Fort Hall Business Council Vice Chairman Darrell Shay shakes the Lady Chief's hands at the pep assembly on February 14.
By ROSELYNN WAHTOMY
FORT HALL – The Sho-Ban Lady Chiefs were honored with a pep assembly and blessing on Wednesday, February 14 before they departed for the Basketball State Championships in Nampa.
The Lady Chief’s first game is on Thursday, February 15 at 1:15 p.m. against Dietrich.
The assembly started out with a welcome and words of encouragement by Fort Hall Business Council Vice Chairman Darrell Shay, Sergeant At Arms Ladd Edmo and Secretary Marcus Coby.
Shay commended the students for showing them leadership and how to be good people. He told them their achievements show dedication and acknowledged their parents and families for showing them support.
“We’re really proud of the success the basketball team has achieved,” said Shay, adding whatever happens in the state tournament was a blessing.
Lady Chiefs Coach Andrew Baldwin talks about the team.
Edmo encouraged the girls to enjoy the experience. He asked the students to continue their education and to never give up, while always looking to the Creator, who provides the way.
Coby told the girls the community was with them and wished them the best of luck and to live in the moment.
The Sho-Ban cheerleaders gave a performance of three different cheers before the crowd, getting them into the spirit.
Tribal elder Bobby Pevo told the girls to do the best they can and they won’t let themselves down. He said making it to state was a challenge the worked for and accepted. He thanked everyone for coming out to show their support.
Superintendent Jonathan Braack recognized Coach Andrew Baldwin for being a wolf and the leader of the pack for his work with the team. He reminded the students and the supporters that everyone going to cheer on the team at State are ambassadors of the school. Braack told the girls to play with pride and have fun.
Coach Baldwin said the team had 18 wins for the season and hopes to have 21 wins by the end of the tourney. He was proud of the team’s accomplishment and for fighting hard throughout the season. He said even more important than that, they showed up to practice.
“Showing up is half the battle,” said Baldwin.
The Sho-Ban Lady Chiefs traveling to state are Angela Astoria, Rylee Appenay, Sacoyah Appenay, Reesha Pokibro, Starla Littlelight, Sincere Martin, Siona Astorga, Tia Buckskin, Mary Benally and Nakai Appenay.
Ramon Murillo and Bobby Pevo smudged off the girls.
Games and dancing provided with music by Ghost Canyon ended the event.
The B Street residence on the Fort Hall Townsite shows the damage.
FORT HALL — The Fort Hall Police Department is investigating a house fire where Francisco Martinez body was found on B Street on the Fort Hall Townsite after Fort Hall Dispatch received several reports of a fire at 3:40 a.m. February 9.
Fort Hall Fire Department responded and reported the residence was fully engulfed at the time of arrival. Chubbuck Fire Department also assisted.
Many residents reported flames and smoke.