Another night, another rout

Idaho Falls Chukars shortstop Jeckson Flores throws for a double play after tagging out Billings Mustangs third baseman Taylor Sparks at second Thursday at Melaleuca Field. Photographer Pat Sutphin / psutphin@postregister.com, Date 7/17/2014, Lens 500, ISO 3200, FStop {fstop}, Shutter 1/1000, Aperature {aperature},

The Billings Mustangs opened with a bang and were promptly silenced, victims of dynamite Idaho Falls pitching as the Chukars cruised to a 14-3 win Thursday at Melaleuca Field.

Bandits outgun Cowboys

Josh Jund of Twin Falls misses a catch to tag out TysonCraig of Idaho Falls as Craig steals second base Tuesday at Melaleuca Field. The Idaho Falls Bandits defeated the Twin Falls Cowboys 2-0 during the first game of their doubleheader. Pat Sutphin / psutphin@postregister.com

It took two polar opposite games, but the Idaho Falls Bandits added two more to the win column upon returning to Melaleuca Field on Tuesday.

Fourth-inning falter costs Chukars

Idaho Falls Chukars infielder Luis Valenzuela hits an infield fly during the game against the Ogden Raptors Saturday at Melalueca Field. Valenzuela's batting average is .295 so far this season. Photographer Pat Sutphin / psutphin@postregister.com, Date 7/5/2014, Lens 500, ISO 2500, FStop {fstop}, Shutter 1/1600, Aperature {aperature},

The Idaho Falls Chukars saw a 3-0 lead disappear after a fourth inning marred by an error, an interference call and six runs, as the Ogden Raptors rallied for an 8-4 victory in front of 2,332 fans

Tradition resumed

Idaho Falls Chukars pitcher Eric Skoglund throws a fast ball down center plate during the second inning of the game against the Ogden Raptors Friday at Melaleuca Field. Pat Sutphin / psutphin@postregister.com

An early first pitch accommodated the fireworks show along the Snake River following Friday’s game, but the Idaho Falls Chukars provided plenty of spark of their own against the Ogden Raptors.

O’Hearn heats things up for Chukars

Idaho Falls Chukars third baseman Mike Hill catches the bounce off an infield hit during the game against the Ogden Raptors Thursday at Melaleuca Field. Photographer Pat Sutphin / psutphin@postregister.com, Date 7/3/2014, Lens 300, ISO 1250, FStop {fstop}, Shutter 1/1600, Aperature {aperature},

The Idaho Falls Chukars dumped their two-game losing streak behind the continued hot hitting of Ryan O’Hearn.

A running reunion

Chas Sperry leads the pack at the start of the To Bone & Back race Saturday morning. Sperry and his relay teammates Treyson Sperry, AJ Cross, Alan Borschel and Bridger McCall, completed the 40-mile course in 4:28:44, as team Spaceballs the Running Team.

While some may prefer to have a laid-back birthday, John Lloyd opted to celebrate by competing in one of eastern Idaho’s oldest endurance runs.

Chukars bats finally wake up

Idaho Falls' Luis Valenzuela makes the catch and gets the out as Grand Junction's Dom Nunez tries to make it to second base during Thursday night's game at Melaleuca Field.

The last thing a struggling offense wants to do is waste chances when it’s finally showing signs of life.

Slow start continues

Chukars shortstop Corey Toups catches the bounce of an infield grounder Thursday at Melaleuca Field. Photographer Pat Sutphin / psutphin@postregister.com, Date 6/19/2014, Lens 500, ISO 800, FStop {fstop}, Shutter 1/2500, Aperature {aperature},

Considering they were out-hit 49-27 over the four-game series, the Idaho Falls Chukars should feel fortunate to have snuck out one win against the Orem Owlz, following Thursday’s 10-7 loss at Melal

Off and winning: Pitching, 5-run fifth, lift Chukars

Jerrell Allen of the Idaho Falls Chukars gets tagged out on his way to the base by Owlz third baseman Zach Houchins Wednesday at Melaleuca Field. Photographer Pat Sutphin / psutphin@postregister.com, Date 6/18/2014, Lens 300, ISO 1000, FStop {fstop}, Shutter 1/2500, Aperature {aperature},

No one in professional baseball expected much from San Diego native and first-year Idaho Falls Chukars pitcher Jake Newberry.

Chukars off to rough start

Orem Owlz third baseman Zach Houchins tags out Idaho Falls Chukars outfielder Brandon Thomasson during the first game of their doubleheader Tuesday at Melaleuca Field. Photographer Pat Sutphin / psutphin@postregister.com, Date 6/17/2014, Lens 300, ISO 200, FStop {fstop}, Shutter 1/2500, Aperature {aperature},

After waiting nine months — plus an extra 22 hours of rain delay — fans of Idaho Falls Chukars baseball were primed for the first pitch of the 2014 season Tuesday night.

Belmont Stakes block party set for I.F.

Exercise rider Willie Delgado gallops California Chrome on a second lap during a workout at Belmont Park, Wednesday, June 4, 2014, in Elmont, N.Y. The Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner will attempt to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978 when he races in the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race on Saturday. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan)

California Chrome’s victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness caught the attention of sports fans who most days don’t give horse racing a second thought.

Nadal’s bad back offers off-court drama at French

Spain's Rafael Nadal returns the ball during the third round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Argentina's Leonardo Mayer at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Saturday, May 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

PARIS (AP) — The closest thing to intrigue or drama involving Rafael Nadal on Saturday came after his 31st consecutive French Open victory concluded.

BSU football invades Idaho Falls

Boise State Head Football Coach Bryan Harsin talks to fans during a meet-and-greet Wednesday at McCowin Park in Ammon. Harsin, along with a few players, cheerleaders and the mascot Buster are traveling across the state to raise support for the football program. Pat Sutphin / psutphin@postregister.com

Skyline High School graduate Aubrey Campbell didn’t go to Boise to be a star.

For that, she had to come back home.

Starring role for District 6

Pat Sutphin / psutphin@postregister.com Linebacker Jaxson Landon of Hillcrest hits Highland quarterback Tommy Jewell so hard he knocks off Jewell’s shoe during the second annual Idaho National Guard East Idaho All-Star Game Friday at Shelley High School.

SHELLEY — After giving up 11 straight completions and two straight touchdowns to start the game, it looked as if the District 6 defense would have no answer for the District 5 spread offense Friday

Reheating those state leftovers

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North Fremont senior Hannah Brown crosses finish line ahead of Grangeville sophomore Hailey Sullivan in the 2A 200-meter dash final Saturday at Middleton High School. Brown won the race in 25.68 seconds, 0.68 ahead of Sullivan.

With more than 250 local athletes taking on the blue track at Middleton High School, eastern Idaho walked away from the small school state track and field championships one week ago with 134 medals

One final show for HS seniors

Players from the District 6 Blackfoot North All-Star team run inside run drills Wednesday at Shelley High School. Photographer Pat Sutphin / psutphin@postregister.com, Date 5/21/2014, Lens 140, ISO 200, FStop {fstop}, Shutter 1/1000, Aperature {aperature},

Fifty of the top football talents District 6 has to offer will strap on their pads tonight in the annual Idaho National Guard East Idaho All-Star Game at Shelley High School.

Madison’s Daniel Bruton, I.F’s Dakota Baker and Jake Wright end careers with medals

Kyle Green / for the Post Register Madison High School’s Daniel Bruton clears 6 feet, 8 inches to defend his 5A state high jump title Saturday at Dona Larsen Park in Boise.

BOISE — After walking back to the Idaho Falls High School tent after the medal ceremony for the 5A boys 300-meter hurdles Saturday, senior Dakota Baker was met by teammate and fellow senior Jake Wr

Ririe’s Thacker inspires gold, scores silver in his final prep pole vault

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Ririe senior T.J. Thacker clears a bar at 13 feet Friday during the 2A state pole vault finals at Middleton High School.

MIDDLETON — As one of three 2A finalists to clear 13

feet Friday, Ririe High School pole vaulter T.J. Thacker struck up a conversation with Nampa Christian’s Tommy Taylor.

Bees stung by Knights at state

May 15, 2014, Nampa, ID: USA, Bonneville Bees short stop Lincoln Clayton (42) attempts to seal second base and is tagged out by Bishop Kelly Knights short stop Bowen Ogata (10) during the 4A Baseball tournament held at Rodeo Park in Nampa, Idaho. Bishop Kelly defeated Bonneville 14-1. Mandatory Credit: Brian Losness/Nitrophoto

NAMPA — For the second year in a row at the 4A state baseball tournament, the Bonneville High School baseball team took on familiar foe Bishop Kelly in a clash of teams with Division I baseball sig

Track reaches the home stretch

Cassidy Cook of Hillcrest pulls ahead of the pack to take the win in the hurdles at Thunder Stadium Friday afternoon. Photo By Robert Bower ( rbower@postregister.com)Post Register ,Idaho Falls, 3/23/12, {camera}, 1/250, 1000,16, 3:09:55 PM

After months of practicing and competing in everything from snow to hail to high winds, eastern Idaho track athletes head west for drier, warmer weather and the hope of medals and trophies at this

Bees look for repeat performance

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Bonneville High School pitcher Lincoln Clayton pitches to Twin Falls High School during the 4A State Baseball Tournament Thursday, May 16, 2013 at Bishop Kelly High School in Boise.

The Bonneville High School baseball team made history at last year’s state tournament, capping off a remarkable 26-0 season with the program’s first state title since 1992.

Running down a dream

Hannah Cain competes during the Shelley Invite Apr. 3 at Shelley High School. Photographer Pat Sutphin / psutphin@postregister.com, Date 4/3/2014, Lens 300, ISO 200, FStop {fstop}, Shutter 1/2000, Aperature {aperature},

“You must realize one thing. In every little village in the world, there are great potential champions who only need motivation, development, and good evaluation.”

Do it for Dean

Odyssey Black head coach Ryan Cook watches his team as they play the PVSC Galaxy during the Idaho Falls Shootout soccer tournament Saturday at the Idaho Falls Soccer Complex.

Positioned between the bench and Odyssey Black U-16 boys coach Ryan Cook at Saturday afternoon’s game with PVSC Galaxy at the Idaho Falls Soccer Complex was an empty red foldout chair.

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