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5A Southern Idaho Conference football preview

CONFERENCE AIMS TO PUT AN END TO CHAMPIONSHIP DROUGHT

The 5A Southern Idaho Conference is the largest league in the state of Idaho.

With 12 schools, the Treasure Valley-based conference makes up more than half of the 22-team 5A classification.

That numbers advantage hasn’t translated into a playoff advantage in recent years.

Eagle was the last District Three team to hoist the state championship trophy when a Taylor Kelly-led Mustangs squad topped Capital 22-21 in 2009. That game also marked the last time two SIC teams played in the title game against one another.

Since 2009, schools from the east and north have taken over.

Coeur d’Alene has three titles (2010, 2011, 2013) in that span, and Madison (2012) and Highland (2014) each have one.

In 2012 and 2013, the 5A SIC failed to qualify a team for the title game.

In the preseason state media poll, the defending champion Rams earned the top ranking, and talent-laden Rocky Mountain — the 5A SIC Pod A favorite — collected the No. 2 spot. Coeur d’Alene is third, Mountain View fourth and Capital fifth.

Will this be the year the 5A SIC climbs back atop the mountain?

ADMISSION PRICES RISE FOR SOUTHERN IDAHO CONFERENCE

If you’re headed to a 5A or 4A high school sporting event this school year, expect to pay a little more at the gate. Prices were increased by $1 to $6 for adults, $4 for students and $3 for seniors and elementary school students.

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