ISU men’s tennis: Bengals drop season-opening match of spring

Idaho State fell 6-1 at Utah State on Sunday afternoon to open the spring season.

“We came out and competed as well as I’ve seen any team compete since I’ve been around at ISU, against a quality Utah State team,” ISU coach Mark Rodel said. “Overall, it’s never fun to lose, but it definitely shows me that we have the potential to be a contender in the Big Sky.”

Idaho State was swept in doubles play with a 6-1 loss at No.1 doubles and a 6-4 loss at No. 3 doubles. The Bengals fell in the first five matches of singles play before Fynn Lohse earned ISU’s lone point with a 6-3, 6-3, straight sets win over USU’s Rithvik Bollipalli.

The Bengals (0-1) face Whitman College on Feb. 1 in Boise

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Locals in the NFL: Taysom Hill, Josh Hill contribute in New Orleans Saints’ playoff win over Philadelphia Eagles

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Throughout the NFL season, the Idaho State Journal will check in with former local players currently in the NFL. Here’s an update after the second week of the playoffs.

Josh Hill (Blackfoot High, Idaho State University) and Taysom Hill (Highland High), New Orleans Saints

Taysom Hill and Josh Hill played a part in the New Orleans Saints’ 20-14 home win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday in the NFC Division Playoffs.

Facing fourth-and-short on their own 30-yard line with 11 minutes, 51 seconds remaining the second quarter, Saints coach Sean Payton called for a fake punt on which third-string quarterback and special teams virtuoso Taysom Hill took a direct snap as the up back. Taysom Hill rushed 4 yards, securing the first down.

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ISU WBB: Bengals throttle Sac State 73-43, clinch fifth consecutive win

POCATELLO – Starting forward Grace Kenyon was out of her seat with her arms raised in celebration while the rest of the elated Idaho State players on the bench.

They just witnessed Idaho State point guard Callie Bourne use an ankle-breaking move against her defender in the backcourt before finding little-used backup Melisa Kadic for an off-the-backboard 3-pointer for the last bucket of the game to cap a complete demolition.

Idaho State steamrolled Sacramento State 73-43 on Saturday at Reed Gym. It was the Bengals’ fifth consecutive win and largest margin of victory against a Division I opponent since February 2013, when they defeated Weber State 68-37.

“The pieces are just falling together for us,” ISU forward Sai Tapasa said. “We were hitting shots when we needed to. We were sharing the ball, passing it. People were playing hard. People off the bench came in, played tough, kept the level of competition high for us.”

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ISU MBB: Brandon Boyd’s game-winning layup lifts Bengals over Sacramento State

Brandon Boyd’s layup with 2 seconds left lifted Idaho State to a 72-70 win Saturday at Sacramento State.

The Hornets tied the game at 70-all with a layup off an ISU turnover at the 9-second mark, setting the table for Boyd’s heroics. Boyd scored five of his 10 points in the final 41 seconds of action.

His 3-pointer with 41 seconds to play gave ISU a 70-65 lead.

“Brandon made some really key plays down the stretch,” ISU coach Bill Evans said in a postgame radio interview.

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ISU T&F: Ashley VanVleet-Sturgis, Michael Dean set ISU records at Stacy Dragila Open

The Idaho State men’s and women’s track and field teams came away victorious at the 2019 Stacy Dragila Open thanks in part to record-breaking performances by Ashley VanVleet-Sturgis and Michael Dean.

The Bengal men and women ended the meet with 29 total podium finishes and 10 first place finishes.

“I think it’s always good to have wins, they build confidence,” Bengals head coach Hillary Merkley said. “A lot of the kids are excited about where they are at. We had good wins. We had improvement in areas where we didn’t have the win, but we are making progress as a team. We know we are headed in a good direction.”

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ISU T&F: Bengals pick up wins in pole vault, heptathlon to start Stacy Dragila Open

The Idaho State University men’s and women’s track and field teams ended day one of the 2019 Stacy Dragila Open with a pair of victories in the women’s pole vault and the women’s pentathlon at Holt Arena.

“We’ve been excited to get started,” ISU head coach Hillary Merkley said. “It’s a long fall season and there’s a lot of anxiety for kids and coaches to get started. It was a good day for them.

“On the women’s side, I am especially excited to see where we’re going to go,’ Merkley continued. “It was a good start and we want to keep building on that throughout the day. We know where we finished last year at conference. We know what the rankings are. But we know that where we are as a team is better than what those marks show.”

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ISU MBB: Bengals have favorable matchup with last-place Sacramento State

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After Saturday’s miserable defensive effort, Idaho State’s next opponent should boost the Bengals’ defensive numbers.

Should.

The Bengals (6-7, 2-2 Big Sky Conference) play their lone game of the week Saturday at Sacramento State — the last Big Sky team in search of a league win and, statistically, one of the worst offensive squads in Division I.

That didn’t matter in the Bengals’ last game, an 81-69 home loss to Northern Arizona. The Lumberjacks had their best offensive outing this season, shooting 56.3 percent from the field and snapping a seven-game road losing streak. NAU ranks ninth in the Big Sky in scoring and ninth in shooting percentage.

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ISU WBB: Bengals down Weber State 70-57 for 4th win in a row

Four players reached double figures to lead Idaho State to its fourth consecutive win Thursday, 70-57 at Weber State.

Estefania Ors led the way with 23 points for the Bengals (9-5, 4-1 Big Sky Conference). Saylair Grandon followed with 18 points and five rebounds, while Grace Kenyon and Sai Tapasa combined for 21 points and 18 boards.

Delaney Moore also had a productive night off the bench with six points, five rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals.

“She’s been great,” ISU coach Seton Sobolewski said of Moore. “She’s really smart and she’s got toughness to her and she’s got athleticism, but Delaney’s good at mastering just a few things … she doesn’t spread herself thin and she gets really good at a few things.”

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