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I.F. wrestling coach Einerson to retire after this weekend’s state championships

By • Feb 27th, 2015 • Category: Features, Lead Story, News, Wrestling

Two Mondays ago, Idaho Falls High School wrestling coach Jeff Einerson gathered his players during practice. Sweaty and winded, some wrestlers struggled to pay attention to their coach. Then Einerson spoke. Any wandering pair of eyes sharply locked onto him as he made an expected announcement. “I told them that it’s been a privilege to [...]



Challis boys continue Cinderella run with first district title since 1990

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

TERRETON — Leading by 10 with less than 20 seconds left in regulation Thursday, the Challis High School boys basketball team started running down the clock as chants of “We’re going to state!” erupted from Vikings fans on their feet in the stands. Moments later, the Vikings posed for photos with the 1A Division I [...]



Extinguishing mediocrity: How Bonneville wrestling went from middle of the pack to a 5A state favorite

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

The Bonneville High School wrestling team had concluded another middling 4A state tournament. This one, in 2011, especially irked fourth year head coach Zairrick Wadsworth. The Bees finished in 15th place that year, a significant fall from the unspectacular sixth place finish the year before. After the tournament ended, Wadsworth met with Bonneville athletic director [...]



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 [...]



Shelley reaches state with 36-30 district title win over South Fremont

By • Feb 24th, 2015 • Category: Boys basketball, Lead Story, News

There was a point this season when the Shelley High School boys basketball team had its doubts. A stretch of eight losses in 10 games, albeit against a brutal schedule filled with 5A teams, will do that to a group of teenagers trying to figure out what they’re made of. But the lessons learned in [...]



Dig it: Sugar-Salem downs Timberlake 40-33 for fifth state title in program history

By • Feb 22nd, 2015 • Category: Girls basketball, Lead Story, News

NAMPA — The smiles were already spreading across the faces of the members of the Sugar-Salem High School girls basketball team with 30 seconds left in Saturday’s 3A girls state basketball championship game. The Diggers on the bench held hands and watched as the final seconds ticked off the scoreboard, then rushed to hug their [...]



Ririe girls outlast Firth for fourth time to return to 2A state title game

By • Feb 21st, 2015 • Category: Girls basketball, Lead Story, News

BOISE — With 50 seconds left in regulation of Friday’s 2A girls state basketball semifinal game between Ririe and Firth, the call-and-response “Ririe … Bulldogs” chant filled a packed Bishop Kelly High School gym. The chant grew deafening with 20 seconds left, and it was only drowned out by cheers of jubilation from the Bulldogs [...]



Fourth quarter too much to overcome for Hillcrest girls in 74-53 loss to Mountain View

By • Feb 20th, 2015 • Category: Girls basketball, Lead Story, News

By JORDAN RODRIGUEZ prsports@postregister.com NAMPA — For three quarters Thursday, the Hillcrest High School girls basketball team hung tough with arguably the most talented team in the state. But in the fourth quarter, Mountain View’s star power — led by University of Washington commit Destiny Slocum — proved too much to overcome. The Mavericks pulled [...]



Bonneville dominates 5A District 5-6 wrestling tournament, sends 21 to state

By • Feb 19th, 2015 • Category: Lead Story, News, Wrestling

The Bonneville High School wrestling team reached the 4A District 5-6 summit last season but failed to win state. This week, the Bees hoped to conquer the 5A District 5-6 tournament, while keeping their eye on next week. State tournament week. “We set a goal all week long to exceed our own expectations,” Bonneville coach [...]