May 21, 2012, 1:25 pm
After two days of one sided affairs in the 5A State Tournament, both Rocky and Eagle saved a good left handed arm for the State Championship game and neither of them disappointed the crowd. Rocky's Blake Thoren and Eagle's Darrion Simons matched zeros back and forth through the middle innings and both of them had allowed just one base hit heading into the 5th; thats when the real drama started. Rocky was able to manufacture a run in the 5th before Stephan Zanoni delivered the big blow with a 2 RBI double in the bottom of the 6th inning to seal the deal.
The State Tournament really put a cap on what has been a phenomenal year for a Rocky Mountain baseball program in its 4th year of existence. Jake Taylor has built their program the right way and they should be good for many years to come as their program overall record was 75-4 this season.
This senior class has worked very hard and we will be seeing nearly all of them down the line playing baseball at the next level. Tune into the show today at 4 PM as we honor the Rocky Mountain baseball team talking with three of the team's senior leaders as well as head coach Jake Taylor only on Sports 630 The Fan.
February 24, 2012, 11:34 am
At the time we didn't know how significant this loss was for Borah because since that night in early December, the Lions have not lost a game and will go for win #20 in a row tonight in the District Championship against the defending State Champion Mountain View Mavericks. The Mavs got out to a strong start in their quest to defend their State Championship, but they sputtered down the stretch, mostly due to injuries. Currently, Mountain View is healthy again and is starting to play their best basketball at the right time of the season.
It is amazing when you break down all of the team and individual statistics throughout the course of the season that these two teams are at the top of nearly all of them, so it should be no surprise they are the two teams left standing in the District Championship race. The Lions lead the league in points scored and points allowed, while the Mavericks are just closely behind them. Individually, there is a player on one of these two squads that is leading almost every statistical category.
Borah's Ben Tucakovic, a virtual lock for SIC Player of the Year, leads the conference in points per game as he averages over 15 points per contest. Mountain View's Brandon Luedtke leads the conference with over 9 rebounds per game as well as shooting percentage as he is right around the 60% mark, quite a feat for a high school basketball player. Two other categories that struck me as interesting were Cody Spjute of Borah leading the conference in his assist to turnover ratio which is well over 3 to 1 and Randall Robinson of Mountain View is 1st in 3 point percentage shooting just under 50%. Don't forget about Borah's Super Sophomore Isaiah Wright, who dishes out 5 assists per game.
Needless to say, there are plenty of things to watch tonight as these two teams will grind it out looking to get that coveted #1 seed going into the State Tournament. But how coveted is it? The last time the District Champion also won the State Championship was back in 1995, but if there ever were two teams that could buck that trend, it would b Borah and Mountain View.
If you can't make it to the game, our coverage starts at 7:00 on 630 AM or you can listen online at 630thefan.com.
May 16, 2012, 2:04 pm
The first matchup of the day is a rematch of what we saw in last year's State Tournament as Eagle will go up against Highland. The scouting report on the Rams is that they are very athletic and really strive themselves on offense to win ball games. With a record of 14-6, they are sure to pose up quite the threat against Eagle. The defending State Champion Eagle Mustangs can draw a lot of similarities from last year's title run to the way this year is setting up. For instance, they have taken third in the last two District Tournaments and are opening up with Highland for the 2nd consecutive year. Furthermore, the Mustangs have pitching and plenty of it. Coach Frank Wright will go with Brandon Brown tomorrow to try and set the tone for Eagle and then there are plenty of options after that. Look for the Mustangs to sneak into the State Championship game as the bracket is setting up nicely for them.
The second game of the day features two of the best baseball programs in the State. The Timberline Wolves have exceeded expectations this year with 17 wins, eight of which have been recorded on the mound by Junior Cody Price. Price will most likely be on the hill tomorrow against a Lewiston team that is down compared to the last few years, but still will have a chance to win the whole thing.
The night session kicks off with the Rocky Mountain Grizzlies facing Idaho Falls. We all know the Grizzlies have been gearing up for the State Tournament all year long and with a record of 24-1, they are in prime position to cap off a magical year with the school's first State Championship. In their way wil be Idaho Falls, a team that needed two runs in the 8th inning to beat Borah in the play-in game to make it into the State Tournament bracket. Although it seems Idaho Falls could be a minor bump in the road for Rocky, with ace Richie Kyro on the mound, the Grizzlies should cruise into the semifinals.
The final matchup is another 1st round rematch of last years 1st round game between Coeur D'Alene and Mountain View. The Vikings come in with a 22 game winning streak after losing their first two games of the season to Rocky Mountain. Even more impressively they average 12 runs per game offensively and might be the only team that can stack up to Rocky if they were to meet in the semifinals. As for Mountain View, they are a young squad who's offense is starting to turn it around and with senior Colton Sale on the mound, the Mavericks have a good chance to pull off the upset for the 2nd year in a row.
As for the 4A and 3A brackets, Bishop Kelly and Fruitland look to be the favorites with stellar records all year long. Tune into 630 The Fan as we will be broadcasting every game from the 5A State Tournament.
February 23, 2012, 12:42 pm
Eagle had a chance to punch their ticket to the State Tournament on Wednesday when team leader, Braiden Shaw missed two free throws to extend the game and eventually Centennial won. Last night, he had a chance to redeem himself and boy did he ever. The Mustangs held the lead the whole game before Boise High took a 3 point advantage in the final minute. Connor Kent made a layup and following a missed free throw by the Braves, Eagle had a chance to take the lead back. Shaw then missed a jumper and while the ball was loose, he was fouled with 5.8 seconds remaining and was sent to the free throw line to shoot a one-and-one. With thoughts surely swirling through his head from the night before, he calmly sunk both free throws to keep the Mustang's season alive by winning 40-39. On three consecutive games, Eagle has played an overtime game which they lost, a double overtime game in which they lost and then last night's one point victory. They will now travel to Burley High School on Saturday to play Skyline, who lost in triple overtime to Highland in their District Championship, for the final spot in the 5A State Tournament.
The 4A is in the spotlight tonight as they will crown their District Champion when Kuna and Skyview will battle it out at 8 PM. Before that game starts, Bishop Kelly will play Caldwell for 3rd place and the winner will go to a play-in game on Saturday as well. Both games will take place at Middleton High School.
Remember that the 5A SIC District Championship is tomorrow night and we will start our coverage at 7:00 PM as the Borah Lions will put their 19 game winning streak on the line against the defending State Champion, Mountain View Mavericks.
May 15, 2012, 1:45 pm
There is a plethora of pitchers on the Treasure Valley team which features the ace of staff from five different teams in the SIC. Among a few of the pitchers will be Rocky's Richie Kyro, Eagle's Brandon Brown, Timberline's Cody Price, Capital's Shawn Powers and Vallivue's Shane Doke. Two pitchers from 4A Skyview will be on the squad as well a hidden gem in Mountain Home's Alex Rodriguez.
The two catchers are so talented offensively and defensively in Fruitland's Daulton Blackwell and Rocky's Luke Holloway and they both have handled solid pitching staffs all year long. At first base, Rocky's Stephan Zanoni has not had the best year offensively but still finds his spot on this years team and Skyview's Gunner Pancheri will play there as well.
The middle infield is absolutely stacked with Rocky Mountain's Isaac Anderson and Eagle's Skyler Souza. Anderson is heading into the State Tournament leading the Grizzlies with a .491 batting average and Souza has been a vacuum at shortstop this year.
Lastly, the outfield features four players from the 5A SIC that have had stellar seasons. Rocky's Mason Smith and Blake Thoren made the squad along with Capital's Logan Staudt who had a breakout season hitting nearly .500 and the lone sophomore on the Treasure Valley team, Mountain View's Branson Trube who is hitting over .400 and might be the fastest player in the SIC.
Tune into the show today for a breakdown of the rosters as well as more State Tournament talk from 4-6 PM on 630 The Fan.