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May 21st, 2012
Photo courtesy of Blackfoot tennis team
Blackfoot's Boys Tennis team led the state in academics for 2012 with a cumulative GPA of 3.93. The boys team also earned a fourth place finish at the state tournament last weekend. Pictured from left are Bobby Cannon, Tyler Cannon, Jacob Harris, Paul Cannon, Tanner Norton and Coach Brint Jefferis. Other members of the Academic State Championship team were Mark Hudson, Anthony Smith, Jared Evans and Daylan Bird.
Excuse Blackfoot tennis coach Brint Jefferis if he's popping his buttons with pride these days.
ONTARIO, OR â€” Coming off of their disappointing semi final loss on Friday it was interesting to see how the Snake River Panthers would respond in their third place game with St. Maries on Saturday afternoon.
Snake River wasted little time showing their intentions on the day as they jumped on St. Maries with a 4 run first inning en route to a convincing 10-2 rout to bring home the third place trophy.
"A third place trophy, I really don't know if we have brought home a trophy in baseball before," Snake River head coach James Carter said. "It wasn't what we were aiming for but the kids should be proud of this accomplishment. This was good for the kids and a great experience for all of them to talk about for the rest of their lives."
ONTARIO, OR â€“ Make no doubt about it, the Snake River Panthers had more than their fare share of opportunities to be playing in todayâ€™s 3A state baseball championship game but unfortunately, 12 stranded base runners and way too many free passes enabled the Kimberly Bulldogs to steal a semi-final victory from the Panthers by the final tally of 9-7.
â€śWalks, just killed us today,â€ť Snake River head coach James Carter said. â€śDonâ€™t take anything away from Kimberly, they are a great team and we knew that we would be in for a dog fight today but in the end, we just gave them way too many walks.â€ť
BOISE, ID â€“ The state tennis tournament got under way on Friday morning as a 10 person contingent of Blackfoot Broncos took to the Boise area courts against the finest 4A field in the state.
Playing at the Boise Racquet and Swim club, Capital High and Borah High School the team got off to one of the better starts on the day as they picked up wins in girls singles, boys doubles, girls doubles and mixed doubles in each of their respective first round matches as the girls squad sits in sixth place as a team with 7.5 points and the boys are in seventh place with 5.5 points.
ONTARIO, OR â€“ Senior hurler Shane Parkinson struck out thirteen Tigers and Zane Stephenson drove in three runs as the Snake River Panthers advanced to the winners side of the state baseball tournament bracket with a 5-0 victory over Timberlake on Thursday morning.
â€śThis was big,â€ť Parkinson said. â€śThis is my senior year and I definitely didnâ€™t want anything but the winners bracket this year.â€ť
Parkinson was big all day long as he limited the Timberlake lineup to just two hits on the day in the complete game victory.
AMERICAN FALLS â€” The Snake River Lady Panthers had one last chance at punching their ticket to the state tournament on Saturday afternoon as they squared off with Buhl in the state play in game. Unfortunately for the girls in black and their large contingent of fans, that goal failed to come to fruition as Buhl ended Snake Rivers season with a 15-8 defeat.
"We didn't play our cleanest game of the year," Snake River head coach Kay Martin said. "I don't want to take anything away from Buhl, they made the plays when they had to and we didn't but this was a very hard way to end the season."
IDAHO FALLS â€” The number was one on Thursday night for the Blackfoot Broncos as they stood one game away from the coveted berth into the state tournament. One team stood in their way and at the end of seven innings of hard fought baseball, one run prevented the Broncos from fulfilling their season long goal as they fell 9-8 to the Knights of Hillcrest at Melalueca Field.
"One more out," Blackfoot head coach Kenny Dahle said. "We made a huge step as a program. We were one out from getting into the state tournament. These kids battled all year long, they battled all day today. I'm proud of them and I think that our program is heading in the right direction."
AMMON â€” "We're going to state!" That was the refrain following Blackfoots 7-5 victory over Bonneville on Wednesday afternoon as the Blackfoot Lady Broncos punched their ticket to the big dance after a one year absence.
"These girls are just pumped to go show off their skills at state," Blackfoot head coach Matt Chavez said. "We really want a chance to redeem ourselves if we get a chance to play Rigby again."
IDAHO FALLS â€” With the season in the balance the Blackfoot Broncos entered their loser out contest with Madison tied at 2-2 to begin the seventh inning. Colby Pearson was able to move himself into scoring position and senior Shawn Whitehead came through with an RBI single which allowed Pearson to run into home, putting the Broncos ahead.
With the Blackfootâ€™s strong defense working together, they were able to hold the Bobcats in the bottom of the seventh as they took the 3-2 win.
IDAHO FALLS â€” You will have to excuse the Blackfoot tennis squad if they are walking just a little taller today because on Tuesday, they turned in one of the finest performances in program history as they have already qualified 9 players for next weeks state tournament.
The Broncos qualified all of those players in large part to having placed four and possibly a fifth competitor in Thursday afternoons district championship matches.
â€śDefinitely in my forty years of tennis I donâ€™t believe that Blackfoot has ever had this many finalists in the district tournament,â€ť Blackfoot head coach Brint Jeffris said. â€śIt was a really incredible day. One of the best performances ever.â€ť