For many of the dozens of area athletes who qualified to compete at the state track and field meet at Middle- ton this weekend, earning a trip to state counts as a major triumph. For the best of the best in Idaho County, qualifying is a mile-marker on the way to the apex goal: a state title.
Clearwater Valley’s Shalynn Gutzman won the girls singles district title last Saturday, May 9, topping Grangeville’s Savannah Thanstrom in the championship match; both will represent their schools at the 3A state tournament to be held this weekend, May 15-16 at Vallivue High School in Caldwell.
The Maniacs occasionally got the better of Grangeville in boys team sports earlier this year and had the GHS baseball team’s number all spring. With a walk-off mercy rule victory over Kendrick on the second day of District II tournament play, the Bulldogs gave themselves a shot at reaching the state tournament. But the second post-season Bulldogs-Maniacs encounter in as many days ended with Grangeville’s hitters again stumped by Orofino’s pitching.
Kubs, Rams out in play-in round; Pirates advance
The Kamiah and CV baseball squads saw their seasons end Tuesday night at Orofino; the Prairie boys survived with by a 6-5 score over the Kubs.
It’s tournament time, and this year’s tournaments will be held in Orofino.
Both of the Central Idaho League’s powerhouses have had Grangeville’s number this season, and that pattern continued in St. Maries’ 17-0 win over GHS last Monday, May 4.
Grangeville’s tennis set met two rarely-seen foes and the usual cast of league opponents at Lewiston High School last Saturday, May 2.
On a day that athletes from across the region marked outstanding performances, several of Grangeville’s set new personal records and others from across Idaho County proved their places among North Central Idaho’s elite.
The Pirates had 10 wins under their collective belts before a 3-0 loss to Genesee sent them for a loop. Prairie stumbled to a 15-14 loss to Asotin on April 21, allowing the Panthers to score nine runs during the fourth inning of that contest.
With two weeks left in the regular season, Genesee kept up its league-best one-loss record with a 24-4 victory over defending state champion Prairie last Monday night, April 20.
Three of Grangeville’s outstanding athletes have signed letters of intent to compete at the next level while pursuing degrees on athletic scholarships.
Grangeville’s Katelyn Fogleman slid in ahead of the tag during Grangeville’s 12-9 victory over Clearwater Valley last Friday, April 10. The win, Grangeville’s second over Clearwater Valley this season, featured Grangeville’s first four batters all scoring during the first inning.
Last week was quite a week for Grangeville senior Kaleala Bass. Last Saturday was quite a day, as Bass won two events at the Moscow Invitational hours before she was named the small-classification girls track and field “athlete of the year” at the North Idaho Sports Banquet at Coeur d’Alene. A strong performance at Lapwai last Thursday, April 9, might have been even better.
Instead of driving all the way to St. Maries, the Grangeville baseball team -- as had been scheduled for the afternoon of April 7 -- the Bulldogs will meet the Lumberjacks today, April 8, at Clearwater Park in Lewiston. The teams will play two games, with start times set for 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
The baseball field at Clearwater Valley was swamped last Monday, April 6, forcing a postponement of the Rams’ game against Nezperce.