Archive - Feb 2014 - Latest Sports
BLACKFOOT â€” Not even a week has passed since the Firth Lady Cougars raised the 2A state championship trophy at the Idaho Center in Nampa, but it is time for me to name the All-Bingham County girls basketball team.
The basketball season was full of exciting moments for the teams in Bingham County and saw improvement by some teams, a step backward by others and a lot of hope for the future.
FIRTH â€” Firth High School students and staff celebrated the victory of the girls' basketball team on Wednesday morning as the banner for the Girls' 2A Real Dairy Shootout State Basketball Championship banner was raised.
This is the second girls' basketball championship in the school's history. The first was won in 1987.
POCATELLO â€” In the opening quarter last Friday night against American Falls, Snake River did not come out and play it's best quarter against the winless Beavers.
Tuesday night the Panthers took on Bear Lake with the 3A District 5 championship on the line and this time they were determined to show that last week's game was a fluke.
Kade Keller did his best to make sure the Panthers made a statement early and take the feisty Bears out of the game.
Keller slashes and knifed his way to the basket to a tune of a game-high 27 points, seven in the first quarter as the Panthers dominated the Bears from start to finish earning a 57-37 victory, the district title and the chance to defend their 3A state championship.
MARANA, Ariz. (AP) â€” Along with celebrating a World Golf Championship that took him to No. 4 in the world, Jason Day couldn't help but consider the rest of the young season and wonder just how much higher he could go.
That's when he paused to reflect, and to make a confession.
One of the worst labels hung on any golfer is that he's only playing for a check. Day said he used to be one of those guys.
NAMPA â€” Take away Firth's 25 free throws, and Ririe would have walked away victorious. Shooting from the stripe was the difference between leaving state champion or settling for runner-up, and Firth delivered when it mattered.
The Cougars hit 64 percent of their attempts to secure their Class 2A state championship in Saturday's 45-36 victory over the Bulldogs at the Idaho Center. Firth recognized the importance of free throw shooting after narrowly escaping the opening round of tournament play with a victory.
POCATELLO â€” After a long day of wrestling the Blackfoot Broncos will be sending 14 wrestlers to next week's state wrestling tournament in Nampa.
KUNA â€” The Firth and Ririe girls basketball programs are all too familiar with each other, playing each other four times this season with a 2-2 result. Today at the Idaho Center in Nampa, the tiebreaker doesn't get any bigger: the Cougars and Bulldogs meet for the Class 2A state championship.
Both Firth and Ririe won in Friday's championship semifinal games, with the Cougars dominating another group of Bulldogs, the ones from Melba, in a 57-35 rout that seemed to be decided halfway through the first quarter.
MIDDLETON â€” There will be no repeat as state champion for the Snake River girls basketball team. Instead, the 46-39 loss to Timberlake in Thursday's Class 3A state tournament opening round drops the Panthers into the consolation bracket.
KUNA -- Kayla Jensen relished her assignment in the waning moments of the Firth Cougars' opening round game of the Class 2A girls state tournament: hug the ball and don't move.
Jensen snatched a loose ball in the final three seconds and held on to help Firth preserve a 44-43 victory over New Plymouth.
FIRTH â€” When Firth junior Jackson Thompson won his opening match of the 2A District Six wrestling tournament Wednesday afternoon he had no idea how long his day would end up being.
A two-point takedown with five seconds left in the third period sent the match into overtime. A reversal in the overtime gave Thompson the win over West Jefferson's Blade Albertson.
But the fatigue and stalling to catch his breath Thompson felt in the opening match would get even more intense in his second match as a berth in the 170 pound championship match hung in the balance.
After jumping out to an early lead against Salmon's Garrett Jarnigan, Thompson went in for a takedown in the final seconds of the match to steal the win, instead Jarnigan reversed Thompson and earned a tough 6-4 win.
Undeterred, Thompson wrestled his way all the way through the consolation bracket to earn a third place finish and a berth in next week's state wrestling tournament.
Thompson was the first of nine Cougars who punchers their tickets to the state tournament.