The 2018 Big Sky football preseason team and media and coaches’ polls were released Monday. Montana’s Josh Buss, a Mountain View High grad, was elected the league’s preseason defensive player of the year. Idaho was picked fourth by the coaches and fifth by the media.
The Boise State women’s soccer program got a verbal commitment from Bishop Kelly defender Alicia Chatterton as part of the 2021 recruiting class. Chatterton follows in her sister Aubree Chatterton’s footsteps with the Broncos.
The West Ada School District has picked the name and mascot for its new high school: The Owyhee Storm. The school board selected Storm after a protest from Eagle High over the original mascot, the Thunder. The school is set to open in 2020.
Montana State’s starting quarterback, Chris Murray, will miss the entire 2018 season for academic reasons. That opens the door for Mountain View High grad Tucker Rovig, a redshirt freshman, to start for the Bobcats.
The Houston Astros traded reliever and Boise High grad James Hoyt to the Cleveland Indians on July 6, 2018. Hoyt joins Borah High grad Stephen Fife with the Indians’ Triple-A club, the Columbus Clippers.
Eagle High pitcher Gabi Peters has verbally committed to the Stanford softball program. The former Boise State commit chose Stanford because of its academic reputation. She has a 4.0 GPA and can throw 70 mph.
Timberline High has hired Scott Scharton as its next baseball coach. Scharton led California’s Clovis High to two national titles as an assistant coach the past 21 years. He will lead the Wolves in 2019.
Tanner Mangum is one of four quarterbacks battling to become BYU’s starter for the 2018 football season. The Eagle High grad struggled with injuries and his performance last season. He’s in a race with Beau Hoge, Joe Critchlow and Zach Wilson.
The Chicago Red Stars soccer team traded Sofia Huerta to the Houston Dash. Huerta asked for a trade to get more playing time as a defender and improve her chances of making the 2019 Women’s World Cup for the U.S. women’s national team. But she won’t play outside back in Houston either.
The Denver women’s basketball team snagged a verbal commitment from Eagle High senior point guard Meghan Boyd as part of its 2019 recruiting class. She chose the Pioneers over Idaho, Eastern Washington, Portland and Utah Valley.
Season 3 of Netflix’s “Last Chance U” features Hawaii kicker Nino Alibegic, who was a backup at an Idaho high school and only played one year of football before college. The popular documentary on junior college football moves to Kansas’ Independence Community College after two years at East Mississippi.
University of Washington football received its first commit in the class of 2020 from Middleton, Idaho, offensive lineman Gaard Memmelaar. The 6-6, 290-pound junior said it was always his dream to play for the Huskies and head coach Chris Petersen.
The West Ada School District rejected the proposed mascot for Owyhee High, which is projected to open in the fall of 2020. The Thunder conflicted with the unofficial nickname for Eagle High, another school in the district.
The New Orleans Saints begin their mandatory minicamp June 12 with Taysom Hill battling to become the backup quarterback. The undrafted free agent from BYU and Idaho native is competing with Tom Savage and J.T. Barrett to back up Drew Brees.
Scott Criner has resigned as the Eagle High athletic director to return to Rocky Mountain as an assistant football coach. Criner previously lead the Grizzlies’ football program for four years. He’ll become the offensive coordinator under his former assistant Chris Culig, now the head coach.
The New York Yankees drafted Eagle High catcher Alex Guerrero in the 18th round of the 2018 MLB Draft. The left-handed hitting catcher from Idaho expects to sign with the Yankees quickly and forgo a scholarship with the University of Washington.
Eagle High graduate Bradie Fillmore is transferring from Cal to the Boise State softball program and will be eligible for the 2019 season. Fillmore is the two-time Idaho player of the year and led Eagle to a perfect season and a national title as a senior.
Middleton junior Lainey Lyle was named the 2017-18 Gatorade Idaho Softball Player of the Year. The pitcher and slugger led the Vikings to their third straight 4A state title in 2018. She’s also been named the 4A SIC Player of the Year three times.