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Local roundup: Former QB Tharp returns to Boise State

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Posted: Saturday, February 22, 2014 1:17 am

BSU Football: The Boise State football team has hired former Bronco quarterback Taylor Tharp as its new director of player personnel.

Tharp, the Broncos’ starter in 2007, spent the past two seasons as an offensive graduate assistant at Texas.

He played two years in the Arena Football League — starting at quarterback for the Boise Burn in 2009 and for the Utah Blaze in 2010.

He replaces Blake Baker.

C of I Baseball: Chase Miller and Sam Johnston each had three of College of Idaho’s 15 hits as the Coyotes won 6-5 over Whitworth University in Caldwell.

The Yotes scored three runs in the opening frame, including RBI doubles from Mitch Skaggs and Johnston, who added an RBI single in the fifth to make it 5-0.

The Pirates rallied, getting a solo homer from Josh Davis in the sixth and adding four runs in the eighth before Kyle Garvin came in to get the save.

Taylor Nicholson got the win, going seven innings and allowing three runs on six hits.

NNU Baseball: NNU got the bats popping Friday, pounding out 20 hits and scoring 21 runs in an exhibition doubleheader at Northwest Nazarene campus.

The Crusaders (1-8) topped Prairie Baseball Academy 9-2 and 12-5 in the doubleheader.

Sam Cook and Nick Morelli each picked up two hits in the opener for the Crusaders, and Kaleb DeHaas drove in three runs.

Ryan Johnson, Andrew Helmstadter and Ben Circeo each had two hits in the nightcap for the Crusaders, and Tate Glasgow added a solo home run.

Both Morelli and Cook drove in two runs in the second game.

The Crusaders return to the field at 3 p.m. Monday, hosting Hawaii-Hilo in a nonconference doubleheader, the official home debut for NNU.

C of I Softball: Nickayla Skinner tossed a one-hit shutout in Game 1, and Paige Gabiola clubbed a go-ahead, three-run homer in the sixth of Game 2 as the College of Idaho swept Great Falls and British Columbia in Caldwell.

The Lady Yotes won the opener against UGF 7-0, then rallied for the 4-3 victory over UBC.

Skinner recorded her school-record 22nd shutout, allowing just one walk and striking out eight. Alexis Macias went 3 for 4 with two RBIs in the win.

In Game 2, UBC strung together three hits in the fifth to take a 3-1 lead, but Gabiola, who homered in Game 1, hit a two-out, three-run shot that proved to be the winner.

Cortni Pena got the win for the Yotes, allowing just four hits.

NNU Softball: The Crusaders split during a doubleheader against Eastern Oregon at NNU, including a 10-3 drubbing of the Mountaineers in the nightcap.

Kendra Day got NNU (5-8) started with a two-run single, and Ali Schauer added a solo home run as the Crusaders kept tacking on runs in the second game of the College of Idaho/Northwest Nazarene Classic. Pitcher Justine Callen (1-0) notched the win.

Eastern Oregon won the opener 3-2 in 8 innings. Pitcher Lindsey Walchli earned the win, striking out six and stranding 11 NNU baserunners.

Day had an RBI walk in the second inning, tying the opener 1-1, and Brianna Kinghorn added an RBI single in the sixth for NNU, making it 2-2 before the Mountaineers plated the winner in the top of the eighth.

Kinghorn led the offense in both games, going 2 for 4 in the opener and 3 for 4 in the second.

C OF I SKIING: Host College of Idaho struggled at the USCSA Western Regionals on Friday as Rocky Mountain College rolled to the giant slalom team title by sweeping the top five positions on the Alpine Run at Brundage Mountain.

Two of C of I’s three skiers failed to complete two runs. Zach Shenk had the third-fastest first run but did not complete his afternoon trip down the hill. The Yotes were led by Zach Gould in 21st place (1:56.58).

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