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November
Badger harriers feted after a good season: The Badger cross country team gathered one last time Wednesday for their awards night ceremony, and every member of the team was recognized. One of the team's new traditions, started last year, was to have every athlete write a favorite quote, memory or compliment for every single one of their 26 teammates. They had a lot to celebrate this season.
Lady Badgers win season openers: Badger Holly Ansley was the leading scorer of the night as the visiting St. Maries fell in the girl's season basketball opener tonight, with the Badger varsity winning 55-42 and the JV taking a 33-30 victory. Ansley shot 30 of the Badger varsity's points, the only Badger to hit double digits. She also reeled in 10 rebounds.
Badger boys soccer earns a most impressive honor: School District 101 Superintendent Gary Pfleuger received one of those letters Monday that warms the heart of an educator, and he wants to make sure everyone in the community is aware of the accolades and the students who earned them. The letter came from Mike Federico, assistant director of the Idaho High School Activities Association, and it was about a Badger team that went to state. They fell just short of bringing home hardware, but what they did get was far more valuable.
Cummings brings home the hardware: Badger junior Julia Cummings, who earned the first ever Idaho State swimming trophy for the Badger trophy case last year, brings two more back to Bonners Ferry, taking third place in two events in which the winner in both set new Idaho high school state records.
Richardson nets RMN Monster trophy: Eli Richards of the Bonners Ferry Wrestling Club traveled to Denver on Thursday with the Blue Hawk Wrestling Club, Thompson Falls, Montana, for the RMN Monster Match Nationals and came away with the second place trophy in the 15U 144-pound weight class.
Julia Cummings representing BFHS at state swim meet: Badger swimmer Julia Cummings, a junior who competed as a Badger with the Sandpoint High School swim team, left this morning for Boise after qualifying for a berth at state. Julia is ranked fourth in the Idaho State 4A standings in the girls 50 yard freestyle and in the girls 100 yard backstroke.
October
A fast course at state 3A: The Idaho State Cross Country Championship took place on Saturday at the Lewiston Orchards course, the exact same course that we ran October 6. The 5k course featured a lot of turns with some uphills, but which oddly created a lot of downhills. As a result, times were very fast for the eight Badgers who competed. By Coach Tyler Warner
IDFG seeking poacher who hid moose: On the evening of October 22, a bull moose was shot and left to waste along the USFS 2707A road below Bernard Peak near the Bonner County/Kootenai County line in Unit 4A. The bull was killed, then covered with logs to conceal it from view on the open hill side.
Badger harriers make mark at state: Badger Abby Gorton finished in fifth place at the Idaho State 3A Cross Country Tournament this morning with a time of 19:28, a new Badger cross country record! In the boys race, Badger Hunter Smith ran a 17:00.3 for 16th place and the Badger boys finished eighth out of ten.
Wilson named IML boys soccer MVP: Badger junior Isaac Wilson was named All Intermountain League's boys soccer most valuable player and Badger coach Wayne Wilkerson was named boy's soccer Coach of the Year. Joining them on the All IML team from Bonners Ferry were Drew Foster, Gabe See and Seth Bateman.
Bonners Ferry NIWL results: The Bonners Ferry Wrestling Club hosted the first League Tournament of this Fall Season, with 390 fighters competing. Here's how the home team fared.
Badgers end season winless in league: The Intermountain League leading Timberlake Tigers continued their domination Friday, ending the regular season defeating the Badgers 55-6 to go undefeated in league as the Badgers came home without a league win this season.
Abby Gorton, boys going to run at state: The Badgers hosted the District cross country meet Thursday, October 18, with he course starting and finishing within the friendly confines of Kenny Mendenhall Stadium. Abby Gorton won the girl's individual title, and the boys team is going to state as well.
Badger boys come home fourth: The Badger boys soccer team capped an amazing season by defeating McCall-Donnelly 1-0 in the opening round of the State 3A Tournament Thursday in Twin Falls, but they couldn't overcome a dismal streak. For the fifth straight time in state play, the Badgers fell to the Sun Valley Community School Cutthroats, 3-0.
Montana food banks gearing up for hunt donations: Local food pantries across the state are preparing to receive donations from the Hunters Against Hunger program, a partnership between Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the Montana Food Bank Network that allows hunters to donate a portion or all of their legally harvested big game animals to be processed free of charge.
Abigail Gorton wins Ben Castro invite: The Badgers ran at Pinehurst Golf Course last Thursday for the Ben Castro Invitational, named for the late, former Kellogg head coach. The course was 5k, all natural surfaces and totally flat. Good weather also helped the Badger runners post great times and set many personal records.
Badger JV crushes Priest River: The Bonners Ferry Badgers JV football team crushed the Priest River Spartans 48 to 6 Friday, October 12, improving their record to 4-3. The boys started off on fire as quarterback Eli Richards connected with wideout Joel Cowley for a 65 yard touchdown pass on their first offensive play of the game.
Badgers fall to Priest River: The Badgers showed a lot of spirit throughout Homecoming week, but the visiting Priest River Spartans weren't having it, going home with a 20-6 win. All the scoring in Friday night's game was confined to the third quarter, and it was the Badgers who struck first when Ty Bateman broke loose and ran 64 yards for the touchdown.
Badger JV boys working hard and improving daily: The Bonners Ferry Badgers JV football team took on the Kellogg Wildcats October 5 and came out on top, 22 to 12, to improve their record to 3-3 for the season. Wilson Newel scored a six yard touchdown run and Mitch Falck went in to score twice on a 12 yard run and a five yard run.
Badgers fall in regular season finale: The Lady Badgers traveled to take on Intermountain League's top seeded Timberlake, and the Tigers, who've lost but a single set this season, kept their streak alive, beating the Badgers 3-0. The loss ends the Badgers regular volleyball season at 2-8 and 2-6 in league.
Young Badgers take down Sandpoint: First year fifth grade quarterback Gabe Lewandowski ran the offense as the combined Badger fifth and sixth grade football teams traveled to Sandpoint Wednesday and beat the Sandpoint fifth grade team, 39-27.
Badger boys kick into districts Thursday: The undefeated Badger boys soccer team will face the Grangeville Bulldogs in district play at 1 p.m. Thursday, October 11, at Lakeland High School. The Badgers are 10-0 in Intermountain League play and 12-0-3 on the season.
Lady Badgers fall in home finale: The Badgers fell 3-0 to Priest River tonight in the last home volleyball game of the season, 25-20, 25-18, 25-20. The loss puts the Badgers at 2-5 in league play and 2-7 on the season, while Priest River improves to 4-3 and 3-6.
A chapter closes in Badger volleyball: Badger fans tonight honored the three seniors on this year's Badger volleyball team; Jerzie Pluid, Macie Liermann and Leilani Ram, each of whom kept the fans on their feet and have provided leadership and inspiration to the younger players on the team we'll be watching in the years ahead.
Badger Cross CountryBadgers do well at Inland Empire Challenge: This weekend the Bonners Ferry Badgers ran at the Inland Empire Challenge, hosted by Lewis and Clark State College Cross Country at Lewiston Orchards. Two dozen complete teams competed from as far away as Idaho Falls to preview this years state course.
Badgers fall to Kellogg in league opener: Kellogg racked up 21 unanswered first quarter points Friday night, burying the Badgers in a hole too deep to dig out of in league action. The loss puts the Badgers at the bottom of the Intermountain League standings, with an 0-1 league and 1-6 season record, but with two games left, including Priest River at home this Friday, state chances are by no means decided.
Lady Badgers dropped by CdA Charter: Grace Villelli had 13 assists, Jerzie Pluid nine kills and four blocks and Leilani Ram came up with 13 digs, but it wasn't enough Thursday night. The Badgers fell in three at Coeur d'Alene Charter, 25-23, 25-15, 25-8. "We have our last home game Tuesday," said coach Kendra Maas, "and, well, right now it can go either way."
Wampus Cats go home with a win: The Lady Badgers fought ferociously during Volley for a Cure, winning match one 26-24, but the Wampus Cats went home winning the final three; 26-24,25-14 and 27-25.
Gorton has outstanding race in Sandpoint: On Saturday, the Badger cross country teams ran at the ninth William Johnson Sandpoint Invitational, a race named in memory of former Sandpoint High School runner William Johnson, who was killed in a skiing accident on Schweitzer. The races took place at Traver's Park, featuring three approximately one mile loops almost entirely on pavement.
Great day at Impossible Open: Wow, what a day it was at Mirror Lake Golf Course for the 15th Annual Impossible Open! Thirty-eight players, the most ever to participate in the event, took on the golf course at its craziest and hardest. It was made even more difficult with the unusual north wind that blew.
September
Local riders shine on the big track: ET Wireless MX Team racers had an outstanding weekend in Airway Heights, Washington! Brandon Schmitz finished up the motocross season taking the championships in both the 250cc Intermediate and the 450 cc Intermediate. Keegan Frederickson took fourth place Saturday in his first outing on a big track, and fifth on Sunday.
Kootenai Valley Rifle and Pistol Club season is starting: The Kootenai Valley Rifle and Pistol Club is dedicated to the sport of small bore shooting and invites other interested people to join them. The pistol team meets on Tuesday, the senior rifle team Wednesday and the junior rifle team on Thursday; all at 6:30 p.m. To learn more about these sports, stop by the range on Highway 2 three miles east of Three Mile Junction.
~ Badgers shut out in St. Maries ~
The Bonners Ferry Badgers traveled to St. Maries Friday only to be shut out by the 6-1 Lumberjacks, 53-0. The Badgers, now 1-6 on the season, travel to Kellogg Friday, October 5.
~ Lady Badgers pounce on Wildcats ~
Badger varsity volleyball dominated tonight at Kellogg, handing the Wildcats a loss in three sets. After a close 25-23 win in the first set, the Badgers rolled 25-13 in the second set and finished strong 25-16 to secure the match in the third. The Badgers travel to Ferris High School in Spokane Saturday for the Linda Sheridan Volleyball Classic, and they'll take on Clark Fork in this year's Dig Pink event in the Badger Den on Tuesday, October 2. Don't count out a Badger berth at state quite yet!
Badger cross country teams both third at Priest River: The Badger cross country teams traveled to Priest River High School for the 5k Ivan Benson Invitational on Saturday. Abigail Gorton and her brother Samuel led the Badger teams to third place finishes in a very competitive meet. "Times were not stellar, but we did have a handful of individual successes," coach Tyler Warner said.
Badger soccer club rises to top of the standings: Coach Wayne Wilkerson called in a hard fought game, but the Badgers dug deep and took down Timberlake, 2-1. "This should put us first in league," Wilkerson said, but in www.idahosports.com, the Badger boys soccer team is already at the top of the IML, and the win should put the Badgers at the top of the 3A statewide.
Lady Badger fight hard, can't hold off Timberlake: The Lady Badgers hosted volleyball Intermountain League-leading Timberlake Tigers this evening, and they fought hard but fell in three sets 22-25, 18-25, 13-25. Badgers Victoria Rae and Jerzie Pluid both had six kills, Grace Villelli had 11 assists, Leilani Ram seven digs and Jerzie came in with six blocks.
~ Badger soccer ~
The Badger Boys soccer team continued their undefeated streak on the road Saturday as they fought to a 4-1 win over Grangeville. The Badger girls didn't fare as well, falling 5-0. The Badger soccer teams are at home Tuesday against Timberlake, with the girls game commencing at 4 p.m. and the boys taking the field at 6 p.m.
Badgers fall to Moscow: Despite the Badger cheerleaders and the Future Badger Cheerleaders cheering them on, the 1-4 Bonners Ferry Badgers fell in non-league action to the 0-4 Moscow Bears Friday night, 49-12. That puts the Badgers and the Bears records both at 1-5. The Badgers have one more non-league match next Friday at St. Maries before they take on Kellogg October 5.
Badgers make easy work of Orofino: Jayden Clair scored two on three shots on goal in the first half for the Badgers Friday as the Badgers romped to an 8-0 victory at Orofino to improve their season record to 8-0 in league play and 10-0-2 on the season. The team is in Grangeville today, playing at 2 p.m. The Bulldogs, 3-5 on the season, are ranked second in the IML.
~ Boys soccer shuts out Orofino ~
The Badger boys soccer team traveled to Orofino today and came home with an 8-0 victory over the Maniacs. The team hits the road again Saturday to take on Grangeville at 2 p.m. The Badgers, now 6-1 on the season in league, are ranked second in the Idaho 3A.
~ Lady Badger fall to Priest River ~
The Badger Volleyball team fought hard and held leads in all sets but the last, but ultimately fell to Priest River 18-25, 23-25, 25-22, 18-25. The Lady Badgers return home at 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 25, to take on Timberlake.
Lady Badgers earn first win of the season: The Lady Badgers earned their first volleyball win of the season Tuesday, September 18, in a tense five-match set that wasn't decided until the last game. The Coeur d'Alene Charter Panthers, 1-3 on the season going in, won the first match, 25-22, and the second, 25-21. But the Badgers won the last three, 25-19, 25-20 and 15-9.
Parks & Rec seeks youth athletic director: Boundary County Parks and Recreation is seeking a youth activities director to fill the big shoes of Anne Tompkins, who has stepped down after eight years admirable service. The position is part time and starting wage is $12.03 per hour.
Lady Badgers travel to Kalispell and tie: Paisley Schulte scored at 56 minutes, but Stillwater Christian's Aleeya Derlatka answered at 75 minutes to end Tuesday's girls soccer game in a 1-1 tie. The Badgers only made four shots on goal after the long trip to Kalispell, while the Cougars shot 19.
~ Lady Badgers earn first win ~
The Badger Volleyball squad played a hard-fought series that gave them a 3-2 victory over Coeur d'Alene Charter in the fifth and final match. The team was all smiles as they got to sing the school fight song in victory for the first time this year. The Lady Badgers travel to Priest River on Thursday, September 20; JV and C Team action begins at 5:30 p.m., varsity follows at 7 p.m.
Badger harriers shine at massive CdA invite: The Badger Cross Country Team traveled south to the Coeur d'Alene Invitational Saturday morning, September 15, at Hayden Canyon. The course was 5k and on all natural surfaces. On a very challenging course, all but one Badger running the meet set either a personal best or season best time. By Coach Tyler Warner
~ Lady Badgers fall in nail biter ~
Badger volleyball ends up on the short side of a tightly contested, five game match against the Riverside Rams, 25-23, 20-25, 25-22, 23-25, 8-15. JV and C-teams both won their matches.
~ Badgers get first win ~
The Bonners Ferry Badgers chalked up their first win of the season tonight, defeating Thompson Falls 33-12 at home. The Badger JV also won, shutting out the Blue Hawks 32-0.
Calling all future Badger cheerleaders and stuntmen: The Bonners Ferry High School Cheerleading Squad is excited to host the 2018 Future Badger Cheer Camp with the help of the Boundary County Middle School Cheer Squad! At Cheer Camp, participants will learn cheers, a dance, stunting and tumbling. Participants will receive a Future Badger Cheer shirt and Badger pom-poms!
~ Lady Badgers fall to Kellogg ~
It was an intense match from start to finish, but the Lady Badger volleyball team fell to to Kellogg in four sets; 17-25, 25-16, 12-25, 19-25. The Badgers host Riverside at 3 p.m. Saturday, September 15.
Badgers have a good outing at Farragutt: The Badger harriers had a solid weekend at Farragut State Park last Saturday. The course this time was 5k (3.11 miles) and featured mostly natural surfaces. The meet had 22 teams competing, including Boise-area schools Borah and Capital. The presence of these massive schools made for fast times and a crowded course.
A great day on the green for the Fry Foundation: Swing for the community! It was a beautiful day to play golf at the Fry Healthcare Foundation’s 10th Annual Golf Tournament on Friday, September 7. Garry Reed and Jerry Jimenez played to a victory on the beautiful fairways and greens at Mirror Lake Golf Course.
~ Badgers fall to 0-3 ~
The Badger football team is still looking for its first win as they fall to the Riverside Rams 28-8. The Badgers have another home game next Friday, hosting Thompson Falls.
Proposed fishing rule changes for the Panhandle region: Idaho Fish and Game is seeking public comments on a new set of proposed fishing rules for 2019, and a new draft of its six-year, statewide Fisheries Management Plan. All public comments must be received by October 7.
~ Badgers beat Grangeville ~
Ally Martin reports the Badger boys soccer team defeated the Grangeville Bulldogs, 5-1!
Badger swim team up to two members: Last year, Badger Julia Cummings was the only swimmer on the Bonners Ferry High School's first ever Badger swim team, and she brought home Bonners Ferry High School's first and only Idaho state swimming title to date. This year, she has company, as Badger junior Seamus Newcomb joins the team.
Hunters should have fair-to-excellent deer and elk hunting: Hunters can look forward to a good fall season in 2018, with similar elk and white-tailed deer populations as last year and likely more mule deer in many areas.
Simplified Post Falls course spells problems: Badger Cross Country was at Kiwanis Park on Thursday, August 30, for the Post Falls Invite. This course was sort of unique in that it was 2.8 miles instead of the standard 3.11 miles. The reason for this was the venue, Kiwanis Park, is not very large and historically has been quite confusing to run.
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