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Eagle’s Mangum in BYU quarterback battle through fall

BYU quarterback Tanner Mangum throws from the pocket last season during a 31-0 loss at Michigan. After starting 12 games last season, the former Eagle and Timberline quarterback is fighting for the starting job in 2016.
BYU quarterback Tanner Mangum throws from the pocket last season during a 31-0 loss at Michigan. After starting 12 games last season, the former Eagle and Timberline quarterback is fighting for the starting job in 2016. AP file

BYU listed sophomore Tanner Mangum and senior Taysom Hill (Pocatello’s Highland High) as co-starters Monday in its post-spring practice depth chart.

Mangum took over for Hill after Hill suffered a foot injury in last year’s season opener against Nebraska, completing 59.9 percent of his passes and throwing for 3,377 yards, 23 TDs and 11 interceptions in 13 games as a freshman starter.

Hill, who has had three seasons ended by injury, applied for a medical hardship to return to BYU for a sixth year.

The Lisfranc injury limited Hill in spring practice and he sat out the spring game, allowing Mangum to take the bulk of first-team snaps under new offensive coordinator Ty Detmer.

Mangum, who competed in the same 2011 Elite 11 quarterback camp as NFL Rookie of the Year Jameis Winston, completed 5-of-8 passes for 82 yards and a TD in the spring game.


After starting three games under center last fall due to injuries, Montana moved former Capital quarterback Makena Simis to slot receiver this spring.

Simis completed 63-of-115 passes for 740 yards with seven TDs and four interceptions, while adding 315 yards and a TD on the ground last season. He threw six touchdowns in his first start against North Dakota, tying a school record, and led the Griz to a 2-1 record.

But the redshirt junior and son of Capital coach Todd Simis would be one of eight quarterbacks on the roster this fall, including returning senior starter Brady Gustafson. Todd Simis said Makena wants to contribute right away.

Montana hosts its spring game Saturday.


An unspecified violation of team rules cost defensive end/outside linebacker Don Hill all of spring practice.

The redshirt sophomore and Timberline High grad appeared in five games as a freshman, recording seven tackles. He was also arrested for a DUI in Boise in January of 2015.


Girls assistant coach Alex Maxwell will take over the Vikings’ boys team next season, pending school board approval May 9.

Maxwell served as a varsity assistant for Andy Jones at Middleton the past eight years. The 39-year-old Caldwell High graduate and former Skyview boys freshman coach said he wants to return to the boys game.

“I couldn’t even get into the things I’ve learned from coach Jones in that time period,” Maxwell said. “I was just ready to step up and try it with my own team.”

Maxwell replaces Dale Karst, who resigned after leading Middleton the past three years and from the 1997-98 to 2003-04 seasons. In 10 seasons under Karst, Middleton reached the state tournament five times and won its first district title at the 4A level in 2014-15.


Kyle McMorrow replaces Lisa Pom-Arleau, who led the Braves for four years.

McMorrow, 22, comes to Boise for his first head coaching job after serving as an assistant at Rocky Mountain for three years and Eagle the past two years, all under Michelle Dodds. The Boise State student, who graduates in May, also coached with the Idaho Stars club.

Boise won the state academic championship last season with a 3.835 GPA, but it has missed the state tournament two years in a row.

“I’m hoping to bring that excellence in the classroom to the court and build a premier program in the Valley, and show at Boise High they can play volleyball there,” McMorrow said.


While serving as a translator for Spanish soccer power Athletic Bilbao during its trip to the Basque Soccer Friendly in Boise last summer, Ander Egiluz said it’d be a dream to play for the U.S. national team.

The former Boise Nationals club player and member of Bilbao’s youth system will get that chance Monday as one of 20 to suit up for America’s U-19 team against Georgia in the Slovakia Cup.

The Slovakia Cup serves as a testing ground for players trying to make the U.S. squad for the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship and the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Eagle No. 2 in the nation

The Mustangs’ softball team climbed from No. 3 to No. 2 in the CBS MaxPreps Xcellent 25 Softball Rankings, making it No. 2 in a pair of national polls.

Eagle (19-0) has been second in the USA Today High School Sports/ National Fastpitch Coaches Assocation Super 25 for three straight weeks.

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