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ST. ANTHONY â€” The Snake River Panthers shook off a sluggish third quarter and mounting foul trouble, coming from behind for a big 50-47 road win over South Fremont on Thursday evening.
"We were able to hit some big free throws at the end when we needed them," Snake River coach Kendall Keller said. "You know, anytime you can get a win on the road it's a big win."
Playing in the middle of the holiday break can always be an adventure but Snake River came out strong, taking a 23-16 lead into the locker room at the half.
FIRTH â€” It is a rarity when a wrestling tournament comes down to the final match of the day but that is exactly how the Firth Invitational Tournament came to an end as the final team tally wasn't decided until the final match was over.
For the Firth Cougars, that match was huge as Ben Cornia came through with a first period pin of his Challis opponent to give the Cougars a 2 point win in the team standings 169 to 167 for Challis.
BLACKFOOT â€” The nations best shooters descended upon the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs over the weekend of December 3-6. Among them was Blackfoot High School graduate Marianna Molinari, a rising star in the shooting ranks.
Molinari, shooting in the rifle event, spent three stressful days competing against the toughest competition that the nation had too offer, including current Olympic team members, just a little of a step up in competition for the talented Molinari.
FIRTH â€” It was billed as a cat fight at Firth High School as the Firth Cougars welcomed the South Fremont Cougars for a non-conference tilt on the hardwood.
In the end that cat fight was a lopsided affair as Firth steamrolled the 3A Cougars 58-27.
"We did a good job," Firth head coach Scott Adams said. "A lot of things that we were able to work on in game situations."
A night after a hard fought loss to Sugar-Salem, Firth came back on a mission, opening the night with a 11-0 run over the first four minutes of play.
THOMAS â€” Snake River vs Blackfoot. A highly charged situation regardless of circumstances. On Wednesday night, the emotions were ratcheted up just a bit as Blackfoot took to the hardwood with their coach in the stands but not on the bench due to a controversial decision by the Blackfoot superintendent.
The Blackfoot players honored their embattled coach by wearing his name on the back of their warm ups as well as his initials on their arms.
FIRTH â€” Normally, when a team out-rebounds and out-shoots their opponent from the free throw line, that team will find themselves in the win column.
Not so on Tuesday night as the visiting Lady Cardinals of Soda-Springs were able to overcome those two categories in the stat column in a 57-42 win over Firth.
"Soda-Springs is one of the elite teams in our division, they really are," Firth head coach Sharla Cook said. "They have an excellent team and they did a good job tonight of hitting clutch shots."
BLACKFOOT â€” Blackfoot head coach Jonathan Packer is fond of saying that win or lose the goal is to get better the next day.
On Friday evening, the Blackfoot Broncos showed that they are indeed better than they were just two nights previous, as they held off a furious Rigby fourth quarter rally, and then pulled away from the Trojans for a 65-53 conference victory.
"We're learning how to win, this game was about learning how to finish and get a win," coach Packer said.
BLACKFOOT â€” With time clicking off the clock Blackfoot junior Cerissa Honena let fly with a high arcing shot from the half court line. As the collective crowd held their breath, the ball banked off the glass, banging in and out of the basket only to fall away as the Shelley Lady Russets prevailed 52-49.
BLACKFOOT â€” Blackfoot and Shelley took to the mats for their inaugural meeting in the 4A High Country Conference. After the dust had settled, Blackfoot showed their County brethren what the competition will be like as they pounded the Russets 69-9.
"The team unity, the team numbers, the team spirit and just the whole feeling that you get from running out on the first night, in our home for the start of the season is just a pretty special feeling," Blackfoot head coach Brian Barlow said. "You've got to love being a Blackfoot Bronco."
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot Lady Broncos snapped a 7-game slide at home on Tuesday night as they beat the Lady Indians of Pocatello 42-34.
"I saw a lot of enthusiasm tonight," Blackfoot head coach Mike Kirkham said. "The kids believed in themselves, they wanted this one real bad and they refused to be denied."
Desperate for a win, the Blackfoot squad indeed came out with a lot of energy, opening the game on a 9-2 run.