Varsity Extra Blog

Varsity Extra athletes of the week (April 18-23)

Middleton’s Jayde Nielsen (second from left) approaches the finish line on her way to a second-place finish in the girls 100-meter dash at the YMCA Invitational on Saturday at Mountain View High. She also won the 200-meter dash.
Middleton’s Jayde Nielsen (second from left) approaches the finish line on her way to a second-place finish in the girls 100-meter dash at the YMCA Invitational on Saturday at Mountain View High. She also won the 200-meter dash. kgreen@idahostatesman.com

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

BASEBALL

Efrain Garcia, Caldwell: The senior catcher went 6-for-6 — all singles — with three RBIs in a victory at Kuna on Friday. He drove in the game-winning run with an RBI single in the top of the seventh inning.

SOFTBALL

Kaley Van Hooser, Skyview: The senior belted three home runs in a 25-5, three-inning win over Mountain Home. She finished a three-run homer shy of the home-run cycle, going 3-for-4 with seven RBIs.

GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD

Jayde Nielsen, Middleton: The senior ran the fastest 200 meters in any classification in the state this season — 25.54 seconds — in preliminaries at the YMCA Invitational. She later won the event in 26.05 seconds.

BOYS TRACK AND FIELD

Britt Ipsen, Capital: The junior unleashed a long jump of 23 feet, 3.5 inches at the YMCA Invitational, the state’s best mark this season in any classification. He also won the meet’s high jump title at 6-2.

GIRLS TENNIS

Ellie Gamble, Centennial: The senior showed versatility, sweeping Timberline’s Sarah Dean at No. 1 girls singles on Tuesday (6-0, 6-0), then teaming with Aly Carlson at No. 1 girls doubles Thursday and dropping just one game against Borah’s Paytin Snowball and Madeline Kraus (6-1, 6-0).

BOYS TENNIS

Brandon Calley, Kuna: The Kavemen’s No. 1 boys singles player swept Andersen Rapp in straight sets Tuesday (6-0, 6-0), then dropped just one game Thursday in a sweep of Middleton’s Nathan Demarse (6-0, 6-1).

GIRLS GOLF

Kaitlynn Deeble, Centennial: The junior fired a nine-hole round of 37 to win a quad match at Ridgecrest with Capital, Borah and Columbia. It was the lowest round for any girls golfer in the 5A or 4A SIC last week.

BOYS GOLF

Marcus Egusquiza, Mountain Home: The junior aced hole No. 15 at RedHawk and followed with an eagle on No. 16, carding a 32 to win a 4A SIC nine-hole match by five strokes. It’s the second tournament in a row he’s won.

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