High school

POCATELLO – There was supposed to be grand senior day pageantry on Friday. The Century tennis fourth-years were supposed to walk on the grass just outside the Diamondbacks’ courts and waltz through the giant inflatable purple snake head the football team runs through on Friday nights.

BLACKFOOT — Kymber Wieland saw a belt-high pitch and lifted it straight up, a towering pop-up that looked like routine work for Hillcrest’s outfield corps. Only the Knights couldn’t make the play. The ball settled into the grass and Blackfoot’s versatile star reached base via error.

Idaho State University

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.

The Idaho State men’s tennis team will play for a Big Sky Conference championship after the Bengals defeated the University of Idaho, 4-0, on Saturday morning in Phoenix in the conference semifinals.

Idaho State women’s basketball announced another addition for the 2021-22 season, forward Anaya Bernard. Bernard joins the Bengals from Duncanville HS in Dallas, Texas.

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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TENERIFE, Spain (AP) — Garrick Higgo matched Tiger Woods' record to become joint quickest to three tournament wins since 1990 with victory at the Canary Islands Championship on Sunday.

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PATTAYA, Thailand (AP) — Ariya Jutanugarn shot a 9-under-par 63 in the final round to win the LPGA Thailand by one stroke on Sunday and become the first home winner of the tournament in 14 years.

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TOKYO (AP) — Seated inside Tokyo's new $1.4 billion National Stadium, Sebastian Coe again tried to reassure athletes and skeptical residents of Japan that the postponed Olympics will be safe when they open in just under 11 weeks.