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THOMAS â€” The Snake River Lady Panthers returned to the hardwood following the Thanksgiving break as they took on a solid Soda Springs club at Snake River on Tuesday evening. Snake River built a 22-11 halftime advantage but the pesky Cardinals proved to be equal to the task as they outscored the host Lady Panthers 25-11 in the second half to steal away a 36-33 come from behind victory.
"First and foremost Soda is a great team and we knew that coming in. They played tired in the first half and we played tired in the second half," Snake River head coach Rich Dunn said. "I don't know what their coach said to them at half time but they came out motivated and ready to play in the second half. They did a good job of making halftime adjustments and we didn't, it's as simple as that."
FIRTH â€” The Shelley Lady Russets built a ten point first quarter lead and then spent the remainder of the evening fending off a furious Firth Lady Cougar comeback attempt with a 37-34 road win in Firth on Tuesday evening.
Firth had cut the lead to just two points at 34-32 when Rachel Schiess found Bailey Nelson on the low block for a lay up to send the Firth faithful into a frenzy. Shelley's Nikki Nelson silenced the blue and sent the red crowd to their feet less than ten second later however as the senior coolly stroked a three point shot from the top of the arc, pushing the lead back out to seven at 37-32 with just over a minute remaining.
State football championship photos from Mark High and Bill Schaefer are available for viewing and purchase at BillSchaefer.SmugMug.com/sports
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For the Shelley Russets, thereâ€™s just something about playing the Fruitland Grizzlies in the 3A state championship game.
Shelleyâ€™s last two titles came directly at the expense of Fruitland. In 2007, the Russets prevailed 19-13, and it was a 25-14 final in 2009.
This yearâ€™s title rematch wasnâ€™t nearly as close.
From the opening snap, Shelley held the gameâ€™s momentum and cruised to a 37-10 victory to claim the 3A state championship Friday night at Eagle High School.
It is the schoolâ€™s fifth title.
Declo quarterback Kai Garner scored on a pair of one-yard runs to lead the Hornets to a 22-12 victory over Firth in the Class 2A championship football game on Friday.
In a battle of unbeatens, the Hornets (12-0) took advantage of two big plays and a Firth mistake en route to their touchdowns. The Cougars (11-1) also used the big play, but struggled to sustain anything offensively all game.
"We were a little out of sync," noted Firth coach Keith Drake. That was to be expected with the loss of starting quarterback Jake Orme in the semifinals one week earlier.
For the Blackfoot Broncos Fridayâ€™s 4A state championship football game was an offensive clinic as the men in green racked up a state record 548 yards of offense. They never punted in a game in which they dominated from start to finish for a resounding 48-19 victory over the Vikings of Middleton.
â€śWow, we looked like an NFL offense out there tonight,â€ť Blackfoot coach Stan Buck said. â€śWe came out and accomplished everything that we wanted to do and our playmakers stepped up and made plays.â€ť
It's the moment that you've all been waiting for. It's championship Friday and by nights end Bingham County could be celebrating not one, not two, but three different state football titles in three different classifications as the Blackfoot Broncos, Shelley Russets and Firth Cougars will all take to their respective fields looking to etch their names into the lore of their respective programs.
Last season Bingham County took home two of the three title games in which they participated in and this year a large contingent of fans from the respective schools are hoping for a little bit more.
The fearless predictions are a perfect 11-0 on the playoffs looking to go a perfect 14-0 with this weeks picks and so, without further adoâ€¦..
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THOMAS â€” It took a little while longer for Snake River's opening night as the start time to the game was delayed by the opening games but when the contest finally tipped off, the Lady Panthers wasted little time dismantling South Fremont as they cruised to a 57-38 opening night victory.
"Defense, defense, defense. That's what we are and every team calls it something different but to us it's Panther defense and I think that we set that tone early and often," Snake River head coach Rich Dunn said. "Last year on opening night after the first quarter it was 4-2 so tonight really shows, second year for most of these kids in the program in which we all are more on the same page. Every body participated in the summer program and even though it was South Fremont's second game of the season, they were the ones that looked rusty not us."
BLACKFOOT -- Peyton Astle recorded the fastest time in the Tater Trot 5-kilometer run at Airport Park on Saturday. His top time was 23 minutes, 57.36 seconds.
Marlene Lyksett had the best time of 1:30.24.50 in the 10-kilometer walk and Chris Davis had the best of 43:23.40 in the 10-kilometer run.
The event was a fundraiser for the Community Dinner Table's Christmas box project.
5K Run Results
1 Peyton Astle 23:57.36
2 Lexi Ferrin 24:09.99
3 Paul Bingham 24:22.34
4 Elizabeth Murray 24:38.95
POCATELLO â€” That very large exhale heard from Idaho State's Holt Arena late Saturday night was the huge sigh of relieve from the large Blackfoot contingent as their defense made not one, but two huge stops late in the fourth quarter to seal the 34-27 semi-final victory over the Skyview Hawks.