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Skyline wrestling coach Brian Ricks retires after 31-year coaching career

By • Apr 2nd, 2015 • Category: Lead Story, News, Wrestling

Before every 5A District 5-6 wrestling tournament, Skyline High School coach Brian Ricks read two poems to his players — The Race by D.H. Groberg and The Champion (author unknown). He never brought copies of the poems with him, either. He memorized them, a tough feat considering The Champion is 30 lines and The Race [...]



Wrestler of the Year: Treyton Nilsson, Snake River

By • Mar 28th, 2015 • Category: Lead Story, News, Wrestling

The Snake River High School wrestling team was on the bus, about to leave for a match. Before hitting the road, head coach Jeff Gardner gave his team a speech. Sophomore Treyton Nilsson, in a poor mood because he was cutting weight, spoke up. “Blah, blah, blah, let’s get gone Gardner,” Nilsson said to his [...]



Heavyweight of the Year: Jared Bird, Bonneville

By • Mar 28th, 2015 • Category: News, Wrestling

Bonneville High School wrestler Jared Bird was practically unbeatable this year. His 51-6 record might have been unblemished if not for a few opponents. Three of Bird’s losses came in the 170-pound weight class against fellow junior Tucker Leavitt, Highland’s 50-0 state champion. Bird moved up to 182 pounds prior to the 5A District 5-6 [...]



Middleweight of the Year: Jacom Stacey, Bonneville

By • Mar 28th, 2015 • Category: News, Wrestling

Coming off of a fourth place finish at state, Bonneville High School wrestler Jacom Stacey wanted to end his senior season with his second state title (he won sophomore year). But the disappointing finish to his junior year subdued the expectations. “(People) probably didn’t expect anything great, so I didn’t have to live up to [...]



Lightweight of the Year: Kade Lincoln, Skyline

By • Mar 27th, 2015 • Category: News, Wrestling

Kade Lincoln found himself in unfamiliar territory during the 98-pound final at January’s Red Halverson Invitational. He trailed Caldwell’s Emanuel Cerros, a role the Skyline High School freshman hadn’t faced in any of his previous 36 matches, and his perfect record was 45 seconds away from evaporating. Those 45 seconds were more than enough. Lincoln [...]



Coach of the Year: Chris Harris, Ririe

By • Mar 27th, 2015 • Category: News, Wrestling

Chris Harris doesn’t like being told good luck. The Ririe High School wrestling coach tells his wrestlers that they deserve the results they get based on the work they put in. No luck required. Luck, however, seemed to envelop Ririe’s first ever state wrestling title Feb. 28. The Bulldogs won by half a point, after [...]



2014-15 PR All-Area Wrestling Honorable Mention

By • Mar 27th, 2015 • Category: News, Wrestling

98: Derrick Stacey, Bonneville, Fr.; Spencer Angell, South Fremont, Fr.; Derek Ramos, Hillcrest, Fr.; Cole Trautner, Blackfoot, Soph. 106: Tanner Klingler, Teton, Soph.; Konner Hiatt, South Fremont, Jr.; Joshua D’Orazio, Challis, Sr.; Brytton Moon, Ririe, Fr., 106 113: Braxton Balmforth, Shelley, Fr.; Billy Godfrey, Salmon, Sr.; Boeden Bassett, Blackfoot, Fr. 120: Braxton Stocking, Sugar-Salem, Sr.; [...]



All-High Country Conference wrestling team

By • Mar 27th, 2015 • Category: News, Wrestling

ALL-5A/4A HIGH COUNTRY CONFERENCE COACHES TEAM Wrestlers of the year 98-126 pounds: Kade Lincoln, Fr., Skyline 132-160 pounds: Chad Green, Sr., Madison 170-285 pounds: Carrick Smith, Sr., Bonneville Coach of the Year: Zairrick Wadsworth, Bonneville First team 98 pounds: Darrick Stacey, Fr., Bonneville 106 pounds: J.D. Seay, Jr., Idaho Falls 113 pounds: Boeden Basset, Fr., [...]



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 [...]



Wrestling coach Mark Lincoln dies after fight with cancer and its aftermath

By • Mar 11th, 2015 • Category: News, Wrestling

Mark Lincoln, an industrial technology teacher at Taylorview Middle School and father of Skyline High School state champion wrestler Kade Lincoln, died Saturday, a District 91 spokesperson said. He was 51. In addition to Kade, a freshman at Skyline, Mark is survived by his wife, Penny, a teacher at Fox Hollow Elementary School, and his [...]