A basalt pile decorates much of Eastern Washington and Eastern Oregon, thanks to some lively volcanic action millions of years ago.

OAKESDALE, Wash. — Pomeroy saw its 10-game Southeast 1B League volleyball winning streak snapped here Thursday night as Oakesdale took down the Pirates in straight sets to clinch at least a share of the league championship.

PRESCOTT — St. John-Endicott-Lacrosse downed Prescott in straight sets here Thursday night in the Tigers' fiinal home volleyball match of the season.

One can’t help but wonder if Bryce Harper is experiencing buyer’s remorse this month as he watches his old team, the Washington Nationals, close in on a World Series championship.

GREENVILLE, S.C. — In a different time, it was an attractive little two-bedroom home, constructed in the early 1940s out of red brick and owned by one of the greatest players ever to grace the diamond, a towering yet tragic figure who lived the last half of his life and went to his grave as …

RENTON, Wash. — The Seahawks have forged the best prime-time record in the NFL on a very simple — though slightly incongruous — theory, preached ad nauseam into their consciousness by coach Pete Carroll.

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Six Pro Bowls. A Super Bowl ring. The NFL passer-rating leader in 2015. The NFL touchdown-pass leader in 2017. The second-best passer rating in NFL history. And, of course, 129 consecutive games played if you count the playoffs.

As Felix Hernandez prepares to make what almost certainly will be his final Mariners start today — No. 418 over a 15-year span — it’s long past the time to ponder where he went off track, and how he could have fixed it.

Just before taking a swipe at California at large, Washington State football coach Mike Leach answered a question about one of the Golden State’s new bills: California’s Fair Pay for Play Act, which awaits Governor Gavin Newsom’s signature after passing through the legislature unanimously an…

EVERETT — The number of seats sans a gluteus maximus was conspicuously high Wednesday night. The view behind each basket was particularly glaring, as chairs outnumbered bodies by at least five to 1.

SEATTLE — There was a go-route snag from an athletic freak who had Hall of Fame hype before he ever played a down. There was a QB sack from a three-time Pro Bowl selection who broke the internet the day he signed with Seattle.

Just after his team’s comeback win against Oregon, on a weekend when the Pac-12’s image took another right hook to the dome, Auburn running back JaTarvious Whitlow transformed into JaTrollious Whitlow.