Varsity Extra athletes of the week (April 21-26)

These selections are one day later than usual, but Varsity Extra athletes of the week will return to its normal release date of Monday next week.

Please send nominations by Monday morning to for performances based on the previous week.


Ryan Murkle, Centennial: The senior utility stepped in for an injured teammate at shortstop last week, but has played a variety of positions this season. Murkle, who bats third, finished the week 3-for-6 at the plate with a double, home run and three RBIs in two games. Murkle has committed to play baseball for Spokane Falls.


Savannah Nell, Kuna: The junior catcher kept the Kavemen unbeaten in the 4A Southern Idaho Conference with two victories last week against two of the tops teams in the league. Nell went 2-for-3 with a doubke, home run and an RBI in an 8-4 win against Bishop Kelly. She went 4-for-4 with a double, home run and four RBIs against Middleton.


Chelsey Knott, Parma: The senior continued to dominate the hurdle events this season, sweeping the 100- and 300-meter hurdles at the YMCA Invitational at Bishop Kelly High. Knott, who competes in the 3A classification, won the 100 hurdles in 15.0 seconds and the 300 hurdles in 47.96 seconds.


Jake Knight, Rocky Mountain: The senior owns the top marks in the state this season in the shot put and discus. Knight won both events at the Kiwanis Invitational in Hermiston, Ore. The Oregon State football signee threw the shot 55 feet, 4.5 inches and launched the discus 174 feet, 9 inches.


Bianca Mok, Boise: The defending 5A state champion in girls singles remained unbeaten this season with her victory at the 34th annual Capital Invitational on Saturday. Mok won the No. 1 girls singles title by defeating Idaho Falls’ Madison Maloney 6-1, 6-1.


Kyle Whittaker, Borah: After finishing fourth in boys singles at the 5A state tournament last year, Whittaker established himself as one of this year’s favorites by winning the Capital Invitational on Saturday. Whittaker topped Mountain View’s Isaac Dodd 6-0 to win the No. 1 boys singles bracket.


Haley Nist, Bishop Kelly: Playing in her first 18-hole tournament since surgery on her wrist during the offseason, Nist won the Canyon Ridge Invitational by shooting an even-par 74 at Canyon Springs Golf Course in Twin Falls. The Knights also claimed the team title.


Josh Gliege, Eagle; Hunter Ostrom, Bishop Kelly: Both golfers carded 70s to tie for medalist honors at the Canyon Ridge Invitational at Twin Falls Golf Club alongside Buhl’s Kade Crossland and Twin Falls’ Conner Meyerhoeffer. Gliege and the Mustangs won the team title.

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