The Grangeville basketball girls went to state this year in no small part because of their on-court effort and ability. But if you ask coach Michelle Barger she’ll tell you about the impact of senior Iseyda Lacombe’s leadership. “She barely got to play and was yet so crucial to the success o…

    “I told everybody before the game I was going to hit something big,” Grangeville High baseball standout Tom Reynolds told the Free Press of his home run during the Bulldogs’ season opener last Tuesday, March 10. “I told my teachers. ... I just felt it.”

    Grangeville’s cheerleaders — a squad of 11, with eight newcomers — qualified for two events at the state competition that had been scheduled to begin this Friday, March 20, at the Idaho Center.

      The local Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation banquet March 28 has been cancelled and is being rescheduled for May 30. Dinner will be at 5 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in Grangeville, $30 for members or $65 for individual meal plus membership. Contact Susan Harries, 208-983-0995.

      Prairie High School multisport standout Owen Anderson on March 4 signed to play football at College of Idaho this fall. Pictured with Owen during his signing are (from left): his brother Brandon Anderson, dad Mark Anderson, mom Stacy Anderson and sister Mia Anderson.

        “If we would have shot a little better, we had a chance,” Grangeville guard Tori Ebert said of the Bulldogs’ two-and-out at the 2A state basketball tournament. “Our defense was pretty solid, I thought. We had to shoot a little better and run our plays a little more efficiently.”

        Grangeville's Tom Reynolds started the baseball season on the mound and gave the Bulldogs a boost with a home run leading off the second inning Tuesday night, March 10. Reynolds threw 43 pitches and exited with a 13-1 lead after an inning and two-thirds.

          Parents of players ages 5-15 can sign up starting today, March 7, and any time through April 10, online at grangevillesports.com. Walk-in registration is 3:30-5:30 p.m. April 8 at GEMS.

            A win over Declo last Saturday felt different for the Bulldog boys, and not just because it secured GHS a spot in the eight-team 2A state tournament to be held this week at Capital High School in Boise. “We were all super nervous, and we were all pumped up wanting to go to state,” GHS senior…

            “It feels like a rebuilding year, because we’ll have to play more to manufacture runs than to get one guy as many at-bats as possible,” coach Lee Nadiger told the Free Press March 2. “We have a lot of guys back that have played a lot of baseball, but it’s a new era. It’s AC, after Chase, and…

            Clearwater Valley’s Keyan Boller (98) and Anthony Fabbi (113) posted the highest finishes among the Free Press coverage area wrestlers who qualified for state, with very different paths leading both boys to sixth place finishes last Saturday, Feb. 29.

              Camas Prairie Zephyrs baseball players and parents are invited to the Idaho County Veterans Outreach & Community Center at 5 p.m. March 9. Tacos will be served, and the team for boys ages 16-18 will organize for the summer season. Contact Jinny Cash, 208-983-9387.

                With girls basketball seasons having run their course, the Central Idaho League and Whitepine League coaches honored top players last month.

                  Invitations to the local chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation banquet are in the mail and all are welcome to join for the March 28 meal. Dinner is 5 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in Grangeville, $30 for individual members or $65 for individual meal plus membership. Tickets and details are a…

                    MCCALL — With the girls state tournament finale having been dashed on Tri-Valley’s late three-pointer earlier that day, Salmon River boys basketball season also ended with a narrow loss to the Titans last Saturday night, Feb. 22.

                    The district tournament Feb. 22 at Potlatch didn’t go exactly how top-seeded Christian Fabbi would have liked, but he and nine other Clearwater Valley wrestlers are on to state.

                      GHS alum Chase Adkison made his first start on the Boise State University baseball team last week. As catcher for the revived BSU team’s second game in 40 years, Adkison threw out two Texas runners in a 2-1 loss last Saturday, Feb. 22.

                        NAMPA — The 2020 state wrestling tournament is set to start at 9 a.m. MT at Ford Idaho Center in Nampa this Friday, Feb. 28, with small-schools in first and big schools to follow later in the day. The tournament concludes with another long day of matches Saturday, Feb. 29.

                        OROFINO — Clearwater Valley’s Christian Fabbi (132) and Orofino’s Brayden Turcott (138) squared off in an intense match between friends Feb. 12 at Orofino. “It was back-and-forth,” CV coach Carlos Martinez told the Free Press. “We gave up some penalty points, clasping hands or stalling or so…

                        MCCALL — The Salmon River boys played Council within seven points at the District III tournament Monday night, Feb. 17, but had it even closer earlier on. Council prevailed 71-64 on the strength of double-digit scoring by Thatcher McLinn (18), Owen Ivey (16) and Wyatt Vining (14).

                        The girls state wrestling tournament held last weekend isn’t sanctioned by the Idaho High School Activities Association, but Grangeville senior Brittney Benavidez told the Free Press she thinks it’ll soon become an official championship event.

                        Clearwater Valley’s Fallon Wilkins (106) and Grangeville’s Brittney Benavidez (148) both placed at the girls-only tournament that may one day grow into a sanctioned state championship event.

                        GRANGEVILLE - The Salmon River girls may have been flummoxed by the first defense Nezperce deployed during the 1AD2 state tournament play-in Saturday, Feb. 15, but midway through the first quarter senior Emily Diaz found a way through it.

                        COTTONWOOD - The Prairie boys showed they can shoot shot-for-shot with anyone for one quarter Friday night, Feb. 13, but as Lapwai's offensive continued and intensified, the Pirates got into foul trouble. Having led by as many as seven, 26-19, Prairie was outscored 12-0 and fell behind midwa…

                        The Grangeville boys beat Clearwater Valley 61-49 Thursday night, on the strength of double-digit scoring by Aiden Anderson (15 points), Kyle Frei (13) and Caleb Frei (10). The CV boys got 17 points from Tyler Pressley and 11 from Connor Jackson, but the Rams' cheering section offered up its…

                        HORSESHOE BEND — Jimmy Tucker paced Salmon River’s second league win of the season with 26 points as the Savages rolled the Mustangs 45-33 last Friday night, Feb. 7. Salmon River is set to host Tri-Valley on their last regular season night this Friday, Feb. 14.

                        Grangeville Elementary Middle School basketball girls Allie Schumacher (in blue) and Ellie Austad (in white) were among the players who got a bit of floor time during halftime of the Grangeville-Orofino varsity game Feb. 5 at GHS.

                        NEW MEADOWS — Tri-Valley trailed after both of the early quarters of the District III title game last Saturday, Feb. 8, but outscored the Salmon River girls by 10 after halftime to advance, 39-30.

                        “They put up quite the fight,” GHS senior Kyle Frei told the Free Press when asked for his thoughts on Grangeville’s Feb. 8 win over Tri-Valley. “It was a physical game, which, personally, I love. It was a lot of fun, and it was tough without Aiden [Anderson]. Aiden’s a great shooter and goo…

                        Prairie’s wins last week — 68-10 over Kamiah Feb. 4 and 48-33 over Genesee Feb. 5 — secured the Pirates their 10th consecutive 1AD1 girls basketball state tournament berth.

                        Grangeville's Tescher Harris and Jared Lindsley contested the pictured shot by Orofino's Joe Sparano Tuesday night, Feb. 11, with Harris putting a hand on

                        KOOSKIA — Orofino had been able to lock down St. Maries’ singular top scorer last Saturday, Feb. 8, and ran their triangle-and-two scheme effectively against Grangeville Monday night, Feb. 10. That plan — combined with illness that slowed several GHS players — kept the Bulldogs off-balance e…

                        GRANGEVILLE — High-scoring Garden Valley junior Covy Kelly (28 points) had his team five ahead of the Grangeville boys during a 9-2 run midway through the third quarter Saturday, Feb. 8, when the Bulldogs called a time out. Coming out of that time out, Grangeville whipped passes from the cor…

                        KAMIAH — For boys basketball senior night Feb. 7 at KHS, extended family of Kubs wing Sam Brisbois traveled five hours from the Spokane Indian Reservation to watch him play. Afterward they told the Free Press he had been ill; the Kamiah boys fell to Prairie 50-39.

                        Zone defense peppered with scoring got the Grangeville boys a win last Thursday night, Jan. 30, at Orofino — but last Saturday afternoon at St. Maries, the Bulldogs’ stew could have done with a bit more bite. Grangeville beat Orofino 56-25 on top scoring by Aiden Anderson (13 points) and Tes…

                        RIGGINS — Having locked up the No. 2 seed for their District III tournament earlier last week, the SRHS girls beat two District II teams last weekend — all without a full roster. Having beaten Cascade 54-23 without standout Emily Diaz, SRHS beat Highland and Nezperce last Friday and Saturday…

                        Derek Eldridge of Grangeville (pictured) has been shooting archery for “a month or so,” he told the Free Press last Wednesday, Jan. 29. “I try and shoot an hour a day.” Eldridge was among dozens who turned out for the Camas Prairie Bowmen weekly winter shoot at the National Guard Armory in G…

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