Varsity Extra

Varsity Extra: Three athletes qualify for indoor track and field nationals

YMCA Team Idaho’s Michael Slagowski (Rocky Mountain High), Garrett Calhoun (Timberline High) and Lexy Halladay (Lake Hazel Middle School) won races Saturday at the 38th annual Simplot Games — one of the nation’s premier high school indoor track and field events — in Pocatello’s Holt Arena. Slagowski, a Penn State signee, won the boys 1,600 meters in a meet record time of 4 minutes, 9.52 seconds, while Calhoun took first in the 800 in 1:52.39. Eighth-grader Halladay bested a field of high school athletes in the girls 1,600 in 4:53.40. All three qualified for the New Balance Nationals Indoor on March 11-13 in New York.

CAPITAL VOLLEYBALL: Ryan Hofmann was hired Monday to take over the program. Since 2013, Hofmann has been the head coach at Moscow High, winning two Inland Empire League coach of the year awards. The former Washington State volleyball and track athlete also has experience coaching at the club level in the Pacific Intercollegiate Volleyball Association.

MERIDIAN GIRLS BASKETBALL: After serving as the JV head coach the past four seasons, Matt Creech was recently hired to run the varsity program. He is a 2008 Meridian graduate.