A junior at Bonners Ferry High School, Abby Gorton has already made her mark in the history books of Bonners Ferry athletics. In cross country, Abby was the district champion and placed fifth at state while also breaking the 5k school record, and the spring track season has been remarkable!

Abby admits to having a great deal of stress before a race, something which is understandable considering her outstanding performances and the desire to do her best.

“I still struggle with this, but I have improved a lot by not overthinking it and doing what I...

As head coach of Bonners Ferry High School’s dance team, Lisa Dirks could not be more proud of her squad.

“The team works hard all year round gaining strength, flexibility, confidence and, of course, dancing,” said Coach Dirks, who has been coaching dance at the school for five years. “In a couple of the routines, all of the girls do their splits!”

This year’s dance team is comprised of nine young women: Lindsey Christopherson, a senior and team captain; Adrianne Brown, a junior; sophomores Lily Blackmore, Alisa Hannaman, Rilynn Henslee, Bridget...

Isaac Wilson

Senior Isaac Wilson began to play soccer in eighth grade; something he said was initially a challenge as he had to catch up with his teammates who had been playing the sport for much longer. But true to his nature, Isaac put in the time, practiced hard and quickly became successful.

When it comes to academics, Isaac also works hard. He is pursuing his associate’s degree while still enrolled at Bonners Ferry High School; something which takes a great deal of time and commitment.

“I may go to college if my future job requires it, and I...

Isaac Wilson

Senior Isaac Wilson began to play soccer in eighth grade; something he said was initially a challenge as he had to catch up with his teammates who had been playing the sport for much longer. But true to his nature, Isaac put in the time, practiced hard and quickly became successful.

When it comes to academics, Isaac also works hard. He is pursuing his associate’s degree while still enrolled at Bonners Ferry High School; something which takes a great deal of time and commitment.

“I may go to college if my future job requires it, and I...

A sophomore at Bonners Ferry High School, Emmaline Pinkerton has endured more than many do in a lifetime. But in spite of her health challenges, she has persevered and remains to have a positive attitude.

“A life lesson I have learned is the simple mindset of positivity,” said Emmaline. “Positivity toward others, a concept, a goal or situation is the start to success, because success isn’t always winning. Success is when you put everything you possess into everything you can, with everyone you have, and enjoy every minute of it.”

In December of 2...

Defensive Unit – Badger Boys’ Soccer

Bonners Ferry High School boys’ varsity soccer coach, Wayne Wilkerson, is proud of each and every player on his team, so when asked to choose a player as nominee for player of the month, he found it very difficult.

“It's a fantastic group of young men that all seem to just jive and get along just for the ‘fun’ of it,” said Coach Wilkerson, “which is why we love coaching them so much!”

The defensive unit of his team, which includes senior Seth Bateman, goalkeeper and defenders senior Drew Foster, senior Gabe See...

According to Bonners Ferry varsity football coach, Cory Kramer, senior Chris Durette is a dedicated athlete upon whom he can rely.

“He started playing [football] last year and improved a ton,” said Coach Kramer. “He always gives you 100 percent, and I’m excited to see what he does this season.”

In addition to football, Chris is in his third year of basketball. He not only loves to play the game but also enjoys coaching. “I coached my little sister’s basketball team. That was the best!” exclaimed Chris. “At the end of the season, all the girls wer...

It is not always easy to balance academics with athletics, and when you are a three-sport athlete who participates in athletics year round, that challenge becomes even greater. But for Bonners Ferry High School senior Brady Bateman, he has managed to not only meet the challenge but to exceed it.

Graduating in the top 10 of his class this year, Brady has lettered in baseball and basketball all four years and twice in football. “I have received all-league honors three times in baseball and once in football,” said Brady, who also participated in cr...

Joe Swanson is a senior at Bonners Ferry High School, and his dedication to athletics and academics has brought success for him in both areas.

“I enjoy sports, particularly soccer and track,” said Joe, who has also maintained a 4.0 GPA. “I love long jumping and hope to beat the school record by the end of the season.”

Joe shares that he has struggled with back problems, but that has not stopped him from pursuing the sports he loves. “The biggest thing that helps is to push through and keep fighting. Although it still hurts, it is a good accomplis...

A freshman at Bonners Ferry High School, Holly Ansley clearly has a bright future ahead of her as a Badger.

She is on the girls’ varsity basketball team and also participates in track and field. Just last year she broke the long jump record for Boundary County Middle School jumping 15’9” in her final jump. And Holly’s success extends far beyond athletics as is evidenced by her 4.0 GPA.

Holly shares that her biggest challenge in basketball has been being able to find gym time to allow her to practice her dribbling and shooting. She said that she i...

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