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Ernie Kent tapped to lead WSU basketball program

Ernie Kent  tapped to lead WSU basketball program

Washington State University has confirmed that Athletic Director Bill Moos has tapped Ernie Kent to be the next men's basketball coach in Pullman.

Cougfan.com was one of the first to break the news about the hiring of the 18th Cougar basketball coach, confirmed a short time later by Dave Mahler at Sportsradio 950 KJR in Seattle. Andy Katz with ESPN said he spoke with him and the official announcement from the university is scheduled for Wednesday.

The university confirmed Kent's hiring and said a press conference would be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Beasley Coliseum.

"I am excited that Ernie will be the leader of our men?s basketball program," Moos said in a statement posted to WSUCougars.com. "I have witnessed firsthand his many talents. He has proven that he can win championships in our conference. Together we saw tremendous success at his alma mater and I have every reason to expect to see the same at mine."

WA State Parks celebrates 101 years with free park entry

WA State Parks celebrates 101 years with free park entry

From the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission:

 

Washington State Parks turns 101 years old on Wednesday, March 19, and visitors are invited to help celebrate by getting out to enjoy a state park for free that day.

Hoopfest registration open at midnight

Hoopfest registration open at midnight

The weather has warmed up and dried out, and the basketball courts are calling your name! Hoopfest is just 106 days away, and it’s time to start thinking about this year’s team. Registration for the world’s largest three-on-three tournament begins at midnight.

Lawmakers Mark 99th Anniversary of Cougar Football Championship

For Washington State University Cougar fans, it sometimes feels like it's been 100 years since they won a national football championship. Actually, it has only been 99 years. And, Friday, the Washington legislature marked that milestone in Olympia.

“The 1915-1916 WSC football team was the first West Coast team to go undefeated and win a Rose Bowl and a National Championship,” said Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, “giving Washington State the oldest winning tradition on the West Coast.”

Sen. Baumgartner sponsored Senate Resolution 8715 to mark the occasion. The resolution celebrates the 1915 team, known then as Washington State College, who finished their season with a perfect record and beat Brown College 14-0. That year's team allowed only one touchdown all year.

Current Cougar football coach Mike Leach joined Sen. Baumgartner to mark the occasion. Baumgartner is a proud Coug, graduating in 1999 with a degree in Economics.

Canine Canter 5K offering discounted registration

Canine Canter 5K offering discounted registration

From press release:

PULLMAN, Wash. - Dogs and their owners will team up for a three-mile fun run/walk at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 12, at Washington State University. Humans without dogs are also welcome.

WSU’s Canine Club of the College of Veterinary Medicine will host the 22nd annual Canine Canter 5K. The majority of race proceeds will go to the Whitman County Humane Society.

Pre-registration of $15 must be postmarked by March 30. Late registration will cost $20 on race day and a T-shirt will not be not guaranteed. For a registration form and more information, go to www.vetmed.wsu.edu/clubs/k9/canter/.

Snacks will be provided and prizes given to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place canine-human teams.

Check-in will be at 7:45 a.m. at Bustad Hall at the corner of Stadium Way and Grimes Road.

Proof of each dog’s rabies vaccination will be required. All dogs must be older than 4 months and on a leash.

Thieves steal gear from Special Olympics team

Thieves steal gear from Special Olympics team

Theft is a heinous crime, but for a group of Special Olympians in Moscow, it was especially heinous, when someone nearly crushed their hopes for the upcoming winter games when someone broke into their storage unit and stole all the newest equipment for the Moscow Rebel Tigers.

The worst part about it? They were going to use that gear for the winter games next week.

"That's the kind of lock that we used to have. This is the kind of lock that I bought," said Moscow Rebel Tigers Head Coach Elizabeth King.

Last Saturday somebody beat her to it.

"They didn't take everything but they did take everything we needed to compete," said King.

Someone cut the lock of the storage unit and helped themselves to the team's gear.

"Nine pairs of snow shoes, four pairs of cross country ski boots and 12 jackets and one set of cross country skis and poles," said King.

The team is just a week away from the biggest competition of the year: The Idaho Special Olympics 2014 Winter Games. The team took the news pretty hard.

"It was just shock," said King.