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Run for the Roses: Jaron and Ta’Lee Rose share success for defending state champion Diggers

By • May 6th, 2015 • Category: Features, Lead Story, News

SUGAR CITY—Sugar-Salem High School head track coach Brett Hill refers to siblings Jaron and Ta’Lee Rose as thoroughbred horses. The Rose thoroughbreds, however, do much more than race. Ta’Lee, a senior, is a five-time state medalist. Jaron, two years younger than his sister, has set personal bests in high jump, long jump and the 100 [...]

Locks of love: Cole Mecham’s hair serves as tribute to late father

By • May 3rd, 2015 • Category: Baseball, Features, Lead Story, News

Cole Mecham’s barber died two years ago in North Dakota. Cole hasn’t cut his hair since. His barber was his father, Arden Mecham, the only person to cut Cole’s hair since 2006. A day before he died, Arden promised to cut Cole’s mane, which flowed over his ears. Cole’s blonde locks now drape over his [...]

Challis-Mackay baseball team is thrilled with inaugural season despite headaches

By • Apr 25th, 2015 • Category: Baseball, Features, News

Last year, Ryan Millick and some of his Thompson Creek Metals coworkers received bonuses north of $3,000. While his coworkers bought four-wheelers or saved the money for retirement, Millick spent his to develop a baseball team with players from Challis and Mackay high schools, both of the 1A classification. His bonus went toward equipment, jerseys, [...]

Two new local rugby teams signify the sport’s growth, locally and nationally

By • Apr 19th, 2015 • Category: Features, Lead Story, News

  Carly Smith’s first step involved posters. Smith, a senior nursing student at Idaho State who played college rugby for three years, had talked with Idaho Falls Rush boys rugby coach Jay Hix about starting her own high school club rugby team. A girls team. She created dozens of posters featuring her phone number and [...]

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 [...]

Local tennis players training to be courtside with the pros

By • Feb 15th, 2015 • Category: Features, Lead Story, News, Tennis

One Wednesday and Saturday per month since October, 21 young local tennis players have made the Apple Athletic Club Auxiliary Tennis Facility an especially busy place while preparing for a monumental opportunity. Within those walls alongside 16th Street, a structured schedule is followed. The athletes, who attend various middle and high schools in Idaho Falls [...]

A Cougar Cinderella Story: Rigby’s Young has gone from a BYU walk-on to the nation’s leading blocker

By • Feb 4th, 2015 • Category: Features, News, Volleyball

While the Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena crowd and ESPN2 audience took in the BYU women’s volleyball team’s 3-1 upset win over No. 2 Texas in the NCAA semifinals on Dec. 18, reality didn’t hit Cougars sophomore middle blocker Whitney Young until later that evening. It wasn’t the first surreal moment of the tournament for [...]

Road to 100 wins has been grueling for IFHS wrestling captains

By • Jan 23rd, 2015 • Category: Features, Lead Story, News, Wrestling

Idaho Falls High School senior wrestlers Brady Kenney, Bridger Carpenter and Kade Thompson aren’t team captains by accident. They’ve stockpiled victories and served as ideal examples for their younger teammates. The three have also suffered these ailments and injuries: a broken jaw, a panic attack, torn ligaments, a skin infection, black eyes, strep throat. Those [...]

Devoted duo: Sisters Sicilee and Haddi Williams have shared milestones at Ririe

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

RIRIE — Two conversations made Jan. 6, 2014 an unforgettable day for sisters Sicilee and Haddi Williams. Sicilee, then a junior and starter on the Ririe High School varsity girls basketball team, was asked a momentous question by head coach Damien Smith. The Bulldogs were 9-2 and the No. 1-ranked 2A team in the Idaho [...]

Clear mind, full heart, can’t lose: Inspired by his father, Skyline’s Lincoln is 22-0

By • Jan 16th, 2015 • Category: Features, Lead Story, Wrestling

Kade Lincoln tries to clear his mind when he steps on the wrestling mat. Background noise is muted. Off-mat distractions evaporate. Sometimes, life muddles things for the Skyline High School freshman. When it doesn’t, he becomes nearly unbeatable. Kade has gone 22-0 in his young Skyline career, which includes a title in the 98-pound weight [...]