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Posted: Thursday, July 19, 2012 12:15 am

Prep passing tournament

set for this weekend

BOISE - Lake City High is the lone North Idaho team scheduled to compete at the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Football Challenge, a 7-on-7 passing tournament.

The two-day event, scheduled for the Optimist Youth Sports Complex, begins with round-robin games from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. MDT. Single-elimination games begin Saturday at 9 a.m., followed by the junior varsity championship game at noon and the varsity title game at 2 p.m.

A Lineman's Challenge game of tug-of-war will include two sessions today at noon and 2 p.m. The championship is scheduled for 4 p.m.

Admission is free.

Other teams scheduled to compete include Bishop Kelly, Boise, Borah, Capital, Centennial, Columbia, Eagle, Emmett, Fruitland, Highland, Kuna, Meridian, Mountain Home, Mountain View, New Plymouth, Rigby, Rocky Mountain and Skyview.

Stars host AAU girls

hoop tourney this weekend

SPOKANE - The Spokane Stars Columbia Blue, consisting of several players from Coeur d'Alene and Post Falls high schools and coming off a big tournament win in Seattle, play close to home this weekend, at Summer Heat 2012 AAU girls basketball tournament Sunday and Monday at The Warehouse.

The tournament is expected to attracted coaches from many colleges across the West.

Admission is $5 for a day pass.

WSU QB Tuel named

to O'Brien watch list

FORT WORTH, Texas - Washington State senior quarterback Jeff Tuel has been named to The Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List.

The award is presented annually to the nation's best college quarterback.

Coming off an impressive sophomore campaign, Tuel, a Fresno, Calif., native, appeared in three games while battling through injuries last season. As a sophomore in 2010, Tuel threw for 2,780 yards and 18 touchdowns while starting all 12 games. In the 2012 spring game this past April, Tuel completed his first 15 passes and finished the day 19 of 21 for 285 yards and two touchdowns.

The finalists will be announced Nov. 19, and the winner announced Dec. 6.

The Cougars open their 2012 schedule Aug. 30 at BYU in a game televised nationally on ESPN.

Top winged sprinters ready

for historic run at Stateline

History will be made in more ways than one when the two premier winged sprintcar racing series in the Intermountain West roar into Stateline Speedway this weekend.

"This is going to be the largest winged sprint show ever at Stateline," first-year Stateline promoter Larry Bertrand said. "We've never had this many drivers calling ahead of time and getting their plans together."

The Super Shoe Show VI has expanded to a Friday and Saturday event for the first time at Stateline Speedway. The racer who earns the most points through the two nights of racing will win the 2012 championship.

Because of co-sanctioning from the Canadian-American Western Winged Sprints Series and the ASA Northwest Sprintcar Racing Association, Bertrand expects more than 20 racecars as the for the two-day show. Previously, the Super Shoe has been run only on a Saturday night.

They'll flock from the Boise area, western Oregon, western Canada and Utah.

Fans will see up-and-coming drivers such as reigning Super Shoe champion Johnny "The Jet" Giesler, the current ASA NSRA series leader who holds a narrow advantage in the WWS standings over fellow Meridian racer Mike Murgoitio, and championship veterans such as the Roseburg, Ore., duo of record-setting Andy Alberding and Matt Hein and Springfield, Ore., racer Rick "Quick" Brown, who won the Super Shoe in 2008.

Reigning ASA NSRA series champion Sierra Jackson of Middleton is dubbed another driver to watch this weekend.

This is only the third race of the season for NSRA. The series saw rainouts on June 16 in Vernon, British Columbia, and June 30 at Douglas County Speedway in Roseburg, Ore.

Admission on Friday night is $12.75 for a 40-lap main event, with the final night gate price at $18 for the 50-lap feature finale. Gates open at 5 p.m. with qualifying at 6 p.m. and a 7:15 p.m. opening ceremony each night.

This weekend's races will be run under WWS engine rules that allow a maximum displacement of 360 cubic inches. Only American- or Canadian-made engines are legal in the series. The NSRA is carrying the tire rule package, providing five tires for each night of racing. If any other tires are used, the driver will be penalized and sent to the back of the field.

Information: www.raceidaho.com, www.wingedsprintcars.com, www.nsraracing.com.

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