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At Ashton, Tanner Oberhansley ran wild once again, leading the North Fremont High School foot- ball team to a 50-15 2A state playoffs first-round win over Bear Lake on Sat- urday afternoon. Oberhansley ran 24 times for 200 yards and four touchdowns. Bear Lake actually got on the board first when a defender grabbed the pitch on an option play and raced 60 yards for a touchdown. But Oberhansley responded on the next play from scrimmage, breaking off an 81-yard TD run. He followed with a 17-yard scoring run, and Michael Mower had the two-point runs on both plays and the Huskies led 16-15 after one quarter. Oberhansley started the second quarter with a 6-yard TD run and a two- point run before Mower put the Huskies in command by intercepting a pass and then scoring from 3 yards out with one second left in the half. “That interception really gave us the momentum,” North Fremont coach Ben Lenz said. Mower (4 yards) and Oberhansley (8 yards) added TD runs in the third quarter and Hunter Zwart finished the scoring with a 50-yard TD run in the fourth quarter. Mower finished with 114 yards on 22 carries while also leading the defense with nine tackles. The Huskies (6-3) will get another home playoff game in the second round. North Fremont is tenta- tively scheduled to host Grangeville at 2 p.m. Friday in Ashton. Volleyball 3A: At Twin Falls High School, Shelley lost to Fruitland in five sets twice, including the 3A state title game. Going into Saturday, Fruitland hadn’t lost a single set in any game this season. Shelley took four sets and nearly more in its two matches against the Grizzlies in its runner-up finish. “The fact that they hadn’t lost a set until they faced us shows how good our girls are,” Shelley coach Dave Cousin said. Shelley lost its first match to Fruitland 19-25, 25-14, 16-25, 25-23, 4-15. That meant the Russets had to get through Sug- ar-Salem to advance to the title game. Shelley dis- posed of the Diggers 25-19, 25-16, 25-18. In the title game, the Russets narrowly dropped the first set 27-29, but they took the next two sets 25-21, 25-18. Shelley lost the fourth set 16-25, so it needed to go to another fifth. The Russets took an 8-6 lead but couldn’t hold on, losing 10-15. “I think we just got a little tired there at the end,” Cousin said. Shelley (34-8) was elim- inated in last year’s state tournament by Fruitland in the second game of conso- lation round. 2A: At Buhl, Firth fought back from the consolation bracket to earn a spot in the finals, but fell to Malad for the second straight day. Firth began the day with a 25-18, 25-27, 25-16, 21-25, 17-15 win over Nampa Christian to keep its season alive. The Cougars trailed by seven points in the fifth set but pulled out a win. “They just kept their composure,” Firth coach Carla Reeves said. The Cougars followed that with a 25-22, 19-25, 25-19, 25-23 win over Declo to earn a spot in the finals. But Malad proved too tough, pulling out an 18-25, 25-18, 25-23, 17-25, 8-15. “It was a long day for us,” Reeves said. “But I’m very impressed. We had to bring a lot of young people up, and second place isn’t bad. It was a great ending to a great season.” Senior Bailey Nelson led the Cougars with 133 kills, 63 digs and 11 blocks in the tournament. Fellow senior Ashlee Sanders added 78 kills and 49 digs. Other players contributing were Sally Taylor (33 kills, 10 blocks), Kelsee Harrison (9 kills, 7 blocks), Kellie Tucker (17 kills, 6 blocks), Jenny Robinson (40 digs), Natalie Jolley (40 digs), Ashlee Adams (56 digs) and Natalie Gibson (223 assists, 34 digs). The Cougars also won the Sportsmanship Award for 2A. 1A Division 1: At Wendell, Challis’ season came to an end with a 20-25, 25-18, 25-16, 25-16 loss to Genesee, giving the Vikings a fourth-place finish. Brielle Sheppeard again led the way with 15 kills and 20 digs. Abby Sensa- baugh added four kills and 15 digs, Tara Chamberlain had 11 assists and eight digs, Savannah D’Orazio had seven assists and Vanessa Bruno chipped in seven digs for Challis. “I’m really proud o this group of kids,” Challis coach Debbie Sheppeard said. “They came together as a team, and for as little experience as we had, we played really well.” 1A Division 2: At Declo, Mackay lost in the semifi- nals early in the day then fell to eventual state cham- pion Lighthouse Christian 25-22, 25-21, 25-7 in the third-place match. No other details were available. match, Coeur d’Alene never came close to beating Idaho Falls in the set. The second set was tied at 12 until the Tigers went on a 7-0 run. The score was 22-16 when the lead evap- orated. The Vikings scored eight straight points, needing one more to even the match. Then Idaho Falls senior Taylor Sutton (19 kills) buried a spike. Fellow senior Jessica Packer nailed an ace. Now, Coeur d’Alene needed two points to win. It never scored again. “I had (my team) in mind when I was going up to hit,” Sutton said. The Tigers looked primed to finish the sweep in the third set, up 22-20, but the Vikings scored five straight to resuscitate their championship hopes. “Our set threes have not been the strongest sets for us,” Johnson said. “Some- times when you’ve won those first two, it’s easy to kind of go, ‘Ok, we’re in the driver’s seat, we can kind of kick back on cruise control now instead of pushing on the gas.’ ” Idaho Falls still felt con- fident knowing the Vikings needed to win two more sets, and the Tigers needed one. After a back-and-forth start, Idaho Falls seized the match like it was a bench player’s hand. A 8-7 deficit turned into a 12-8 lead. Then a 16-10 lead. Then 19-11. 24-15. Kaydre Thompson (18 kills, 6 blocks) delievered the final serve, and it was pin-point. Coeur d’Alene’s return missed the back line by several feet. Idaho Falls’ four seniors — Mills, Sutton, Packer and Matthews — were freshmen during its last state title. Mills and Mat- thews were team man- agers, so they experi- enced the last title (over Post Falls at Coeur d’Alene High School) in person. But this title was obviously dif- ferent. They contributed to wins and losses. They went through grueling prac- tices. They dealt with early season “lumps,” as Johnson called them, that prepared them for the emotional roller coaster known as the state tournament. “We were really confi- dent that this would be our year,” Matthews said. The Tigers had zero neg- ative thoughts when Coeur d’Alene’s final shot sailed long. The players in orange, white and black stormed the court and formed one large group hug. The only pain emanated from the bench players’ hands. And that pain quickly disap- peared. “I was squeezing the girl’s hand next to me,” Packer said. “When we got the point, I just went crazy. I was so happy.” Teary-eyed, he said the title sweep was an emo- tional experience for him as he lost his father, Rob, in September. Rob Camp- bell was a volunteer coach. “He just loved working with these kids,” Campbell said. Other eastern Idaho boys medalists were Teton’s James Letham (third), Sug- ar-Salem’s Kaden Hamblin (eighth), Shelley’s David Searle (ninth), Shelley’s Chase Barrow (11th), Snake River’s Joseph Van Orden (12th), Snake River’s Kayl illiams (14th), Sugar-Sa- lem’s Hunter Galbraith (17th), Sugar-Salem’s Cameron Garner (19th) and Teton’s Ben Janus (20th). This was Sugar-Sa- lem’s second time in three seasons winning two state trophies. “Our program’s just con- tinuing to expand every year,” Sugar-Salem coach Brett Hill said. “They’re excited to come back next year and compete again.” Salmon also had a big day with senior Billy Godfrey taking 2A boys runner-up to Logos’ Paul Ryan in 16:23.4 for his fourth state medal. He took sixth last year while running through a sore ankle. “This year, I’m not mad because I put everything I had into it,” Godfrey said. Soda Springs won the title with 32 points. The Salmon boys were seventh with 241 while Firth was ninth with 280 and Challis was 12th with 305. The Salmon girls took second with 84 points to Soda Springs’s 30, with top-20 finishes from under- classmen Emily Stenlund (10th), Katie Jo Gebhardt (12th), Morgan Smith (18th) and Kaitlyn Burgess (22nd). The Savages took fourth place last year. “It’s exciting to watch those girls, for sure,” Salmon coach Cecil Jackson said. “As a group, they love to compete. They had definite goals at the beginning of the season.” Firth’s Ally Butler was District 6’s other 2A girls state medalist. The Cougars were fifth with 163 points. West Jefferson was sixth with 170. Oberhansley lifts North Fremont into second round POST REGISTER B2 Post Register Sunday, November 2, 2014 SPORTS LOCAL ROUNDUP EAGLE — Upon seeing his time for his last high school cross-country race, Hillcrest High School senior Will Eddy did two fist pumps and came to a stop in elation. The time he saw on the clock at the finish of Saturday’s 5A state cross- country championships at a soggy Eagle Island State Park was 15 minutes, 59.4 seconds. It’s a time that will stay in his mind for a while as it led to a per- sonal best, an eighth-place overall finish and a bit of history. With that finish, Eddy said he ran the fastest time for a 5k in Hillcrest program history. “I saw that 15 and I was feeling satisfied,” Eddy said. “This is perfect. I couldn’t be happier.” Eddy finished 12th last season in his first state meet, and he went into his senior season hoping to best that. He said the lead pack was too strong for him to make up ground, but he was ultimately happy with his finish. “That’s really exciting for me,” Eddy said. “My realistic goal was to be top 10, but I wanted top three. Last year, there were so many juniors in the top 20 and now we’re all seniors.” Eddy gave final con- gratulations to another senior who finished behind him in ninth, Jon Stutz of Madison. All too familiar with each other from close races in their careers, Stutz won the 5A District 5-6 title over Eddy on Oct. 22 in an all-out sprint finish. Eddy said he’s enjoyed racing against Stutz. “You always get your best when you’re running with him,” Eddy said. Eddy’s eighth place tied the best overall finish for a 5A eastern Idaho runner Saturday, as Idaho Falls junior Ashlyn Dyer also fin- ished eighth in the girls race with a time of 19:10.9 as the lone local 5A girls med- alist. The state medal was long awaited for Dyer, who finished out of the medals after battling a stress frac- ture as a freshman and fin- ishing 22nd last season. “It means so much after two years of not getting it because of accidents,” Dyer said. The two-time 5A District 6 champion Idaho Falls girls had the best finish of any local 5A team — boy or girl — at state with 156 points for sixth place. Madison was ninth with 205 points and Hillcrest was 10th with 212. Coeur d’Alene won its third straight team title with 36 points while Dis- trict 3’s Timberline (78), Boise (87) and Eagle (100) claimed the other trophies. Boise’s Emily Hamlin won in 18:14.7. “We were hoping for a little better,” Idaho Falls coach Alan McMurtrey said. “You always set your goals high.” Skyline’s Ryan Barna was 20th overall for Dis- trict 6’s other 5A boys med- alist. Madison was seventh with 164 points and Hill- crest was eighth with 175. Mountain View won with 56 points and Capital’s Drew Schultz won the indi- vidual title in 15:42.3. By far the most historic win came from Pocatello senior Elijah Armstrong, who won the 4A boys title in 15:25.4 to become Idaho’s first ever four-time state cross-country champion. He also led the Indians to a fourth consecutive boys team title with 37 points. “It’s a huge blessing and honor,” said Armstrong, who has narrowed his college track offers to BYU, Boise State, Iowa State, Wyoming and Furman and will sign his letter of intent this month. “I’ve been building up for this even before I hit high school.” District 6 got medals from Blackfoot’s Dere Thomas (10th) and Rigby’s Cameron Hansen (17th). The Blackfoot boys were fifth with 142 points. Blackfoot senior Rachel Cannon had a career-best overall finish by taking second in the 4A girls race to Moscow’s Kath- erine Ruck with a time of 19:11.8. Her teammate Michelle Pratt (sixth) was the other local medalist and the Broncos took ninth with 179 points. Sandpoint repeated as 4A girls cham- pions with 84 points. SNAKE RIVER 44, SUGAR-SALEM 0 Sugar-Salem 0 0 0 0 — 0 Snake River 0 22 22 0 — 44 Second quarter SR-Albertson 10 run (P. Dalley run) SR-Albertson 4 run (P. Dalley run) SR-Albertson 3 run (P. Dalley failed pass) Third quarter SR-Albertson 32 run (P. Dalley failed run) SR-Dalley 12 run (P. Dalley run) SR-Albertson 33 run (L. Albertson run) INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING - SS, J. Purser 13-31; C. Ingram 8-25; E. Arnold 10-16; B. Hansen 1-1; A. Hansen 1-0; C. Ingram 5-(-4); R. Hawkes 2-(-8); SR, C. Bingham 10-124; L. Albertson 16-118, 5 TDs; P. Dalley 10-54, TD; S. Miller 5-13; B. Walker 1-5; K. Martin 1-1. PASSING - SS, E. Arnold 0-5-0-0; SR, S. Miller 1-3-0-20; B. Walker 0-1-0-0. RECEIVING - SR, C. Hrabik 1-20. NORTH FREMONT 50, BEAR LAKE 15 Bear Lake 15 0 0 0 — 15 North Fremont 16 14 12 6 — 50 First quarter NF-Oberhansely 17 run (M. Mower run) NF-Oberhansely 81 run (M. Mower run) Second quarter NF-Mower 3 run (M. Mower failed run) NF-Oberhansely 6 run (T. Oberhansely run) Third quarter NF-Oberhansely 8 run (S. Dye run) NF-Mower 4 run (T. Oberhansely run) Fourth quarter NF-Zwart 50 run (T. Oberhansely failed run) INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING - NF, T. Oberhansely 24-200, 4 TDs; M. Mower 22-114, 2 TDs; H. Zwart 3-50, TD; L. Nedrow 3-15. PASSING - NF, S. Dye 1-2-0-7. RECEIVING - NF, T. Bell 1-7. P reP F ootball S coreboard MORELAND — You know things are going your way when your backup tail- back has as many touch- downs as the other team has first downs. That was the situa- tion the Snake River High School football team found itself in following its 3A first-round playoff game against Sugar-Salem on a soggy, blustery Saturday afternoon. The Panthers got five touchdown runs from Luke lbertson, seeing playing time because of injuries in the backfield, and a dominating defense that limited Sugar-Salem to five first downs total in a 44-0 ictory at Harrison Field. “It was fun to see Luke have a game like that,” Snake River coach Jeff Dalley said. “He doesn’t get a whole lot of chances, but he did a great job today. That’s always nice to see.” Albertson scored on touchdown runs of 10, 2, 3, 32 and 33 yards, fin- ishing with 118 yards on 16 carries. With the weather turning nasty — a strong wind made throwing the ball nearly impossible — Dalley challenged his offensive line before the game. “I told them, ‘it’s on you,’ ” he said. “And they really controlled the line of scrimmage. As impressive as Alb- ertson and his offensive teammates played, the defense was just as good. The Panthers didn’t allow a single first down in the first half, when they took a 22-0 lead. They fin- ished by allowing no com- plete passes and 61 total yards. “Our front three is really tough,” Dalley said of defensive linemen Tyrel Jensen, Cutler Howell and Nate Gelles. “They can control things up front and that really lets us turn the linebackers loose. But those front three guys really get after it.” Senior linebacker Damon Dance said the reason for the defense’s success was simple. “Aggression,” he said. “We want all 11 guys going to the ball, being aggres- sive.” The win puts Snake River into the second round of the state playoffs, where the Panthers will host South Fremont at 2 p.m. Saturday. The teams played on Week 1, with Snake River coming away with a 56-12 win. Dalley said he doesn’t put too much stock in that result. “We can’t even think about what happened in Week 1,” he said. “It’s hard to beat a team twice, so we’re going to have to play well.” Albertson, defense carry Snake River past Sugar From Page C1 SHELLEY From Page C1 TIGERS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL Bill Schiess / special to the Post Register Idaho Falls High School’s Ashlyn Dyer makes her way toward the finish line during Saturday’s 5A girls high school cross-country championships at Eagle Island State Park. Going out with a bang n Handful of 5A and 4A runners added to their season accolades B y MARLOWE HEREFORD mhereford@postregister.com HIGH SCHOOL CROSS-COUNTRY B y JEFF PINKHAM jpinkham@postregister.com