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September 13th, 2012
FIRTH - The Firth Cougars opened their conference slate on Thursday evening as they welcomed the West Jefferson Panthers to town for what proved to be a quick night of volleyball.
On the bright side for West Jefferson they were able to make the return trip back to Terreton with a little sunlight remaining as Firth crushed the Panthers 25-6, 25-15 and 25-6 in a little under an hour of game time.
"West Jefferson are a really young team so this is a rebuilding year for them," Firth head coach Carla Reeves said. "We've been there before so I know what they're going through."
BLACKFOOT - A week removed from their last contest the Blackfoot Broncos welcomed Century to town for a big conference match between a pair of upper echelon teams from Southeastern Idaho.
At the end of a blustery afternoon on the pitch the Bronco's remained unblemished as they walked away with a 1-0 victory.
"The wind played a part today. It made it difficult to control the ball the way that we would have liked," Blackfoot head coach Liam Pope said. "I think that the problem for us today was even though we had a lot of possession we didn't do anything with it. We just seemed a little disjointed."
LOGAN, Utah â€” A former Snake River High School and Utah State University athlete has been named to USU's athletic hall of fame.
Shae Jones-Bair was one of the most decorated woman athletes for the Aggies. She earned All-American honors during her collegiate career.
As a redshirt athlete in 1998, Jones-Bair earned her first All-American honor by finishing eighth in the pole vault at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Her second All-American accolade came at the 1999 NCAA Indoor Championships where she placed fifth in the pole vault.
POCATELLO â€“ The Century Diamondbacks had the defending 4A state champion Broncos on the ropes, up 14-13 with the ball on the Bronco 26-yard line. All of that changed in a heartbeat however as Blackfootâ€™s Brock Baguley intercepted a Shane Rominger pass in the endzone and then returned it to the 18-yard line.
That spark eventually carried the Broncos to a 34-14 victory.
â€śThat was a great play by Brock just an outstanding job,â€ť Blackfoot head coach Stan Buck said.
Eleven plays and 82 yards later the Broncos took the lead for good with a Mitch Martin 2-yard touchdown plunge a two point conversion and a 21-14 Bronco lead. On the drive Blackfoot rushed the ball on every play as the offensive line created gaping holes in the Century defensive front.
FIRTH â€” Starting the season 2-0, the Firth Cougars sought to slay the Malad Dragons. With the running forces of Mitch Orme and Connor Montgomery for the Cougars and the passing threat of Griffin Green for the Dragons, the contrasting styles took center stage. Head
Coach Keith Drake before the game was asked what he believed were the keys to winning. â€śStop the long pass.â€ť Simple yet to the point, he went on to make the points that the Malad had very large offensive tackles and that Green through the ball well. â€śPutting pressure on the QB is going to be very important to help defend with the deep pass. Firth went on to do exactly that, defend the deep pass and force Green to throw short most of the night.
THOMAS â€” For the second time in the past week the Snake River Panthers and the Shelley Russets collided on the volleyball court for a good old fashioned slugfest and for the second time in the past week it was the two time defending state champion Panthers who emerged victorious with a thrilling five game victory 21-25, 25-22, 20-25, 26-24 and 15-9.
It was a southern match all evening as all five games were won by the team playing on the south end of the court, including the five and final game which witnessed the Russets taking a quick 7-3 lead before the Panthers came roaring back with a 12-2 run to close out the match with the 15-9 fifth game victory.
"I hate the hole that we dug and I really don't know why we have to make it so difficult on ourselves," Snake River head coach Shelli VanOrden said. "Shelley are a very good, well coached team though and we feel lucky to get the win."
BLACKFOOT - Cassandra Clarke tallied four second half goals and the Blackfoot Lady Broncos opened their conference season with a convincing5-1 victory over visiting Pocatello on Tuesday evening.
"It's big to start conference with a win because now we aren't playing catch up," Blackfoot head coach Scott Stufflebeam said. "The girls did an excellent job and I really don't have anything to complain about."
Facing a stiff Southwesterly wind throughout the first half Blackfoot stood their ground defensively and actually took the1-0 lead when Emma Steidly cleaned up a rebound for a Lady Bronco lead that was never threatened.
BLACKFOOT â€” It had been fifty weeks since Blackfoot senior quarterback Alonzo Ramos had stepped foot on a football field following his gruesome knee injury in week three of last years state championship season.
On Friday night, Ramos showed no signs of rust as he accounted for 329 yards of total offense and five Blackfoot touchdowns in a 46-7 season opening drubbing of Skyline.
"All the stress built up over this past year, I just had to get it out," Ramos said. "Tonight, I felt like I had never been hurt. I still need to improve but it was just a great game."
THOMAS - A day removed from a hard fought 2-1 road win at Teton the Snake River Lady Panthers returned home to tangle with a South Fremont squad whom the Lady Panthers had vanquished just a week previous.
Unfortunately, a combination of missed first half opportunities and a building fatigue factor from back-to-back games led to a 0-0 tie by games end.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot Bronco volleyball squad opened their home portion of the 2012 schedule on Tuesday evening as they welcomed 5A Skyline to town for a non-conference tilt on the hardwood.
The Broncos and Grizz battled into extra points in the first game before the Grizz emerged triumphant with a 27-25 victory and then cruised home from their by sweeping the Broncos in three games with 25-15 and 15-13 tallies in the second and third games.