This is the final installment of Varsity Extra’s athletes of the week for the 2012-13 school year. The series will resume with the start of the new school year in August. Congratulations to all the high school athletes who competed throughout the year and thank you for allowing me to tell a few of your stories along the way.
Cody Price, Timberline: The Wolves made the most of the final two weeks of the season, winning the 5A District Three Tournament as the No. 7 seed and then following up with a state championship on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. Price, a senior, earned the victory on the mound in Timberline’s 4-1 win against Boise in the first round, striking out three and walking one while going 1-for-4 with a triple. In the semifinals, Price went 1-for-2 at the plate in a 5-3 win against Highland. In a 6-2 win against Coeur d’Alene in the championship game, Price went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI and also threw four shutout innings of relief.
Taylor Falkner, Bishop Kelly: The Knights won their first 4A state championship since 2007 with the help of their junior pitcher. On Saturday, Falkner pitched two complete games, striking out 12 and walking one in a pair of victories over Lakeland. In those wins, Falkner was a combined 2-for-6 with a home run, triple and three RBIs as the Knights finished the season 21-5.
GIRLS TRACK & FIELD
Eagle’s 4×100-meter relay: Brittany Rawlins, Allison Jeffries, Kylee Coffin and Kinsey Keene ran to an overall state meet record in the event with a time of 48.14 seconds Saturday at Eagle High’s Thunder Stadium. With their help, the Mustangs went on to win the girls team championship by holding off two-time defending state champion Mountain View.
BOYS TRACK & FIELD
Thomas Rigby, Boise: The senior pulled off a rare distance trifecta in the 5A classification by winning the 3,200 meters, 1,600 and 800 at the 5A state meet at Eagle High. Rigby won the 3,200 on Friday and then added wins in the 1,600 and 800 on Saturday. The 800 was his final event of the meet, and he won it in an overall state record time of 1 minute, 50.80 seconds.
Bianca Mok: Boise: The sophomore won her second consecutive 5A state championship in girls singles on Saturday at Julia Davis Park. Mok defeated Idaho Falls’ Madison Maloney 6-1, 6-1 and did not lose more than one game in any set during her title run. The Boise girls also won the team championship.
Bryce Nattress, Fruitland: After finishing third the past two seasons, Nattress sent himself out in style Saturday at Vallivue High in Caldwell. The senior won the 3A state championship in boys singles by defeating Weiser’s Dominic Aubrey 6-2, 6-2. The Fruitland boys also won the team championship.
Haley Nist, Bishop Kelly: The junior posted rounds of 75 and 81 on her way to her first individual 4A state championship at the University of Idaho Golf Course in Moscow. Nist, won finished with a 12-over 156, won by four strokes and helped the Knights win their second consecutive team championship.
Graysen Huff, Eagle: The sophomore won in a sudden-death playoff against teammate Colby Dean to claim the individual 5A state championship at Lewiston Golf and Country Club. Huff shot a 1-under 143 in two rounds as the Eagle boys won their fifth championship in six seasons.