At Provo, Utah, Idaho Falls senior Zach Erikson added another impressive finish to his senior cross-country season.
Erikson placed third in the varsity boys race of the BYU Autumn Classic in 15 minutes, 45.7 seconds Saturday to lead Idaho finishers in that race. It was his first sub-16 minute time of the season. The meet featured several national ranked teams including Utah teams American Fork, Springville and Skyridge. Placing first and second in the varsity boys race were nationally ranked individuals Grant Gardner of Springville in 15:17.3 and Luke Grundvig of American Fork in 15:34.2.
This top-three finish for Erikson comes eight days after he beat Idaho’s two-time defending 4A state champion and nationally ranked runner Nick Russell of Bishop Kelly to become the first District 6 boy to be overall champion of the annual Tiger-Grizz Invitational, per Post Register records going back to 2001.
Madison also competed at the BYU Autumn Classic. Leading the Bobcat boys was Spencer Stutz, who ran a personal best 16:23.4 to place 24th in the varsity boys race. Janessa Lemon led the Madison girls with her 42nd place finish in the varsity girls race in 20:13.5. The Bobcats placed 16th in the varsity girls team standings and 15th in the varsity boys team standings.
BLACKFOOT 4, SKYLINE 1: At the Idaho Falls Soccer Complex, Blackfoot’s Pedro Magana scored his first goals of the season in a conference win against Skyline.
A junior, Magana scored once in each half for the Broncos, who led 2-1 at halftime.
“He’s a good kid who works his tail off,” Blackfoot coach Liam Pope said. “I was happy for him to score. The second strike especially was a great finish, to be fair.”
Brad Cook scored off a free kick and Chris Botello also scored for Blackfoot (4-2-2, 4-1-1), which hosts Thunder Ridge on Tuesday.
BONNEVILLE 7, RIGBY 0: At Bonneville, the Bees defeated Rigby for a nonconference win.
The Bees led 3-0 at halftime thanks to two goals from Marie Bortne (first one from a Hunter Christensen assist, second unassisted) and a goal by Madison Pugmire (one versus one with the keeper).
Second half goals were by Christensen (Alissa Andrus assist and Grace Haroldsen assist), Shaylee Dye (Bortne assist) and Janice Garcia (Bortne assist).
“Overall, we were able to move people around and try out some different formations,” Bonneville coach Amy Feik said. “It was a good game leading into the final stretch for us.”
The Bees (5-3-3, 3-1-2) host Shelley on Tuesday.
SKYLINE 7, BLACKFOOT 0: At Blackfoot, seven different players scored for Skyline in a conference shut out win over the Broncos.
Goals from Teresa Ledezma (Mariel Stuart assist, 30th minute) and Anna Cheret (Brooklyn Morgan assist, 35th minute) gave the Grizzlies a 2-0 halftime lead.
Emily Stuart and Haley Mickelsen scored in the 48th and 49th minutes, respectively and Bernice Chavez extended the lead to 5-0 with a 57th minute goal off an Adriana Espinoza assist. Corbyn Stosich assisted Brea Danklefsen on a 68th minute goal and Morgan scored unassisted in the 79th.
Brea Danklesen scored in the 68th minute with a Corbyn Stosich assist and Brooklyn Morgan scored in the 79th minute unassisted.
Skyline (8-1-0, 6-0-0) plays Tuesday at Highland.
BEES GO 5-2 IN VEGAS: At Las Vegas, Bonneville went 4-0 on day two of the Durango Fall Classic to end the weekend 5-2.
The Bees, who went 1-2 in Friday’s pool play, defeated Palo Verde (Nev.), West Valley (Wash.), Sacred Heart Academy (Ky.) and Beckman (Calif.) to win the Classic Bracket finals. Overall, the Bees placed 33rd out of 63 teams from 11 states. There were eight brackets ongoing Saturday: championship, silver, bronze, competition, classic, contender, challenger and character.
Bonneville plays Wednesday at Blackfoot.
CHALLIS 3, TAYLOR’S CROSSING 0; CHALLIS 3, LEADORE 2: At Challis, the Vikings swept its tri-match Saturday, beating Taylor’s Crossing and Leadore.
Challis beat Taylor’s Crossing 25-3, 25-6, 25-7 before beating Leadore in five sets: 22-25, 25-19, 20-25, 25-20, 15-11.
Zoe D’Orazio had 15 kills and 20 digs through the two matches. Erin Anderson had 25 assists and Austyn Erickson had 17 digs.
“We were a little up and down against Leadore, but we hung in there and the girls played through it,” Challis coach Debbie Sheppeard said.
Challis (3-4) plays Wednesday at Mackay.