Despite being separated by 70 miles, the men’s basketball teams at Washington State and Eastern Washington haven’t met in eight years, not since Ken Bone’s Cougars beat Jim Hayford’s Eagles 88-69 in a 2012 game played at Beasley Coliseum.

The regional foes will renew their series this season in a nonconference game at Spokane Arena, EWU coach Shantay Legans told host Larry Weir in a Thursday edition of The Spokesman-Review’s Press Box podcast.

Legans said the teams signed a contract for the game earlier this week and will play right before Christmas. Neither school has released an official schedule for the 2020-21 season.

“It’s going to be a huge game for us,” Legans said. “I can talk about it because we signed the contract yesterday. It’s going to be a very fun game, we play them right before Christmas. I appreciate them and thank them for giving us a game.”

According to Legans, EWU will also visit WSU for nonconference games in 2021-22 and 2022-23. The Cougars and Eagles haven’t played in three consecutive years since 1996-98. They’ve met just four times since 1998.

Horse racing

• Emerald Downs race track in Auburn announced a new schedule as it looks to begin a delayed season because of the pandemic. The track originally announced a Monday-Tuesday race schedule beginning July 22. The track said in a release Friday it will instead run a Wednesday-Thursday schedule beginning June 24 without specatators. The track cited a large number of other tracks that are operating earlier in the week for the switch.


• The West Coast League, a collegiate summer wood-bat league with teams around the Northwest, announced it is canceling its 2020 season because of the coronavirus pandemic. The WCL, which has former ESPN writer Rob Neyer as the commissioner, had pushed opening day back to the end of July in hopes of having a season.


Koli Faaiu, a three-star offensive lineman for the Class of 2021, became the first North Creek High School football player to land an NCAA Division I scholarship when he committed to Utah this week. The 6-foot-4, 315 pound guard is listed as the No. 13 player in the state for his class by He announced a top five of Boise State, Kansas, Michigan State, Utah and Washington State last month.