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Fast start to senior season has Larkin leading defending state champ Shelley

By • Oct 8th, 2015 • Category: Cross Country, Features, Lead Story, News, Track

SHELLEY — Cross-country is a sport decided by seconds. Those seconds can mean the difference between winning and finishing 30th, medal or no medal, trophy or no trophy, personal best or just shy. For LeAnn Larkin, the number 86 has decided much. That’s how many seconds the Shelley High School senior has taken off her [...]

Played out: Longtime powerhouse Mackay can barely field a team

By • Aug 28th, 2015 • Category: Features, Football, Lead Story, News

The numbers baffle Jack McKelvey. Mackay High School currently has five boys in the sophomore, junior and senior classes. Combined. Three of those boys are on the football team, which McKelvey is coaching for his 24th season. Sophomore Colt Kraczek is one of the two boys foregoing football for academics (“a brilliant mind,” McKelvey called [...]

Skyline grad Erica Wendt Richardson shares her return to competitive running with her family

By • Jul 19th, 2015 • Category: Cross Country, Features, Lead Story, News, Track

OSGOOD—If walls could talk, Erica Wendt Richardson’s childhood home would have plenty to share about a woman who went from a Division I recruit to a sponsored national champion runner. The Osgood house where her career began two decades ago intertwines past and present, perhaps more so since she and her husband, Tim, bought the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]