ISU WBB: Saylair Grandon named Big Sky Player of the Week

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Idaho State’s Saylair Grandon was named the Big Sky Conference Player of the Week for the first time in her career on Tuesday.

The senior guard was also named College Sports Madness’ Big Sky Player of the Week for her performances in victories against Utah Valley and Pepperdine last week.

Grandon led the Bengals with 18.5 points, 5.5 assists, 1.5 blocks and 5.5 rebounds per game during the two-game stretch. She shot 54.2 percent from the field, 60.0 percent from 3-point range and 100 percent from the charity stripe.

Against Utah Valley on Thursday, Grandon went 8 of 10 from the field, 5 of 6 from the arc and 3 of 3 from the free-throw line for 24 points to go along with seven assists and three blocks. Idaho State finished the game shooting 66 percent from the field, besting the previous program record set in the 1983-84 season.

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ISU football: Andy Whittier helps team to comeback win at FCS National Bowl

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Andy Whittier made an impact in what may be his final football game.

The former Idaho State defensive back played in the FCS National Bowl on Sunday in Daytona Beach, Florida, helping the American team defeat National 38-37.

Whittier and other FCS football players showcased their skills in front of professional scouts at the invitation-only event. Whittier arrived in Florida on Thursday and spent the next two days meeting other players, shuttling between his hotel and the field, filling out paperwork for scouts and getting a crash course on preparing for professional football.

It all led up to Sunday’s game, which Whittier’s team won on a last-second touchdown and 2-point conversion.

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ISU football: Dakota Wilson earns CoSIDA Academic All-American honors

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Idaho State’s Dakota Wilson was named to the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America Division I football team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The news was announced Monday.

Wilson, a Bengals redshirt junior offensive lineman, is ISU’s first CoSIDA Academic All-American since Cody Sorensen in 2015. Wilson was named to the second team. He is majoring in health science and carries a 3.97 GPA, according to a Big Sky Conference-issued press release.

Wilson mostly played right tackle during the 2018 season for ISU, which had its best offensive season since 2014. The Bengals ended the 2018 season ranked ninth in the FCS in total offense (491.2 yards per game).

UC Davis’ Ryan Parenteau and Tiger Garcia also earned CoSIDA Academic All-America honors.

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Locals in the NFL: Taysom Hill provides spark in Saints’ win over Bucs

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Throughout the NFL season, we’ll check in with former local players currently in the NFL. Here’s an update after the 14th week of the regular season.

Dirk Koetter (Idaho State University), Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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

Highland alumnus Taysom Hill provided the spark New Orleans needed to come back from a 14-3 second-half deficit and pick up a 28-14 win Sunday at Tampa Bay. The Saints also clinched their second consecutive NFC South Division title.

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ISU officials and Pocatello police differ over powdery substance found at university

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Confusion remains over the origins of a white, powdery substance found leaking from a package in the Idaho State University mail room Dec. 3.

The Pocatello Police Department and ISU officials have provided conflicting stories on the substance, which was identified as crushed Oxycontin.

When the powder was first discovered, it triggered a response from the Pocatello Fire Department Hazardous Materials Team and caused the bottom floor of the Pond Student Union, in which the mail room is located, to be evacuated.

Police said Thursday the prescription opioid pills were mailed for use in research within ISU’s College of Health Professions and that the pills had become crushed during shipping, which caused them to leak.

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ISU WBB: Grandon’s steal sets up game-winning layup in 65-63 win over Pepperdine

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POCATELLO – From the corner, Pepperdine’s Malia Bambrick launched a potentially game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer that would have caused a seventh and final fourth-quarter lead change against Idaho State on Saturday at Reed Gym.

The Waves had made all four fourth-quarter triples, but the fifth didn’t fall and the Bengals held on for a 65-63 win in what was a whirlwind in the final minutes.

Idaho State guard Madison Hinrichs drew an offensive foul and went to the free-throw line with the score tied 63-63 and 13 seconds left in the game before missing both attempts.

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Big Sky football roundup: Weber State eliminated; E. Washington shocks UC Davis with late TD

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Chris Ferguson threw for two touchdowns, Ramon Jefferson ran for a late fourth-quarter score and the Maine defense stymied second-seeded Weber State 23-18 Friday night as the Black Bears advanced to the FCS playoff semifinals for the first time.

The seventh-seeded Black Bears (10-3) held the Wildcats (10-3) to minus-1 yard rushing and while Weber State quarterback Jake Constantine completed 24 of 52 passes for 272 yards and two touchdowns. He was intercepted four times, three coming on consecutive fourth-quarter possessions.

Maine plays No. 3 seed Eastern Washington in the FCS semifinals.

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Sundance Favorite “Juliet, Naked” at ISU Sunday

Sundance Film Festival favorite, “Juliet, Naked” plays this Sunday, December 9, at 2:30, 4:30, and 7:00 p.m. at the Bengal Theater. When a British woman’s obsessed boyfriend’s musical hero Tucker Crowe contacts her after she gives him an unfavorable review, an unlikely transatlantic romantic triangle ensues. “A charming film… as comic, heartfelt and smart as they come,” writes the Los Angeles Times.  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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