May 20th, 2013
Items of note from April 17-24.
Bingham County Sheriff
BUSH MAN: April 21, 7:05 p.m.: A caller at the Porterville Boat Dock reported that there is a man laying in the bushes.
CHILD ABUSE: April 22, 12:37 p.m.: A woman reported finding five cigarette burns on her two-year-old son. She said she left the boy with her boyfriend and there are other people that live at the residence.
DYING TREES: April 18, 11:02 a.m.: A man said he just realized that someone has drilled holes into the trunks of several of his trees and they are beginning to die.
Two Blackfoot men were the top winners in the marathon and half-marathon at the Tommy Vaughn's Marathon and More competitions on Saturday.
Defending champion John Taberna repeated his marathon victory while Kohl Bingham won the half marathon.
"There was a headwind the whole way," Taberna said of his race, which he completed in 3 hours, 11 minutes and 5 seconds. "But the volunteers did great and the officers were great.
FRUITLAND â€” Tears, disbelief and shock were on display at the 3A state baseball tournament but the agony of defeat was not from the expected dugout. After advancing to their first ever state baseball championship game, the Snake River Panthers stunned the mighty Fruitland Grizzlies on their home field, in front of a capacity crowd, by the final score of 8-4 for their first ever baseball state championship.
"It's been a real fun year. A real fun ride," Snake River head coach Rich Dunn said. "I said it before at districts and I'll say it again here at state now that it's over. Don't ever dangle a state championship in front of Snake River kids because they will get it. Don't ever dangle a championship in front of Snake River."
BOISE â€“ Trailing 2-1 entering the top of the seventh inning the Blackfoot Broncos came through with a pair of runs on a gutsy call by Blackfoot skipper Kenny Dahle to take a 3-2 consolation championship game victory from the Twin Falls Bruins on Saturday morning.
â€śIt was just awesome to come here and watch these kids battle the way that they did,â€ť Blackfoot head coach Kenny Dahle said. â€śIt is just huge for our program because now we know that we can compete at this level. We battled a full seven innings today and yesterday and you just have to be so proud of each one of these kids. Not one of them quit and they could have after not one but two questionable calls, one I can say blatantly horrible call. Regardless we just got them settled down, my assistant coaches settled me down and we got it done.â€ť
It wasn't your usual school lunch for eighth graders at Mountain View Middle School on Thursday. The students feasted on parrot wings, golden carrot doubloons, pirate ship potatoes, tropical key lime pie, hardtack and apple cider grog - the kind of meal that possibly pirates of days gone by may have enjoyed.
The students said they particularly enjoyed making the hardtack - a hard, thick flat cracker, described as "an edible rock" often eaten by sailors out at sea. The crackers are supposed to keep indefinitely and not become spoiled or infested by weevils or grubs.
By MARK HIGH
FRUITLAND â€“ The Snake River Panthers erupted for 10 runs over the fourth and fifth innings to avenge last seasonâ€™s Class 3A semifinal loss to the Kimberly Bulldogs by dispatching them 10-0 in five innings on Friday.
By MARK HIGH email@example.com
BOISE â€“ For the first time in over 12 years the Blackfoot Bronco baseball team picked up a state Class 4A tournament win. Fresh off a disappointing round one loss on Thursday, the Broncos got the big monkey off their backs with a thrilling 4-3 win over Minico on Friday.
POST FALLS â€“ The dream season for the Blackfoot Lady Bronco softball team came to an end on Friday evening with Blackfoot winning one, but dropping two games on day one of the 4A state softball tournament.
The day began well enough with Blackfoot crushing Canyon Ridge, 10-2.
Morningrose Tobey was dominant in the pitching circle for the Lady Broncos while the offense scored early and often in the rout.
Next up for the Lady Broncos was Lakeland which advanced into the second round with a walkoff two-run homer to down heavily favored Kuna.
After defeating Canyon Ridge 10-2 in the opening round of the state Class 4A softball tournament, Blackfoot lost a 1-0 heartbreaker to Lakeland on Friday. The Broncos then had to turn around and play Skyview. Check Saturday's print edition for a wrapup.
Snake River's baseball team reached the championship game of the Class 3A state tournament by beating Kimberly 10-0 on Friday. Check out the Morning News print edition on Saturday for complete details. The Panthers will likely play old nemesis Fruitland, which played later that night.