RIRIE — Michael Ure made it official on Tuesday afternoon. The talented Ririe senior signed to play basketball with Montana Tech, a decision that had already been announced, but was finally cemented with a signature in front of teammates, family, and friends at the Ririe gym.

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.

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.

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.

At Skyline, the Bonneville High School boys basketball team outscored District 93 rival Hillcrest 21-5 in the fourth quarter to preserve its season and advance to Saturday’s 4A state play-in game.

At Firth, the Mackay High School boys basketball team made 12 3-pointers en route to a 70-63 win over North Gem to claim its first 1A Division II District 5-6 title since 2015 and reach next week’s 1A Division II state tournament.

Idaho Falls is headed back to the boys’ basketball state tournament, courtesy of a back-and-forth; grind it out victory over Hillcrest on Saturday night in the 4A District 6 championship game.

NAMPA — For two quarters Friday night, the Sugar-Salem girls basketball team looked out of sorts. The defending 3A state champions were plagued by cold shooting, foul trouble and uncharacteristic mistakes as Homedale eyed an upset.