Boise State, defending champion Oregon, Utah State and Western Washington will compete in the Northern Pacific Regional, set for Friday through Sunday at Memorial Stadium. No. 1-seed Oregon faces No. 4 Boise State at noon Friday, followed by No. 2 Utah State vs. No. 3 Western Washington at 3 p.m.
Three games are scheduled for Saturday (11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.), followed by the championship game at 11 a.m. Sunday (if-necessary game of the double-elimination tournament scheduled for 2 p.m.). Adult tickets are $10 (tournament pass) and $5 (daily). Prices for children under 12 and seniors are $7 (pass) and $3 (daily).
BOISE STATE SOFTBALL: The Broncos (14-36, 6-16 MW) opened a three-games series at San Diego State to close out the regular season, beating the Aztecs 3-2.
NORTHWEST NAZARENE BASEBALL: The regular-season co-champion Crusaders (29-21) split two games on the opening day of the GNAC Championships in Nampa, losing to defending tournament champion Western Oregon 14-3 and beating Montana State Billings 4-3. NNU advances to the championship game at 4:30 p.m. Friday against the Western Oregon-Montana State Billings winner (1 p.m.).
COLLEGE OF IDAHO MEN’S BASKETBALL: The Yotes signed four new players, all from Idaho — point guard Talon Pinckney (Centennial High), forward Evan Henning (Boise High), guard Tanner Kramer (Parma) and forward Jake Bruner (Prairie).
IDAHO STATE TRACK AND FIELD: Hillary Merkley is the Bengals’ first new head coach in 33 years, the program announced Thursday. The former Idaho State athlete and Big Sky champion (1999 indoor shot put, 2001 outdoor heptathlon) replaces longtime coach David Nielsen. Merkley has been coaching in the program since 2013 and previously coached at Capital High (2009-11).