The Blackfoot boys soccer team was already having a strong season.
POCATELLO -- The Idaho Falls boys won the 5A state cross country championship on Friday with Mitchell Athay, Zac Bright and Luke Athay finishing 2-3-4 as the Tigers scored 23 points to outdistance Rocky Mountain with 78.
Sunlight sparkled through the wide windows at Thunder Ridge's main gym, where the Titans were warming up for a Thursday practice, preparing to take on Timberline at the 5A state tournament on Friday. Players took turns practicing kills. Balls bounced left and right. The defending champs seem…
Idaho’s state cross country meet is set to kick off this weekend. The 5A, 4A and 3A teams will race on Friday, while the 2A and 1A teams will meet on Saturday, both at the Portneuf Wellness Complex in Pocatello.
State volleyball is about to kick into full swing, and there are several storylines to follow. Our area includes seven teams headed to state tournaments, from Thunder Ridge to Mackay, which means it’s time to break down teams, their opponents and how they figure to fare.
It might have been one of the most harrowing experiences for a young quarterback.
Madison head football coach Mitch Buck will hang up his headset on Friday after coaching for 41 years. Most notably, the legendary coach led Firth, Rigby, Bonneville and twice coached Madison.
There was a time, around a year ago to the date, when Thunder Ridge represented new challengers to the 5A field. The Titans’ school had existed for less than two years, so even though their volleyball program had secured a state appearance, the team was more underdog than favorite.
Nelah Roberts is on the cusp of wrapping up her freshman season of cross country at Skyline, where she has finished in the top five at each of the team’s eight races, and already she has become one of the best freshmen in the area. She has two first-place finishes and three second-place times.
There’s a full slate of state playoffs and tournaments scheduled for the end of the week, but the Mountain Rivers Conference football teams already got a head start on the postseason action with Monday’s Kansas City tiebreaker.
The Thunder Ridge boys soccer team came up just short in Tuesday’s 5A state championship game, falling to Boise 5-4 on penalty kicks.
Sugar-Salem edged back into the top spot in the final state media football poll released Tuesday.
Interception. Touchdown. Fourth Down Conversion. Touchdown. That was nearly the entire game, if you can call it a game, Monday in Sugar-Salem’s 6-0 and 6-3 Kansas City Playoff wins over South Fremont and Teton, respectively.
A full 198 1/2 minutes. That’s how much soccer the Sugar-Salem girls’ team played Saturday in temperatures as low as 23 degrees. And that doesn’t include their penalty kicks in the 9 a.m. game.
Mackay volleyball coach Kashia Hale said dealing with COVID-19 was the longest two weeks of her life.
Just when you thought 2020 couldn’t get any crazier, in pops the term “Kansas City tiebreaker.”
Not a cloud hung in the sky after one of Blackfoot’s first-regular season wins of the season, a September victory over Hillcrest in Idaho Falls. Head coach Liam Pope wore a grin while he teased his players, who pulled on warmup gear and prepared to return home. The mood was light for the Bro…
At Arco, Butte County won the 1AD1 High Desert Conference title on Friday, downing Grace 26-20.
FIRTH – Following a scoreless first quarter, the Firth Cougars showed that they did not fear the highly regarded and No. 2-ranked North Fremont Huskies on Friday night.
Sugar-Salem finished its regular season Friday night winning a nonconference game 42-18 over Mountain Home. It didn’t start out quite that pretty though. The Diggers went down 6-0 on the fourth drive of the game.
Temperatures turned bitter and wind threatened to level the treatment tent on the sideline of Friday’s 4A state semifinal between Blackfoot and Canyon Ridge.
The Thunder Ridge boys soccer team rolled over Rocky Mountain 7-2 in a 5A semifinal, but inclement weather caused the championship match, originally scheduled for Saturday, to be moved to Tuesday as the other semifinal between Boise and Eagle was postponed. Thunder Ridge coach Corey Toldson …
The 4A Idaho State boys Soccer Tournament kicked off in a big way on Thursday with four matches. The marquee matchup was the two-time defending state champion Caldwell Cougars playing a 14-1 Blackfoot team.
At Bonneville, the Bees' volleyball team captured the 4A District 6 tournament title with a 23-25, 25-18, 25-10, 25-17 win over Shelley in Thursday's championship match.
The final regular season Friday is upon us and that is indeed a milestone for 2020.
Kip Archibald clapped two bare hands together, encouraging his Skyline girls soccer team to keep their heads up. They weren’t out of this tournament. They had just dropped a 4-1 decision to Columbia in the first round of the 4A state tournament Thursday afternoon, but to the man tasked with …
Talk to most anyone on Skyline’s girls soccer team and it becomes apparent fairly quickly how much the team has gone through this season. The Grizzlies have lost two starters to injury. One player suffered a concussion. Another had to miss time due to COVID-19 concerns.
To Thunder Ridge boys soccer coach Corey Toldson, the answer to one of the more intriguing questions about her team and how it has maintained success at such a consistent rate comes down to something pretty simple.
The 4A District 6 cross-country championships have provided many big moments in recent seasons, and Wednesday’s meet added to the history.
There’s a new No. 1 in the 3A state media football poll released Tuesday night.
At Thunder Ridge, the Titans dispatched Rigby in the first round of the 5A district tournament, winning 3-1 (25-21, 25-16, 24-26, 25-16).
The area’s top cross country runners compete Wednesday in their respective district meets.
Area volleyball teams brought home five of the six state championship trophies last year, a record haul that begs the question: Can eastern Idaho repeat its dominance on the volleyball courts in 2020?
SHELLEY – In a game that looked on paper to be very one-sided in favor of Blackfoot, turned into a defensive struggle that saw a bit of everything.
BLACKFOOT — There was a high school girls soccer game on Saturday — a big one, too. Sugar-Salem knocked off American Falls 4-1 in a state play-in game to earn a bid to the 3A state tournament. With about 15 minutes remaining, as the majority of the crowd sprinted on the pitch, most of them f…
ARCO – Looking back at the past three months, Butte County football coach Sam Thorngren admits he’s still torn about how the 2020 season has played out.
BLACKFOOT – There was a high school girls soccer game on Saturday – a big one, too. Sugar-Salem knocked off American Falls 4-1 in a state play-in game to earn a bid to the 3A state tournament. With about 15 minutes remaining, as the majority of the crowd sprinted on the pitch, most of them f…
Madison’s boys soccer team is headed to state after taking out Highland 3-1 Saturday. Though the game was tied for most of the first half and a good portion of the second, it was never terribly close.
Conference titles, bragging rights, and playoff seedings were on the line Friday night. So were a couple of win streaks, which turned out to be good news for Rigby, but not so much for Sugar-Salem.
At Butte County, the Pirates dropped a 58-6 decision to Raft River.
It’s been four long years since South Fremont last handed Sugar-Salem a loss. This year’s victory was extra sweet as the Cougars played spoiler to their No. 1-ranked rival, handing the Diggers their first loss, winning 27-21 in a back-and-forth heavyweight bout.
POCATELLO — For all the hype about Rigby and Highland being two of the top teams in the state, the matchup between the two East Idaho powers Friday night at Iron Horse Stadium swung not on great plays, touchdowns and tackles, but mostly on mistakes.
The last time Skyline won a conference football title was 2017. The Grizzlies also went on to claim their second straight 4A state championship that season.
The Watersprings Warriors staged an epic comeback Friday afternoon, defending their Rocky Mountain Conference football championship with a 28-20 win over the North Gem Cowboys.
As his team feverishly whisked on beanies, jackets and sweatpants, Mark Muzzo did a lap around his team’s bench and met their somber faces with a message.
At Bonneville, the Bees secured a spot at the 4A state tournament play-in game with a 12-0 win district tournament over Shelley.
Weeks ago it looked like there may not even be a football postseason, but with just two weeks left in the regular-season schedule, the playoff picture is coming into focus.
POCATELLO — For the Highland girls soccer team in its district championship game against the Madison Bobcats, the best defense was a good offense.
At Firth, the Rigby boys and the Snake River girls won the team titles at the Firth Cross Country Invitational.
BLACKFOOT – The Blackfoot boys’ soccer team used its strong defense and some timely scoring to defeat Hillcrest 3-1 on Wednesday to win the 4A District 6 title and secure a berth in the state tournament.
The four seniors on Sugar-Salem’s boys’ soccer team don’t know what it’s like to lose a district championship. The Diggers won their fourth straight title Wednesday, winning 1-0 over Teton in Driggs after falling 2-1 to Teton in their game with the Timberwolves last week.
At Rigby, Thunder Ridge girls soccer junior Sophie Mangum recorded a game-winning goal in overtime on a free kick, sending the Titans on in the loser's bracket of the 5A District 5-6 girls soccer tournament.
As his Skyline team marched through one of the strangest regular seasons in Idaho sports history, and before it faced Bonneville Wednesday afternoon in the District 6 tournament title game, Kip Archibald noticed a trend emerging.