After canceling its football game last week due to COVID-19, it looks like Butte County could play this week against Challis.

The Pirates did return to practice on Monday, but coach Sam Thorngren, who was quarantined with the virus last week, said things were still up in the air as of Tuesday afternoon.

-Allan Steele

More COVID-19 cancelations

Blackfoot had to cancel its football game against Rigby due to the pandemic.

Blackfoot athletic director Cody Shelley told the Idaho State Journal that someone within the “football family” had tested positive and that freshman, junior varsity and varsity football games this week were canceled.

Shelley’s game with Pocatello has also been canceled.

“Our team came in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID,” Pocatello head coach Dave Spillett told the Idaho State Journal.

Spillett said that was all he could say about the issue. It’s unclear whether anyone on the team has tested positive.

-Allan Steele

Runners headed to Bob Conley meet

A good chunk of area cross country teams will compete at Thursday’s Bob Conley Invitational in Pocatello.

Scheduled to race are Bonneville, Firth, Hillcrest, Idaho Falls, Madison, North Fremont, Rigby, Salmon, Shelley, Skyline, South Fremont, Sugar-Salem, Teton and Thunder Ridge, which will be split into Division A and Division B.

The Division B girls will race at 11:20 a.m., while the Division B boys will run at noon. The Division A girls will compete at 2:50 p.m., and the Division A boys will go at 3:30 p.m.

-Greg Woods

Idaho Falls prepares for another postseason run

After winning a 4A District 6 boys soccer title last season and placing third at the state tournament, there may have been questions about where the Tigers fit into 5A District 5-6 after moving up this year.

“The game doesn’t change, we’re still trying to do the right thing,” said I.F. coach Ryan Cook, whose team clinched the top seed to the district tournament with last week’s win over Madison. “We know the stakes are higher and the boys are excited.”

The tournament begins Saturday.

-Allan Steele

Thunder Ridge feeling momentum of defensive outing

The Thunder Ridge football team dismantled Century Thursday night, highlighted by one of its best defensive outings of the season.

The Titans forced five first-half turnovers and converted four into touchdowns, taking a 41-7 lead into halftime and securing a 48-28 win in the end.

For Thunder Ridge, that set a season-high in turnovers forced.

“It was super important,” said senior Kaysen Isom, who played quarterback because the team’s first two options sat out with collarbone injuries. “We had so much momentum, and the emotion after the turnovers happened. Everyone was super excited, hyped up, and it just pushed the offense to fight a little harder.”

Thunder Ridge (2-4, 1-2) is hoping that momentum will help in its Friday night home matchup with 0-5 Madison.

-Greg Woods

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