Mother Nature cannot stop Greater Spokane League

Every Greater Spokane League coach we talked to before the season started said the same thing. The league is all about parity this year. Unlike recent years there is not a dominant team or teams that will literally steamroll the rest of the league.

So far they are looking like they were on the money with the parity thing it is making for some very interesting basketball as the first week of the new year is showing.

Tuesday night they were back at each other in the GSL. While most of the state cancelled games due to snow and ice, they got in the gym and fought it out over in Spokane.

West Valley and Ferris needed an extra few minutes to settle things. 6-5 senior Jon Jeffreys pounded his way to 27 points to lead the 5-3/4-3 Eagles. 6-3 sophomore Brian Hallett had 21 in the losing effort. Ferris is 4-4/4-3.

Clarkston has been at the head of the class since opening night and improved to 7-1/7-1 with a 42-37 win over winless Rogers. 6-10 senior Josh Heytvelt was good for 23 points.

7-2/6-2 University held off Gonzaga Prep (3-5/3-4) 60-56. 6-4 junior Calvin Jurich scored 25 as the Titans remained in first place in the National Division.

Mead (3-5/3-4) blasted East Valley (1-7/1-6) 68-35. Jay Tully scored 15.

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Lewis and Clark edged North Central 51-50. 6-3 senior guard Carl Shaw (pictured) scored 15 and 6-4 senior wing Greg Spurgetis added 14. The downtown Tigers are tied with Mt. Spokane and Ferris for the National Division's second spot, all with 4-3 records.

Mt. Spokane (4-4/4-3) took care of Central Valley 49-41 (6-3/6-2) 49-41. 6-4 junior guard C.J. Barsig scored 13. Kris Henderson netted 21 in the loss.

Shadle Park topped Cheney 63-58. Joey Pariseau scored 17. Shadle is 3-5/3-4 as is Cheney.

Here's how it's stacking up in the two divisions as they approach the half-way point of the season.

AMERICAN DIVISION

Team, overall record, league record

Clarkston Bantams (3A) 7-1, 7-1

Central Valley Bears 6-3, 6-2

North Central Indians 4-4, 4-3

West Valley Eagles (3A) 5-3, 4-3

Gonzaga Prep Bullpups 3-5, 3-4

Shadle Park Highlanders 3-4, 3-4

East Valley Knights 1-7, 1-6

NATIONAL DIVISION

Team, overall record, league record

University Titans 7-2, 6-2

Lewis and Clark Tigers 5-3, 4-3

Mt. Spokane Wildcats 4-4, 4-3

Ferris Saxons 4-4, 4-3

Mead Panthers 3-5, 3-4

Cheney Blackhawks (3A) 3-5, 3-4

Rogers


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