Archive - Mar 2014 - Latest Sports
BLACKFOOT â€” Spring has finally sprung in Eastern Idaho and as the frequent wind storms become the norm and the NCAA Tournament is winding down and high schoolers all over are in the final few months of the school year.
And while the spring sports are in full swing let's take a brief look back at the boys high school basketball season and hand out the last postseason honors for the players in Bingham County as I name my All-Bingham County boys basketball team.
THOMAS â€”Â It wasn't the prettiest game the Snake River Panther had played so far on the young season, but with blustery weather and it being the teams third game since Tuesday, head coach Rich Dunn knew his team would have some issues.
After struggling for the first three innings the Panther trailed by one entering the fifth.
Brad Coombs hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game in the fifth and Snake River exploded for 10 runs in the sixth to win the game 19-9 in six innings Friday afternoon.
RIVERSIDE â€” Coming into Wednesday's game with Preston the Snake River Lady Panthers had not scored less than 10 runs in each of their three wins to start the season.
The Lady Panthers had also got stellar pitching from Raegan Martin and Sara Goodwin, so the visitors from Preston were going to have their hands full just to get hits as Martin was in the circle.
Mother Nature also made it difficult on both teams as a steady wind over 25-30 mph made fly balls an adventure and throws across the diamond tough to make.
With Preston ace Megan Porter on the mound, the Panthers knew it was going to be a challenge to score runs and when the opportunities presented themselves the Panthers were going to need to cash in.
In third inning they did just that.
Snake river scored all four of their runs in the inning and held of two Preston bases loaded opportunities to earn a 4-1 victory at Riverside Elementary School.
THOMAS â€” For the first time this season the Snake River High School baseball team took on someone other Bingham County rival Shelley.
After a big first inning in a victory on Saturday, the Panthers and head coach Rich Dunn were looking to put together their first complete game of the season.
The Panthers jumped out quick with four runs in the first and closed out the game with seven runs in the fifth on the way to a 14-4 five inning win over the visiting Cardinals Tuesday afternoon at Snake River High School.
THOMAS â€”Â With runners on first and second and two outs and facing a one run deficit Shelley's Colt Johnson came to the plate with a chance to tie the game with a base hit.
Two days after losing a close game to Shelley in a crazy windstorm, the Panthers and senior Brad Coombs had a chance to notch their first win of the season if Coombs could retire Johnson.
Coombs jumped out to a quick 0-2 count putting Johnson in a hole. With a tight breaking pitch Coombs struck out Johnson looking to preserve the Panthers 6-5 win Saturday at Snake River High School.
SHELLEY â€” With the wind howling somewhere between 25 and 40 mph Thursday afternoon the talk prior to the Shelley Russets season opener with defending 3A state champion Snake River was focused on how the baseball would react to the wind.
But it became evident in the very first inning that hits would be hard to come by as both the Russets and Panthers had their aces on the mound.
Shelley got a bloop two-RBI single from Stockton Stohl and scratched out two more runs in the fourth on the way to a 4-1 win over the Panthers at Shelley High School on Thursday.
BLACKFOOT â€” Long after all the other matches had finished and most of their teammates had left and gone home the Blackfoot doubles pair of Rachel Cannon and Anna Inskeep were still on the tennis courts of Blackfoot High School engaged in what turned out to be a three set battle.
After dropping the first set 6-4, the duo battle back to take set two 6-4.
But as the winds began to pick up and the spectators began to leave as the temperature dropped Inskeep and Cannon kept battling eventually earning a 7-5 third set win.
BLACKFOOT â€” It may have taken a little longer than the team may have liked, but the Blackfoot High School baseball team finally opened its 2014 season at home against Minico.
And after waiting and extra four days to finally get the season going, seven innings was not going to be enough.
After battling to a 1-1 tie through seven innings the visiting Spartans scratched two runs across in the top of the eighth inning to earn a 3-1 victory.
SHELLEY â€“ After a season opening 12-2 loss at Malad on Friday, the Shelley Lady Russets looked to get back on track in their home opener against Soda Springs on Saturday afternoon.
Under a bright blue sky the Russets sent Madi Ball into the circle to try and shut down a pesky Soda Springs squad.
But just four batters into the game the Russets found themselves trailing 2-0, but Ball settled down in the circle and the Russets offense scored five runs in their first two at bats and seven runs in their last two at bats on the way to a 12-5 win over the Cardinals.
BLACKFOOT â€”Â After winning the 4A District 5/6 championship and reaching the 4A state softball tournament in 2013 the Blackfoot Lady Broncos knew that the 2014 team would have a decent chance to repeat that success assuming the team returned intact.
That was almost not the case as junior pitcher Morningrose Tobey literally decided minutes before tryouts were to begin that she wanted to play this season.