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Challis’ Ruger Piva makes surprising run to national wrestling title

By • Mar 22nd, 2015 • Category: Lead Story, News, Wrestling

Ruger Piva looked at last weekend’s National Collegiate Wrestling Association national championships as a learning experience, an opportunity to figure out what he needed to work on next year. After an amazing weekend that saw him bring home the 165-pound national title, it looks like the Challis native will have to reevaluate. The collegiate success [...]

Perfect 10: Rigby rallies to win school’s 10th state title

By • Mar 8th, 2015 • Category: Boys basketball, Lead Story, News

NAMPA — Rigby appeared to have things all wrapped up 10 minutes into Saturday’s 4A high school boys basketball state championship game at the Ford Idaho Center. The Trojans had blitzed Bishop Kelly with a 20-0 run to take a 22-2 lead on Haydn Landon’s floater with six minutes left in the second quarter. Title [...]

The best, back to back: Firth wins second straight 2A state title

By • Mar 8th, 2015 • Category: Boys basketball, News

NAMPA — A season that could have gone very differently ended the way so many others have for the Firth High School boys basketball team. With another state championship. The Cougars got off to a dominating start and then survived a turnover-filled second half to beat Soda Springs 52-39 on Saturday at the Idaho Center [...]

Firth gets another shot at state after 57-44 win over West Jefferson

By • Mar 7th, 2015 • Category: Boys basketball, News

BOISE — Starting point guard Lucus Orme didn’t hit field goals and committed five turnovers. Leading scorer Braydon Adams picked up three early fouls and spent more time on the bench than off it. For most high school basketball teams, that scenario would lead to a nightmare finish. For the Firth High School boys basketball [...]

Skyline bounces back, blows out Nampa 69-44

By • Mar 7th, 2015 • Category: Boys basketball, News

NAMPA — Even with an assortment of bumps and bruises from head to toe, Skyline High School junior Mason Baker couldn’t wait to get back on the Idaho Center court for Friday’s 5A boys state basketball loser-out game. The state title dreams of Baker and his Grizzlies teammates were dashed in a frustrating second half [...]

Shelley, South Fremont earn another rematch in state semifinals

By • Mar 6th, 2015 • Category: Boys basketball, News

MERIDIAN — The Shelley and South Fremont high school boys basketball teams avoided each other long enough to earn another rematch. The Russets and Cougars, who battled it out in two tough games during the 3A District 6 tournament the previous two weeks, each earned impressive wins Thursday during the first round of the 3A [...]

Baker, Deane send Grizz boys to state again with 66-63 OT win over ‘Cats

By • Feb 28th, 2015 • Category: Boys basketball, News

Most high school basketball players go their whole careers without hearing the crowd go wild after they hit a game-winning shot. They should ask Tyson Baker what it feels like. He’s got plenty of experience. Skyline High School’s 6-foot senior beat Madison in a 5A District 5-6 tournament loser-out game for the second straight year, [...]

Madison boys preserve season with fourth straight win over Bonneville

By • Feb 27th, 2015 • Category: Boys basketball, News

REXBURG — The Madison High School boys basketball team showed off its depth and kept its season alive all at the same time Thursday night. The fourth-seeded Bobcats got 12 points each from senior Logan Parkinson and junior Curtis Hathaway and at least five points from six other players on the way to a 67-53 [...]

On cloud nine: Firth drops West J 49-28 for ninth straight district title

By • Feb 26th, 2015 • Category: Boys basketball, Lead Story, News

ST. ANTHONY — Firth High School boys basketball coach Scott Adams wandered out on the floor to discuss something with the referee. At the time his Cougars led by 20 late in the second half, and a frustrated West Jefferson fan had seen enough. “Are you ever happy Adams?” the fan shouted. “Are you ever [...]

Rigby takes 4A District 5-6 title with 57-56 win over Preston

By • Feb 25th, 2015 • Category: Boys basketball, Lead Story, News

RIGBY — Nick Huston and his Rigby High School boys basketball teammates were putting the finishing touches on a state tournament clinching victory Tuesday when out of nowhere things went a little sideways. Three turnovers in four possessions cut a four-point Rigby lead to one, and when freshman Brayden Parker (where’d he come from?) banked [...]