PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL: Sandpoint topples Moscow in 4A IEL opener

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SANDPOINT ‘ Led by Maddie Morgan’s key 3-pointers and a season-high 20 points from the bench, Sandpoint opened 4A Inland Empire League play with a 48-37 win over Moscow on Saturday at Les Rogers Court.

‘We had a few of our starters that didn’t have their best games tonight,’ Sandpoint head coach Will Love said. ‘But I told the girls that we’re a family, and families lift each other up. So I was really proud with the whole bench for their contributions tonight.’

As a unit, Sandpoint reserves Aly Lish, Brooklen Steiger and Kaylee Banks made their first six shots and scored 13 points in the first half, which led to a 25-13 halftime lead. But Moscow, which went 5 for 19 from the first half, rallied back in the third quarter and eventually reclaimed a 34-33 lead early in the fourth quarter. After a quiet first half, Moscow junior Rheanna Anderson scored seven of her 13 points in the third quarter.

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Pocatello’s Tyler Olson (11) and Century’s Carson Zink (21) scramble for a lose ball Jan. 19 at Century’s gym.

Century’s Deshun Harwell (1) goes up against Blackfoot’s Dylan Fuller (4) during their 4A District 5-6 tournament loser-out game Feb. 22 in Blackfoot.

Preston’s Brayden Parker, Kyler Burbank (3), Britten Atkinson (2) and Derek Wadsworth (1) celebrate after they defeated Idaho Falls 66-42 to win the District 5-6 Championship on Feb. 22 in Preston.

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Snake River’s Clancy Thomas makes a pass between two Marsh Valley defenders during their game Feb. 22 at Snake River High School.

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Seattle plane hijacker’s final YouTube post reveals boredom with job

The final YouTube video posted by a Seattle plane hijacker depicts a happily married man with a monotonous job that’s only silver lining was the travel opportunities it afforded him.’

Richard Russell has been revealed to be the 29-year-old who stole an Alaska Airlines jet from the Seattle-Tacoma Airport and took it for an hour-long joyride before crashing on an island in a ball of flames on Friday evening.’

‘Hi, I’m Beebo Russell and I’m a grounds service agent. That means, I lift a lot of bags. Like, a lot of bags. So many bags,’ he narrates over back-to-back clips of suitcases being loaded on and off of airplanes as a lighthearted tune plays in the background.

Homer cross-country squads sweep team titles

The sport of cross-country running is often a numbers game when it comes to team battles, so Saturday’s boys-girls championship sweep by the Homer Mariners in the Class 1-2-3A division was one to cherish.

For a town of just over 5,000 having to battle Anchorage schools like Grace and Anchorage Christian, the occasion marked the pinnacle of success for the Homer running program.

The girls won their third straight state title, matching the school’s precedent of three straight from 1988 to 1990, but for the Mariners boys, the sweet taste of victory was new.

‘They saw the girls winning the past two years and they wanted to win,’ said Homer coach Bill Steyer, the architect of the system. ‘To win both is pretty epic, it’s pretty phenomenal.’