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Notebook: Eagle softball climbs to No. 2 in national poll

Eagle’s Bradie Fillmore and the rest of the Mustangs continue to receive national recognition.
Eagle’s Bradie Fillmore and the rest of the Mustangs continue to receive national recognition. kjones@idahostatesman.com

A day after climbing to No. 3 in the CBS MaxPreps Xcellent 25 rankings, Eagle (14-0) weighed in at second Thursday in the USA Today High School Sports/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Super 25 softball rankings.

SLOCUM ALL-STAR CIRCUIT CONTINUES

Mountain View senior Destiny Slocum took second at the American Family Insurance High School 3-point Championship, adding to her second-place finish in the 3-point contest at the McDonald’s All-American Game.

Slocum scored the most points in the first round with 19. But she fell 15-14 to Mikayla Pivec of Lynnwood, Wash., in the finals.

The Maryland signee continues her all-star tour April 15 at the Jordan Brand Classic at the Barclays Center in New York.

BOISE NATIVE NAMED TO U.S. HOCKEY TEAM

Forward Zach Walker, 17, will represent the United States in the 2016 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Men’s World Championship from April 14-24 in Grand Forks, N.D.

Walker, who would have attended Timberline High, moved to Ann Arbor, Mich., to participate in the U.S. National Development Team Program. Walker’s family still lives in Boise.

He has signed with Boston College and is set to join the program this fall.

IHSAA INKS NEW DEAL WITH IDAHO CENTER

The state basketball tournaments will remain in the Treasure Valley through at least the 2020-21 school year as the Idaho High School Activities Association signed a five-year contract with the Nampa arena, it announced at its board meeting Wednesday.

The IHSAA pays $17,500 apiece for the Ford Idaho Center to host the boys and girls basketball tournaments. The contract will start at that rate, then increase each year by 3 percent, IHSAA Executive Director Ty Jones said.

The Idaho Center also hosts state cheer and dance, as well as state wrestling every three years.

RIDGEVUE NAMES MORE COACHES

Ridgevue, the new high school in the Vallivue School District that will split Vallivue High into two 4A programs in the fall, announced its next round of head coaches.

▪  Boys basketball: Neil Stutzman, who has led the Vallivue girls program to a 15-52 record the past three years. He took the Weiser boys to the 3A state championship game in 2011.

▪  Girls basketball: Tessa Mullinix, who led Oregon’s Union High from 2009-13. She was also the head coach of California’s Murrieta Valley in 2015-16, posting an 11-15 record.

▪  Baseball: Jeff Reifman, a 2003 Centennial grad, was an assistant on Boise’s 2008 state champion team and is the current Melba head coach.

▪  Softball: Dave Kemper, the current Capital JV softball coach and former Meridian head coach, has led an ASA softball team to a 252-57-3 record over four years.

The school is still looking to fill head coaching vacancies for wrestling, boys golf and tennis.

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