February 22nd, 2014
NAMPA â€” Take away Firth's 25 free throws, and Ririe would have walked away victorious. Shooting from the stripe was the difference between leaving state champion or settling for runner-up, and Firth delivered when it mattered.
The Cougars hit 64 percent of their attempts to secure their Class 2A state championship in Saturday's 45-36 victory over the Bulldogs at the Idaho Center. Firth recognized the importance of free throw shooting after narrowly escaping the opening round of tournament play with a victory.
BLACKFOOT â€” Fifth graders at Groveland Elementary School have been studying the states for about four weeks now. They concluded their studies on Friday with a fun and festive event : the "United States Share Fair." The students created a booth representing every state in the union (except Idaho) with costumes, posters, treats, crafts, and information depicting their assigned state.
Fifth grade teacher Shari Kress, who has taught at the school 25 years, said the "Share Fair" is something the fifth grade classes have been doing for about 20 years now.
POCATELLO â€” After a long day of wrestling the Blackfoot Broncos will be sending 14 wrestlers to next week's state wrestling tournament in Nampa.
KUNA â€” The Firth and Ririe girls basketball programs are all too familiar with each other, playing each other four times this season with a 2-2 result. Today at the Idaho Center in Nampa, the tiebreaker doesn't get any bigger: the Cougars and Bulldogs meet for the Class 2A state championship.
Both Firth and Ririe won in Friday's championship semifinal games, with the Cougars dominating another group of Bulldogs, the ones from Melba, in a 57-35 rout that seemed to be decided halfway through the first quarter.
MIDDLETON â€” There will be no repeat as state champion for the Snake River girls basketball team. Instead, the 46-39 loss to Timberlake in Thursday's Class 3A state tournament opening round drops the Panthers into the consolation bracket.
KUNA -- Kayla Jensen relished her assignment in the waning moments of the Firth Cougars' opening round game of the Class 2A girls state tournament: hug the ball and don't move.
Jensen snatched a loose ball in the final three seconds and held on to help Firth preserve a 44-43 victory over New Plymouth.
By BOB HUDSON
BLACKFOOT â€” Bingham County's lawmakers reiterated their support of an Agriculture Security bill during Thursday's weekly legislative breakfast at Tommy Vaughn's.
The Idaho Senate passed the bill 23-10, sending it onto the House. There Reps. Neil Anderson and Julie Van Orden are among its co-sponsors.
"I've had a lot of email asking me to vote against it," Van Orden said. "Mostly from the Treasure Valley.
"Of the 12 phone calls I've received from my constituents, three asked me to vote against and the other nine were for it," she added.
BLACKFOOTâ€”Blackfoot Girl Scout Troop #584 is celebrating their world famous cookies with a sweet new fundraiser called "Cookies In the Kitchen." The event will be March 1, 5:30-7p.m., at Ridge Crest Elementary School in Blackfoot. Local businesses and Blackfoot High School culinary students will compete to create "the best" original dessert made from Girl Scout Cookies.
Susan Rae Neff Waldhalm, 60, of Blackfoot passed away Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 at her home.
Susan was born Nov. 10, 1953 in Blackfoot, Idaho to Charles (Karl) Neff and Muriel Rayola Atwood, the second of five children.Â She graduated from Blackfoot High School in 1972 and attended beauty school in Blackfoot.Â
In 1994 Susan married Joe Waldhalm in Billings, Mont. where they lived until 2011 when she moved back to Blackfoot.Â They have been together for 40 years. Â
On Sunday, Feb. 16 Georgie Margene Parsons Phillips passed away peacefully at the home of her daughter in Blackfoot following a short battle with cancer.Â