Results for Top Rivalry 2012
Weiser dominated the 1980s and 90s in the region, but the power among small schools in the area has switched to Fruitland the past decade. The Snake River Valley Conference foes normally meet twice a year - once in a league matchup and again in the state Class 3A semifinals. But it's more than success and proximity (19 miles apart). "We're the old traditional town, off in our own area," Weiser coach John Srholec said. "They're newer. They're becoming a bedroom community to the Boise area. We're the old, tough, scrappy farmer town."
Highland, which became Pocatello's second high school 49 years ago, has won nine state titles since 1984 and is Idaho's top program over the past three decades. Pocatello, meanwhile, has five state titles since 1989 but lost 42 of 56 meetings with its crosstown rival. This matchup has been enhanced by the Koetter family coaching tree - Dirk Koetter, now offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons, played and coached in it. The teams play in front of a packed house inside the local college stadium - Holt Arena, home of the Idaho State Bengals.
The towns of Blackfoot and Shelley are 18 miles apart in Bingham County, but this rivalry has more than proximity. It's about success. The teams have combined to win 12 of the past 17 Idaho Class 3A state championships. They met in the playoffs this year for the 15th time in the last 18 years. Snake River had a state-record, 54-game winning streak during a run in which it won five straight state titles (1998-2002). But Shelley emerged and has been able to steal away some of that dominance in the past decade.