High school

The 4A District 5 crown is likely on the line Friday as Preston (5-2) plays Pocatello (5-2) in the penultimate regular season game of the year.

Idaho State University

At a football game earlier this season, the Idaho State women’s basketball team waltzed out to midfield of Holt Arena and were announced, one-by-one, to Bengals’ fans. The Big Sky champions had just received their rings and now received what was absent throughout their magical season: applause.

Idaho State’s defense collapsed. The eyes of the Bengals’ front seven were fixated in the Portland State backfield. They saw the handoff to Malik Walker. They saw Walker’s pitch to receiver Beau Kelly. Then they saw Kelly’s pitch back to quarterback Davis Alexander.

POCATELLO – Perhaps change is easier to grasp when it’s linear. Steady improvements make sense. Sudden shifts do not. And when those deviations come, it’s natural to want to point to one person, one event, one thing as the ignition. Something had to set off the chain reaction.

Watching Idaho State is like playing with a Jack in the Box. You can spin and spin and feel like everything is dandy, but that clown head is looming. It is not a matter of if but when that spring will pop and a creepy figure will scare the bejeebers out of you.

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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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman let out a faint cough and assured those seated at least 6 feet away that it was allergies, not COVID-19. He had tested negative for the coronavirus three times in the previous week.

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Washington State acting head coach Jake Dickert said Tuesday that his immediate focus in his new role is providing support and stability for players who were left hurting and shocked after Nick Rolovich and other coaches were fired for refusing to comply with the state's vaccine mandate.

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BROOKSHIRE, Texas (AP) — A plane taking passengers from Texas to the AL Championship Series game in Boston burst into flames after it ran off a runway during takeoff Tuesday morning, but no one was seriously hurt, authorities said.

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A vast majority of players in the NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, yet a handful of cases have brought attention to those who have refused. A look at some of the most prominent examples:

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CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Ben Simmons doesn’t want to play — or even practice — with the Philadelphia 76ers anymore. So coach Doc Rivers kicked out the All-Star guard and suspended him for the season opener.