October 11, 2011, 3:27 pm
There is no disputing who the top three teams are in the country. LSU, Alabama and Oklahoma (in whatever order you prefer) are clear cut better than everyone else and all the talk swirling around who is #1 is irrelevant at this point. The reason it is a non-factor is because LSU will play Alabama on November 5th and everything will get sorted out accordingly after that game and there is no doubt the winner of that contest will be the top team in the land.
As far as who is #4 all the way down to #8 is what I am interested in seeing. To me, I believe the 4th best team in the country is Wisconsin. They have blown out Nebraska and beat up on some mild competition, but there is no debating that if they run the table in the Big 10, which is very possible, they will be on the inside track to playing for the National Championship. #5 is close between Boise State and Oklahoma State. I will have to give a slight edge to the Cowboys because of their win at Texas A&M. That is proving to be more impressive than BSU's win at Georgia at this point, so I will put the Cowboys at 5 and the Broncos at 6.
The two other teams that I think have a chance of making the title game will be ranked around 7th and 8th in the BCS on Sunday. Stanford has played the weakest schedule of the above mentioned team and their ranking will suffer. Even though they are 5th in the coaches poll, with their most impressive win being against UCLA, they will not be any higher than 7th. The other team that has an outside chance of running the table is Clemson. They have impressive wins against Auburn, Florida State and Virginia Tech. At this point, I don't see anyone in the ACC being able to beat them, so you have to keep the Tigers on the National Championship radar.
Plenty more to come next week when the BCS Standings are finally revealed.
June 12, 2012, 12:55 pm
Although I thought many players fared well on Saturday, I am going to highlight a few that really stood out above the rest and got not only my attention, but the attention of college scouts in attendance as well.
Mountain View's Branson Trube stole the show on Saturday winning my MVP award. When talking about playing at the next level whether its college or beyond, the term "five-tool" player is used and Trube displayed all five tools on Saturday. He proved that he could hit for average as he batted 4-8 from the leadoff role for the Treasure Valley team as well as hitting for power as he stroked a double off of the wall in deep center field, with a wood bat no less. We already know he has ridiculous speed as he was only thrown out stealing once this season and his arm was on full display as well. If you aren't familiar with his name, you might want to because you will be hearing it often throughout his next two years at Mountain View.
As far as the "Pitcher of the Day" award it was shared between two sophomores in Bishop Kelly's Bowen Ogata and Bonneville's Lincoln Clayton. Despite these two having complete opposite body builds, they both were throwing in the upper 80's on the radar gun which was surprising because they both threw late in Game 2.
Honorable Mention honors for Rocky's Mason Smith who had three hits including an impressive triple in Game 1, Eagle's Spencer Gothberg who collected three hits, Vallivue's Shane Doke who started off Game 1 with two perfect innings on the mound, Highland's Bo Burrup who had two huge hits in Game 1, Idaho Fall's Zach Reeder with the day's only home run hit high over the left field fence at Wigle Field and Bear Lake's Tyrel Andersen who impressed defensively and hit a ball off of the wall.
March 5, 2012, 1:11 pm
A State Championship never comes easy and the Lions knew they would be tested multiple times. On Thursday, before Borah could blink, they were down by double digits to Coeur D'Alene and had to climb their way back in the 2nd half before securing the victory in the final minute. On Friday, it was not smooth sailing by any means. The surprise of the tournament, Timberline, gave Borah all they could handle and had the deficit cut down to just one point with four minutes remaining. From there, it was the Isaiah Wright show as the sophomore had two crucial steals in consecutive possessions and turned them into points to extend the lead back to 6 before Timberline could blink. So after two close games, it would be safe to assume that Borah would be in for another nailbiter against the #2 team in the State, but they instead turned in their most complete effort of the season to cruise to a 49-31 victory.
I said it on the broadcast Saturday night and I will say it again. The 2011-2012 Basketball Season will be remembered as the year of defense, as teams put up impressive defensive stats all year, and the year of the Lions as they crushed their competition and were one bucket away from perfection.
All in all, it was a fantastic year in the 5A SIC and the conference was represented well at the State Tournament as Centennial was one point away from making it an all SIC semifinal round before Marcus Colbert stole the show.
More on the other divisions throughout the week, so stay tuned in to the show as today we will be talking with the three State Championship coaches that brought back titles to District Three.
October 10, 2011, 3:29 pm
With each team having three conference games remaining, here is how the schedule breaks down. Eagle has clinched a playoff spot and the only thing in question is if they are going to run the table and win the 5A SIC outright. They take on Borah Thursday night before playing at Rocky Mountain then closing their season out against Mountain View.
The Mountain View Mavericks should be in line for a showdown with Eagle for the conference championship on October 28th. The two games they play before are against Rocky Mountain and Centennial. The Mavericks better bring their "A" game against Rocky, because the Grizzlies are hungry after barely losing to Capital.
With a win this Friday against Meridian, Capital should be set up nicely to make the playoffs. Currently there is a three way tie between Capital, Borah and Meridian. The Eagles play Boise High and Borah to end their season.
The Warriors of Meridian have the most interesting schedule because although they have already played Eagle and Mountain View, their final three games are against dangerous teams. They host Capital before closing the season at Timberline and against Vallivue.
The Borah Lions have the toughest remaining schedule. Two of their final three games are against the top two teams in the SIC. They play Eagle this Thursday before traveling to Vallivue and Capital to end their season. Braden Corpus will have his work cut out to lead the Lions to the playoffs.
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.