May 22nd, 2011
BOISE â€” The 2011 Idaho State Track and Field Championships came to a conclusion on Saturday afternoon and after the dust had settled on Boise State University's campus, several area athletes had turned in marvelous performances.
Unlike Friday, where a pair of individual state titles were won by a pair of Firth Cougars, on Saturday just one Bingham County athlete found themselves atop the medal podium.
Snake River senior Eden VanOrden shook off a tumble in the 100 meter hurdles by rebounding in the 300 meter hurdles to capture the state title with a time of 47.02.
BOISE â€“ The girls doubles team of Meg Matsuura and Ayla Lau faced a very familiar opponent in Saturdayâ€™s 4A state tennis championship match at Boise State University as they tangled with Madison for the fourth time this season.
During the regular season the teams split with one another and Madison was able to topple Blackfoot in the district championship match just prior to the state tournament so a tight match was to be expected.
In the end, Madison was able to hold off Blackfoot for the title, winning a hard fought match in straight sets 5-7, 4-6.
THOMAS â€”Â Snake River High School agriculture teacher and Future Farmers of America (FFA) advisor Justin Patten is retiring from teaching at the end of this school year. Patten will be working with the Idaho Farm Bureau in the future.
"My favorite part about teaching is watching the students grow, said Patten.
"Students learn leadership through Future Farmers of America and start to understand their potential.
"In the shop, you can see the light click on about how things work, he said. "They begin to understand the skills they are gaining."
BLACKFOOT â€” Bingham County Deputy Drew Lusk and a few of his friends got together at Jensen Grove Lake on Saturday. Their purpose was to raise awareness of water safety through the Ready-Set-Inflate program. Safe Boating Week runs through Friday, just ahead of the Memorial Day weekend. It is one of the first opportunities many Americans take to get on the water.
BLACKFOOT â€” Blackfoot High School students were recognized Friday at an assembly announcing scholarship recipients and other awards.
Fifty-three seniors reported receiving more than $284,000 in scholarship offers and awards from various schools, organizations and individuals.
Valedictorian Daniel Burt was awarded with a full-ride music scholarship and half-ride academic scholarship to Brigham Young University-Provo. He also received a $7115 scholarship to Interlochen Center for the Arts Summer Arts Camp and a $3,000 scholarship from Darwin and Joyce Stufflebeam.
SHELLEY â€”Â Among items presented at the Shelley School Board Thursday night were "Pay for Performance," an orchestra trip scheduled for spring break 2012 and classified personnel receiving the same sick leave as certified personnel.
Superintendent Bryan Jolley discussed â€śPay for Performance.â€ť
â€śIâ€™m going to discuss two points of this plan,â€ť Jolley said.
There is a state side and a school, classroom, side to this proposal, he said.
BLACKFOOT â€” Friday was a celebration for students at Ridge Crest Elementary Friday. The first through fifth grade students were rewarded for reading one million minutes this school year and for finishing strong on their Idaho Standard Achievement Test (ISAT).
The students had a Skype conference with author Debbie Dadey, who wrote "The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids" series, "The Swamp Monster in the Third Grade" and "The Worst name in Third Grade."
BLACKFOOT â€” Blackfoot School District officials have eliminated middle school sports and have cut eight teaching positionsâ€”among numerous other cutsâ€”in an effort to meet a $2.072 million budget deficit for the 2011-2012 school year.
Those cuts were outlined in a memorandum to all district staff members from Superintendent Scott Crane Friday. The memo was sent out Friday after all personnel affected by the cuts had been notified.
BOISE â€“ Day two of the Idaho State Track and Field Championships wrapped up on Friday evening with the 5A and 4A finals being held in the evening at Bronco Stadium on the campus of Boise State University.
Blackfoot had just one athlete competing on Friday night with senior Dakota Mecham toeing the line in the 400 meter finals.
Starting in the lane five, Mecham had her work cut out for her as she tried to topple last years winner Ali Eisenbeiss of Bishop Kelly.
ONTARIO, OR. â€“ Snake River senior Keegan Keller took to the bump for the final time in a Panther jersey on Friday afternoon and when the dust had settled, he and the rest of his Snake River teammates were celebrating the Panthers first state baseball tournament win in fifteen years as they eliminated Priest River 6-1.