February 18th, 2012
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."
The Morning News â€” Leslie Mielke
Blackfoot High School teacher Merri Ann Drake and her ESL class learn about Braille machines presented by Kevin Hughes (right) from HumanWare. "My students wanted to see what kind of technology was available," Drake said. 'They were amazed technology could help the blind learn to read and write and that [the bilnd] can learn to do so much."
Hughes and HumanWare is headquartered in Golden, Colo. Hughes was at Blackfoot High School Friday to demonstrate this technology.
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The case against Christopher Cox was sealed by the court Thursday.
Cox, the Snake River Junior High School principal, was arrested Wednesday and charged Thursday with three felony counts of sexual abuse of a child under 16 years old.
There are several reasons why a court may choose to seal a case. These include:
Â° the documents or materials contain highly intimate facts or statements, the publication of which would be highly objectionable to a reasonable person, or
Â° the documents or materials contain facts or statements that the court finds might be libelous, or
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.
Items of note from Feb. 13-15.
BIKE FOUND: Feb. 13, 2:02 p.m.: A woman reported finding a bike in a ditch on Golden St.
SAY MY NAME: Feb. 13, 2:43 p.m.: A woman said she has received several calls from a man who said he is with the CIA. He told her he is investigating illegal purchases of prescription medications. He said two men with guns would come and arrest her and take her to jail. She said her front door is open and an officer should just come in and shout her name.
H. Terry Child, 65, of Firth passed away Feb. 15, 2012 at Bingham Memorial Hospital. Services are pending under the direction of Nalder Funeral Home in Shelley.Â Condolences can be sent to the family at www.nalderfuneralhome.com.
Ruth Virginia Ellsworth, 87, of Blackfoot passed away Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012 at The Willows in Blackfoot.
No formal services are planned at this time.Â Family is under the care of Hawker Funeral Home in Blackfoot.Â
Condolences may be sent to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org.