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June 10th, 2011
By MARK HIGH
BLACKFOOT â€” With the sixth district All-Stars clinging to a 24-17 lead with :02.2 showing on the clock the fifth district squad drew up their best play from the five yard line.
With a five receiver set Snake River signal caller C.J. Toulouse scanned the defense when the ball was snapped wide leading to a wild scramble for the ball. Toulouse got to the ball first, rolled to the right and lofted the ball towards an open receiver in the north end zone, only to see the ball batted away at the last second as the game ended with the sixth district victorious.
BLACKFOOT â€” Mother Nature showed her bi-polar personality on Wednesday afternoon and the Blackfoot Broncos were swept by Hillcrest as they battled the elements and the Knights falling 10-6 in the opener and then dropped the nightcap 8-6 in eight innings.
"It was a difficult day today," Blackfoot head coach Jeff Katseanes said. "We had our chances, especially there in the second game but we just didn't close it out."
THOMAS â€” The Snake River American Legion team picked up a big split with the visiting Madison Cats on Wednesday afternoon by winning game one 6-4 and dropping the late game 14-3 in five innings.
"I think that overall I was pleased with the way that we played today, especially in the first game," Snake River skipper Tom Strickland said. "We played good defense, had some good pitching. In the second game we had a rough first inning or I think that we would have been right in it."
THOMAS â€” The Book of Isaiah in the Bible says, "And a child shall lead them." So it should be no surprise that when coach Jeff Katseanes turned to 14-year-old Dillon Manzanares as a relief pitcher in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against Snake River, he would come up aces for the Blackfoot Bronco Legion team.
"We expect big things out of Dillon and he will probably set some records in his time as a legion ballplayer," said Katseanes. "He is young, the youngest ball player that we have, but he is tough as nails and pitches very smart."
THOMAS â€” The 100-plus basketball campers participating in the Lady Panther Basketball camp have been through three days of intensive and educational drills and competition, but their enthusiasm has never waned.
"These girls and this camp have been nothing short of spectacular," said Snake River girls basketball coach Rich Dunn. "They have done everything that we have asked and more, and to have the support of the great assistant coaches that we gathered this year has been just phenomenal."
BLACKFOOT â€” It's an interview that I both loathed and loved to have. On one hand my favorite high school teacher and coach is riding into the sunset, leaving a void that the flooding Snake River could never fill.
On the other hand, a man among men is entering into the best times of his life. He is free as he says and now embarks upon yet another chapter in the life and times of Brian Barlow.
Here is a few words from the man. The myth. The legend.
Mark High - Coach you've spent 30 years in the same district both coaching and teaching. Did you ever consider leaving during that time?
BLACKFOOT - With the final two rodeos of the Fourth District High School Rodeo Association cancelled, district officials have announced the athletes who have advanced on to the state finals in June.
The top six competitors in each event advance in hopes of qualifying for the National High School Rodeo Finals this summer.
In Barrel Racing, Kimberlyn Fehringer of American Falls is the champion, accumulating 95 points. Also qualifying are Kilee Lehman of Aberdeen, Lyndsie Ekstrom of Highland, Ciarra Driscoll of American Falls, Shelby Freed of Highland and Kyler Duffin of Highland.
ONTARIO, OR. â€“ The Snake River Panthers wrapped up their 2011 season on Saturday morning, falling 7-5 to the Buhl Indians in the consolation championship played at Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario Oregon.
â€śNot the way that we wanted to end the season for sure but the kids came out and played their guts out,â€ť Snake River head coach James Carter said. â€śWe hit the ball hard and our defense turned in some big plays today. It just wasnâ€™t quite enough though.â€ť
BOISE â€” The 2011 Idaho State Track and Field Championships came to a conclusion on Saturday afternoon and after the dust had settled on Boise State University's campus, several area athletes had turned in marvelous performances.
Unlike Friday, where a pair of individual state titles were won by a pair of Firth Cougars, on Saturday just one Bingham County athlete found themselves atop the medal podium.
Snake River senior Eden VanOrden shook off a tumble in the 100 meter hurdles by rebounding in the 300 meter hurdles to capture the state title with a time of 47.02.
BOISE â€“ The girls doubles team of Meg Matsuura and Ayla Lau faced a very familiar opponent in Saturdayâ€™s 4A state tennis championship match at Boise State University as they tangled with Madison for the fourth time this season.
During the regular season the teams split with one another and Madison was able to topple Blackfoot in the district championship match just prior to the state tournament so a tight match was to be expected.
In the end, Madison was able to hold off Blackfoot for the title, winning a hard fought match in straight sets 5-7, 4-6.