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Prep roundup 10-10-18: Gate City runners compete in Pocatello City Meet

October 11, 2018

Local cross country runners compete at Wednesday's Pocatello City Meet at Ross Park.

CROSS COUNTRY

POCATELLO CITY MEET

The Pocatello boys and Highland girls won the Pocatello City Meet on Wednesday at Ross Park.

The Indians were led by first-place finisher Dallin Bird, who had a time of 16 minutes, 55.2 seconds.

“He’s on a great roll,” Pocatello coach Shannon Whitmer said of Bird, who has won five races this season. “He has great teammates that work great with him.”

Bird was joined in the top five by teammates Shane Gard, Brevin Vaughan and Derrek Lindstrom, who placed second, fourth and fifth, respectively.

Highland’s Jared Harden finished third with a time of 17:39.1.

The first-place Highland girls swept the top three, starting with winner Elana Sanford, who finished in 21:42.5. Teammates Lauren Benson and Haley Sirman placed second and third, respectively.

“Our girls ran well,” Rams coach Doug Hopster said. “Elana was coming off an injury, so she’s back to being our No. 1 girl. Lauren, Haley ran a good race.”

Ava Patterson led the Century girls, completing the race in 22:29.4 for sixth place. Logan Olcott led the Century boys with a sixth-place finish, tallying a time of 18:20.5.

PRESTON INVITATIONAL

The Preston boys and Soda Springs girls finished first in their respective standings in the Preston Invitational on Wednesday at Preston City Golf Course.

Indians runner Riley Reid finished second to lead the boys with a time of 16 minutes, 12.8 seconds – 5.7 seconds faster than teammate and third-place finisher Josh Harrison.

Kate White led the Cardinals girls, placing fourth with a time of 19:49.3, while teammates Brynlee Simmons and Dani Smith placed seventh and 10th, respectively.

The top 10 of the boys race featured two other District 5 runners in fourth-place finisher Jacob Moffat (West Side) and 10th-place finisher Carter McCullough (Soda Springs).

In the girls race, Bear Lake’s Kelsey sisters swept the top three, with Elli winning with a time of 19:34.7. Elise and Josi finished second and third, respectively. Preston’s Andi Bell placed eighth, while teammate McKinley Scott finished ninth.

BOYS SOCCER

AMERICAN FALLS 3, MARSH VALLEY 2

American Falls jumped out to a 2-0 first-half lead that it never relinquished in a 3-2 home win over Marsh Valley on Wednesday in the 3A District 5 title game.

The Beavers’ David Torres and Brian Martinez scored in the first half, before Edwin Gonzalez added an insurance goal in the second half.

“We’ve got a lot left,” American Falls assistant coach Caroline Wight said. “We feel more confident going into state. We have more to show and prove.”

Levi Huckstep and Brendan Whitworth scored for the Eagles in the second half.

“My boys played hard,” Eagles coach Justin Larson said. “They overcame a lot this season. I couldn’t ask them to play any harder.”

Marsh Valley finishes the season 7-10.

American Falls (10-4-1) plays Oct. 18 against District 4′s champion in the 3A state tournament at the Sunway Soccer Complex in Twin Falls.

GIRLS SOCCER

AMERICAN FALLS 1, MALAD 0 (PK)

American Falls won 3-2 in penalty kicks against Malad after the teams were scoreless in regulation and overtime Wednesday at Marsh Valley High in a 3A District 5 second-place match.

Both teams missed their first two PKs and made their next two, but only American Falls’ Katia Sanchez converted in the fifth round of PKs to clinch the victory.

“I’m so proud of my team,” Beavers coach Nate Armstrong said. “If they didn’t come out on top, I was still going to be proud of them.”

Halle Romero and McKenzie Long also scored in PKs for American Falls (12-6), which needs to win two state play-in games to advance to the 3A state tournament, starting with Saturday’s matchup against District 6′s Teton in Blackfoot.

VOLLEYBALL

SODA SPRINGS 3, BEAR LAKE 1

Soda Springs defeated Bear Lake 3-1 on the road Wednesday.

The Cardinals won the first two games (25-18, 25-16) before splitting the next two (22-25, 25-21).

Soda’s stat leaders were Jorianne Balls (12 kills), AriAunA Barrus (11 kills, five blocks), Bayli Hayes (27 digs) and Reagen Yamauchi (26 assists).

Soda Springs plays Thursday at Aberdeen. Bear Lake plays Thursday at West Side.

MALAD 3, WEST SIDE 1

Malad ended its regular season with a 3-1 home win Wednesday against West Side.

After dropping the opening set 25-22, the Dragons dispatched the Pirates 25-14, 25-11, 25-15.

“West Side really came out firing,” Malad coach Camie Tripp said. “We did a great job in the second set of attacking right from the beginning. ... It was definitely a good way to finish the season.”

Britlynn Hubbard (31 kills, 16 digs), Halli Hannah (16 kills, 22 digs) and Bayla Tripp (50 assists, 17 digs) all notched double-doubles for Malad (31-5, 8-0 2A District 5), which is the top seed for the district tournament that starts Saturday at Malad. West Side hosts Bear Lake on Thursday.

LYMAN (WY) 2, ROCKLAND 0

ROCKLAND 2, GRACE 1

Rockland suffered its first non-tournament loss of the season Wednesday, losing 2-0 (25-18, 25-15) to Lyman (Wyoming) before beating Grace 2-1 ( 25-14, 23-25, 15-11) in a Grace tri-match.

“I’m actually really proud of the girls,” Bulldogs coach Samantha Lowder said. “Lyman is really developed all-around. We needed that push and challenge.”

Rockland (18-1, 11-0 1A DII District 5-6) plays Thursday at Mackay.

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