ISU tennis: Bengals add two from South Africa

By ISU Sports Information

The Idaho State women’s tennis team added two more players for the 2016-17 season. Head coach Gretchen Maloney announced the signing of the Botes sisters, Huibre-Mare and Louise-Mare, of Bloemfontein, South Africa.

“Huibre-Mare and Louise-Mare are very strong and will help make us competitive in the Big Sky,” Maloney said. “Their experience at a high level in juniors will transfer over nicely to college tennis. We are very excited for them to join our program.”

Huibre-Mare has won multiple singles and doubles titles, including the U18 South African national doubles title in April 2015. She also earned the ITF Grade 4 East Africa Junior ITF Doubles title with her twin sister, Louise-Mare, in Dec. 2014. In singles play, Huibre-Mare was the 2013 Amanda Coetzer South Africa School Tennis Championships winner, earning the No. 1 position. She also earned the U16 South African National singles title in 2012 and was the Free State Open Women Singles Champion in 2013.

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Local T&F: On the precipice: Arnold sets sights on Olympic trials

Arnold

By Jeff Papworth jpapworth@journalnet.com

Pole vaulter Mike Arnold is at a juncture in his career similar to the precise moment he stabs his pole into the ground.

If he soars over the bar he has set for himself, the Idaho State alumnus will land in the Summer Olympics, which he begins trials for on Saturday in Eugene, Oregon.

“Now it’s time to enjoy, sit back and trust my abilities and trust what I’ve been working on,” Arnold said. “I’m feeling really good. I’m healthy, I’m fit and all my technique work I’ve been putting in is there.”

There are 24 participants for pole vaulting in the United States Olympic trials. The top three in the event among those who met the Olympic Track and Field qualifying standard will advance to the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

After Arnold was unsuccessful in the 2012 U.S. trials, he made a pact with former Bengals track and field coach Dave Nielsen to do everything in his power to set himself up to make it to Rio.

“I walked into his office after the Olympic trials and said, ‘What do I have to do to make the team in 2016. I want to take you to Rio and another Olympics,’” Arnold said.

“That moment right there, I decided that the next four years I was going to be in Pocatello with him, and we were going to train and I was going to be here working and training under his direction.”

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ISU lands 62 on Big Sky All-Academic spring teams

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Idaho State continues to be a top performer academically in the Big Sky Conference, as 62 student-athletes were named to the spring all-academic team, released by the conference Wednesday. ISU’s 62 all-academic performers ranked second among the conference behind Southern Utah.

Women’s track and field led the way with 20 student-athletes receiving academic recognition. Men’s track and field had 19 student-athletes named to the team, and nine softball players earned all-academic honors.

Women’s tennis finished with six student-athletes while men’s tennis finished with five. Women’s golf added three.

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Upgrades coming to scoreboard and video board at Holt Arena

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Holt Arena will be getting a few upgrades this summer. With a generous donation from the Idaho Potato Commission, Idaho State Athletics has announced a partnership with Daktronics for video and scoreboard upgrades in Holt Arena over the course of the next few months.

“Idaho State Athletics is happy to partner with Daktronics on new Idaho Potato Commission video board at Holt Arena,” said ISU Athletic Director Jeff Tingey. “We can’t wait for our fans to see this newest enhancement to the Bengal fan experience when we open the 2016 season on Sept 3.”

The biggest enhancement is an approximately 12-foot-high, 39-foot-wide LED video board located directly behind the east end zone featuring RGB 3-in-1 SMD pixel configuration with a color capacity of 281 trillion. The video board also features nearly 10 millimeter line spacing for additional clarity and contrast, including a 170 degree horizontal viewing angle to ensure a great view from any seat in the arena.

Idaho State will also be upgrading the scoreboard on the west side of the arena. The board will stand 8 feet high and 32 feet wide with two additional ad spaces 8 feet wide on either side, and it will also feature LED lighting.

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ISU football: Start times announced for 2016 home games

By Journal Staff

Idaho State announced kickoff times for all five Bengals home football games in 2016. Each game is scheduled to start at 2:35 p.m.

ISU opens its season Sept. 3 against Simon Fraser (B.C.). Following home dates are Sept. 24 against Sacramento State, Oct. 22 against North Dakota, Oct. 29 against Southern Utah and Nov. 19 against Weber State to close the regular season.

In 2015, the Bengals played two home games starting at 4:05 p.m. and three starting at 2:35 p.m.

Start times for ISU’s road games against Portland State, Northern Arizona, Montana and Eastern Washington have not been announced.

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ISU football: Kickoff times for home Bengals football games set

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Idaho State announced kickoff times for all five Bengals home football games in 2016. Each game is scheduled to start at 2:35 p.m.

ISU opens its season Sept. 3 against Simon Fraser (B.C.). Following home dates are Sept. 24 against Sacramento State, Oct. 22 against North Dakota, Oct. 29 against Southern Utah and Nov. 19 against Weber State to close the regular season.

In 2015, the Bengals played two home games starting at 4:05 p.m. and three starting at 2:35 p.m.

Start times for ISU’s road games against Portland State, Northern Arizona, Montana and Eastern Washington have not been announced.

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ISU XC: Idaho State cross country fall schedules announced

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The Idaho State men’s and women’s cross country 2016 schedule has been released, as announced by head coach Nate Houle.

September features three meets for both the men’s and women’s squads, beginning with the home- and season-opener Sept. 2 at the Centennial Course against Southern Utah. This is the seventh straight year the Bengals have opened the season at home against the Thunderbirds.

Idaho State will then head to Bozeman, Montana, for the Montana State Invitational on Sept. 17 followed by the Roy Griak Invitational Sept. 24 in Minneapolis.

The Bengals will compete in two races in October: the Color Country Invitational in Cedar City, Utah, and the Big Sky Championships on Oct. 29 in Moscow, Idaho. Last season, the Bengal men placed first and the women second at the Color Country Invitational. At the conference championships, the men secured a fifth-place finish while the women finished sixth out of 12 teams.

Idaho State will close out the 2016 cross country season with the NCAA Mountain Region Championships on Nov. 12 in Logan, Utah.

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Bengal Roots: NFL coaches, Lewis and Koetter, return to Pocatello

Koetter and Lewis at FAT

By Jeff Papworth jpapworth@journalnet.com

POCATELLO — Nothing would have seemed out of the ordinary in the Idaho State University graduate-level class with a professor lecturing, students frantically taking notes and what you also have in every classroom — at least two individuals conversing in the back row about something that has nothing to do with the curriculum.

But no one knew back then in those athletic administrations classes in the early 1980s that the two in the back of their classroom would be National Football League head coaches. Their names were Marvin Lewis and Dirk Koetter. They were diagramming football plays.

Taking them away from a sport they loved was too much to ask even during class. As Lewis said, “We were driven by football.”

 

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