News and notes from the Treasure Valley prep sports scene

There have been a few tidbits of information that have landed on my desk over the last few weeks that might be of interest to some of our readers. Here they are...

Nampa Christian High hires softball coach, plans to construct athletic complex

Beth Kinzler was announced as the Trojans' new coach Dec. 7. Kinzler spent the past year as the Trojans' assistant and is a 1996 Emmett High graduate who went on to play shortstop at George Fox University (Newberg, Ore.)

Nampa Christian also plans to construct a new athletic complex behind its high school on Flamingo Avenue. The complex will include softball, baseball, track and football fields and is scheduled to begin construction in 2013. The project will be paid for using $500,000 raised from the school's Gala fundraiser in early December.

Homedale High graduate sets Montana heptathlon record

University of Montana junior Austin Emry scored 5,623 points in the heptathlon on Dec. 8 at the Candy Cane V track and field meet in Cheney, Wash.

Emry eclipsed his previous best score by nearly 500 points, and his total is the second best heptathlon score in Big Sky Conference history.

Former Treasure Valley athletic director to be honored

Ten high school athletic directors will be inducted into the fourth hall of fame class of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) on Dec. 18 in San Antonio, Texas, during banquet festivities at the 43rd annual National Athletic Directors Conference co-sponsored by the NIAAA and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).

Among those inductees is Marquis Ross, who has been one of Idaho’s top leaders in high school athletic administration for the past 35 years. Ross retired in 2010 after serving in two school districts and directing the state’s athletic directors organization.

Ross began his athletic administration career in 1978 at Lowell Scott Junior High in Boise. In 1987, Ross became athletic administrator at Centennial High during which time he was a member of the Idaho High School Activities Association (IHSAA) State Football Scheduling Committee.

In 2000, Ross became athletic administrator of the Nampa School District and, in 2001, he was chosen executive director of the Idaho Athletic Administrators Association (IAAA) and served in that position until his retirement.