Monthly Archives: October 2014

Idaho Volleyball Sweeps Montana State in Bozeman, 3-0

The Idaho volleyball team came out of Bozeman Thursday night with a 25-19, 25-21, 25-21 sweep of Montana State.

With the win, Idaho goes to 12- 11 overall and 8- 3 in Big Sky Conference play.

“Our goal tonight was to establish the middle and the right side,” Idaho coach Debbie Buchanan said in a statement after the game. “We thought we could score that way and I thought we did a good job of that. When we passed we were able to isolate instead of overload with some of the things we were trying.”


With the loss, Montana State falls to 4-19 overall, 1-10 in Big Sky play, but Bobcats coach  Kyle Weindel was pleased with his team’s performance. “I couldn’t be more proud of how the team competed,” he said in a statement after the game. “Idaho was my pick before the season to win the league and it is a very talented team. We competed very well.

“We’re points away from getting over the hump in sets and in matches,” Weindel said.

Idaho’s Alyssa Schultz and Ali Forde had 10 kills each. Schultz finished with a .667 hitting percentage on 15 attacks. Forde finished the night with a .526 percentage in 19 swings.

Setter Meredith Coba had 41 of Idaho’s 43 assists on the night, her third-best three-set performance of the season. She had totaled 47 and 43 assists in previous sweeps of Northern Arizona and Montana State.

On the defensive side for Idaho, Jenna Ellis had 14 digs and Katelyn Peterson had 12, finishing one kill shy of a double-double.

“Our numbers showed some good things as far as percentages and on defense,” Buchanan said. “I think for us as a team we are going to have to be a bit sharper than we were tonight going into our match on Saturday.”

The Vandals are in Missoula Saturday, taking on Montana, which has won three matches in a row. Idaho swept the Grizzlies earlier in the season at Memorial Gym in Moscow. The match will be streamed on at 6:00 p.m. PT and 7:00 p.m. MT.

In the race for the eight conference tournament slots, Idaho State leads the South Division with a league-best 10-1 conference record, while Idaho, North Dakota, and Northern Colorado are tied at the top of the North Division with 8-3 records.

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Posted October 31, 2014


Idaho Soccer Loses to Illinois State, 8- 0

Not much went right for the Idaho Vandals and not much went wrong for Illinois State Redbirds Thursday night in Normal, Illinois. The result was an 8- 0 victory for ISU.

“Illinois State is a top 50 team and they are extremely hard to defend because they have great movement on and off the ball,” head coach Derek Pittman said in a statement after the game.

The match was the first night game in the history of the Illinois State program and the newly-installed lights at Adelaide Street Field helped draw a crowd of more than three hundred fans, despite the heavy rain that fell in the first half.


(Thursday night action in Illinois. Photo courtesy Illinois State Athletics)

Illinois State scored five goals in the first half, the team’s the largest halftime lead of the season and the Redbirds added to it in the second half with three more goals, all scored within a span of ten minutes.

“We didn’t defend well as a team,” Pittman said. “They did a great job finishing their chances tonight.”

The eight goals are tied for the second-highest total in Illinois State program history and the team’s 20 points on the night rank third all-time in a single game.

The Vandals finished the game with nine shot attempts.

ISU finishes the season 13-5-0 and 6-0-0 in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Idaho concludes regular season play with a 4-14-2 overall record and 4-4-2 in league play and awaits results from other games to see if it will qualify for the Big Sky Tournament.

“We still have a long way to go as a program but we are headed in the right direction,” Pittman said. “We will continue to work hard and make our Vandal fans proud.”

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Posted October 31, 2014


Idaho Football Hosts Arkansas State on Saturday, Military Appreciation Day

It’s Military Appreciation Day at the Kibbie Dome this Saturday as the Vandals host Arkansas State. Idaho comes into the game off its first win of the season, 29- 17 over New Mexico State. As Idaho Public Radio’s Jamie Sterbis reports, Idaho coach Paul Petrino praised his team’s play in that win. (:58 )

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This Saturday, the Vandals will play Arkansas State – a team that will travel across the country after a loss against Louisiana- Lafayette. Arkansas defeated the Vandals last year 48- 24, but Petrino says Idaho is a different team this year:

Paul Petrino: “You know, there is no question that we are a way better football team than we were last year, and I think our players really realize that…You know, had a home game against New Mexico State, played really well, like at halftime we had 18 first downs and they had three but we were only up by ten points. But we got over the hump and got ourselves the win. I think we just continue to improve.”

Arkansas is 4- 3 on the season and isn’t taking Idaho lightly. Offensive coordinator Walt Bell:

Walt Bell: “I know that Coach Petrino and those guys are always going to do a great job, offensively and defensively, of being sound, well- coached, they’ll play hard.”

Saturday’s game starts at 2:00 o’clock in the Kibbie Dome. Military Appreciation Day activities start at 11:00 a.m.

I’m Jamie Sterbis reporting.

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(Audio courtesy Sun Belt Teleconference)

Published October 29, 2014


Area Ports Have Become Leading Economic Development Agencies

The Port of Lewiston, the Port of Clarkston, and the Port of Whitman County have collectively become the leading economic development agency in north central Idaho and southeastern Washington, according to a new economic study from the University of Idaho. Idaho Public Radio’s Glenn Mosley reports. (1:04)

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The three ports started out as water- based, but the author of the economic study, UI Research Economist and Clinical Assistant Professor Steven Peterson, says they have become multi- dimensional, full scale economic development agencies for the area encompassed by Moscow- Pullman and Lewiston- Clarkson:

Steven Peterson: “They provide everything– water transportation, rail, roads, telecommunications is now a form of transpiration and they are putting in high speed fiber, half of the region’s manufacturing jobs are located on the port locations.”


(Photo of Steven Peterson courtesy UI College of Business & Economics)

Peterson says, for example, that the Lewiston- Clarkson Valley is now a leader in manufacturing jobs. Manufacturing jobs, he says, increased there over the last 15 years while manufacturing was shrinking elsewhere.

Many of the jobs associated with the ports are high paying, living wage jobs, Peterson says, and he says the three ports work with all the other economic development agencies to attract new firms and entrepreneurs to enhance the local economy.

I’m Glenn Mosley reporting.

On the web– read the full report here:×11-FINAL.pdf

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Published October 29, 2014


Remembering Idaho’s Frank Church: “His Imprint is Everywhere”

Frank Church, the third generation Idahoan who served as United States Senator as a Democrat for his home state from 1957 until 1981, would have turned 90 years old this year. “Fighting the Odds,” a biography of Senator Church, is back in print this year. Idaho Public Radio’s Glenn Mosley spoke to one of the book’s authors, Rod Gramer. (1:23 )

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Frank Church represented some good, old- fashioned values, such as courage, and the ability to compromise and collaborate,. That’s according to Rod Gramer, co- author of the 1994 biography “Fighting the Odds,” which is back in print this year, the 30th anniversary of Church’s death. Gramer says there’s a whole generation of people now who don’t really know that much about Frank Church:

Rod Gramer: “Well, if you look at the map of Idaho, his imprint is everywhere. The Sawtooth Wilderness, the Sawtooth Recreation Area, the Hells Canyon Recreation Area, the Gospel-Hump Wilderness, the Greenbelt in Boise, and of course, the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, the largest in the lower 48 states, are just a few of his accomplishments.”


(Rod Gramer. Idaho Public Radio photo)

Gramer said Church’s accomplishments were not limited to Idaho. On the national stage, Church was a vocal opponent of the Vietnam War, and he was the second Idahoan to run for President of the United States. As Senator Ron Wyden points out in his foreword to the 2104 edition of “Fighting the Odds,” Church became well known for his “rigorous oversight of the CIA and other US intelligence agencies.”


(“Fighting the Odds” illustration courtesy Ridenbaugh Press)

Gramer was in Moscow Tuesday to make a presentation at the University of Idaho about Frank Church’s life, and he also took part in a community panel discussion about Church’s legacy.

I’m Glenn Mosley reporting.

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Published October 28, 2014

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Vandal Soccer Awaits Its Fate After Losses

The Idaho women’s soccer team has finished Big Sky Conference play with 14 points following road losses this past Friday to Sacramento State and on Sunday against Portland State.


(Action against Sacramento State on Friday, Oct. 24th. Photo courtesy Sacramento State Athletics)

“The Big Sky Standings are still up in the air and we will hope for the best from other results to see if we can get into the tournament,” Idaho coach Derek Pittman said in a statement after Sunday’s 3- 1 loss to Portland.

The Vandals have a 4-13-2 overall record and finish Big Sky action with a 4-4-2 record in league play. Idaho will travel to Normal, Illinois to close out the regular season against Illinois State Thursday at 5 p.m. PT.

On Sunday, the Vandals entered the contest tied with Portland State at 14 points apiece and second place on the line.

The Vandals fell behind after Portland State scored in the fourth minute. PSU then got its second goal 14 minutes into the second half before pushing the score to 3-0 in the 63rd minute.

Olivia Baggerly scored for the Vandals in the 85th minute, shooting from about 35 yards out on the right flank. Her shot sailed in the air before falling into the upper left corner of the net.

“I give credit to Portland State, they are a quality team and did a great job finishing their chances today,” Pittman said. “But I am still very proud of our player’s toughness and the fact that they never quit today.”

“A win today against an Idaho team that is well coached and has been performing well in conference was very important for us,” PSU coach Laura Schott said in a statement after the game.

Portland State led the Vandals in shots 14-7, and held an edge in shots on goal 10-4.

On Friday, the Vandals lost to Sacramento State, 4-2.

Idaho dominated early, scoring the match’s first two goals, with Alyssa Pease and Chloe Bell each scoring.

“We played fantastic from the opening whistle and scored two great goals,” Pittman said in a statement after the game. “It was a perfect opening 25 minutes.”

“They did a good job dictating the pace of the game for the first 20 minutes and once we kind of figured it out and relaxed we started gaining control of the game,” Sacramento State coach Randy Dedini said in a statement after the game.

Sacramento State forward Kristen Bridges scored a natural hat trick (three consecutive goals) to lead the Hornets back from behind the defeat the Vandals.

“It’s been a tough run of games these last couple weeks, but we showed good character to keep giving our best every time we stepped out,” Pittman said. “We will continue focusing on what is important to building a championship culture here at Idaho and prepare for Illinois State just like any other opponent.”

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Posted October 27, 2014


Vandal Volleyball Swept by Idaho State at Mem Gym

Idaho State came to the home turf of the University of Idaho Saturday night and swept the Vandals, 25-13, 25-21, and 25-22, to extend its lead in the Big Sky Conference standings.

“We came out really tight and tentative, making more errors,” Idaho coach Debbie Buchanan said in a statement after the game. “We just were not able to do it.”

With the loss, Idaho is 11- 11 overall and 7- 3 in the Big Sky. The Vandals had won twelve sets in a row coming into the match.

Idaho State (15- 8 overall, 9-1 Big Sky) has now won five matches in a row, 12 of its last 13, and has the best record in the Big Sky Conference.

Bengals coach Chad Teichert called it a sweet win. “They are a really good team,” he said in a statement after the game.”To get a victory especially on the road is really nice.

“The girls were really focused tonight,” Teichert said. “I love the way we are playing right now but I definitely want us to get better.”

The Bengals held the Vandals to a .044 attack percentage, the lowest mark for an Idaho State opponent this season.

“We are not going to win any matches with the numbers we had tonight,” Buchanan said. ““We have to be a little different team coming into this next road trip. I don’t know of a single match we would win with our numbers.”

Idaho is back on the road with matches at Montana State (Oct. 30) and Montana (Nov. 1).

The Vandals are in a three-way tie for the North Division lead with North Dakota (19- 8 overall, 7- 3 in Big Sky) and Northern Colorado (14- 8 overall, 7-3 Big Sky). The Vandals have six matches left in Big Sky play before the end of season tournament, including home-matches against North Dakota and Northern Colorado.

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