SHELLEY – The new coaching staff for the girls’ basketball program at Shelley High School is finding out just how tough things can be in the High Country Conference and they haven’t even faced one of the 5A programs yet.

THOMAS – The eagerly awaited season opening game for the Snake River Lady Panthers couldn’t have come at a better time. The girls were tired of playing each other and needed to face somebody new on the gym floor to test what they had been learning for the past several weeks and all summer long.

BLACKFOOT – In the highly anticipated and eagerly awaited return to the court of the Blackfoot Lady Broncos basketball team, absent since the consolation championship game in Boise last February, a raucous and loudly cheering team went home disappointed after the Thunder Ridge Titans handed …

FIRTH – Season opening games can sometimes make or break a season. They either show you what you can do in order to make your season a success and point out some things that need to be addressed right away, or they can confuse players and coaches to the point of trying to make wholesale chan…

FIRTH – There is a rich history of high school basketball in the sleepy little town of Firth. It doesn’t matter if it is boys or girls, basketball is important to Firth and its residents and this year will be no different.

BLACKFOOT – In the spring of 2019, the Blackfoot Lady Broncos made a run into the state girls’ basketball tournament, and while they won a trophy, it wasn’t the trophy they had envisioned winning.

THOMAS – When it comes to basketball, the Snake River girls’ team is a regular participant in the state basketball championships.

POCATELLO — The Snake River Panthers, on a tear as the team attempted to erase the memory of an un-Panther-like season a year ago, were dead set on an upset against top-ranked 3A Sugar-Salem Diggers Saturday in the 3A state football semifinals at Holt Arena.

ABERDEEN – This year’s version of the Lady Tigers girls’ basketball team will be young — very young, in fact. The projected starting lineup will have four sophomores in it along with a senior, but it won’t all be as bad as you might think.

FORT HALL – After two consecutive years of making it to the state 1A Division II girls’ basketball tournament, the Lady Chiefs find themselves with a new coach and a target on their back as one of the teams to beat in the 1A division.

BLACKFOOT — We have reached the semifinals of the state football playoffs and we still have two Bingham County schools playing, and that is a great thing considering that it has been a few years since we have had that happen.

BLACKFOOT – Whether we are ready for it or not, the girls’ high school basketball season is upon us. The season officially starts on Friday, and a number of Bingham County teams will begin play on Friday or shortly thereafter.

BLACKFOOT – One of the ways that a football team, or any other athletic team for that matter, shows improvement is through the maturity of underclassmen as they become seniors.

BLACKFOOT – Girls’ basketball is just around the corner — in fact, the first games for the area will begin on Friday when Shelley hosts Preston and Aberdeen hosts North Fremont.

POCATELLO – The Snake River Panthers rode the legs of all-state running back Treyton Young to another win this week over Teton 34-14, and this time it was in the quarter-finals of the state 3A football playoffs, sending them into a semi-final contest against Nampa from the Treasure Valley.

BLACKFOOT – Well, football fans, we survived the first week of the state football playoffs, with two Bingham County teams advancing on and two going home to prepare for basketball and wrestling.

BLACKFOOT – The doors to a new sports season were opened on Monday, when the official practices for girls’ basketball began the newest prep sports season in the state.

BLACKFOOT – When you go to a game and look up and down the line of players on the sideline and see someone who is 5’ 2” and maybe 135 pounds, and I am giving him the benefit of the doubt, you automatically have to think that something is wrong with the picture.

POCATELLO – A week that began with a lot of promise probably ended with some disappointment at the state cross country championships.

FIRTH – The Firth High School student body, teachers and administration took time on Tuesday to recognize and honor the school’s most recent Idaho state champions with the raising of the championship banner in the school’s gymnasium.

FIRTH – Hailey Barker is a scrapper and hustler and never gives an inch when playing sports. It doesn’t matter what sport, she gives 100 percent and makes the coaches play her, no matter what.

FIRTH – It is probably fitting that Firth High School’s libero on the volleyball team is named Liberty Park. She is the defensive specialist and can really play the game, specializing in digging out the ball on hard strikes by the opponents and helping to set the ball up for her own team’s c…

FIRTH – Firth High School sophomore Addison Trent burst onto the athletic scene last spring during the track season. She grew a bit over the summer and has developed into a tall, lanky, athletic lioness as proven during the later part of the season.

FIRTH – Kiley Mecham is a junior, outside hitter for the 2019 state 2A volleyball champs from Firth High School.

FIRTH – When coach Elda Park started to put the 2019 Firth High School volleyball team together last summer, one of the first positions that she filled on paper was that of outside hitter and it had Jordyn Adams’ name on it.

FIRTH – Hailey Gee is a very solid athlete that has been a three-year starter on both the volleyball team and the basketball team. Capable of 20 points and 10 rebounds in basketball, Gee was often the glue that kept the Firth Lady Cougars on track and winning so many matches in a row as the …

FIRTH – Kaydee Park is a senior setter for the 2019 state 2A volleyball champions.

LAKE CITY – The Firth Lady Cougars volleyball team has built a tradition of excellent play and it hasn’t been just in the Nuclear Conference.

BLACKFOOT – The Firth High School Lady Cougars have sailed through the first round of the state volleyball tournament with a straight set victory over St. Maries, the second berth winner from northern Idaho, and they earned a spot in the title match Saturday night.

BLACKFOOT – If there were some doubts about the outcome of the Blackfoot Broncos’ opening round game against Sandpoint in the state 4A football playoffs, you could understand why.

LAKE CITY -- The Firth Lady Cougars swept through the 2A state volleyball tournament bracket undefeated, handing the Nampa Christian Lady Trojans a 3-1 defeat in the championship match to bring home the blue trophy of state champions Saturday night.

BLACKFOOT – It has been a long and trying fall season as the cross country teams from around Idaho have been battling it out to determine the best of the best, the cream of the crop, the teams and individuals who will grace the podium and be crowned as the 2019 state champions.

BLACKFOOT – The High Country Conference has released its all-conference football selections and there are a number of Blackfoot Broncos listed as first team players. Also listed was Coach of the Year Stan Buck.

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BLACKFOOT – With the Idaho state volleyball tournaments kicking off on Friday and the teams from this area leaving as early as this morning, this is a great time to take a look at the teams and how they should fare when they get to northern Idaho and begin play Friday morning.

POCATELLO – As the cross country season progressed, it became more and more clear that the Snake River Panthers, both the boys’ and girls’ teams, were head and shoulders above the competition that they would see at the district tournament.

IDAHO FALLS – The Blackfoot Broncos boys’ cross country team came through with flying colors on Oct. 23 as they were able to track the Idaho Falls Tigers and finish in a close enough group to claim second in the District 6, 4A meet and qualify as a team to the state 4A championships.

IDAHO FALLS – There is a reason that there is a district tournament at the end of the regular season in most sports in Idaho.

TERRETON – The going was not easy when the Nuclear Conference cross country teams descended upon West Jefferson High School for the District 6 championships on Oct. 23 with qualifying to the 2A state championships at stake.

MALAD – In a game that looked to be very tight and with a lot on the line, it turned out to be a good old fashioned shoot-out between the Aberdeen Tigers and the Malad Dragons for the better draw into the 2A Idaho State Football play-offs.

THOMAS – It has been a great year for memories for the Snake River Panthers in 2019. So much better than things a year ago. This year has been more like things are supposed to be in Panther nation, winning does indeed cure all ailments that affect sports fans.

TERRETON – On paper and in most people’s minds, the District 6, 2A volleyball tournament was a total mismatch as the Firth Cougars were seeking to win their fourth title in a row, and their seventh in the past eight seasons.

FIRTH – It is often said that special nights are some of the hardest games for athletes to win. Homecomings, senior nights, retiring coaches and the like put so much pressure on teams to win that they sometimes forget what is most important, and that is winning the game.

BLACKFOOT — With a state playoff berth safely tucked away, the Blackfoot Broncos took on Bingham County foe Shelley Friday night in a tune-up for the next step in their prep football road.

IDAHO FALLS – With district volleyball tournaments in full flight everywhere but at Snake River, where the Lady Panthers wrapped up another District 5 3A tournament on Tuesday, it is time to check in on the other programs and how they are doing.