RIRIE — Defending 2A girls basketball state champion Soda Springs has left much of Idaho in its wake since last winter, and the latest to fall to the Cardinals was a particularly familiar opponent.

At Hillcrest, the Hillcrest High School boys basketball team played Borah down to the wire during its season opener, leaning on three different double-digit scorers and eventually overcoming a 10-point deficit before falling 62-61.

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

POST REGISTERAt Driggs, the Teton High School girls basketball team continued its dominance of 2A’s elite with a 58-41 win over Ririe on Tuesday.Teton has beaten defending 2014-15 2A state champion Soda Springs 45-39 and 65-43 in the past three weeks. Ririe was the 2A state runner-up last ye…

Bonneville High School athlete Jaden Howell says, “If we took away high school sports, it would affect tons of kids and make high school a lot harder to get through.” (Pat Sutphin / psutphin@postregister.com)

Three concussions in seven months forced Madison High School senior Michael Dredge to quit football this past season. (Pat Sutphin / psutphin@postregister.com)By VICTOR FLORES vflores@postregister.comWhen Bonneville Joint School District 93 looked for ways to trim the cost of its new high sc…

New coaches could make for parity in 5A District 5-6, familiar foes could face each other in 4A District 5-6, a higher bar has been set for 3A District 6, the always intense 2A Nuclear Conference might be more unpredictable and multiple area 1A teams could be considered the favorites in thei…

Crystal Dayley, Sugar-Salem High School After taking over as head coach at her alma mater three years ago, Crystal Dayley said restoring Sugar-Salem’s winning tradition was one of her first goals.

Madison Brown, center, reacts to Ririe’s loss in the 2A girls basketball state championship game against Soda Springs in Nampa, Idaho, on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015. Soda Springs won 53-43. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger)

At Nampa High School, Cheyan James hit 9 of 14 shots from the field and scored a game-high 21 points to power the Mackay High School girls basketball team to a 47-26 victory over Tri-Valley in the opening round of the 1A Division 2 state basketball tournament Thursday.

Shelley High School’s Kallie Brown eyes a shot during the Russets’ 46-32 win over Marsh Valley during the first round of the 3A girls state basketball tournament Thursday at Skyview High School. Kelly Magee / steveconnerphotography.com

Hillcrest High School’s Lindsay Cook looks for an opening around Mountain View’s Devenee Villareal during Thursday’s 5A high school girls state basketball tournament first-round game at The Ford Idaho Center in Nampa. Steve Conner / www.steveconnerphotography.com