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THOMAS â€”Â Snake River senior Billie Gibson is no stranger to success.
As a member of three 3A state championship volleyball teams in her four years in Thomas Gibson is used to competing at a high level. And with a handful of her teammates already signing to play sports in college it was only a matter of time before Gibson got her chance.
With the stroke of pen on paper Wednesday afternoon Gibson cemented her future.
The senior and soon to be graduate signed her National Letter of Intent to play volleyball at Valley City State University in Valley City, N.D.
It may not have been the best season for the defending Class 3A state champion Snake River Panthers, but despite the injuries and getting tripped up in the District 5 tournament, the Panthers found their way back to state.
Thursday at Fruitland the Panthers began defense of their title with a healthy team for the first time since the opening weeks of the season.
With the full team at their disposal, coach Rich Dunn and the Panthers jumped on first round opponent Timberlake in the first inning and added a few more runs late on the way to a 7-1 win at Fruitland High School.
BLACKFOOT â€” A mere hours after the Blackfoot High School tennis team qualified 12 players for this weeks state tennis tournament head coach Brint Jefferis had a nickname for his state bound group.
"The Dirty Dozen."
A year after finishing a half a point short of a boys team title, the Broncos are poised to make sure the hardware comes back to Blackfoot.
The doubles pair of Jacob Harris and Tanner Norton are a big reason for the Broncos success.
BLACKFOOT â€” It wasn't exactly the warmest of May night's at the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds Friday night, but the cowboys from Firth gave the fans in the stands a reason to get off their feet.
Colton Clemens started off the night with the only qualified ride in bareback and bull rider Brady Oleson recorded the only score in Saddle Bronc riding as the second night of the District 4 high school rodeo took to the arena of the EISF.
BLACKFOOT â€” During the rainstorm that blew through Blackfoot Wednesday evening while most of us were inside waiting out the storm, the Blackfoot Lady Broncos were in the batting cage next to the softball field at Blackfoot High School hitting.
After struggling at the plate in their 4A District 5/6 tournament opener against Pocatello on Tuesday, the Broncos needed to make sure the struggles at the plate wouldn't happen again in their elimination game with the Indians on Thursday.
The Broncos came out swinging from the start.
Blackfoot pounded out eight runs and plating eight runs in the first inning, half coming on a grand slam by Taylor Beers on the way to a 15-0 five-inning win over Pocatello to earn the second state berth from District 5/6.
SHELLEY â€” The plan for the Firth Cougars was a simple one, defeat Soda Springs in a 2A District 5/6 Tournament elimination game and clinch a berth in next week's state tournament.
A loss and the Cougars season was over.
Firth sent ace Connor Montgomery to the mound on Wednesday in Shelley and for the first two innings the Montgomery controlled the Cardinals hitters.
But despite striking out the first five hitters he faced the Cardinals took advantage of six Firth errors in the game to earn a 9-3 win to advance to the 2A state baseball tournament next week.
BLACKFOOT â€” If was not exactly the easiest way to get through the opening day of the 4A District 5/6 Tournament, but the Blackfoot Lady Broncos are still alive for the second and final star tournament berth after a split of their games on Tuesday at Blackfoot High School.
The defending district champion Broncos were beat in game one 5-4 by Pocatello in height innings setting up an elimination game with Century.
Matti Chavez ripped a walk-off double sending the Broncos to one more game on Thursday which will be a rematch with Pocatello.
AMERICAN FALLS â€” After battling Mother Nature and even losing a rodeo last weekend in American Falls due to rain, the cowboys and cowgirls of District 4 were spoiled with perfect conditions on Saturday when then finished out their two week stretch at the Power County Fairgrounds.
For the group from Bingham County Saturday's finale just steps from the reservoir was a good one as many times that should be state qualifiers were set.
Snake River sophomore Timmi Hutchings got her day off to a good start by laying down a time of 5.00 in her section of breakaway roping.
SHELLEY â€” Runs were tough to come by Friday afternoon at Shelley High School.
The host Russets and 3A Sixth District leaders South Fremont battled for six and a half innings with no runs coming across to score.
In fact the Cougars never had a runner get any further than second base as the Russets pitching duo of Kaden Schmitt and Marcus Gustaveson held the Cougars to just three hits.
The Russets on the other hand had plenty of chances to get runs across, but missed bunts and the inability to make contact stranded runners on base in all but two innings in the game.
But in the seventh after a leadoff double down the left field line by Marcus Gustaveson, Zack Leal singled to move him to third. Then on a 1-1 pitch Braxton Smith laid down a perfect squeeze bunt as a streaking Gustaveson was making his way to plate and the Russets walked away with a 1-0 win to clinch the No. 3 seed on Monday's district tournament.
BLACKFOOT â€” On what was by far the best weather day of the season the Blackfoot tennis team closed out the regular season with a sweep of Pocatello.
The Bronco boys won 6-0 and the girls earned a 4-2 win. The Broncos boys head into Monday's district tournament with an undefeated record.