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April 19, 2008 at 10:19 AM

Update on MI legend Quin Snyder

I spent three years following Quin Snyder, the Mercer Island legend who went on to play and coach at Duke before landing at Missouri, which is where our paths crossed. For those three years covering him as a cub reporter, I saw him near his best — leading the Tigers to the Elite Eight — and then near his worst — explaining NCAA violations, testifying in court, and losing the faith he quickly built with so many fans across the Show-Me State.

When I visited Mercer Island High School in February, I couldn’t help but think of the promise he held when he played there. He legitimately fulfilled much of it. He was a two-time Star Times pick, made three Final Fours as a player, left Duke with a law degree from one of the best academic schools in the country. Yet the scandals of his last four years at Missouri might follow him wherever he goes.

I bring this up because ESPN reporter Jeff Pearlman — who told the controversial John Rocker story for SI and wrote an excellent book on Barry Bonds — wrote about Snyder from Austin, where he’s coaching in the NBA’s developmental league. It’s an interesting read.

Morning stars

1. Amanda Fitzsimmons, Auburn Riverside, softball. Pitched a five-inning perfect game, and also went 4-for-4 with a triple in a 10-0 win against Auburn Mountainview.

2. Patrick Bliss, Stanwood, baseball. Went 3-for-3 with a two-run home run in a 3-2 win against Snohomish.

3. Cameron Cutter, Bishop Blanchet, baseball. Hit a three-run home run in the first inning, setting the tone for a 7-5 win against Seattle Prep.

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