March 6th, 2014
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.
BLACKFOOT â€” Idaho Governor Butch Otter has appointed former Blackfoot Police Chief David Moore to serve on the Idaho Pardons and Parole Commission for the next three years. He was sworn in at the Capital Building in Boise on Thursday. He had to testify in the Senate Judiciary and Rules Committee upon his confirmation.
Moore's daughter Megan, who attends Boise State University, was there for the swearing-in ceremony.
She said, "I am so proud of my dad to be asked to be on the parole commission.' It is a huge honor and I am glad I was there to support him."
Margaret Jean Gardner, 89, of Blackfoot, Idaho passed away Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at The Willows in Blackfoot.
She was born Feb. 5, 1925 in San Diego, Calif., the daughter of Harvey Franklin Aiman and Mattie Kearney Aiman.
She attended school in Jackson Hole, Wyo. and Idaho Falls and graduated from Idaho Falls High School. She played on the softball team and was valedictorian.
Jean lived most of her life in Idaho Falls, but spent time in San Diego, Calif. and Jackson Hole, Wyo.Â
Jack Le Roy Seiber, 22, of Idaho Falls, passed away Feb. 27, 2014, from injuries sustained in a tragic car accident near Price, Utah.
Jack was born Nov. 16, 1991, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Everett Franklin Seiber and Shawn Kimbrough Seiber. He grew up and attended schools in Blackfoot and graduated from Blackfoot High School. He was on the debate team and with the math group. He also attended Cameron University in Oklahoma.
Jack was a soldier in the United States Army, with the rank of specialist. He served in the United Arab Emirates and at Fort Sill, Okla.
Stella Louise Butler Webb, 94, of Idaho Falls and formerly of Blackfoot, passed away Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at her home at Mt. Vernon Assisted Living Center.
Stella was born Oct. 18, 1919, in Basalt, Idaho, to George Franklin Butler and Lydia Ethel Martin Butler. She grew up in Goshen and attended school through the eighth grade.
BLACKFOOTâ€”The Bingham County Historical Society (BCHS) observed March as "Women's Month" by honoring three women who have played various key roles in the history of the area on Wednesday night at the Senior Center.
Lois Bates, Jean Esplin and Billie Cullimore were each given a peach rose and a plaque for their contributions to Bingham County.
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.