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Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. (9) passes against Oregon during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Andy Nelson)

UW football stars return to finish what they started

Unfinished business is a big reason why many Washington football players have decided to return next season.

Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. (9) passes against Oregon during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Andy Nelson)
Fresno State running back Jordan Mims (7) scores a touchdown during the first half of the LA Bowl in Inglewood, Calif., Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022. Washington State defensive back Jordan Lee (13) is at left. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Mims, Haener lead Fresno St. past WSU in LA Bowl

Jordan Mims rushes for 205 yards and former UW QB Jake Haener tosses two TDs in the Bulldogs’ 29-6 victory.

Fresno State running back Jordan Mims (7) scores a touchdown during the first half of the LA Bowl in Inglewood, Calif., Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022. Washington State defensive back Jordan Lee (13) is at left. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
Marysville Getchell senior Kirsten Crane is signed to play for the UCLA women's soccer team next year. She recently watched the Bruins win the NCAA Division I national title. (Photo courtesy of UCLA)

Marysville soccer star to play for national champion UCLA

Kirsten Crane, a senior at Marysville Getchell H.S, has always wanted to be a Bruin. She recently watched the team claim NCAA Division-I’s top prize.

Marysville Getchell senior Kirsten Crane is signed to play for the UCLA women's soccer team next year. She recently watched the Bruins win the NCAA Division I national title. (Photo courtesy of UCLA)
FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2019, file photo, Washington State head coach Mike Leach walks onto the field before an NCAA college football game against Colorado, in Pullman, Wash. Two people with knowledge of the decision says Mississippi State has hired Washington State's Mike Leach as its new head coach.  The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, because the school has not yet officially announced the move. Leach will replace Joe Moorhead, who was fired last week after two seasons. (AP Photo/Young Kwak, File)

Former WSU football coach Leach dies at 61

The unfiltered coach, who helped revolutionize the game with the Air Raid offense, died following complications from a heart condition.

FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2019, file photo, Washington State head coach Mike Leach walks onto the field before an NCAA college football game against Colorado, in Pullman, Wash. Two people with knowledge of the decision says Mississippi State has hired Washington State's Mike Leach as its new head coach.  The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, because the school has not yet officially announced the move. Leach will replace Joe Moorhead, who was fired last week after two seasons. (AP Photo/Young Kwak, File)
Colorado wide receiver Daniel Arias (6) in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Folsom Field Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Colorado wide receiver Daniel Arias (6) in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Folsom Field Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Western Washington's Dayana Diaz, a Granite Falls graduate, celebrates during an NCAA Division II national semifinal game against Columbus State on Dec. 1, 2022, at Interbay Stadium in Seattle. (WWU photo)

Granite Falls grad plays key role in WWU’s national title

Dayana Diaz was a key piece for the Vikings women’s soccer team this season that recently won the D-II national championship.

Western Washington's Dayana Diaz, a Granite Falls graduate, celebrates during an NCAA Division II national semifinal game against Columbus State on Dec. 1, 2022, at Interbay Stadium in Seattle. (WWU photo)
Gonzaga forward Drew Timme, left, and Washington guard PJ Fuller II go after the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Friday, Dec. 9, 2022, in Spokane, Wash. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)

No. 18 Gonzaga rolls to 7th straight over Washington

The Bulldogs roll 77-60 the first matchup between the two in-state rivals since 2019.

Gonzaga forward Drew Timme, left, and Washington guard PJ Fuller II go after the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Friday, Dec. 9, 2022, in Spokane, Wash. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)
Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian takes part in a news conference for the Alamo Bowl NCAA college football game, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022, in San Antonio. Texas will play Washington in this year's Alamo Bowl. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Texas coach Sarkisian recalls ‘special time’ at Washington

The 48-year-old spent five seasons in Seattle from 2009-13 before leaving to become head coach at Southern California.

Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian takes part in a news conference for the Alamo Bowl NCAA college football game, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022, in San Antonio. Texas will play Washington in this year's Alamo Bowl. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
FILE - Washington head coach Kalen DeBoer paces the sideline during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022. DeBoer earned AP All-Pac-12 coach of the year honors on Thursday, Dec. 8. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

UW’s DeBoer named AP Pac-12 Coach of the Year

Six Huskies and one Cougar are named to either the first or second All-Pac-12 teams.

FILE - Washington head coach Kalen DeBoer paces the sideline during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022. DeBoer earned AP All-Pac-12 coach of the year honors on Thursday, Dec. 8. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
Washington guard Jamal Bey drives with the basketball against Colorado guard Luke O'Brien during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Caean Couto)

Washington, Gonzaga set to meet for first time since 2018

UW travels to face No. 18 Gonzaga on Friday night. It will be the Bulldogs’ first game against a state foe in two years.

Washington guard Jamal Bey drives with the basketball against Colorado guard Luke O'Brien during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Caean Couto)
Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker of USA perform during the ice dance free dance of the ISU figure skating Grand Prix Espoo 2022 competition in Espoo, Finland, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022. Hawayek and Baker came second in the event.  (Mikko Stig/Lehtikuva via AP)

Community roundup: Baker qualifies for Grand Prix Final

Plus, Meadowdale grad Rover Stewart is named the NWAC Athlete of the Year, Aussie football is coming to Lake Stevens and more.

Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker of USA perform during the ice dance free dance of the ISU figure skating Grand Prix Espoo 2022 competition in Espoo, Finland, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022. Hawayek and Baker came second in the event.  (Mikko Stig/Lehtikuva via AP)
Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. (9) celebrates as he leaves Autzen Stadium after defeating Oregon in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Andy Nelson)

Commentary: Possibilities endless for UW with Penix’s return

The standout quarterback surprisingly announced this week that he was returning to Washington for one more season.

Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. (9) celebrates as he leaves Autzen Stadium after defeating Oregon in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Andy Nelson)
Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. (9) throws a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Washington State, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022, in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)

Penix Jr. undecided on NFL draft, will play in UW’s bowl game

The standout redshirt junior quarterback leads the nation with 4,354 passing yards this season.

Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. (9) throws a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Washington State, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022, in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)
Western Washington's Dayana Diaz (left), a Granite Falls High School graduate, dribbled the ball during a game against Simon Fraser on Oct. 8, 2022, in Burnaby, B.C. (Photo provided by WWU)

Community roundup: Locals help WWU soccer team reach Final 4

Plus, the Silvertips sign a prospect forward, the Professional Bull Riding tour announces a return to Everett and more.

Western Washington's Dayana Diaz (left), a Granite Falls High School graduate, dribbled the ball during a game against Simon Fraser on Oct. 8, 2022, in Burnaby, B.C. (Photo provided by WWU)
Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. (9) throws a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Washington State, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022, in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)

Penix throws for 484 yards, UW tops WSU to reclaim Apple Cup

Washington avenges an embarrassing loss last year by overpowering Washington State 51-33 in Pullman.

Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. (9) throws a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Washington State, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022, in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)
Cornell senior Connor Drought, a Kamiak High School alum, competes during a match against Dartmouth on Oct. 29, 2022, in Ithaca, New York. (Eldon Lindsey / Cornell Athletics)

Kamiak grad helps Cornell men’s soccer to Sweet 16

Plus, Lake Stevens alum Taylor Roe again earns All-American status, a host of locals earn NWAC volleyball honors and more.

Cornell senior Connor Drought, a Kamiak High School alum, competes during a match against Dartmouth on Oct. 29, 2022, in Ithaca, New York. (Eldon Lindsey / Cornell Athletics)
Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. celebrates a touchdown during the first half of the team's NCAA college football game against Colorado, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

QB Michael Penix Jr. on cusp of record season for Washington

With two more big games, he could top Cody Pickett’s seemingly untouchable school record of 4,458 passing yards set in 2002.

Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. celebrates a touchdown during the first half of the team's NCAA college football game against Colorado, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
Washington running back Cameron Davis scores a touchdown against Colorado linebacker Josh Chandler-Semedo, second from left, and defensive back Trevor Woods during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

Davis, Taulapapa score twice, No. 15 UW smashes Colorado

The Huskies stay in the race for a berth in the Pac-12 title game with a 54-7 win.

Washington running back Cameron Davis scores a touchdown against Colorado linebacker Josh Chandler-Semedo, second from left, and defensive back Trevor Woods during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
Washington State defensive back Sam Lockett III (0) celebrates with defensive back Jaden Hicks and linebacker Kyle Thornton (52) after making an interception against Arizona in the second half during an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

WSU defense picks off de Laura 4 times in win over Arizona

The Cougars get the better of their former starting quarterback in a 31-20 win on the road.

Washington State defensive back Sam Lockett III (0) celebrates with defensive back Jaden Hicks and linebacker Kyle Thornton (52) after making an interception against Arizona in the second half during an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Arizona quarterback Jayden de Laura passes during the first half of an NCAA college football game against UCLA Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

College football preview: Washington State at Arizona

Cougars set to face their former starting quarterback in Arizona’s Jayden de Laura.

Arizona quarterback Jayden de Laura passes during the first half of an NCAA college football game against UCLA Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)