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Miscues cost Firth in season ending loss to Soda Springs

May 7, 2014

SHELLEY — The plan for the Firth Cougars was a simple one, defeat Soda Springs in a 2A District 5/6 Tournament elimination game and clinch a berth in next week's state tournament.
A loss and the Cougars season was over.
Firth sent ace Connor Montgomery to the mound on Wednesday in Shelley and for the first two innings the Montgomery controlled the Cardinals hitters.
But despite striking out the first five hitters he faced the Cardinals took advantage of six Firth errors in the game to earn a 9-3 win to advance to the 2A state baseball tournament next week.

No district championship, but Lady Broncos still alive after split

May 6, 2014

BLACKFOOT — If was not exactly the easiest way to get through the opening day of the 4A District 5/6 Tournament, but the Blackfoot Lady Broncos are still alive for the second and final star tournament berth after a split of their games on Tuesday at Blackfoot High School.
The defending district champion Broncos were beat in game one 5-4 by Pocatello in height innings setting up an elimination game with Century.
Matti Chavez ripped a walk-off double sending the Broncos to one more game on Thursday which will be a rematch with Pocatello.

Looking for a state qualified ride

May 3, 2014

AMERICAN FALLS — After battling Mother Nature and even losing a rodeo last weekend in American Falls due to rain, the cowboys and cowgirls of District 4 were spoiled with perfect conditions on Saturday when then finished out their two week stretch at the Power County Fairgrounds.
For the group from Bingham County Saturday's finale just steps from the reservoir was a good one as many times that should be state qualifiers were set.
Snake River sophomore Timmi Hutchings got her day off to a good start by laying down a time of 5.00 in her section of breakaway roping.

Smith’s squeeze sends Russets to 1-0 win over South Fremont

May 2, 2014

SHELLEY — Runs were tough to come by Friday afternoon at Shelley High School.
The host Russets and 3A Sixth District leaders South Fremont battled for six and a half innings with no runs coming across to score.
In fact the Cougars never had a runner get any further than second base as the Russets pitching duo of Kaden Schmitt and Marcus Gustaveson held the Cougars to just three hits.
The Russets on the other hand had plenty of chances to get runs across, but missed bunts and the inability to make contact stranded runners on base in all but two innings in the game.
But in the seventh after a leadoff double down the left field line by Marcus Gustaveson, Zack Leal singled to move him to third. Then on a 1-1 pitch Braxton Smith laid down a perfect squeeze bunt as a streaking Gustaveson was making his way to plate and the Russets walked away with a 1-0 win to clinch the No. 3 seed on Monday's district tournament.

Bronco tennis ready for districts

May 1, 2014

BLACKFOOT — On what was by far the best weather day of the season the Blackfoot tennis team closed out the regular season with a sweep of Pocatello.
The Bronco boys won 6-0 and the girls earned a 4-2 win. The Broncos boys head into Monday's district tournament with an undefeated record.

Lady Panthers close season with 10-0 shutout of Marsh Valley

April 30, 2014

RIVERSIDE — Going into to Wednesday's regular season finale with Marsh Valley the Snake River Lady Panthers already knew they had clinched the top seed in Friday's 3A District 5 tournament, but they were looking for more; to finish the season with an unblemished district record.
Thanks in part to a 3-for-4 day from Sara Goodwin the Panthers were able to do just that.
Snake River blanked the Eagles 10-0 in six innings to close out the season and claim the top spot in the district tournament.

Blackfoot earns first win over Bonneville in four years 7-6

April 29, 2014

BLACKFOOT — With the district tournament less than a week away, every single time the Blackfoot Broncos take the field the game is important as entering Tuesday the Broncos were still fighting for the top seed.
Throw in the fact that the defending state champion Bonneville Bees were in town and the importance of the game increased ten fold.
In the dugout prior to the game the theme from the team was "Be big" as each player echoed that sentiment to each other.
And for the first time in four years the Broncos were big enough to hand the Bees a loss.
After jumping out to a 5-0 lead in the opening inning, Blackfoot had to fend off a bases loaded, one out rally from the Bees to earn a 7-6 win to hand Bonneville their first district loss in two seasons.

Bengals wrap up spring practice

April 27, 2014

POCATELLO — There has never been any doubt as to who the Idaho State quarterback will be when the Bengals take the field Aug. 28 in Salt Lake City, senior to be Justin Arias has that job all wrapped up.
But all spring long the Bengals have been trying to figure out who will be catching the passes from Arias in the Bengals pass-happy offense.
Saturday ISU concluded spring practice with their annual spring game and after over two hours on field and two weeks of practice the questions at receiver are still left unanswered.

 

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