Movie – “Best of Enemies” at ISU Friday

Acclaimed movie, “Best of Enemies” will be shown this Friday night, July 12, at 5:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Bengal Theater at the ISU Pond Student Union. Sam Rockwell and Taraji P. Henson star as Civil rights activist Ann Atwater faces off against C.P. Ellis, an exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan, in 1971 Durham, North Carolina over the issue of school integration. “A surprising and riveting true story… its plea for tolerance is about as timely as it gets ” writes Deadline Hollywood. (Rated PG-13) Admission is $3 for the public, $2 for ISU staff and free for ISU students with Bengal ID. For trailer and more information, go to

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ISU releases 2019 cross country schedule

The 2019 Idaho State cross country schedule is out. The Bengals compete in five meets before heading to the Big Sky Conference championships on Nov. 2 in Greeley, Colorado.

The season begins Aug. 31, when ISU heads to the Utah Valley Invitational. The Bengals then travel north to the Bozeman Running Co. Invitational on Sept. 21 in Montana.

On Sept. 28, the Bengals host their lone home meet of the season, the Idaho State Invitational. This year’s format will include a pancake breakfast for all in attendance and the first annual Bengal Alumni Race.

The Bengals then head to Cedar City, Utah for the Color Country Invitational on Oct. 12 and then to College Station, Texas for the Arturo Barrios Invitational on Oct. 19.

The NCAA Mountain Region Championships are Nov. 15 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Idaho State announces 2019-20 men’s basketball schedule

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The Idaho State men’s basketball team announced its 2019-20 schedule on Friday. The upcoming slate features 15 home dates, including two exhibitions to kick off the season.

ISU’s first exhibition is Oct. 23 against Eastern Oregon, where first-year Bengals coach Ryan Looney was the head coach from 2004-09. ISU end EOU last played during the 2008-09 season, while Looney was Eastern’s head coach.

ISU’s other exhibition is Oct. 29 against Montana Tech.

ISU’s nonconference home games are Nov. 14 against Montana Western, Nov. 27 against West Coast Baptist and Dec. 16 against UC Santa Barbara. The Bengals open Big Sky Conference play Dec. 28 and 30 against Idaho and Eastern Washington, respectively.

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ISU places 54 on spring all-Big Sky Conference academic team

Idaho State placed 54 student-athletes on the Big Sky Conference’s spring All-Academic team, announced Wednesday. ISU’s men’s and women’s track and field programs led the way with 34 student-athletes earning all-academic honors.

ISU finished the 2018-19 academic year with 146 student-athletes earning Big Sky all-academic recognition.

To be eligible, a student-athlete must have met and/or exceeded the following minimum requirements: 1) Participated in at least half of the team’s competitions OR competed at the outdoor conference championship meet (track and field only); 2) Achieved a 3.2 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) at the conclusion of the most recently completed term; 3) Completed at least one academic term at his/her current Big Sky institution.

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Haley Harrison, former ISU softball player who overcame mental illness, hired by school’s sports information department

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POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — Haley Harrison, the Idaho State softball player who went public with her mental-health issues, has been hired by the school’s sports information department.

The school announced Tuesday she will serve as assistant director of media relations. Harrison will work with softball, along with several other sports.

Harrison struggled with mental illness for most of her life and attempted suicide three times, first at 14. Harrison also lost her brother, Allan, to suicide when he was 20.

Harrison wrote a first-person account of her struggles with mental illness that was posted on the Idaho State athletics website in April, hoping it would help others get the help they need. It was also covered by the Idaho State Journal and Associated Press.

Harrison graduated with a degree in sociology/criminology last year and will earn her master’s degree in athletic administration this summer.

You can read Harrison’s first-person account here, and the Journal’s story here.

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“Searching for Sugar Man” at ISU this Friday Night

Tonight is Academy Award winner “Searching for Sugar Man” playing Friday, June 28, at 5:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Bengal Theater, telling the fascinating story of rock musician Sixto Rodriguez who had been likened to Bob Dylan and others of the time. After his debut 1970 album fizzled the singer disappeared, but a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and over the ensuing decades he became a cultural phenomenon in a land he’d never visited. The tale then takes a twist as two South African fans set out to find out what really happened to their hero. (Rated PG-13) Admission is $3 for the general public, $2 for ISU staff or free for ISU students with a Bengal ID. For trailer and more information, go to

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Idaho State moving all men’s basketball home games to Reed Gym


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POCATELLO — The Idaho State men’s basketball team will no longer be splitting its home games between two campus venues.

Reed Gym will host all Bengals home basketball games this season and beyond, ISU Athletic Director Pauline Thiros confirmed to the Journal. Holt Arena – the team’s primary home venue since it opened in 1970 – will still be utilized by the team for practices and additional training. But after serving as an auxiliary home court for years, Reed Gym is the Bengals’ new home.

Thiros said the decision to move all men’s basketball games into Reed Gym was multi-faceted and will benefit several ISU sports teams. Men’s basketball coaches and players have also “long expressed” their desire to play all home their games at Reed Gym, Thiros said.

“The venue provides a strong home-court advantage, and student-athletes frequently express what a positive difference the intimate playing environment makes,” Thiros said of Reed Gym. “It’s a better shooting environment, and they love the noise and excitement afforded by Reed Gym. Above anyone, they are extremely excited about this change.”

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ISU track and field’s Ashley Sondag nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year Award

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Idaho State track and field student-athlete Ashley Sondag has been nominated for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

The honor, established in 1991, recognizes graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.

As an athlete for ISU, Sondag overcame hip surgery in her second year and went on to achieve the ninth-fastest time in ISU history in the indoor 5,000 meters (17:45.37 seconds), as well as the ninth-fastest time in the outdoor 10,000 meters (36:22.02).

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