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POCATELLO â€” Late Monday night the Idaho State High School Finals Rodeo got its first dose of Timmi "Full Throttle" Hutchings.
The Snake River cowgirl blistered the Barrel Racing circuit of the Bannock County Fairgrounds with the night's fastest time of 16.631.
BY JASON ENES
AMMON â€” A night after watching a late comeback fall short, the Shelley Russets American Legion baseball team retook the field of Hillcrest High School for day two of the Idaho Falls tournament.
While the Russets did a lot of things right during their two games, one thing came back to bite them every time, and those were walks.
AMMON â€” With the bases loaded and two outs and the game tied 8-8, Shelley's Konnor Gilstrap stepped to the plate looking to drive in the go-ahead run.
After working a 2-0 count, Gilstrap took a hack at a fastball that appeared to be right down the middle. But instead of depositing the ball into the outfield for a hit, Gilstrap popped out to the first baseman to end the inning.
BLACKFOOT â€” The start of the 2013 American Legion baseball season was delayed by a couple of days for the Blackfoot Broncos thanks to a scheduling error.
But the layoff did not seem to have any ill affects as the Broncos earned a doubleheader split with the Pocatello Razorbacks Wednesday at Blackfoot High School.
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."