The latest chapter in the history of Thunder Ridge High School commenced Friday with the inaugural tryouts and practices in cross-country and volleyball.

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It’s hard to argue with Challis coach T.T. Cain’s declaration that the High Desert Conference is the toughest 1A Division 1 conference in the state.

If you ask any of the four head coaches in the 3A Mountain Rivers Conference which district is the toughest in the state the answer is unanimous, their own.

An improbable two-point conversion in the final seconds of the 2016 4A state championship game capped off a dream season for head coach Scott Berger and the Skyline Grizzlies.

It doesn’t matter what school — Bonneville, Rigby, Highland — if you wear pads and a helmet, and go nuts for a leather ball, chances are the team you play for is competitive within 5A District 5-6.

MADISON BOBCATSHead coach: Mitch Buck, 21st seasonReturning starters: 10 (3 offense, 7 defense)Last year: 10-2, lost to Mountain View in 5A state semifinalsWhen you’ve coached high school football for 21 years, as Madison High School’s Mitch Buck has,you accept that you can’t have everything…

Taite Martin, of Bonneville, tries to pin Mountain Home junior Zach Slack in the 7th match of the 21st annual High Country Conference Wrestling Tournament on Saturday at Bonneville High School. Martin defeated Slackby a 10-5 decision. Pat Sutphin /

At Richfield, Butte County battled for four quarters but ultimately dropped a nonconference game 53-49 to the defending 1A Division II state champions.