“Today, do what others won’t so tomorrow you can accomplish what others can’t.” — Simone Biles, Gymnast. Every year, National Girls and Women in Sports Day is on a different day of the year, this year the holiday was February 1st. A few female sports that are currently being practiced at Bonneville High School include basketball, cheerleading, volleyball, softball, competitive and ballroom dancing, and the newest, wrestling. Wrestling is the fastest growing women’s sport in America according to The Register Herald. Currently on the girls wrestling team, three of Bonneville’s girls are ranked amongst the top six in the state, although the team as a whole is not currently ranked. According to Maxpreps.com, the BHS girl’s basketball team is currently ranked 69th in the state of Idaho, just below Nampa’s Columbia High School and just above McCall-Donnelly High School. In Addition, Bonneville’s cheerleading team took first place at state during the 2021-2022 school year and have been placing at tournaments ever since. The cheerleaders are district champions this year and will be competing at nationals. Not only are our cheerleaders hard workers, but with softball tryouts coming up, many of Bonneville’s softball players are preparing for their upcoming season by weightlifting. Last year, the team’s score was 13-9; thirteen being wins and nine being losses. BHS is not the first and only place where women’s sports were practiced.
According to Brittanica.com, croquet was the first sport in the Olympics to be played by women in 1900. Although croquet was one of few female inclusive sports, in 1926 female swimmer Gertrude Ederle competed in the long-distance swimming competition and beat the male record by around two hours. Two years later, Sonja Henie earned a gold medal in figure skating, and changed the sport entirely by adding ballet moves into her routine. Another female athlete became famous in 1932. Babe Didrikson participated in many separate Olympic track and field events and went on to compete in other Olympic sports, becoming a revolutionary athlete for women’s sports. A decade later, a woman named Fanny Blankers-Koen took home four Olympic gold medals in track and field events and was the first woman to do so. Not only was Koen a dedicated athlete, but she was also a mom to two kids and a wife to Jan Blankers. Koen also had a well-known nickname from those who were not so impressed by her balance of her personal life and career. She was known as “The Flying Housewife” because many believed at the time that she was not diligent enough in her home life and should not have been participating in sports with a family at home.
Thanks to women like Gertrude Ederle, Sonja Henie, Babe Didrikson, and Fanny Blankers-Koen, women’s sports flourish and are a welcomed activity for ladies to participate in. Women’s and Girl’s Sports Day is a reminder that women can be just as skilled as men in the sporting world, and honors all who have spoken up for the rights of female athletes.
Let’s Talk about the Honeybees
Bonneville High School is a school that gives students the opportunity to express themselves. At Bonneville, the Honeybees dance team is the ideal place to learn and grow as an athlete. The team consists of Isabella Higginbothan (9), Harleigh Keller (9), Kari Kelley (11), Kaylee Larsen (12), Faith Radford (12), Stephanie Shoff (9), Kaylee Wirkus (9), Mahiro Sumikura (11), coach Jason Coles, and assistant coach Lori Biggs. New on the team, head coach Jason Coles is putting his best foot forward with little dance experience. According to Harleigh Keller, the season is going pretty well; there are some losses and some wins as a team. Keller said, “The challenge that I definitely faced was some different ideas between the team but voices seem to come together after each idea so definitely been some no fight but arguments, there is also overcoming those arguments.” In regards to the new coach, Keller feels “that even though he is new, he does know a lot because our former coach was his wife, so he was pretty involved with the team.”
According to Kari Kelley, the Honeybees is like a second family, and “Mr. Coles is trying his best, I’m glad that he is going to be here [during] my senior year. He has the base for teaching dance because his wife was our coach, so he was helping coach for a really long time.” Kelley also shared that Coles’ daughter was a dancer, so he has previous knowledge of the craft. Kelley added, “He is also learning [and] trying his best. I never had a coach like that. Actually pushing.”
Keller also talked about the future of the team under the leadership of Mr. Coles and Mrs. Biggs. Since the team has more than one coach, the dancers will have the chance to learn and develop different skills from each of them. Mrs. Biggs will help the team improve their dancing skills, expand their knowledge, and refine their craft. Mr. Coles’ job will focus on managing the team, their emotions, and gaining new perspectives on dancing. New leadership often brings new challenges; however, the Honeybees are eager to continue their season and discover new opportunities to improve their dance skills.
Wrestling Season is Starting Back Up
The high school wrestling season has finally started up again, and the high school wrestling season will conclude at the end of January. The head coach for this year’s boys wrestling team is Zairrick Wadsworth, and this year’s girls head coach is Joey Vail.
At Bonneville High School, there is a junior varsity and varsity wrestling team. JV and varsity both wrestle together because they wrestle by either weight classes or age brackets. A duel is where two teams meet up and have a competition with each other based on a weight bracket, tournaments are where a bunch of schools from all over go head to head with either weight brackets or age brackets. The first duel is at the BHS main gym, and the duel is against Preston High School on December 1, 2022 for both junior varsity and varsity wrestlers. Most of the tournaments or duels will be at a different school, so make sure to come to the ones here at BHS.
Wrestling is a good sport for making new friends and an excellent way to help stay in shape. Koby Gould, a varsity wrestler at Bonneville High School, stated that “I think wrestling really pushes your limits and it’s just a lot of fun. It is also a good way to meet people from other schools and even meet people from out of state.” Gould stated that the reason he tried wrestling was because “I just thought that wrestling would be a really fun sport to try out so I tried it, and I loved it.” Wrestling is one of the very interesting winter sports there is here at Bonneville. Running is a very big part of training for wrestling, as staying in shape and that might be hard for some people running in Idaho's crazy
This year's wrestling season is going to be amazing here at Bonneville High School because of all of our amazing wrestlers. Wrestling is a very complex sport; when people wrestle, they have to be mentally and physically strong if they are looking to win. Make sure to show school spirit and go watch the wrestlers compete against other schools.
This year, the Bonneville girls jv and varsity soccer team had one of the best seasons that they have ever had. Bonneville’s head coach for both the junior varsity and varsity girls teams is Amy Hair. The girls have been trying their hardest this year to improve.They have been doing their best to win their games against other high schools.
On August 23rd, the JV and varsity played Rigby High School and won 3-2. Bonneville High School played against Hillcrest on September 2nd and won 8-1. On September 6th, BHS played Shelly, and the Bees won 2-1; two days later, they played Idaho Falls High School and tied 2-2. On October 20th, the Bees played Pocatello High School and won 2-1; the next day Bonneville played Shelly High School and won 4-1. The Bees played Skyline on October 13th, and they swept the field with a score of 4-0. Bonneville High School placed in the top 50% of all schools in Idaho, which is 6th place.
After reviewing their scores, Bonneville High School girls varsity had an impressive soccer season. The girls did amazing and are doing their best to make it to state. The Bonneville High School Jv and Varsity Soccer team has been improving, and they have been doing good at their games. They won some and lost some, but the games they lost did not stop them from growing. The team keeps working harder and harder to make it to state. It does not matter how much our soccer girls lose because they just keep improving.
This year, Bonneville’s JV and varsity tried their hardest to make it to the top of the scoreboard and they did their best at state; they got 6th place, which is not a bad score. What makes it better is that they worked their hearts out to earn that place. The BHS soccer season this year has shown most people that Bonneville has tried their hardest, and they have done great this season because of their scores. The students at BHS are very proud of this year's girls varsity and JV soccer season.
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The football season at Bonneville High School is coming to an end. Varsity players thrilled the students for two emotional months. Despite a few defeats, the Bonneville team managed to stay in the competition and competed in the State Playoffs in late October.
The team's first game was on August 25 against Logan High School (Utah). The Grizzlies held the 8-0 advantage at halftime and pushed defense to claim the victory with a final score of 14-0. The boys won their first home game on September 2 against Century High School. The Bees defeated the Diamondbacks with a score of 33-15. In their third game, the Bees traveled to Rigby to play against the Trojans. Rigby High School won with a final score of 49-14. On September 16 at the homecoming game, BHS matched Idaho Falls High School. Halfway through the game, the Idaho Falls Tigers had the advantage 8-7. At the end of the 4th quarter, the Bonneville Bees tied the score at 15-15. When the game went into overtime, the opposing team picked up an interception allowing the Tigers to win with a final score of 21-20. On the evening of September 23, the Bees played against Shelley High School. The Russets defeated BHS with a final score of 28-0. Bonneville played against Thunder on September 30 and the Bees won this Friday at home. From the first quarter, Varsity players led with a score of 14-7, to achieve victory with a final score of 21-19.
On Friday, October 7, the famous Civil War took place at Thunder Stadium. The Bonneville Bees played against their biggest rival, the Hillcrest Knights. As with every year, this was undoubtedly the biggest game of the season. Even though BHS was the away team this year, that did not prevent the students from filling the guest side stadiums in droves to support their players. From the first minutes of play, Anthem Dahlke and Briggs Hansen from BHS kicked and led the score to 7-0. Later in the game, Connor Payne from Hillcrest tied the score with a touchdown. In the 3rd quarter, Jacob Perez and Hansen kicked, adding 7 points to Bonneville's score. With seconds remaining in the game, Hillcrest’s Thomas Endsley (Kicker) fired a 27-yard field goal to give the Knights a 16-14 win.
For the last game at home, the varsity team played against Skyline High School, one of the best teams in Idaho. It was an important game for both the Bees and for the Grizzlies. With a score of 16-13, Bonneville High School won, securing a victory for all BHS students. The last match of the 2022 season took place at Blackfoot High School, where the Bees lost against the Broncos with a final score of 38-14.
This football season has been filled with many ups and downs. The Bonneville Bees, both players and students, have enjoyed these games. The players played all the way, and the Bees could not be more proud.
Running Their Way to State
As the fall sport season comes to a close, many different teams are starting to compete in district matches and this includes cross-country. On October 19, the Bonneville cross-country team attended this year’s district meet in Blackfoot. After a strenuous race, the girls varsity team took third in the competition with a score of 82, which means they made it to state; this is the third year in a row that the girls team has qualified for the higher competition. Senior Alivia Johnson stated in a quick interview, “Our districts [competition] is one of the hardest to run because the teams that are more than likely going to win state are in our district.” Other impressive accomplishments at districts were made by junior Kennedy Kunz and senior Alivia Johnson who both medalled in the top ten. Kunz took fourth with a time of 19:16:5, and Johnson took sixth with 19:31:7.
While most sports have a varsity and junior varsity team, the Bonneville girls cross-country only has enough members for a varsity team. A full varsity has seven members; the first five runners count towards going to districts, and the other two girl’s times are used in breaking ties and adding to the overall score of the team. Even with scarce numbers, the team is grateful for the seven girls because in years past they have had numbers as low as five members.
Senior Kenadee Roberts expressed some of her thoughts and feelings about the district meet. Roberts divulged that this year’s race was more competitive and intense. When Idaho Falls High School dropped back into the 4A High Country district, which Bonneville competes in, the race became more uncertain for the Bonneville girls varsity. Roberts said, “We weren’t guaranteed a spot for state like we usually are. … We weren’t quite sure we were going to make it.” IFHS has always been a strong cross-country competitor and is a team that frequently claims the state champion title. However, last year they got bumped up to a 5A school because they had more students. This year, numbers went down and they rejoined the 4A district. Roberts elaborated on her feelings of mixed emotions she experienced after the race. Immediately following her run, she was filled with sadness for her last district race and possibly her last race of the season, but happiness and excitement soon replaced her initial feelings. She said, “Once I found out we had enough points to actually make it to state, I was super pumped and just glad that for my senior year we actually get to run together again.” Her excitement about state was coupled with excitement for spending time with the other girls on the team. Roberts mentioned that her favorite thing about state is staying the night at a hotel. She talked about how this gives the girls bonding time and is a great way to end the season.
The cross country state championship was Saturday, October 29, 2022. The Bonneville varsity girls cross country team competed for the 4A state championship. The girls placed tenth out of 15th, and they represented Bonneville well. Congratulations to the girls for running through districts and ending their season with state!
Is Bonneville Still Being Represented?
Is that Bonneville or Hillcrest on the field? This is a question many students attending Bonneville High School have been wondering during this fall football season, as many have noticed the difference in color of their team’s football uniforms. The football jerseys are no longer a grassy green, rather a smoky black with a small amount of green filling the gold number outlines. There have been rumors that this uniform style was inspired by Hillcrest High School; however, those rumors are entirely incorrect. The simple fact is that green is a harder color to come by because it is less common and less practical; therefore, black was a financially wise choice for the team.
Some may have observed that the football team was able to afford uniforms last year and wonder why currently it is unaffordable. According to Tyler Johnson, the BHS Athletic Director, each sport takes turns with money that is automatically provided by the school board; this year’s money was granted to another group instead of the football team. To receive funding, the players were required to either pay around $160-200 or find a generous benefactor. The team found a wonderful donor and are currently being sponsored by the Rockwell Homes Company. If the team had not found Rockwell Homes to sponsor them, players who were unable to purchase their uniforms would have been unqualified to play. Rockwell also pays for their white uniforms, which are for away games. This color arrangement—black uniforms for home games and white uniforms for away games—is used in professional football as well as high school.
Along with the new uniforms, the football helmets have a special addition honoring an extremely special character. There is a medium-sized, white-outlined, black sticker in the shape of the French Fleur-de-lis. When the French colonized the New Orleans area of Louisiana, the floral symbol became associated with that new town. This sticker is to honor the late Assistant Coach Bryan Lampard who grew up in New Orleans and moved to Idaho Falls. After retirement, he realized he missed the game and decided to coach the Bonneville team. As the boys in black head onto the field, each of them carry a small memento to give it their all and put the “team over me,”as their shirts say.
The 2022 Super Bowl is Here
American football has grown in the last couple of seasons, and Super Bowl LVI lineup is very different, but should be very exciting. Super Bowl Sunday is always a big get together for most football fans, but as football has grown bigger and bigger and more and more people celebrate the Super Bowl like it is a holiday. The team lineup for Super Bowl Sunday consists of the Cincinnati Bengals versus the Los Angeles Rams. With two great teams, the 56th annual Super Bowl should be an extremely tough battle. The last time the Bengals were at the Super Bowl was in 1989 when they lost to the San Francisco 49ers. The Bengals have only been to the Super Bowl twice and lost each time, so fans around the world are getting hyped up for a chance to reign supreme. The Rams on the other hand, have won a Super Bowl, in January of 2000, when they demolished the Tennessee Titans in an outstanding game. The Rams have been an underdog for years until now since they traded for Matt Staford and Odell Beckam Jr., including many other star players. The Bengals also have several extremely talented players, including quarterback Joe Burrow and receivers Ja’marr Chase and Tee Higgins. Both teams did extremely well in the playoffs and now it is paying off; however, only one team can win the Super Bowl. This year's Super Bowl will be held at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. Commercials are already sold out for Sunday, which can be some peoples favorite part about the game. Another thing audiences love to watch is the halftime show. In the past years they have gotten a famous artist or performer to put on an amazing show to keep the audiences entertained during the thirty minute break. This year they are trying something different and bringing on five different artists to all perform during the Super Bowl. The artists include Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Eminem, and Kendrick Lamar. For many people their genres of music might not be their favorite, but hopefully they put on an amazing show that all people and ages can enjoy. Two great teams and an exciting halftime show should make Super Bowl LVI an amazing game.
Ruck, Maul, Pillage, and Burn!
Idaho Falls has an all-girls rugby team, although Rugby is not well known around Eastern Idaho. Rugby is a high-contact sport; however, there are many safety precautions in place to protect the players, such as uniforms and rules. The rugby uniform is the team jersey, rugby shorts, plastic-bottom cleats, and a mouth guard. Opponents can only tackle below the waist and are not allowed to stiff arm above the collarbone. The referee (also called the sir) will call a back ten yards penalty if someone tackles higher than waistline or does not follow the rules. There are multiple glorious things about joining a rugby team. Not only are the members true teammates, but they are part of a family. Rugby is a very intense sport and requires dedication.
Coaches Hope Morrow and Tralise Mangold both played rugby in high school. They are supportive, understanding, and will push their team to their full potential. When asked why she became a coach, Morrow stated, “[I want] to share my favorite sport with young women who are interested in learning it. My favorite thing about coaching is watching [the] kids grow into themselves and learn to love who they are.” When asked the same question, Mangold stated, “I became a rugby coach because I loved the sport and the environment it created for these girls. I wanted to make sure I kept that around for the girls who needed it! It is such a fun sport and everyone is always so nice even on opposing teams and I always thought that was awesome! My favorite part of coaching is being able to watch the girls grow into their sport and have the same passion for it as I do!”
For instance, the team requires 15 players to play, although it is better to have a roster of 22 to 24 players. Players have to attend a high school located in Eastern Idaho to be on the freshman through senior teams, however there is a middle school team. Both teams play from February to May. Practices are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m at Compass Academy, and Saturdays are typically game days. Each member is only allowed to play 90 minutes of rugby a day due to the tackling, injuries, etc., because it is important to not over-exhaust the player’s bodies. There are some games where the teams have to travel to Boise, American Falls, Twin Falls, and once Rush even played at a tournament in Missoula, Montana. Interested in having a more enjoyable and lively life? Come join the Rush Rugby family and make memories together.
Baskets for Teamwork
One of the main things most can hear in the gyms of Bonneville High School are the dull thumps of basketballs where the teams are practicing . It is not anything new, as sports have always been an important part of a high school experience. After a few interviews with the teams, a picture of what goes on behind the scenes came together.
Alberto Galloso Ganau, one of the players on the varsity basketball team, said in one of the interviews after being prompted to talk about if there was anything he would change with the team, "I would not change anything, I love my team. You know that bond you get with a friend? I have that with my team." He proceeded to talk about his relationship with the team, mostly about how they work together. In his words, "We mostly do practice games against each other and hone our skills as best as we can. If we miss a day of practice, we could lose a game coming up so it is important to keep in shape."
In another interview, one being from Kaitlyn Nelson on the JV girls basketball team, she mentioned how difficult it can be. “Sure, basketball is a hard sport, probably not as hard as some of the other sports, but luckily we try to lessen the stress on each other.” There is a lot of stress on players shoulders at times, from trying to get better to things outside of the team. And managing that stress is a hard thing to learn how to do.
Sports are a big part of anyone’s culture, stretching from childhood into adulthood. But upon taking a look further into the team and how they work together, they mostly rely on verbal communication and a lot of training that people don’t see.
"Basketball requires a lot of patience with others and mostly yourself. You can't get upset with yourself and quit if you want to grow," Ganau said when asked about how the sports mindset is for him. "A lot of stress is always on our shoulders pushing us to be better at what we do, but I wouldn't trade it for anything."
Usually when taking a look at sports teams, it is at a game when they are working their hardest— but when getting a look behind the scenes, it is a lot more than throwing around a ball and scoring points. A team is not just a group of people working together, it is a family; a bond that can not be broken even under the immense pressure of winning the game.
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