Jensen’s bat wakes up on trip to Hawaii


Sometimes all a person needs is a little change of scenery.

Sometimes, all a person needs is Hawaii.

Need a predictable 82-degree weekend in the sun? Hawaii.

Need a steaming plate of fresh-caught, ginger-glazed Mahi-Mahi? Hawaii.

Need to shake off a case of the hitting doldrums? To go on a batting practice-esque rake festival in Lei-Lei Land?


Though she may or may not have done the first two, BYU sophomore and Skyline High School graduate Rylee Jensen certainly did the latter this past weekend.

Competing at the Hawaii Spring Fling Tournament in Honolulu, Jensen hit .421 with 10 runs, five homers and seven RBIs to help the Cougars win 5 of 6.

That performance earned Jensen West Coast Conference Player of the Week honors, marking the third time she has earned that award.

After struggling early this spring, Jensen raised her batting average 63 points with the Hawaii surge, and is now hitting .265 on the season. Her six homers and 24 runs scored are both team highs for the 13-12 Cougars.

Blackfoot graduate and Southern Virginia slugger Madison Rigby had another solid weekend at the plate, helping the Knights to a pair of doubleheader sweeps.

Rigby finished 2 for 6 with three runs and a triple during wins over Cairn on Saturday, adding a 2 for 4 day with two RBIs and a double during a 10-9 win over Wilson. Rigby’s Knights are now 6-8.

Also representing Blackfoot on the collegiate diamond, Southern Idaho freshman Hadlie Henderson struck out two against one earned run Friday during a 12-9 loss to Snow. CSI is now 15-7.

Women’s basketball

Walla Walla won its first two games of the Northwest Athletic Conference tournament this past weekend, routing Highline 78-37 in the opener Thursday, followed by an 85-62 win over Land on Friday.

WWCC sophomore guard and West Jefferson graduate Jade Skidmore finished with 18 points, six rebounds and six assists Highline.

Skidmore then outdid herself on Friday, logging her third triple-double of the season Friday night with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

The Warriors are now 32-1 overall.

Competing for Big Bend in the NWAC tournament, Madison graduate Leah Dougherty had a double-double Friday during an 89-79 win over Everett, finishing with 20 points and 11 rebounds. One night earlier during a 790-59 win over Grays Harbor, Dougherty had 16 points and eight rebounds for the 22-9 Vikings.

Men’s basketball

On the men’s side of the NWAC championship bracket, North Idaho stomped Lower Columbia 86-68 on Saturday, thanks in part to 17 points and four rebounds from Blackfoot grad Jarod Greene. Greene hit 8 of 9 from the field in the win for the 24-8 Cardinals.

Bonneville graduate Jared Stutzman finished with 11 points and four rebounds for Idaho State during a season-ending 76-68 loss to Southern Utah during the opening round of the Big Sky Tournament. ISU ends the season at 14-16.

BYU junior and Shelley graduate McKay Cannon finished with two points, three assists and two rebounds during the Cougars’ West Coast Conference games this past week.

BYU (24-10) will continue its postseason at Stanford in the NIT tournament on Wednesday.

Though his NWAC season is complete at Umpqua, Hillcrest graduate Coleman Johnson landed on the NWAC Southern Region Freshman Team, and the Southern Region Defensive team. Umpqua finished 18-11.


Southern Idaho freshman and Madison graduate Hayden Leatham continues to swing a hot bat for the Golden Eagles, helping push CSI to a four-game weekend sweep of Prairie Baseball Academy. Leatham was 3 for 3 with a double, two runs and three RBIs on Saturday, to help lift CSI to 16-4.

Competing for the College of Idaho during a 17-10 loss to Lewis-Clark State on Saturday, Blackfoot grad Dylan Mansanarez was 2 for 5 with an RBI.

In the same game for the 9-18 ‘Yotes, Skyline graduate Grayson Wilkie pitched one scoreless inning.

Former Idaho Falls standout Anthony Brady struck out two over one inning Sunday, helping Northern Colorado wrap up a four-game sweep of South Dakota State. UNC is now 10-5.

Competing for Treasure Valley during a 4-1 loss to Linn-Benton on Saturday, Blackfoot graduate Rhys Pope struck out one and allowed one run for the 3-5 Chukars.

Former Bonneville standout Thomas Alexander is slugging .313 with a homer over his first eight collegiate games to help Regis start the season 12-7.


Idaho Falls graduate Hadley Hersh carded a 95-89-90—274 for Idaho State at the Battle at Boulder Creek on Mar. 5-6, placing 68th in the 12-team event.

ISU finished 12th with a team stroke count of 1,074, and Georgetown won the event with a 916.