ISU MBB: Bengals add forward Chier Maker for next season

Chier Maker head shot

By Madison Guernsey

The Idaho State men’s basketball team announced Wednesday the addition of Chier Maker for next season.

Maker is a 6-foot-7 forward from New South Wales, Australia, and has two years of eligibility remaining. He is transferring to ISU from Palm Beach State College and spent two seasons — one as a redshirt — at the University of Portland.

Last season at Palm Beach State, Maker averaged 10.4 points and 6 rebounds per game, starting 19 of 31 contests. He shot 39.5 percent from the floor and 30.7 percent from the 3-point line, attempting 166 of his 294 shots from beyond the arc.

Over his final seven games of last season, Maker averaged 21.6 ppg on 49.5 percent shooting to go along with 7.7 rebounds per night.

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Thursday Movie at ISU – “Murder on the Orient Express”

“Murder on the Orient Express” plays tonight (Thursday) at 5:00 and 7:30 p.m. in the Bengal Theater at the ISU Pond Student Union. Based on the best selling Agatha Christie novel, a murder on a train in the middle of nowhere requires some extraordinary sleuthing by the famed investigator Hercule Poirot. The Associated Press writes, “It is somewhat refreshing to sit in a theater and watch an enjoyable grand scale production that’s not set in space or predetermined by the pages in a comic book.”  (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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ISU men’s tennis: Bengals add Lukas Ridemar for 2018-19 season

By ISU Sports Information

Idaho State coach Mark Rodel announced Thursday the signing of Lukas Ridemar, who will join the Bengals as a freshman for the 2018-19 season.

“I am looking forward to having Lukas join our team,” Rodel said. “He stood out during recruiting on many levels, but in relation to tennis, I am always excited to see players who are not afraid to play an attacking style with the ability to move forward to the net. This is where Lukas shines. The added bonus is that we have another left-handed player, along with David Felix, and that will help in doubles pairings.”

Ridemar — a Hollviken, Sweden native — led his team to a Swedish National Championship in 2016. At the 2017 Swedish national championship, he went undefeated in singles and doubles play. Ridemar also claimed the Ystad Indoor Open Men’s Doubles title in 2017 and finished undefeated in the Division I national league in 2018.

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ISU T&F: Nelson earns all-conference honors at Big Sky Championships

By ISU Sports Information

Idaho State freshman Ginger Nelson earned all-conference honors with a second-place finish in the high jump on Thursday at the Big Sky Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Moscow.

Nelson jumped 5 feet, 7 inches for a new personal best.

“Ginger has been patient all year. Coming in as a freshman, we made changes and I knew it was in her,” Idaho State coach Hillary Merkley. “It came together today at a good time and her patience paid off.”


Junior Deziree Lipsett had a sixth-place finish in the discus with a toss of 147′ 10″, while fellow junior Taylor Clark finished 11th in the hammer throw with a distance of 165′.

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STEM summer camps offer fun and exploration for curious young minds

Sean McBride

By Stephanie Bachman For the Journal

Curiosity and creativity. These ingredients are what inspire 4-year-olds to sculpt Lego towers in the living room. They are what embolden fifth-graders to hand-craft bottle rockets in abandoned parking lots, and they are the driving force in motivating high school students to engineer and program their first robot for their technology class.

If the kids are curious, why not give them more tools to explore their curiosity?

This summer, Idaho State University’s Energy Systems Technology & Education Center (ESTEC) will provide not just an outlet for these youths to explore how things work, but also an environment where they can learn and build upon their knowledge of technology in a week-long summer camp series.

The Build Your Future Summer Camp Series, held from June 4 to 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., will empower children and teens between the ages of 12-18 by offering six tracks of STEM-related (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) classes.

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ISU faculty member saved by two Blackfoot residents

Dan Cravens

By Logan Ramsey

BLACKFOOT — After Dan Cravens pulled to the side of the road in anaphylactic shock last week, two men stepped in and helped save his life.

On Friday, Cravens was taking his son, Dan Cravens II, and his daughter, Allison, to their baseball games. On their way, they stopped at a Blackfoot convenience store and bought some pumpkin seeds.

Dan Cravens then dropped his son off at a practice before the baseball game and began to feel extremely sick after eating some of the seeds.

Soon, Cravens had an allergic reaction and went into anaphylactic shock and became unconscious while driving. He doesn’t remember what happened after he attempted to drive home, but he was able to pull his car off partway into a grassy area near the ballfields.

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ISU T&F: Ashley VanVleet wins Big Sky title

By ISU Sports Information

Idaho State freshman Ashley VanVleet finished first in the heptathlon Wednesday at the Big Sky Outdoor Championships to win her first Big Sky title.

VanVleet came into the day in third place after four events Tuesday and placed second in all three events Wednesday to score 5,105 points, becoming the Bengals’ first athlete to win a heptathlon title since Cassie Merkley won in 2010.

The first event of the day was the long jump, where VanVleet set a new personal best by leaping 18 feet, 5.75 inches. The next event was the javelin, where VanVleet set a personal best with a throw of 113’. In the final event of the day, VanVleet finished the 800-meter race with a time of 2 minutes, 18.20 seconds to secure her first conference championship.

“She really put together a great couple of days,” Idaho State coach Hillary Merkley said.

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ISU softball: Bengals end season with loss at North Dakota

By ISU Sports Information and Journal Staff

Idaho State’s season came to an end Saturday at North Dakota after a 5-1 loss. North Dakota and Idaho State split their Friday doubleheader, with North Dakota winning game one 4-1 and the Bengals winning game two, 3-1.

Idaho State ended the year 13-34 and 8-13 in Big Sky Conference play, missing the Big Sky tournament for the first time since 2012.

On Saturday, the Bengals had seven hits, with Emma Bordenkecher and Danni Ryan tallying two hits apiece.

North Dakota (25-26, 10-8 Big Sky) scored two runs in the first inning Saturday and two in the fifth to lead 4-0. Idaho State scored its lone run in the sixth inning on Ryan’s RBI single before North Dakota added a run in the bottom of the sixth to lead 5-1.

ISU’s 13-34 mark is the worst since the 2012 team went 12-36

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