 loss on the road.

Arizona guard Bennedict Mathurin (0), left, and center Christian Koloko (35) smother Washington forward Nate Roberts (1) as they fight for a loose ball goes to the ground in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Tucson, Ariz. (Kelly Presnell/Arizona Daily Star via AP)
Gonzaga forward Corey Kispert passes the ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against San Diego in Spokane, Wash., Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)

Gonzaga’s Kispert finalist for Erving Award

The Edmonds native is among the final five to be the top small forward in college basketball.

Gonzaga forward Corey Kispert passes the ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against San Diego in Spokane, Wash., Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)
American Team wide receiver Marquez Stevenson of Houston (5) has his pass broken up by National Team defensive back Keith Taylor Jr. of Washington (8) before it was intercepted by National Team defensive back Damar Hamlin of Pittsburgh (33) during the NCAA Senior Bowl college football game in Mobile, Ala., Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

Former UW cornerback Taylor turning heads

The defensive back’s stock could soar for the NFL draft after a standout performance at the Senior Bowl.

American Team wide receiver Marquez Stevenson of Houston (5) has his pass broken up by National Team defensive back Keith Taylor Jr. of Washington (8) before it was intercepted by National Team defensive back Damar Hamlin of Pittsburgh (33) during the NCAA Senior Bowl college football game in Mobile, Ala., Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)
CORRECTS WASHINGTON PLAYER TO HAMEIR WRIGHT, INSTEAD OF NATE ROBERTS - UCLA forward Cody Riley, right, collides with Washington forward Hameir Wright, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

UCLA hands Washington 5th straight loss

The Huskies’ dismal season continues with a tough 64-61 loss to the Bruins.

CORRECTS WASHINGTON PLAYER TO HAMEIR WRIGHT, INSTEAD OF NATE ROBERTS - UCLA forward Cody Riley, right, collides with Washington forward Hameir Wright, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2021, file photo, Gonzaga coach Mark Few huddles with his team during a timeout in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Pacific in Stockton, Calif. Few isn't being asked questions about where his team should be seeded for next month's NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Instead, the longtime coach is getting a different question with a little more than a month until Selection Sunday — does it make any sense for Gonzaga to compete in its conference tournament? (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Conference hoops tourneys still on schedule despite concerns

A recent CBS Sports survey of 41 coaches found 27% were opposed to holding conference tournaments.

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2021, file photo, Gonzaga coach Mark Few huddles with his team during a timeout in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Pacific in Stockton, Calif. Few isn't being asked questions about where his team should be seeded for next month's NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Instead, the longtime coach is getting a different question with a little more than a month until Selection Sunday — does it make any sense for Gonzaga to compete in its conference tournament? (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
Washington freshman Jayden White, an Everett High School graduate, throws a weight during the UW Indoor Preview on Jan. 29, 2021, in Seattle. (Photo by Jamie Mitchell)

Everett H.S. grad surges into UW record books in college debut

In his first college meet, Jayden White moved to No. 2 on the Huskies’ all-time weight throw list.

Washington freshman Jayden White, an Everett High School graduate, throws a weight during the UW Indoor Preview on Jan. 29, 2021, in Seattle. (Photo by Jamie Mitchell)
Oregon guard Will Richardson (0) drives to the basket past Washington guard Jamal Bey (5) as Oregon guard LJ Figueroa (12) and Washington guard Quade Green (55) watch during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Andy Nelson)

Washington’s defense porous again in loss to Oregon

UW falls 86-74 and has now given up 77-plus points in 11 straight games, the NCAA’s longest active streak.

Oregon guard Will Richardson (0) drives to the basket past Washington guard Jamal Bey (5) as Oregon guard LJ Figueroa (12) and Washington guard Quade Green (55) watch during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Andy Nelson)
Washington's Riley Sorn (52) and Marcus Tsohonis (0) fight with Oregon State's Dearon Tucker (35) for possession of a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Corvallis, Ore., Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Amanda Loman)

UW cold from beyond the arc in loss to Oregon St.

The Huskies shoot just 5 of 20 from 3 and lose 91-71 to fall to 3-13 on the season.

Washington's Riley Sorn (52) and Marcus Tsohonis (0) fight with Oregon State's Dearon Tucker (35) for possession of a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Corvallis, Ore., Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Amanda Loman)
Tony Rath, a junior kicker at Pacific Lutheran, uses a nose swab to take a three-times-a-week COVID-19 test, Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, in Tacoma, Wash. Like the big programs that played in the fall, testing, distancing and protective equipment have topped the priority list in trying to pull off a season. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Minus fanfare, small college football set to get underway

Schools at the FCS, Division II, Division III and NAIA levels will start games as early as this weekend.

Tony Rath, a junior kicker at Pacific Lutheran, uses a nose swab to take a three-times-a-week COVID-19 test, Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, in Tacoma, Wash. Like the big programs that played in the fall, testing, distancing and protective equipment have topped the priority list in trying to pull off a season. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Pepperdine guard Colbey Ross (4) defends against Gonzaga forward Corey Kispert (24) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021, in Malibu, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Is Edmonds native Kispert an NBA lottery pick?

ESPN’s latest mock draft has the Gonzaga star and King’s High School alum being taken 10th overall.

Pepperdine guard Colbey Ross (4) defends against Gonzaga forward Corey Kispert (24) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021, in Malibu, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2006, file photo, Temple head coach John Chaney yells directions to his players during the the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Duke in Philadelphia, in this Saturday, Feb. 25, 2006, file photo. John Chaney, one of the nation’s leading Black coaches and a commanding figure during a Hall of Fame basketball career at Temple, has died. He was 89. His death was announced by the university Friday, Jan. 29, 2021. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek, File)

John Chaney, commanding Temple basketball coach, dies at 89

He led Temple to 17 NCAA tourney appearances over 24 seasons, including five NCAA regional finals.

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2006, file photo, Temple head coach John Chaney yells directions to his players during the the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Duke in Philadelphia, in this Saturday, Feb. 25, 2006, file photo. John Chaney, one of the nation’s leading Black coaches and a commanding figure during a Hall of Fame basketball career at Temple, has died. He was 89. His death was announced by the university Friday, Jan. 29, 2021. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek, File)