High School Sports at Eagle High School
Sports programs in Eagle have been the center of the community for as long as I can remember. Friday nights are run by the lights that shine down on the turf at Eagle High. Families, friends and community members fill in the bleachers to cheer on their beloved Mustangs. Whether it’s on the court, diamond or field the community support and love for their athletes is unmatched in the Treasure Valley.
The baseball program draws in a lot of young talent from the Eagle area but they also give the opportunity for most kids to play. Eagle fields a Freshman, JV, and Varsity team to compete against rival schools like Rocky Mountain, Centennial and Bishop Kelly. Eagle has won 2 5A Idaho State Championships in 2003 and 2011. I was fortunate enough to play on the 2011 team and contribute to the efforts that took a IHSAA State Championship. Frank Wright is the head coach at Eagle is and he has built a great program. Eagle has recently added a clubhouse to its list of facilities. This compliments the hitting facility and two baseball fields that Eagle has built. During the summers, Eagle offers an American Legion team called the Eagle Vipers that allows the boys to compete against other legion teams in the area as well as a few tournaments. They field an A & AA teams to allow for different levels. Tryouts are normally held towards the end of the school year for these teams. If you’re a baseball family the coaching, tradition and facilities that Eagle High School has to offer won’t disappoint you.
Friday nights in Eagle are centered around what happens under the lights on that turf field off Park Lane. Coach Paul Peterson has built a great program that not only builds great athletes but incredible young men. Peterson puts character before athletics and cares deeply for each and every one of his players. He is also a Health teacher at Eagle High School and has created a community in the high school that keeps everyone together. Eagle Football starts in the spring and summer with their early workouts and 7 on 7 passing leagues but the official practice doesn’t start until August. Eagle contends for the top spot in the state nearly every year with an average finish in the top 3 of the district. Tradition and great coaching has sent this program to 3 State Championships with the most recent being in 2009.
KBOI Story on Coach Paul Peterson: http://www.kboi2.com/sports/Eagle-Football-high-school-mustangs-paul-peterson-274167531.html?tab=video&c=y
Eagle High School has some great athletes that play multiple sports a lot of the boys that play on the football team play on the basketball team as well. Eagle High has never won a State Championship for Basketball but they compete in the top 3 of the district every year. The big rivalry games come against Rocky Mountain, Borah, and Centennial in which you can expect the gym to be packed on bottom and top tier bleachers. The student sections can get pretty rowdy at these games but it’s all in good fun. The “Stang Gang” is a camo-clad group of students that cheer on their athletes and heckle the other teams. Eagle basketball fields a Freshman, Sophomore, Junior Varsity and Varsity teams. A recent change in head coach could lead to a bright future for the program and their first state championship.
Eagle High School hasn’t always been a thriving force on the court from the Women’s side of it. But in the last three years they have turned into a program that brings back talent every year to compete for the top 3 spots in districts. They recently took 4th place in the 2015 IHSAA State Girl’s Basketball Tournament. This is largely due to the addition of Head Coach Cody Pickett. Cody Pickett is a local boy that I had the pleasure to play under in a short coaching stint at North Star Charter School. In his two years at North Star Charter coaching the Men’s Varsity team he took them to two state tournaments in which they received a third place finish in one. Cody Pickett played professional football in the NFL, CFL and over seas in Germany for ten years and made his way back home to do what he loves; coach basketball. I had a lot of time to pick Cody’s brain while I played for him and he has a tremendous love for the game of basketball. Ron Fortner who was Cody’s high school basketball coach at Caldwell High School assists Cody at the Varsity level. The program hosts a Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Freshman team. Eagle Girl’s Basketball is on the rise and with Coach Pickett at the helm there couldn’t be a better leader.
KBOI Story on Coach Cody Pickett:http://www.kboi2.com/sports/Cody-Pickett-Washington-Huskies-NFL-Eagle-High-School-236646651.html
The softball program at Eagle High School is one of the best; if not the best in the state. This past year, Coach Doug Corta led his girls to their 6th State Championship in school history and a record of 30-1. A near perfect season with their only stumble to rival school Mountain View. They were ranked nationally in the top 25 this past year before their loss to Mountain View and finished the year strong by running through the State Tournament. They crushed opponents as well as adversity this past year. Coach Corta was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor over 15 months ago. His fight and dedication has led to a strong group of girls and an incredible outreach from the community. KTVB, a local TV station recently did a special on the Mustangs and Coach Corta (make sure to check out the link below for full story). For these young girls, softball isn’t just a game it’s a teacher of life. The girls that play for Doug have a tremendous love for the game of softball, life and their head coach. There isn’t a better place in the state to play softball than Eagle High School.
TEAM CORTA and the Eagle Softball Team: http://www.ktvb.com/story/sports/2015/05/07/eagle-softball-coach-fights-brain-cancer/70930512/
Their is an unmatched value in the way the community of Eagle has surrounded it’s athletes with support and love. The leaders and coaches that are in charge of these programs have a great sense of their sport as well as how to make their athletes exceptional individuals. Sports are the greatest way to teach life lessons and the best example in Idaho is on display in Eagle.
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