May 12th, 2011
MONTPELIER - For the first time in fifteen years, the Snake River Panther baseball team has claimed the District 5 crown and advanced to the Idaho State Championships next week.
Riding the right arm of pitcher Shane Parkinson and the pinch hitting of Travis Robertson and Cash Cardona, the Panthers downed tournament host Bear Lake 3-2 in eight innings to claim the title.
We got a huge effort from Shane today," said Coach James Carter. "We just have some great kids who did just a phenomenal job today to get the win."
REXBURG â€” Once again the Blackfoot Lady Broncos proved that the game isn't over until its over as Brielle Brower swatted a 2-out RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning, propelling Blackfoot to a thrilling 6-5 win over Rigby to advance to the state play in game on Saturday.
"I was just looking for a base hit to get Jamie around to home, nothing big just something to help my team out," Brielle Brower said. "We knew that we needed to come out and battle because we all want to make it to the play in game and we want to help our seniors out."
IDAHO FALLS â€” The Blackfoot tennis team took to the Idaho Falls courts on Thursday, looking to position themselves on day one of the district tournament for a run at a conference title and a number of state tournament bids.
On the day, Blackfoot did just that as many members of the squad are still alive, heading into the final day of the tournament beginning at 9 A.M. this morning.
UPDATE 4:10 p.m: FORT HALL â€” Firefighters have located a body in the debris of the home that burned this morning on the Fort Hall Reservation. The Bannock County Coroner is on scene. The victim's name has not been released. Highway 91 should reopen in a few hours.
UPDATE 11:20 a.m.: FORT HALL â€” Highway 91 between Ballard and Reservation roads is expected to remain closed most of the day. A Pocatello Fire Department tower truck with bucket and Idaho Technical Rescue Team have been brought in to assess the situation from above due to the structure's instability.
Randall â€śRandyâ€ť Yancey, 45, of Pinole, Calif., passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2011, at Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Richmond, California.
Funeral arrangements are pending under the direction of Hawker Funeral Home and will be announced.
PRESTON â€“ Nelda Bradley Francis, 87, passed away May 10, 2011, in Preston.Â
She was born March 10, 1924, in Preston to Orthello Carlyle and Maggie Bell Bradley.Â Nelda married William Joseph (Tony) Francis on March 31, 1944, in Ely, Nev.Â The marriage was then solemnized April 5, 1944, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.
She was the mother of eight children, 32 grandchildren, 56 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.Â She said many times, â€śmy husband and my family are the joy of my life.â€ťÂ
Nelda and Tony worked in five temples and served a mission to the Mexico City Temple.
Reta Maxine Andrus, 75, passed away on May 10, 2011 at her home in Blackfoot after an extended illness.Â
She was born Oct. 13, 1935, to James Hyrum and Stella Killian Garrett at the family home in Lewisville.
Reta spent her youth in Lewisville. She married James Andrus in 1952; they later divorced. Most of her adult life has been spent in the Blackfoot area.
Reta worked many years at State Hospital South in the geriatric unit.Â While president of the local chapter of Business & Professional Women in 1982, Reta was instrumental in starting the Bingham County Crisis Center.
RIVERSIDE - The Snake River Lady Panthers staved off elimination Wednesday afternoon as they downed the American Falls Beavers 4-0 behind the pitching and hitting of sophomore Alyssa DeLaney. The win set up the championship game against the Bear Lake Lady Bears who scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to send the Lady Panthers to a play in game on Saturday by a score of 4-3.
DeLaney was hooked up in a pitchers duel, as Snake River and American Falls defenses kept putting up zeroes on the scoreboard through the first three innings of play.
BLACKFOOT â€” The 4A High Country Conference golf tournament was held on Wednesday afternoon at Blackfoot Municipal Golf Course and at the end of a gorgeous day weather wise, a trio of local golfers qualified for the state tournament.
Leading the way was Shelley's Will Higham who captured the top medalist position by shooting a 77. Also qualifying for the boys team was Higham's team mate Clarke Huntsman who finished third with a 79.
Also joining the state qualifiers was Shelley's Janie Huntsman who finished fourth in the girls standings with a 89.
IDAHO FALLS â€” The only thing that the Blackfoot baseball team wanted was a chance. A chance to compete for a state tournament bid that on Monday looked as if was going to be washed away with the soaking rain that pummeled Southeastern Idaho.
With the inclement weather, the sixth district considered canceling the post season tournament all together and send the regular season champion Bonneville squad to state to represent the district and the two seeded Hillcrest team to Saturday's play in game.