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After milestone 2015 season, former Rigby sprinter Mecham looking ahead to 2016

By • Jul 4th, 2015 • Category: Lead Story, News, Track

With one of the biggest weeks of her young career behind her, Elsja Mecham is turning her attention to 2016 and two major prospects she hopes will come to fruition. Running for a Division I track program, and vying for a spot on Team USA for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. [...]

Recent Skyline grad Ely signs with Big Bend men’s basketball

By • Jul 1st, 2015 • Category: Boys basketball, Lead Story, News, Recruiting

Jai Jai Ely believes he’s a Division I college basketball player. But for at least one season, he’ll take the junior college route. Ely, who graduated from Skyline High School this spring, signed his letter of intent to play for Big Bend Community College’s men’s basketball team June 22. While he’s disappointed he didn’t get [...]

2015 PR Baseball Player of the Year: Dylan Mansanarez, Blackfoot

By • Jun 28th, 2015 • Category: Baseball, Lead Story, News

Dylan Mansanarez was speechless. After the final out had been made and Blackfoot High School had claimed the program’s first state baseball title, Mansanarez struggled to understand what had just happened. He was elated. Overcome. Stunned. “At first I couldn’t belief we had just won,” Mansanarez said. “I couldn’t put it into words.” He let [...]

Skyline’s Baker in process of transferring to Highland for senior year

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

The Skyline High School boys basketball team has received an offseason blow. Incoming senior guard Mason Baker has been attempting to transfer to Highland since his junior campaign ended, and he is weeks away from sealing the move. The transfer cannot become official until July 10, when the sales of his old house in Idaho [...]

Moving on up: Former Rigby sprinter Mecham among nation’s top 15 hurdlers

By • Jun 24th, 2015 • Category: Features, Lead Story, News, Track

A new year at a new school and Elsja Mecham continues to set herself apart as one of the nation’s best sprinters. The Rigby native moved to Utah last July as an eight-time Idaho individual state champion, two-time state record holder and a four-time Rigby record holder who ranked 35th on’s girls 300-meter hurdles [...]

2015 PR Female Track Athlete of the Year: Keanne Alston, Rigby

By • Jun 21st, 2015 • Category: Lead Story, News, Track

While the Christopher Reeve era teenage Superman outran trains, Rigby’s Keanne Alston grew up racing school buses. In the morning, she tried to beat the bus to her stop. She continued the game in the afternoon by exiting early to race the bus to where she usually got off. Occasionally, classmates joined the fun. “I [...]

Bandits, Chukars use exhibition to prepare for big weekend

By • Jun 18th, 2015 • Category: Baseball, Lead Story, News

In some ways, Wednesday’s exhibition game between the Idaho Falls Bandits and the Idaho Falls Chukars felt like a postseason battle. Sure, the pitchers faced their own lineups, the Chukars threw out two pitchers who aren’t on the active roster and the bottom of each inning ended after the Chukars scored, no matter how many [...]

Idaho Falls sweeps 2015 All-Area Doubles Teams of the Year

By • Jun 14th, 2015 • Category: Lead Story, News, Tennis

The Idaho Falls High School girls, boys and mixed doubles teams have a couple of things in common: the duos are all friends, and they’re all dominant. Seniors-to-be Madi and Jordan Wright finished second in the 5A state girls doubles tournament. The boys doubles duo of Jesse Haas and Bryant Johnson was also a state [...]

2015 All-Area Boys Golfer of the Year: Andy Hess, Hillcrest

By • Jun 13th, 2015 • Category: Golf, Lead Story, News

  Idaho Falls’ Yedin Lui is the 2015 All-Area Girls Golfer of the Year Andy Hess’ most important golf round of the season started with the most unlikely of errors for him — a four-putt. Hess, a senior-to-be at Hillcrest High School, finished the first round of May’s 5A boys state tournament with a 74 [...]

Tampa Bay Rays draft former Bonneville pitcher Porter Clayton

By • Jun 11th, 2015 • Category: Baseball, Lead Story, News

  For the second straight year, former Bonneville High School baseball player Porter Clayton was selected by an American League East team in the MLB draft. This year, the left-handed pitcher was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 19th round. Clayton, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound junior at Utah’s Dixie State, was drafted in the [...]