ISU athletics: Kaler named CoSIDA Academic All-American

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Idaho State senior track and field distance runner Andrew Kaler can add one more academic award to his resume: All-American. Kaler became the first ever Idaho State track and field athlete to be named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Division I Track and Field Second Team.

“It’s insane. I can’t believe it,” Kaler said. “It’s nice to know that all my hard work is paying off. It’s unbelievable.”

Kaler is the first Bengal to earn CoSIDA Academic All-American status since dual-sport athlete Tressa Lyman received the honor in the spring of 2016. Kaler, who graduated with a degree in electrical engineering in May, previously garnered first-team Academic All-District 7 honors last month. He was a four-time Big Sky All-Academic performer and was named the Outstanding Student for the College of Science and Engineering by the university.

“We have a culture here with academics,” Bengals head cross country coach, and Kaler’s track and field distance coach, Nate Houle said. “Andrew kind of represents the whole team. All of our kids do well in the classroom, and it translates to athletics. They pick hard majors and go after their academic dreams. They don’t put that on hold. Andrew shows what it really means to be a high-level athlete and student.”

“This is a big deal,” ISU head track and field coach Hillary Merkley said. “We want people to have a good experience and a good education, and athletics is part of that, but academics are huge.”

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ISU football: Koetter, Hoge, Wilcots attend annual F.A.T. meet and greet

By Madison Guernsey

POCATELLO — Solomon Wilcots had been hearing about Pocatello since high school.

Through his line of football connections, Pocatello kept popping up — the arcane, hard-working small town in Idaho.

For the first time in his life, Wilcots visited the storied land. The former NFL defensive back and Emmy Award-winning broadcaster joined Pocatello natives and NFL brethren Dirk Koetter and Merril Hoge on Friday at the Idaho State Football Alumni Team (F.A.T.) meet and greet at Phil Meador Toyota. The three will play in the annual F.A.T. golf scramble Saturday at Highland Golf Course.

Former ISU assistant football coach Leo Brouhard, Wilcots’ high school football coach, was the first to utter Pocatello to Wilcots. As he traversed through his six-year NFL career, Wilcots heard about Pocatello again from Hoge and Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, when Lewis was in his first year as an assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Steelers, eight years after he left Pocatello following a playing and coaching career at ISU.

“I heard a lot about it from so many people, from so many inspirational coaches in my life, and now I finally made it here,” Wilcots said. “I just heard that like Boulder, Colorado, where I went to school, that it was a good place. Good people. Football was very important to the population here. Very small town built around the local university here.”

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ISU receives approval to rename RISE complex

POCATELLO — The William M. and Karin A. Eames Advanced Technical Education and Innovations Complex is the new name for an Idaho State University campus facility formerly known as RISE, the Research and Innovation in Science and Engineering Complex. The newly named facility will serve as a state-of-the-art technology and research complex, focused on expanding College of Technology programs and providing space for related research.

The new name honors William Eames, a dedicated alumnus and longtime donor, who has pledged a $2.5 million gift to support the facility. His pledge is the lead gift to a $5 million campaign currently underway by ISU. Eames has also assisted in securing an additional commitment of $250,000 for the campaign. Eames has supported ISU student scholarships for more than 25 years.

“Idaho State gave me an opportunity many years ago, and it will always hold a special place in my heart,” Eames said. “We appreciate being able to make a gift that will allow students to advance their education and secure careers in high-demand, well-paying fields.”

Approval to change the name was granted during the State Board’s June meeting.

In February, ISU announced plans to relocate a number of College of Technology programs into the facility to meet a growing enrollment. The move of technical programs into the complex will create a number of synergistic opportunities for STEM-related programs at the University. Research opportunities will also continue at the facility.

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ISU volleyball: Bengals add grad transfer Lundin for 2017

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The Idaho State volleyball team welcomes another players for the 2017 season as graduate transfer Makayla Ludin will join the team this fall. Bengals head coach Rick Reynolds announced the signing of Lundin on Tuesday.

“Makayla brings a lot of high-level experience and leadership to Idaho State from her time in the Pac-12 and Big Ten conferences,” Reynolds said. “I look forward to seeing her compete with our setters for the chance to lead our offense this fall. She is a hard worker and is determined to make an immediate impact here at Idaho State.”

Lundin, who is from Eagle, returns to the state of Idaho after playing three seasons for the Pac-12’s University of Colorado Colorado University and Big Ten’s Indiana University. During her freshman campaign at Colorado, Lundin appeared in five matches for the Buffs and recorded 88 assists, 14 digs and one ace. In two seasons with the Hoosiers, Lundin saw action in 56 sets as a setter, recording 265 assists for a 4.73 per-set average. She also averaged 1.29 digs per set while hitting .360. Lundin was named to the Big Ten All-Academic team and was the recipient of the IU Community Outreach award in 2015.

Prior to beginning her collegiate career, Lundin was a standout athlete at Bishop Kelly High School where she was a four-year letter winner in volleyball in addition to a year of golf and basketball. She helped the Knights advance to the state tournament three straight years (2010-2012), and in 2012 helped the Knights to a 24-9 overall record. As both a junior and senior, Lundin was named a first-team all-conference selection. She earned second-team honors as a sophomore. Lundin also earned all-state honors as a senior.

Ludin will be working toward a master’s in athletic administration when she joins the Bengals this fall.

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ISU Summer Movie Shows on Tuesday/Wednesday

Summer movies continue at ISU with “Beautiful Fantastic” showing Tuesday and Wednesday, June 20 and 21, at 7 p.m. in the Bengal Theater.  Academy Award nominee Tom Wilkinson stars with Jessica Brown Findlay in this story about a young woman who dreams of being a children’s author who makes an unlikely friendship with a cantankerous, rich old neighbor who coaxes her toward tending to her unkempt garden. The New York Observer calls the movie, “A charming, beautifully photographed modern fairy tale about love and gardening,” (Rated PG) Admission is $3 for the public, $2 for ISU staff and free for ISU students with Bengal ID.  For trailer and more information, go to

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ISU football: ISU adds transfer QB Goggin for 2017

By Madison Guernsey

Idaho State is adding a quarterback to its repertoire for the 2017 season.

Michael Goggin, from Lake City High in Coeur d’Alene and Ventura College in Ventura, California, announced his commitment to the Bengals via Twitter on June 9. Goggin told the Journal he plans on joining the team in Pocatello on July 17.

Goggin spent two years at Ventura, but did not play. He used a grey shirt his first year on campus — meaning he postponed enrollment until the second term of the academic school year — and redshirted the 2016 season. Goggin said he has four years of eligibility remaining.

In one season as Lake City’s starting quarterback (2014), Goggin broke multiple school records and earned Inland Empire League co-offensive MVP honors. Goggin operated Lake City’s option attack, guiding the Timberwolves to a 9-2 record and the 5A state semifinals. Then-Lake City head coach Van Troxel called Goggin the best quarterback the team had fielded since 2006.

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ISU sotball: Burnett wins NCAA batting championship

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Kacie Burnett’s won the 2017 NCAA softball batting title with a .487 average. She finished her career with a .460 average, which ranks as the ninth-best average in NCAA softball history.

Prior to the start of the Big Sky Conference tournament, Burnett ranked third in the country in batting with a .463 average. In the five games at the tournament, Burnett went 12 for 18 to bump her average to .487 for the season. The Bengals’ 2017 season ended one game away from the Big Sky championship game.

Burnett is only Big Sky softball player to earn first-team all-league honors all four years. She was the 2017 Big Sky Conference Player of the Year and is a three-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association second-team all-region player.

Burnett finished her career with a school record 217 runs scored, 320 hits, 20 triples and 116 stolen bases.

She was twice named to the USA Softball Preseason Watch List and in 2017, she was a finalist for the award.

The Bengal senior will remain in Pocatello one more year to finish her degree in nursing.

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“A United Kingdom” at ISU Saturday

“A United Kingdom” will be shown this Saturday, June 10, at 3:30, 5:45 and 8:00 p.m. in the Bengal Theater, telling the true story about the King of Botswana and how his loving but controversial marriage to a British white woman put his kingdom and the British empire into political and diplomatic turmoil. “The Wall Street Journal calls the movie, “An extraordinary story, solidly based on historical events, one in which love and idealism are confronted by racism on both sides of the color line.” (Rated PG-13) Admission is $3 for the public, $2 for ISU staff or free for ISU students with Bengal ID. For trailer and more information, go to

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