We’re going to start a new feature here at chewelahindependent.com where we have power rankings each Friday, talking about the things that are seemingly having a good (or bad) week. You’ve seen power rankings in things like college sports where sports writers try to rank the things that are most important, most impressive or most controversial.
So without further delay, here are the Stevens County Power Rankings for Feb. 22, 2019.
No. 5 – Gonzaga Bulldogs
Remember when Gonzaga would lose a game or two during the WCC league schedule and people would call them overrated? Those days seem like ancient history.
The Zags defeated Pepperdine 92-64 on Thursday night in the Kennel to improve to 13-0 in WCC play and 26-2 overall. I’m not sure why people even watch their WCC games. It’s like watching the Harlem Globetrotters take on the Washington Generals night in and night out. I’ll watch the first 10 minutes of the first half and then fall asleep. Why? Because they’re up by 20 and the other team has like one good guy that can only dribble with one hand and jack up threes from NBA range every once in a while. The WCC is going to need to figure something out in terms of an arms race for recruits. I mean most of Gonzaga’s opponents are from like southern California, you think they could draw better players with the sales pitch that its like 70 degrees year round. Meanwhile Spokane is blizzarding four months out of the year.
Last night is a big win for the Zags with No. 1-ranked Duke losing to North Carolina, as the No. 2-ranked Bulldogs could see themselves move up in the rankings to No. 1. During their win over Pepperdine, Josh Perkins become the all-time assists leader at Gonzaga, surpassing Matt Santangelo for the honor. Yes, Perkins is now the assist leader on a team that had John Stockton.
No. 4 – Arguing over the Constitution
Can we just have our guns. I feel like things would be less violent if everyone had guns instead of the heated arguements people are having back and fourth on Facebook. Hasn’t this initiative I-1639 been an absolute mess? Somehow punishing people if someone steals their gun and uses it makes everyone upset. Gee, I didn’t see that coming. We’re still in this roller coaster as Spokane County state rep Matt Shea, who moonlights as the 51st state movement leader, has introduced legislation to repeal the gun control initiative. There are also several sheriffs and county commissioners who have said they wouldn’t support or enforce the law. I’m waiting for city sewer workers to chime in and issue a declaration about this as well. This is all shaping up into one fine Washington Supreme Court session. Make some popcorn, it’s going to be an entertaining trip.
No. 3 – Tim Eyman’s stolen office chair
TIM, WHAT ARE YOU DOING? When it comes to desperation, I’m sure there are many other things you could get caught stealing… like food… not a 70 dollar office chair from Home Depot. They like give those office chairs away at Goodwills. My dad is a logger and he has like six office chairs at his place. You’re an initiative-guru but apparently fighting taxes from Washington State has left your a broken man.
Doesn’t everybody know that basically every store has videos now? If a 14-year old girl can stream live from class, you betcha companies have cameras to protect their merchandise.
No. 2 – Chewelah Wrestling
There was a point during last week’s Mat Classic where Chewelah had something like eight wrestlers advance in the championship bracket. They were a tour-de-force in Tacoma, with Jake Jeanneret and Kaden Krouse winning state championships in their respective brackets. Was it the greatest performance in the history of the town? Why, yes, yes it was. In 1979, the team took fourth and this year they took third as a team. Something tells me that the worst thing to do in Chewelah is pick on some Jenkins High School students because chances are, in a school with like 180 kids, a good percentage of them are state wrestlers.
No. 1 – Snow
It has been snowing more often than not in the month of February. Washington is giving us the royal middle finger when it comes to the end of winter. While spring sports begins like next week, nobody is going to be practicing on their outdoor fields anytime soon.