Former I.F. coach Bridges honored as ‘Legend’

Longtime Idaho Falls High School baseball coach John Bridges was honored at Saturday’s 5A high school state baseball championship game as the third baseball coaching Legend of the Game.

Bridges began his career in Coeur d’Alene, serving as assistant coach at North Idaho College and Coeur d’Alene High School and as a head coach of the American Legion program. He was named head coach at Idaho Falls in 1990, and served in that role until stepping down in 2012.

Bridges said he was honored to join the two previous Legends, Meridian coach Mo Brooks and Lewiston coach Dwight Church.

“To even be considered with those guys was amazing,” Bridges said.

His career included 276 wins, 10 state tournament appearances, the 2002 5A state championship and the 2003 5A consolation trophy.

Bridges has a long history with the sport. His father, Rocky, spent 49 years as a professional player, coach and scout, and his brother, Cory, coached at Minico and Lake City high schools.

“It’s been a part of my life forever,” he said.

He’s still involved in baseball, helping coach his 11-year-old son’s team.

“If you’re a fan of the game, you can watch it on TV,” he said. “But you’ve really got to go watch a Little League game.”

Bridges also credited his success with the help he received from longtime I.F. assistants John Griffin, Drew Kerner, Darin Monk and Pat Lloyd.

“They really made my job easy,” he said.

Chukars baseball

Individual game tickets for the 2014 Idaho Falls Chukars season go on sale today.

Tickets can be purchased by phone (522-8363) or online (www .ifchukars.com) or at Melaleuca Field. By purchasing online, fans can print their tickets at home.

Box seats are $11, general admission is $8, seniors (65 and older) and children (12 and younger) are $6. All upgrades are $3.

The Chukars begin defense of their Pioneer League championship with an exhibition game against the Idaho Falls Bandits on June. 14. All proceeds from the game will benefit Idaho Falls American Legion Baseball. Box seats for the game are a $6 donation while general admission tickets are a $5 donation.

Idaho Falls begins its regular season with the first of four games against Orem at 7:15 p.m. June 16 at Melaleuca Field.

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