June 7, 2012, 3:33 pm
Although many seniors that are playing in this event have committed to certain schools, Capital's Logan Staudt is using this platform to hopefully get noticed by someone so he can continue his career at the next level. Staudt underwent surgery on his ACL that caused him to miss his entire junior year and left a lot of doubt whether or not he could compete at the next level, but he erased all of that doubt this season batting over .400 and being the most consistent hitter in Jerry Hollow's batting order all season long.
For other seniors, this is a time for them to enjoy their last big showcase as a high school player before they move on to the college level. A story that some might not realize is the impressive career of Fruitland's Daulton Blackwell. Joe Martarano gets a lot of the attention for all of Fruitland's success, but Blackwell is a five time State Champion in football, baseball and wrestling during his four years in high school. He will be migrating down I-84 this weekend hoping to make his final decision on where he will be playing baseball next season.
The majority of players that will be competing this weekend will be seniors, but there are two underclassmen that I am keeping my eye on for Saturday as well as the rest of their High School careers. Rocky Mountain's Mason Smith is no stranger to the spotlight as he batted cleanup for Jake Taylor's state champion Grizzlies and led the SIC with 46 RBI's this season, behind only Levi Periera from Coeur D'Alene for the State bragging rights. Mountain View's Branson Trube is another one to watch as he stormed onto the scene this year batting over .400 with a ridiculous on-base percentage of .617.
Our coverage of the Top 40 Showcase will begin at 1:00 PM Saturday so make sure to tune in on Sports 630 The Fan and 630thefan.com.
March 2, 2012, 11:15 am
The 2nd game of the day between Timberline and Highland was pretty sloppy in the 1st half before one team eventually turned it around. The Timberline Wolves had a huge 3rd quarter behind Jack Tate's stellar performance and extended their lead to double digits in the early stages of the 4th quarter to move on to the semifinals, something they couldn't do last season. When its all said and done, Timberline is the biggest underdog left in the final four and has nothing to lose when they square off against Borah tonight.
With all the talk surrounding the 1st game of the day, Post Falls and Centennial gave fans a real treat in their contest that came down to the final seconds. The Trojans looked like a squad that was going to run away with the game right before halftime as they jumped out to a 10 point advantage despite their star player, Marcus Colbert, being in foul trouble the whole 1st half. The Patriots then preceded to go on a 22-6 run in the 3rd quarter to pull the game within one and eventually took a three point lead in the final 30 seconds, but in the end, free throw shooting haunted Centennial as they missed the front end of two one-and-ones which paved the way for Marcus Colbert to make a layup with three seconds left to give Post Falls the one point win.
In the final game of the day, Mountain View and Eagle were cold shooting the 1st half as neither team scored over 20 points. In the 2nd half of action, there was a definite difference of what team has been in this stage before and what team was experiencing it for the 1st time as the Mavericks pulled away late to avance to the semifinals.
Around the rest of the Treasure Valley, it was a rough day for the 4A as Skyview and Kuna both lost to assure that we will not have a team from District 3 in the Championship. Twin Falls will play Madison and Moscow will take on Rigby in the 4A Semifinals.
We might see another rematch in the 3A as Weiser and Fruitland both won their 1st round matchups and are each one win away from playing in the State Championship. Fruitland will take on Sugar-Salem and Snake River will play Weiser tonight.
The 2A has some hope as well, as far as District 3 teams are concerned. New Plymouth rolled Butte County and Cole Valley Christian used a stellar defensive effort to move on to the semifinals. New Plymouth will play Kamiah and Cole Valley Christian will play Firth.
In the two 1A brackets, all four District 3 teams were winless and are looking to salvage a win or two to close out their season in the next few days.
We will start our coverage today at 2:45 PM from the Idaho Center and will keep it there for all three games until the conclusion of Mountain View against Post Falls, so tune in all day as 630 The Fan is your source for State Championship Basketball. Be sure to follow us on twitter as well @630thefan
October 7, 2011, 3:32 pm
As luck had it, I turned out to be right last night. Vallivue put a scare in the Mustangs with two early touchdowns including a 70 yard TD strike from Jamari Rogers to Lane Sale to put the score at 21-12, but that's as close as the Falcons would get. Tanner Mangum connected on a 4th and 17 pass to Marc Cooper for a 29 yard touchdown to put the game out of reach in the 2nd quarter and the Mustangs dominated in the 2nd half for a 50-12 win. They improved to 6-0 in SIC play and will get ready for a big Thursday night showdown at Bronco Stadium next week when they take on the Borah Lions.
The Capital @ Rocky Mountain game lived up to the billing and was one of the most entertaining halves of football I have watched this year. Rocky was down 14-3 at the break and came out with a touchdown drive that took up over half of the 3rd quarter to cut the Grizzlies deficit to 14-10. The teams went back and forth on their next possession, but the biggest play of the game was when the Eagles special teams came through in the clutch. Jacob Adams recovered a blocked punt in the end zone to give Capital a 21-10 lead.
After Rocky scored and missed a two point conversion the game was 21-16 in the 4th quarter. The teams exchanged touchdowns before Capital had an opportunity to put the game away late in the 4th quarter. Denis Popudnik had a fantastic game with over 90 yards rushing, but fumbled the ball on the Grizzlies 2 yard line with less than 3 minutes remaining. That gave Rocky an opportunity to go down the field and win the game, but the Capital defense held strong for the 28-23 win.
Other games from the night were Meridian beating Centennial in what coach Kip Crofts called a "sloppy" game 24-12 and Mountain View stayed in sole possession of 2nd place in the SIC with a 30-6 win over Boise High.
Borah looks to remain tied for 3rd in the 5A SIC tonight with a game against Timberline at Bronco Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7.
June 5, 2012, 11:41 am
After the details were all figured out, the Hawks helped put on an 8 team league, 21 game schedule with each team playing home and away games with contests at Hawk's stadium being included against all 7 opponents. After the regular season was complete, they then played a double elimination tournament at Hawk's stadium to complete what many said was the best schedule in freshman history. The Hawks also received a $5,000 donation to cover all the of the baseballs for all 8 teams as well as the cost for the umpires. So although freshman sports might not get all the headlines, this is a great example of how the Hawks were involved in the community to help out all involved. We had Hawks President/GM Todd Rahr on the show yesterday. Here is the link to the interview if you did not catch it live:
Speaking of the Hawks, with the MLB Draft culminating tomorrow, the roster will start to take shape pretty soon and we will see if there are any big names coming to Boise this summer. Also, keep your eye out for Eagle LHP Brandon Brown as he might get drafted in the next day. The Northwest already is getting some recognition as OF Justin Black from Billings, Montana was selected in the 4th round by the Atlanta Braves.
March 1, 2012, 11:40 am
The 5A State Tournament will take place at the Idaho Center this weekend and it is sure to provide plenty of drama (and hopefully some last second shots).
Borah will take on Coeur D'Alene in the opener between to defensively minded teams. The matchup to watch will be Dion Watson Jr. against Isaiah Wright. Despite being 6'4, Watson runs the point for the Vikings and leads the team in scoring, but Wright is a lock down defender that has not allowed too many players to score on him this season. This matchup will be the difference on who prevails in the 1st game of the day.
Game two features two teams that are not expected to do much. Timberline comes in with a 13-10 record and Highland is a team that not many people know anything about. The Wolves seem to have adjusted to playing without Jarid Downey and the three-man combination of Grant Saetrum, Jordan Hall and Jackson Reed have provided plenty of firepower for Timberline offensively. The Highland Rams are the only representative from the East side of the state and although their head coach, Chris Frost says they have played stellar competition from outside the State, many are skeptical of if they can compete this weekend.
The team everyone is talking about, Post Falls, will start their State Tournament run against the Centennial Patriots. I said it yesterday, but it is a scary thing to write off the Patriots. They have way too much talent to not be considered a factor and if they get all of their scorers on, they could beat the Trojans. All eyes will be on Trojan pointguard, Marcus Colbert as he averages 17 ppg and will be headed to Montana State next year.
The nightcap will feature two teams from the SIC in Mountain View and Eagle. The Mavericks are the defending State Champions and with the exception of a bad 1st half against Borah, they have been playing strong as of late. As for Eagle, they had to fight off elimination twice last week to make it to the Idaho Center and will now play like they have nothing to lose.
It should be a great day of basketball at the Idaho Center and we will be broadcasting live from the "Big Barn" from 1 PM all the way until the end of the 4th game so tune into 630 The Fan all day for High School Basketball coverage. If you want to tune into the games from inside the Idaho Center, it will be 103.9 FM.