The Clearwater Valley boys took multiple short-range shots at eliminating Troy with less than five seconds remaining in a District II playoff Monday afternoon, Feb. 18, but the Trojans survived regulation 40-40 and went on to win 47-43 in overtime.

NAMPA – The stakes in the latest Prairie-Lapwai showdown were formally lower than would have been, if not for the Friday night upsets that matched these rivals against each other once again. They played not for the 1AD1 state championship decided Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Ford Idaho Center, …

    The 2019 girls State basketball tournaments start today (Thursday, Feb. 14) in Boise and Nampa. Local teams include Grangeville, Prairie, Salmon River and Nezperce. Lapwai, Kendrick and Genesee are also seeded in the tournaments.

    NAMPA – Four Prairie Pirates and one Notus Pirate scored double-digit points on Thursday, Feb. 14, with Madison Shears and India Peery notching 14 apiece and Ciara Chaffee and Theresa Wemhoff adding 13 apiece for the Cottonwood squad.

    Their second clockwork blowout of Central Idaho League competitor Orofino locked up a first-round playoff bye for the Bulldogs, who will most likely face St. Maries next Tuesday, Feb. 19 at Troy.

    “Things went our way, for sure,” Grangeville senior Paige Lindsley told the Free Press of her district title-winning performance against St. Maries. “We got the call to send us to the line. We should have maybe been a little more cautious, because we did send one of their players to the line…

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    One of the toughest roads trod last Saturday, Feb. 9, was the path Grangeville’s Brittney Benavidez took to the pinnacle of the 138-pound bracket at the Idaho Girls Wrestling Invitational tournament in Pocatello.

    The Idaho Force cheerleaders placed in every category they entered Feb. 9 at Orofino. The team was second in show. Mashyia Rose and Kayla Jessup took first in partner stunt. Jade Rose took first in her solo. Khloe Burch placed second in her solo. The team placed first in stunt group. Kayla J…

      The Grangeville High School cheer team had another great weekend at the Prairie Classic in Rathdrum, coach Renita Lee said in a social media post Feb. 2.

      While the top of the Whitepine League standings has been solid for weeks, it took Tuesday wins by No. 2 Prairie and No. 1 Lapwai to sort out a tangle at the bottom. With the Pirates having beaten Clearwater Valley, the Rams placed fifth and with a Wildcats win over Kamiah, the Kubs placed seventh.

        While the cancellation of the wrestling team’s only home match sounded a dour note, Grangeville’s Caleb Barger sounded upbeat while recounting the team’s travels in 2019. Though the team has just three competitors, they’ve stuck with it all season and will have a chance to prove their mettle…

        “We had a game plan going in,” Rams coach Craig Shorey told the Free Press shortly after Potlatch prevailed over Clearwater Valley 57-43 in Whitepine League boys basketball action on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 2. “Our team followed that plan with 95 percent effectiveness. It's that five percen…

          Grangeville will once again field soccer teams for kids in Kindergarten through 9th grades to compete in the league organized by the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lewis Clark Valley.

            Salmon River’s Canyon Harper (23 points) and Randy McClure (14) led SRHS to a narrow win over Orofino Jan. 29, but Ethan Shepherd’s overtime three-pointer proved crucial as SRHS prevailed 54-52.

              Facing a shortage of officials, the Idaho High School Activities Association put out a call on social media for those interested to sign up. Cost to register is $40 per sport ($50 for baseball and softball). Officials are required to attend a district rules clinic, take two certification cou…

              The Clearwater Valley boys had three double-digit scorers Thursday night, but the biggest hoop of the night was the last one of CV’s 52-27 win over Timberline, Rams head coach Craig Shorey told the Free Press Friday.

                Singles: AA 25 Josh Bransford, Pepper Harman, Cliff Greenhaw, 24 Rod Behler, Ralph Kaschmitter. A: 23 Jake Kaschmitter, Mike Lerandeau, Steve Kaschmitter, 22 Bob Abbott, Bambi Baker, Ken Slabach, Dale Wemhoff. B: 25 Jeff Farris, Tim Kaschmitter, 24 Logan Schumacher. C: 23 Stephanie Bransford…

                GRANGEVILLE — With one regular season game remaining — which was scheduled for Jan. 29, after the Free Press print deadline — the Grangeville girls secured the Central Idaho League’s regular season title with a 49-41 win over St. Maries last Saturday, Jan. 26.

                  Leighton Vander Esch, a graduate of Salmon River High School and former Boise State University football standout, capped his rookie season off by playing in the Pro Bowl Sunday, Jan. 27. Vander Esch, the 6’4” linebacker who was the 19th pick in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft, led the …

                    The Salmon River girls are 10-0 in Long Pin Conference play with two league games left in their regular season. One of those league games – tonight’s (Jan. 24) matchup with Tri-Valley – effectively decides the No. 1 seed. The seven-team District III 1AD2 tournament begins Jan. 31 at Meadows Valley.

                      The Clearwater Valley girls ground out a 37-31 win over Orofino Wednesday night, Jan. 23. Leading CV was Kadance Schilling with 11 points on five twos and a free throw, while Hayley Bretz scored 11 for Orofino on three threes and two foul shots.

                        With 14 points from Taylor Lustig and 12 points from Lexi Currier, the Summit girls topped Timberline of Weippe 36-34 Tuesday night, Jan. 22. Timberline surged during the fourth quarter, but could not overcome the lead Summit had established with a 10-2 run during the third.

                          For a half, the Prairie boys put Lapwai to a test Tuesday night, Jan. 22, in Cottonwood. Spencer Schumacher scored 23 for PHS, but the Wildcats pulled away with a 16-6 run during the third quarter to stay unbeaten in the Whitepine League. For the Pirates, the 62-46 loss to Lapwai adds signif…

                            The Clearwater Valley boys didn’t have a last-second response to Kamiah’s late lead-changing foul shot during the Upriver Rampage last month, but after taking a 28-23 lead to halftime, the Rams made enough freebies of their own kept the Kubs from putting the outcome into question Tuesday nig…

                            Grangeville High School’s competitive cheer squad recently took a break from practice to accept a $100 check from Shirley Crane on behalf of the Eagles Aerie 539 in Grangeville. Cheerleaders helped children shop and wrap gifts at the annual Kids Christmas Sale. Pictured are (front row,) McKe…

                            The Grangeville High Cheer squad placed first in several 2A categories last Saturday, Jan. 19, at University of Idaho: Co-ed show routine, pom routine, sideline routine, co-ed five-man stunt, co-ed partner stunt and all-girl partner stunt.

                            Three Grangeville teams competed at an indoor soccer tournament held last weekend in Clarkston. They are “The Jets” in dark blue at left, the “Mean Beans” in red and the “Scooby Doo’s” in black at right. The Scooby Doo’s placed second among five teams at the tournament. Pictured are (from le…

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