May 18

KUNA RIDES 1-2 PUNCH TO FIRST EVER 5A STATE TOURNAMENT: The combination of Mickey Kleffner and Rylee Newman made Kuna’s transition to the 5A this season a smooth one.

Kleffner tallied a team high 116 strikeouts, while allowing just 35 total base hits on the year for a 9-4 record and 2.83 ERA. Newman, on the other hand was 10-2 and her 2.28 ERA was the lowest on the team.

May 19

KUNA SURVIVES AFTER OPENING ROUND LOSS: Kuna opened the 5A state tournament with a 2-1 loss to Highland but responded with a pair of wins over 5A SIC opponenets, beating Meridian 7-2 and Rocky Mountain 16-6 in 6 innings to keep their state title dreams alive.

After trailing 5-3, Kuna took the lead with a seven-run fourth inning, highlighted by a two-run single by Taryn Vanderwiel, followed immediately by a three-run home run from Bella Hernandez. Kuna added six runs in the sixth, with Vanderwiel adding two more RBIs on a double. Ivy Hommel had a leadoff home run for Kuna in the first inning.

Kuna broke the game against Meridian open with a six-run fifth inning to break a scoreless tie. Rylee Newman led off the inning with a solo home run and Kaci Marshall capped it with a two-run double.

May 22

Kuna softball finishes fourth at state

Five runs in the seventh inning doomed the Kuna softball team, as it fell 5-1 to Boise on Sunday at the 5A state tournament, ending the season with a fourth-place finish.

The tournament had been scheduled to end on Saturday, but rain in Coeur d’Alene forced the final day to be postponed.

Ivy Hommel got Kuna a 1-0 lead in the third inning, scoring on an error after reaching base on a walk and stealing scond base.

The score remained until the top of the seventh innning when Boise’s Ambryn Fortier hit a two-run home run to give the Braves a 2-1 lead. Grace Shimatsu drew a bases-loaded walk later in the inning, before Eden Cook added two more runs on a single.

Rylee Newman had held Boise to two hits through six innings, but combined with Mickey Kleffner in the seventh to allow four hits.

Cook earned the complete-game win for Boise, holding Kuna to two hits.

Eagle claimed its third straight 5A state title later in the day, beating Lake City 4-3 in the championship.


May 20

MELBA 9, NEW PLYMOUTH 8: Melba ended New Plymouth’s comeback attempt, throwing out the potential tying run at third base as the Mustangs advanced to the 2A State Championship Game

Cameron Goetz had three RBIs for the Mustangs in the win, while Eli Bangerter drove in a pair of runs.

Dillon Bodily earned the win on the mound, pitching six innings while striking out four.


May 20

KUNA’S JAKE STURMAN WAS SIXTH IN THE LONG JUMP. Rocky Mountain is 11 points ahead of Capital and Coeur d’Alene at 34 points for the team lead. Kuna is tied for 14th. Mountain View leads the girls with 35 points. Rocky Mountain sits 7.5 points back in second. Kuna is in last place.

Melba’s Clark wins two of three state titles on first day

Melba High sophomore Emma Clark fell short on her bid for four individual titles, but still won two Friday. She’ll have a shot at a third today and has put the Mustangs in position to compete for the team title in today’s final day of the 2A State Track and Field Championships at Middleton High.

Clark won the triple jump with a distance of 37 feet, 4 inches, and cleared 10-10 on the pole vault to claim a victory in that event as well. However, she was second in the long jump with a distance of 17-09.75, losing out to Cole Valley Christian’s Brooke Weimer, who had a distance of 18-00.50.

Clark, who won state titles in three events as a freshman, can add another state title to her resume today in the 100 meters. She had the top time in Friday’s preliminaries with a time of 12.93 seconds.

Melba finished the day with 44 points, five points behind first-place Salmon.

May 21

KUNA’S KIDD DIVES FOR 400-METER TITLE: Autumn Kidd really wanted the 400-meter title. So much so she was willing to get more than a few cuts and bruises in the process.

The Kuna freshman dived at the line to edge Eagle’s Brooklyn Bingham by just 0.03 seconds, winning and setting a new personal record of 57.33 seconds in the 400-meter final at the 5A State Track and Field Championships at Dona Larsen Park Saturday.

“The two girls that beat me at districts were ahead of me with 50 meters left,” Kidd said. “So I knew I’d have to give it all I had if I wanted to finish first. When I found out I won, my instant reaction was a overwhelming feeling of happiness and blessings. I have really great coaches.”

Kuna finished 15th as team while the Mountain View girls won its first team title in three years, finishing with 146.75 points.

The Rocky Mountain boys claimed its sixth title in seven years with 96 points. Columbia finished 16th and Kuna was 19th.


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