Printed on: October 04, 2012

Knights rally for conference title


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With the regular season conference championship on the line in Rexburg, the Hillcrest High School boys soccer team found itself on the short end of a 2-0 score with just 10 minutes gone Wednesday.

Defensive miscues led to a pair of early Madison goals, and things were looking bleak for the Knights. But Hillcrest rallied with four unanswered goals in a 4-2 win that clinched a regular season conference title.

Less than two weeks ago, Hillcrest sat at the bottom of the conference standings. But thanks to Idaho Falls' Emotion Cup win over Skyline on Tuesday, Hillcrest needed only to defeat Madison to take the conference title and the corresponding No. 1 district tournament seed that goes with it.

With this squarely in mind, Johnston's troops ripped off four unanswered goals in minutes 20, 35, 65 and 76 to claim the regular season title.

"We knew our destiny was in our hands," Hillcrest coach Bryan Johnston said. "We got fired up and got after it."

Beau Hansen scored the Knights' first goal with a 45-yard direct kick into the wind, and was followed 15 minutes later by Brigham Redd's goal.

Redd struck the game winner in the second half on an assist from Ibukun Omotowa, and Derek Southwick sealed the deal unassisted with four minutes to play.

Hillcrest (11-3-2 overall, 4-2-2 conference) will next play Tuesday, hosting the winner of Saturday's district play-in game between Idaho Falls and Madison. Idaho Falls hosts Madison at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Idaho Falls Soccer Com-plex.

Girls soccer

Hillcrest 9, Madison 0: At Hillcrest, Hillcrest poured in six second-half goals on its way to a rout in the regular season finale for both teams.

Sarah Abbott, Hannah Lambertson and Mallory Keisling all scored for Hillcrest as it took a 3-0 lead into halftime. But the Knights were just getting started.

Miranda Blair scored in the 55th minute, followed by Elli Benson in the 57th. Taylor Huskinson then netted the next three goals in the 66th, 67th and 73rd minutes.

"Madison plays a very intriguing style. It takes a while to get used to it," Hillcrest coach Dave Coffman said. "Taylor had great looks in the first half but didn't convert. She focused on what she knew she needed to do, and she took care of it."

Erin Rickenbach rounded out the scoring in the 78th minute.

Madison (5-9-1 overall, 1-7-0 conference) travels to face Idaho Falls at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Idaho Falls Soccer Complex in a 5A District 5-6 play-in game. The winner advances to face regular season conference champ Hillcrest (12-1-0, 7-1-0) at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Hillcrest.

Shelley 2, Preston 2: At Shelley, Shelley rallied from a pair of one-goal deficits thanks to a pair of Kailey Jorgensen goals.

The junior midfielder tied the game at 1-1 in the 29th minute on a penalty kick. She tied the game again in the 53rd minute when she swiped a Preston pass for a breakaway.

"She was just very quick to the ball tonight," Shelley coach Jim Gregory said.

Shelley (7-2-6) wraps up its regular season when it hosts North Fremont today.

Volleyball

RIGBY 3, PRESTON 1: At Preston, the Trojans cruised to a road victory, getting 13 kills each from Becca Parkes and Kayla Adams in a 25-16, 22-25, 25-17, 25-15 win over the Indians.

Parkes also had five blocks in the win, and teammate Erin Boyce finished with four aces.

"They came out strong and are playing well," Rigby assistant coach Crystal Jensen said. "We are playing our best, just before districts."

Rigby will host Pocatello on Tuesday.

Firth 3, West Jeff-erson 0: At Terreton, Firth swept West Jefferson 25-5, 25-18, 25-8 for a Nuclear Conference win.

"We came to life in the second set, but never could overcome the unforced errors," West Jefferson coach John Hansen said in an email. "We play so much better in practice everyday, but the players are the only ones that see it."

Junior outside hitter Camry Jacobs led West Jefferson with six kills.

West Jefferson hosts Ririe today for another league match.

North Fremont 3, Ririe 0: At Ashton, North Fremont knocked off Nuclear Conference rival Ririe 25-13, 28-26, 25-17, and earned a little money for a good cause along the way.

The Huskies and Bull-dogs took part in a breast cancer awareness challenge, with teams taking donations for kills, digs and aces. The teams raised more than $4,000, and the money will be used locally.

Dakota Marshall led North Fremont with 13 kills and nine digs. Hailee Harrigfeld added nine kills and four digs and Brianna Parkinson chipped in seven kills and six digs.

North Fremont (7-4, 4-2) hosts Salmon on senior night Tuesday.

Cross-country

Teton high school senior Caleb Moosman set a course record of 17:49 at the annual Teton Invi-tational in Alta, Wyo. Moosman's accomplishment was im-pressive considering the 5,000-meter race was run at high altitude between 6,430 and 6,600 feet.

Teton's Bryce Fletcher, a premier runner in 2003, held the previous record at 18:01, making Moosman's feat even more impressive.

"I have been trying to break Fletcher's records this year," Moosman said.

Teton coach Neil Gleichman said the course was the same today as when Fletcher set the previous record.

"I didn't feel great today, so when I finished I didn't know if I had broken the record," Moosman said. "When I found out I got it I was ecstatic."

The Teton boys won the team title scoring 23 points while the Sugar-Salem girls won going away with 18 points.

Sugar-Salem's Alexis Moser won the girls individual title with a time of 21:42.

Twin Falls Invita-tional: At Twin Falls, Idaho Falls High School's Andrew Follett came away with a strong win to lead the Tigers to a second place team finish.

More importantly, Idaho Falls finished ahead of third place Highland.

"It's good anytime you can beat Highland," Idaho Falls coach Alan McMur-trey said. "The district boys race will be a tight battle."

Kuna won the boys team title while Soda Springs won the girls team trophy. Idaho Falls Niquelle Lewis was the first member of her team to cross the finish line in 19:53, good for seventh.

Ririe Invitational: At Ririe Reservoir, the Bonne-ville boys took home the team title, led by Kyle Baldwin, who finished third for the Bees in 17:47. Rigby finished second in the boys team race.

Snake River took both the girls and boys first-place medals with Quincy Van Orden running a 20:09 in the girls race and James Withers ran a 17:12 to win the boys race.