The 10-team field includes host Lewis-Clark State (41-13) and at least four players who graduated from Treasure Valley high schools. The seventh-seeded Warriors, who have won a record 16 NAIA championships but none since 2008, open against No. 10 Rogers State (35-22) of Oklahoma at 8 p.m. MDT. The players who graduated from area high schools include Timberline's A.J. Work (The Master's, senior pitcher, 12-4, 2.49 ERA, Golden State Athletic Conference pitcher of the year), Centennial's Jonathan Popadics (The Master's, sophomore shortstop, started all 58 games, hitting .352), Bishop Kelly's Nico Lytle (Sterling, junior starting pitcher, 6-4, 4.47 ERA) and Fruitland's Kyle Blackwell (Lewis-Clark State, senior catcher, hitting .392). The NAIA tournament at Harris Field runs through May 31.
BOISE STATE TRACK AND FIELD: Sophomore Emma Bates qualified for her third NCAA Outdoor Championships, placing fifth in the 10,000-meter semifinal on the first day of the West Preliminary Round in Austin, Texas. The Elk River, Minn., native had a strong finish to launch her to a top-12 qualifying spot with a time of 35:01.18. Bates also has a chance to qualify for nationals in the 5,000 meters. Forty athletes from Boise State, Idaho and Idaho State are at the Austin meet, which continues through Saturday night.
COLLEGE OF IDAHO WOMEN'S GOLF: Trish Gibbens (Caldwell High) shot a third-round 77 as the senior climbed nine positions to 26th place at the NAIA Championships in Lincoln, Neb. Her 54-hole finish of 19-over par was inside the top 40 at Wilderness Ridge Golf Club, as Gibbens qualified for Friday's final round. The top 17 teams and top 40 (and ties) individuals advanced to the fourth round.
C OF I TRACK AND FIELD: Austin Basterrechea recorded three personal best marks, including a school-record leap in the long jump, and holds the decathlon lead after the first day of the NAIA Outdoor Championships in Marion, Ind. The junior finished the first five events with 3,865 points - more than 100 higher than his previous Day 1 finish and two points ahead of indoor heptathlon national champion Rob Keeney of Doane (Neb.). Basterrechea's first-day events and marks included the 100 meters (11.53), long jump (23-8.75), shot put (39-2.5), high jump (6-8) and 400 (49.98).