Eva Grover

Wood River senior Eva Grover sprints along the left wing in pursuit of a ball also chased by Pocatello senior Ashley Moncur during Wednesday’s Great Basin Conference girls’ soccer game won by Pocatello 3-1 on the Hailey pitch. Grover scored her first-ever varsity goal right after halftime, converting a Daisy Buxton pass, to cut Pocatello’s lead from 3-0 to 3-1.

     Local prep soccer teams stepped up the intensity in conference action this week, as the Blaine County showdown between the Sun Valley Community School and Wood River High looms Saturday, Sept. 14 in Hailey.

     The weather looks promising for a full day of soccer at South Valley Sports Complex soccer field in Hailey on what will a fundraising day for the 4th District’s Wounded Warrior Project.

     Donation jars will be available at the field for spectators to consider contributing.

     Wood River and SV Community School are co-sponsoring the Wounded Warrior Project in the valley.

     Saturday’s game times are 9 a.m. for girls’ junior varsity, 11 a.m. for boys’ junior varsity, 1 p.m. for girls’ varsity and 3 p.m. for boys’ varsity.

     Wood River’s boys lead the 61-game soccer series since 1983 by a 37-20-4 margin including three straight wins. The Wolverines are unbeaten in the last seven meetings since a 3-1 loss in 2007.

     The Wood River girls maintain an 18-7-5 edge since 1993, but the Cutthroats have won the last three meetings 2-0, 3-0 and 5-0. Wood River last won 1-0 in 2015. Eleven of the last 12 results between the girls’ teams have been shutouts.


Cutthroat soccer rolls

     SV Community School soccer teams kept cruising through the High Desert Soccer Conference with home wins over Gooding Tuesday at the Sagewillow campus fields.

     The Cutthroat boys (4-1-0, 4-0-0 HDSC) earned their third shutout in four games 4-0 over Gooding. Scoring were Cash Dart (2 goals, 61 career), Fletcher Stumph and Toby Rafford. “Man of the Match” was senior Ridley Lindstrom.

     Cutthroat girls (4-0-1, 4-0-0 league) had their way with the passing attack and won 6-0 over Gooding. Scoring were “Player of the Game” Christine Estep (2 goals), Marit Kaiser (2), Alli Rathfon and Aubrey Duffield. Crosby Boe picked up an assist.

     It was also the third shutout in four girls’ games.


WRHS boys prevail 5-0 in Pocatello

     Senior Rafael Muñiz struck for two goals in the first six minutes and the Wood River High boys’ varsity soccer team breezed to its second straight Great Basin Conference shutout victory by 5-0 over host Pocatello on Wednesday.

     DJ Gralenski added a goal in the 32nd minute followed by goals by Isaac Esparza (58th) and Atzel Jimenez (73rd). Goalkeeper Will Penrose picked up the shutout for Wood River (5-2-1, 4-1-1 GBC). Pocatello fell to 0-7-0 overall, 0-6-0 in league.

     Wood River coach Luis Monjaras said, “This game was very low pressure for us. Every time Pocatello created some sort of challenge, we were able to contain. The game was an opportunity to practice our 4-4-2 system. Some players got more time. Others rested injuries.”

     Century’s boys (5-0-2, 5-0-1 GBC) stayed atop the league with a 1-1 tie at Jerome (6-1-1, 4-1-1). Preston (4-1-1, 4-1-1) pulled out a 2-1 victory in Twin Falls at Canyon Ridge (3-3-1, 2-3-1).


Pocatello girls escape Hailey with 3-1 soccer win

     Mounting a strong challenge to the favored Twin Falls Bruins so far this season, Pocatello’s girls’ soccer built a 3-0 lead after 22 minutes Wednesday and escaped Hailey with a 3-1 GBC win over a determined group of Wood River girls.

     Pocatello (5-0-1 GBC, outscoring foes 36-5) got two goals from senior Alexis Hubbard on breaks behind the Wood River defense, and a free kick score by senior Adi Spillet. Assisting were Hailey Buffat and Kiersten Bunderson.

     Yet the Hailey girls (2-4-1, 2-3-1 GBC) fought back and controlled the final two-thirds of the game and outshot Pocatello 15-8 for the contest including 7-2 in corner kicks. Goalkeeper Oleanna Liaboe (3 saves) got better all game.

     Wood River, trailing 3-0 at half, broke through on a perfect lead pass by junior Daisy Buxton that senior Eva Grover converted for a goal after fighting off an Indian defender. Seniors Kate Stone, Grace Parke and Ella Guy all had good chances that didn’t find the back of the net.

     Keeping Wood River off the scoreboard were Pocatello keepers Seanee Still (8 saves) and Paeton Cates (4 saves).

     Also Wednesday, Century of Pocatello (3-3-1, 3-2-1 GBC) snapped a three-game winless skid 2-1 at home over Jerome (4-3-0, 4-2-0). Jerome had won four straight. Preston (4-2-1, 4-1-1) blanked visiting Canyon Ridge (2-4-1, 2-4-0) by a 4-0 score, and Twin Falls (7-0-1, 6-0-0) breezed 13-0 over Burley.


Strong night at Mt. Home for WRHS volleyball

     Wood River High School’s varsity volleyball team improved to 3-0 in Great Basin Conference play Tuesday night with a 25-22, 25-22, 18-25, 25-19 win at Mountain Home. Leaders included Emily Vandenberg (23 kills, 3 blocks, 2 aces), Cambria Morris (9 digs, 4 aces) and Sariah Nilsen (8 kills).

     Coach Kristyn Rutland said, “We played tough in front of a really great home crowd for Mountain Home. The girls came through with a win, fighting out point by point. We are improving match-by-match and finishing stronger.”

     Also winning matches Tuesday were Wood River’s junior varsity (25-22, 25-19) and Wolverine freshmen (25-17, 25-14).


Swimmers at Mini-Cassia meet

     Wood River High swimmers placed fifth of 10 schools in girls’ competition at the Sept. 6 Mini-Cassia Invitational at the Rupert City Pool. Kimberly (girls) and Canyon Ridge (boys) were team winners.

     Leading individuals from Hailey were Ethan Hansen (2nd boys’ 200-yard IM and 3rd boys’ 100 freestyle) and Taylor Dorland (3rd girls’ 100 butterfly). Finishing 2-3-4 in girls’ 500 freestyle were Dana Kriesien, Dorland and Brenann O’Leary.

     Wood River’s top finishing relays were third in boys’ 200-yard medley (Nick Maumus, Larsen Bier, Hansen and Carter Busdon), and fourth places in 200 freestyle (Maddox Nickum, Olivia Adams, Georgia Adams, Bridget Evans) and 400 free (Kriesien, O’Leary, Molly Doyle, Dorland).

     Other top-10 individuals were Alex Vallejo, Dana Kriesien, Maddox Nickum, Molly Doyle, Olivia Adams, Larsen Bier and Brenann O’Leary.

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