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Team Capsules | 2021 Boys State Basketball Tournaments
Media members from around the state break down this year's state tournament field
Published: 3/1/2021 9:03:07 PM
 

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This year's state tournament team capsules were written by members of the media from across the state of Idaho.

CLASS 5A


BOISE BRAVE
Record: 7-6
State seed: District 3 fourth-place finisher
Coach: Manny Varela, sixth season
Players to watch: G/F Jack Payne, jr.; G Whitt Miller, sr.; F Cooper Howell, sr.
Notes: Back at state after a two-year absence. … Unranked in the final state media poll. …
Started 2-5 before finishing 5-1. … Was the last public school in the state to play its first game
on Jan. 19 after a delayed start and then a positive COVID-19 test in the program. … Miller
(10.5 ppg, 4.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists) has committed to The College of Idaho. … Payne leads
the team in points (13.4 ppg), rebounds (9.0) and blocks (2.9) while adding 2.8 assists. … Has
not won a state tournament game or trophy since 1997, when it finished third. … Won five state
titles, the last in 1986. … Last reached the finals in 1991.

EAGLE MUSTANGS
Record: 13-7
State seed: Play-in game winner
Coach: Cody Pickett, first season
Players to watch: F Jason Janish, sr.; F Donovan Jones, jr.; PG Isaac Deedon, sr.
Notes: Third straight trip to state. … Unranked in the final state media poll. … Janish leads the
team in points (15.1 ppg) and rebounds (5.9). … Five players average six or more points per
game. … Deedon (6.4 ppg) leads the 5A SIC in assists (6.4). … 3-5 vs. state qualifiers. …
Picked to finish seventh in the 11-team 5A SIC in a preseason coaches’ poll. ... Last won a state
trophy and reached the finals in 2010. … Never won a state title but reached the finals in 2004
and 2010. … Pickett took over the Mustangs this year after leading their girls basketball team to
a 137-48 record in seven seasons and its only state championship. ... Pickett is a former record-
setting quarterback at the University of Washington who played two seasons in the NFL with the
49ers.

LAKE CITY TIMBERWOLVES
Record: 16-6
State seed: District 1-2 champ
Coach: Jim Winger, 22nd season
Players to watch: PG Kolton Mitchell, so.; W Jack Kiesbuy, sr.; W Zach Johnson, so.; P Blake
Buchanan, so.
Notes: Qualified for state with three freshmen starters last year for first time since 2014, but ran
into Austin Bolt and eventual champ Borah in the first round and went two-and-out … Buchanan
transferred from Moscow after helping lead the Bears to the 4A title game as a freshman …
Four sophomores and Kiesbuy started most of this season. The fourth sophomore, W Varick
Meredith, suffered a wrist injury but is expected back for state … Ended Post Falls’ three-year
reign as district champs … Lost to 5A qualifier Madison and 4A qualifier Middleton in December,
and beat 4A qualifier Hillcrest as part of an Eastern Idaho road trip over the holidays. … Tied for
fifth in the final state media poll. … Never won a state title and reached its only finals in 2002. …
Last state trophy was third place in 2014.

MADISON BOBCATS
Record: 19-4
State seed: District 5-6 champ
Coach: Travis Schwab, fourth season
Players to watch: G Taden King, sr., F Eli Randall, sr., G Tyson Lerwill, G Logan Crane, jr.
Notes: Madison finished second in the conference behind upstart Thunder Ridge, but beat the
Titans in the district championship game to earn a berth to the state tournament after missing
last season … Taden King is the team’s top scoring threat, but the Bobcats win with their
defense. They gave up 46.26 points per game, and held Rigby to just 34 points in their last
rivalry meeting … The Bobcats did unleash a 3-point barrage on Thunder Ridge in the district
final, a part of the game that Schwab said is improving. … Won eight state titles, the last in
2011. … Ranked No. 4 in the final state media poll.

MERIDIAN WARRIORS
Record: 17-1
State seed: District 3 champ
Coach: Jeff Sanor, fourth season
Players to watch: F Brody Rowbury, sr.; G Joe Mpoyo, sr.; PG McKay Anderson, sr.
Notes: Wire-to-wire No. 1 team in the state media poll. … No. 1 scoring offense in 5A (65.2
ppg). … No. 2 scoring defense in 5A (44.3 ppg). … Back-to-back trips to state after a 13-year
drought. … The 6-10 Rowbury leads the teams in points (17.0 ppg), rebounds (8.9) and field-
goal percentage (60.4%). … Mpoyo (16.9 ppg) gives the Warriors another scorer, and Anderson
(10.0 ppg, 4.1 assists) runs the up-tempo offense. … Only loss was a 52-50 loss to Rocky
Mountain. … Won three state titles (1979, ‘83, ‘92). … Last reached the finals in 2001. … Last
state trophy was a consolation title in 2006. … Hasn’t won a first-round game since 2003. …
Won its first district title since 2003 last week.

MOUNTAIN VIEW MAVERICKS
Record: 10-8
State seed: District 3 third-place finisher
Coach: Jon Nettleton, 16th season
Players to watch: PG Noah White, sr.; W Tyler Clayton, sr.; W Drew Carter, sr.
Notes: Back at state for the fifth time in six years after going 6-16 and not qualifying last year.
… Unranked in the final state media poll. … Started 4-7 before winning six of its last seven
games. … White leads the team in points (13.1 ppg), rebounds (4.8), assists (3.3) and steals
(1.9). … Three more players average six or more points: Clayton (7.4 ppg), Carter (7.3 ppg) and
Bayler Perrin (6.7 ppg). … Won its only state title, played in its only finals and brought home its
last state tournament trophy in 2011. … Last won a first-round game in 2013.

RIGBY TROJANS
Record: 17-7
State seed: District 5-6 runner-up
Coach: Justin Jones, 13th season
Players to watch: G Kaden DaBell, sr., G Karson Barber, jr., F Ethan Fox, sr.
Notes: Last year the Trojans entered the state tournament loaded with senior talent and were a
favorite to challenge for the state title. A disappointing loss in the opening game ended that run.
This year’s team won’t have that problem … Rigby has been under the radar most of the
season as Madison and newcomer Thunder Ridge battled for conference supremacy …
Expectations are always high under longtime coach Justin Jones, who led the Trojans to the 4A
state title three times in four years between 2012 and 2015 … This year’s team won five of its
last seven games and defeated top-seeded Thunder Ridge in the district tournament to earn the
conference’s No. 2 seed, as Kade DaBell had a breakout game with 18 points and Karson
Barber scored 20. … Tied for fifth in the final state media poll. … Defending state consolation
champ. … Won 10 state titles.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN GRIZZLIES
Record: 15-3
State seed: District 3 runner-up
Coach: Dane Roy, 10th season
Players to watch: G Blake Munk, sr.; F Drew Fielder, so.; G Cam Williams, sr.
Notes: At state for the ninth straight year despite returning zero starters from last year’s third-
place finisher. … Owns the longest active state tournament appearance streak in 5A. … Won a
state tournament trophy six years in a row. … Ranked No. 3 in the final state media poll. … Won
the 5A SIC regular-season title. … Fielder leads the team in points (13 ppg) and rebounds (6.4).
… Munk (11 ppg) leads the team in assists (4.0). … Won two state titles in 2017 and ‘18 under
Roy. … Roy is the son of Emery Roy, who won nine state championships, the most for any boys
or girls basketball coach in Idaho history. Emery Roy is an assistant. … Dane Roy will step
down after the season to become the athletic director at Owyhee High, the newest school in
West Ada.



CLASS 4A

BISHOP KELLY KNIGHTS
Record: 16-5
State seed: District 3 runner-up
Coach: Ryan Kerns, seventh season
Players to watch: G Aiden McCarthy, sr.; G Aidan McGarvin, jr.; F Blake Hawthorne, jr.
Notes: Eighth time at state in the last nine years. … Last state title came in 1998, and last
reached the finals in 2016. … Three of Bishop Kelly’s five losses came against Middleton. The
other two were against 5A schools. … Unranked in the final state media poll. … The 44 points
per game allowed is the second-fewest in 4A and the fewest among the eight teams to qualify
for state. … Five players average seven or more points per game. … McCarthy (9.9 ppg) is the
top scorer, followed by Hawthorne (8.2 ppg), McGarvin (7.5 ppg), Kade Rice (7.4 ppg) and
Tommy Hunter (7.1 ppg). … Rice is the youngest son of Boise State men’s basketball coach
Leon Rice.

HILLCREST KNIGHTS
Record: 18-8
State seed: Play-in game winner
Coach: Dave Austin, sixth season
Players to watch: G Cooper Kesler, jr., C Isaac Davis, fr., G Jase Austin, jr., F Tre Kofe, jr.
Notes: This was billed as a breakout season for the Knights, who started a lineup of
sophomores a year ago and took some lumps … This year’s team of experienced juniors were
the top team in District 6 during the regular season, but were beaten twice by Skyline in the
district tournament and had to win the play-in game to advance … Freshman Isaac Davis can
be a force inside (10.4 ppg, 7.1 rebounds), while Cooper Kesler (13.3 ppg) can get hot from the
perimeter … After a sluggish two weeks, Austin said he liked the way the offense played in the
play-in game, scoring 66 points. … Never won a state title, playing in its only championship in
2018. … Ranked No. 3 in the final state media poll.

JEROME TIGERS
Record: 20-2
State seed: District 4 champ
Coach: Joe Messick, 14th season
Players to watch: F Gavin Capps, jr.; G Alfredo Ortiz, sr.; G Michael Lloyd, jr.; G Scott Cook,
so.
Notes: Ranked No. 2 in the final state media poll. … Went on a 12-game winning streak before
losing to Minico. … Entering the tournament on an eight-game winning streak. … The only time
Jerome won the state championship was in 1987, where they played in the 3A division. …
Haven’t played in a championship game since 1992. … At state for the first time since 2017. …
Last won a state tournament trophy in 2009, when it finished third.

LAKELAND HAWKS
Record: 11-9
State seed: District 1-2 champ
Coach: Dave Stockwell, 10th season
Players to watch: F Noah Haaland, sr.; F Jalen Skalskiy, sr.; G Carson Seay, sr.; G Bryce
Henry, jr.
Notes: Beat four-time defending district champ Moscow 2-1 in a best-of-3 series for the district
title to earn its first trip to state since 2016. … At state for just the third time since moving up
from 3A in 2004-05. … Went 0-2 at state in 2015 and ‘16 … 1-8 vs. 5A Inland Empire League
schools this season, with four of the losses by 3 points or less. … Both at 6-8, Haaland and
Skalskiy are high-scoring and high-flying. Each had a 30-point game in the district tournament,
and each are good for at least one to two dunks per game. … Unranked in the final state media
poll. … Never won or played in a state championship game.

MIDDLETON VIKINGS
Record: 20-4
State seed: District 3 champ
Coach: Andy Harrington, third season
Players to watch: F Tyler Medaris, jr.; G Taede Stucki, sr.; G Cash Cowdery, sr.
Notes: At state for sixth time in seven years. … Won the third-place trophy last year, its first 4A
state tournament trophy and its first overall since 2004. … No. 1-ranked team in last state media
poll. ... Medaris is the leading scorer and rebounder, averaging 15.5 points and 9.8 rebounds
per game. … Harrington has accepted the coaching job at Owyhee High, the new West Ada
School District high school that will open in the fall. … Holds a 7-1 record against teams that
qualified for state, including a 3-0 record against other district champions (Lake City, Fruitland,
Preston). … Won 12 of its last 13 games. … Only state title came in 1965. … Reached the finals
four times (2004, 1965, ‘63 and ‘61).

PRESTON INDIANS
Record: 17-7
State seed: District 5 champ
Coach: Tyler Jones, 11th season
Players to watch: G Gabe Hammons, sr.; G/F Cole Harris, sr. C Braden Hess, sr.
Notes: Defending state champion and winner of four of the last five 4A titles. ... 10 state titles in
school history. ... Lost three crucial starters from last year's 26-1 juggernaut — 4A Player of the
Year Ty Hyde, first-team all-state selection Luke Smellie and sharpshooter Scott Dunn. ...
Seven losses this year nearly matches the eight they've had in the past four years combined. ...
Unranked in the final media poll. ... District rivals Century and Pocatello also received votes in
the final media poll. ... Preston finished 5-2 against the Diamondbacks and Indians to claim the
only state tournament spot out of one of the toughest districts in the state. ... Hammons led the
team with 16.2 points per game going into the district tournament. ... Harris averaged 13.3 ppg
going into districts and also led the team with 7.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.

SKYLINE GRIZZLIES
Record: 10-17
State seed: District 6 champ
Coach: Clint Cornish, eighth season
Players to watch: G/F Raleigh Shippen, sr., G Cade Marlow, sr., C Landon Merzlock, sr.
Notes: The Grizzlies won five games during the regular season but got hot at the right time and
won five games in the District 6 tournament, beating No. 3 Blackfoot, No. 2 Bonneville twice,
and No. 1 Hillcrest twice, including in the championship game and if-necessary game …
Shippen averages 13.8 points and 5.1 rebounds, while Cade Marlow averages 12.3 points and
four rebounds … One reason for the slow start to the season may be due to several players
competing on the state championship football team, Cornish noted … It’s the Grizzlies first trip
to state since 2015. … Won two state titles (1971, ‘89). … Last reached the finals in 1992. …
Unranked in the final state media poll.

TWIN FALLS BRUINS
Record: 15-12
State seed: District 4 runner-up
Coach: James Glenn, first season
Players to watch: G Nic Swensen, sr.; F Tyler Robbins, sr.; G Mason Swafford, sr.; P Zach
Ball, so.; G Iradukunda Emery, sr.
Notes: Won four state titles, the last in 2014. … Has played in the championship game 12 times
in total. … After falling to Jerome in the semifinals at district, it had to play its way through the
losers’ bracket to earn a spot at state. … Opening game at state is against Preston, a team it is
0-2 against this season. … Swensen leads the team in scoring, averaging 13.8 points in district
games. … At state for the third time in four years. … Unranked in the final state media poll.



CLASS 3A

BONNERS FERRY BADGERS
Record: 11-8
State seed: Play-in game winner
Coach: Nathan Williams, first year
Players to watch: Ridge Williams, so.; Blake Rice, so.; Braeden Blackmore, so.
Notes: Beat Weiser 74-69 in the state play-in game. ... District 1 runner-up. ... First time at state
since 2008. ... Lost in third place game in 2007. ... Lost in consolation championship in 2006. ...
Won the consolation title in 2002, its last state tournament trophy. ... Went 1-1 against Priest
River this season. ... Lead by a talented class of six sophomores. … Unranked in the final state
media poll. … Never won a state title or reached the finals.

FRUITLAND GRIZZLIES
Record: 16-6
State seed: District 3 champ
Coach: Mark Van Weerdhuizen/Willie Lake, third season
Players to watch: F Hyrum Lindsey, sr.; G Dylan Watson, sr.; F Nolan Bower, jr.
Notes: At state for the 17th time in 19 years. … Ranked No. 4 in the final state media poll. …
Won 11 in a row, all against conference opponents. … Started 5-6, with four of those six losses
coming to 5A or 4A schools. … Lindsey, a reigning first-team All-Idaho pick, leads the team in
points (20.3 ppg), rebounds (12.3) and assists (2.6). … Watson (12.0 ppg, 2.0 assists, 2.1
steals) and Bower (9.3 ppg, 6.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists) keep teams from focusing solely on
Lindsey. .... Won a state trophy three years in a row, including third place last season. … Won
five state titles, the last in 2018. … Reached the finals seven times in the past 13 years.

KIMBERLY BULLDOGS
Record: 12-10
State seed: District 4 champ
Coach: Daren Garey, seventh season
Players to watch: F Gatlin Bair, fr.; G Jackson Cummins, jr.; G Jaxon Bair, jr.
Notes: Bair led the team in scoring during district games. … Defending state runner-up. … At
state for the fourth straight year, reaching the finals two of the past three years. … Won its only
state title in 1952. … Won its last four games. … Defeated district tournament opponents by an
average of 14.6 points. … Unranked in the final state media poll.

MARSH VALLEY EAGLES
Record: 19-6
State seed: District 5 champ
Coach: Kent Howell, first season
Players to watch: G Bracken Howell, sr.; F Cody Hansen, sr.; G Karter Howell, jr.
Notes: Marsh Valley returns to state for the third year in a row. ... The Eagles went two-and-out
in 2020. ... One state championship in program history (1988). ... Howell still holds the 3A state
tournament record for 3s in a game with seven in 1995. ... Marsh Valley's only double-digit loss
was 64-52 to Soda Springs. ... Howell and Hansen each averaged about 10 points and four
rebounds heading into the district tournament, but Marsh Valley is a very balanced team. ...
Ranked No. 3 in the final media poll. … Won its last state trophy in 2005, when it finished third.

MCCALL-DONNELLY VANDALS
Record: 9-2
State seed: District 3 runner-up
Coach: Jason Tinney, ninth season
Players to watch: F Isaac Speirs, sr.; G DJ Green, jr.; G Ethan Tinney, jr.
Notes: At state for the first time since 2011 and second time in 33 years. … No. 1 scoring
defense in 3A at 38.9 ppg. … Unranked in the final state media poll. … Didn’t play its first game
until Jan. 15 due to a district coronavirus policy. … Only losses were to league rival and state
qualifier Fruitland. … Played one nonconference game, a 52-44 win vs. Grangeville. … Green
(16.5 ppg, 5.5 rebounds) leads the team in scoring, while Speirs (12.0 ppg, 8.5 rebounds) tops
the rebounding category. … Four players average six or more points per game. … Spent the
past 10 years in the 2A classification before rejoining 3A this season. … Never won a state title
nor reached the finals.


PRIEST RIVER SPARTANS
Record: 14-8
State seed: District 1 champ
Coach: Kevin Wylie, sixth season
Players to watch: SG/SF Trentyn Kreager, jr; PG Travis Mathews, jr.; SG Blake Barrett, jr.; SG
Jordan Nortz, jr.
Notes: First district title and first appearance at state since 2011. ... Went 1-1 against Bonners
Ferry this season, won at Bonners Ferry 82-60 on Feb. 8, lost at home to Badgers 78-77 in OT
on Feb. 20. ... Won its only state title in 2010. ... Won a consolation championship in 2011. ...
PF Jace Yount injured in final regular season game. ... Averaging over 62.1 ppg while allowing
54.0 ppg. ... Kreager (18.2 ppg) tallied 28 points and 10 rebounds in the district title game win
over the seven-time defending district champ Kellogg ... Nortz is a 3-point specialist who will pull
up from anywhere inside half court. ... Barrett transferred from Washington’s Newport High. …
Ranked No. 5 in the final state media poll.

SNAKE RIVER PANTHERS
Record: 20-5
State seed: Play-in game winner
Coach: Robert Coombs, 28th season
Players to watch: G Mitch Lindsay, sr.; F Chandler Coombs, sr.; G Noah Watt, sr.
Notes: The Panthers are making their sixth-straight state tournament appearance, and 20th in
28 years under head coach Robert Coombs. ... Consolation champions a year ago. ... Eight
state titles in program history (five under Coombs), with the last coming in 2013. ... Ranked No.
1 in the final media poll. ... The Panthers will meet their first-round opponent, Fruitland, for the
fifth time in six years at the state tournament. ... Snake River has lost all four of the previous
matchups by an average of 12.3 points, including last year's 71-59 setback in the first round. ...
The closest of those losses was a 52-45 defeat in the semifinals in 2018 (Snake River went on
to win the third-place game). ... Four of the Panthers' five losses this year were to district rival
Marsh Valley. ... The two will not meet before the Saturday round of the state tournament, if they
both get that far.

TETON TIMBERWOLVES
Record: 18-5
State seed: District 6 champ
Coach: Rob Heuseveldt, fifth season
Players to watch: G Jarom Heuseveldt,soph., C/F Xander Vontz sr., C/F Luke Thompson, sr.
Notes: The Mountain Rivers Conference had a changing of the guard this season with two-time
state champion Sugar-Salem dropping to third in the standings. Teton finished 4-0 in the
conference and returns to the state tournament for the first time in 21 years … Won seven state
titles, the last as a 2A program in 1997 … Teton’s 63.95 points per game is second in 3A only to
Bonners Ferry at 64.6 … The two teams play in the first round. … Ranked No. 2 in the final
state media poll.



CLASS 2A

AMBROSE ARCHERS
Record: 19-2
State seed: District 3 runner-up
Coach: Ken Sugarman, third season
Players to watch: F Hudson Hughes, jr.; G Ben Blythe, sr.; G Johnny Sugarman, jr.
Notes: Won the 1A Division I state title last season before moving up to the 2A classification
this year. … Won 2A Western Idaho Conference regular-season title and had a 11-game
winning streak before falling to Melba in the district title game. … Graduated 1A WIC Player of
the Year Paul Yenor from last year’s team, but returned four other starters. … Hughes (17.6
ppg) leads the in scoring, while Blythe is averaging 15.2. … Johnny Sugarman (11.3 ppg)
overcame a broken hand early in the season and has seen his scoring numbers improve
towards the end of the year. … At state for the eighth straight year. … Ranked No. 3 in the final
state media poll.

BEAR LAKE BEARS
Record: 16-9
State seed: District 5 champ
Coach: Brandon Carlsen, 13th season
Players to watch: G/F Owen Teuscher, sr.; G Brady Shaul, so.; F Matthew Hammond, sr.
Notes: The Bears return to state after a one-year absence. ... Won the consolation
championship in their last appearance in 2019. ... Three-time state champion, including a recent
back-to-back run with titles in 2017 and 2018. ... Beat top seed West Side twice in two days to
avenge an earlier district tournament loss to the Pirates and take the District 5 championship. ...
That was part of a stretch in which they won 10 of 11 games to close the season. ... Teuscher is
6-foot-5 and can play inside and out. ... He was averaging 12.8 points per game going into the
district tournament. ... Shaul has been steady in his first year as point guard and hit a game-
winning, buzzer-beater against West Side in the district tournament.

MELBA MUSTANGS
Record: 19-4
State seed: District 3 champ
Coach: Spencer Trappett, third season
Players to watch: G Joe Reiber, jr.; G Braden Volkers, so.; G/F Cache Beus, fr.
Notes: At state for the second year in a row. … Reiber is the Mustangs’ leading scorer (16.7
ppg). He is also averaging 7.1 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 2 assists. … Beus is the leading
rebounder, averaging 11.3 per game during his freshman season. Beus is also averaging 8.8
points and 1.7 steals per game. … Won its only state title and played in its last championship
game in 2011. … Hasn’t won a first-round game or a state trophy since 2011. … Unranked in
the final state media poll.

NEW PLYMOUTH PILGRIMS
Record: 17-8
State seed: Play-in game winner
Coach: Jeff Lavender, fourth season
Players to watch: C Matt Hall, sr.; G Tony Ray, sr.; G Casey Arritola, jr.
Notes: At state for second straight year. … Lost to Cole Valley Christian in the first round of the
District 3 tournament, but responded with three straight wins, including one against Firth in the
state play-in game. … Lavender is a former assistant coach for the College of Idaho. … Last
reached the finals and won a state tournament trophy in 2013, when it finished second. …
Unranked in the final state media poll.

NORTH FREMONT HUSKIES
Record: 20-0
State seed: District 6 champ
Coach: Shannon Hill, third season
Players to watch: G Jordan Lenz, jr., G Luke Hill, sr., G Max Palmer, jr.
Notes: The Huskies are going for a 3-peat state championship and have a loaded roster …
Jordan Lenz averages 20 points, six rebounds, four assists, and Luke Hill averages 12 points …
Despite their record, the Huskies have won close games, including beating second-place Firth
50-41 and 47-45 in the district tournament … North Fremont has been ranked No. 1 in the state
media poll dating back to last season.

ST. MARIES LUMBERJACKS
Record: 20-1
State seed: District 1-2 champ
Coach: Bryan Chase, seventh season.
Players to watch: G Eli Gibson, sr.; G Bret Stancil, sr.; F Tristan Gentry, jr.; G Greyson Sands,
so.
Notes: At state for the seventh straight season, with four trophies from their last six trips …Lost
to North Fremont in overtime in the 2019 title game. Gibson is the lone remaining Lumberjack
who played in that game … Lone loss this season was by nine points at Lapwai, last year’s 1A
Division I champ. … Won its only state title in 1960. … Ranked No. 2 in the final state media
poll.

WENDELL TROJANS
Record: 16-7
State seed: District 4 champ
Coach: AJ Kelsey, fourth season
Players to watch: G Zade Swainston, jr.; F Isaac Slade, sr.; F Joe DeMasters, sr.; F Zane
Kelsey, sr.
Notes: Beat top-seeded Valley twice in the district tournament to earn a spot at state. … Won
six games by more than 20 points. … Won three state titles (1958, 1970, 2004). … Is 3-0 in
state championship games. … Unranked in the final state media poll. … At state for the first
time since 2016, when it finished third.

WEST SIDE PIRATES
Record: 20-6
State seed: District 5 runner-up
Coach: Tyler Brown, 15th season
Players to watch: F Bryler Shurtliff, jr.; G Blaize Brown, jr.; G Ryan Lemmon, sr.
Notes: Defending state runner-up after losing last year's title game 42-37 to North Fremont. ...
Lost point guard Ryan Beckstead and first-team All-Idaho post Isaac Frankman from that team.
... The Pirates will get a rematch with North Fremont, the No. 1 team in 2A, in the first round this
year ... Ranked No. 4 in the final media poll. ... Third straight state tournament appearance. ...
Two state titles in school history (1978, 1979). ... Of the Pirates' six losses this year, three were
to District 5 rival Bear Lake, one was to 3A state qualifier Marsh Valley and two were to
Wyoming teams. ... Shurtliff was first-team All-Idaho in three positions (wide receiver,
cornerback, kicker) for West Side's state title-winning football team in the fall. ... The lanky junior
is one of East Idaho’s best scorers. ... Brown was the quarterback for the football team.



CLASS 1A DIVISION I

GRACE GRIZZLIES
Record: 10-12
State seed: District 5-6 champ
Coach: Rory Lloyd, 14th season
Players to watch: G Gage Stoddard, sr; G Trey Draper, sr.; G Payson Andersen, jr.
Notes: Defending state runner-up after losing last year's title game 49-27 to Ambrose. ...
Second straight state tournament appearance. ... Three state titles in program history, with the
last coming in 2003. ... Bounced back from an unexpected district tournament loss to Butte
County, beating the Pirates twice at their place to clinch a state tournament spot. ... Stoddard is
returning from a second-team All-Idaho season as a junior. ... Draper transferred in before the
year from Riverton, Wyoming, where he was a football and basketball star. ... Along with
Mountain View (5A) and Melba (2A), the Grizzlies are one of three teams with a chance to
sweep the girls and boys basketball state titles for their schools. … Unranked in the final state
media poll.

LAKESIDE KNIGHTS
Record: 14-4
State seed: District 1 champ
Coach: James Twoteeth, fourth season
Players to watch: G Kenyon Spotted Horse, sr.; W JJ Hall, sr.; G Vander Brown, so.
Notes: Moved up to 1A Division I after winning the 1A Division II state title last year. It was the
Knights’ first state title since 1997, when Twoteeth was a player at Lakeside. … Darren “Day
Day” Higgins, the MVP of the North Star League in 2019, suffered a torn meniscus days before
the district title game, and is lost for the season. … Spotted Horse was the 1A Division II All-
Idaho Player of the Year last year, and the MVP of the new Scenic Idaho Conference this
season. … Two of their four losses were to 2A qualifier St. Maries.

LAPWAI WILDCATS
Record: 17-4
State seed: District 2 champ
Coach: Zachary Eastman, second season
Players to watch: PG Titus Yearout, jr.; G Kross Taylor, jr.; F Kase Wynott, fr.; F AJ Ellenwood,
jr.
Notes: Program won 10 state championships, going back-to-back in 2017-18. The Whitepine
League powerhouse hasn’t won a title since, finishing third the past two years. … Leads the
state across all classifications in team scoring average (76.9 ppg). … Yearout (23.8 ppg, 7.6
rebounds, 4.6 assists, 3.2 steals) is a third-year starter and reigning first-team All-Idaho pick. …
Maintained the top ranking all season in the state’s 1A Division I media poll. … Split two games
with St. Maries, Class 2A’s second-ranked team. Only other losses came to 4A state-qualifier
Lakeland, 1A Division II heavyweight Garden Valley and Genesee — Lapwai squandered 20-
plus-point leads in the two latter games. … Taylor and Wynott combine for 26.9 ppg. Taylor shot
11-for-12 from 3-point range against Potlatch on Feb. 11. … Ellenwood averages 10.2 rebounds
and 3.5 blocks.

LIBERTY CHARTER PATRIOTS
Record: 12-11
State seed: Play-in game winner
Coach: Ryan Albright, first season
Players to watch: P Dallin Criddle, jr.; W Connor Gardner, sr.; W Tyler Baker, jr.
Notes: At state for the fourth straight year and ninth time in 10 years. … Only first-round win
was in 2013. … Has never won a state tournament trophy. … Criddle leads the team in scoring
(15.3 ppg) and rebounds (5.7). Gardner (5.9 ppg) is the second-leading scorer. … Played a
nonconference schedule with several 2A opponents, starting 2-9 before winning 10 of its last 12.
… Gardner was the 1A state cross country champ in the fall.

OAKLEY HORNETS
Record: 19-3
State seed: District 4 champ
Coach: Jeffrey Bedke, third season
Players to watch: G Austin Cranney, sr.; F Corbin Bedke, sr.; G Payton Beck, jr.; G Jace
Robinson, sr.;
Notes: Ranked No. 2 in the final state media poll. … Defending state consolation champ. …
Won seven of its last eight games. … At state for the second time in three years. … Won four
state titles, the last in 1977. … Last reached the finals in 1984.

PRAIRIE PIRATES
Record: 17-5
State seed: District 2 runner-up
Coach: Shawn Wolter, second season
Players to watch: G Cole Schlader, sr.; G Zach Rambo, jr.; G Lane Schumacher, jr.
Notes: Won the state title in 2019, but missed the tournament last season with a young roster.
… Has won four 1A Division I crowns since 2010. … Lost three times to top-ranked Lapwai,
once to 2A Grangeville and was upset Feb. 11 by Logos. … Is at the tournament for the 10th
time in the past 13 seasons. … Remained in the state media poll for all but the final week, and
enters the tournament just outside the rankings. … Schlader, Rambo and Schumacher each
have scored 20 or more points in different games this season. … Ranks fifth in 1A Division I in
scoring average (59.95).

RIVERSTONE OTTERS
Record: 13-0
State seed: District 3 champ
Coach: Steve Bowen, first season
Players to watch: F Charlie DeBoer, sr.; C Nick Liebich sr.; G Ethan Hurt, sr.
Notes: Fifth straight trip to state, which accounts for all state tournament appearances in
program history. … Won its first district championship. … 1-8 in its previous four appearances at
state, with its only win coming in the 2017 consolation semifinals. … School originally planned to
skip the season due to COVID-19, but it reversed course and played its first game Jan. 7. …
Liebich (14.8 ppg, 10.9 rebounds) was the 5A SIC boys soccer player of the year, playing for
state champ Boise since Riverstone doesn’t offer soccer. … DeBoer (22.3 ppg) is the Otters’
leading scorer. He has committed to play at the University of Puget Sound. … No. 2 offense
(68.6 ppg) and defense in 1A Division I (37.5 ppg). … Tied for fourth in the final state media poll.

VICTORY CHARTER VIPERS
Record: 19-4
State seed: District 3 runner-up
Coach: Josh Hubbard, fourth season
Players to watch: W Jasper Luce, jr.; G Noah Palomares, fr.; G Carson Cole, kr.
Notes: First appearance at the state tournament. … A young team with one senior, five juniors,
three sophomores and a freshman. … Luce is the leading scorer (15.2 ppg) and rebounder
(7.4). … Palomares is averaging 14.8 ppg. … Won 11 in a row before falling 61-46 to
Riverstone in the district championship. … Tied for fourth in the final state media poll.



CLASS 1A DIVISION II

CAREY PANTHERS
Record: 12-5
State seed: District 4 runner-up
Coach: Dick Simpson, 19th season
Players to watch: G Hunter Smith, sr.; G Dallin Parke, sr.; P Chase Bennion, jr.; G Conner
Simpson, so.
Notes: At state for the 16th straight year, the longest active streak in any classification. … Beat
second-seeded Richfield to earn a spot at state. … Won two state titles (2011, ‘15). … Played in
six state championship games, the last in 2018. … Unranked in the final state media poll.

CLARK FORK WAMPUS CATS
Record: 4-12
State seed: District 1 champ
Coach: Heath Beason, third year
Players to watch: G Cameron Garcia, sr.; G Carter Sanroman, jr.; G/F Sam Barnett, jr.
Notes: First district title and state appearance since 2008. ... Lost to 3A Priest River twice this
season (74-26, 56-37). ... Started season 1-11. ... Won three of its last four games. ... Garcia
won the North Star League MVP. ... Wampus Cats took down Mullan 53-24 in the district title
game. ... Kootenai opted out of winter sports due to COVID-19, so Clark Fork only had to beat
Mullan to earn a trip to state. ... Had just one win two years ago.

DIETRICH BLUE DEVILS
Record: 18-5
State seed: District 4 champ
Coach: Wayne Dill, 19th season
Players to watch: G Brady Power, sr.; G Cody Power, so.; P Rhys Dill, sr.; G Jett Shaw, jr.
Notes: Defending third-place finisher at state. … At state for the ninth time in 10 years. … Brady
Power scored 38 points in the district championship against Richfield. … Brady Power has top
1,500 career points and was the 1A Division II All-Idaho football player of the year in the fall. …
Won two state titles (1966, 2016) and finished second in 2017. … Ranked No. 4 in the final
state media poll.

GARDEN VALLEY WOLVERINES
Record: 21-1
State seed: District 3 champ
Coach: Joel LaFleur, third season
Players to watch: G Josh Gillespie, sr.; G Covy Kelly, sr.; F Devin Yearsley, sr.
Notes: Ranked No. 1 in the state media poll all season. … Won 16 straight games. … At state
for the third year in a row. … Never won a state title. … Finished second twice (2019, 2009). …
Averages 75.7 ppg, the second most in 1A Division II. … Only loss was to 2A state qualifier
New Plymouth. … Kelly (21.8 ppg, 5.2 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 2.6 steals) was the 1A Division II
player of the year as a sophomore and a first-team All-Idaho pick last year. … Gillespie (22.5
ppg, 9.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 4.0 steals) joined Garden Valley this season after transferring
from Mountain View. … Yearsley (10.2 ppg, 4.8 rebounds) gives Garden Valley three players
averaging 10 or more points.

NORTH GEM COWBOYS
Record: 21-2
State seed: District 5-6 champ
Coach: Tracey Corta, second season
Players to watch: G James Bodily, sr.; G Logan Corta, sr.; G Bridger Hatch, jr.
Notes: Second straight appearance at the state tournament. ... Last year's appearance, when
the Cowboys lost the third-place game, snapped a decade-long drought. ... Only two losses
were to district rival Watersprings, who the Cowboys didn't have to play in winning the district
tournament. ... Had a midseason winning streak of 10 games, and is currently working on an
eight-game winning streak. ... Scored over 100 points in two games, and hit 98 in another. ...
Three-time state champion, with their last title coming in 1995. ... Ranked No. 3 in the final
media poll. ... Bodily averaged 21.4 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.6 steals and 1.1
blocks, leading the team in all five major categories. ... He shot 43% from 3-point range on over
four attempts a game. ... Corta was a great sidekick, averaging 13 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.0
assists and 2.4 steals.

RICHFIELD TIGERS
Record: 13-10
State seed: Play-in game winner
Coach: Chris Taber, fifth season
Players to watch: G Carsn Perkes, so.; G Luke Dalton, so.; G Clay Kent, so.; P Hudson
Lucero, so.
Notes: Lost back-to-back games in the district tournament, forcing them to beat Council in a
play-in game to qualify. … At state for the first time since 2009. … Perkes averaged 23.25
points at district. … Unranked in the final state media poll. … Never won a state title. … Played
in its only championship in 2000.

ROCKLAND BULLDOGS
Record: 19-6
State seed: District 5-6 runner-up
Coach: Shae Neal, fourth season
Players to watch: G Braden Permann, sr.; C Levi Farr, sr.; F Teague Matthews, fr.
Notes: At state for the seventh time in eight years after missing last season. ... Lost a one-point
heartbreaker to North Gem in last year's district tournament with a state spot on the line. ... Beat
Mackay by one point in the same game this year to clinch their spot. ... Matthews had 20 points
and 11 rebounds in that game. ... Permann and Farr were first-team all-conference a year ago.
... Program is still looking for its first state title. ... After losing three straight games mid-season,
the Bulldogs have won 12 of 14, with the two losses coming to district champion North Gem. …
Unranked in the final state media poll.

TIMBERLINE SPARTANS
Record: 12-10
State seed: District 2 champ
Coach: Jason Hunter, second season
Players to watch: G Rylan Larson, sr.; G Chase Hunter, sr.; G Parker Brown, so.; F Jaron
Christopherson, jr.
Notes: Second consecutive trip to state after a 48-year tournament drought. … At state for the
third time in school history. Timberline won a championship in 1972. … Went two-and-out last
year. … Knocked off highly favored Deary at its district tournament by winning road games on
back-to-back nights. Timberline held Mustang star Brayden Stapleton (a 30 ppg scorer) to 20
points combined in the two games, and finished Game 1 with a stunning lob play from Hunter to
Larson with 3 seconds left. … Outscored its opponents this season by a margin of just 1.95
points. … Six players average five or more points per game for the defense-first, low-scoring
(47.8 ppg) Spartans. Larson leads the way with 14.7 ppg.



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