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May 17th, 2012
ONTARIO, OR â€“ Senior hurler Shane Parkinson struck out thirteen Tigers and Zane Stephenson drove in three runs as the Snake River Panthers advanced to the winners side of the state baseball tournament bracket with a 5-0 victory over Timberlake on Thursday morning.
â€śThis was big,â€ť Parkinson said. â€śThis is my senior year and I definitely didnâ€™t want anything but the winners bracket this year.â€ť
Parkinson was big all day long as he limited the Timberlake lineup to just two hits on the day in the complete game victory.
AMERICAN FALLS â€” The Snake River Lady Panthers had one last chance at punching their ticket to the state tournament on Saturday afternoon as they squared off with Buhl in the state play in game. Unfortunately for the girls in black and their large contingent of fans, that goal failed to come to fruition as Buhl ended Snake Rivers season with a 15-8 defeat.
"We didn't play our cleanest game of the year," Snake River head coach Kay Martin said. "I don't want to take anything away from Buhl, they made the plays when they had to and we didn't but this was a very hard way to end the season."
IDAHO FALLS â€” The number was one on Thursday night for the Blackfoot Broncos as they stood one game away from the coveted berth into the state tournament. One team stood in their way and at the end of seven innings of hard fought baseball, one run prevented the Broncos from fulfilling their season long goal as they fell 9-8 to the Knights of Hillcrest at Melalueca Field.
"One more out," Blackfoot head coach Kenny Dahle said. "We made a huge step as a program. We were one out from getting into the state tournament. These kids battled all year long, they battled all day today. I'm proud of them and I think that our program is heading in the right direction."
AMMON â€” "We're going to state!" That was the refrain following Blackfoots 7-5 victory over Bonneville on Wednesday afternoon as the Blackfoot Lady Broncos punched their ticket to the big dance after a one year absence.
"These girls are just pumped to go show off their skills at state," Blackfoot head coach Matt Chavez said. "We really want a chance to redeem ourselves if we get a chance to play Rigby again."
IDAHO FALLS â€” With the season in the balance the Blackfoot Broncos entered their loser out contest with Madison tied at 2-2 to begin the seventh inning. Colby Pearson was able to move himself into scoring position and senior Shawn Whitehead came through with an RBI single which allowed Pearson to run into home, putting the Broncos ahead.
With the Blackfootâ€™s strong defense working together, they were able to hold the Bobcats in the bottom of the seventh as they took the 3-2 win.
IDAHO FALLS â€” You will have to excuse the Blackfoot tennis squad if they are walking just a little taller today because on Tuesday, they turned in one of the finest performances in program history as they have already qualified 9 players for next weeks state tournament.
The Broncos qualified all of those players in large part to having placed four and possibly a fifth competitor in Thursday afternoons district championship matches.
â€śDefinitely in my forty years of tennis I donâ€™t believe that Blackfoot has ever had this many finalists in the district tournament,â€ť Blackfoot head coach Brint Jeffris said. â€śIt was a really incredible day. One of the best performances ever.â€ť
AMERICAN FALLS â€” After a near disastrous first inning that witnessed the Bear Lake Bears push 7 runs across the plate, Snake River head coach James Carter told his assistant coaches that they would now see just how good they really were.
Apparently, the Panthers are pretty good as they rode the right arm of Zane Stephenson as they roared back for the 9-7 victory for their second straight conference title.
"I just couldn't be prouder of the way that these kids came back," Coach Carter said. "The guys just wouldn't quit and they swung the bats really well. They played hard and they should be proud of themselves for digging deep for this one."
AMERICAN FALLS â€” The Snake River Panthers advanced to the 3A fifth district title game with an 11-1 five inning win over Marsh Valley on Monday afternoon.
"We're were we want to be, the district title game," Snake River head coach James Carter said.
IDAHO FALLS- The Blackfoot Lady Broncos softball had another big win, when they faced off against the Hillcrest Knights. With the ten run rule in place Blackfoot took the win 15-4.
Two key hitters in the game were both seniors with Miraya Castaneda and Ally Smith. Castaneda started her game with a double, which was shortly followed by a three run dinger. But she wasnâ€™t finished there, she also hit a triple and gained six RBIs for the night. Smith couldnâ€™t let Castaneda have all the fun as she connected with a home run as well.
IDAHO FALLS â€” The Blackfoot Broncos took the top seeded Bonneville Bees as far as the Bees could stretch on Monday afternoon but in the end, the Broncos came up just short as they fell 4-3 in eight innings to the heavily favored Bees.
â€śI think that they did great today. We took them into extra innings,â€ť Blackfootâ€™s head coach Kenny Dahle said, â€ś I am proud of how they played. We havenâ€™t been in a game like this all season.â€ť