Meridian High graduate named Navy sprint football team's MVP

Junior defensive back Brendan West, a 2010 graduate of Meridian High, was recently named the Navy sprint football team's MVP.

West produced 27 tackles this season, including 19 solo stops. He also was voted the recipient of the Special Forces Award, which goes to the school's best special teams player.

West led Navy in both kick (404, 31.1 average) and punt (253, 15.8 average) return yards. His season-long kick return of 86 yards went for a touchdown against Princeton.

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.)

Idaho media Week 4 high school girls basketball poll

First-place votes in parentheses

5A W-L Pts. Pvs.

1. Post Falls (6) 9-0 43 2

2. Coeur d'Alene (3) 6-3 30 1

3. Highland 7-0 27 3

4. Madison (1) 10-0 24 4

5. Rocky Mountain 8-1 14 -

Others receiving votes: Lewiston 11, Mountain View 1.

4A

1. Middleton (10) 8-0 50 1

2. Bishop Kelly 8-2 40 2

3. Burley 7-3 26 4

4. Skyview 5-2 16 3

5. Century 5-3 9 5

Others receiving votes: Nampa 5, Twin Falls 2, Jerome 2.

3A

1. Marsh Valley (8) 6-1 47 1

2. Snake River (1) 5-1 28 3

3. Fruitland 3-2 24 2

Fruitland High's Stutzman named Gatorade volleyball player of year

Senior Sadie Stutzman of Fruitland High was announced as the 2012-13 Gatorade Idaho Volleyball Player of the Year on Wednesday.

The 6-foot-2 middle blocker, pictured at right, led Fruitland to the 3A state championship in October. She amassed 612 kills, 135 digs, 127 blocks, 74 aces and 24 assists in 2012. Stutzman also led Club Idaho to a 2012 Amateur Athletic Union Girls' Junior National Championship berth last summer.

Idaho media Week 2 high school boys basketball poll

Records through Monday.

5A
Team (1st-place votes) W-L Points Previous
1. Borah (8) 4-0 40 1
2. Rocky Mountain 4-0 21 -
3. Madison 3-2 13 2
4. Mountain View 3-1 10 3
t-5. Highland 2-1 9 4
t-5. Hillcrest 4-1 9
Others receiving votes: Eagle 8, Lake City 5, Coeur d'Alene 3, Post Falls 2.

4A
Team (1st-place votes) W-L Points Previous
1. Bonneville (5) 3-0 36 2
2. Skyview (3) 2-1 31 1

Varsity Extra athletes of the week (Dec. 3-8)

Please email nominations to rroberts@idahostatesman.com

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Idaho media Week 3 high school girls basketball poll

5A W-L Pts. Pvs.

1. Coeur d'Alene (7) 5-1 46 1

2. Post Falls (3) 6-0 35 T-2

3. Highland 4-0 33 T-2

4. Madison 7-0 22 5

5. Mountain View 6-2 5 NR

Others receiving votes: Lewiston 4, Rocky Mountain 3, Skyline 2.

4A

1. Middleton (10) 7-0 50 1

2. Bishop Kelly 6-2 38 T-2

3. Skyview 4-1 28 T-2

4. Burley 5-2 18 4

5. Century 2-3 4 5

Others receiving votes: Jerome 3, Bonneville 3, Moscow 2, Nampa 2, Sandpoint 1, Twin Falls 1.

3A

1. Marsh Valley (9) 5-0 49 1

2. Fruitland (1) 3-1 28 3

Idaho media Week 1 high school boys basketball poll

5A
Team (1st-place votes) W-L Points Previous
1. Borah (4) 1-0 36 1
2. Madison (2) 1-1 26 2
3. Mountain View (2) 2-0 17 5
4. Highland 0-1 11 3
5. Eagle 2-0 10 -
Others receiving votes: Lake City 8, Post Falls 5, Hillcrest 3, Rocky Mountain 2, Centennial 1, Coeur d'Alene 1.

4A
Team (1st-place votes) W-L Points Previous
1. Skyview (4) 0-1 33 2
2. Bonneville (4) 1-0 32 4
3. Twin Falls 1-1 24 1

Rocky Mountain, Columbia football coaches resign

Rocky Mountain High football coach Jason Warr and Columbia High football coach Derek Mertz recently resigned, according to each school's respective athletic director.

Warr has been the head coach at 5A Rocky Mountain since the school opened in 2008. In five seasons, Warr led the Grizzlies to an overall record of 24-26, including state playoff appearances in 2009, 2010 and 2012. Rocky's best season was in 2010, when the Grizzlies went 9-2 and advanced to the state semifinals.

Varsity Extra athletes of the week (Nov. 26-Dec. 1)

Please email nominations to rroberts@idahostatesman.com

BOYS BASKETBALL

Mogga Lado, Columbia: The 6-foot-7 junior helped the 4A Wildcats open the season with a 69-67 overtime win against 5A Meridian last week. Lado posted an impressive double-double of 23 points and 23 rebounds, while adding four assists, two blocked shots and two steals.

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