MARSH VALLEY 9, DECLO 0
Marsh Valley routed Declo 9-0 on Thursday in the first round of the 3A state tournament at the Sunway Soccer Complex in Twin Falls.
Jaxyn Wheatley and Korbie Bowman had three goals apiece to lead the Eagles. Cami Harris added two goals and Hailey Smedley had one goal to help the Eagles win their opening game at state for the fourth consecutive year.
“They played with creativity and trust in each other,” Marsh Valley coach Rachelle Gilbert said.
Marsh Valley (17-1-1) plays Coeur d'Alene Charter on Friday in the state semifinals. The Eagles lost 1-0 to CDA Charter in the semis last year.
SKYLINE 3 CENTURY 1
Century's first half doomed the team in its 3-1 loss to Skyline on Thursday in the first round of the 4A state tournament at Lake City High School.
The Diamondbacks allowed three first-half goals before Ellie Surmelis scored a second-half goal.
"We didn't have what it took to win the game," Century coach Jamshid Roomiany said.
Century (13-5) plays Vallivue in a loser-out game Friday at Lake City High.
BISHOP KELLY 6, PRESTON 0
Bishop Kelly won its 62nd game in a row after beating Preston 6-0 on Thursday in the first round of the 4A state tournament at Lake City High School.
Bishop Kelly is in the state semifinals for the ninth year in a row. The Knights led 2-0 at halftime and scored three goals in the final 15 minutes of the match.
"We made little mistakes that they capitalized on,” Preston coach Brandon Lyon said. "We're young. It was a great experience for the girls to be there and play a game like that."
The Indians (13-6-2) play Middleton in a loser-out game Friday at Coeur d'Alene High School.
VALLIVUE 3, CENTURY 2 (OT)
Century lost 3-2 in overtime to Vallivue in the opening round of the 4A state tournament Thursday at Post Falls High School. It was the Diamondbacks’ first loss this season.
Century held a 2-0 with 12 minutes remaining in the second half, according to the Idaho Statesman. Vallivue rallied to tie the game and scored the game-winning goal two minutes into overtime.
The D-backs (14-1-3) play district foe Wood River in a loser-out game Friday at Coeur d’Alene High School.
SUN VALLEY COMMUNITY SCHOOL 2, AMERICAN FALLS 1
American Falls lost 2-1 to Sun Valley Community School on Thursday in the opening round of the 3A state tournament at the Sunway Soccer Complex in Twin Falls.
The Beavers allowed an own goal late in the second half off a Cutthroats' corner kick, putting Community School ahead 2-1. The Beavers trailed 1-0 at halftime but tied the score 1-1 in the second half on a goal from Jose Jaime.
"It was such a close game," American Falls assistant coach Caroline Wight said. "We dominated the second half. It was a fluke that they got that opportunity."
American Falls (11-5-1) plays McCall-Donnelly in a loser-out game Friday at the Sunway Soccer Complex.
ROCKLAND 3, WATERSPRINGS 0
Rockland swept Watersprings 3-0 on Thursday at Hillcrest High School, clinching a 1A DII District 5-6 championship and its first state tournament bid since 2012.
The Bulldogs won 25-19, 25-21, 25-17.
“We are just absolutely thrilled,” Rockland coach Samantha Lowder said. “We set a lot of goals this year and this was one of our first ones. The girls just dug in.”
Rockland begins the state tournament Oct. 26 at Borah High School.
BURLEY 3, PCOATELLO 0
Pocatello's season ended Thursday with a 3-0 loss at Burley in a winner-to-state, loser-out game of the 4A District 4-5 tournament.
The Indians lost 25-17, 25-21, 25-15.
GRACE 3, TAYLOR'S CROSSING 0
GRACE 3, CHALLIS 0
Grace advanced to the championship round of the 1A DI District 5-6 tournament by beating Taylor's Crossing and Challis 3-0 on Thursday at West Jefferson High School.
The Grizzlies smoked Taylor's Crossing 25-10, 25-4, 25-7, and handled Challis 25-14, 25-17, 25-18.
“The girls have worked hard in practice and it showed tonight,” Grace coach Heidi Stoddard said. “I was pleased with our performance.”
Courtney Donaldson served 13 of Grace's 41 aces on the night. Teammates Kylee Painter and Maniah Clegg had 14 and 11 kills, respectively, and Kayci Younger chipped in 17 digs while passing at a 2.1 clip.
Grace (10-7) plays Saturday against the winner of Challis and Butte County. The Grizzlies must be defeated twice in order to lose the district title.
NORTH GEM 3, MACKAY 2
North Gem defeated Mackay 3-2 on Thursday in a loser-out game of the 1A DII District 5-6 tournament at Hillcrest High School. Results are not known for North Gem's match against Watersprings. The winner earns a state play-in match Saturday against the third-place team from District 4 at Pocatello High School.
WEST SIDE 42, SODA SPRINGS 12
West Side capped an undefeated regular season and 2A District 5 championship with a 42-12 win Thursday at Soda Springs.
The Pirates led 42-0 after three quarters.
“Any time you go undefeated in a regular season (it’s gratifying). It doesn’t happen very often,” West Side coach Tyson Moser said. “Usually there’s a game in there somewhere that you drop, so going 8-0 is huge.”
Enoch Ward scored four touchdowns Thursday, setting a new school record with 20 total touchdowns this season. The senior ran in three scores and caught one more Thursday, tallying 85 yards of offense.
West Side (8-0, 4-0 2A District 5) begins the state playoffs next week. Soda Springs (2-6, 2-2 2A District 5) also clinched a postseason bid.
ABERDEEN 66, MALAD 16
Aberdeen locked up second place in 2A District 5 with a 66-16 home win Thursday against Malad.
The Tigers held a 16-8 lead after the opening quarter and created separation with a 30-point second frame.
“In our last two games, we've just had way better energy, way better focus, way better effort to get better,” Aberdeen coach Jeff Duffin said. “It's fun to watch.”
Aberdeen quarterback Matthew Klassen rushed for 90 yards and two touchdowns and added 75 yards passing and two passing scores. The Tigers (5-3, 3-1 2A District 5) begin the state playoffs next week. Malad (2-6, 1-3 2A District 5) is eligible for an at-large playoff berth.
5A DISTRICT 5-6 CHAMPIONSHIPS
Highland qualified three runners to next weekend's state championships at Thursday's 5A District 5-6 meet in Idaho Falls.
Elana Sanford, Lauren Benson and Jared Harden all qualified for state, while the Rams' girls and boys teams each finished third at the four-team meet.
Sanford crossed the line eighth in 21 minutes, 15.8 seconds. Benson was right behind in ninth (21:17.8). Rigby won the team title with 40 points.
Harden finished fifth in the boys race (17:59.4). Madison took the team crown with 31 points.
“I’m happy with how our team performed,” Highland coach Doug Hopster said. “It’s disappointing we didn’t qualify as a team, but we ran well.”
The qualifying Highland trio heads to the state championship meet Oct. 27 in Lewiston.
4A DISTRICT 6 CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Blackfoot boys and girls cross country teams finished third and fourth, respectively, at Thursday's 4A District 6 cross country meet in Blackfoot.
The Broncos boys qualified for next weekend's state meet as a team by finishing in the top three. Austin Despain was the squad's top finisher in eighth place (16 minutes, 47 seconds). Nate Blackwelder and James Cannon were close behind in 10th and 11th, respectively.
Shakayla Morgan finished 12th to lead the Broncos girls and qualify for state. The Skyline girls and Idaho Falls boys won the team titles.
The 4A state meet is Oct. 27 in Lewiston.
3A DISTRICT 5 CHAMPIONSHIPS
Snake River's Braidon Stokes and Reagan Van Orden won Wednesday's 3A District 5 cross country championships at the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds.
Snake River was the only school to field a full team. Marsh Valley and American Falls had one runner each in the girls race, and combined to enter four runners in the boys race.
Snake River heads to the state championship meet Oct. 27 in Lewiston.
THURSDAY'S BOX SCORES
ABERDEEN 66, MALAD 16
Malad 8 0 8 0 — 16
Aberdeen 16 30 13 7 — 66
A — Hulizes Ortiz 77 run (Matthew Klassen run)
A — Klassen 10 run (Payton Foster pass from Klassen)
M — #23 6-yard pass from #5 (26 run good)
A — Angel Lemos 13 run (conversion failed)
A — Ortiz 16 run (Lemos run)
A — Anthony Trevino 13 pass from Klassen (Spencer Watson run)
A — Alec Feld 20 pass from Klassen (Watson run)
M — #5 1-yard run (conversion good)
A — Klassen 23 run (conversion failed)
A — Abel Torres 5 run (Torres kick)
A — Feld pick-six (Torres kick)
Rushing — Aberdeen: Ortiz 8-151-2, Foster 3-5, Lemos 9-50-1, Jesus Guillen 2-44, Klassen 10-90-2, Watson 1-10, Diego Ramirez 1-34, Torres 3-20-1.
Passing — Aberdeen: Klassen 4-5-75-2-1.
Receiving — Aberdeen: Guillen 1-28, Foster 1-14, Trevino 1-13-1, Feld 1-20-1.
WEST SIDE 42, SODA SPRINGS 12
West Side 14 21 7 0 — 42
Soda Springs 0 0 0 12 — 12
WS — Enoch Ward 11 run (Marino Vedova kick), 4:37.
WS — Ward 1 run (Vedova kick), :35.
WS — Jake Moser 13 pass from Stockton Brown (Vedova kick).
WS — Ward 2 run (Vedova kick), 1:53.
WS — Moser 1 run (Vedova kick), 1:25.
WS — Ward 42 pass from Brown (Vedova kick), 8:45.
Rushing — West Side: Stockton Brown 3-10, Jake Moser 12-52-2, Enoch Ward 9-43-3, Ryan Beckstead 4-12, Jaxon Moser 5-14, Cyrus Rindlisbaucher 5-26, Marino Vedova 2-20.
Passing — Brown 3-9-91-2-0.
Receiving — Jake Moser 1-13-1, Dillon Robinson 1-35, Enoch Ward 1-42-1.