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Notebook: Notus boys basketball coach Jon Conner wins 200th career game

Notus Athletic Director Tim Dranginis, right, congratulates Pirates boys basketball coach Jon Conner on his 200th victory on Feb. 5 at Notus High.
Notus Athletic Director Tim Dranginis, right, congratulates Pirates boys basketball coach Jon Conner on his 200th victory on Feb. 5 at Notus High. Photo courtesy of Notus High

Jon Conner got in line after his boys basketball team’s victory over Greenleaf last Friday, preparing to shake hands and head back to the locker room like after any other game.

But before he could, Notus Athletic Director Tim Dranginis stood waiting at center court with a microphone, a plaque and a ball signed by every member of the Pirates to congratulate the first-year coach on his 200th career victory.

“It was embarrassing because I’m not into my own accomplishments,” Conner said. “But it was thoughtful of them. I’ll put the plaque in a drawer, and my kids can look at it someday when I’m dead and gone and say, ‘Our dad was alright when it came to coaching.’ ”

Conner thought only he and a former college teammate knew about the milestone. But the former teammate notified Dranginis before the season that Conner only needed 11 wins to hit 200.

Conner was a head coach in New Mexico for three years before moving to Wilder, where he was the head coach for nine years. He began his 13th year this season at rival Notus.

“I joked with them I’m at (97) losses, so are we going to have big parade when I lose my 100th?” Conner said. “Sadly, I remember a lot of those losses a lot more than I do the 200 wins.”

MINICO FINED $1,500 FOR STUDENT CHANTS

The District Four Board of Control levied the maximum allowable fine against the high school after the student section’s chants Jan. 28 targeted a Burley boys basketball player, the (Twin Falls) Times-News reported.

Students chanted “Tara” when the son of former Burley Vice Principal Tara Bagley touched the ball. Tara Bagley was sentenced to consecutive four- to 13-year prison sentences in 2013 for sexually abusing two female students at the school.

“(There is a) difference between cheering and having fun ...’’ Rod Malone, secretary for the District Four Board of Control, told the Times-News. “When you start singling an individual out and harass them, that’s totally unacceptable.”

SLOCUM A NATIONAL SEMIFINALIST

Mountain View senior girls basketball player Destiny Slocum is one of 10 semifinalists for the Naismith Trophy Girl’s High School Player of the Year award. Finalists will be named Feb. 23.

TIMBERLINE STRIKER WINS SOCCER AWARD

Senior Alain Murhula added another award to his mantle Thursday, winning the 2015-16 Gatorade Idaho Boys Soccer Player of the Year honor.

Murhula, a refugee from the Republic of Congo who worked a job during the season to support his family, led Timberline to a 19-1-0 record and a 5A state title. He finished with 22 goals and six assists, including 12 goals in six postseason games.

EX-MERIDIAN RUNNER OFF TO VENEZUELA

Sora Klopfenstein finished eighth at the USATF Cross Country National Championships in Bend, Ore., on Saturday and earned an invitation to compete for the U.S. at March’s APA Pan American Cross Country Championships in Venezuela.

The former Meridian High runner and national champ at the College of Idaho finished the hilly, 10-kilometer course in 38 minutes, 57 seconds.

SLAGOWSKI AND HALLADAY SHINE

Rocky Mountain senior Michael Slagowski briefly held the fastest indoor time in the country after winning the New Balance Boise Indoor 800-meter race in 1:52.74 Saturday at the Idaho Sports Center in Nampa.

A runner from Memphis edged the Penn State signee and reigning 5A state champ in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 by 0.46 seconds later in the day.

Lake Hazel eighth-grader Lexy Halladay, who will be a freshman at Mountain View this fall, won two events against high school competition — the 800 (2:15.70) and mile (4.54.73). Her mile time is the 10th fastest among high schoolers in the nation and her 800 time is 15th fastest, according to DyeStat.com.

EAGLE SENIOR GETS PRESEASON NOD

Pitcher/shortstop Bradie Fillmore, a California signee, was named to the CBS MaxPreps Preseason All-American Softball Team. The reigning Gatorade state player of the year led the Mustangs to the 5A state title last spring and a 30-1 record. Fillmore hit .609 with 14 home runs, 19 doubles, 61 runs scored, 71 RBIs and 14 stolen bases.

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