Acclaimed film “MAIDEN” at ISU Sunday

“Maiden”will be shown this Sunday, October 13, at 4:30 and 7:00 p.m. in the Bengal Theater.  This multiple award winning film tells the story of Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook on charter boats, who became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989. The Washington Post calls it, “Transcendent,” while Newsday writes, “‘Maiden’ concludes so movingly, with such perfect symbolism, that it rivals any scripted sports drama.” Admission is $3 for the public, $2 for ISU staff or free for ISU students with Bengal ID.  The shows are co-sponsored by the ISU Oboler Library.  For trailer and more information, go to

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Idaho State volleyball blows 2-1 lead in home loss to Sacramento State

The Idaho State volleyball team fell 3-2 to Sacramento State on Thursday in Reed Gym.

Sacramento State jumped ahead after a 25-18 first set. The second set was a back-and-forth battle ending with a 25-23 Bengal victory. Idaho State recorded 15 kills in the second set.

The Bengals carried the momentum into the third set, winning 25-17. A tough fourth set went in favor of the Hornets, 25-21, taking the match into a fifth set where Sac State won with a score of 15-11.

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Idaho State vs. North Dakota: 3 keys to victory and players to watch

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It’s a big weekend for Idaho State football. The Bengals host North Dakota for homecoming, which should bring the biggest crowd of the year to Holt Arena. On the field, Idaho State needs to bounce back from a blowout loss to Montana, and beating North Dakota — which is hanging just outside the FCS top 25 — may be the Bengals’ last chance to get back in the national conversation this year. Here are three keys to victory for Idaho State, plus three players to watch for each team.

Play Physical

North Dakota may have spread things out on offense a little more this year, but make no mistake — the Fighting Hawks are a physical team at heart. Head coach Bubba Schweigert has built the program on winning in the trenches and playing tough defense, and the Fighting Hawks will try to bring both of those things to Pocatello. It’s a hard truth, but Idaho State’s physicality lapsed against Montana last week, especially in the second half as the Grizzlies just kept leaning on the Bengals. Idaho State’s defenders missed more tackles than they have since the Utah game. That can’t be repeated this week.

Please, Someone, Force a Turnover

Somehow, someway, Idaho State is not last in the FCS in takeaways. Maine’s defense, so fearsome a year ago, has forced just one turnover in five games. But ISU isn’t looking much better with just three, and among teams that have played at least five games (which leaves out Ivy League teams that have only played three), only the Black Bears and Samford have forced as few turnovers as Idaho State. Turnovers can be somewhat influenced by luck, but this is something that’s weighing on the ISU defense.

“We go into every game, we want at least three (takeaways),” cornerback Caleb Brown said. “So, we haven’t lived up to that, and we need to. It’s definitely something that we’re focusing on. We need to force turnovers, we need to rip the ball out, we need to get interceptions.”

Stay Strong in the Red Zone

It will be strength against strength when North Dakota gets down close to the goal line. The Fighting Hawks are 12th in the FCS in red zone offense, and Idaho State is in the top 30 in red zone defense. Getting stops in tough situations has been a hallmark of the Idaho State defense thus far, and it’s certainly something the Bengals pride themselves on. They faltered a little bit against Montana, as both Marcus Knight (three times) and Dalton Sneed (twice) punched in short-yardage scores on the ground. Other than in that game, ISU’s defensive line has usually gotten a good push on the goal line and the secondary has looked more comfortable with less ground to cover. Plays in the red zone are high-leverage, and Idaho State will need to keep its strong start to the season there going.

Players to Watch — North Dakota

Nate Ketteringham (Sr. QB) — It’s been a long, strange journey around the Big Sky Conference for Ketteringham, who went to Sacramento State originally out of high school in San Diego. He started 16 games and threw for 24 touchdowns over two years there, but transferred when the offensive coordinator left. Then-Sac State head coach Jody Sears also signed two transfer quarterbacks that season, including the Hornets’ current starter, Kevin Thomson. Out of a job, Ketteringham went north, ending up in Grand Forks. After sitting a year per transfer rules, he started all 11 games for the Fighting Hawks last year, throwing 16 touchdowns. He missed North Dakota’s second and third games this season, but came back and has thrown the ball at least 40 times in the last two games. Last week’s win over ranked UC Davis was his best performance so far, as he threw for 279 yards and three touchdowns.

James Johannesson (Sr. RB) — A two-time Gatorade North Dakota Player of the Year in high school, Johannesson started his college career at Minnesota, although he didn’t see any time in two years there. After transferring back to his home state, he sat on the depth chart behind established star running backs James Santiago and Brady Oliveira, although he played in all 22 games over two years and had a 213-yard, two-touchdown day against Sac State last year. He started the season slowly, not going over 40 yards in any of the Fighting Hawks’ first three games, but had 107 yards against Eastern Washington and 87 last week against UC Davis. A freak athlete in a big frame at 6-foot-1, 240 pounds, he’ll be looking to punish Idaho State’s defenders on Saturday.

Donnell Rodgers (Sr. LB) — It’s been a breakout year for Rodgers, who was quietly competent last year, leading North Dakota with 72 tackles. This year, he’s been something more than that, with 53 tackles already in five games. That mark is good for 12th in the FCS. After a slow day in the season opener, when he presumably didn’t play much in a blowout win over Drake, he’s had at least 10 tackles in each of the next four games, with a high of 16 against defending national champion North Dakota State. He gets into the backfield as well, with at least half a tackle for loss in each of those four games, and created his first turnover of the year last week with a forced fumble against UC Davis. The 6-foot-1, 238-pounder really filled up the stat sheet against the Aggies, with a quarterback hit and three pass breakups to go along with the forced fumble and 13 tackles.

Players to Watch — Idaho State

Matt Struck (Jr. QB) — Idaho State is confident that Struck is fixing the footwork issues that led to a scattershot last three quarters against Montana last week. That game made clear just how much Struck’s mechanics matter, as he was essentially unplayable once he started getting sloppy, completing 8 of his final 24 passes after starting the game 8 of 9. It also showed just how important Struck is to the ISU offense, and how wildly different the Bengals can play given which extreme their quarterback is currently playing at. When he was on, he showed that he could run the Bengals’ run-pass option game with lethal precision, and they moved the ball against maybe the best team in the Big Sky. When he was off, it was a deadly parade of three-and-outs. Because of that, expect Struck to make a fair few appearances in this section between now and the end of the season.

Jacob Angel (Fr. T) — Angel will be making his third start against North Dakota, meaning he’s less an overmatched freshman by this point and more just a crucial part of ISU’s offensive line. That’s good, because this week he’ll be going up against North Dakota’s Mason Bennett. Bennett led the Fighting Hawks with 8 1/2 tackles for loss as a sophomore in 2017 despite not starting and missing a game. He followed that up with nine sacks last year, two away from the single-season record at North Dakota. After picking up 1 1/2 sacks against Drake in the first game of the season, he hasn’t recorded another one, but he’ll be coming after Struck hard Saturday. At 295 pounds, Angel has the size to deal with big rush rushers. Against the 6-foot-4, 258-pound Bennett, he’ll be facing a different challenge, having to deal with speed of the sort he likely hasn’t seen before.

Anthony Ricks and Caleb Brown (Sr. CBs) — Ricks and Brown were both victimized by Montana’s wide receivers last week. North Dakota doesn’t have the same talent on the outside, but with Noah Wanzek, Garett Maag and Travis Toivonen, the Fighting Hawks do have a trio of experienced, dangerous wideouts. All three are over 200 yards already this season. Despite an experienced secondary — Ricks and Brown are both returning senior starters — and an improved pass rush, the Bengals are 88th in the FCS (eighth in the Big Sky) in pass defense. The corners also don’t have an interception between them, nearly halfway through the season. Big plays come and go, but Ricks and Brown need to at least be lockdown and limit North Dakota’s passing game.

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Strong-armed urban legend Matt Struck comes to life at Idaho State

Matt Struck

Matt Struck’s road to the starting quarterback job at Idaho State was paved with hearsay and rumors, a legend slowly growing where no one realized it.

At Crater High School in Oregon, former head coach John Beck told unbelieving recruiters that his quarterback could throw the ball 60 yards “through a window.”

At Riverside Community College, coaches whispered to ISU offensive coordinator Mike Ferriter that their third-stringer, the floppy-haired kid playing behind two can’t-miss Division I talents, was actually the best quarterback on the team.

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Around 40 ISU football alumni to gather for this weekend’s homecoming festivities

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“The boys are back” for Idaho State’s homecoming festivities this weekend in Pocatello.

Around 40 former ISU football players who played between 1959 and 1969 will gather for Friday afternoon golf, followed by food and drinks at the Fairfield Inn & Suites, Saturday’s homecoming parade and the main event, ISU’s homecoming football game Saturday against North Dakota at Holt Arena.

Some of the former players returning this weekend include all-conference honorees Ron Arnold, Jerry Dunne, Dave Flynt, Boyd Hall, Louie Hurst, John Miller, Ben Sanford and Billy Satterfield. There will also be players from ISU’s 1963 Big Sky Conference championship team.

The homecoming parade starts at 9 a.m. Saturday on the corner of South First Avenue and East Center Street in Pocatello. The football game kicks off at 1:05 p.m.

Anyone who would like to reunite and share memories with the football alumni in attendance is invited to visit the Football Alumni Team (FAT) clubhouse tailgate area on the East side of Holt Arena. The tailgate will open three hours before kickoff.

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ISU football Q&A: Transfer linebacker Darian Green earns start at revolving linebacker spot

Darian Green

POCATELLO — The second middle linebacker spot next to Kody Graves has been a revolving door all year for the Idaho State Bengals. In Saturday’s game against Montana, Darian Green became the third player to start there in five games. He led the Bengals with 10 tackles as a rare bright spot in a blowout loss to the Grizzlies. The Idaho State Journal caught up with Green to talk his debut and how the UMass transfer ended up at Idaho State

Idaho State Journal: What was it like going in and making your first start in the atmosphere that was at Montana’s Washington-Grizzly Stadium?

Darian Green: It was a great place to play football. It was fun. It was something I prepared for, so I wasn’t really nervous. I knew my teammates, they were going to help if I had any questions or anything. I knew they were going to ball, they were going to play their heart out every play. I prayed to God and asked him, like, just let me do the best I can. He helped me with everything, and I just felt comfortable. We could have done better, but I felt like we were playing pretty good until the second half.

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Taysom Hill, Josh Hill start in Saints’ win over Buccaneers

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Throughout the NFL season, we’ll check in with former Idaho State football players and other notable locals currently in the NFL. Here’s an update after Week 5 of the regular season.

Taysom Hill (Highland HS) — BYU, New Orleans Saints

Taysom Hill earned a start in New Orleans’ 31-24 home win over Tampa Bay on Sunday.

The Pocatello native started at wide receiver — his first start of the season. Hill finished the game with two rushes for 14 yards and completed his only pass attempt for 18 yards. He played 15 offensive snaps and five special teams snaps.

The Saints (4-1) play Sunday at Jacksonville.

Josh Hill — Idaho State (2009-12), New Orleans Saints

Former Idaho State tight end Josh Hill made three receptions for a season-high 39 yards Sunday in the Saints’ 31-24 home win over Tampa Bay.

The Blackfoot High School alumnus started and played 52 of 70 offensive snaps. For the season, Hill has eight catches for 70 yards.

The Saints (4-1) play Sunday at Jacksonville.

Dirk Koetter — Idaho State (1977, 79-81), Atlanta Falcons

A season-high 32 points weren’t enough for the Falcons in Sunday’s 53-32 loss at Houston.

Atlanta’s offense, which is coordinated by Idaho State alumnus Dirk Koetter, led 17-16 at halftime and accumulated 373 offensive yards. Quarterback Matt Ryan completed 32 of 46 passes for 330 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.

The Falcons (1-4) play Sunday at Arizona.

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Bengals soccer loses lead late in 2-1 loss at Montana

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The Idaho State soccer team fell 2-1 on Sunday at Montana.

Bengals senior Michaela Didericksen scored an unassisted goal at 42 minutes to give the Bengals a 1-0 lead before halftime. Diderickson is now tied with senior Jazmin Lopez as the team’s leading scorer with three goals on the season.

The Grizzlies came back in the second half, netting a goal at 67:56 and again at 70:38, leading them to a 2-1 victory.

“Very disappointed with the result, especially after leading the game for so long and having one of our best defensive performances yet,” ISU coach Debs Brereton said. “We had two lapses in focus just minutes apart giving Montana an opportunity to make an impact on the game which, credit to them, they took both chances well.”

The Bengals recorded a total of seven shots with three on goal against Montana’s 18 shots and 10 on goal.

“We pushed to get ourselves back in the game and came very close on a few occasions to equalize,” Brereton said. “Montana’s goalkeeper made a great save to keep us at bay in the dying minutes. We have now led three out of the four games in conference and are really looking forward to getting back to Davis (Field) on Friday and getting back to our winning ways in front of our fans.”

Senior goalkeeper Katie Hogarth recorded eight saves in Saturday’s match. She now has 94 saves so far this season, the fourth-most saves in a single season in school history. The senior has compiled 160 saves in her career, the fifth-most in career saves in school history.

Idaho State (1-11-2, 0-3-1 Big Sky Conference) hosts its final home conference matches this week, Friday against Eastern Washington and Sunday against Idaho — senior day.

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