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March 6th, 2014
BOISE -- Firth sophomore Connor Burkhart exited the locker room Thursday night with a pair of headphones dangling around his neck. He wasn't listening to anything.
"My phone's dead so I've got these on so I look cool," Burkhart joked as he showed his headphones weren't connected.
Burkhart looked cool on the court as his 23 points and 11 rebounds powered the top-ranked Firth Cougars past the Melba Mustangs, 59-37, in the first round of the boys 2A state basketball tournament.
Firth (17-4) advances to the semifinals and will face Grangeville at 8 p.m. tonight.
MERIDIAN â€” For the first time in three years, the Class 3A championship game won't feature Snake River.
The defending champion Panthers fell behind a wily Filer team early in their opening-round game Thursday at Meridian High School, losing 55-43. The Wildcats out-rebounded and out-shot the District 5 champion and forced Snake River into the consolation side of the state boys basketball tournament.
Filer began a 10-point tear late in the first quarter and into the second to pull ahead of Snake River, which didn't come closer than eight points throughout the second half.
SHELLEY â€” The 2013-14 season did not go exactly as head coach Dave Hadley and the Shelley Russets had planned.
But despite the seasons ups and down the Russets are back at the state tournament looking to win the title the eluded them last season in the overtime loss to Snake River.
It also helped that the Russets played a non conference schedule that was one of the toughest in Eastern idaho all while trying to find players to replace the graduated McKay Cannon and Chad Leckington, two big pieces of last seasons success.
THOMAS â€” It is never easy to spend an entire season playing with a target on your back.
But as the defending 3A state champion and a perennial power in the 3A ranks the Snake River Panthers are used to playing with the added pressure.
And when the team tops off the 3A state tournament against Filer today they will be just 96 minutes away from hoisting the championship trophy again.
Getting through the bracket to the championship game will be one of the toughest in recent memory as the Panthers face a tough road in their 10th consecutive state tournament appearance.
FIRTH â€” The Firth Cougars are no stranger to success at the state tournament and don't expect this year to be any different.
Head coach Scott Adams and the Cougars have been one of the best teams in the 2A ranks all season long and are looking to rerun a boys basketball championship to Firth after a three year hiatus.
While the paths they took were quite different, by the end of Saturday's Class 3A wrestling finals in Nampa, Snake River's Treyton Nilsson and Dayton Schild shared an honor they had earned.
Both were state champions.
Nilsson's was his third straight. He entered this year's tournament as the No. 1 seed and dominated throughout. He defeated Fruitland's Kendall Fletcher 16-1 in the finals.
He went into the tournaments in 2012 and 2013 ranked No. 2 in the state and won both times.
POCATELLO â€” It wasn't exactly the easiest way to get to the state tournament, but facing a win or home home situation the Shelley Russets found a way to get the job done.
With a solid defensive first half and just enough offense down the stretch the Russets defeated Bear Lake in a 3A state play-in game 48-38 Saturday at Century High School in Pocatello.
NAMPA â€”Â All season long Blackfoot's Bryant Sargent has been focused on the goal of winning a state championship.
After the first day of the state wrestling tournament Sargent's goal is one match away.
The Balckfoot senior made it through the first day of the tournament unscathed and will take on Bonneville's Jared Bird today for the 170 pound 4A title at the Idaho Center in Nampa.
Sargent took down Nampa's Afton Silva in the first round 6-4, he then earned a win over Bishop Kelly's Mark Greene in round two to move on to the semifinals.
In the semifinals Sargent defeated Kuna's Braydon Shell by a score of 9-5 to take on Bird. Sargent and Bird have met a couple of times this season and have split each meeting.
Sargent is the only Bronco still alive to win a state title as Chase Wasia and Lane Hunt were defeated in the semifinals at 138 and 120 pounds respectively. Both will begin action today in the hunt for a top five finish.
BLACKFOOT â€” Not even a week has passed since the Firth Lady Cougars raised the 2A state championship trophy at the Idaho Center in Nampa, but it is time for me to name the All-Bingham County girls basketball team.
The basketball season was full of exciting moments for the teams in Bingham County and saw improvement by some teams, a step backward by others and a lot of hope for the future.
FIRTH â€” Firth High School students and staff celebrated the victory of the girls' basketball team on Wednesday morning as the banner for the Girls' 2A Real Dairy Shootout State Basketball Championship banner was raised.
This is the second girls' basketball championship in the school's history. The first was won in 1987.