Printed on: November 19, 2013

Big Bend a District 6 hoops haven


When the Big Bend Vikings took the court Saturday, it looked more like a District 6 All-Star game reunion than a women's college basketball game.

With four former eastern Idaho standouts playing significant roles, the Vikings opened the 2013-14 season with a 78-50 win over Northwest Indian College.

Madison graduate McKell Marlor led the way for the locals, finishing with 14 points and six rebounds. Riley Jemmett (West Jefferson) and Tasha Huff (Ririe) each had 11 points in the win, and Shelley grad Sam Orme added five points and four rebounds. BBCC is 1-0.

Also playing in her team's NWAACC opener, Snake River graduate Madison Pilster had 12 points and four rebounds to help Peninsula defeat Wenatchee 64-56.

Closer to home, Idaho State senior guard and Shelley grad Sheryl Bitter finished with nine points and two assists Saturday during a 70-62 loss to Illinois-Chicago. ISU is now 2-1.

Men's basketball

Former West Jefferson standout Blake Skidmore poured in 20 points Saturday to help lift Westminster to a 63-66 win over Eastern Oregon. The win lifts the Griffins to 4-2 on the season.


Idaho State freshman and Butte County graduate Korbin Traughber placed 122nd at the NCAA Mountain Regionals on Friday, covering the 6k Ogden, Utah course in 23 minutes, 39 seconds. ISU finished 16h with 432 points, and Colorado won the regional with 29.


Blackfoot graduate Anthony Clarke finished with 78 yards from scrimmage for Carroll College on Saturday in a 48-3 win over Dickinson State, running for 40 and catching for 38 more. The win lifts 10-1 Carroll into an NAIA opening-round game against Kentucky's Georgetown College (7-3).


Western Wyoming standout sophomore Cindy Davis was named to the NJCAA Division I Region 9 First Team this past week after finishing the season with team highs in digs (533) and digs per set (4.4). WWCC finished the season 30-6.

College of Idaho is off to its sixth-straight trip to the NAIA National Championships after claiming the Cascade Conference crown Saturday with a 3-1 win over Concordia. Butte County grad and College of Idaho freshman Cheyan Coburn had six digs in the title match for the 18-9 Coyotes.

Rigby grad and BYU freshman Whitney Young added eight blocks to her season total during a 3-0 win over Portland on Saturday. Young now has 117 blocks for the 22-5 Cougars.

Idaho State junior and Bonneville graduate Kylee Sessions finished with 18 digs Friday, and teammate Hayley Farrer had 10 more during a 3-1 road win over Sacramento State.

Two nights earlier during a 3-0 home win over Weber State, South Fremont's Whitney Harrington had three blocks and Rigby's Desiree Nielson finished with two kills for the 19-10 Bengals.

Elsewhere in the Big Sky Conference, Montana State senior and Idaho Falls graduate Megan Spofford hit .800 with four kills and four blocks during a 3-1 loss to Southern Utah. The Bobcats are now 6-23.

Boise State (12-15) got five kills and four blocks from Rigby graduate Katelyn Kinghorn on Saturday during a 3-0 win over San Jose State. Also in the Mountain West Conference, Idaho Falls grad Kaitlyn Johnson had five digs for 17-13 Wyoming on Saturday during a 3-0 win over New Mexico.

Olympic freshman and Bonneville graduate Ashlee Trane finished with 34 assists and three digs Wednesday to help lift her team over Edmonds. The Rangers are now 41-4 entering this week's NWAACC championship tournament.

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