Jerome boys outlast WRHS 59-38
Playing tough man-to-man defense, the Wood River High School boys' varsity basketball team (2-6, 0-2 league) waged one its better Great Basin Conference league battles Thursday night before falling 59-38 to league front-runner Jerome.
Senior point guard Austin Hafer (8.1 ppg) scored 15 points and junior forward Ben Williams matched his season high with 10 points for coach Rick Bradshaw's Wolverines. Stone Sutton added 9, Jake Vegwert 2 and Quentin Dowdle 2.
The bulk of Jerome's scoring came from two players—Jake Hollifield 22 points and Garrett Leavitt 17—as the Tigers (10-1, 2-0 league) opened the game with an 18-2 run before Wood River even got started.
Jerome, which beat Buhl by 26 points Saturday, hosted the Burley Bobcats (7-2, 2-0) Tuesday. Meanwhile, Twin Falls (9-1, 2-0) kept pace with a 67-22 victory over Canyon Ridge (2-8, 0-2) Friday at Twin Falls High.
Wood River visited Canyon Ridge Tuesday and hosts the Minico Spartans (1-7, 0-2) Thursday, Jan. 12 on the Hailey hardwoods. The Wolverines visit Filer Saturday, Jan. 14 for a 5 p.m. matinee and entertain Kimberly (6-2) Tuesday, Jan. 17. Kimberly edged Wood River 55-47 in the Nov. 30 season opener.
Cutthroats, Mushers wage OT battle
Prep boys' basketball teams from Camas County High School and the Community School of Sun Valley heated up the Fairfield gym Thursday night in a closely contested Northside Conference battle that was settled in overtime.
Camas County (3-7, 1-1 league) outscored the Cutthroats 10-7 in the four-minute extra session to close out a 61-58 victory. There were over 10 lead changes in the back-and-forth game during which over 40 fouls were whistled and about 60 free throws attempted.
Top scorer Will Brokaw (22.0 ppg) of Sun Valley was game-high scorer with 28 points including four 3-pointers. Slashing to the basket and having a great game was Cutthroat sophomore point guard Taylor Adler. He added a season-best 17 points before fouling out.
Henry Rickbeil (5 points) and Nick Krekow (3) also scored before fouling out. Others were Doug DuFur 2 points, Jake Flaherty 2 points and Colton Sholtis with 1 point for the Cutthroats (4-4, 2-3 league), who lost their third straight.
Camas put four in double figures—George Simon 16 points, Jordan Robles 14, Andy Simon 12 and Cale Homer 12.
The Cutthroats host Carey Thursday, Jan. 12, go to Twin Falls Christian Academy Friday, Jan. 13 for a 6:30 p.m. game and entertain Bliss Tuesday.
In Thursday's girls' varsity game at Fairfield, the host Mushers (6-3, 3-3) built a 32-14 halftime lead and breezed to a 62-25 victory over the Cutthroats (0-6, 0-4). Brittani Hulme scored 20 points for the winners and Ella Marks pumped home 16 for Sun Valley to go with 6 by Hannah Dies and 3 by Chloe Chrysikopoulos.
Matmen grapple at Buhl tourney
Wood River High School junior Thomas Heiden earned a fourth-place finish in the 182-pound weight class Saturday during the 38th annual, 28-team Buhl Invitational prep wrestling tournament at Buhl.
Heiden recorded the top finish for coach Shawn Huntington's Wolverines in the two-day tournament won by the Minico Spartans 176-160 over Spring Creek (Nev.). The Jerome Tigers (128) finished fourth in the varsity meet and Wood River 23rd with 32 points.
Junior Tim Boyle (113 pounds) earned a top-six finish, junior Tommy Bailey won three matches at 145 pounds and sophomore Kaleb Guisasola captured two match wins at 106 pounds for Wood River.
Every Wolverine junior varsity wrestler won at least one match during Saturday's Canyon Ridge Invitational JV meet in Twin Falls. Senior Andrew Beck placed third at 120 pounds. Earning multiple JV wins were senior Zach Brown, senior Jeremiah Linderman and freshman Taylor Douthit.
Wood River visited Wendell Tuesday for a triangular meet with the Trojans and Filer Wildcats. On Saturday, Jan. 14 the Wolverines travel to Skyview High School in Nampa for the Treasure Valley duals.