Most college recruiting visits are scheduled in advance, allowing the athlete to look forward to the day with a combination of anticipation or anxiety. That wasn’t the case for Madison senior catcher Karly Hanosky when she visited Yakima Valley College in Yakima, Washington.

COEUR d’ALENE — With two days of 4A state softball games crammed into six hours thanks to rain, Idaho Falls packed a bunch of clutch pitching, defense and hitting into an intense Saturday afternoon in North Idaho.

Flip to the 4A section of this weekend’s program for the softball state championships and something will jump off the page where Idaho Falls is listed.

State softball begins Friday in north Idaho. Of the 40 teams to reach state, four are from District 6. Here is how they got to the postseason.

At Soda Springs, Sugar-Salem pitchers Curtis Drake, Hayden Crapo and Kyzon Garner combined to hold Soda Springs to two hits and Kyle Ostermiller knocked in four runs on Tuesday as the Digger baseball team defeated Soda Springs 17-3.

At Tauphtus Park, the North Fremont softball team pounded out 25 hits and took advantage of 13 Ririe errors on the way to a 23-13 win. Taylyn Cordingley and Remi Litton each had five hits for North Fremont, which improved to 10-3. Cordingley drove in five runs and Litton added four RBIs.

At Sugar City, the Shelley softball team put up five runs in the first, but it wasn’t enough as Sugar-Salem took advantage of walks and errors to pull away, 16-5 in five innings. Kennedy Chambers knocked in four runs and Shayla Dopp finished 2 for 3 with a pair of RBIs for Sugar-Salem.

At Saint George, Utah, Stansbury handed the Bonneville baseball team a 4- 3 loss to start the day, but the Bees bounced back with a 17-5 win over Hunter. Bruer Webster surrendered one earned run and struck out 10 in the win over Hunter and Matt Boone belted a homer.

At Blackfoot, the Tigers opened the season with an 11-5 victory over Blackfoot as Andrew Gregersen finished 4 for 4 and knocked in six runs and Cannon Thompson, who started the game and tossed three scoreless innings, added three RBIs. Nate Rose, who finished 2 for 4, also knocked in four runs.

At Blackfoot, the Sugar-Salem baseball team pulled away for an 8-3 victory on Tuesday, highlighted by a 5-run fifth inning. Curtis Drake knocked in two runs and also pitched three scoreless innings in relief for Sugar-Salem.

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 /

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