Local Native players on Hawthorne Hawks' 8th grade girls basketball team.
By ROSELYNN YAZZIE
POCATELLO — The Hawthorne 8th grade team lost to the Franklin Panthers 40-36 on Tuesday, November 12.
Five Native girls play on the team including Akirah Pahvitse #30, guard; Ka’Trina Yokoyama #32, guard; Destinee Whiteman #23, post; Sophia Coby #25, guard and Nina Kaiyou #14, guard.
The girls will play Alameda at Hawthorne on Thursday, November 14 at 3:45 p.m.
Also playing for Hawthorne’s 7th grade team is Isabell Martin, who will play at Alameda on Thursday.
Sophia Coby in action in the game against Franklin.
Harley Jackson goes for two in the jamboree game against Aberdeen November 11.
By LORI ANN EDMO
ABERDEEN — The Sho-Ban Lady Chiefs played in a preseason jamboree game November 11 against the Aberdeen Tigers varsity and junior varsity teams.
The first game was against primarily varsity players new Lady Chief coach Justin Dance said, that they lost 37 to 23. The second game was against primarily Aberdeen’s junior varsity team which the Lady Chiefs won 34 to 20.
Dance took over the helm as the Lady Chiefs coach after Andrew Baldwin left to take a job at the INL. “It was kind of unexpected and it will be really sad because Andrew did a phenomenal job,” he said. “We have a great team.”
Justin said Aberdeen had a quick team and smothered them on defense. “Our varsity right now there is a big gap between our varsity and junior varsity.” He said they are about six deep but it was good for them to learn and see how fast a game really is once they get back into it. It was a good game for them to get back in shape.
Rose Evening on defense against Aberdeen.
Returning varsity players include Nakai Appenay, Harley Jackson, Tia Smith-Buckskin, Reesha Pokibro, Rylia Edmo and Clara Montoya who was on JV last year. Transfer Roselynn Evening is playing post and Dance is hopeful she will get many rebounds and play an inside game. Kree Burnett sustained an injury during volleyball so is out for upwards of six weeks.
Dance said things have changed in their conference and is split in two groups. The Lady Chiefs are in the same pod as North Gem, Grace Lutheran and Rockland while the other group is Leadore, Mackay, Clark County and Watersprings.
The Lady Chiefs first game is at Leadore on November 16 at 5 p.m. On November 22 they play at Grace and November 23 they’re at home against North Gem.
New Fort Hall Recreation boxing ring.
By ROSELYNN YAZZIE
FORT HALL — Fort Hall Recreation has been wanting a new boxing ring for the longest time and now they finally have one.
The new ring cost a little over $9,000 and is a Titleist brand. They made an agreement with the Tax Commission, who purchased the ring, was they would pay half if the two clubs could come up with the remainder.
Recreation Manager Mike Sakelaris explained the former ring they were using was bought from the Veterans of Foreign War in Pocatello over 10-15 years ago. The VFW got it from Idaho State University, which was used by their boxing club in the 1950s, back when they had an elite team.
The boards were getting old and when it was loaned out one of the boards split. So far two teams have been interested in buying the old ring, but Sak says he thinks they will continue to just rent it out. The funds from that will go towards the new ring.
Sak said the new ring is so much better, in that it’s easier to put up and it’s lighter. Unlike the other ring, which came in two parts and were stored separately, so every time they wanted to put it up they needed the assistance of the Fort Hall Fire Department, who would help transport it.
Adult basketball leagues
Adult men and women basketball leagues sign up is now in the Recreation office and the deadline is November 14.
Gymnastics are on Tuesday and Thursdays.
Boxing is for those 8 to 45 years old. Show up in the boxing room from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Youth leagues 11 and under, 8 and under start in December. Junior basketball for 12 to 14 years is coed and also start in December.
Timbee Hall hours
Timbee Hall is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Friday 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday is open gym from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. No reserving the gym so everyone must share. For more information please call 208-478-3770, 3775 or 3776.