Lovin' It

Lovin' It

Freshman Zach Collins brings energy, a hefty hoops résumé and loud music to Gonzaga's locker room
The most highly touted recruit in Gonzaga history isn't always the first player off of the bench for Mark Few's squad. Zach Collins, the first McDonald's All-American to commit to Gonzaga out of high school, ranked third on the team in rebounds per game (5.7) and fourth in scoring (10.2 points per game) heading into March Madness.

A Slice of Life

Artist Aleksey Borisov forges his knives to serve a higher power
The forge begins to roar, and its dancing blue flames heat two rusty railroad spikes, still cold with winter, to a molten yellow-orange that bends the air around it. The anvil sings each time the heavy hammer falls, and the spike flattens obligingly: CLING cling, CLING cling, CLING cling.

One for the Books

Before their Sweet Sixteen run, the Zags spent the season proving just how special this year's team is
A look back at some of the vital games that brought the Zags to the Sweet Sixteen, and the brink of a Final Four breakthrough: Nov. 25: 77-72 win vs. Florida The Zags' first real test of the season came in their fifth game.

LITERATURE | LILAC CITY FAIRY TALES

Getting weird in support of Spark Central
Tales of deceptive vampire-witch covens, magic-wielding sisterhoods, conjoined twins and spirit world communicators are just some of the denizens readers encounter inside the third edition of Lilac City Fairy Tales, being released during a special fundraiser event this weekend. The anthology's latest volume features short stories and poems by nearly 80 contributing writers from the Inland Northwest and beyond — some are widely recognized local authors; others are publishing for the first time — and is subtitled Weird Sisters.

For Your Consideration

A spacey story, peppy indie-pop and oh-so-tasty apple sharlotka
BOOK | A Russian man, an American woman and a Japanese man volunteer for 1½ years of isolation that will test whether they have what it takes to be the first people on Mars. Like the astronauts at the center of its story, the writing in THE WANDERERS, by Meg Howrey, is at once sensual and jilting, awkwardly robotic and then totally human.

The March Starts Here

Gonzaga's men and women head to the NCAA tournament
Now the real season starts. All the Gonzaga basketball you've watched, read about and fretted over between their first win in early November and their most recent victory, four months later?

Maybe this time

Never mind the naysayers: Here are five reasons this Zags team could go all the way
The Transfers Skeptical fans often suggest that if Gonzaga played in a stronger league, the Zags wouldn't be as nationally relevant.

Bracket Breakdown

How likely is a trip to the Sweet 16 after two games in Salt Lake City?
Much has been made about Gonzaga returning this year to the site of the last time they were a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Most Zags fans probably do their best to forget that 2013 trip to Salt Lake City.

Talking (Non-)Hoops | Silas Melson

The junior from Portland is the locker room DJ
What do you listen to before a game? I listen to a lot of hip-hop, a lot of rap.

Talking (Non-) Hoops | Jordan Mathews

The senior from LA loves Frank's Diner, wonder about his teammates' fashions
Who's car DJ when you guys go somewhere?

Talking (Non-) Hoops | Nigel Williams-Goss

The Oregon junior is already working on a master's degree
Favorite pregame tunes?

Talking (Non-) Hoops | Zach Collins

The freshman from Las Vegas loves Green Day, while his teammates say Logic is more his jam
What's your favorite artist to listen to, pregame? I'm all over the place, to be honest.

Going for NCAA Glory

Bud Withers wrote the book on Gonzaga hoops — twice
As the Zags gear up for another March Madness appearance, it's an appropriate time for the Gonzaga faithful to look at the program's path forged over the better part of two decades. Former Seattle P-I and Times sportswriter Bud Withers offers an extended retrospective of that time in his latest book, Glory Hounds.

Ladies (in) First

Gonzaga's women's hoops team grew in fits and starts this season
Called "gritty" but not always "pretty" by head coach Lisa Fortier, the Gonzaga women actually struggled throughout most of the season. Their regular-season championship came down to the last home game and a tight five-point win, and success in the West Coast Conference tournament wasn't a given as they headed to Las Vegas.

'A Light That Changed the World'

Hill Williams' third and final book touches on a Pacific Northwest shaped by water, scientific discovery and people
I didn't know it at the time, but on the same day a copy of Hill Williams' book Writing the Northwest: A Reporter Looks Back made it into my hands last week, his family was laying him to rest. Williams, who died at 91 on March 2, was a journalist and newspaperman in Washington for more than 50 years.

You're Not Alone

Holding On ~ Letting Go at the Civic wants to spark a conversation about tough topics
For all its inevitability, death can be a tough subject to broach. Rather than risk the awkwardness of such a sensitive issue, it's not uncommon for people — even those for whom death is palpable — to skip to lighter topics, leaving the heavy stuff for another time.

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