Al Pacino in “Danny Collins” Saturday at ISU

Al Pacino stars in Golden Globe nominated “Danny Collins” playing this Saturday, May 20, at 3:30, 5:45, and 8 p.m. in the Bengal Theater at the ISU Pond Student Union. This comedy/drama based on true events, features an aging rock star who discovers a 40-year-old letter written to him by John Lennon, and sets out to rediscover his life and those he left behind. Associated Press writes, “A redemption story doesn’t always need to be bloody, and ‘Danny Collins‘ gets the point across without pretense. Its closing scene, alone, is worth the price of admission.”  Admission is $2 for the public or free for ISU students with Bengal ID. For more information and trailer, go to  www.pocatellofilmsociety.com/danny.
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ISU softball: Burnett earns 2nd-team NFCA All-Region honors

By ISU Sports Information

Idaho State senior outfielder Kacie Burnett has earned second-team NFCA All-Pacific Region honors for her performance during the 2017 season. This is the third time in Burnett’s career she has earned a second-team all-region nod.

Burnett leads the nation in hitting with a .487 batting average and finished her career with a .460 batting average. Her .460 career average ranks as the ninth-best batting average in NCAA history.

NFCA member coaches from each respective region voted on the teams and all the honorees now become eligible for selection to the 2017 NFCA Division I All-American squads.

Burnett is coming off a weekend at the Big Sky Conference tournament where she was 12 of 18 at the plate for a .667 average. She scored five runs, had three doubles, one triple and five RBIs.

Prior to her NFCA honor, Burnett was named the Big Sky Conference Player of the Year and was a finalist for the USA Softball National Player of the Year Award.

The 2017 NFCA Division I All-America teams will be announced at approximately 5 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 31, via NFCA.org.

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ISU softball: Bengals’ season ends at hands of Weber State

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After qualifying as the No. 6 seed for the Big Sky Conference tournament on the final day of the regular season, Idaho State was one game away from advancing to the tournament’s championship game, but fell to Weber State 8-6 on Saturday at Weber State University.

The Bengals scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to to cut their deficit to 8-6, but Wildcat pitcher Tatiana Su’esu’e got her team out of the jam to earn the win.

“They were so loose, so relaxed and so prepared,” Idaho State coach Candi Letts said. “They never died and never gave up. That is all you can expect at this time of the season. We have some competitive kids and playing Sac. State last night in a barn burner showed them that anything is possible.”

Idaho State scored six runs on nine hits, but tallied six errors. Weber State scored eight runs on 15 hits and committed two errors.

Ashlyn Ames pitched her fourth complete game of the tournament. She struck out five, allowing 15 hits, but only two of the eight runs given up were earned.

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ISU to host inaugural dance festival

By Idaho State University

The College of Arts and Letters will host the inaugural Idaho State University Summer Dance Festival from June 26 to 30.

The camp is designed for dancers age 13 and up. Students will have the opportunity to participate in workshops in ballet, modern, jazz, contemporary and hip-hop taught by renowned ISU dance faulty and community professionals. The festival will also coincide with ISU’s Conservatory Theatre Camp, and students will have the opportunity to participate in workshops in theater.

Each morning, dancers will participate in ballet and modern technique classes. Morning technique classes are open on a week basis or by drop in. A pass to attend all of the morning technique course is $100, or it is $15 a class to drop in.

Early bird registration is $275, and regular is $325. For students who need to stay overnight, early bird registration is $450, and regular is $500. For each sibling that is registers, there will be a $25 discount. Early registration ends May 20. Tuition covers lunch every day.

Check out our festival website at www.isu.edu/cal/summer-programs/isu-summer-dance-festival.

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ISU SB: Bengals stay alive in conference tournament

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Idaho State staved off elimination Friday at the Big Sky Conference tournament with a 4-1 victory over North Dakota at Weber State University.

ISU had nine hits, led by two from Ashlyn Ames, Alex Portesi and Kelsey Breer.

Ames earned the win in the circle by pitching a complete game, scattering seven hits, one run and striking out four.

Idaho State scored two runs in the third inning. With one out, Breer doubled to center field and she advanced to third on a wild pitch. Sarah Hayes then singled home Breer on a hit to the short stop. Hayes later scored on an RBI single to left field by Ames.

North Dakota scored a run in the top of the fourth, but ISU countered with two runs in the bottom half of the inning. Portesi led off with a single to center field, and she then scored on an RBI single by Haley Harrison. Harrison would score on a ground out by Shayna Dahlen.

Idaho State plays Sacramento State in another elimination game at 5 p.m. Friday.

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ISU softball: Bengals one win away from Big Sky title game

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Idaho State stayed alive in the Big Sky Conference tournament with a 9-7 win Friday over Sacramento State in an elimination game at Weber State University.

“The kids have had a really good mindset coming into today,” Idaho State coach Candi Letts said. “They are having fun playing softball and if they continue to do that, they will give themselves an opportunity to win and set themselves up for success.”

The Bengals (17-26) play Weber State at 11 a.m. on Saturday, with the winner playing Montana for the conference championship. Idaho State or Weber State would have to beat the Griz twice to claim the title.

In the win over Sacramento State, the Hornets took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning. The Bengals responded with two runs in the third and three in the fourth to take a 5-1 lead. Sac. State cut ISU’s lead to 5-3 before the Bengals scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 9-3 lead going into the final frame.

The Hornets rallied and scored four runs in the seventh, but Idaho State pitcher Ashlyn Ames fought off the comeback to earn the win.

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ISU T&F: Kent runs 3rd-fastest steeplechase in ISU history

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Sasha Kent ran the third fastest 3,000-meter steeplechase in Idaho State history and earned all-conference status at the 2017 Big Sky Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday at Sacramento State.

Kent finished the race in second place with a time of 10 minutes, 23.76 seconds. Her time ranks third in ISU history behind Erica Wendt-Richardson and Emily Mulick.

Women’s 10K

Jenica Dodge became the only Idaho State athlete to earn all-conference finishes in cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field this season after placing third in the 10,000-meter race. The junior finished the race in 35:45.79.

Dodge finished second in the 5,000 at the indoor conference championships and seventh in the cross country conference championships this season.

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“Worlds Apart” on Saturday at ISU

Greek film award winner, “Worlds Apart” will be shown this Saturday, May 13, at 3:30, 5:45 and 8 p.m. in the Bengal Theater at the ISU Pond Student Union.  This multi-generational film looks at what happens to relationships between people of various countries when an economic crisis ensues, causing people to evaluate their lives.  The Los Angeles Times writes, “It’s an often tender, affecting film that slowly creeps up on you – then completely takes hold.”  Admission is $2 for the public or free for ISU students with Bengal ID.  For trailer and more information, go to  www.pocatellofilmsociety.com/worlds.
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