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February 24th, 2012
POCATELLO â€” Day one of the Idaho State Wrestling Championships are in the books and after a long day on the mats, 21 of the Counties 58 wrestlers remain alive in the two day battle royal.
Of the 21 remaining wrestlers, 12 of those remain unbeaten and will be looking for the top spot on their respective medal podiums early this evening.
POCATELLO â€” The Snake River Panthers got 24 points from senior guard Shane Parkinson and they knocked down an impressive 24 of 34 free throw attempts as they captured the fifth district championship with a hard fought 62-50 victory over the Bears of Bear Lake on Wednesday evening.
After a couple of nervous moments to begin the game, Snake River settled in nicely as they opened a 16-11 first quarter lead.
ST. ANTHONY â€” The Firth Cougars closed out their 2A sixth district championship game with a convincing 13-2 run over the final four minutes of the fourth quarter to down the Butte Pirates 69-58 on Wednesday evening at South Fremont High School.
â€śThis win shows how hard we worked everyday, and it feels really good,â€ť junior Mitch Orme said.
For the seniors this means keeping a tradition alive as the Cougars have become a regular in district championship games and they will be shooting for their fifth state title in six years.
AMMON â€” In a game in which both teams made plenty of plays it was the home standing Hillcrest Knights who made the last, and as it turned out the biggest play of the night when Taylor Brooks tipped in a missed shot as the buzzer sounded, lifting the Knights to a thrilling 80-78 victory over the Shelley Russets on Tuesday evening.
"There's always a lot of what ifs in a loser out game," Shelley head coach Dave Hadley said. "My kids played their hearts out and we did everything that we needed to do to win this game but you have to credit Hillcrest because they made one more play than we did."
MIDDLETON â€” Fresh off of their heartbreaking semi-final, double-overtime loss the night previous,the Snake River Lady Panthers took to the court at Middleton High School in the third place game at the 3A State Basketball Championship Tournament on Saturday morning.
Right from the opening tip, Snake River showed that they were no worse for wear after playing six quarters of basketball a little more than 12 hours previous as they jumped on the Priest River Spartans for 17 first quarter points en route to a convincing 50-28 victory.
SHELLEY â€” Joy. Sadness. Elation. Agony. Take your pick as to which adjective best describes the loser out contest at Shelley High School between the Blackfoot Broncos and the Shelley Russets on Saturday night because depending upon where you were sitting in the raucous gym, any one of those could describe what was going on by the end of Shelley's 63-59 High Country Conference tournament win over Blackfoot.
RIGBY â€” So what can be sweeter than thirteen straight conference wrestling titles? How about fourteen straight blue trophies? That is exactly what the Blackfoot Broncos accomplished on Friday as they outdistanced second place Bonneville 409.5 to 351 in the 4A High Country Conference tournament which was held at Rigby High School.
"The team title is something that we have been looking forward to since our loss to Bonneville at the Bonneville duels at the start of the season," senior captain Jon Horak said. "I just love everyone of my brothers. All of them have worked so hard all year and today they showed a ton of heart and showed everyone what B.A.B. means."
All told Blackfoot qualified 14 wrestlers into next weekends state wrestling tournament while capturing four individual district titles.
With seven wrestlers heading into the finals the Blackfoot faithful were in full throat as they brought the men in black down the stretch.
Chace Wasia was the first of the Broncos to take to the mats in the finals and after six grueling minutes on the mat with Hillcrest's Cade Christensen, Wasia stood victorious with a 3-2 decision.
Next up was Jeremy Robbins at 126 and he too fought it out with a tough Hillcrest wrestler. Robbins was ahead by two points late in the third period when he finished off Zack Packer with a third period pin.
Tate Hansen then battled Shelley's Chase Call in the 132 final in what turned out to be one of the finest three period battles that one could hope to see.
Call eventually got the district title with a late takedown which propelled the defending state champion to a 6-5 decision over Hansen.
"Both of those matches, Jeremy and Tate were just wars," Blackfoot head coach Thain Cashmore said. "Tate's match was epic. He came out and took it to Call and you have to tip your hat to Call, he is a fine wrestler but I think that Tate has made incredible improvement through the season and he really held his own out there today."
"Jeremy had a great technical match," Coach Cashmore continued. "He looked like a surgeon out there. He came in with a plan and he executed it to perfection."
Blackfoot got back on top of the medal stand with Ruben Pulido's first period pin at 138 and at 152, Jon Horak turned in a masterful performance with a 5-2 win over Bonneville's Jeremy Hansen.
"I honestly came into the match with some nerves," Horak said. "I just had to tell myself to do what Jon-Jon does best and it all worked out for me."
Austin Mathis and Chance Jensen each had shots at district titles at 182 and 220 but each fell to their opponent. Jensen's loss was to Bingham County foe Vince Landon from Shelley. Landon's win was his 100th as a prep wrestler.
Rounding out the state qualifiers for the Broncos were 6 third place finishers with Jared Evans, Kohl Bingham, Layton Wasia, Ryan Climer, Connor Henderson, Bryant Sargent and Jonathan Littlejohn.
The third place finishes were especially important to the team total as most of those third place matches were head-to-head with Bonneville wrestlers.
"It was in the consolation matches where we won the tournament," Coach Cashmore said. "Everyone of those kids met the challenge and rose to the occasion when we needed them."
Blackfoot will hit the mats at the state tournament beginning next Friday at Idaho State's Holt Arena where they will look to place several wrestlers into Saturday's thrilling finals.
"State is the final match and we are heading into it with high hopes," Coach Cashmore said. "Hopefully we can garner some points, wrestle well and let everything work itself out in the wash."
3A state semi-final
Snake River Panthers vs Timberlake Tigers
Winner will face winner of Marsh Valley and Priest River.
The score is tied 6-6 at the end of the first quarter.
Snake River takes its first lead of the game at 10-8 in the second quarter.
It was a defensive battle in the first half and the teams head to the locker room tied at 13-13. Shayla Christensen has six points and Jocelyn Harper has seven for the Panthers.
Snake River has taken an early 18-15 lead in the third quarter.
REXBURG- The top seeded Madison Bobcats built a double digit lead and then held off a hard charging Shelley Russet squad 70-64 during semi-final action at Madison High School on Thursday evening.
Early on it looked as if the entire game was going to be a nip-tuck affair as the squads traded blows during a highly entertaining first quarter.
AMERICAN FALLS â€” The defending 3A state champions took to the mats on Thursday morning, looking to add a Southeastern Idaho Conference title to their already impressive resume.
At the end of a hard day of wrestling, Snake River did just that as they qualified 14 wrestlers into next weekends state tournament. Crowned seven individual champions en route to their first district title in a few years.