Century High athlete named Gatorade Idaho Volleyball Player of the Year

Jenna Ellis of Century High in Pocatello was selected as the 2011-12 Gatorade Idaho Volleyball Player of the Year on Wednesday.

The 5-foot-8 senior outside hitter led the Diamondbacks to a 36-4 record and a second consecutive 4A state championship in October. Ellis amassed 454 kills, 439 digs, 65 aces and 18 blocks while recording a .408 hitting percentage and a .546 kill percentage.

Varsity Extra athletes of the week (Dec. 5-10)

Please email nominations to rroberts@idahostatesman.com.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Brandon Luedtke, Mountain View: The defending state champions earned a pair of big wins last week to remain unbeaten at 4-0 and 2-0 in the 5A Southern Idaho Conference. On Dec. 9, Luedtke contributed 12 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 blocked shot in a 52-51 victory against Borah. Luedtke added 26 points, 10 rebounds, 9 blocks, 2 assists and 1 steal in a 71-64 win against Timberline on Dec. 10. The 6-foot-4 senior post played a combined 63 of 64 minutes in the two games.

Nampa High selects new football coach

Nampa High athletic director John Gregory confirmed Saturday morning that Jon Choate was selected as the next Nampa High football coach.

Choate, who most recently served as the defensive coordinator at Meridian High, is the brother of Boise State special teams coach Jeff Choate.

"The committee felt like he had a lot of experience at different levels," Gregory said. "He is extremely organized and has a lot of enthusiasm."

Borah High names new softball coach

The Boise School District announced the hiring of Missy Wheeler as the new head softball coach at Borah High on Thursday.

Wheeler is a 1991 Meridian High graduate who was a three-sport athlete in soccer, basketball and softball.

She attended Walla Walla Community College on a basketball scholarship and later was a member of the Eastern Oregon basketball and softball programs.

Idaho media Week 1 high school boys basketball poll

Records as of Tuesday.

5A

Team (1st-place votes) W-L Points Pvs

1. Post Falls (5) 1-0 43 1

2. Coeur d'Alene (2) 1-0 38 2

3. Mountain View (1) 2-0 29 3

4. Borah (1) 2-0 23 5

5. Eagle (1) 2-0 13 -

Others receiving votes: Centennial 2, Highland 1, Rocky Mountain 1.

4A

Idaho media Week 4 high school girls basketball poll

First-place votes in parentheses.

Records are through Tuesday.

5A

1. Lewiston (6) 5-0 34 2

2. Coeur d'Alene 5-2 25 1

3. Highland (1) 6-0 24 3

4. Capital 7-1 12 5

T-5 Centennial 6-2 5 NR

T-5 Rocky Mountain 6-2 5 4

Others receiving votes: none.

4A

1. Middleton (7) 7-0 35 1

T-2 Bonneville 5-1 15 5

Varsity Extra athletes of the week (Nov. 28-Dec. 3)

Please email nominations to rroberts@idahostatesman.com.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Trevor Maughan, Middleton:The 6-foot-1 guard got the Vikings off to a strong start with a pair of wins last week against 5A opponents. In Middleton's season opener, Maughan had 31 points, seven rebounds, one steal and one blocked shot as the Vikings beat Centennial 69-68 in overtime. The senior followed that up with 26 points, five rebounds and five assists in Middleton's 59-56 victory against Timberline. For the week, Maughan was 22-for-27 from the free-throw line.

Bishop Kelly, Highland cross country runners qualify for nationals

Highland High's Robert Farnsworth and Bishop Kelly's Emily Nist each qualified for the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships National Finals with their performances in Saturday's 33rd annual West Regional at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif.

Farnsworth was third in 15 minutes, 41 seconds in the boys' 5-kilometer race, while Nist was 11th in 18:41 in the girls' race. The top 10 runners advance to nationals, but Nist received a spot because the fourth-place finisher will not be able to attend nationals. The national meet is Dec. 10 at Balboa Park in San Diego, Calif.

Treasure Valley 2011-12 college signings list

This list includes Treasure Valley athletes (2012 graduates unless otherwise noted) who have either signed a letter of intent or have verbally committed to compete for a college or university. The information was provided to the Statesman by high school coaches and administrators or by club team officials. College commitments and signings can be sent to rroberts@idahostatesman.com.

Boise High boys soccer alums honor past, salute 2011 team

Here is a press release I received a few weeks ago from former Boise High soccer player Andrew Hawes regarding the team's season-ending banquet in November. Hawes and several alums have kept in touch with their former team and took the time to continue one long-standing award and introduce a new one. Here is Hawes' press release:

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