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Riggins News: Following accident, Shepherd still plans to coach spring track




Jeannie Fitch 628-3845

— Bingo for those 18 years and older will be held at the Riggins Community Center Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 6:30 p.m. You win money prizes. Get over and support our senior citizen program and have a fun evening.

Partnership for Healthy Communities will be offering a free health screening Tuesday, Jan. 23, at the Riggins Community Center from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. For information call Linda at 208-400-0116.

Men’s free breakfast will be held Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Salmon River Community Church at 8 a.m.

Valentine’s banquet at the Salmon River Community Church will be held Saturday, Feb. 10, 6 p.m. What a great time to take your sweetheart out to dinner.

Basketball schedules set

RIGGINS — Salmon River High School basketball continues: Friday, Jan. 19, at Salmon River vs Garden Valley - girls 6 p.m., boys 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, Jan. 25, Salmon River at Tri Valley, girls 6 p.m., boys 4:30 and 7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 26, Salmon River at New Meadows, girls 6 p.m., boys 7:30 p.m., Saturday JV Girls District Tourney. Feb. 1. Friday, Feb. 2, Salmon River vs Cascade, boys 6 and 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 3, Varsity Girls District Tourney, Tuesday, Feb. 6; Wednesday, Feb. 7, Salmon River vs Council, boys 6 and 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, Feb. 8 Varsity Girls Tourney; Feb. 9 and 10, Boys JV Tourney; District Girls Tourney, Feb. 13, 17, 19, 21 Boys District Tourney, Feb. 15-17 State Girls Tourney, and March 1-3 State Boys Tourney.

Long Pin Conference elementary basketball has begun. Riggins Elementary School’s first games were played Saturday, Jan. 13, with both girls teams and both boys teams winning their games. Next games are Saturday, Jan. 20, at Salmon River High School vs. McCall, Saturday, Jan. 27, Salmon River at Council, Saturday, Feb. 3, Salmon River at Cascade, and Feb. 10 at Salmon River vs. McCall. Game times are 3rd and/or 4th girls, 10 a.m., 3rd and/or 4th boys 11 a.m., 5th and/or 6th girls noon, 5th and/or 6th boys 1 p.m. Get on up to the SRHS Gym to encourage and support these young players.

Riggins Elementary School student athletes, Raney and Rylie Walters, Madi Pottenger, Cordell Bovey, Devon Herzig, and Blake Shepherd, competed in the Grangeville Hoop Shoot in Grangeville Saturday, Jan. 13. Blake Shepherd placed first in the 8/9 year olds and will compete at Lewiston this weekend; Devon Herzig placed 3rd in the 10/11 year old division.

The Boise Statesman ran this feature about our own Charlie Shepherd: “One of Idaho’s most decorated high school coaches needs your help after a sawmill accident. The architect of one of Idaho’s most dominant high school athletic programs remains in Boise’s St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center a week following an accident at the sawmill he and his family own. He was lifefighted to St Al’s; the blade missed bones, tendons, and major arteries. “It’s an absolute miracle,” said Charlie Shepherd who has led SRHS to a combined seven football and boys basketball state titles. “By all rights, I should have died. And next, they should have had to cut off my leg. And next, I shouldn’t be able to walk again, but I’m doing it all.” Charlie stepped down this basketball season after 14 years of coaching SRHS basketball. He still plans to coach SRHS track in the spring. “Hopefully, I’ll be out running around the track getting in shape with the kids.” The family has set up a GoFundMe page online. The Pine Tree Community Credit Union also has a Charlie Shepherd Fund at the Riggins branch. Just call or drop by to donate.

Pine Tree Community Credit Union also has a donation fund for Melissa Ream who was in a critical car accident in early December. She is home and recouping, but medical and living expenses are needed for her and her three children. Again, call or drop by to make your donation.

USA Today Sports All-Bowl Team selected Boise State linebacker Leighton Vander Esch. ”Vander Esch gets a nod by a hair ahead of Alabama’s Rashaan Evans and Georgia’s Roquan Smith by filling the box score against Oregon with 12 tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble in his final college game.” Congratulations, Leighton, our hometown football hero.


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