The Eagle High girls cross country team finally broke through Saturday, claiming the first state championship in program history at Farragut State Park in northern Idaho.
McKenna Emerson paced Eagle with a third-place finish in the 5A race in 18 minutes, 47.9 seconds. Teammate Dania Holmberg finished on her heels in 18:48 for fourth place, and Julia LaMar also finished in the top 15 to lead the Mustangs to an elusive championship.
“We’ve knocked on that door several times, and now we’ve finally got it,” Eagle coach Greg Harm said. “The girls team, we started practice the first minute at 12:01 a.m. on Friday (in August). They were that excited for (the season).”
Joining Eagle on top of the podium were the Mountain View boys, who repeated as 5A state champs. Noah Horsburgh finished sixth, Adrian Jones 10th, Charles Paul 19th and Brandon Walker 20th for the Mavericks.
Never miss a local story.
Rocky Mountain’s Michael Slagowski won his first state cross country title at his final meet. The senior is also the reigning state 800-, 1,600- and 3,200-meter track champ.
Boise freshman Eve Jensen was the Treasure Valley’s top finisher in the 5A girls race, finishing second behind Madison’s Rachel Morrin.
Cascade’s Sage Way won the 1A girls title, and Victory Charter’s Marshall Wheeler finished first in the 1A boys.
Skyview (4A) and Cole Valley Christian (2A) both brought home second-place trophies from state as the Treasure Valley’s top finishers.
Skyview (15-3) opened Saturday with a four-set loss to Century, then fought its way back to the finals with a sweep of Twin Falls, thanks to 10 kills from Dani Nay and six from Hailee Ackerman.
But Century topped the Hawks in five sets in the championship to clinch its sixth straight state title.
Cole Valley Christian (17-6) rallied from the loser’s bracket, beating St. Maries and Salmon in five sets each, to reach the finals. But Malad dispatched the Chargers in three sets to repeat as state champs.
Centennial (5A), Emmett (3A) and Horseshoe Bend (1A Division I) finished third at their tournaments, while Kuna (4A) and Weiser (3A) earned fourth-place trophies.
FRUITLAND 68, BONNERS FERRY 20
Kennon Smith and Scott Mackenzie each ran for three TDs as Fruitland rolled to a home playoff victory.
Smith turned seven carries into 226 yards, and Mackenzie took five carries for 121 yards as Fruitland racked up 733 yards, 528 on the ground.
Fruitland takes on Sugar-Salem next week in the quarterfinals.
PARMA 24, TIMBERLAKE 14
The Panthers clinched their first playoff victory since 2010, when they competed in the 2A classification.
Parma will travel to league foe Homedale next week in the quarterfinals.
ST. MARIES 35, NEW PLYMOUTH 0
The Lumberjacks held New Plymouth to 85 total yards of offense to end the Pilgrims’ season.
NOTUS 50, GENESEE 28
Sophomore QB Caleb Zimmerman threw for 186 yards and three TDs, and added 100 yards and another score on the ground as Notus won its first playoff game since 2002.
Senior Kobe Zimmerman caught five passes for 147 yards and two TDs to go along with 69 yards and a TD on the ground, and junior corner Jacob Godina picked off three Genesee passes.
Notus will host Raft River next week in the quarterfinals.
HOMEDALE 48, KIMBERLY 18
Quarterback Lawsen Matteson completed 23-of-32 passes for 370 yards and four TDs late Friday, leading Homedale to its third straight state quarterfinal appearance.
Connor Carter caught eight passes for 97 yards and three TDs, and John Collett hauled in 10 passes for 128 yards. Josh Tolmie ran for 146 yards and a TD.