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Varsity Extra athletes of the week: Dec. 5-10

New Plymouth grappler Joe Rice tries to get around Caldwell’s Dante Carreno in the 98-pound championship match of the Rollie Lane Invitational on Jan. 9 at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa.
New Plymouth grappler Joe Rice tries to get around Caldwell’s Dante Carreno in the 98-pound championship match of the Rollie Lane Invitational on Jan. 9 at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa. doswald@idahostatesman.com

Please email nominations by Monday morning to rroberts@idahostatesman.com for performances based on the previous week.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Mandy Simpson, Boise: The senior guard/forward and Oklahoma signee helped the Braves improve to 8-0 with a 43-36 victory over two-time defending 5A state champion Mountain View. Simpson dominated in the paint, scoring 26 points with 12 rebounds to hand the Mavericks their first loss of the season.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Jayson Hibbard, Skyview: The Hawks scored their first upset of the season, knocking off 4A Southern Idaho Conference preseason favorite Bishop Kelly 51-50. Hibbard, a junior forward, recorded a double-double in the victory with 14 points and 15 rebounds.

WRESTLING

Joe Rice, New Plymouth: The two-time individual state champion at the 2A/1A level won a strong 126-pound weight class at the Calhoun Classic in Nyssa, Ore. Rice, a junior, earned a 4-2 decision over Borah’s Peter Huntsman to win the championship.

Rachel Roberts: 208-377-6422, @IDS_VarsityX

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