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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 [...]

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 [...]

Enrollment numbers point to potential conference shakeups in eastern Idaho

By • Jan 9th, 2015 • Category: Features, News

In November, the Idaho High School Activities Association released its first enrollment count of the current classification cycle. The count, determined by the State Department of Education, shows where each school in Idaho fits on the classification spectrum. The full count can be found here. Based on these numbers, multiple eastern Idaho schools are not [...]

Baker brothers’ competition has forged success

By • Jan 7th, 2015 • Category: Boys basketball, Features, Lead Story, News

Tyson and Mason Baker, like countless pairs of brothers, are competitive. They’ve been that way their whole lives. Their competitive nature is paying dividends for the undefeated Skyline High School boys’ basketball team. And as much as Mason, a 16-year-old junior, has clashed with Tyson, a 17-year-old senior, their mutual love hasn’t waned. The brothers [...]

Bonneville guard Keegan Hansen spent a year trying to reconnect with his father

By • Dec 14th, 2014 • Category: Boys basketball, Features, Lead Story, News

Keegan Hansen was riding in his friend’s car when his cell phone started ringing. The call was from an unknown number. A curious Hansen answered. It was his father, La’Mar Davis. Hansen hadn’t seen Davis since he was a kid, let alone talked to him. Now, in his sophomore year at Bonneville High School, Hansen [...]

Immediate impact: Blackfoot starting QB Hayes hasn’t lost a varsity game

By • Nov 7th, 2014 • Category: Features, Football, News

Pacen Hayes was in the middle of his driver’s test when his phone rang. It was Stan Buck, Blackfoot High School’s varsity football coach. Hayes immediately asked his instructor if he could pull over. She said yes. “I answered the phone with coach Buck,” Hayes said. “That’s when he told me.” Buck told Hayes, the [...]