ISU women’s tennis falls at Northern Arizona


The Idaho State women’s tennis team lost 4-3 at Northern Arizona on Thursday afternoon.

The Bengals’ Melissa Coburn and Madison Fenske started the match with a win, topping NAU’s duo at No. 3 doubles. ISU’s Hristina Cvetkovic and Megan Poe then secured the doubles point with a 7-5 win at the No. 1 position.

Northern Arizona responded with singles wins at the No. 3 and No. 1 positions to take the lead from Idaho State. ISU’s Angela Walker knotted things up with a victory at the No. 5 singles position.

The Lumberjacks regained the advantage with a win at No. 4 singles and clinched the match with a victory at No. 2 singles.

Idaho State (6-8, 2-4 Big Sky Conference) plays Saturday at Sacramento State

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Bengals club baseball blows by Cal State Northridge 14-4 in 5 innings

Idaho State finished the West Coast Spring Training in Las Vegas with a 14-4 win against Cal State Northridge in five innings Thursday.

The Bengals opened the game with a six-run first inning.

“Had a big home run by our one senior Adam Shelby (in the third inning),” ISU coach Sean Persky said. “He really sparked the offense, got the rest of us going.”

Shelby finished with two hits, three runs and three RBIs for Idaho State (11-5), which plays March 30 against Weber State at Lindquist Field in Ogden, Utah.

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Bengals compete on day 1 of Jim Klein Combined Events

The Idaho State track and field multi-event athletes opened the Jim Klein Combined Events in Santa Barbara, California, on Thursday.

In the women’s decathlon, Brianna VanVleet recorded a personal-best time of 15.20 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles, and teammate Ashley VanVleet-Sturgis also ran a personal-best time of 15.37 seconds in the race.

In the high jump, VanVleet-Sturgis finished fourth with a height of 5 feet, 4.5 inches. VanFleet notched a PR in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.13 seconds.

VanVleet is in fourth place with 2,960 points, while VanVleet-Sturgis is fifth with 2,939 points headed in Friday’s events.

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Idaho State suffers season-ending 66-56 loss at Arizona in WNIT

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TUCSON, Arizona — In Idaho State’s first national postseason appearance since 2013, the Bengals lost to Arizona 66-56 in the first round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament on Thursday at the McKale Center.

The Bengals were tasked with not only facing an opponent that beat them 71-46 in early November, but they also faced the challenge of playing without their star veteran forward Grace Kenyon.

Kenyon was sidelined for Thursday’s matchup with torn ligaments in her left ankle suffered against Idaho according to Idaho State coach Seton Sobolewski. Despite the battered ankle, Kenyon stood tall on the court cheering on her teammates at McKale Center with a boot.

With 3,265 fans in attendance, the Bengals got off to a slow start and quickly fell behind the ‘Cats in the first quarter 18-7.

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Bengals club baseball scores 31 runs in win over Metro State


Idaho State’s offense bludgeoned Metro State (Colorado) Wednesday at West Coast Spring Training, winning 31-6 in five innings.

The Bengals scored eight runs in three of the five innings. Brandon Long led ISU with nine RBIs, four hits, four runs, and one grand slam. Teammate Adam Shelby added five RBIs.

“It was a great day offensively at the plate,” ISU coach Sean Persky said. “I have nothing to complain about.”

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ISU football spring storylines — How will a season of experience help ISU’s kickers and punters?

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From now until the start of Idaho State’s spring football practices March 26, we will preview the top storylines to follow as the Bengals prepare for the 2019 season.

Idaho State’s special teams were led by first-year freshmen last season, neither of whom were with the Bengals for 2018 spring practices.

Kicker Campbell Sheidow and punter Kevin Ryan performed admirably — though inconsistently — after they were thrust into critical roles. Sheidow connected on 12 of 18 field-goal tries, with a long of 44 yards and a season-high four made kicks in a win at North Dakota. Ryan punted 50 times for an average of 39.9 yards, with six punts of 50-plus yards, 15 landing inside the 20-yard line and a long of 63 yards.

ISU football spring storylines — Will the offensive line suffer without Roman Sapolu?

The left-footed freshman also handled 56 of ISU’s 72 kickoffs, averaging 59.6 yards per boot with 19 touchbacks.

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ISU club baseball team drops two games Tuesday



The Idaho State club baseball team lost two games Tuesday in Las Vegas, 4-3 to Nevada and 12-7 to Metro State.

Against Nevada, ISU was down 4-0 before scoring three runs in the seventh inning. Metro State was up 8-0 before the Bengals got on the board in the fifth inning of the 12-7 loss in the nightcap.

“A lot of missed opportunities at the pate for us today,” ISU coach Sean Persky said. “Just got stuff going too late in both games. We dug ourselves a hole in both games.”

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ISU softball sweeps Utah Valley in home-opening doubleheader

The Idaho State softball team swept Utah Valley University in its home-opening doubleheader Tuesday at Miller Ranch Stadium, winning 5-0 and 8-6.

The Bengals (9-16) pounded out 17 hits in the two games, led by Emma Bordenkecher going 3 for 4 with four RBIs, one home run, two doubles and three walks.

Billie Jean Wells was 4 for 6 with two RBIs and three doubles. MaKenzie Van Sickle was 3 for 6 with a homer, two RBIs and three runs scored. Jayden DeMoss had two hits and two RBIs. Eight different Bengals had hits on the day.

Autumn Pease earned the win in the 5-0 shutout. She pitched five innings, allowed one hit, one walk and struck out nine. Kelsea Sweeney earned the victory in the 8-6 nightcap. She went five innings, allowed seven hits, four runs, one walk while striking out three. Mariah Mulcahy pitched the final two innings of both games. She struck out five while allowing five hits and two runs.

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