Sports Bites February 19, 2014

10:45 am February 19th, 2014

The Melba JVA Boys team won the District Championship.

Melba Varsity Girls beat Malad on Saturday, February 15 securing their team going to the State tournament. They will be facing Grangeville at Kuna High School at 8 p.m. on Thursday, February 20.


Alex Lawerence, a senior from Kuna, Idaho, won the boys’ pole vault at the 2014 Simplot Games with a mark of 14’6”.

Lawerence was glad to win, but was a little disappointed he didn’t break his personal record of 14’11”.

“I was feeling really good today, and was really excited to compete. I thought for sure I would break my personal record,” said Lawerence.

Track and field is Lawerence’s favorite sport.

“My mom got me to try out for track when I was a sophomore, and I have loved it ever since. I was a little apprehensive to try out, but I am glad my mom pushed me to,” Lawerence said, “I am here because of my mom.”

As a senior, Lawerence is planning on attending Utah State University in the fall and will hopefully continue with the sport he loves.

More than 1,900 athletes have come from across the U.S., Canada and Mexico to participate in the 36th annual Simplot Games. Simplot Games remains the nation’s premier high school indoor track and field event. Sponsored by the J.R. Simplot Company since 1979, the Simplot Games are held at Idaho State University’s Holt Arena in Pocatello, Idaho.


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