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Hoopfest in need of Court Monitors

Hoopfest in need of Court Monitors

Want to be a part of Hoopfest 25, but don’t have a team? Volunteer to be one of 650 Court Monitors that make each game a slam dunk.


The best thing about being a Court Monitor is that almost anyone can do it, regardless of basketball experience. Hoopfest provides all the training you need at evening training sessions scheduled for mid-June. Another way to make Hoopfest great as a Court Monitor is to recruit a friend to be your scorekeeper. Together you can make sure each game is fun for everyone.

SpokeFest has grant available to promote bicycle education

SpokeFest has grant available to promote bicycle education

Bicycle enthusiasts will participate in the 7th annual SpokeFest in September, but the non-profit has more to offer than the one day event. SpokeFest has a grant available for schools or other nonprofits to use for bicycle education.


“We really just want to get the word out that it’s available,” said Anna Bresnahan, Marketing Chair for SpokeFest.

Bloomsday entry deadline draws near

Bloomsday entry deadline draws near

In just 20 days racers will cross the starting line for one of the world’s largest road races, but time is running out to enter Bloomsday. Tuesday is the last day to register by mail before facing the late entry fee.


Paper entries must be postmarked by  Tuesday, April 15th. After tomorrow you’ll have until April 20th to register online. You can also register in person at any Sports Authority until 9 pm Tuesday night.

Hoopfest selects Santangelo as next director

Hoopfest selects Santangelo as next director

Sources close to KXLY confirm former Gonzaga Bulldogs standout Matt Santangelo, who helped lead the Zags on their 'Cinderella story' Elite Eight run in 1999, has been tapped to take over as executive director for Hoopfest.

Hoopfest officials would not confirm Santangelo's hiring, but did confirm a formal announcement will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

"The new Executive Director has a passion for basketball. He is looking forward to leading Spokane Hoopfest Association programs and will work closely with Rick Steltenpohl and the seasoned staff through Hoopfest 25 to ensure a successful transition," said Spokane Hoopfest Co-Founder Rick Betts in a media release.

Santangelo, 36, was a junior guard on Dan Monson's 1999 squad that earned a berth to the NCAA tourney that tore through the competition, making it all the way to the Elite Eight where they fell to the eventual tourney champions from Connecticut.

Volleyball tournament brings thousands to Spokane

Volleyball tournament brings thousands to Spokane

The Pacific Northwest Qualifier Volleyball Tournament will host 603 teams at the Spokane Convention Center.

The younger age groups played March 21-23, and older age groups March 28-30.

The tournament is one of the highest grossing events for Spokane, bringing in players and their families from all over the country.

Each team has the option to choose which qualifier they want to attend, and this year more people are choosing Spokane.

"This year we have actually had about a 25% growth and we have 120-something more teams than we have had in the previous years so we've grown dramatically," said Ross Poage, the Executive Director of the tournament.

The winner of each division will earn a bid to compete for a national championship in Minneapolis later this year.









All in the family - two brothers playing for different teams at the Spokane Arena

All in the family - two brothers playing for different teams at the Spokane Arena

Meg Fraschilla's shirt has two buttons on it. On one button, Oklahoma's James Fraschilla. On the other, Harvard's Matt Fraschilla. Brothers, three years apart, both in Spokane, playing on separate teams in the NCAA tournament.

"This was the tradition our from high school and my kids are mortified that I've carried it through college," Mother, Meg Fraschilla said about the buttons. ?But it's fun for us and we are the parents and grandparents, so we get to do what we want to do."

Out of eight venues, Harvard and Oklahoma University both ended up in Spokane for the second round, which was exciting news for the Fraschilla family.

"The boys started texting each other, which was really cute as a mother to watch them to bond over it," Meg Fraschilla said. "We just started scrambling for flights."

Meg Fraschilla and, grandmother, Julie Ann O'Connell made the trip to the Inland Northwest from Dallas, Texas. For O'Connell it's a grandmother's dream come true.

"They've always done everything as a pair," O'Connell said. "Growing up they were very very close, so it's been fun to see them."

Volunteers needed for Bike Swap

Volunteers needed for Bike Swap

Just a few short weeks away from the 3rd Annual Spokane Bike Swap and Expo, and the event is in need of volunteers.


Volunteers are needed for all aspects of the weekend long event, April 12th & 13th. From setup, to event support, security, bike technicians and registrations teams are all needed to make sure the discounted bike event runs smooth.