BLACKFOOT — Since taking over at the Morning News in May I have been thinking of ways that I could bring some things new to you the readers and some things that may be interesting to work on.
One of those ideas was to do some sort of all-area team. At my previous jobs we did one for each high school sport during the school year and naming a player if the year for each.
While the idea was great I am not so brash as to name a player of the year, I have devised a way to honor some of the top athletes in Bingham County by naming my choices for an All-Bingham County team.
While I am well aware that teams like this cause more trouble than they are worth, this is going to be a work in progress and will change and morph over time I hope to get stats from coaches and even some input on who they think are some of the best players in the country.
For now I will name a first team for each sport all based on my observations and opinions on the season.
So hear is your All-Bingham County girls soccer team.
Scout Baldwin — Snake River
In every match I saw Baldwin was the player opponents would double team and try to keep the ball out of her reach.
As a senior leader Baldwin and the rest of the Lady Panthers grew a to during the season, but unfortunately they team came up short of reaching the state tournament this year.
Baldwin in no a moved on to basketball where she starts for the Panthers.
Darci Polatis — Snake River
The Lady Panthers offense started with Polatis.
The Panthers midfielder was also one of the teams best defenders. Using her speed and agility Polatis was able to keep may of her opponents in check. Like her teammate Baldwin, Polatis is a member of the Panthers basketball team.
Ivy Goff — Snake River
As an attacking forward Goff and her younger sister Jetta created quite the duo for Snake River.
Goff was always near the ball and was able to use her size and skill to give the Panthers a weapon on corner and free kick inside the opponents penalty area.
Goff is also a starter on the Panthers basketball team.
Cassandra Clarke — Blackfoot
There may be no player more important to her team than Clarke.
The senior was the Broncos main offensive weapon and may have been the fastest player on the team.
Clarke was a vocal leader that excelled in the opponents end of the field and she showed her toughness and skill by playing the 4A District 5/6 tournament with a brutal cold.
Clarke and the Broncos may the state playoffs for the first time in 10 years this season and Clarke was a big reason why.
Clarke is now a starter for the Broncos basketball team.
Madison Leslie — Blackfoot
The junior goalie was one of the tops in the area this year. With her athletic ability and her height she was able to get to most balls sent her way.
Blackfoot head coach Alisha Yeates consistently praised Leslie's play and often said she was a big reason for the teams success.
Leslie also starts for the Broncos basketball team.
Matti Chavez — Blackfoot
Chavez played the portion of the season with a broken arm, but despite the bulky cast her game never faltered.
Chavez manned the midfield defense for the Broncos and was adept at sending some nice through balls to her streaking teammates.
Angela Garza — Blackfoot
Garza was one of the other goal scorers for the Broncos during the season. BUt during the crucial stretch in the seasons final weeks Garza excelled in the back line of defense.
Yeates praised Garza's play during the state berth clinching win over Preston saying that even though she was the newest to the team she was a big reason for their success.
Kaitlin Jolley — Aberdeen
While the Tigers season was not the greatest, Jolley was a big part of the improvement the team showed during the season.
As the main scoring threat for the Tigers, Jolley helped the Tigers play markedly better over the second half of the season.
The rest of the first team
Priscilla Villegas — Aberdeen
Jasmin Vega — Shelley
Katelyn Cox — Shelley