The second he completed the first long jump of his career, Tao Johnson didn’t know what to think. Had he jumped with the right technique? Was his mark, 21’3, up to par? Maybe his competition wasn’t as tight as he expected.
The area’s top high school athletes, coaches and teams were honored Monday night at the third annual Post Register Sports Stars Awards ceremony.
Skyline’s run to a 4A state football title may have opened some college recruiters’ eyes to the talent the Grizzlies possessed this past season.
RIGBY — The Rigby football program is making a habit of celebrating signing days.
BLACKFOOT – Stryker Wood burst on the Blackfoot High School football scene when he earned a starting spot on the varsity team as a sophomore.
BLACKFOOT – Blackfoot High School senior running back Teegan Thomas made it official Wednesday, signing a letter of intent to play football for Carroll College in Helena, Montana.
As Connor Maloney surveyed his options for collegiate football, he kept coming back to Idaho State.
The COVID-19 pandemic undoubtedly threw a wrench into Idaho State football’s recruiting plans, which both head coach Rob Phenicie and recruiting coordinator Aaron Prier acknowledged Wednesday on national signing day.
Back in October, Dylan Pope had just wrapped up football practice at Montana Western. He checked his phone. An email surfaced.
Chandler Rhoads was hired as the new head football coach at Madison High, replacing long-time coach Mitch Buck, who stepped down after last season.
It’s probably not surprising that all four local teams that reached their respective football state championship games put up stellar defensive numbers.
First Team All-Area
COVID-19 hit Eastern Idaho 8-man football particularly hard this year, with just three local teams — Butte County, Challis and Watersprings — finishing out a limited season.
Entering a season with a roster full of experience and talent might be a coach’s toughest challenge.
The Thunder Ridge girls will win their first 5A state title in program history
Here's the best of the best for 2020 football as voted on by coaches and compiled by the Idaho Statesman.
High Desert all-conference teams
Mountain Rivers all-conference team
High Country all-conference team
Final Top-25 rankings in Idaho
Finally wrapping up the football season with a few tidbits and predictions.
Rocky Mountain Conference all-conference team
Maycee Pocock remembers it was at 11 a.m. She isn’t sure why, even six months later, but the time of the meeting sticks in her head. A member of Sugar-Salem’s yearbook staff, Pocock and five other students were called to the yearbook production room to meet with their advisor, Kim Copley.
REXBURG — Sophomore lineman Mario Lizaragga was beside himself.
MIDDLETON — State championships aren’t supposed to be this easy, this creative or this fun. They weren’t designed to be won in this fashion, like the way Skyline throttled Emmett 42-22 Saturday afternoon in the 4A state title game. They weren’t made for teams like the Grizzlies, who made thi…
REXBURG — There will be no back-to-back state championships for the Rigby football team.
MIDDLETON — Maybe the fans couldn’t see, or maybe they were in disbelief. Maybe Homedale tied things, or maybe Sugar-Salem just won state.
FIRTH – By now, most everyone who follows football in Bingham County has heard about the exploits of Firth senior linebacker Taedyn Jacobsen as the Cougars beat previously undefeated North Fremont 7-6 last Friday to earn a spot in Saturday's 2A state championship.
Connor Maloney can still feel the nerves, the pressure, the magnitude of a moment that felt too big. A Skyline freshman, he stood several yards in front of the end zone at Holt Arena, ready to receive the opening kickoff of the 2017 4A state championship game against Minico.
RIGBY –On the way to last year’s 5A state championship, the Rigby football team defeated previously unbeaten Rocky Mountain 31-9 in the state semifinals.
And then there were four.
All-conference teams are selected by coaches.
REXBURG — The play that earned Skyline a 20-0 win over Sandpoint in the 4A state semifinals Friday night may well go down in season lore, the killshot in a frigid dogfight for title game honors.
RIGBY – After winning its first 5A state title last year, the Rigby football team will get a chance to add to its trophy case with another trip to the state championship game.
Sometimes a player dominates a game. Other times a unit dominates a game. In North Fremont’s 7-6 loss to Firth Friday in a 2A state semifinal, the weather dominated the game.
REXBURG – The two-time defending state champion Sugar-Salem Diggers are on their way back to the 3A football state title game.
ST. ANTHONY – As the temperature hovers around freezing and a layer of snow covers the field like a warning sign that winter is indeed here, South Fremont football players go through their practice routines.
Skyline will be down one player when it hosts Sandpoint Friday night.
And now things get interesting.
Fans of the Watersprings Warriors saved their loudest cheer for last.
Sugar-Salem’s football team won all season long and many of the Diggers’ games haven’t been close, but they never completely dominated until Saturday when they beat Weiser 34-8 in the 3A state quarterfinal.
FIRTH – Firth defeated Bear Lake 30-20 Friday afternoon in a 2A quarterfinal matchup.
REXBURG — The image was striking, if not foreboding. On the sideline sat two injured Skyline players: receiver Eli Ames and defensive back Cooper Owen, unable to help their team build a comeback early against Nampa in the 4A state quarterfinal.
Looks can be deceiving. Such was the case Friday when it looked like Soda Springs was going to be able to keep up with North Fremont in the first half but then the Huskies pulled away for 58-18 win.
RIGBY — Rigby advanced to the 5A state semifinals after a 35-28 win over Eagle on Friday night.
For the first time in school history South Fremont is headed to the state 3A semifinals after getting by Gooding 26-20 in Bobcat Stadium.
It was Halloween eve, and Skyline was decimating Twin Falls in the 4A state playoff opener on a chilly night in Rexburg. The Grizzlies had scored on five straight series, opening a six-score lead, which stood late in the third quarter.
Football state quarterfinals get underway this weekend. Here are a few storylines to watch as area teams make a charge toward championship games.
FIRTH – The first-round playoff game between the Firth Cougars and the Malad Dragons probably wasn’t nearly as close as the 40-0 score might have indicated.
South Fremont’s football team beat American Falls Saturday 27-23 in a back-and-forth 3A state battle where American Falls tried using up the clock to keep the Cougars’ offense off the field.
The first round of the playoffs featured a little bit of everything. There was an 88-point game, a shutout by a No. 1 team, and those teams with byes finally got a look at their upcoming competition.
REXBURG — Top-seeded Skyline’s opponent to kick off the 4A playoffs Friday night was Twin Falls, at least in theory.
BLACKFOOT – It was a tale of two halves Friday between the Vallivue Falcons and the Blackfoot Broncos in the 4A playoff opener and the Broncos prevailed 42-12.