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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 [...]



Compass Academy Emotion Bowl players true to their school(s)

By • Oct 25th, 2014 • Category: Features, Football, Lead Story, News

Walk through the front doors of Compass Academy, travel down a couple of hallways and stop at room 102. To the right is a nondescript hallway containing six classrooms. But today, the west segment of the hall is filled with black and orange streamers, phrases on the windows such as “Tiger Nation” and signs celebrating [...]



From Mexico to Idaho: I.F.’s Castaneda plays for his family

By • Oct 23rd, 2014 • Category: Boys soccer, Features, News

Johnny Castaneda was the last hope. The Idaho Falls High School boys soccer team trailed Madison 5-4 in penalty kicks with Castaneda up next. With a win, the Tigers would advance to the 2013 5A District 5-6 title game and clinch a trip to state. Castaneda’s second-half goal ultimately forced extra time. But he doesn’t [...]



Back in the game: Three years after an ankle injury, Rigby’s Cano is thriving on the gridiron

By • Oct 16th, 2014 • Category: Features, Football, Lead Story, News

Tristan Cano raced down the dirt path on his four-wheeler, seconds before his life would be forever altered. On this clear June day in 2011, Cano and his friend Konor Anderson passed a water trough. A moment later, the 500-pound four-wheeler slammed into a deep rut. Cano grabbed the four-wheeler’s front brakes. Anderson flew several [...]