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FORT HALL â€” It has been a whirlwind last two years for Sho-Ban High School boys' basketball head coach Lester Stewart and his Trinity Hoops basketball academy.
From the time Stewart and former Idaho State guard Akbar Abdul-Ahad decided to start Trinity Hoops in 2011, the organization has focused itself on teaching the youth on all aspects of playing basketball the goal to get as many kids from Eastern Idaho out as possible.
THOMAS â€” On the afternoon of her final day as a high school student Snake River senior Madison Pilster finalized her pans for the future.
The two-year starter for the Panthers signed her National Letter of Intent to play basketball at Peninsula College in Port Angeles, WA. Wednesday afternoon at Snake River High School
"Peninsula just felt right to me," Pilster said. "I really liked the coach, she was really nice. She told me her whole goal is to get me to play on to the next level and that is something that is very important to me. I also really liked the girls and felt comfortable around them."
It also helps that the Peninsula team Pilster will be joining runs a similar offense to what she ran at Snake River.
During her senior season Pilster helped lead the Panthers to a 23-2 record and the 3A state basketball championship, the first in the programs history.
The 5-foot-9 guard averaged nearly a triple-double during her final season, averaging 14 points points nine rebounds and seven assists while making opposing defenses game plan to find ways to stop her.
But even with the success on both the basketball court and the soccer pitch the road to choosing a college was not one that did not come without a lot of nerves.
"At first I was kind of stressed because I did not know where I was going and I had some colleges that were looking me. I did not know which one I should chose," Pilster said. "Then when I went on my first visit and I was nervous because I did not know what to expect. But after I had made a couple more visits I wasn't as nervous, instead I was comfortable with going in and playing with the girls and talking to coaches and trying to figure out where was the best fit for me."
While many athletes like to have a college picked out before the end of the school year, Pilster took a little more time to make sure she made the right choice.
"I am glad I waited to make a decision," Pilster said. "I wanted time to weigh the pros and cons of each school and make sure I made the right choice for me and my future,"
Pilster said she spent most of her time looking at junior colleges because she felt that was the best road for her if she wanted to continue playing in the future.
BLACKFOOTâ€”Rayce Ranstrom of Pingree, and Jonathan Turpin of Blackfoot, for Team Mayhem brought home some impressive wins this past Saturday.
They earned those victories at the Mixed Martial Arts Showdown 2 at the Shoshone-Bannock Hotel and Convention Center.
Turpin, a 2009 graduate of Snake River High School, has an extensive background in wrestling, including qualifying as a state finalist his senior year. Although his love for wrestling will never falter; Mixed Martial Arts has slowly but surely become his new passion.
"It helps keep my life stress-free," said Turpin.
BLACKFOOT â€” The season is over. The stats have been compiled and the votes are in for the 2013 High Country Conference softball All-Conference team and as expected, the 23-3 Blackfoot Lady Broncos have several selections to this years team.
"Honestly, while we are happy with the all-conference selections that we got, we felt that we could have had even more," Blackfoot head coach Matt Chavez said. "Our top eight hitters in our lineup each hit over .400 this year and when you are hitting at those levels, regardless of what league your playing in, that's pretty special."
A half a point. That was what separated the Blackfoot boys tennis team from winning a state tennis title as they finished second in the team race with 27.5 points. Century won the team title with 28 points while Columbia was third with 25.5 points. On the Girls side of the tournament Blackfoot finished in sixth place with 19.5 points while Skyview were crowned the champions with 29 points.
FRUITLAND â€” Tears, disbelief and shock were on display at the 3A state baseball tournament but the agony of defeat was not from the expected dugout. After advancing to their first ever state baseball championship game, the Snake River Panthers stunned the mighty Fruitland Grizzlies on their home field, in front of a capacity crowd, by the final score of 8-4 for their first ever baseball state championship.
"It's been a real fun year. A real fun ride," Snake River head coach Rich Dunn said. "I said it before at districts and I'll say it again here at state now that it's over. Don't ever dangle a state championship in front of Snake River kids because they will get it. Don't ever dangle a championship in front of Snake River."
BOISE â€“ Trailing 2-1 entering the top of the seventh inning the Blackfoot Broncos came through with a pair of runs on a gutsy call by Blackfoot skipper Kenny Dahle to take a 3-2 consolation championship game victory from the Twin Falls Bruins on Saturday morning.
â€śIt was just awesome to come here and watch these kids battle the way that they did,â€ť Blackfoot head coach Kenny Dahle said. â€śIt is just huge for our program because now we know that we can compete at this level. We battled a full seven innings today and yesterday and you just have to be so proud of each one of these kids. Not one of them quit and they could have after not one but two questionable calls, one I can say blatantly horrible call. Regardless we just got them settled down, my assistant coaches settled me down and we got it done.â€ť
By MARK HIGH
FRUITLAND â€“ The Snake River Panthers erupted for 10 runs over the fourth and fifth innings to avenge last seasonâ€™s Class 3A semifinal loss to the Kimberly Bulldogs by dispatching them 10-0 in five innings on Friday.
By MARK HIGH firstname.lastname@example.org
BOISE â€“ For the first time in over 12 years the Blackfoot Bronco baseball team picked up a state Class 4A tournament win. Fresh off a disappointing round one loss on Thursday, the Broncos got the big monkey off their backs with a thrilling 4-3 win over Minico on Friday.
POST FALLS â€“ The dream season for the Blackfoot Lady Bronco softball team came to an end on Friday evening with Blackfoot winning one, but dropping two games on day one of the 4A state softball tournament.
The day began well enough with Blackfoot crushing Canyon Ridge, 10-2.
Morningrose Tobey was dominant in the pitching circle for the Lady Broncos while the offense scored early and often in the rout.
Next up for the Lady Broncos was Lakeland which advanced into the second round with a walkoff two-run homer to down heavily favored Kuna.