“ISLE OF DOGS” at ISU Sunday

“Isle of Dogs” plays this Sunday, August 19, at 4:30 and 7:00 p.m. in the Bengal Theater at the ISU Pond Student Union.   This animated comedy/drama is set in Japan, in the wake of a dog flu that forces a quarantine of all dogs to “trash island” where a boy goes in search of his lost dog. (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  www.ipocatellofilmsociety.com/isle.

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ISU taking steps to improve rural pharmacy outreach


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When William Thompson entered pharmacy school at Idaho State University, he had an idea of where he wanted to be following graduation — right here in eastern Idaho.

The Blackfoot native, who is entering his third year at the College of Pharmacy, has aspirations of using the skills he gained through ISU to help better care and coverage in areas of Idaho that are often overlooked.

“Ever since I was in high school, it was my goal to be a pharmacist,” he said. “I would like to stay in Idaho. I like rural Idaho a bunch. Southeast Idaho is my home, and I would like to stay around here.”

And thanks to a number of programs offered through ISU’s College of Pharmacy, students such as Thompson have a number of options to help bring quality pharmacy services to some of the state’s most rural areas.

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Pocatello native, ISU alum Merril Hoge criticizes BYU football coaches regarding son’s position switch

Merril Hoge ISJ Sports Stars



PROVO, Utah — Merril Hoge carved out a fine career in the NFL as a running back before moving on to the television studio as a longtime analyst for ESPN.

But the Pocatello native and eight-year NFL veteran with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears is not happy that his son, Beau, has been moved from quarterback to running back by the BYU football staff.

In an interview with BYUtv’s BYU SportsNation television show Wednesday, Hoge used words such as stupid, weird, bizarre, smelly and dumb to describe the switch, which was made last spring but only came to light when preseason training camp opened on Aug. 2.

The NFL analyst, who was laid off by ESPN in April 2017, saved his biggest criticism for BYU assistant head coach Ed Lamb, who apparently first approached Beau Hoge about moving to running back.

Hoge refers to Lamb as the “linebackers coach” in the interview, which Lamb is, but did not mention that he also serves as the assistant head coach and special teams coordinator.

Hoge played football at Idaho State University and was a keynote speaker at the Idaho State Journal’s Sports Stars banquet in 2016.

For the rest of this story, please visit sltrib.com. Video of Hoge’s interview with BYUtv can he seen at the top of this story.

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ISU WBB: Seton Sobolewski gets 5-year contract extension to remain ISU women’s basketball coach

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Idaho State women’s head basketball coach Seton Sobolewski was approved for a five-year contract extension Thursday by the Idaho State Board of Education during an open meeting at Idaho State University.

Sobolewski will make $110,011.20 annually, nearly a $4,000 increase from his previous contract that featured an annual salary of $106,142 and would’ve ended May 2019. Sobolewski’s new contract overrides his old one and its terms.

Idaho State athletic director Jeff Tingey called the women’s basketball team the most consistently successful Bengals squad since Sobolewski took over in 2008.

“Seton is very valuable to us in the department, both as a coach and a leader. His team has been very consistent both athletically and academically,” Tingey told the Journal on Thursday by phone. “We hope we have an understanding with coach Sobolewski that putting him on a large, multi-year contract like this shows him the large confidence and trust we have in him, and the desire that we have to keep him for this extended period.”

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ISU volleyball: Orange and Black Scrimmage canceled

Idaho State’s Orange and Black Scrimmage on Friday has been canceled.

Instead, the Bengals will play an exhibition match Friday against Salt Lake Community College at 3 p.m. at Reed Gym. The match is open to the public with free admission.

The Bengals’ free K-6 skills clinic is still taking place from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m.

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ISU football: Top-heavy wide receiver crop has established depth

Michael Dean fall camp 2018

POCATELLO – Go down the list of Idaho State’s wide receivers, and you won’t see many players unworthy of playing time.

One of the team’s strongest position groups returns a bulk of its core this season, including all-Big Sky Conference playmakers Mitch Gueller and Michael Dean. The unit’s 12-player depth chart includes no seniors, and the only losses from last season’s corps are graduated veteran Hagen Graves and freshman Taylor Pearson, who retired.

Aside from two newcomers – freshman DeMonte Horton and redshirt freshman Jrue Perkins, who converted from defensive back during spring ball – all of ISU’s wide receivers have been through two fall camps and one spring practice season.

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ISU volleyball: Bengals host free clinic, play Orange and Black Scrimmage on Friday

Fans can get an early look at the Idaho State volleyball team during the Orange and Black Scrimmage at 7 p.m. this Friday, Aug. 17. The team is also hosting a free K-6 skills clinic from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. before the inter-squad matchup.

The Orange and Black Scrimmage is open to the public with free admission. It comes one week before Idaho State begins its season with matchups against Georgia Tech and Georgetown at the Hyatt Regency Invitational in Atlanta.

The scrimmage will provide an opportunity to see ISU’s six newcomers in action as they join the nine returning letterwinners on the court. The Bengals return three starters in Brooke Pehrson, Abby Garrity and Taylor Meeks, and welcome back junior setter Haylie Keck. Rick Reynolds enters his fourth season as head coach at ISU.

This is the only opportunity to see the Bengals live before the Idaho State Invitational from Aug. 31–Sept. 1.

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In a wide-open Big Sky, who’s the favorite to take the crown?

Weber State Eastern Washington football 2017

The Big Sky Conference football season kicks off Aug. 30, and the league title may be as wide-open as it has been in years.

Eight squads were picked by at least one media member to win the 2018 conference championship in the preseason poll, and the top three teams in the coaches poll were separated by 13 points.

The favorite in both polls was Eastern Washington — consistently one of the FCS’ most explosive offenses that boasts an All-American quarterback. But the Eagles have to dethrone the co-defending champions, Weber State and Southern Utah, plus contend with a handful of other programs on the rise.

Then there’s Idaho, which is reentering the Big Sky for its first football season in the conference since 1995.

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