100 years ago in Spokane: How a local version of March Madness looked in 1921

Spokane was preparing for a local 1921 version of March Madness: the Inland Empire High School Basketball Tournament.

The opening-round draw pitted “two high-caliber teams”: North Central High School and Walla Walla High School.

This was only the second year of the tournament, but it was already drawing enough interest to merit a front-page story in the Spokane Daily Chronicle. The event drew high school teams from all over Eastern Washington, including Waterville, Almira, Ephrata and Ritzville. There were even teams from Montana (Libby) and Idaho (Culdesac).

From the zoo beat: A new resident – a bison – was on the way to the Manito Park Zoo.

The zoo

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