Kyle Mitchell was named Frontier Conference and NAIA National Special Teams Player of the Week Monday, headlining a big day for the College of Idaho football team.
Teammate Forrest Rivers was honored as FC Defensive Player of the Week, while the Yotes climbed one spot to No. 7 in the latest AFCA-NAIA Top-25 Coaches’ Poll.
Mitchell earns the league award for the sixth time in his career and nabs the national honor for the second time after a record-setting performance in Saturday’s 16-14 win over Montana Tech. The senior, from Herriman, Utah, kicked a school record three field goals, tying his own school record with a 45-yard boot in the fourth quarter, before establishing a new FC record with a game-winning 58-yard field goal on the final play of the afternoon.
The record kick is the longest field goal in all of college football this season and the longest in the NAIA since 2013.
Rivers, a senior from Corona, California, earns the defensive honor for the second time in his career. He led the team with 12 tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss, in the victory — adding a second-quarter forced fumble.
In the national poll, the Yotes received 311 voter points from the 17 conference voters — just two points behind No. 6 St. Francis (Ind.) and just 10 points out of the Top 5. It is the highest ranking in program history for C of I.
The Yotes hit the road this weekend for a 3 p.m. (MT) matchup at rival Southern Oregon.
EAGLE 3, CENTENNIAL 1: Gabbi Roberts posted 27 assists and nine kills, as the Mustangs downed the Patriots 35-33, 25-17, 15-25, 25-19 in the opening round of the 5A District III Tournament.
Tara Murphy added 11 kills, while Brooke Scott had 14 digs for Eagle in the win.
SKYVIEW 3, MERIDIAN 0: Karen Murphy racked up 25 assists, eight digs, six kills and five aces as the Hawks eased to a 25-18, 25-12, 25-12 5A District III Tournament first-round win.
Molly Anderson added 12 kills, six digs and three aces, while Leyah de Souza had eight kills.
TIMBERLINE 3, BORAH 0:Morgan Lamb netted 23 assists, four aces and a pair of kills as the Wolves swept the Lions 25-15, 25-15, 25-12 in the first round of the 5A District III Tournament.
Megan Schulte chipped in with 10 kills, while Chayla Slavin had six kills and three blocks for Timberline in the win.
BOISE 3, CAPITAL 1: Hannah Martinez recorded 33 assists, four digs and three aces as the Brave began the 5A District III Tournament with a 25-15, 22-25, 25-22, 25-19 first-round win.
Yale Spoja and Kenzie Martinez added 12 and 10 kills, respectively.
KUNA 3, VALLIVUE 0: Jasmyne Boles had four kills, eight assists and two blocks, but it wasn’t enough as the Falcons were handed a 17-25, 14-25, 12-25 straight set loss to open up the first round of the 4A District III Tournament.
RIDGEVUE 3, BISHOP KELLY 2: Ashlyn Warren and Whitney Stettler tallied 13 and 12 kills, respectively, as the sixth-seeded Warhawks upset the third-seeded Knights 25-14, 18-25, 15-25, 29-27, 15-12 in the opening round of the 4A District III Tournament.
Lexi Krmpotich and Sadie Angell had 19 and 15 assists, respectively for Ridgevue in the win.
NAMPA 3, COLUMBIA 1: Audrah Radford notched a double-double with 17 kills and 16 digs as the Bulldogs moved on to 4A District III semifinals with a 25-15, 20-25, 26-24, 26-24 first-round win.
Maddie Ehinger and Ashley Bradbeer also had double-doubles of their own for Nampa in the win. Ehinger chalked up 16 kills and 16 digs, while Bradbeer bagged 32 assists and 17 digs.
VALA RETURNS TO STEELHEADS: Defenseman Ondrej Vala has been assigned by the Dallas Stars to the Idaho Steelheads from the Texas Stars (AHL).
Vala, 21, re-joins the Steelheads after being called up to AHL Texas on Thursday during their two-game weekend against Grand Rapids. The Kolin, Czech Republic, native appeared in both games to open the 2019-20 regular season with the Steelheads in Utah, posting a plus-two rating with six penalty minutes. Vala played 55 games with the Steelheads last season and tallied 16 points (3-10-13) with a plus-16 rating, which was the fourth-best rating on the team, and also played in 11 postseason games.