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Sports 2/9/24

The Idaho State men's basketball team returned to Reed Gym last night to face off against Sacramento State. The Bengals have lost their last two in a row and five of their last six to the Hornets, including a 66-64 loss in Sacramento earlier this season.  This time the Bengal’s took the win 68 to 40.  The team will be back in action in Reed Gym tomorrow for their game with the Portland State Vikings at 6 pm.

Meanwhile the Bengal ladies trailed for four quarters and despite an attempt at a comeback at Sacramento State, fell 61-58.   They head north to take on the Portland State Vikings tomorrow at 3:00 PM.

In softball, The Idaho State Bengals opened the 2024 season with a 5-0 shutout victory over the San Diego Toreros in San Diego, California yesterday.  The Bengals pick up their 2nd all-time win over the Toreros and the first since the 2014 season.   It's time for the 2024 La Jolla Invitational. Due to inclement weather on the west coast there is a schedule change. The Bengals will now play a doubleheader against UC San Diego on today, a doubleheader against California Baptist on Feb. 10 and a single game against Fairleigh Dickinson Sunday.

Idaho State University has plans to renovate Reed Gym and the president's house. Idaho Gov. Brad Little in 2021 directed the Idaho Department of Administration to write a report on known deferred maintenance projects across the state and identified $900 million in necessary repairs for facilities scattered throughout the Gem State.

Every player scored in the College of Southern Idaho Men's 105-76 win over Southern Nevada yesterday in Scenic West Athletic Conference play.  The Golden Eagles, 18-6 overall and 6-1 in conference play, hosts Community Christian tomorrow at 1 p.m.

For the ladies, the 16th-ranked College of Southern Idaho overcame a first-half deficit to beat Southern Nevada 75-63 yesterday in Scenic West Athletic Conference play.  CSI, 22-4 overall and 5-1 in league play, travels to Salt Lake and Snow next week.

District playoffs are wrapping up for girls varsity basketball.  Yesterday the top seeded Minico Spartans hosted third seeded Twin Falls bruins.  In the end, the Spartans claim their second straight 4A Great Basin District title 53-45 which means Minico is headed to state playoffs. 

Jerome took the win over Mountain Home 54 to 39.  Jerome will play in the second-place game against Twin Falls today. The winner advances to the state tournament.

Murtaugh downed Valley 68 to 43.  Murtaugh takes second place in the tournament and will head to the state tournament.

For the boys yesterday, Hagerman defeated Horseshoe bend 54 to 48.  Filer Defeated Wendell 66 to 57 and Kimberly downed Gooding 76 to 61. 

Looking at this weekend’s varsity basketball games for girls district tournament action, Richfield and Dietrich meet in Gooding and Jerome travels to Twin Falls.  In state tournament play, Kimberly and McCall Donnelly will play in Mountain Home. Valley and Lakeside will play in Grangeville. 

For the boys, Filer is on the road and will play American Falls.  Hansen and Murtaugh enter district tournament action in Glenns Ferry.  Jerome travels to Burley.  Shoshone goes to Glenns Ferry to start their district playoffs.  Mountain Home travels to Twin Falls.  

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