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Spokesman’s Thorpe steps away from Washington State beat

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Let’s take a walk down memory lane

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The Cougar faithful received some bad news yesterday as Jacob Thorpe, of the Spokesman-Review, announced on twitter that he’ll no longer be writing for the paper. Thorpe has been the beat reporter for Cougar football and basketball since 2013, and it’s hard to find a reader who hasn’t enjoyed his coverage.

I’ve always enjoyed Jacob’s coverage of the team and am thankful for all the insight he’s provided over the years. So as a bit of a farewell, I went back and looked up a few of my favorite articles that Thorpe has written. I’m sure I missed many great peices, these were simply the ones that first came to my mind.

Tavares Martin rises from The Muck to excel at Washington State

This story details Tavares Martin Jr.’s childhood growing up in Belle Glade Florida. While the Palouse and southern Florida have obvious differences, one part of this story makes it stand out. Like some of his classmates, Martin Jr. is an experienced hunter. What sets him apart is the ability to catch a rabbit with his bare hands.

Gabe Marks is an oratorical All-American

The former wide receiver will always be remember for his production on the field and at the podium. This profile provides a lot of understanding into who Marks is as a player, and as a person.

Halliday hurt in loss

We’ve been blessed with two straight successful seasons, but news isn’t always good when it comes to Cougar football. In my three years at WSU the loss to USC, and Connor Halliday’s career ending injury was a low point. Thorpe showed he has the range with this recap, capturing the feelings and emotions of a miserable and depressing day.

What are some of your favorite stories? Let me know in the comments, so I can make sure to go back and read them.

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NBA Draft:

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Recruiting:

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