ISU rodeo off to strong start, particularly women’s team

ISU Rodeo Mylee Mickelsen

Idaho State University’s rodeo team is off to a strong start this fall season. Coming off a spring season last year in which eight members competed at the College National Rodeo Finals in Casper, Wyoming, the team is newly energized and ready for another good year.

At the Bengal Roundup Rodeo, ISU’s only home rodeo, last week, several members of ISU’s men’s and women’s team placed in a variety of events. Notably, Brant Reynolds placed in the top five in men’s all-around, team roping header, tie-down roping and steer wrestling. Additionally, Mylee Mickelsen took first place in breakaway roping.

Tessa Williams, a sophomore from Idaho Falls who is competing for her second year, said this year’s team has a lot of potential.

“We’ve got a really good group coming up with the freshmen,” Williams said. “There’s a lot of potential there.”

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ISU volleyball: Bengals top Northern Arizona 3-2

Idaho State earned a 3-2 win Thursday at Northern Arizona in its Big Sky Conference opening match.

The Bengals won 30-28, 23-25, 26-24, 22-25, 15-8.

ISU’s Abby Garrity had a game-high 21 kills, while teammate Brooke Pehrson had seven blocks and two aces. Haylie Keck added a game-high 31 digs.

Idaho State (7-7, 1-0 Big Sky) plays Saturday at Southern Utah.

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ISU football notebook: Bengals play at North Dakota for 1st time since ’15 in Potato Bowl

James Madison Western State

When Idaho State opens its Big Sky Conference season Saturday at No. 22 North Dakota, the 3 p.m. game will cap a week of Potato Bowl USA, an annual celebration of one of North Dakota’s biggest crops – potatoes.

How apt that the crowning celebration of the week – the Potato Bowl game – is against a team from Idaho, which leads the nation in potato growth.

North Dakota’s Potato Bowl USA festivities include PLINKO, a golf scramble, a baked potato bar, 1K and 2K races, pancake breakfasts and the homecoming parade.

Unfortunately for French fry fans, the annual Simplot French Fry Feed – the biggest fry feed in the world – has been canceled this year due to inclement weather. So too have the fireworks that follow the french fry free-for-all.

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ISU football: Bengals gearing up for tough North Dakota squad to open Big Sky Conference play

Kieran Yancy Western State

POCATELLO — After nonconference matchups with a struggling Division II team and a Pac-12 Conference squad on the rise, Idaho State finally finds level playing ground this week in its Big Sky Conference opener.

The Bengals (1-1) travel to North Dakota (2-1) to open the league slate Saturday. The Fighting Hawks are flying high after an upset win at then-No. 5 Sam Houston State last weekend, and entered the STATS FCS top 25 poll this week at No. 22.

Here is a look at North Dakota ahead of Saturday’s matchup, which kicks off at 3 p.m. Mountain time from Grand Forks, North Dakota.

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ISU XC: Bengals cross country changing course to Mink Creek Nordic Center

The 2018 Idaho State Cross Country Invitational will be held at the Mink Creek Nordic Center. The event is Saturday, Sept. 22 at 9 a.m. The course change comes after the team had raced at Centennial Course since 2002.

The new course is located about seven miles from Pocatello. The East Fork Mink Creek Nordic Center is operated by the City of Pocatello along with the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. In the winter it hosts groomed ski trails and hills. During the non-winter months, it provides access to trails for hiking and running.

“This new course has a lot of variation,” ISU coach Nate Houle said. “Being able to be up in the mountains and the pines presents a different environment that is a little more fun.”

In 2002, Idaho State University unveiled Centennial Course, a cross country trail network that is located north of the ISU Research Park.

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ISU golf: Bengals finish fourth at The Challenge at the CDA Resort

Idaho State shot a 638 to finish fourth at The Challenge at the CDA Resort on Tuesday at the Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course.

The Bengals carded a 316 on Tuesday and a 322 on Monday at the four-team event. Idaho State’s Abby Kadrmas notched a two-day score of 11-over par 155 to finish 12th. Teammate Tya Seth carded a 159 to place 16th, while Tyler Erickson earned a 161 and an 18th-place finish. Seth and Kadrmas tallied second-round scores of 5-over 77 and 7-over 79, respectively.

“We continue to improve as a team,” Idaho State coach Dallen Atkins said. “Once again, we just struggled to get out of the gates and make a move. But we are starting to show that we can play golf with the best of them.”

Idaho State is back in action Oct. 1-2 at the Rose City Collegiate in Aurora, (Oregon).

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ISU football: Third downs highlight key takeaways from ISU’s 45-23 loss at California

Garbers passes for 3 TDs in Cal's 45-23 win over Idaho State (copy)

POCATELLO — After dropping last week’s 45-23 game at the California Golden Bears of the Pac-12 Conference, Idaho State heads into its Big Sky Conference slate Saturday at North Dakota.

The Bengals (1-1) have played polar-opposite opponents to start the season — a 3-0 Cal squad that earned votes in the most recent Associated Press top-25 poll, and a struggling Division II Western State Colorado team that has lost 13 of its last 14 games.

Here are the positive and negative takeaways from ISU’s game at Cal.

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Plaque on lunar surface bears name of man who graduated from Pocatello High, ISU

Bob Graveline NASA engineers

POCATELLO — Bob Graveline’s name is inscribed on a metal plaque that landed on the moon’s surface more than four years before man first set foot there.

Graveline, a 91-year-old Pocatello High School alumnus from the class of 1945, explained that the plaque bears the names of about 20 top scientists involved in the Ranger 9 mission.

On March 24, 1965, NASA’s Ranger probe, carrying the plaque, transmitted photographs and videos that were broadcast live to millions of U.S. viewers, before impacting on the moon. It wasn’t until July 20, 1969, that Neil Armstrong became a household name as the first man to walk on the moon.

Graveline, an early pioneer in rocket science who now lives near Palm Beach, Florida, returned to his childhood home during Pocatello High School’s homecoming weekend. At the school’s Monday morning homecoming assembly, Principal Lisa Delonas invited Graveline, who was in the crowd with family members, onstage to briefly address the student body. The principal told students they had a “true rocket scientist” among them, and proof that Pocatello High School graduates can go on to change the world.

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