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Idaho boys basketball: Post Falls wins to advance to 5A final

NAMPA – For the second consecutive night, the Post Falls boys basketball team found a way to survive and advance at the 5A state tournament. The Trojans were sharper Friday than they were in their tournament opener, but they had to hold off a furious Capital comeback in the final moments to secure a 61-56 semifinal victory at the Idaho Center.

Post Falls needs rally to win 5A state opener against crowd-favorite Nampa

NAMPA, Idaho —The Post Falls boys basketball team took upset-minded Nampa’s best punch and lived to fight another day at the 5A state tournament. With a fired up crowd cheering on the hometown Bulldogs, junior guard Max McCullough and the top-ranked Trojans rallied to overcome a seven-point halftime deficit and escape with a 52-51 victory Thursday at the Idaho Center.

CdA edges Lake City in IEL opener

The Coeur d’Alene and Lake City boys basketball teams each had countless opportunities to wrest control in their 5A Inland Empire League opener Thursday. In the end, the Vikings’ steadier hands and better defense when things got tight were just enough, as Coeur d’Alene held off the visiting Timberwolves 50-49 in overtime.

Central Valley edges Vikings

What the Coeur d’Alene-Central Valley boys basketball game lacked in offensive execution, it more than made up with effort and intensity Friday night. In a game pitting teams favored to win their league championships, Central Valley withstood a frenetic rally by the visiting Vikings, prevailing 68-62.

Area high school girls basketball preview

Greater Spokane League Gonzaga Prep is given the nod to defend its league championship. The Bullpups return four starters: Otiona Gildon (senior, post), Laura Stockton (sr., guard), Oona Harrington (sr., wing) and Lauren Weir (sr., wing). “We all go in with high hopes, but we have to get to that point in February where we’re playing our best basketball,” G-Prep coach Mike Arte said. … Central Valley is considered the team with the best chance to challenge G-Prep. The Bears bring back three starters – Madison Hovren (sr., p), Megan Dimmler (sr., g) and Courtney Carolan (sophomore, g). CV will feature the two best freshmen, twins Lacie and Lexie Hull, both 6-foot guards. Hovren has led the league in scoring the last two years. “I’m as excited as I’ve ever been with this team,” CV coach Freddie Rehkow said. “We are a very hard working group where pretty much every player has the goal to play at the college level.” … In any other year, Lewis and Clark and Mead would challenge for the league title. They’re considered long shots. LC returns three starters: Riley Lupfer (junior, g), Michaela Kay (sr., g) and Janieva Bates (sr., g). “I would like to believe in time we can be a competitive team,” LC first-year coach George Pfeifer said. … Mead also returns three starters – Coreen Labish (sr., p), Sue Winger (sr., w) and Payton Douglass (jr., g). “We are a very hard working and resilient team that is learning to play together,” Mead coach Quantae Anderson said. “We have a good mix of experience and youth.” … University has four players with experience led by returning starters Emma Kennedy (sr., g) and Kaiti Pannell. Junior Brooke Bailey and Pannell missed most of last year with injuries. “Even though we have a bunch of juniors we lack experience,” U-Hi coach Mark Stinson said. “We basically only have four girls who have played varsity. The rest played (junior varsity) last year so we have a steep learning curve.” … Ferris must replace four starters. Bria Bowton (jr., g) is the Saxons’ returning starter. “We are going to be a young team learning a new system, but we are going to get after our opponents and make them work and by the end of the season we hope to surprise some teams with our defense and transition game,” first-year coach Rob Servine said. … Shadle Park also must replace four starters. Shyla Carr (sr., g) represents the Highlanders’ experience. “Our girls really get along and are for each other,” first-year coach Tom Emory said. “In today’s day and age that’s a hard thing to find. We have set a realistic goal to win the 3A districts and make it out of regionals to state.” … Rogers snapped a 129-game league losing streak last year. It was the first time in coach Tyrone Hoard’s seven-year term at Rogers that his team won a league game. The Pirates return three starters. They are: Talia Felice (sr., g), Sarah Guertin (sr., g) and Lorretta Guertin (sr., g). The Pirates have raised their expectations. “Most experienced team that I’ve ever had,” Hoard said. “They are not intimidated by any team. They will compete all game every game.” … Mt. Spokane brings back two starters – Jaidyn Lyman (soph., g) and Arianna Newcomb (sr., forward) – and eight lettermen. “This group of girls has a positive energy and chemistry,” Wildcats coach Melissa Allen said. “They have worked hard in the offseason and have the potential to compete with anyone.” … Jake Martyn takes over at North Central. The Indians return one starter, Megan Dean (jr., f). “We have some very coachable girls who want to improve as players,” Martyn said. “We will struggle early on, but I really do see us improving by leaps and bounds as the season goes on.”

Turnovers doom Lake City in loss at Mountain View

MERIDIAN, Idaho – It was a sight to behold when Lake City took the football field at Mountain View High. Peaks of freshly plowed snow towered behind both end zones. Specially painted neon orange lines marked an otherwise illegible gridiron. The scoreboard lights shorted out in the cold.

Pick 6: Sam makes a comeback

Sam Adams is back in the game. He was never really out of it, but he kept playing defense. I ignorantly went on the offense and paid the price. Now Sam and I are tied at 44-16 (.733). Sam was 5-1 last week and I slumped in at 3-3. The play-in games are over and the stakes get much higher this week.

Football playoffs

Washington teams across most classifications begin the postseason this weekend with play-in games for slots in their respective state playoff brackets. In Idaho, meanwhile, teams reach the quarterfinals. At a glance, here are the weekend playoff games: Washington

Pick 6: Lee takes matters into his own hands

At some point Sam Adams is going to have to take a chance or two. Or he won’t catch me. After three weeks of not having any differences, though, I decided to take it upon myself. There’s no reason I have to go out on a limb, not with a lead.

Lake City on top in final power rankings

It was doubtful any team was going to unseat Lake City in the final NWPrepsNow Power Rankings. Lake City had a first-round bye in the Idaho 5A state playoffs, and the Timberwolves (8-1) finish atop the poll with 56 points.

Post Falls falls short at Eagle in Idaho 5A State first round

EAGLE, Idaho – Post Falls senior quarterback Dalton Thompson spent all night escaping trouble with his elusive, playmaking scrambles. But on the game’s deciding sequence, the Eagle defense finally found a way to hem him in. Thompson was sacked on fourth down deep in Eagle territory – moments after his apparent game-tying touchdown pass was nullified by penalty – and the Mustangs escaped with a 35-21, first-round 5A State playoff victory Friday at Thunder Stadium.

Photo: Snapshot: Vikings power through Warriors

Vikings power through Warriors: Coeur d'Alene's Ryan Walde, left, leaves Meridian’s Chase Labbe grasping at the air during the Vikings’ 55-35 victory in a 5A State first-round football game on Friday night in Meridian. With the win, Coeur d’Alene advances to the quarterfinals and will again travel to Meridian to face Southern Idaho Conference No. 1-seed Rocky Mountain on Friday.

Pick 6: Com’n Sam, climb out on that limb

Sam Adams is peaking at the right time. He had a perfect effort last week, going 6-0. The bad news is he didn’t pick up any ground. I also had a perfect week. That puts me at 36-12 (.750) and Adams at 34-14 (.708).

Pick 6: C’mon Sam, wonder out on that limb

Sam Adams is peaking at the right time. He had a perfect effort last week, going 6-0. The bad news is he didn’t pick up any ground. I also had a perfect week. That puts me at 36-12 (.750) and Adams at 34-14 (.708). It’s the first time Adams’ batting average has been over .700.

Lake City solidifies spot as area’s best team

Lake City has to like the view from the top of the NWPrepsNow Power Rankings. The Timberwolves (7-1) were tabbed No. 1 with 59 points for the second straight week. They locked up the Inland Empire League 5A championship last week with a 61-20 win at Lewiston.

Post Falls strikes last to top Coeur d’Alene

Just when you thought the fourth quarter couldn’t get any crazier, it did. Post Falls and visiting Coeur d’Alene traded haymakers throughout but the Trojans landed the last one. Make that the last two, as Post Falls scored on the final play of regulation and added a two-point conversion to pull out a 37-36 victory Friday night.

Pick 6: These guys are playing it safe

We didn’t have any differences last week and, as it turned out, there are none this week. I’m the one with a two-game lead so if Sam Adams wants to cut into my lead he will have to be the one to pick an upset or two before we conclude this fall.