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Harley Farmer (#73) playing on the offensive line for Poky during the team's win over Shelley 28 to 10 on October 24. (Lori Edmo-Suppah photos)

Farmer offensive lineman for Pocatello Indians team

POCATELLO - Pocatello High School football player Harley Farmer is a sophomore and plays both junior varsity #79 and varsity #73 offensive right tackle. 
He played little league football with the Fort Hall Warriors #25 and Braves in his youth with Coach Eddy Kniffin, Jr. Hall and Jamie Bache.
Farmer has been active in sports throughout his youth and played for the All Stars East vs. West in Twin Falls in seventh grade and was chosen again to come back again for eighth grade. He played for Team Idaho, #25 and chose this number for All Stars both times as this was his number he used throughout Little League Football when he played for the Warriors. Harley remembers when he first started Braves football, he was short and got picked on and bullied a lot in school and on the field.
“I got tackled and it hurt, but I sucked it in and kept playing. My mom thought that it would be good for me because my uncle Vincent Little played football throughout high school for Blackfoot and he was really good. I got to see all his medals, trophies and coat for football and wrestling. I thought that was really cool,” he said.
Farmer says he is very lucky to get a chance to put the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes on the map for the Gold Sponsor when he played for two years with Team Idaho at the All Stars game and wants to thank all his sponsors and family whom supported him. It gave him the opportunity to show his strength, it also taught him the value of teamwork, because if you don’t have teamwork, then there is no team. You have to trust your teammates and trust that guard who is watching you, just in case someone tries to do a “dirty” on you, which he has noticed that in high school. If you are good and if the other teams coaches know that they can’t get their players around you, they will try to get you out of there.  And like his mom says, “Play hard, play honest, be good at what you do and win, but most of all…always protect yourself at all times.”
Farmer says it’s good to see his mom Lilly Sisneros and sister Angel Farmer at the games, because they never miss a JV or varsity game.
“Mom does her best to get my sister and I to school every day, puts food on the table, but she does it all and I love her and appreciate her, because if she wasn’t here, I wouldn’t be here.  I think I get my love of football from her. It’s funny to watch her watch games on and off the field. It’s a wonder she still has a voice. She has been very supportive of my sister and I throughout our lives and she will not let us even try to give up. That word is not in our home,” he says.
Farmer is appreciative that his grandmother Eloise Little has been able to watch him play at the Holt Arena, even if it was a little while and his first game during his freshman year, as she traveled to Rigby to watch.  It was a long ride for her, but she had her snacks and umbrella so she was okay.
He thanks his aunties Pauline and Paula for always being there to support him.  Harley also states that his cousin Talya Rodriguez always came to all his games, with her daughter and his favorite niece Tanaya Rodriguez, who is his #1 and biggest Little fan. 
Farmer hopes to get a scholarship to play college football after high school and of course dreams of playing in the NFL.
Farmer says some of today’s youth are out of control. He believes if they could be pointed in the right direction they can look outside the box and see what the world has for them, not alcohol or drugs, and relying on grandma or grandpa to take care of them the rest of their lives. Youth need to see the big picture when they are out there getting into trouble, that grandma and grandpa are sad. They only wanted them to have what they didn’t want in life, their struggles, but it took a turn and they got spoiled.
“Both my grandma’s Eloise and Carolyn took control and took care of their kids the best they could by themselves and worked to pay the bills and put food on the table, like my mom does with my sister and I.  And when I look into their tired eyes I see that I don’t want to struggle like them. When I grow up, I want to take care of them because they need a break. All elders should be happy and carefree in their older years. Not stressed and worried,” he says.
I have to thank my mentor and coach Eddy Kniffin who believed in me, and my uncle Fernando Hall Jr. (Halls).
“I want to do good for my people when I graduate. I’m not perfect, but I work on it because I take pride in who and what I am, and where I come from and I struggle like everyone else, right now I am trying to keep my 3.0 GPA in school. I want to bring something back to my people. Life’s a struggle and it’s something we all have to deal with in order to obtain happiness. You have to work for what you want, don’t give up keep trying, even If you fail several times, keep trying, because someone is watching and praying for you,” said Farmer.


Washakie plays on 7th grade champion Buccaneers team

Sho-Ban News
POCATELLO — Cedar Washakie (#33) is a member of the West Highland Buccaneers that won the 7th A Youth football championship October 25 defeating the Marsh Valley Redskins 22 to 14 at Holt Arena.
Washakie, 13, is a son of Kolin and Morionna Washakie of Fort Hall. His brothers are Young Chief, Kolin Yellowhand and Shotgun It is his first year playing for the Buccaneers. Head coach Duane Rawlings and Defensive Coach Bryan Rowberry had nothing but praise for the young athlete.
“Cedar has made a huge impact for us, he works hard, and he is a great player with an amazing combination of strength and speed for a kid his age. He always has a smile and gets along with everyone,” said Coach Rawlings.
Cedar got his start playing football for Fort Hall Recreation when he became old enough to play. He played his last season with Fort Hall as a sixth grader. Cedar would like to express his thanks to his team, family, and supporters who give him the support he needs to be a successful athlete in all his fields of play.
During the first quarter, the Buccaneers would score the first touchdown, making the score 8-0. The Buccaneers were then ready to play some defense, but with the Redskins attempting to gain some ground, the quarterback threw the ball only to have it intercepted by the Buccaneers who raced to put more points on the board, and scoring another touch down making the score 16-0. The Redskins were becoming eager to get some points before the end of the first quarter, and soon the Redskins had inched there way to the in zone. Confident that their players could catch the ball in the in zone, the quarterback threw only to find the hands of a Buccaneer, and the crowd roared wildly as the second interception ended the first quarter.
The Redskins would finally make a score during the second quarter, but the Buccaneers were quick to respond, with the time nearing to half time, the Buccaneers would make a run to the eight yard line, and then score once again bring the score 22-8, Buccaneers controlling the game.
The Redskins would not lose their resolve, and before halftime was up, they would sore making it 22-14, Buccaneers still leading. The Redskins would come very close to making another score, but the Buccaneers held them off until the second quarter was up, and teams were excused for halftime. Families were a buzz with the excitement of the game, the Holt Arena held a comfortable temperature as families stretched and made their way up for bathroom breaks. On the floor, coaches spewed their speeches to the young athletes, hyping them up for the last two quarters. When the players took to the field, a new sense of determination wavered in the air.
The teams would trade back in forth playing defensive and offensive, using different plays to make a score, but no more touchdowns would be made for the last two quarters. The final score was 22-14, Buccaneers securing the win.

Above, a panoramic view from the north end zone of the Albertson's Stadium during the Boise State Vs. BYU game on Friday, October 24. (Roselynn Wahtomy photo)

Recreation News

Reservation Rumble
The Fort Hall youth football team is playing Owyhee, Nevada at the Sho-Ban High School at 2 p.m. Everyone is invited. Come and support the youth football team.
Timbee Hall schedule
Monday: Women’s volleyball; Tuesday Co-ed volleyball; Wednesdays: Co-ed basketball; Thursday: men and women’s three on three volleyball.
Zumba classes are Monday through Friday from noon to 1 p.m. Basketball players must wait until 1 p.m. to use the court.
Basketball leagues
Sign ups in the Recreation office for women’s leagues: A and B. Team fee is $125 and players fee is $20. League begins November 10.
Men’s leagues: A, B and 30+ men (if six teams sign up). Team fee $150 and players fee $25. League begins November 11.
Attention: Any team signed up after the start date will have to wait until after Thanksgiving to be put on the schedule.  Player and team fees must be paid before you can play.
Timbee Hall hours
Fall hours are Monday to Thursday 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.