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February 21st, 2014
KUNA â€” The Firth and Ririe girls basketball programs are all too familiar with each other, playing each other four times this season with a 2-2 result. Today at the Idaho Center in Nampa, the tiebreaker doesn't get any bigger: the Cougars and Bulldogs meet for the Class 2A state championship.
Both Firth and Ririe won in Friday's championship semifinal games, with the Cougars dominating another group of Bulldogs, the ones from Melba, in a 57-35 rout that seemed to be decided halfway through the first quarter.
MIDDLETON â€” There will be no repeat as state champion for the Snake River girls basketball team. Instead, the 46-39 loss to Timberlake in Thursday's Class 3A state tournament opening round drops the Panthers into the consolation bracket.
KUNA -- Kayla Jensen relished her assignment in the waning moments of the Firth Cougars' opening round game of the Class 2A girls state tournament: hug the ball and don't move.
Jensen snatched a loose ball in the final three seconds and held on to help Firth preserve a 44-43 victory over New Plymouth.
FIRTH â€” When Firth junior Jackson Thompson won his opening match of the 2A District Six wrestling tournament Wednesday afternoon he had no idea how long his day would end up being.
A two-point takedown with five seconds left in the third period sent the match into overtime. A reversal in the overtime gave Thompson the win over West Jefferson's Blade Albertson.
But the fatigue and stalling to catch his breath Thompson felt in the opening match would get even more intense in his second match as a berth in the 170 pound championship match hung in the balance.
After jumping out to an early lead against Salmon's Garrett Jarnigan, Thompson went in for a takedown in the final seconds of the match to steal the win, instead Jarnigan reversed Thompson and earned a tough 6-4 win.
Undeterred, Thompson wrestled his way all the way through the consolation bracket to earn a third place finish and a berth in next week's state wrestling tournament.
Thompson was the first of nine Cougars who punchers their tickets to the state tournament.
THOMAS â€”Â It is never to go into a season as the defending state champion and the favorite to repeat regardless of sport or classification.
The Snake River Lady Panthers found that out right from the beginning of the 2013-14 season.
But despite the trials and tribulations of the season the Panthers again won the 3A District 5 championship last week and will be returning to this week's 3A state basketball tournament to defend their title.
South Fremont 58, Shelley 54
South Fremont 12 14 12 20 â€” 58
Shelley 12 10 14 18 â€” 54
South Fremon Rykert Maupin 16, Kade Schatt 6, Joe Davenport 7, Chandler Campbell 2, Alec Pope 1, Con Bauer 26.
Shelley â€” Tyler Fredrickson 16, Bracken Nelson 16, Blaine Rumsey 4, Markos Vega 1, Dalton Nelson 8, Taylor Lund 7, Carter Cannon 5.
Snake River's first four baskets were 3-pointers as the Panthers started fast en route to a 69-52 District Five victory over Marsh Valley on Friday night.
Jaden Poulter got a steal and layup to complete the first quarter scoring for the Panthers (6-0, 17-3). Trey Albertson and Brad Coombs each had a 3-pointer and Kade Harral had two in Snake River's early barrage.
Snake River led 14-7 after one quarter. The Eagles (2-4, 5-15) closed within 14-10 to open the second before the Panthers answered with a 9-0 run to take control.
As time wound down in the fourth quarter Blackfoot head coach Dan Hale put his hands on top of his head in frustration.
After battling through four tough quarters a couple of defensive lapses in the final two minutes of the game saw another game slip away as Blackfoot fell 61-54 to Idaho Falls Friday night.
After a layup by Taylor Pearson tied the game at 50-50 with 1:19 left in the game, Idaho Falls went on an 11-4 run to build a nine point lead the Blackfoot would never recover from.
BLACKFOOT â€” The call him Superman, and for most of the season Blackfoot senior Bryant Sargent has been has been one of the top wrestlers in the state in the 170 pound weight class.
Before his match with Minico's Dallas Mort Wednesday night, Sargent came out to the scorers table wearing his Superman cape, but not long after the match began Mort experienced why Sargent is a legitimate contender for a state championship.
Sargent jumped out to a 16-3 lead before pinning Mort 39 seconds into the second period.
POCATELLO â€” All season long Snake River Lady Panthers head coach Rich Dunn has said he wanted his team to fly under the radar after winning last season's 3A state title.
To return to this season's state tournament the Panthers would have to defeat an American Falls team that came into the game with nothing to lose.
The Beavers and their fans made Highland High School feel like it was a home game, but in the end Ivy Goff and Makena Shelley each hit a pit of big shots as Snake River defeated American Falls 45-42 in overtime to win the 3A District 5 championship and earn the automatic berth to state.