Archive - Apr 2014 - Latest Sports
RIVERSIDE â€” Going into to Wednesday's regular season finale with Marsh Valley the Snake River Lady Panthers already knew they had clinched the top seed in Friday's 3A District 5 tournament, but they were looking for more; to finish the season with an unblemished district record.
Thanks in part to a 3-for-4 day from Sara Goodwin the Panthers were able to do just that.
Snake River blanked the Eagles 10-0 in six innings to close out the season and claim the top spot in the district tournament.
BLACKFOOT â€” With the district tournament less than a week away, every single time the Blackfoot Broncos take the field the game is important as entering Tuesday the Broncos were still fighting for the top seed.
Throw in the fact that the defending state champion Bonneville Bees were in town and the importance of the game increased ten fold.
In the dugout prior to the game the theme from the team was "Be big" as each player echoed that sentiment to each other.
And for the first time in four years the Broncos were big enough to hand the Bees a loss.
After jumping out to a 5-0 lead in the opening inning, Blackfoot had to fend off a bases loaded, one out rally from the Bees to earn a 7-6 win to hand Bonneville their first district loss in two seasons.
POCATELLO â€”Â There has never been any doubt as to who the Idaho State quarterback will be when the Bengals take the field Aug. 28 in Salt Lake City, senior to be Justin Arias has that job all wrapped up.
But all spring long the Bengals have been trying to figure out who will be catching the passes from Arias in the Bengals pass-happy offense.
Saturday ISU concluded spring practice with their annual spring game and after over two hours on field and two weeks of practice the questions at receiver are still left unanswered.
FIRTH â€”Â One thing can be said about the Firth High School softball team; they don't ever give up.
Heading into the bottom of the fourth inning Friday against North Fremont the Cougars found themselves trailing 9-3 after leading earlier in the game.
But with the ever looming threat of rain the Cougars were playing with a purpose, to win the game.
Firth scored eight runs over the next two innings to take an 11-9 lead.
The lead was short lived as North Fremont tied the game in the top of the sixth.
But Firth starting pitcher Ashley Sanders sent the Cougar faithful home happy with a walk-off double to right center field in the bottom of the eighth as Firth earned a 12-11 win Friday afternoon at Firth High School.
FIRTH â€” With a stroke of a pen Thursday afternoon Firth senior Kayla Jensen did something no other Firth girls basketball player in seven years had done; sign a National Letter of Intent to play college basketball.
The senior wing signed to play for Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake, Wash. on Thursday at Firth High School.
"It just felt right," Jensen said of why she chose Big Bend. "It was the perfect fit for me. Everyone was so nice and I really liked the campus, this was the best decision for me."
Having some familiar faces on the team also played a factor in Jensen's decision.
BLACKFOOT â€” Blackfoot's Scott Cannon spent most of this season playing mixed doubles with Baylee Gorder.
But with Gorder out sick, Cannon had to move to singles Wednesday against district foe Rigby.
Long after all the other matches had finished Cannon and Rigby's Jared Neville were battling in a third set tiebreaker. After losing the first set 7-5, Cannon battled back and won the next two sets 6-2 and 6-1 to lead the Blackfoot boys to a 6-0 victory over the Trojans. The Bronco girls also defeated the Trojans 4-2 on a blustery senior day at Blackfoot High School.
THOMAS â€” On Tuesday Snake River's Brylie Bair signed a letter-of-intent to play volleyball at Dixie State.
"Actually I chose Dixie because I love the girls," Bair said of her new teammates. "I love the warmth and I have family down there.
"I love the coach, too," Bair said, noting that Robyn Felder made her feel comfortable.
Bair will be leaving teammates with whom she has played since fourth grade. They won the Class 3A state championship, defeating Parma in the title game.
"I have had some great coaches (at Snake River)," she said. "They have taught me a lot."
BLACKFOOT â€” Over the last week the Shelley Russets have put on quite the offensive show.
After winning the Buhl Tournament last weekend where they won all four games they played outscoring their opponents 47-12, the Russets defeated Teton and Sugar-Salem earlier this week to open district play.
Saturday the Russets traveled down Highway 91 to take on the Blackfoot Broncos and if you were a fan of offense Blackfoot High School was the place to be.
SHELLEY â€” For many sports fans in Bingham County when the name Kaden Schmitt comes up in conversation it is more often than not about his exploits on the football field.
Schmitt was named the 3A State player of the year after leading the Russets to their second consecutive 3A state championship. But while Schmitt was a stellar football player, baseball is first love and the sport he hoped to get an opportunity to play in college.
BLACKFOOT â€” All season long the buzz up and down the Snake River plain has been about how good the Rigby High School softball team has been.
The Trojans have been hitting the ball well and hitting it with power keeping them in close games and even beating some of East Idaho's top teams.
Rigby visited Blackfoot on Thursday for a 4A District 5/6 doubleheader with the Broncos.
And while the Trojans did hit the ball during the afternoon, it was one bad inning in game one that cost the Broncos the chance of a doubleheader sweep.