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Hillcrest’s Balor Reilly prepares to shoot in a game this season against Idaho Falls at Hillcrest. John Roark/

At Shelley, the Hillcrest High School boys soccer team earned another conference win after Balor Reilly and Jake Hoover scored two goals each to give Hillcrest a 5-1 win over Shelley. 

Reilly was responsible for three points Thursday, as he assisted on Hoover's second goal of the match. 

Bo Linchenko notched two assists — one to Reilly and one to Hoover — as Tyler Stauffer scored Hillcrest's final goal off an assist from Ethan Serr. Saul Espinosa assisted on Reilly's second goal, as the Russets' sole goal came with 10 minutes left in the match.

"We played well, despite some bad weather. The wind really picked up," Hillcrest coach Ryan Ellis said. "We possessed the ball well."

Hillcrest (8-1-3, 5-0-2 4A District 6) hosts Rigby Saturday. Shelley (2-8-0, 2-5-0 4A) plays at Idaho Falls Tuesday. 

Girls soccer 

HIGHLAND 1, MADISON 1: At Rexburg, Madison and Highland played to a 1-1 tie.

No other details were available as of press time.

Madison (11-1-1, 3-0-1 5A District 5-6) plays at Rigby Thursday. 


WATERSPRINGS 3, MACKAY 0: At Mackay, Watersprings swept the Miners en route to a conference win and the second sweep of the season over Mackay.

Watersprings coach Robyn King said Angie Gomez played "outstanding defense", as Joanna Hayes played a solid all-around match and hit well, King added.

Other players King mentioned were Riley Mathison, who had 24 points serving Thursday evening. Adriana Rubio was complimented for solid passing and defense, as Watersprings won in set scores of 25-14, 25-12 and 25-17. 

"I saw a ton of improvement with each kid this week," King said. 

Watersprings (7-1) plays Rockland Thursday at 5 p.m. 

CHALLIS 3, SALMON 2: At Challis, the Vikings put away Salmon in five sets with set scores of 13-25, 25-23, 25-9, 20-25 and 15-9. 

In an up and down match, Challis coach Debbie Sheppeard said her team persevered through a resilient Salmon squad. 

Erin Anderson had nine aces with 15 assists. Zoe D'Orazio had nine kills, as Halle Oerke had seven kills and Autumn Deal had five. 

"It was an up and down match for both teams," Sheppeard said. "Our girls persevered through some good runs by Salmon." 

Challis (4-5) plays Thursday against Butte County. Salmon is scheduled to play Firth Tuesday. 


Former Bonneville High School baseball coach Joldy Watts was promoted to assistant coach of the Utah Valley baseball team, the program announced Wednesday evening. 

Watts was originally hired on as a volunteer assistant last spring. He replaces the spot vacated by Derek Amicone, who is now with Grand Canyon University.

"I'm very honored and appreciative of Coach (Eric) Madsen and Utah Valley University for giving me this great opportunity," Watts told UVU's athletic website. "I have really enjoyed being at Utah Valley and working with the players, staff, and administration."

Watts was also the head coach of Idaho Falls Bandits, an Idaho Falls based American Legion AA team, for ten summers before taking a position in Orem last spring. 

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