Archive - Oct 2011 - Latest Sports
By BOB HUDSON
THOMAS â€” Snake River coach Jeff Dalley didn't know what to make of the Panthers' 70-7 beat-down of American Falls in South East Idaho Conference football action on Friday.
"I never would have expected it," Dalley said. "I really thought it would be a slugfest."
CALDWELL â€“ The Blackfoot Broncos rode the right foot of senior Gerardo Bartolo all the way into the 4A State Soccer Championship game. The talented striker knocked in not one, not two, but all three Blackfoot goals in a hard fought 3-2 victory over Skyview on Friday afternoon at Caldwell High School.
â€śRight from the beginning of the game you could tell that we were all focused and ready to go,â€ť Bartolo said. â€śWe want to win a championship so badly and we came out attacking, attacking and just taking the game to them. To get three goals, my senior year, well that feels amazing.â€ť
CALDWELL â€“ The Snake River Panthers took a big step towards a 3A state championship on Friday afternoon as they turned in a convincing performance against perennial soccer power Payette with a 6-1 victory.
â€śThe guys just came out and killed it today,â€ť Snake River head coach Trevor Peterson said. â€śThey came out and played an awesome game and I couldnâ€™t be happier.â€ť
Snake River drew first blood in the game in the eighteenth minute of play when a Payette player was called for an intentional hand ball on a ball that was heading for an open goal on a corner kick.
CALDWELL â€“ The High Country Conference champion Blackfoot Broncos opened their state tournament on Thursday afternoon as they tangled with Minico in the first round at Brothers Field on the campus of Caldwell High School.
In a game that seemed to be played almost entirely in the Spartans end of the field, Blackfoot was able to prevail and advance to the semi-finals with a hard fought 1-0 victory.
CALDWELL â€“ The Snake River Panthers shook of a slow start with a second half romp as they opened the 3A state tournament with a convincing 5-3 win over Gooding on Thursday afternoon.
Playing at Vallivue High School the Panthers found themselves down 2-0 just eight minutes into the first round contest.
THOMAS â€” There's an ages old coaching cliche that says we play them one point at a time. On Tuesday night, that statement couldn't have been more profound as the Snake River Panthers literally took it to the Bear Lake Bears one point at a time down the stretch as they advanced to the fifth district title game with a thrilling come from behind victory 25-23, 25-12, 24-26, 21-25 and 16-14..
"That was it. That was never say die," Snake River head coach Shelli VanOrden said. "I'm so happy and proud of these girls. They never quit playing and fought all the way through to the end."
THOMAS â€” On Wednesday evening Snake River head coach Shelli VanOrden stated that her team was going to beat Bear Lake on Thursday evening because of the work that they got against the Beavers.
On Thursday, VanOrden's Panthers came out and proved their coach to be quite prophetic as they swept their biggest rivals 25-15, 25-15 and 25-18 much to the delight of the large crowd in attendance.
IDAHO FALLS â€” There's an old adage in sports that it is tough to beat a team three times in a season. On Thursday afternoon the Blackfoot soccer team proved that to be correct as they knocked off the defending 4A state champion Bonneville Bees in thrilling fashion as Carlos Flores knocked home the game winner five minutes into the sudden death overtime for the 2-1 victory.
ABERDEEN â€” Entering the 2011 prep soccer season the Snake River Panthers knew that they had a chance at winning the district title. The Panthers did just that on Wednesday evening as they knocked off their bitter rivals, American Falls 2-0 to claim the trophy and the bid into next weeks state tournament.
"This was a better game as far as play goes," Snake River head coach Trevor Peterson said. "I am just real proud of the guys, they came out and executed, kept their heads and just played our game today."
ARIMO â€” Wet, muddy and miserable. Those three words describe the total experience for the Snake River Panthers on Friday night as they traveled to Marsh Valley for their conference opener on a less than ideal field.
Two days of rain certainly helped the home town eagles as they took advantage of the sloppy conditions, pounding the ball at the Panthers on every opportunity, eventually culminating in a 14-0 shut out.