The Post Register’s second annual Sports Stars Awards had a different look Wednesday night as area high school athletes were honored during a virtual Facebook live ceremony.
After a nation-spanning coaching career, returning to Idaho is a homecoming for Blackfoot’s new football coach.
Bonneville named Kevin Kempf, formerly the defensive coordinator for the Bees, the team’s head coach.
Bonneville linebacker Ryker Beck signed a national letter of intent on Wednesday to attend College of Idaho.
RIGBY – Tanoa Togiai, Rigby’s much heralded defensive lineman, had 15 offers from colleges both large and small, each wanting the 6-foot-7, 295-pounder to be a foundation on their defense.
BLACKFOOT – He has patrolled the sidelines for 38 years, 28 of them at Blackfoot High School. During that time, thousands of players have crossed the chalk lines of the field under his leadership.
BLACKFOOT – Blackfoot High School’s starting quarterback, Craig Young signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Montana Western in Dillon, Montana.
The newest team in the area may have been the most interesting.
As fifth graders, Keegan Thompson, Tanoa Togiai, Christian Fredericksen, Trey Talbot, Zhigy Falevai and Brigham Youngstrom were bonded by football and friendship.
Armando Gonzalez made the call and his players responded. That’s the only way to describe the coach’s decision to go for a two-point conversion in overtime in the 5A state championship game.
All-state football selections are compiled by the Idaho Statesman with input from coaches.
BLACKFOOT – It is said that less than 5 percent of the athletes who compete in high school get the opportunity to compete in colleges and universities around the country.
RIGBY - It took just one visit for Rigby quarterback Keegan Thompson to know he wanted to play for Idaho State University.
Player of the year: Keegan Thompson, QB, Rigby
all-conference teams are selected by coaches
all-conference teams are selected by coaches
POCATELLO - Tidbits from Holt Arena on Saturday as Sugar-Salem and Blackfoot competed for coveted state titles.
As of Saturday morning, Rigby High School owned 10 state titles in boys basketball and 10 state titles combined between girls and boys track, but had never a state title in football.
POCATELLO – Make it two straight 3A state championships for the Sugar-Salem football team.
It’s state championship weekend for area football teams, with four District 6 teams ready to celebrate with that elusive trophy.
POCATELLO — On this side of the Continental Divide, all rivers flow to the Mighty Pacific.
A month ago the Rigby football team may have been under the radar.
POCATELLO — At Sugar-Salem High School, 90 percent typically qualifies as “A” work.
MERIDIAN — The state's No. 1 5A scoring defense gave up more rushing yards than it had all season. The state's No. 1 5A scoring offense was held to the least amount of points since the last time it lost.
NAMPA — Be it statewide print or national television, Donavon Estrada received a lot of attention this week.
In McCall, McCall-Donnelly jumped out to an early lead on the way to a 23-12 win over North Fremont in a 2A state football semifinal.
Every football team begins the season with the goal of playing for a state championship. Only a few will get that chance if they survive this weekend’s semifinals. Here’s a look at the five District 6 teams vying for championship berths.
The state football playoffs now enter the semifinal stage, with five District 6 teams remaining in the hunt for championships.
All conference teams are selected by coaches
RIGBY — It looked like a boxing match between two of the state's top 5A teams, with Rigby landing shots early and Eagle responding with punishing blows of its own.
At Blackfoot, the Blackfoot High School football team scored 42 unanswered points to defeat Minico 42-14 in Friday's quarterfinals and reach the 4A state semifinals for the first time since 2014.
ASHTON – Ten seconds into the second quarter, New Plymouth was an unstoppable offensive force.
POCATELLO – The Sugar-Salem football team took care of business early on Thursday night.
RIGBY – When coach Armando Gonzalez arrived in Rigby three years ago, the goal was to push the football program toward becoming a 5A state title contender.
Six District 6 teams will try to advance to the state semifinals this week.
MVP: Browning Bennion, Sr., Sugar-Salem
After round one, it’s down to six area District 6 football teams alive in the playoffs.
At Watersprings, Murtaugh handed Clark-Watersprings a 32-20 loss in the first round of the 1A Division II playoffs.
POCATELLO – It’s hard to imagine what the Skyline football team would look like without senior quarterback Cruz Taylor.
BLACKFOOT — District 6 teams have won each of the last three of Idaho’s 4A state football championships.
POCATELLO — When Bear Lake couldn’t finish drives, string big plays together or even drain the clock late in the game, the Bears defense came through — all the way through the last play.
Playoff football is here so there are probably more than five storylines this week. Let's start by looking at how one defending state champion got its groove back.
The final state media football poll was released Tuesday with little change as teams prepare for the first round of the playoffs.
Sites and times for the first round of the high school football playoffs have been finalized. Here’s the full schedule for area teams.
The football playoffs are here. Tickets were punched on Friday and some teams finished their seasons disappointed while others celebrated (looking at you Rigby).
RIGBY — By the time 'We are the champions' finished blaring through the loud speakers and all of the postgame mingling and photo taking was wrapping up on the field, Rigby quarterback Keegan Thompson was already looking ahead.
At Malta, the Lost Rivers football team wrapped up the 1A Division I District 4-5-6 Snake River Conference title with a 36-16 win over Raft River in a battle of conference unbeatens.
The Hillcrest High School football team didn’t waste any time securing its trip to the 4A state playoffs.
It’s the final week of the regular season for football, so just about every game could be considered the game of the week as teams try to earn playoff spots.
There was a shakeup in this week’s 5A football state media poll as Rigby makes an appearance at No. 5, while Highland and Eagle both dropped out of the top-5 rankings following losses. Mountain View, which lost to Borah, drops from second to third, and Borah moves into the poll at No. 4.
Blackfoot wrapped up the 4A District 6 title with Friday’s 25-14 win over Idaho Falls.
After two consecutive losing seasons, Blackfoot is back and heading to the 4A state playoffs as District 6 champion.
At Rexburg, the Madison High School football team held on for an 18-15 win over Highland on Friday.