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March 11th, 2014
BLACKFOOT â€” It has been less than a week since the 2013-14 boys basketball season ended and Firth raised the 2A championship trophy, but the postseason honors for the players on the teams that participated in the state tournament are starting to trickle in.
Six players from the three Bingham County state participants earned All-state honors as selected by Idahosports.com and its broadcasters who called each game of the tournament live online last weekend.
NAMPA â€” After a three-year drought in which Firth head coach Scott Adams wondered if there was a semifinal jinx, the Cougars are back on top in Class 2A boys basketball.
The Firth boys program won its sixth state championship since 1999 with a 58-48 thumping of the Declo Hornets Saturday at the Idaho Center, where two weeks prior the Cougar girls won their first title since 1987.
"We wanted to do what they did, and we did," said junior Zak Johnson, who helped his teammates with a 10-2 third-quarter scoring run that ultimately doomed Declo.
BOISE â€” The Firth boys basketball team are a game away from bringing home a state trophy to match the one the girls team won two weeks ago.
After fending off a last-ditch effort from Grangeville, the defending champion, The Cougars earned the right to play for the Class 2A championship. Firth won a 44-41 contest, only the third time the Cougars have allowed a team to put up more than 40 points this season.
MERIDIAN â€” Free throw shooting in overtime decided Sugar-Salem's Class 3A state consolation title opponent: District 6 rival Shelley.
The Russets fought back from an 11-point deficit to claim a 55-51 overtime victory over Snake River on Friday. The elimination game sent Shelley to the consolation final and 2013 state champion Panthers home for the season.
MERIDIAN â€” The hope of a District 5 state champion was baked not long after halftime in the final game of the opening round of the Class 3A boys basketball tournament, as Shelley joined conference rival Sugar-Salem in the consolation bracket.
The Russets lost 53-38 to the Homedale Trojans Thursday, setting up a rematch with District 6 rival Snake River. Shelley was within a basket of the Trojans at the half, but a 13-6 third quarter put the Russets at a deficit they did not overcome. A primary problem: the Russets couldn't make shots fall, hitting just 24.6 percent from the field.
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.