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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 milesplit.com’s girls 300-meter hurdles [...]



Luke Martin returns for Idaho Falls Bandits after five-month injury rehab

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

The most difficult period of Luke Martin’s life is on the mend. Martin, a departing senior at Skyline High School, rode the bench for most of his final basketball season and didn’t see the field for a single inning of baseball season. His athletic absence was due to a labrum injury he suffered during football [...]



Rigby’s Mitchell Hernandez gets all star honor despite missing 2014 football season

By • May 22nd, 2015 • Category: Features, Football, Lead Story, News

A text message popped up on Mitchell Hernandez’s phone. The Rigby High School senior read it, processed it, smiled and teared up. The text came from JP Francia, the father of Hernandez’s football teammate Connor Francia, telling Hernandez that he’d join Connor on the 2015 District 6 senior all-star football team. Hernandez, a linebacker, received [...]



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 [...]