ISU men’s tennis: Bengals end 5-match skid with win over North Dakota

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The Idaho State men’s tennis team snapped a five-match losing streak with a 6-1 win over North Dakota on the road Thursday.

“Today the team showed resiliency and played with good focus,” ISU coach Mark Rodel said.

Idaho State (4-7, 2-3 Big Sky Conference) opened play with a 6-2 win at No. 2 doubles as Adam Hornby and William Edin defeated UND’s Annei Laska and Ben Yeacker. North Dakota (1-12, 1-8 Big Sky) responded with a 6-3 win at No. 3 doubles. The Bengals secured the doubles point following Peter Trhac and David Felix’s 6-4 win over Daniel Martinez and Lukas Buth at No. 1 doubles.

In singles play, the Bengals battled to pick up five wins, including two victories in three-set matches. ISU picked up wins at the No. 3, 6, 2 and 1 positions and closed singles play with a win at No. 5 singles. Hornby battled UND’s Alex Mailes for the three-set win, 7-6 (7-4), 5-7, 10-8, to secure ISU’s 6-1 victory.

The Bengals continue play Saturday at Northern Colorado.

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ISU club baseball: Bengals earn split behind potent offense

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Idaho State split two games Thursday at a tournament in Henderson, Nevada.

The Bengals dropped the first game 8-0 to Metro State, but mercy-ruled Denver 12-2 in a six-inning win.

In the victory, ISU’s Chance Arce finished a single short of the cycle. Arce was 3 for 3 with three runs, a double, triple and home run to pace the Bengals’ offense, which racked up 15 hits.

“First game, we came out a little flat,” ISU coach Sean Persky said. “Didn’t get anything going offensively. In the second game, the bats came alive. A home run sparked things off.”

Idaho State (5-4) continues play in the tournament Friday against California Miramar University-Montebello.


Idaho State 000 000 0 — 0 1 3

Metro State 103 301 x — 8 9 2

Idaho State — LP: Si Hoskins.


Denver 100 010 x — 2 3 6

Idaho State 532 101 x — 12 15 4

Idaho State — WP: Braden Horrocks. 2B: Tanner Adams, Chance Arce, Brayden Pieper. 3B: Arce. HR: Arce.

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ISU football: Top 5 spring storylines — Challenges loom for Roger Cooper in 1st year as defensive coordinator

By Madison Guernsey

Starting Thursday, the Idaho State Journal began previewing the top five storylines to watch during Idaho State’s spring football practices, which begin March 29. They are listed in no particular order.

Which base formation will Roger Cooper utilize in his first year as defensive coordinator?

While Idaho State’s offense made noticeable strides last season, the team’s defense was one of the worst in the FCS.

The unit’s raw numbers: 485.8 yards and 35.5 points given up per game. The national rankings: 100th or worse in 10 statistical categories. Only two FCS teams gave up more yards per game than ISU, which ranked 121st out of 123 teams in total defense.

The final straw in the tenure of former defensive coordinator Spencer Toone was a 56-17 blowout loss against UC Davis on senior day. ISU was gashed for 488 yards while the Aggies went 11 of 16 on third down and scored on four of five trips to the red zone. The margin of defeat is the Bengals’ worst at home since 2012.

Toone, who had led ISU’s defense since 2013, was told he would not be retained before the Bengals’ season finale at Weber State. Roger Cooper coordinated the defense for that game and was tapped as ISU’s defensive coordinator in the offseason.

Cooper shared co-coordinator duties with Toone during the 2013 and 2014 seasons, and has coached ISU’s linebackers since 2012.

At his introductory press conference Feb. 8, Cooper said the biggest issues with Idaho State’s defense were giving up big plays and inconsistency.

ISU’s base defensive formation switched from a 4-3 to a 3-4 early last season, following back-and-forth changes between the two base looks over the last few years. Cooper didn’t tip his hand as to which system he would deploy in 2018, only saying personnel would play a large role in dictating that decision.

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ISU club baseball: Bengals beat Denver in Wednesday tourney split

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The Idaho State club baseball team split two games Wednesday at a tournament in Henderson, Nevada. The Bengals dropped the opener 13-10 to Metro State before bouncing back with a 12-2, five-inning win over Denver.

In the win, Bryan Celis and Adam Shelby drove in three runs apiece. Celis doubled twice.

“It was a good performance by everybody in both games,” ISU coach Sean Persky said. “We were stringing hits together.”

Idaho State (4-3) continues play in the tournament Thursday against Metro State and Denver.


Metro State 103 400 5xx — 13 14 5

Idaho State 120 212 2xx — 10 13 3

Idaho State — LP: SPencer Persky. 2B: Brayden Pieper. 3B: Si Hoskins.


Idaho State 113 43x xxx — 12 15 2

Denver 101 00x xxx — 2 3 4

Idaho State — WP: Nishon Neal. 2B: Chance Arce, Bryan Celis (2). 3B: Arce, Brandon Long, Adam Shelby

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ISU women’s tennis: Bengals handle Lewis-Clark 6-1 By ISU Sports InformationBy ISU Sports Information

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The Idaho State women’s tennis team got back on the winning track Wednesday, defeating Lewis-Clark State College 6-1 on the road. After dropping the doubles point, the Bengals swept singles play for the commanding victory.

In doubles play, Idaho State (6-9) picked up a 6-0 win early as Huibre-Mare Botes and Louise-Mare Botes defeated LCSC’s Stephanie Buckingham and Begona Andres 6-0. However, the Warriors defeated the Bengals at both the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles positions to claim the doubles point early.

Idaho State responded, sweeping Lewis-Clark State (3-9) in singles play. Megan Poe started things off with a 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 2 singles, while Madison Fenske added a 6-3, 6-1 win at No. 4 singles. Angela Walker continued the winning streak with a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 3 singles, while Melissa Coburn finished 6-3, 6-3 to defeat Hannah Uhlenkott at No. 1 singes. The Bengals closed with wins at No. 5 and No. 6 singles as Kristen Newell bested Jen Roux 6-0, 6-1 and Andrea Osborn picked up a 7-5, 7-6 win over Sophie Uhlenkott at No. 6 singles.

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ISU softball: Bengals beat Utah State, downed by Utah Valley

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The Idaho State softball team beat Utah State 7-3 and lost to Utah Valley University 11-3 in six innings on Wednesday at Utah Valley.

The Bengals had 14 hits on the day, led by Makenzie VanSickle going 4 for 6 and scoring four runs. Ashlyn Ames had three hits, two doubles and two RBIs while Cassidy FitzGerald had two hits and three RBIs. Kelsey Breer also had two hits on the day.

Ashlyn Ames earned the win over Utah State. She pitched a complete game, allowing eight hits, five runs, one walk and four strikeouts.

Mariah Mulcahy took the loss against the Wolverines.

She pitched 3 1/3 innings, allowing eight hits, seven runs, walking six and recording three strikeouts. Danni Ryan pitched the final two innings in the loss.

“We did what we needed to do to win versus Utah State,” Idaho State coach Candi Letts said. “We didn’t capitalize on that for the next game. We left too many runners in scoring position early. We gave too many opportunities for Utah Valley to take advantage of.”

In the win over the Aggies, VanSickle was 2 for 3 and scored two runs. FitzGerald was 2 for 3 and had three RBIs.

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ISU football: Top 5 spring storylines — Offensive change under Ferriter?


By Madison Guernsey

Starting today, the Idaho State Journal is previewing the top five storylines to watch during Idaho State’s spring football practices, which begin March 29. They are listed in no particular order.

How will the offense look under first-year offensive coordinator Mike Ferriter?

Ferriter inherits an offense that had one of its best seasons in team history last year and returns most of its key pieces.

Under former offensive coordinator Matt Troxel, who left ISU to be an offensive analyst at Oregon State in January, the Bengals posted 4,784 yards of offense (20th in the FCS, sixth in school history), 1,962 yards rushing (34th in the FCS, ninth in school history), 19 rushing touchdowns (fifth in school history) and 41 total touchdowns (sixth in school history). Quarterback Tanner Gueller, wide receivers Mitch Gueller and Michael Dean and running backs James Madison and Ty Flanagan had all-conference seasons and are among seven starters back for 2018.

Early indications are the offense will undergo minimal changes under Ferriter, who will also coach the Bengals’ quarterbacks. Ferriter, Troxel and ISU head coach Rob Phenicie have plenty of familiarity with one another, dating back to when all three were at Montana in the mid-2000s.

Ferriter also has history at Idaho State. He previously coached the Bengals’ inside receivers for two seasons, including the 2014 campaign that saw ISU set program records for total offense, rushing offense, touchdowns and points. Troxel was the offensive line coach and assistant head coach for offense on that year’s staff.


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This file photo from 2014 shows then-Idaho State receivers coach Mike Ferriter.

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Oscar Winner “SHAPE OF WATER” at ISU Sunday

Best Picture Oscar winner, “The Shape of Water” will be shown this Sunday, March 25, at 2:00, 4:30, and 7:00 p.m. in the Bengal Theater at the ISU Pond Student Union.

“The Shape of Water” is described as “A fairy tale for troubled times,” set against the backdrop of Cold War era America, where the fear of the Soviets abound and a race for supremacy is underway. In a hidden high-security government laboratory “the package” has been delivered, a captive amphibian creature who has been worshiped as a god in South America. But now the task is to control, experiment upon, and sometimes torture the creature into submission at the hands of a cruel agent who sees the world in us vs. them, black and white terms. But things change when a lonely custodial worker discovers the creature and decides, along with friends, to try and free him.

Sally Hawkins was nominated for Best Actress for her role, and Guillermo del Toro won the Oscar for Best Director, as the film was nominated for 13 Oscars overall.  (Rated R)  Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for ISU staff, or free for ISU students with Bengal ID.  For trailer and more information, go to

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