February 22, 2012, 2:23 pm
Eagle had the lead for the majority of the game and seemed in control behind a big 2nd half from Jon Satchwell, who had 13 second half points. Momentum quickly shifted and Centennial found themselves with a three point lead in the final ten seconds of regulation. After the Patriots missed the front end of a one and one, the Mustangs drove down the floor with no timeouts remaining and Satchwell was there to save the day and knock in the game-tying three pointer to send the game into overtime.
In the first extra session, both teams struggled to score offensively and Eagle's Braiden Shaw had a chance to win the game with 5 seconds left if he could knock down one free throw. Shaw, who is a 52% free throw shooter, missed them both as everyone in the ThunderDome was holding their breath and the game was then sent to a 2nd overtime. So after both teams felt they had a legitimate chance to win the game, Centennial finally stopped letting Eagle hang around and put them away in the 2nd overtime to clinch their spot in the State Tournament. Eagle will have to turn around quickly and win tonight against Boise High to have a chance to make it into the State Tournament.
In the 1st game of the night, the Timberline Wolves beat their arch rival, Boise High, to complete a season sweep and send the Wolves back to the State Tournament by winning 56-46. Jackson Reed had a monster game as he scored 21 points and had 8 rebounds. For Boise, they will also have to have a short term memory as they will have to beat Eagle tonight to extend their season.
Up North, the Post Falls Trojans defeated the Coeur D'Alene Vikings 47-41 to win their district championship and more importantly, locked up a berth in the State Tournament next week. By gaining the #1 seed, the Trojans will play Centennial in the 1st round, setting up a big time showdown. The Vikings will have to beat Lake City on Friday to earn their spot in the State Tournament.
In the 4A, Bishop Kelly and Caldwell survived and they will play each other for the consolation championship tomorrow night with the winner headed to a play-in game on Saturday.
In the Snake River Valley Conference, the Fruitland Grizzlies avenged two earlier losses to Weiser and grabbed their 10th consecutive District Championship and locked in their spot in the State Tournament.
You can listen to the Boise vs. Eagle game tonight with coverage starting at 7:00.
May 11, 2012, 2:28 pm
Next up will be the State Tournament beginning on Thursday. Sports Radio 630 The Fan will be there for all 11 games starting at 10 AM on Thursday.
Here is an updated look at the State Tournament schedule because I have not seen it posted anywhere yet.
Game 1: Highland vs. Eagle 10:00 AM
Game 2: Timberline vs. Lewiston/P. Falls 1:00 PM
Game 3: Rocky Mountain vs. Borah/ ID Falls 4:30 PM
Game 4: Coeur D'Alene vs. Mt. View 7:15 PM
February 21, 2012, 1:33 pm
Two big time rivalries will take place at Eagle High School tonight when the Timberline Wolves try and beat the Boise Braves for the third time this season. The Braves are looking to clinch their 1st State Tournament berth in 15 years and will need someone other than Joe Simpson to score if they want to make that dream a reality. Simpson had 20 points against Mountain View on Saturday, but ultimately his team came up short in a 7 point loss to the defending State Champions. For Timberline, they have already had to fight off elimination as they defeated Vallivue 61-53 on Saturday behind a balanced scoring effort as 4 Wolves were in double figures.
The second matchup of the night will be between two longtime friends leading their respective teams on the floor. Tom Aipperspach and the Centennial Patriots look to win their 2nd straight game with the season on the line against the Tom Seifert and the Eagle Mustangs who just about beat Borah over the weekend. Centennial responded very well against Meridian as they held the Warriors to just 32 points and Landon Kissinger came back to the forefront scoring-wise as he led all scores with 16. For Eagle, the balanced scoring has been there throughout their last few games and it will need to continue tonight against the Patriots. These two split the regular season meetings and Eagle playing on their home floor could definitely be an X-factor.
In the 4A, the two hottest teams coming into the District Tournament will fight for their seasons when Middleton plays Caldwell. The Vikings could not stop Kuna's Tyler Dubowsky over the weekend as he scored 28 points in a 57-50 victory for the Kavemen. Caldwell was able to end Mountain Home's season and will need another solid effort tonight if they want to do the same to Middleton. The other matchup is a shocker to everyone because the #1 seed Bishop Kelly Knights surprisingly have to win three consecutive games to make it into the State Tournament after getting beat by Skyview over the weekend 52-51. First up for the Knights will be Columbia who on paper, seems overmatched in this contest.
Follow us on twitter @630thefan for live updates from the two 5A games tonight at Eagle High School and tune into the show tomorrow for a full recap of all the games.
May 7, 2012, 1:45 pm
The second game of the day at The Rock was very interesting and we saw a little bit of everything. Meridian jumped in front behind Timmy Jones' mammoth home run that hit the houses in right field with a ball that flew easily over 400 feet. After building that lead, Meridian squandered it away in the bottom of the 4th inning allowing 5 runs without Capital even getting a hit. In all the years of watching baseball, I can truly say I have never seen a half inning quite like that. From there, Meridian bounced back by scoring 6 runs over the next two innings to take a 10-8 lead going into the 7th and the drama was just beginning. Capital had already scored one run and had the bases loaded with no outs and the winning run on 2nd base. After a failed squeeze play, Capital grounded into a game ending double play and Meridian left victorious winning 10-9.
On the other side of the bracket, Eagle and Timberline were able to pull out victories, but neither of them came easy. Eagle fell behind 1-0 after the 1st inning before they were able to score 4 runs in the 6th inning behind some timely hits to stretch their lead out to 6-1. A lot of people were surprised when Eagle coach Frank Wright decided to go with Darrion Simons on the mound, but the lefty delivered and Eagle is now set up beautifully with Brandon Brown on the hill tomorrow. As for Timberline, they were stymied by Colton Sale going into the 6th inning before a couple errors and a couple walks were the difference as Timberline scored 5 runs to win 5-3.
That sets us up for two great semifinal showdowns tomorrow starting at 4 PM. You can listen to both games on 630 The Fan with Rocky vs. Meridian at 4 PM followed by Eagle and Timberline at 7 PM. The two loser-out games at Centennial will feature Capital vs. Borah at 4 PM and Mountain View vs. Boise at 7 PM.
February 17, 2012, 11:26 am
With all of the girls games happening, the boy's will take a back seat this weekend, but plenty is still on the line. Four semifinal matchups will take place between the 5A and the 4A and State Tournament Berths are on the line.
In the 5A, the Borah Lions have run their winning streak up to 18 consecutive games, but it wasn't easy against Vallivue. Their semifinal matchup will be against the surging Eagle Mustangs who are on a 4 game winning streak of their own. Braiden Shaw has really stepped up as of late and will try and score tomorrow against a combination of Ben Tucakovic and Brock Holubetz guarding him. If Shaw and Tucakovic cancel each other out with their scoring production as they are the #1 and #2 scorers in the SIC, it will come down to guard play and thats where the Lions have a huge advantage. DJ Dean is a phenomenal football player, but takes a back seat to Isaiah Wright when it comes to basketball as Wright is by far the best defender in the conference and in my opinion, will be the reason why Borah will move on to the District Championship.
The other semifinal game will be the rubber match between two evenly matched teams in Mountain View and Boise High. The Braves will have the chance to make their first State Tournament in 16 years with a victory and ironically, it will be against the defending State Champions. The Mountain View Mavericks had a 2nd half to remember against Meridian as they scored 43 points behind Tanner Percifield's huge game and ended up running away with it in the 2nd half. The game against Boise High should be a close one and I am starting to think the Braves are a team of destiny as I will pick them in the upset over Mountain View.
The two games where teams will be fighting for their season are both surprising and compelling. I will pick Vallivue to upset Timberline and Centennial to get back on track against Meridian.
In the 4A, Bishop Kelly will play Skyview in the rubber match between two teams looking to clinch their spot in the State Tournament field and Kuna will try and keep on rolling as they play the surging Middleton Vikings. These games are that much more important because the losers will have to win three consecutive games to get in the State Tournament Field.