Blad, ISU faculty and staff take issue with presidential search process

By Shelbie Harris

Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad and several others are taking issue with the way the Idaho State Board of Education is handling the search for the next president of Idaho State University.

Blad, who’s called the search process “ridiculous,” and many faculty and staff at ISU are disappointed with who the state board chose for the search committee and say the selection process to replace retiring President Arthur Vailas is already lacking transparency.

“I don’t know how open this process really was,” Blad said about the state board’s selection of the search committee. “It’s odd to me that the state board would not include some of the city leaders that you would expect to see on that committee.”

With assistance from the Association of Governing Boards — an organization hired by the state board to lead a national search for president applicants — and a newly created 13-member search committee comprised of people from various ISU constituencies, a new ISU president could be hired by the state board as soon as March 2018. Vailas announced his retirement in August, effective in June 2018.

Though the upcoming Nov. 7 election that could result in Pocatello getting a new mayor looms over the search for a new ISU president, Blad said that regardless of whether he wins re-election, the mayor of the city where ISU’s main campus is physically located should be involved in selecting the school’s next president.

“That should have been the first person they picked,” Blad said about the state board’s search committee selection process.

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ISU club baseball: ISU swept in DH at Utah State

By Journal staff

Idaho State finished the fall season by going winless in a doubleheader Saturday at Utah State.

The Bengals (2-7), who lost 3-0 and 9-1 Saturday, compiled seven hits in the two games combined.

“It was rough,” ISU club coach Sean Persky said. “Not going to win any games when we’re not hitting the ball. Our pitchers are going the distance, the defense is where we it needs to be. We just have to get bats going.”

Tanner Adams was the only player to have multiple hits in a game Saturday, with two in the 9-1 loss.

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ISU volleyball: ISU sweeps Northern Colorado in Greeley

By ISU Sports Information

Idaho State made quick work of Northern Colorado Saturday evening with a 3-0 sweep at the Bank of Colorado Arena in front of a crowd of 1,012. The Bengals bested the Bears 25-22, 25-24 and 25-22.

Idaho State was led by junior outside hitter Abby Garrity with 14 kills off 36 swings with just two errors to hit .333. Senior outside hitter Chloe Hirst added 12 kills and eight digs. Sophomore libero Haylie Keck finished with a game-high 14 digs while senior setter Makayla Lundin added a team-high 32 assists.

“This was a great team effort,” Bengals coach Rick Reynolds said. “We knew it was going to be a battle to top their middles, but we executed our game plan well and served tough. We were able to serve well enough to force them to move the ball around at crucial times.”

Idaho State (9-15, 6-4 Big Sky Conference) continues conference play Thursday against Idaho at Reed Gym.

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ISU tennis: ISU closes ITA Mountain Regional with historic doubles performance

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Idaho State shined at this week’s ITA Mountain Regionals, hosted by BYU at the BYU Outdoor Tennis Courts in Provo, Utah. Peter Trhac and David Felix teamed up for the best doubles performance by an Idaho State squad in recent history, advancing to the finals of the 64-draw field.

It was the first time an ISU doubles team had reached the finals of the ITA Mountain Regionals since Mike Castrilli and Omar Rashid won the finals and advanced to the NCAA Tennis Championships in 1993.

“They came out and it didn’t matter who they played, they simply embraced the style of play that we have been working on,” Bengals coach Mark Rodel said. “They unfortunately came up a bit short in the finals against a team that played incredibly well. Both Peter and David represented Idaho State and ISU tennis outstandingly.”

Trhac and Felix fell to No. 40 Tim Handel and Ruben Montano of Northern Arizona 6-4, 6-1 in the finals. They began with an 8-4 win over New Mexico State’s Enrique Asmar and Louis Menard in the round of 64 and followed it up with an 8-7 victory over Montana’s Yannick Schmidl and Alex Canellopoulos to advance to the round of 16.

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ISU football: Bengals set offensive records in 59-30 win over Portland State

By Madison Guernsey

POCATELLO — His team just had its best offensive performance in years, rewrote the school record books and earned a much-needed win.

Yet, Rob Phenicie wasn’t smiling. Not yet.

Idaho State’s first-year head coach has always been quick to turn his focus to the next opponent shortly after a win or a loss. Game planning for Montana State may be less stressful following the Bengals’ 59-30 offensive eruption against Portland State on Saturday at Holt Arena.

The win pulled ISU back to .500 on the season and reestablished the team’s vaunted offense that was hushed in last week’s 41-21 loss at Sacramento State. The Bengals (4-4, 2-3 Big Sky Conference) avoided letting the visiting Vikings (0-7, 0-4 Big Sky) earn their first win of the season on their sacred home turf.

“Coaches never enjoy victories,” Phenicie said. “I was up at 2 in the morning, laying there in bed, just like, ‘We need this one, we need this one.’ It’s a relief. I’ll probably smile about it after the season. I’m worried about Montana State right now.”

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ISU football: Flanagan, Madison emerge as go-to playmakers in Bengals’ offense

By Michael Guise

POCATELLO — Rob Phenicie sees James Madison and Ty Flanagan as interchangeable.

The two running backs are chess pieces for Idaho State’s head coach to shift in and out of the lineup as featured backs in a dynamic Bengals offense. Madison and Flanagan have split time in the backfield this season, dishing out body blows to opposing defenses.

The two pillars of consistency continued their breakout campaigns Saturday at Holt Arena in Idaho State’s 59-30 win against Portland State. Madison carried the ball 23 times for 160 yards and one touchdown, while Flanagan rushed 21 times for 108 yards and four touchdowns, tying a school record for most rushing touchdowns in a game.

Saturday was also the first time the Bengals had two running backs rush for more than 100 yards in a game since the Bengals’ 66-14 win Oct. 11, 2014 against Simon Fraser.

“They both run hard and push the pile forward,” Phenicie said. “They are the same type of guys. … They say Ty has more shake than James. James is going to make one cut and slam in it there. They ran with an attitude (Saturday). It was awesome.”

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Festival Winner “MAUDIE” at ISU Sunday

Vancouver Film Festival winner, “Maudie” will be shown this Sunday, October 22, at 4:30 and 7:00 p.m. in the Bengal Theater, starring Ethan Hawke and Sally Hawkins, who may be in line for a Best Actress Oscar award for her role as acclaimed artist Maud Lewis, a Nova Scotia woman who works as a housekeeper while she hones her skills as an artist and eventually becomes a beloved figure in her community and around the world.  (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 volleyball: Bengals fall at North Dakota

By ISU Sports Information

Idaho State lost in three sets Thursday at North Dakota. The Bengals fell 25-22, 27-25 and 25-16, giving the Fighting Hawks the 3-0 sweep.

Idaho State (8-14, 5-4 Big Sky Conference) was led by senior outside hitter Marissa Dance’s nine kills and six digs, while senior outside hitter Chloe Hirst added eight kills to reach 1,000 career kills, to go along with 17 digs.

Sophomore libero Haylie Keck finished with 33 digs to smash the previous three-set match digs record of 24, set by Kylee Sessions on Nov. 30, 2013 against Portland State.

“I thought we played really high-level volleyball, but UND played better longer,” Idaho State coach Rick Reynolds. “We made some adjustments and it changed the pace of the match and created some opportunities for us.”

After a slow start in the first set, ISU stormed back from a 17-10 deficit, outscoring North Dakota (22-4, 6-2 Big Sky) 10-5 to cut the Fighting Hawks’ lead to two, 22-20. UND responded with two straight kills to lead 24-20, but a UND attacking error, coupled with a big kill from junior outside hitter Abby Garrity, brought the Bengals within two once more, 24-22. North Dakota ended ISU’s first-set comeback with a kill from Faith Dooley for the 25-22 first-set win.

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