Idaho linemen Noah Johnson and kicker Cade Coffey were named to the HERO Sports 2019 Preseason All-America Team, the outlet announced Thursday.

Johnson was projected as a first-team selection on the offensive line, while Coffey was chosen as the second-team punter. Both picked up All-America recognition last season, as well as first-team All-Big Sky accolades.

Johnson, who was named to HERO Sports All-America Third Team in 2018, became the first Idaho offensive lineman to earn All-America recognition since Mike Iupati in 2009.

Johnson has started 23 games in his Idaho career, including 20 consecutive, all at strong guard.

Coffey has earned All-America accolades in his two seasons as a Vandal.


Supercross to make Potlatch debut Saturday

POTLATCH — The Lewiston Supercross has moved headquarters to a smaller town, but that does not necessarily entail a smaller venue.

“The cool thing about it is we were able to build a much larger supercross track than we were in Lewiston,” said promoter Eric Christiansen, whose Rogers Motors Potlatch Supercross event Saturday will be held on a course behind Scenic Six Park. “So that’s going to be more fun for the riders — and the spectators, for that matter.”

Gates will open at 2 p.m., with action to start at 4 p.m. The program will feature a full schedule of amateur and professional races ranging from the 50 beginner to the 450 pro and “everything in between,” as Christiansen put it. The purse for pro riders is a 200 percent payback.

Advance tickets are sold at a discount price of $10 for youth age 6-12 and $12 for adults, and can be bought at Harvest Foods in Potlatch and Les Schwab in Moscow or Lewiston.

Christiansen has no intention of canceling or postponing the event because of weather concerns.

“I got calls today with the rain,” he said. “Of course now it’s sunny, and pretty much supposed to be decent for the rest of the weekend, so that’s going to be good.”

Tickets at the gate cost $12 for youth and $15 for adults, with children 5 and under admitted free of charge.

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