Spokesman Review’s John Blanchette featured at 2016 Tip-Off

John Blanchette, longtime Spokesman Review sportswriter and author of several publications and books on local sports legends, will be this year’s featured speaker at the 2016 Tip-Off Banquet.

John has followed sports in the Inland Empire since the 1980’s, writing as a columnist for the Spokesman Review. During this time John established himself as a local sports historian while authoring ‘ZAGMANIA – The Story of the 1998-1999 Gonzaga Basketball Team,’ ‘Team of Destiny – The Story of the 1997 Washington State Cougar football team,’ and ‘Welcome to Helmet Night – Dispatches from Mariner Nation, Cougar Country and a battered tin canoe.’

This year’s Banquet at the Northern Quest Resort and Casino will again kick off a great weekend of basketball for the teams, parents, and supporters of the tournament. The Banquet will begin at 6:30pm on December 1st at Northern Quest Resort and Casino, a long time supporter of The Fitz.

Once again the banquet will be MC’d by long time WSU broadcaster Bud Nameck.  A two time Sportscaster of the Year in the State of Washington,

If you are interested in attending the Fitz Tip-Off Banquet, please contact Jim McPhee at 509-768-9158.