On Friday, January 7th and Saturday, January 8th, 2022 the Madison High School wrestling teams competed in Boise. Sixteen freshmen from Madison Junior High were there to participate. As a JV team, they placed FIRST out of 30 teams! Great job, Bobcats! There were also many wrestlers who placed as individuals in their respective weight classes.
Cesar Loya and Porter Cottle took 1st Place
Teague Jensen and Spencer Wilcox (MJH) took 2nd Place
Gabe Wilcox, Kyler Brady, and Yihan Cho took 3rd (All from MHS)
Coach Aaron Petersen said, "It was an amazing two days of wrestling!" Great job wrestlers on all your hard work!
Written by: Brinlee Lords and Audrey Sutton
On Saturday, January 8th, 2022, your Madison Jr. High Cheer teams competed in the Upper Valley Classic Cheer competition held at Madison High School. The 7th/8th-grade team competed against four other teams with five teams total. The 9th-grade team competed as a JV team; most other JV teams have Sophomores, Juniors, and Freshman girls.
The first team to compete was the 7th/8th-graders. They competed around 9:20. This team competed only in their show routine. This contains dance, single stunts, tumbling, jumps, cheer, group stunts, and another dance. This show routine has to be around 2 minutes and 30 seconds long. While the girls competed, they hit all their stunts, were sharp in their routine, and all did their jumps and tumbling passes.
While they waited for awards, four girls on the cheer team did the tumble-off. They competed against other girls, including their teammates, on tumbling. The girls were Adelyn Earle, Elli Freeman, Maddie Zellers, and Liv Hacking. Liv Hacking ended up getting 2nd place. They also had a Dad jump-off. In this, the dads of cheerleaders were able to go against other dads of other girls to see who had better jumps. Ellie Carter’s dad went into this but didn't place.
Finally, awards took place, and your Madison 7th/8th grade cheerleaders took… 1st place! “Ellie Carter, a 7th grade Cheerleader, stated, “I think we did our best on keeping our energy up .”
Then the 9th graders competed after the 7th/8th-graders awards. First, they competed in their Show Routine, which consists of the same things the 7th/8th-grades do. While they did their routine, two stunts fell, some girls touched down in their tumbling passes, but they all stayed strong, yelled loud in their cheer, were very tight, hit all the jumps, and kept going. They then competed in their Pom Routine. This routine only consists of dance and some jumps; they do this routine with poms in their hands the whole time. They all did really well during their Pom Routine. They all remembered every motion of the performance and were very tight.
While they waited for the awards, there was another tumble off. Ella Jeppesen competed in this and got 1st place. None of the dads decided to do this jump-off. Then awards took place; your 9th-grade cheerleader took… 1st in Pom and 3rd in Show! Ella Jeppesen, a 9th grade cheerleader stated, “We were all very confident in the Pom routine.”
All of the girls are so thankful for each other and the coaches! None of this would ever be possible without the teammates and fantastic coaches, Lex Navarrete, and Ludy Navarrete.
Written By: Rachel Powell
Many people tryout for school volleyball. Some people don’t make the team, but they still want to play and improve. Well, Madison Volleyball Association (MVA) has another way: club volleyball.
Club volleyball gives athletes from 2nd-11th grade the opportunity to play and improve. This experience does require a fee. Because Madison is so dedicated to their work, tryouts usually cost about $150. If you don't make a team you are refunded that $150. If you do make a team, you are required to pay more. Prices can vary from $200-$850 depending on what grade you are in. The money goes towards travel fees, tournament fees, jerseys, and t-shirts.
Club volleyball gives athletes of all abilities the opportunity to try out and get better. Tryouts for players who have had more experience are in December. They start practices in January. Tryouts for players who have had less experience are in January and practices start in February. But, whether you have played your entire life or you’ve never even touched a volleyball, you are almost guaranteed to make a team. There are multiple teams in club volleyball. Usually there are about two or three teams per grade. Most of the time there are 8-10 players on each team in order for athletes to get more playing time. In school ball, usually 10-12 players make the team which doesn’t give everyone an equal amount of time on the court.
Torey Parker, an 8th grade volleyball player from Madison, says, “I like club volleyball because it is funner (sic) than school volleyball. You get to travel more and it is a lot more competitive.”
MVA also has really amazing coaches that want players to improve. Because there are less players on each team, coaches get more one-on-one time with each athlete that can help them improve their skills. In club, there are no games, there are only tournaments. As you get older, you get to travel to more places and compete.
Camri Call, another 8th grade volleyball player from Madison, says, “Club volleyball is fun because I get to go to Utah a lot.” So, there are some Utah, local, and some Boise tournaments. As you get older, tournaments get further and further away.
Depending on your skill level, practices are 1-3 times a week. At practices, you get to workout, do drills, and play fun games. All of these things help you become amazing at volleyball.
Written By: Madison Rundown Staff
The Madison Freshmen boys basketball team played an intense game against Thunder Ridge on Thursday, January 6th, 2021.
In their first game of 2022, the Bobcats were able to maintain a decent lead for the majority of the game, but then in the final seconds of the fourth quarter, Thunder Ridge stepped it up and managed to tie the score:
Overtime began, and it seemed like every thirty seconds, there was another foul on Thunder Ridge. This gave the Bobcats some valuable opportunities to shoot free throws. Tanner Johnson, Hazen Torgerson, Carter Lerwill, and Robby Matthews all made some important shots. This helped the Bobcats gain momentum in the four minutes of overtime, and they were able to pull off a win!
Final score: 57-54.
Written by: Camri Call, Aspen Boice, Mia Walsh, Torey Parker, and Kesler Jeppesen
On Wednesday, January 5th, 2021 the Girls Freshman Basketball team played Hillcrest. They started off the game strong, making the score 4-0 right of the bat! Then our team couldn’t stop them from scoring and the other team quickly took the lead. No one on our team was playing their best defense and it was a struggle to get past the Hillcrest defense and score. Hillcrest just kept scoring on us and we couldn’t figure out how to stop it and make some of our own points.
Mia Walsh, an 8th grader from MJH, said, “This just wasn’t their best game. I’ve seen them play so much better. So Hillcrest better watch out next time they play them.”
The game kept going on like that and by the end of the third quarter we only had 8 points and the other team had 21.
Camri Call, an 8th grader who watched the game said, “I was amazed at how low scoring the game was. Usually basketball games are higher scoring than this game was.”
They would have to step it up in the last 8 minutes if they wanted to win this game. The beginning of the 4th quarter they started to catch up and got into a five point game with three minutes to go. They kept getting closer and closer, but whenever they got closer the other team would just keep making more and more points. The freshman got closer, but in the end it wasn’t enough to win. They lost the game by five points with the end score being 24 to 29.
Written by: Brinlee Lords and Mia Walsh
The Freshman boys basketball team played two games this week. First, they played against the Idaho Falls Tigers on Wednesday, December 15, 2021 and completely blew them out! They started out awesome with Madison getting the jump ball. Number 5 Bryce Dredge made an amazing 3-pointer. When asked for a quote, he stated, “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” Good advice, indeed.
Tanner Johnson got 1 foul shot and made it. With the end of the first quarter, Madison was ahead 14-9. The whole team played great defense and offense. Carter Lerwill (#1) got 2 foul shots and made both.
An 8th grader at MJH, Mia Walsh, said, “After the first half I knew they were going to win! They took the lead and made a huge gap really fast."
In the third quarter, Hazen Torgensen hit a 3 in the middle of the half court line and also at the end of the third quarter, and they ended the quarter with the score 60-24.
Hazen Torgensen, a Freshman on the Basketball team, said, “I love to shoot the ball.”
They started the fourth quarter really well with Gabe Appleby swatting a layup! The whole Madison crowd was fired up! They played really well and beat the other team by 37 points! The end score was 71-34.
On Friday, December 17th, they boys took on a very highly ranked team from Draper, Utah. This team is a 6A team, according to assistant Coach, Aaron Lerwill, and is considered one of the top teams in the Salt Lake Valley. Even though Madison is only a 5A team, the coaches thought it would be a good experience for the two teams to play each other to give Madison a little challenge.
It started out as a close match, but Corner Canyon soon pulled ahead, and they stayed ahead for the rest of the game. It was a tough game playing against a skilled team from Utah.
Barkley, a 9th grader on the team said, "The team was all sophomores, so I think we actually did pretty good." They put up a good fight.
Torey Parker, an 8th grader at MJH said, “I liked watching them play; it was fun.” Sometimes it is fun to watch a game that is more balanced. This hasn't been the case lately with our freshmen boys because they usually win by so much!
The Corner Canyon team played really good defensively so we couldn’t put up a shot that would go in. We hustled in the first half, and then we kept getting more and more behind. A few three- pointers were made to keep us in the game for a while, but Corner Canyon ended up winning the game. The final score was 49- 71.
Written By: Kessler Jeppesen, Sawyer Summers, and Audrey Sutton
Tuesday, December 14th, the 9th grade girls basketball team defeated Rigby at Madison High school. It was an intense game, with Madison down in the first half, but they came back for the win! Megan Rydalch, one of the girls on the basketball team said, “We all played very well and had great team work.”
At half time the score was 12-17 with Rigby in the lead. Then, the third quarter belonged to Madison and they were able to tie it up at 22-22. Jocelyn Jeppesen made a great shot from right underneath the basket, and there were some important free throws during the game.
During the 4th quarter, the Bobcats were ahead at 25-22, when Rigby made two free throws which brought the score to 25-24. Madison answered back and soon they were leading 27-24. Rigby was trying as hard as they could, and they made a couple of baskets. With two minutes left in the game, the score was 29-29. The game was getting really intense.
A timeout was called, and the teams discussed their final strategies. Rigby made one free throw and took the lead, 30-29. Another timeout was called, with 50 seconds left. The game resumed and Navy Anderson shot, but missed, and then luckily, she rebounded it to shoot again! The ball sank through the net! Now the score was 31-30! The Bobcats held on to that score for the last thirty seconds and that was the final score of the game! Great job girls!
Written by: Madison Rundown Staff
The Madison Junior High Wrestling Team wrapped up their season on Saturday, December 11, 2021 with the District Championship hosted at Thunder Ridge High School.
This district championship included ten different teams from all around southeast Idaho, including Blackfoot, Rigby, many Idaho Falls teams, and more.
Out of the ten teams in attendance, Madison took second place. For much of the tournament, Madison was in the lead, but with five less wrestlers on their team than Blackfoot, they fell just six points short of winning first place. While this was somewhat of a letdown for Madison, this was better than they had ever done in the history of the team. Most of the wrestlers on the Madison team placed in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th in their own respective weight classes.
Coach Aaron Peterson was very proud of all the work the team put in. He stated, “We are building something really special. We were 6 points out of first place as a team with 5 less wrestlers than the team that placed 1st. I’m really proud of the boys and they should all be proud of themselves.”
There were many coaches that helped out this year with the wrestling team, including Coach Ingrams, Coach Ray, Coach Winter, Coach Peterson, and Coach Wilder.
Coach Wilder commented, “Our wrestlers showed a ton of heart today! We exceeded everyone’s expectations and so many other teams commented about how impressed they were with our kids and their progress this season!”
Congratulations to all of the wrestlers on Madison’s team! Most weight classes each have between 10-20 wrestlers. To have so many of our wrestlers place in the top 4 is quite an amazing accomplishment!
Below is a list of all of the Madison wrestlers that placed in their respective weight divisions:
70 lbs - Gunner Winter - 3rd
75 lbs - Cannon Chander - 4th
89 lbs - Greyson Peterson - 1st
100 lbs - Jordan Loya - 1st and Grady Cottle - 4th
105 lbs - Ace Ingram - 3rd
110 lbs - Preston Freeman - 4th
115 lbs - Graham Burbidge - 3rd
131 lbs - Cooper Brown - 1st
127 lbs - Grant Gugelman - 2nd and Baden Wheeler - 3rd
134 lbs - Colton Munns - 3rd
160 lbs - Derek Bear - 4th
190 lbs - Caleb Rhodes - 4th
Written By: Brinlee Lords
On Saturday, December 11, 2021, your Madison Jr. High cheerleaders competed in Blackfoot at the First Annual Blackfoot Stampede Show-down. The 7th-8th grade squad competed against five other cheer teams and placed 3rd in the show division. Although some stunts were wobbly when the girls competed, the single stunts hit, and the group stunt hit. While we tumbled, some girls touched the mat after their tumble pass, making us lose points.
Liv Hacking, cheer captain for 8th-grade, states, “Nobody is perfect but, that is what’s so perfect about them.” Turning awards flyer and 8th-grade captain Liv Hacking did the tumble off and got 3rd. All the girls did an excellent job.
The 9th grade competed against two teams in show and three teams in pom. They placed 2nd in show and in pom they got 3rd. They did great! A couple of girls missed their tumbling pass, but other than that, they were together. Sid Stoddard, captain of the 9th-grade team, states, “The after hair was worse than the routine.”
All these girls have put in a lot of time and effort to prepare for these competitions.
Ludy Navarrete states, “I am so, so proud of the teams and their performances at our first competition at Blackfoot Stampede. We have been battling injuries and illness and our girls performed like campions. They overcame a lot of challenges and came together and left everything on the mat. MJH cheer will only get better from here. #Gocats!” Lots of the girls have gone through different kinds of pains and tears.
They have two more competitions coming up after Christmas break, Upper Valley Classic held at the Madison High School January 7-8th, 2022, Cupids held by Highland High School January 14, 2022, Possible Performance on January 29, 2022, held by Bonneville High School.
We are all so grateful for our coaches Ludy Navarrete and her daughter Lex Navarrete. They have done so much to make us girls a team. They are great leaders and examples to all of us, we have come so far with these coaches and have grown a bond that will never be broken. We all just wanted our coaches to know how much we care about them and how much they have done for us.
Written by: Camri Call, Mia Walsh, Torey Parker, and Aspen Boice
Our Madison 7th and 8th grade girls basketball teams competed in the district tournament this week of December 6-8th. On Monday, both teams faced Blackfoot at home. 7th graders played first. There is no other way to put this except, they destroyed them. They played very well and their final score was 66-11!
Our 8th grade team played right after and also played very well. Mia Walsh played amazing defense to keep it away from their best player. That player ended the game with zero points.
When asked how she was able to do it she said, “My coach told me to guard her and not pay attention to anything else, not even where the ball was, so that’s what I did.” The score at the end of the game was 49-15.
After both 7th and 8th grade won their games they moved on to the next games in the district tournament, Eagle Rock for 8th grade and Sandcreek for 7th grade.
7th grade was missing one of their posts for this game and that was sad for their team. Sandcreek is a very good team and they played very well. 7th graders ended their district tournament journey after this game, losing by about 25 points.
8th graders were in the lead the whole Eagle Rock game. They were playing pretty well. It wasn’t their best game of the season, but it also wasn’t their worst. Eagle Rock pulled ahead at the end. I know lots of people say this, but the refs made bad call after bad call against us. The Madison crowd was very loud and was getting really mad! Torey Parker, an 8th grader on the team said, “The refs sucked and couldn’t make one good call.” They ended up losing 23-20.
Our teams played very well this season and we are very proud of them. 7th grade ended the season with 3 wins and 10 losses. 8th grade ended it with 9 wins and 4 losses. Both teams are done in the District tournament but we loved watching them this season and can’t wait for next year for them to take home the trophy!