RIRIE – It was a remarkable year for boys basketball in eastern Idaho, especially for those fans in Idaho Falls and the surrounding areas and towns that flock to their local high school gyms every winter and root on the boys to be their best.

At Madison, the Blackfoot baseball team improved to 3-1 on the season as starter Kyson Van Orden surrendered one run in four innings on the way to a 10-4 victory over Madison. Jerod Gough finished 2 for 4 and knocked in three runs.

At Saint George, Utah, Stansbury handed the Bonneville baseball team a 4- 3 loss to start the day, but the Bees bounced back with a 17-5 win over Hunter. Bruer Webster surrendered one earned run and struck out 10 in the win over Hunter and Matt Boone belted a homer.

At Blackfoot, the Tigers opened the season with an 11-5 victory over Blackfoot as Andrew Gregersen finished 4 for 4 and knocked in six runs and Cannon Thompson, who started the game and tossed three scoreless innings, added three RBIs. Nate Rose, who finished 2 for 4, also knocked in four runs.

At Blackfoot, the Bronco softball team scored four runs in the first two innings and made them stand up for a 4-2 win over Rigby. Rigby starter Taylor Sheppard pitched a complete game and did not allow a run after the second, but Blackfoot held Rigby to just three hits.

Spencer Hathaway of Madison was named the 5A District 5-6 Player of the Year by region coaches. Macie Knapp of Sugar-Salem was selected 3A District 6 all-region player of the year.

At 6-foot-6, Randon Hostert has the size and the athleticism to be a pretty good basketball player. He can jump, rebound, hit shots, and was Bonneville’s go-to player when the Bees needed him to make things happen on the court.

At Blackfoot, the Sugar-Salem baseball team pulled away for an 8-3 victory on Tuesday, highlighted by a 5-run fifth inning. Curtis Drake knocked in two runs and also pitched three scoreless innings in relief for Sugar-Salem.

Several area wrestlers competed for Idaho in a dual match against Utah this past weekend, with Utah coming out with a 30-29 victory. In the girls competition, Utah defeated Idaho 33-12, with Idaho Falls’ Brigid Shannon pinning her opponent in the 135-pound match.

A week before Macie Knapp dominated the state basketball tournament in Nampa, she found herself in a different city on a different college campus — a city and campus that will soon be her home away from home.

"I love that girl, everything about her. Jordi is very classy, very professional for as young as she is. My view is she is one of the most athletic girls in the whole state. The tough thing about her is a lot of her offense comes from her defense. She hates losing, gives 100 percent every ga…

NAMPA – Borah beat Madison at its own game in Saturday’s 5A boys basketball state championship game on Saturday night, stifling the Bobcat offense from the opening tip and pulling away in the second half on the way to a 62-50 victory at the Ford Idaho Center.

BOISE – Idaho Falls players weren’t even born the last time the Tigers reached a boys basketball state championship game. That was in 1999. Idaho Falls hasn’t won a state boys basketball championship since 1988.

NAMPA—For three quarters Friday night, Rigby hung right with 5A state tournament favorite Borah at the Ford Idaho Center.

First-year head coach Shannon Hill wasn’t really expecting a New Year’s gift from the North Fremont High School boys basketball team, but when the Huskies defeated 2A power Bear Lake back on Jan. 5, he knew things were about to get interesting.

POCATELLO — Following the final consolation round Saturday, Sugar-Salem head wrestling coach Keven Glider found Snake River head wrestling coach Jeff Gardner for a championship chat.

POCATELLO — It was a big day for area wrestlers on Saturday as state champions were crowned at Holt Arena.