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January 18th, 2013
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot Broncos have been oh, so close thus far on the basketball season, losing 6 games by 5 points or less. One of those earlier season close losses were to Pocatello and on Friday evening the Broncos welcomed the Indians to town looking to avenge that loss in front of the home crowd.
Unlike the first game with the Indians Friday nights contest was never in doubt as Blackfoot took out their collective frustrations by leading start to finish in a convincing 68-55 victory.
FIRTH â€” Using a quick start on offense and a stingy defense, Firth buried Ririe 63-20 in Nuclear Conference boys basketball action on Friday.
Dallan Bingham had four of his team high 15 points during a 10-0 run in the first 84 seconds of play. The Cougars had a 24-4 advantage after one quarter and led 41-11 at the half.
BLACKFOOT â€” Down a point entering the fourth quarter of their conference tilt with Bonneville on Thursday evening the Blackfoot Lady Broncos turned to their full court press. That change paid immediate dividends as they turned the Lady Bees over on three straight possessions leading to a quick 6-0 run for a 36-31 lead.
Unfortunately, the Lady Broncos could not seal the deal down the stretch however as Bonneville knocked down 9 of 12 free throw attempts over the final two minutes of play to pull away late for the 50-41 High Country Conference victory.
FIRTH â€” In a massive 2A Nuclear Conference match up the Firth Cougars out dueled perennial powerhouse North Fremont 39-21 on the home mats Thursday evening.
"Psychologically it's a big win for us when you consider North Fremont's tradition and all of their state championships," Firth head coach Keith Drake said. "I'm proud of the kids, they wrestled well. We're far from perfect but if our younger kids continue to improve we might be able to take that next step."
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot Broncos are looking like a M.A.S.H. unit as they had a pair of starters leave the game with injuries with Colby Pearson taking a blow to the nose and Alonzo Ramos rolling an ankle. That said, the Broncos had a shot to win their conference match up with Preston but in the end, the visiting Indians made a more plays down the stretch as they stole a road win over Blackfoot by the final score of 54-49.
By STEPHANIE HUNT
For the Morning News
RIVERSIDE â€” Â The colossal match up of Snake River, Bear Lake and American Falls met Wednesday night in Riverside for a hard fought night of wrestling. The night started off with JV wrestling on one mat and American Falls vs Bear Lake varsity wrestling on the other mat. After Bear Lake and American Fallsâ€™ varsity ended and while the JV matches were still going, SR and Bear Lake took to the mat at the 152 weight class with back to back pins by Zane Stephenson and Cash Cardona.
ABERDEEN â€” It was a 2A Bingham County cat fight on Tuesday evening as the Firth Cougars traveled to Aberdeen for a tussle with the Tigers on the hardwood.
Aberdeen led by as many as 17 points in the contest but Firth showed their collective metal as they overcame the deficit for a 52-50 road win.
"Obviously we didn't start out as well as we would have liked," Firth head coach Scott Adams said. "We were prepared we just didn't come out ready but hand it to Aberdeen, they came out and shot lights out and played well. I'm just proud of my kids and the way that they were able to overcome tonight."
THOMAS â€” Jacoby Johnson dropped 18 points and the Snake River Panthers led from start to finish in a 68-50 non-conference home victory over South Fremont on Friday evening.
The Panthers got off to a solid start as Brad Coombs dialed long distance for the games first basket and that trey ignited a 12-2 run to open the first quarter and from there, the Panthers never looked back.
"The kids played pretty good, especially early in the game," Snake River head coach Bob Coombs said. "I thought that we did a pretty good job against their triangle offense by getting into the passing lanes and creating turnovers."
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot Bronco wrestling team made their home debut on Wednesday evening as they hosted Preston for a conference battle on the mats. Wrestling short handed with a handful of wrestlers out with injuries the Broncos showcased their overall depth as they took home the team win with a 51-31 final.
"It's been awhile since we have been home so it was good to get it rolling in front of our home crowd with all of the alumni, family and friends watching," Blackfoot head coach Thain Cashmore said. "We had a lot of young kids go out for us today and they stepped it up. Even though some of their matches might not of ended the way that they wanted it to, I thought that they showed a lot of heart and determination tonight. The core of our team did what they are supposed to do and they led us tonight."
THOMAS â€” 3A powerhouses collided on the hardwood at Snake River High School on Wednesday evening as the top two ranked 3A teams in the state locked horns for the first of what will be several showdowns this season.
Last year, the two teams were as close as they could be as Marsh Valley dropped Snake River on three different occasions by a grand total of five points. Wednesday, Snake River got over the proverbial hump as they erased those memories with a hard fought, physical 49-46 victory.
"Marsh Valley and Snake River. Neither one of us are going away after this one game but it was nice to get a win against them," Snake River head coach Rich Dunn said. "I don't think that they shot the ball as well as they have or can tonight so when we go to their place we will need to tighten it up even more."