Written By: Bailee Withers and Brinlee Lords
January 27th, 2022 your Madison girls basketball team played their last game against the Idaho Falls Tigers. The 9th grade team consists of 9 girls all in 9th grade. Madison was off to a great start and by the end of the 1st quarter it was already 11 to 0 with the Bobcats winning. The girls played such amazing defense! Through the second, quarter #11 Navy Anderson got fouled and made both of her 2 free throws. Navy got a technical foul and made both again. #20 Jocelynn Jeppesen made a good rebound off of Navy Anderson and got fouled. #13 Caydence Yates made an awesome rebound too. By half time it was 22 to 6 with the Madison girls trailing the Tigers. They won the game 33 - 18.
Also a shout out to the cheerleaders who were cheering them on with no student section to support. Next season, people need to come to support their girls playing at home. The girls stayed strong throughout the game. They had good defense and all the girls did amazing.
Written By: Aspen Boice, Camri Call, Torey Parker, and Mia Walsh
On January 26th, 2022 our freshmen boys basketball team played Rigby at Madison High School. Rigby games are always intense and this was no different. We started off pretty well with the lead going back and forth between the two teams throughout the game. We played some great defense against Rigby. We kept the score pretty low throughout the game.
A teacher at MJH, Mrs. Rhodes, said, “I was on the edge of my seat for most of the game because Rigby took the lead a couple of times.”
At the beginning of the 4th quarter we were down 28 to 33. We came out strong though and started to pull ahead. Rigby's parents were getting pretty heated. One lady from Rigby got a little too mad at one of the refs calls. The ref kicked her out of the game!
We were playing hard and soon took the lead over ahead of Rigby. Rigby was in foul trouble and we went to the free throw line many times towards the end, increasing our lead. At the end of the game, we beat Rigby by seven points with the ending score being 43 to 36.
Mr. Carlson, the principal at Madison Junior High, stated,” “I love when we beat Rigby, because I get to wear my Madison tie to church on Sunday.” It certainly was an awesome win. The JV team and the Varsity team also both went on to beat Rigby later that night! We love to beat Rigby! Great job, Bobcats!
By: Camri Call
Our junior high boys basketball teams played at Sugar on Wednesday, January 19. 7th grade boys started off the game in full court pressure. They scored early and kept their lead for the rest of the game. We were soon up by 30 points in the first half. The second half started and Sugar started pressing us! Our team broke it easily though passing the ball up the court and finishing with a layup underneath the hoop. Rhett Hammond scored two 3-pointers putting us up by even more. The game ended with Madison up by 39 points.
Mia Walsh, an 8th grader at MJH said, “The 7th graders played really amazing and they are really fun to watch.” The final score was 62-23.
The 8th graders' game started with the lead going back and forth for the first quarter. We soon took off though. Everyone on our team was contributing to the score and we were soon up by about 20 points. By the end of the game all of the players on the team had gotten playing time and they were all on fire. Madison made three-pointer after three-pointer and the crowd was loving it.
Logan Nelson, an 8th grader on the team, said, "We all worked really well as a team and almost everyone was able to score some points. It was a great game."
By the end of the game we were up by 40 points. The final score was 73-31.
Written By: Rachel Powell and Lindsay Webb
Wednesday, January 19, the Freshmen girls basketball players cracked their knuckles and put their game faces on. They were ready to play against Thunder Ridge. This was a long awaited rematch between the Madison and Thunder Ridge freshmen girls.
Angie Killpack, the head coach of the Madison freshman team, said, “The last time we played this team we probably lost by 20 points, so I felt like this was going to be our game to get back at this team, so I wanted the girls to get excited and get pumped up for this game. We can’t show fear, we can't show that we already lost.”
“Tweet!” The game began and the ball was tossed into the air. Madison got the ball, ran across the court, and got the first points of the game! Thunder Ridge stole it back but Madison had amazing defense and there was almost no way that Thunder Ridge could shoot a basket. The Thunder Ridge team kept passing the ball back and forth to each other but never got a chance to shoot the ball before Madison stole it back, scoring yet another point for Madison.
Thunder Ridge called a timeout because they needed to pick it up! Thunder Ridge had been passing the ball quite a bit, but never scored until the end of the quarter. As they were running across the court, a Madison player accidentally knocked a girl from Thunder Ridge down. But she helped her up because Madison has amazing sportsmanship.
The second quarter began. Thunder Ridge started catching up! Madison was losing their momentum and Thunder Ridge scored four points in the last 15 seconds of the second quarter. At half time the score was 7:16 with Thunder Ridge in the lead.
Half time ended and the game started again. Thunder Ridge was still in the lead, but Madison was fighting really hard. It seemed like Madison had really amazing defense and they were good at passing, but their shooting was a little off.
Rachel Powell, an eighth grader watching the game, said, “I feel like our basket is jinxed. Every time we try to shoot, the ball seems to bounce right out of the air!”
The third quarter ended, 11:26 with Thunder Ridge still in the lead. Before the final quarter began, the Madison team had a pep talk. The coaches got the girls pumped up and confident. It worked! In the fourth quarter, Madison scored 10 points! Unfortunately, that wasn't enough to defeat Thunder Ridge. The final score of the game was 21:31. Madison fought hard, but they still lost. Good game girls!
Written By: Kesler Jeppeson and Audrey Sutton
There was a wonderful game that went on at our own Madison Jr. High on Thursday, January 20th, 2022. The 7th and 8th grade boys basketball teams played against our biggest school rivals, Rigby. We played great! Our teams both had a very exciting games.
The 7th grade ended up winning their ball game. They started ahead and stayed about 15 points up all game. In the third quarter, Rigby started to sweat as the Bobcats kept pulling ahead. The 7th grade team played a very good game and one of the players on the team, Caden Crapo said, “Good offense, good defense.” Let's go, Bobcats!
The 8th grade team played a good game as well. In the first quarter we started in the lead, and we had some great shots and wonderful passes. In the second quarter, the Trojans caught up and ended up beating us 36- 48. Teagan Olsen said, “We should have had better shots.” It was a great game. We’ll get them next time, Bobcats!
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.