High school

POCATELLO – Snake River senior Payton Brooks doesn’t identify with the father-son bond of baseball. To him it’s a mother-son bond, a deep-rooted connection that began when his mother, Brittany, threw Payton straight into coach-pitch and later made sure that he never gave up the game.

Mostly, Brendon Kopp remembers the anguish. The pain of coming a game away from state two years ago, his Thunder Ridge softball team’s first year as a program. The disappointment of losing last season to the coronavirus pandemic. The weight of those seasons combined.

Idaho State University

POCATELLO, Idaho – The Bengals came out strong on day one of the 2021 Big Sky Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Ashley VanVleet-Sturgis and Brianna VanVleet led the group, finishing the first four events of the heptathlon in second and fourth place, respectively.

Emma Bordenkecher’s final game as an Idaho State Bengal was a memorable one. The Bengal senior was 2-4 with two RBI and one run scored to rally Idaho State to a 9-6 victory over Northern Colorado.

Prep Stars

Editor’s Note: Prep Stars in College is a weekly glance at former southeast Idaho high school athletes who are now competing at the college level. If we’re missing anyone, let us know at sports@journalnet.com.

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Being a starting quarterback in the NFL is supposed to be hard — but it appears nobody told Pocatello’s Taysom Hill, who helped the New Orleans Saints beat the Atlanta Falcons 21-16 on Sunday to run his record to 3-0 as a starter in the NFL.

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Longtime coach and ultra-runner extraordinaire Ty Draney is this year’s keynote speaker for the Idaho State Journal’s Sports Stars awards banquet in Pocatello. Draney is a native of Auburn, Wyoming, and attended Idaho State University and Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho).

National

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BALTIMORE (AP) — After a week dominated by the failed drug test of trainer Bob Baffert's Kentucky Derby-winning Medina Spirit, horse racing enjoyed a rare moment to celebrate at the Preakness when unheralded Rombauer gave owners John and Diane Fradkin and trainer Michael McCarthy a victory i…

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Jay Wright used to sell tickets to games in the long-defunct United States Football League. Ben Wallace was passed over by every NBA team, some of them twice. Yolanda Griffith got a job repossessing cars so she could take care of herself and her infant daughter whil…

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HOUSTON (AP) — Carlos Correa and Kyle Tucker each homered to help Luis Garcia earn his first career win as the Houston Astros held on to beat the Texas Rangers 6-5 on Saturday night for their fifth straight win.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — T.J. Oshie’s goal song, John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” echoed through Capital One Arena and its 25% capacity crowd. It turned out the credit technically belonged elsewhere, but Capitals fans were in no mood to nitpick.