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  • Shadle Park (Spokane, Wash.) junior sensation Brett Rypien added to his growing resume Thursday night by passing for a state 11-man record 613 yards in a 63-42 win over Mt. Spokane.
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    Brett Rypien

    The 6-foot-2 signal caller tossed eight touchdown passes – including strikes of 53, 48, 35 and 32 yards – on the night and ran for another. If confirmed, his final tally of 613 passing yards will be good for 17th all-time nationally according to the NFHS record book.

    Rypien threw his final scoring toss late in the third quarter and helped Shadle Park pile up 49 points in the first half.

    The Greater Spokane League gunslinger is the nephew of Washington State University great and Super Bowl XXVI most valuable player Mark Rypien.

    Rypien tossed for 3,179 yards and 23 touchdowns as a sophomore in just 10 games for the Highlanders. He recorded one of the nation's top single-game marks a year ago with 577 yards in a loss to Central Valley.
  • Austin Rehkow loaded up and connected on a field goal from the 43-yard line in the final seconds Thursday night. That's pretty significant.

    What made Rehkow's kick spectacular in a 62-55 overtime win for Central Valley (Veradale, Wash.) over Shadle Park (Spokane, Wash.) is that he kicked it from his own 43-yard line, not the opponent's.

    The 67-yard field goal came up 1 yard short of Dirk Borgognone's epic 68-yard connection in 1985 for Reno (Nev.). But as you can tell by the videos below, it didn't come up short in terms of excitement generated - not to mention just how clutch it was.

    The connection is now tied for second-longest in history with Russ Cowsert (1987) of Dallas Christian and Rusty Curry (1999) of Duluth (Ga.), according to the NFHS Record Book.

    The kick obliterated the state record of 62 yards, and that record had stood since 1929.

    Shadle Park's Brett Rypien also set a state record in the game with 577 passing yards - smashing the previous high of 516 set in 2010. Rypien is the nephew of Mark Rypien, who led the Washington Redskins to a Super Bowl win in 1991 and was the game's MVP. The elder Rypien is a Shadle Park alum.

    The Seattle Times has a more detailed list of the state records.

    See two different perspectives on the kick below:

  • New on the schedule this season, the Dan Fitzgerald Memorial Basketball Tournament will honor the legacy of the longtime Gonzaga University coach.

    The event will be staged Dec. 2-3 at Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane, Wash.

    "We are all very excited to be able to create this kind of legacy to Dan and to bring a high-quality high school tournament to Spokane," tournament director Greg Heinrichs said. "Dan was a great coach and an even better man. Our goal is to create the kind of event that he would be proud of and a tournament that every high school in America will want to participate in."

    Proceeds will benefit the Spokane Boys and Girls Club and the Dan Fitzgerald scholarship at Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, Calif. Fitzgerald coached at Mitty early in his career before spending 15 years as the head man at Gonzaga, compiling over 250 wins and taking the school to its first NCAA Tournament in 1995.

    "The Fitz" will have a Spokane feel to it with area teams Cheney, Lewis and Clark, Mead and Shadle Park, featuring recent Washington State verbal commitment Brett Boese. Camas, Kelso, Richland and West Valley (Yakima) will also be in the field.

    A banquet will be held for teams Dec. 1 at the Northern Quest Resort and will be open to the public. Details will be available in the coming weeks at

    Dan Fitzgerald Memorial Basketball Tournament
    Dec. 2-3 – Lewis & Clark High School (Spokane, Wash.)
    Dec. 2
    4 p.m. – Kelso vs. Shadle Park
    5:30 p.m. – Cheney vs. West Valley
    7:30 p.m. – Camas vs. Lewis and Clark
    9 p.m. – Mead vs. Richland
    Dec. 3
    11 a.m. – Cheney vs. Kelso
    12:30 p.m. – Camas vs. Mead
    2:30 p.m. – Lewis and Clark vs. Richland
    4 p.m. – Shadle Park vs. West Valley