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May 7th, 2014
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.
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.