4A state championships
BOISE — The Twin Falls and Canyon Ridge track programs got off to a strong start on the first day of the state meet Friday at Dona Larsen Park.
Led by Mattalyn Geddes and Sidnee Naerebout, Twin Falls topped the girls team standings with 34 points, 14 more than second-place Bishop Kelly. The Knights edged the Bruins for first place in both the girls and team races at last year’s state championships.
On the boys side Friday, Canyon Ridge finished the day in second place with 27 points, five behind first-place Pocatello. Like rival Twin Falls, the Riverhawks had multiple gold medalists.
Anthony Garcia went into Friday without a first-place finish at state, and he could taste a title. The Canyon Ridge senior finished second in the 4A boys high jump at each of the previous two state meets. Last week in the district championships, he set a personal record in the event at 6 feet, 10 inches, so he had confidence going into state.
Garcia didn’t reach that height on Friday, but he didn’t have to. He cleared 6’6” to take home gold.
“I was focused,” he said over the phone. “I knew what I had to get done today, and I got it done.”
Garcia’s teammate Brison Tilo also finished second at last year’s state meet in his main event. His personal-best distance of 169 feet, 3 inches in the discus fell three feet short of the winning mark from Skyline’s Daniel Helsley.
On Friday, Tilo and Helsley once against squared off in the discus, but the Skyline senior was off. His best distance was 153’6”, good for fifth place.
Tilo stepped out of the ring on his first throw, and the senior felt some pressure on his second. With his family and teammates supporting him, he threw his discus 168’3”.
“I felt confident, and I think I had a little bit of adrenaline,” Tilo said over the phone. “I had a pretty good idea that that was gonna be the winning throw.”
It was the winning throw by more than eight feet.
On the girls side, Geddes lapped the field in the 3200 meters. Her time of 11 minutes, 7.25 seconds was a personal record, and it was nearly 10 seconds better than the second-place finisher. It also broke the previous school girls record of 11:08.3.
Fellow Twin Falls sophomore Naerebout won the triple jump with a personal-best distance of 37’10.5”, more than two feet ahead of the next closest jumper.
The next closest District 4 team in the 19-team girls field is Wood River (11 points) in eighth place. Twin Falls (21) is fifth on the boys side.
UPDATE: This story has been updated to note that Geddes set the school record in the 3200.
3A/2A/1A state championships
MIDDLETON — Several local track athletes placed first on Friday at Middleton High School.
On a team level, the Raft River girls are in first place in 1A with 36 points, six ahead of second-place Butte County. Valley (32) is ahead by 10 points on the 1A boys side.
Kimberly senior Collin Glass won the 3A boys discus with a distance of 148 feet, 2 inches, nearly seven feet ahead of second place.
Filer senior Jailyn Gartner took first in the 3A girls long jump at 17’7.25”, almost two inches ahead of second-place finisher Meg Walker of Kimberly. Fellow Kimberly sophomore Peyton Bair won the 3A boys long jump (22’8.5”), and Gooding freshman Elliotte Stockham took first in the 3A girls pole vault by a foot at 10’6”.
Declo senior Courtney Christopherson won the 2A girls high jump at 5’02”, and Valley’s Adam Elorrieta won the 1A boys high jump at 6’7.5”.
Declo 5, West Jefferson 4; New Plymouth 13, Declo 1; Declo 12, West Side 5
POCATELLO — The Hornets kept their 2A state tournament hopes alive by winning two of three games on Friday at OK Ward Park.
Declo opened the day with a close win over West Jefferson, then lost in blowout fashion with a chance to reach the semifinals. In a loser-out game, the Hornets handled West Side to reach the final day of the tournament.
Declo (19-9-1) will play St. Maries at 10 a.m. Saturday in another loser-out game. The winner of that contest will play a loser-out, winner-to-title game at noon against Melba or New Plymouth. The championship game is scheduled to start at 2 p.m.
Pocatello 5, Canyon Ridge 4; Canyon Ridge 4, Sandpoint 2; Vallivue 12, Canyon Ridge 8
BLACKFOOT — The Riverhawks finished the season with a 1-2 showing at the 4A state tournament Friday at Blackfoot High School.
In its first game, Canyon Ridge trailed 2-0 after one inning but tied it in the top of the fourth and took a 3-2 lead in the fifth. The Riverhawks added a run in the top of the seventh, giving Taylor Huddleston a two-run lead with three outs to go.
Huddleston allowed a single and a walk to start the bottom of the seventh, and she walked the bases load with one out. The next batter, Maddi Palmer, hit a line drive to left-center field. All three baserunners scored to give the Indians a walkoff win.
Canyon Ridge’s Karlie Embretson (charged with an error on the walkoff play) tied the game in the fourth with a two-run home run. Kylee Gerstl went 2-for-3, and Jaycee Massie went 2-for-4 with a triple.
Against Sandpoint, the Riverhawks never trailed, building leads of 1-0 in the first and 3-0 in the third.
Huddleston was strong in her second start, allowing two earned runs on six hits and four walks with 12 strikeouts in seven innings.
Kennedy Sorenson went 2-for-3 with a walk, Gerstl went 2-for-4 and Ali Beverly went 1-for-3 with a double.
Against Vallivue, Canyon Ridge fell behind 3-0 after one inning and 10-2 through two, and it couldn’t quite catch up.
Caitlin Crist went 3-for-4, while Beverly, Embretson and Massie each went 2-for-4.
The Riverhawks concluded the season with a 17-15 record.
Vallivue 9, Twin Falls 6; Idaho Falls 10, Twin Falls 8
BLACKFOOT — The Bruins’ season ended with a pair of close losses on the first day of the 4A state tournament.
Against Vallivue in the state opener, Twin falls scored four runs in the the bottom of the third inning to take a 4-2 lead. The Falcons tied it in the top of fifth, but the Bruins scored twice in the bottom half to take a 6-4 lead. With Kylie Baumert on the mound, Vallivue scored four runs in the top of the sixth and one in the seventh to earn the comeback win.
Twin Falls’ Caroline Casdorph went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run, and Clair Hodge was 2-for-4 with a double.
In the second game, Idaho Falls tagged Hannah Holcomb and Kenzie Connell for 10 combined runs (all earned) in the first three innings to take a 10-3 lead. Twin Falls scored three in the fourth and two in the fifth, and Baumert pitched the final two innings scoreless, but the Tigers held on.
Hodge went 3-for-4, Brinley Iverson went 2-for-4, Mckenna Todd went 2-for-3 with a stolen base and Baumert went 1-for-2 with a hit-by-pitch and two steals.
Twin Falls finished the season with a 24-5 record.
Potlatch 12, Glenns Ferry 11; Prairie 15, Glenns Ferry 11
CALDWELL — The Pilots battled but saw their season end in the 1A state tournament.
Potlatch led 7-0 through 2 1/2 innings and 11-2 through 3 1/2. Glenns Ferry stormed back with six runs in the bottom of the fourth and three in the fifth to tie it. But Potlatch scored one in the top of the seventh and held off the Pilots in the bottom half.
Their second game was back-and-forth. Prairie led 4-1 through one inning, 9-5 through two and 11-6 through three. Glenns Ferry scored five runs in the top of the fourth to tie it, but Prairie scored one in both the fourth and fifth and two in the sixth.
Glenns Ferry’s Hannah Hedelius went 2-for-2 with a double and two walks in the first game and 1-for-1 with a double and three walks in the second. On the day, Megin Sterling went 3-for-7 with three doubles and three walks.
The Pilots finished the season with a 12-7 record.
Twin Falls 5, Blackfoot 3
IDAHO FALLS — The Bruins kept their season alive with Friday’s win over the Broncos in the 4A state tournament consolation bracket.
Twin Falls scored four runs in the T2 to take a 4-0 lead, and only a two-run sixth inning from Blackfoot put the outcome in question.
Cade Greenfield and Carson Walters both went 2-for-3 with two doubles for the Bruins. Anthony Scholes was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk, Tai Walker was 1-for-2 with a walk and a stolen base and Connor Root was 2-for-4.
Walters pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing two unearned runs on six hits and four walks with six strikeouts.
Twin Falls (21-7) will play its third straight 10 a.m. game Saturday back at Melaleuca Field for the consolation trophy. The Bruins will face Idaho Falls, which it beat last spring in the state title game.
Bonners Ferry 19, Kimberly 12
ONTARIO, Ore. — The Bulldogs rallied but couldn’t overcome a couple big innings from the Badgers in Friday’s 3A state semifinal game.
Bonners Ferry scored nine runs in the top of the first inning and went ahead 11-3 in the fourth. But Kimberly chipped away. First, it scored three runs in the bottom of fourth. Then, in the fifth, it scored five times to tie the game.
The score remained 11-11 going into the seventh, when the Badger bats came through again. An eight-run inning propelled Bonners Ferry into the state title game and dropped the Bulldogs into the third-place game.
Kimberly (17-5-1) will face Marsh Valley at 1 p.m. Saturday back at Treasure Valley Community College.