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New Timberline High baseball coach brings two national titles with him to Boise

Timberline High made a splashy hire with its new baseball coach.

The Wolves announced Friday that they have hired Scott Scharton to take over the program next season. Scharton served as an assistant coach for 21 years at California’s Clovis High, which was ranked No. 1 in the nation by USA Today in 1997 and ‘98.

Clovis was a perennial California power with Scharton on the staff. The school outside of Fresno won nine league titles and eight sectional titles in his 21 seasons, and it finished the season as California’s No. 1-ranked team three times.

Scharton takes over arguably Idaho’s top baseball program. Timberline has won seven state titles since opening 20 years ago, including the 5A state title this year.

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Scott Scharton

The Wolves (19-10) rallied for the championship amid a controversial season. The Boise School District suspended head coach Jeff Reifman on April 4, and he resigned three weeks later even though he claimed the district’s investigation found no wrongdoing.

Timberline's players protested the investigation on senior night. The Boise School District has repeatedly declined to comment on the investigation, citing a personnel exemption.

The Wolves started the season 5-8 amid the drama before winning 14 of their final 16 games under interim coach Kirk Copeland.