• 2016-17 STATE 'A' CHAMPS--DILLON BEAVERS; BIL CENT 2ND; POLSON 3RD
  • 2017 DIVISION CHAMPS--EAST--LAUREL--WEST--DILLON
  • 2017 CONF CHAMPS--POLSON--DILLON--BELGRADE--LAUREL

Boys BBall Home

Subscribe to our Newsletter

News

Saturday, December 16, 2017 'A' BOYS BBALL RESULT/STATS

December 16, 2017

 

Saturday, December 16, 2017
BOYS
BROWNING @ WHITEFISH*
FLATHEAD 69 COLUMBIA FALLS 46
RONAN BEAT LIBBY*
HAMILTON 77 POLSON 47
BUTTE CENTRAL 52 STEVENSVILLE 46*
DILLON @ FRENCHTOWN*
BELGRADE 49 HAVRE 34*
FERGUS V HUNTLEY PROJECT
HARDIN V GLENDIVE*
LAUREL @ WYOMING
SIDNEY V MILES CITY*

 

FLATHEAD 69 COLUMBIA FALLS 46

CF SCORING=PANASUK=12; GREEN=11; BARRETT=6; BECHTEL=5; MORRISON=4; MORGAN=3; SCHRIVER=3; PLETCHER=2

 

RONAN BEAT LIBBY

RON TOP SCORERS=CAMEL=21; PANZETANGA=12; MISA=12; 

LIB TOP SCORERS=JOHNSTON=18; PECK=8; JONES,N=8; DAVIS=8; JONES,K=7

Laurel 49, Sugar-Salem (Idaho) 37

Laurel 14  17  12  49 
Sugar-Salem 12  13  37 

Laurel: Dante Filpula-Antney 4, Deklan Harper 4, Trey Soucy 2, Brett Wagner 7, Gaje Leischner 9, Levi Taylor 2, Logan Kennedy 2, Camden Hill 19.

Sugar-Salem: Dan Shirley 7, Chancellor Dodson 7, Chandler Pincock 12, Tom Baldwin 7, Tanner Harris 2, Pasen Michaelson 2.

Belgrade 49, Havre 34

Belgrade 15  17  12  49 
Havre 16  34 

Belgrade: Fowler 12, Page 14, Tofslie 1, Reynolds 5, Gordon 3, Edwards 14.

Havre: Laz Windy Boy 2, Tanner Parsons 6, Jacob Irvin 11, Ivar Aageson 5, Austin DeLaRosa 4, Tysen Sangrey 2, Trey Murphy 2, Austin Jones 2.

BC boys turn back Stevi in Southwestern A matinee

BC boys turn back Stevi in Southwestern A matinee

Butte Central picked up its second boys’ basketball win in 22 hours today, knocking off Stevensville 52-46 at the Maroon Activities Center.

The win lifted the Maroons to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the Southwestern A.

Dan McCloskey again led the Maroons in scoring, pouring in 16 points. Luke Heaphy added nine, while Aaron Richards scored seven points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

Logan Roth hit five 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and scored 16 points to lead the Yellowjackets.

BUTTE CENTRAL 52 STEVENSVILLE 46*

BC TOP SCORERS=MCCLOSKEY=16; HEAPHY=9; RICHARDS=7; HOLTER=6; SESTRICH=6

STEVI TOP SCORERS=ROTH=16; MEEDS=14; SHERMAN=6

 

 


Friday, December 15, 2017 'A' BOYS BBALL RESULTS/STATS

December 15, 2017

 

Friday, December 15, 2017
BOYS
BROWNING 69 RONAN 53*
POLSON 57 WHITEFISH 26*
BUTTE CENTRAL 46 FRENCHTOWN 39*
PARK 51 HAVRE 38*
BILLINGS CENTRAL 61 FERGUS 41
COLSTRIP 63 GLENDIVE 44
HARDIN 72 MILES CITY 50*
HILLCREST 58 LAUREL 35
GLASGOW 53 SIDNEY 32

 

Polson 57, Whitefish 26

POLSON — Polson trailed 8-0 to start, but roared back for the Class A Northwest Conference victory over Whitefish.

Polson (3-1, 1-0) went on top 13-8 after the first period and was in front 28-13 at the half.

Shade Main scored 12 of his game-high 21 points in the third period for Polson, who pulled away for the easy win.

Lee Walburn topped Whitefish in scoring with 13 points.

 

Whitefish 8 5 8 5 — 26

Polson 13 15 20 9 — 57

WHITEFISH — Alex Kueylian 3, Sam Menicke 2, Ryan Kemm 5, Lee Walburn 13, Dillon Botner 3.

 

POLSON — Parker Toth 1, Asa Askan 6, Robin Erickson 2, Ryker Wenderoth 2, Bo Kelley 6, Connor Lanier 13, Shade Main 21, Trevor Schultz 4, Sam Schultz 2.

Whitefish 5 26 
Polson 13  15  20  57 

Whitefish: Alex Kueylian 3, Sam Menicke 2, Ryan Kemm 5, Lee Walburn 13, Dillon Botner 3.

Polson: Parker Toth 1, Asa Askan 6, Robin Erickson 2, Ryker Wenderoth 2, Bo Kelley 6, Connor Lanier 13, Shade Main 21, Trevor Schultz 4, Sam Schultz 2. 

COLSTRIP 63 GLENDIVE 44

GLEN SCORING=STEINBRON=16; KEISER=11; HELLMAN=6; SKERRITT=5; PHIPPS=4; HOLLEY=2

HARDIN 72 MILES CITY 50*

HARD TOP SCORERS=EVANS=25; LEFTHAND=14; CONNELLY=9; REDFIELD=9

MC TOP SCORERS=GUNDLACH=16; VANDERLAAN=11; STRADLEY=11

 

Livingston 51, Havre 38

Ivar Aageson shoots over a Livingston defender during Friday night's game in Havre. Colin Thompson

Livingston 19  17  51 
Havre 13  38 

Livingston: Waddell 5, Johnson 3, Peterson 9, Rosberg 2, Purkett 5, Floyd 12, Ricketts 15.

Havre: Laz Windy Boy 2, Tanner Parson 6, Jacob Irvin 3, Ivar Aageson 12, Austin DeLaRosa 4, Tysen Sangrey 2, Trey Murphy 9.

Billings Central 61, Lewistown 41

Lewistown 5 11 10 15 41
Billings Central 20 11 20 10 61

Lewistown: Tanner Trafton 14, Jake Clinton 2, Mitch Norslien 2, Andrew Lalum 6, Wes Jameson 8, Jaden Graham 8, Logan McQuinn 1.

Billings Central: Chrishon Dixon 13, Liam Clancy 3, Seth Sasich 9, Isaac Meyer 3, Jae Hugs 5, Sam Gray 22, Joe Byorth 6.

Sidney 53, Glasgow 32

Sidney 11   14 14   14  53
Glasgow  2  10  9  11  32

Sidney: Alec Lovegren 2, Cooper McGlothlin 7, Carter Johnson 3, Aaron Entz 5, Trey Stewart 2, Alex Lee 2, Max Peters 2, Bridger Larson 9. 

Glasgow: Bryce Legare 8, Tim Wageman 2, Brett Glaser 8, Ben Miller 2, Cade Myrick 19, Chevy Boos 8, Alex Franzen 6. 

Maroons battle past Broncs in Southwestern A opener

Maroons battle past Broncs in Southwestern A opener

Butte Central's Luke Heaphy goes up for a bucket as Frenchtown's Ethan Pyron defends Friday night at the Maroon Activities Center. (Bill Foley photo)

Butte Central’s boys’ basketball team opened Southwestern A play tonight with hard-fought 46-39 win over Frenchtown at the Maroon Activities Center.

Dan McCloskey scored 12 points to lead BC’s balanced attack in the win.

Luke Heaphy scored 10 points, while Aaron Richards tossed in eight points and grabbed 16 rebounds. 

BC will are back in action Saturday in a 4 p.m. home game against Stevensville.

Late surge moves Butte Central to 3-0 with win over Frenchtown

  • JORDAN HANSEN 406mtsports.com

BUTTE – Butte Central has made just three three-point shots in the past two games.

The Maroons' boys, however, make them when they need them the most and, with a hair under four minutes left in a tight game with Frenchtown, 5-foot-9 guard Luke Heaphy heaved one up.

The ball hit nothing but net and Heaphy pushed the game to two possessions over the Broncs. Central kept Frenchtown at an arm’s length the rest of the way, winning 46-39.

“That shot that Luke made took a tremendous amount of courage,” Maroons' head coach Brodie Kelly said. “That was a game changing moment at the end. We needed someone to break the ice and he did it for us there.”

The Maroons open up the season 3-0 and dropped the Broncs to 2-1 on the year. Central gets Stevensville on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Offense wasn’t real easy to find for long stretches of the game. The Maroons had a 5-3 lead over Frenchtown after the first quarter and added just 14 more points before half.

Led by terrific execution of its man-to-man defense, however, the Maroons were able to keep the Broncs from finding a whole lot of open space in which to shoot from. Contested jumpers and layups were common in this game and it led to a whole pile of free throws – Frenchtown hit 11-of-15, while Central went 17-of-24.

“This was a game you’re going to be able to take a lot from,” Kelly said. “It was a grinder, it was close the entire game. Both teams, I thought, played well defensively.”

Frenchtown did just about everything it could to keep Central out of the paint. Just about every time the Maroons would drive into the paint, its guards and forwards got lost in a sea of arms and hands.

With its relative lack of outside shooting, it became critical for Central to either draw contact or finish strong. There weren’t a whole lot of passes from the post from the Maroons, something Kelly touched on after the game.

“It was hard to get shots around the rim uncontested and they were challenging everything and we got a number blocked,” Kelly said. “Using some shot fakes and extra passes was important, but those kids were quick and athletic and were recovering quickly.”

While Frenchtown head coach Mark Quinn seemed content with the defense near the rim, he also felt it showed a flaw with his team.

“If you’re getting a lot of blocked shots, it means you’re getting beaten on defense,” Quinn said. “They’re getting to the rim and you have to recover. We recovered well, but we shouldn’t have had to recover in the first place.”

In order to be able to recover in that manner, it takes a special type of player. The Broncs' Adam Botkin was possibly the best player on the floor for either team, finishing with 19 points. He was in a good battle with Maroon center Aaron Richards off-and-on throughout the night.

Richards ended with 10 points – including a critical late put back with under three minutes left – and played a solid game. Botkin was just nearly impossible to guard and showed off his ability to dunk during warmups.

He didn’t get a chance to throw one down during the game, but it seems plausible he’ll have the chance for several before the year is over.

“He’s a big time athlete and can really get off the floor.” Quinn said. “He’s everywhere on defense for us and offensively he needs to look for his shot a little more. I don’t know how many shots he took tonight, but he probably didn’t take enough.

“He’s a great kid and really is a beast.”

Butte Central 46, Frenchtown 39

Frenchtown  3  14  13 39 
Butte Central  51  14  46  46

Frenchtown: Ethan Pyron 6, Cade Baker 6, Zack Baker 3, Adam Botkin 19, Hank Rugg 2, Jared Cole 6.

Butte Central: Jared Simkins 2, Luke Heaphy 6, Matt Simkins 7, Dylan Sestrich 4, Dan McCloskey 12, Cade Holter 2, Aaron Richards 10.

Browning 69, Ronan 53

Browning   16  11  21   21  69 
Ronan  11  19  9  14  53

Browning: Nano Stiffarm 2, Derek Loring 7, CJ Smith 4, James Gilham 3, Ethan Running Crane 4, Peytan Crawford 10, Justin Burd 2, Tyree Whitcomb 20, Latrell BullChild 4, Brandon Aims Back 13.

Ronan: Zeke Misa 18, Randy Finley 5, Nate Dennis 2, Vincent Bird-Webster 2, Dallas Durheim 13, Anthony Camel 13. 

 

• The Laurel Locomotives fell to Hillcrest (Wyo.) 58-35. Camden Hill led the Locomotives in scoring with 14 points and Gaje Leischner added six points.

 


2017-18 BOYS BBALL 30 PT CLUB

December 15, 2017

 

2017-2018 30-point club

Boys basketball

Philip Malatare, Arlee – 48 points vs. Seeley-Swan
Ryan Roth, Big Sandy – 43 points vs. Dutton-Brady
Davey Winn, Bainville – 43 points vs. Saco-Whitewater-Hinsdale
Braxton Hill, Anaconda – 42 points vs. Jefferson
Braiden Jackson, Frazer – 41 points vs. Turner
TJ Lewis, Helena Christian – 39 points vs. Augusta
Brody Grebe, Melstone – 37 points vs. Bridger
Trace Simonson, Saco-Whitewater-Hinsdale – 37 points vs. Bainville
Philip Malatare, Arlee – 36 points vs. Rocky Boy
Wacey McClure, St. Ignatius – 35 points vs. Box Elder
Kale Gierke, Terry – 34 points vs. Saco-Whitewater-Hinsdale
Ryggs Johnston, Libby – 34 points vs. Stevensville
Tyson Petticrew, Charlo – 32 points vs. Valley Christian
Wyatt Alexander, Whitehall – 32 points vs. Manhattan Christian
Carson Lindseth, Foothills Christian – 32 points vs. Hobson-Moore-Judith Gap
Max Feight, Whitehall – 32 points vs. Ennis
Nathan Brown, Lincoln – 32 points vs. Darby
Dawson Fowler, Belgrade – 32 points vs. Dillon
Tanner Goligoski, Hamilton – 31 points vs. Corvallis
Dawson Allen, Fairfield – 31 points vs. Cut Bank
Cody Welsh, Turner – 30 points vs. Lustre Christian
Shylon Spoonhunter, Heart Butte – 30 points vs. Harlem

 

 

 


Thursday, December 14, 2017 'A' BOYS BBALL RESULTS/STATS

December 14, 2017

 

Thursday, December 14, 2017
BOYS
COLUMBIA FALLS 48 STEVENSVILLE 32
HAMILTON 67 CORVALLIS 39*
DILLON 69 BELGRADE 66  2OT
LAUREL 54 STAR VALLEY, WY 44

 

BELGRADE LOSES ON BUZZER-BEATER:

Dawson Fowler made a basket to tie the score with about five seconds left in double-overtime. Belgrade (1-1) and host Beaverhead County played evenly all game on Thursday and they remained deadlocked again after Fowler’s make.

On the final possession, the Beavers launched a half-court shot. The ball banged off the backboard and in, giving Beaverhead County the 69-66 win

“As a coach, you’re overwhelmed with excitement when your team does that. When you’re on the opposite side, it’s not so fun,” Panthers head coach Mike Deming said. “Sometimes you’re on the right side, sometimes you’re on the wrong side.”

Belgrade buckled down late, coming back from a 14-point deficit entering the fourth quarter. Fowler scored 23 of his game-high 32 points after halftime. Austin Edwards scored 10 while Easton Page and Matt Walker each added nine.

“I thought (Fowler) really was assertive in the fourth quarter on,” Deming said. “I thought he played great. I thought our team did a great job finding him in the right places. … He made great passes when they were really hounding him.”

The head coach said he was satisfied with his team’s performance and the way it battled back. In what Deming described as “an unbelievable game,” the one thing that didn’t go the Panthers’ way was the score.

“We’re still learning as we go. We’re still trying to prove ourselves,” Deming said. “We’re still trying to get valuable experience and this is all of the above. … For only our second game of the year this is pretty encouraging.”

Dillon 69, Belgrade 66 (2OT)

 
Belgrade 13  26  66 
Dillon 14  14  14  12  69 

Belgrade: Dawson Fowler 32, Easton Page 9, Andrew Tofsie 2, Noel Reynolds 4, Matt Walker 9, Owen Vaughn 10.

Dillon: Andrew Lemieux 19, Mike Haverfield 25, Wes Korpi 1, Brad Rakich 6, Jace Fitzgerald 7, Tyler Walker 1, Clay Allison 10.

Columbia Falls 48, Stevensville 32

Stevensville 10  32
C. Falls 21  11  8 48 

Stevensville: Alex Gavlak 12, Logan Roth 11, Devlin Sherman 4, Colby Meeds 3, Sean Croft 2. 

Columbia Falls: Matthew Morrison 14, Drew Morgan 11, Quintin Schriver 9, Lowell Panasuk 6, Austin Green 4, Logan Bechtel 4.

  • Laurel Locomotives Varsity Emerge victorious against Star Valley (Afton, WY)
  • Cam Hill's 21 points propelled Laurel to a 54-44 victory over Star Valley on Thursday.
  • Claiming a 21-11 lead at the half, Laurel Locomotives Varsity put up points early in the game. With 19 points in the fourth quarter, Laurel locked in their lead.
  • Hill led Laurel's offense with 21 points, including six during the fourth period. He also contributed seven rebounds and two blocks.
  • Gaje Leichner sank two three-pointers and scored 18 points total. Also chipping in for Laurel were Trey Soucy (4 points, 4 rebounds), Levi Taylor (3 points, 2 rebounds), Colt Spencer (3 points, 4 rebounds), Brett Wagner (2 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal), and Decklan Harper (2 points, 2 rebounds, 3 steals).
  • Laurel finished the game with 30 rebounds (11 offensive / 19 defensive), two blocks and 11 steals.                 

Laurel 54, Star Valley (Wyo.) 44

Laurel  9 12   14  19 54 
Star Valley  5  6  11  22  44

Laurel: Dante Filpula-Ankney 1, Deklan Harper 2, Trey Soucy 4, Bret Wagner 2, Gaje Leischner 18, Colt Spencer 3, Levi Taylor 3, Camden Hill 21.

Star Valley: Merrel 9, Erickson 2, Johnson 2, Thompson 4, Moore 13, P. Erickson 5, Kaye 9.  

Good Goli: Hamilton's Goligoski impressive from deep as Broncs sweep Devils

 

121517-mis-spt-hamilton-corvallis

KOBE JESSOP AND HUNTER OMLID (TOM BAUER MISSOULIAN)

HAMILTON — When Hamilton's Tanner Goligoski made his seventh 3-pointer in the first half, the Bronc crowd bellowed in disbelief.

Then Goligoski hit another. 

And another.

In all, the 5-foot-9 junior finished 9 for 10 from behind the arc in a 67-39 win against Bitterroot Valley rival Corvallis. It was a shooting display that somewhat overshadowed the Hamilton sweep of the Blue Devils. The Hamilton girls won a battle of early unbeaten team in the opening act, 55-31.

Goligoski was the main event.

"That was pretty special what he did tonight," Hamilton coach Travis Blome said of Goligoski. "He's a great shooter, we know he can do stuff, but that — I've never seen anything like that one."

Goligoski, the younger brother of University of Montana Lady Griz star Taylor Goligoski, had three 3-pointers under his belt less than five minutes into the game. The last of the trio in the first-quarter barrage probably should have been worth four, as it came from roughly 30 feet out. 

The rules only allow for three, though, and the Broncs led the Blue Devils 11-6. Goligoski's third trey was the catalyst that sparked a 10-0 run to close the quarter.

"He was smokin' hot; he was hitting 'em deep with kids in his face, it was pretty impressive — and pretty frustrating," Corvallis coach Zane Warnken said. "Then it just got out of control and they started running.

"They're talented; everyone can pass, everyone can shoot."

To illustrate that point, Goligoski didn't score again in the run. Carson Rostad, who finished with eight points, had a pair in the run; as did Cam Rothie and Hunter Omlid. Omlid's basket came in transition after a beautiful bounce pass from Bridger Bauder set the table.

On the Omlid bucket, Hamilton led 18-6 at the first intermission.

Then Goligoski really heated up.

The guard drilled a 3-pointer on Hamilton's first possession of the second quarter, putting the Broncs ahead 21-8. His fifth 3-pointer stretched the lead, 27-10 and his sixth showed he was near unstoppable. 

Goligoski hit No. 6 despite being fouled. It hardly mattered he missed the free throw and the four-point play — his home crowd was in a frenzy.

"It was just unreal. It's a pretty awesome experience to be in that kind of zone and to have my teammates supporting me through it all," Goligoski said. His sixth trey gave the Broncs a 32-10 lead.

Two possessions later he hit No. 7, and the next time down he connected on his eighth. He had shot the ball eight times from downtown at that point, and he nailed them all.

"... I even had one of the Corvallis guys come up to me and say, 'That was unbelievable,'" Goligoski said

He missed on his ninth attempt, which genuinely came as a surprise to the home crowd.

It hardly mattered, though. The Broncs were on a 24-4 run that ultimately led to a 42-15 halftime lead. Goligoski had five 3-pointers in the frame.

For good measure, Goligoski added one more triple and a pair of layups in the second half to finish with a game-high 31 points. His first-half performance had him encroaching on state-record territory, though Matt Luetke's 13 3-pointers for Ronan in 2000 still awaits to be broken.

Goligoski and the rest of the starting five came out with 5:12 remaining in the game to an appreciative crowd and a 66-33 lead.

As big as the hoop was for Goligoski and Co., the Blue Devils just couldn't match their pace. Zach Jessop led Corvallis with eight points, while Kobe Jessop and Garrett Brown added another seven apiece.

"They're a real tough matchup for anybody. You gotta be able to hit shots to stay with a good team like that and we didn't," Warnken said.

***

In the girls' game, Hamilton did less damage from behind the arc and more with a high-pressure defense that turned into transition points for the Broncs.

Senior Tessa Della Silva led Hamilton with 14 points, and was a spark plug with her speed. The all-state soccer player hit a runner midway through the fourth quarter to build a 46-22 lead. Della Silva then stole the ball on the next possession, let loose another running shot while fading away and she connected.

The Bronc also drew the foul, finished the 3-point play and gave Hamilton a 49-22 advantage.

"They played real well; their guards were quick," Corvallis coach Andy Knapp said. "They kind of just out-executed us tonight."

The big win for the Hamilton girls came in a marquee early season Southwest A conference matchup that saw both teams undefeated before the contest. The Broncs emerged, though, in convincing fashion to improve to 4-0.

"We were really excited because it's the first time we've beat them in four years," said senior captain Tristy Searle, who finished with nine points. "We've been preparing for them all week and we felt we were ready."

Corvallis, which was led by 6-foot-3 sophomore Isabel Evans and her game-high 15 points, fell to 3-1.


Tuesday, December 12, 2017 'A' BOYS BBALL RESULTS/STATS

December 12, 2017

 

WOLFPACK RUNS AWAY FROM CATS

By EVAN MCCULLERS The Daily Inter Lake

BASKETBALL: Wolfpack runs away from Cats

Cats Quintin Schriver (Casey Kreider/ Daily Interlake photo)

BASKETBALL: Wolfpack runs away from Cats 6

Cats Logan Bechtel (Casey Kreider/ Daily Interlake photo)

At one point, the Glacier boys trailed visiting Columbia Falls 2-0.

That was about as much adversity as the Wolfpack would face all night.

Glacier reeled off a 10-0 run in the first quarter, outscored the Wildcats 17-5 in the second quarter and was never truly threatened despite an explosive fourth quarter by Columbia Falls in a 56-43 win in a nonconference matchup on Tuesday night at Glacier High.

“We got better tonight. In everything, (including) the intangibles,” Glacier head basketball coach Mark Harkins said, contrasting his team’s performance on Tuesday night to its season-opening outing on Saturday, a 64-48 loss to Great Falls CMR.

“I thought our intensity was better. I thought our tempo was better. I thought our chemistry was better.”

Among the starkest of contrasts between Glacier’s first and second games was the start on offense.

After scoring just 17 points in the first half against CMR, the Wolfpack poured in 17 points in the second quarter alone against a Columbia Falls squad that couldn’t buy a bucket in the first half.

“We got off to a pretty good start,” Harkins said. “That game the other day, we missed some shots early. This game, we made some shots early. I think we just got a little bit of confidence going.

“First game, you get jitters and everything like that. There’s always a big, big improvement between the first game and the second game, because they know what to expect.”

Leading the charge for Glacier was Caden Harkins, who had a pair of early 3-pointers among his 10 first-half points that helped jump-start the Wolfpack offense. He finished with a game-high 16.

“He understands what we want to do,” coach Harkins said. “Obviously, with me at home, we watch a lot of film. And his teammates found him. He got himself open. He did a great job of that, and then his teammates did a great job of finding him for those shots. That’s the chemistry.”

Columbia Falls fell behind by as many as 22 points but turned the corner offensively in the fourth quarter to make the final score respectable.

The Wildcats dropped nearly half of their points — 21, to be exact — in the final period, led by Quintin Schriver’s eight points in the quarter.

Matthew Morrison, a 6-foot-6 forward who led Columbia Falls with 12 points, scored six in the fourth.

But by the time the Wildcats got their own offense clicking, it was far too late, as Glacier had already exploited their zone defense far earlier.

“We’re pretty comfortable in the zone offense,” Harkins said.

“The stuff we do against man is a little bit new. This stuff is stuff these kids have done before, so they have some familiarity with it. I think they were a little bit more comfortable in those sets.”

Columbia Falls 4 5 13 21 — 43

Glacier 10 17 17 12 — 56

COLUMBIA FALLS: Austin Green 2, Drew Morgan 6, Lowell Panasuk 7, Billy Barrett 4, Quintin Schriver 8, Logan Bechtel 4, Matthew Morrison 12.

GLACIER: Caden Harkins 16, Hunter Watterud 2, Collin Kazmier 5, Brec Rademacher 5, Kody Jarvis 7, Drew Engellant 4, Alex Whitman 8, Nick Whitman 1, Bret Michaels 3, AJ Grande 5.

 


HOW TO ACCESS A CERTAIN ITEM SUCH AS STANDINGS

December 7, 2017

 

 

Go to 'Pages' above and hover above it.  A drop down menu will occur and select the item you want to view.


UPCOMING GAMES

email scores= tjw@centurytel.net

text scores= 406-471-2263 

BASKETBALL 

 

 

BASKETBALL

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

BOYS

COLUMBIA FALLS V GLACIER

GIRLS

COLUMBIA FALLS @ GLACIER

Thursday, December 14, 2017

BOYS

COLUMBIA FALLS @ STEVENSVILLE

HAMILTON V CORVALLIS*

DILLON V BELGRADE

LAUREL @ STAR VALLEY, WY

GIRLS

COLUMBIA FALLS V STEVENSVILLE

HAMILTON V CORVALLIS*

DILLON @ BELGRADE

LAUREL @ STAR VALLEY, WY

Friday, December 15, 2017

BOYS

BROWNING @ RONAN*

POLSON V WHITEFISH*

BUTTE CENTRAL V FRENCHTOWN*

PARK @ HAVRE*

BILLINGS CENTRAL V FERGUS

GLENDIVE V COLSTRIP

HARDIN @ MILES CITY*

LAUREL @ WYOMING

SIDNEY @ GLASGOW

GIRLS

BROWNING @ RONAN*

POLSON V WHITEFISH*

BUTTE CENTRAL @ FRENCHTOWN*

PARK @ HAVRE*

BILLINGS CENTRAL V FERGUS

GLENDIVE V COLSTRIP

HARDIN @ MILES CITY*

LAUREL @ WYOMING

SIDNEY @ GLASGOW

Saturday, December 16, 2017

BOYS

BROWNING @ WHITEFISH*

COLUMBIA FALLS V FLATHEAD

LIBBY @ RONAN*

POLSON V HAMILTON

BUTTE CENTRAL V STEVENSVILLE*

DILLON @ FRENCHTOWN*

BELGRADE @ HAVRE*

FERGUS V HUNTLEY PROJECT

HARDIN V GLENDIVE*

LAUREL @ WYOMING

SIDNEY V MILES CITY*

GIRLS

BROWNING @ WHITEFISH*

COLUMBIA FALLS V FLATHEAD

LIBBY @ RONAN*

POLSON @ HAMILTON

BUTTE CENTRAL @ STEVENSVILLE*

DILLON V FRENCHTOWN*

BELGRADE @ HAVRE*

FERGUS V HUNTLEY PROJECT

HARDIN V GLENDIVE*

LAUREL @ WYOMING

SIDNEY @ MILES CITY*

Monday, December 18, 2017

BOYS

CORVALLIS @ STEVENSVILLE*

GIRLS

CORVALLIS V STEVENSVILLE*

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

BOYS

BROWNING V SHELBY

LIBBY @ TROY

RONAN V HAMILTON

WHITEFISH @ FRENCHTOWN

BELGRADE @ BUTTE CENTRAL

HAVRE @ MALTA

LAUREL @ PARK

BILLINGS CENTRAL @ SKYVIEW

GLENDIVE @ GLASGOW

GIRLS

BROWNING V SHELBY

LIBBY @ TROY

RONAN @ HAMILTON

WHITEFISH V FRENCHTOWN

BELGRADE @ BUTTE CENTRAL

HAVRE @ MALTA

LAUREL @ PARK

BILLINGS CENTRAL V SKYVIEW

GLENDIVE @ GLASGOW

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

BOYS

DILLON @ CORVALLIS*

GIRLS

DILLON V CORVALLIS*

Thursday, December 21, 2017

BOYS

COLUMBIA FALLS @ BIGFORK

LIBBY @ WHITEFISH*

POLSON V FRENCHTOWN

DILLON @ PARK

BELGRADE @ FERGUS*

GREAT FALLS V HAVRE

BILLINGS CENTRAL V WEST

HARDIN @ LAUREL*

GIRLS

COLUMBIA FALLS V BIGFORK

LIBBY V WHITEFISH*

POLSON @ FRENCHTOWN

DILLON @ PARK

BELGRADE @ FERGUS*

GREAT FALLS @ HAVRE

BILLINGS CENTRAL @ WEST

HARDIN V LAUREL*

Friday, December 22, 2017

BOYS

COLUMBIA FALLS V RONAN*

BROWNING @ POLSON*

HAMILTON V BUTTE CENTRAL*

FERGUS @ MILES CITY

HARDIN V SIDNEY*

GIRLS

COLUMBIA FALLS @ RONAN*

BROWNING @ POLSON*

HAMILTON @ BUTTE CENTRAL*

FERGUS V MILES CITY

HARDIN V SIDNEY*


Saturday, December 09, 2017 'A' BOYS BBALL RESULTS/STATS

December 9, 2017

 

Saturday, December 09, 2017

BOYS

HAMILTON 73 BROWNING 68

FRENCHTOWN 52 COLUMBIA FALLS 38

LIBBY 63 STEVENSVILLE 55

BUTTE CENTRAL 51 POLSON 40

CORVALLIS 63 RONAN 49

DILLON 50 WHITEFISH 31

BELGRADE 61 MILES CITY 49

HAVRE 52 GLENDIVE 40

FERGUS 44 SIDNEY 38

HARDIN 84 LAME DEER 40

BILLINGS CENTRAL 59 PARK 47

 

• In the Western A Tip-Off, Frenchtown raced to a 14-point halftime lead and held off Columbia Falls 52-38 at the University of Montana. Cade Baker scored 14 points for the Broncs. Austin Green had 14 for the Wildcats.

• Chrishon Dixon netted 18 points and Billings Central beat Livingston 59-47 in Class A action. Seth Sasich hit 4 3-pointers and finished with 12 points for the Rams. 

Libby 63, Stevensville 55

MISSOULA — Ryggs Johnston dropped 36 points as the Libby offense exploded in the second half to overcome a halftime deficit and beat Stevensville at the Tip-Off Tournament at the University of Montana.

The annual tournament pits teams from the Northwest Conference against teams from the Southwest.

After suffering a blowout loss on Friday, Libby bounced back and scored 22 points in the third and fourth quarters to erase a seven-point halftime deficit.

Libby 13 6 22 22 — 64

Stevensville 12 14 14 15 — 55

Libby: Ryggs Johnston 36, Brian Peck 7, JJ Davis 7, Jay Beagle 5, Nik Jones 3, Keith Johnson 3.

Stevensville: Logan Roth 11, Colby Meeds 10, Alex Gavlak 10, R Rust 10, Sean Craft 8, Ivan Yazack 5, K Behner 1.

Butte Central 51, Polson 40

MISSOULA — Shade Main scored a game-high 21 points for Polson, but it wasn’t enough to keep pace with Butte Central at the Tip-Off Tournament.

Polson trailed by only one point at the half, but the Maroons created a bit of separation in the third quarter before outscoring the Pirates 13-7 in the final period.

Butte Central 14 10 14 13 — 51

Polson 14 9 10 7 — 40

Butte Central: Aaron Richards 15, Dan McCloskey 14, Cade Holter 13, Matt Simkins 9.

Polson: Shade Main 21, Asa Askan 14, Micah Askan 3, Trevor Schultz 2.

 

Frenchtown 52,

Columbia Falls 38

MISSOULA ­— Frenchtown erupted for 23 points in the second quarter to build a lasting lead against Columbia Falls at the Tip-Off Tournament.

The Wildcats played neck-and-neck with the Broncs in each of the other three quarters, but the 23-10 margin in the second was too much to overcome.

Austin Green paced Columbia Falls with 14 points.

Columbia Falls is back in action on Tuesday at Glacier.

Columbia Falls 5 10 8 15 — 38

Frenchtown 6 23 6 17 — 52

Columbia Falls: Austin Green 14, Quintin Shriver 8, Logan Bechtel 5, Matthew Morrison 4, Lowell Panasak 3, Morgan 2, Barrett 2.

Frenchtown: Cade Baker 14, Cole 12, Ethan Pyron 10, Adam Botkin 5, Hank Rugg 4, Dawson Leishman 4, Ty Hoppie 3.

Dillon 50, Whitefish 31

MISSOULA — Whitefish struggled to find answers offensively in a loss to Dillon at the Tip-Off Tournament.

Dillon built a 28-18 halftime lead as Whitefish scored just five points in the second quarter. The Bulldogs again went cold in the fourth quarter, scoring only two points in the final period.

Dillon Botner led Whitefish with 10 points.

Dillon 18 10 10 12 — 50

Whitefish 13 5 11 2 — 31

Dillon: Michael Haverfield 26, A Lemieux 9, J Fitzgerald 6, C Allison 5, B Rakich 2, T Walker 2.

Whitefish: Dillon Botner 10, Lee Walburn 9, Sam Menicke 8, M Anderson 4.

 

Hamilton 73, Browning 68

MISSOULA — Browning allowed a fourth-quarter lead to slip away in a heartbreaking loss to Hamilton at the Tip-Off Tournament.

The Indians led by one at halftime and maintained their lead entering the fourth quarter, but Hamilton scored 27 points in the final period to edge out a victory.

James Gilham scored 13 points for Browning. Tyree Whitcomb had 12, and Ethan Running Crane added 10.

Browning 16 20 11 21 — 68

Hamilton 12 23 11 27 — 73

Browning: James Gilham 13, Tyree Whitcomb 12, Ethan Running Crane 10, Derek Loring 6, Nano Stiffarm 3, Deion Mad Plume 3, Brandon Aims Back 2.

 

Hamilton: Hunter Omlid 20, Carter Kearns 20, Tanner Goligoski 16, Carson Rostad 7, Tyler Chouinard 6, Cam Rothie 4.

DILLON 50 WHITEFISH 31 

DILLON SCORING=HAVERFIELD=26; LEMIEUX=9; FITZGERALD=6; ALISON=5; ANDERSON=3; RACHAC=2; WALKER=2

WF SCORING=BOTNER=10; WALBURN; MEEHAN=8; ANDERSON=4 

BC boys make it 2-0 at Missoula tournament

MISSOULA — Three Butte Central players scored in double figures Saturday morning, and the Maroons beat Polson 51-40 at the University of Montana Auxiliary Gym.

The non-conference boys’ basketball game was part of the Northwest vs. Southwest Class A Basketball Tip-off Tournament.

Aaron Richards poured in 15 points to lead the Maroons, who made 2 for 2 at the season-opening tournament. Dan McCloskey hit a pair of 3-poiners and scored 14 points, while Cade Holter tossed in 13.

The Maroons also got nine points from Matt Simkins.

Shade Main scored 21 points to lead the Pirate. Asa Askan added 14.

The Maroons play their home opener Friday against Frenchtown.

BUTTE CENTRAL (2-0) — Luke Heaphy 0 0-0 0, Matt Simkins 4 1-4 9, Dan McCloskey 6 0-3 14, Cade Holter 6 1-2 13, Aaron Richards 6 3-6 15, Dylan Sestrich 0 0-0 0, Trevor Neumann 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 5-15 51.
POLSON — Asa Askan 5 5-5 14, Connor Lanier 0 0-0 0, Shade Main 9 3-5 21, Sam Schultz 0 0-0 0, Weston Danley 0 0-0 0. Parker Toth 0 0-0 0, Robin Erickson 0 0-0 0, Keyan Dalbey 0 0-0 0, Ryker Wenderoth 0 0-0 0, Bo Kelley 0 0-0 0, Trevor Schultz 1 0-0 2, Micah Askan 1 0-0 3. Totals 16 7-9 40.
Butte Central            14        10        14        13 — 51
Polson                         14        9          10        7 — 40

3-point goals — BC 2 (McCloskey 2), Polson 1 (M. Askan). Fouls — BC 10, Polson 14. Fouled out — none.

 

BELGRADE TAKES OPENER: The Panthers led by four at halftime, but head coach Mike Deming saw room for improvement from his inexperienced squad.

Belgrade cleaned up its play and rolled to a 61-49 win at Custer County in its season opener Saturday. Early on, the Panthers fouled too much and committed too many turnovers, things an inexperienced group would do, Deming said.

“I think for the most part, we lacked varsity experience so we definitely had some growth to overcome in the first half,” Deming said. “We regrouped in the second half.”

As the game progressed, Belgrade made better passes, played better defense and in turn was able to come away with the double-digit victory.

The Panthers were led by Easton Page, who scored 24, and Austin Edwards, who scored 13.

“Easton Page stepped up,” Deming said. “He was able to get to the rim and score and get some free throws.” 

BELGRADE 61 MILES CITY 49

BEL SCORING=PAGE=24; EDWARDS=13; FOWLER=9; REYNOLDS=5; TOFSLIE=4; KLONSINSKI=3; WALKER=3 

MC SCORING=GUNDLACH=18; STRADLEY=16; RAY=9; VENABLE=5; BELLOWS=1

Lewistown 44, Sidney 38

Lewistown  7  8  6  23  44
Sidney  14  9  5  10  38

Lewistown: Tanner Traston 16, Jake Clinton 2, Andrew Lalum 3, Wes Jameson 4, Jaden Graham 19,

Sidney: Alec Lovegren 1, Cooper McGlothlin 6, Aaron Entz 4, Max Peters 7, Conner Larson 4, Bridger Larsen 1

Billings Central 59, Livingston 47

Livingston  15  9  7 16   47
Central  9  17  13  20  59

Livingston: John Waddell 2, Matt Metley 2, Brenden Johnson 10, Brock Peterson 2, Morgan Rosberg 2, Danner Purleet 3, Rydell Floyd 11, Jakim Ricketts 15.

Billings Central: Chrishon Dixon 18, Mason Yochum 1, Liam Clancy 5, Seth Sasich 12, Cade Herriford 5, Sam Gray 15, Joe Byorth 3.

Billings Central 67, Worland (Wyo.) 37

(Friday)

Central  24 18   11  14  67
Worland  8  8  9  12  37

Billings Central: Chrishon Dixon 8, Charlie Parkan 2, Mason Yochum 4, Braden Molvig 3, Liam Clancy 11, Seth Sasich 8, Cade Herriford 2, Tyler Gray 8, Isaac Meyer 7, Jae Hugs 2, Sam Gray 10, Joe Byorth 2.

Worland: Hurman 5, Mocho 3, Wyman 3, Edholm 2, Nickelson 2, Sanford 3, Molzahn 14, Mouhimer 3, Swalstad 2.

HAVRE 52 GLENDIVE 40

HAVRE SCORING=AAGESON=14; PARSONS=11; IRVIN=9; WINDY BOY=5; SANGRAY=4; DELLA ROSA=4; MURPHY=3; JONES=2

GLEN SCORING=STEINBRON=21; KEISER=10; SKERRITT=3; BONER=2; WALKER=2

FERGUS 44 SIDNEY 38

FERGUS SCORING=GRAHAM=19; TRAFTON=16;ANDERSON=4; LALUM=3; #5=2

SIDNEY SCORING=B.LARSON=16; PETERS=7; MCGLOTHLIN=6; C.LARSON=5; ENTZ=4 

BILLINGS CENTRAL 59 PARK 47

BC SCORING=DIXON=18; S.GRAY=15; SASICH=12; CLANCY=5; BYORTH=3; HERRIFORD=5; HOFER=1

PARK SCORING=RICKETTS=16; FLOYD=11; JOHNSON=10; PURKETT=3; ROSBERG=3; NETLEY=2; WADDELL=2 

 

 


Friday, December 08, 2017 'A' BOYS BBALL RESULTS/STATS

December 8, 2017

 

Friday, December 08, 2017

BOYS

FRENCHTOWN 54 BROWNING 46

DILLON 41 COLUMBIA FALLS 39 OT

HAMILTON 89 LIBBY 41

POLSON 52 CORVALLIS 45

RONAN 53 STEVENSVILLE 44

BUTTE CENTRAL 55 WHITEFISH 20

SIDNEY 46 HAVRE 32

FERGUS 52 GLENDIVE 38

PARK 50 MILES CITY 35

BILLINGS CENTRAL 67 WORLAND 37

 

NW/SW TIP OFF TRNY RESULTS/STATS

DILLON BOYS EDGE C-FALLS IN OT

MISSOULA — Dillon outscored Columbia Falls in the fourth quarter and overtime to claim a 41-39 victory in Tip-Off Tournament boys basketball play on Friday at the University of Montana.

The tournament pits teams from the Northwest Conference against the Southwest.

Dillon’s Mike Haverfield and Columbia Falls’ Matthew Morrison tied for scoring honors with 14 points each.

Columbia Falls led 25-18 at the half.

Tournament play continues today.

Dillon 10 8 10 9 4 — 41

Columbia Falls 10 15 5 7 2 — 39

Dillon: Mike Haverfield 14, Andrew Lemieux 9, Jake Ferris 6, Brad Rakich 5, Tyler Walker 4, Clay Allison 2, Braden Anderson 1.

Columbia Falls: Matthew Morrison 14, Austin Green 8, Lowell Panasuk 6, Logan Bechtel 5, Quintin Schriver 4, Drew Morgan 2.

Hamilton 89, Libby 41

MISSOULA — Libby stayed close for one quarter before Hamilton pulled away for a lopsided victory at the Tip-Off Tournament.

Hamilton, up 26-15 after the first quarter, blew the game open with a 32-point second quarter for a 58-21 halftime lead.

Libby’s Ryggs Johnston led all scorers with 23 points.

Hunter Omlid and Tanner Goligoski had 17 each for Hamilton.

 

Libby 15 6 9 11— 41

Hamilton 26 32 16 15— 89

Libby: Ryggs Johnston 23, JJ Davis 9, Brian Peck 4, Keith Johnson 4, Tim Goodman 1.

Hamilton: Hunter Omlid 17, Tanner Goligoski 17, Cam Rothie 15, Carter Kearns 13, Carson Rostad 9, Tyler Barnes 6, Ty Chouinard 4, Bridger Bauder 3, Josh Dickemore 3, Trey Searle 2.

 

Butte Central 55, Whitefish 20

MISSOULA — Whitefish never got on track offensively and Butte Central took advantage of that for an easy victory in the Tip-Off Tournament.

Luke Heaphy had 13 points for Butte Central while Matt Simkins and Dan McCloskey had 12 each.

Alex Keuylion led Whitefish with five.

Butte Central 19 12 16 8 — 55

Whitefish 6 3 7 4 — 20

Butte Central: Luke Heaphy 13, Matt Simkins 12, Dan McCloskey 12, Cade Holter 6, Braden Harrington 5, Trevor Neumann 3, Aaron Richards 2, Dylan Sestrich 2.

Whitefish: Alex Keuylion 5, Ryan Kemm 4, Lee Walburn 4, Sam Menicke 3, Noah Fauth 2, Mark Anderson 2.

 

Polson 52, Corvallis 45

MISSOULA — A balanced offense was just enough to give Polson the win over Corvallis in the Tip-Off Tournament.

Shade Main scored 14 points, Connor Lanier had 12 and Asa Askan 11 for the Pirates.

Zach Jessop netted 14 and Ryal Jessop 11 for Corvallis.

Corvallis 17 10 9 9 — 45

Polson 14 7 19 12 — 52

Corvallis: Zach Jessop 14, Ryal Jessop 11, Kobe Jessop 7, Ridge Albright 7, Carson Jessop 2, Jace Barcus 2, Caleb Warnken 1, Jeff Stoker 1.

Polson: Shade Main 14, Connor Lanier 12, Asa Askan 11, Bo Kelley 6, Seth Lake 3, Robin Erickson 2, Keyan Dalbey 2, Ryker Wenderoth 2.

 

Ronan 53, Stevensville 44

MISSOULA — Anthony Camel provided the bulk of Ronan’s offense, netting a game-high 26 points as the Chiefs topped Stevensville at the Tip-Off Tournament.

Alex Gavlak had 18 points for Stevensville and Colby Needs tallied 11.

Ronan led 24-21 at intermission.

Ronan 10 14 13 15 — 53

Stevensville 9 12 9 14 — 44

Ronan: Anthony Camel 26, Zeke Misa 7, Nate Dennis 3, Vincent Bird-Webster 3, Perry Panzetanga 6, Dallas Durheim 6.

Stevensville: Alex Gavlak 18, Colby Needs 11, Sean Kraft 9, Logan Roth 3, Jasopo Carletho 2, Ivan Yazack 1.

Frenchtown 54, Browning 46

MISSOULA — Cade Baker scored 19 points and Adam Botkin tossed in 14 as Frenchtown tripped Browning at the Tip-Off Tournament.

Turee Whitcomb led Browning in scoring with 15.

 

Frenchtown 12 9 8 25 — 54

Browning 8 12 15 11 — 46

Frenchtown: Cade Baker 19, Adam Botkin 14, Hank Rugg 8, Ethan Pyron 6, Dawson Leishman 4, Ty Hoppie 3.

Browning: Turee Whitcomb 15, Brandon Amsback 7, James Gilham 7, Ethan Running Crane 5, Nana Stiffarm 4, CJ Smith 4, Dylan Loring 2, Peyton Crawford 2.

Livingston 50, Miles City 35

Livingston 11  11  18  10  50 
Miles City 13  10  35 

Livingston: John Waddell 7, Brendon Johnson 12, Brock Peterson 5, Morgan Rosber 6, Rydell Floyd 10, Jakim Ricketts 10.

Miles City: Gabe Gundlach 9, Kaden Stradley 7, Jess Bellows 6, Steven Ray 11, Jayden Venable 2.

Sidney 46, Havre 32

Havre 32 
Sidney 11  14  10  46 

Havre: Tanner Parsons 8, Jacob Irvin 10, Ivan Aagenson 6, Austin DeLaRosa 3, Tyson Sangrey 2, Trey Murphy 3.

Sidney: Cooper McGlothlin 2, Aaron Entz 18, Max Peters 7, Conner Larson 2, Bridger Larson 17.

Lewistown 52, Glendive 38

Lewistown 16  10  17  52 
Glendive 10  14  10  38 

Lewistown: Tanner Trafton 12, Jake Clinton 6, Mitch Norslien 2, Andrew Lalum 3, Wes Jamison 2, Cody Henderson 3, Jaden Graham 22, Landon Henderson 2.

 

Glendive: John Egan 4, Jayden Holley 2, Logan Phipps 10, Lane Walker 8, Kade Hellman 1, Stephen Steinbron 10, David Skerritt 3.

Maroon boys roll past Whitefish in opener

MISSOULA — The Butte Central boys’ basketball team couldn’t have started the season much faster Friday afternoon.

Luke Heaphy hit a 3-pointer to open the game, and the Maroons never trailed in a 55-20 win over Whitefish at Dahlberg Arena.

The game was part of the Northwest vs. Southwest Class A Basketball Tip-off Tournament.

The Maroons led 19-6 after the first quarter and took a 31-9 lead into halftime.

BC killed any Bulldog comeback hopes by outscoring Whitefish 16-7 in the third quarter.

Heaphy poured in 13 points to lead three Maroons in double figures. Matt Simkins and Dan McCloskey each scored 12 points in the victory.

The Maroons also got six points from Cade Holter, five from Braden Harrington, three from Trevor Neumann and two apiece from Dylan Sestrich and Aaron Richards.

Alex Keuylian, Ryan Kemm and Lee Walburn each scored four points to lead the Bulldogs.

The Maroons are back in action at 10 a.m. Saturday. They take on Polson at the University of Montana Auxiliary Gym.

WHITEFISH — Alex Keuylian 1 2-3 4, Mark Anderson 1 0-0 2, Caleb Meehan 1 1-2 3, Noah Fauth 1 0-0 2, Ryan Kemm 1 2-2 4, Lee Walburn 1 2-2 4, Dillon Botner 0 1-3 1. Totals 6 8-12 20.
BUTTE CENTRAL (1-0) — Luke Heaphy 6 0-0 13, Cade Holter 3 0-0 6, Aaron Richards 1 0-0 2, Matt Simkins 5 2-4 12, Braden Harrington 2 0-0 5,  Dylan Sestrich 0 2-2 2, Dan McCloskey 5 2-2 12, Trevor Neumann 1 0-0 3, Gator Yelenich 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 6-8 55.
Whitefish                   6          3          7          4 — 20
Butte Central            19        12        16        8 — 55

3-point goals — Whitefish 0, BC 3 (Heaphy, Harrington, Neumann). Fouls — Whitefish 8, BC 11. Fouled out — none.

• Anthony Camel piled up 26 points and 14 rebounds in leading Ronan over Stevensville 53-44 on the first day of the Western A Tip-Off at the University of Montana. Alex Gavlak scored 18 points for the Yellowjackets.

• At the University of Montana, Polson erased a six-point halftime deficit in beating Corvallis 52-45 in the Western A Tip-Off. Shade Main scored 14 points and Connor Lanier 12 to lead the Pirates. Zach Jessop scored 14 points for Corvallis.

• Mike Haverfield scored 14 points to help lead Dillon to a 41-39 win over Columbia Falls in overtime in Class A play. Matthew Morrison paced C. Falls with 14 points.

• Hunter Omlid and Tanner Goligoski scored 17 points apiece to lead Hamilton to an 89-41 Class A win over Libby. Loggers junior Ryggs Johnston scored a game-high 23 points. 

RONAN 53 STEVENSVILLE 44

RONAN SCORING=CAMEL=26; MISA=9; DURHEIM=8; PANZETANGA=6; DENNIS=3

STEVI SCORING=GAVLAK=18; MEEDS=11; CRAFT=6; ROTH=3; RUST=3; CARLETTO=2; YAZVAK=1

POLSON 52 CORVALLIS 45

POLSON SCORING=MAIN=14; LANIER=12; ASKAN,A=9; KELLEY=6; DALBEY=3;  LAKE=3; ERICKSON=2; WENDEROTH=2

CORVALLIS SCORING=Z.JESSOP=14; ALBRIGHT=13; R.JESSOP=11; Z.JESSOP=7; C.JESSOP=2; BARCUS=2; STOKER=1

BUTTE CENTRAL 55 WHITEFISH 20

BC SCORING=HEAPHY=13; SIMKINS=12; MCCLOSKEY=12; HOLTER=6; HARRINGTON=5; NEUMANN=3; SESTICH=2; RICHARDS=2

WFISH SCORING=KEUYLIAN=4; KEMM=4; WALBURN=4; MEEHAN=3; ANDERSON=2; BOTNER=1

DILLON 41 COLUMBIA FALLS 39 OT

DILLON SCORERS=HAVERFIELD=16; LEMIEUX=9; FERRIS=6; WALKER=4; RACHAC=3; ALISON=2; ANDERSON=1

CFALLS SCORERS=MORRISON=14; GREEN=8; PANASUK=6; BECHTEL=5; SCHRIVER=4; MORGAN=2

PARK 50 MILES CITY 35

PARK SCORERS=JOHNSON=12; FLOYD=10; RICKETTS=10; WADDELL=7; ROSBERG=6; PETERSON=5

MILES SCORERS=RAY=11; GUNDLACH=9; STRADLEY=7; BELLOWS=6; VENABLE=2 

FERGUS 52 GLENDIVE 38

FERGUS SCORERS=GRAHAM=22; TRAFTON=11; CLINTON=8; C,HENDERSON=3; L.HENDERSON=2; JAMESON=2; NORSLEIN=2

GLENDIVE SCORERS=STEINBRON=10; PHIPPS=10; WALKER=8; EGAN=4; SKERRITEE=3; HOLLEY=2; HELLMAN=1

SIDNEY 46 HAVRE 32

SID TOP SCORERS=B.LARSON=15; ENTZ=9

HAV TOP SCORERS=PARSONS=6 

 


2017-18 'A' BOYS BASKETBALL STANDINGS

December 15, 2017

 

BOYS BASKETBALL 2017-18

 

 

 

 

 

NORTHWEST

WIN

LOSS

WIN

LOSS

PERCENT

PERCENT

Friday, December 15, 2017

OVERALL

 

CONFERENCE

OVERALL

CONFERENCE

POLSON

3

1

1

0

75.00%

100.00%

BROWNING

1

2

1

0

33.33%

100.00%

LIBBY

2

1

0

0

66.67%

#DIV/0!

COLUMBIA FALLS

1

3

0

0

25.00%

#DIV/0!

RONAN

1

2

0

1

33.33%

0.00%

WHITEFISH

1

3

0

1

25.00%

0.00%

 

OVERALL

 

CONFERENCE

OVERALL

CONFERENCE

SOUTHWEST

WIN

LOSS

WIN

LOSS

PERCENT

PERCENT

HAMILTON

4

0

1

0

100.00%

100.00%

BUTTE CENT

3

0

1

0

100.00%

100.00%

DILLON

3

0

0

0

100.00%

#DIV/0!

STEVENSVILLE

0

5

0

0

0.00%

#DIV/0!

FRENCHTOWN

2

1

0

1

66.67%

0.00%

CORVALLIS

1

3

0

1

25.00%

0.00%

 

OVERALL

 

CONFERENCE

OVERALL

CONFERENCE

CENTRAL

WIN

LOSS

WIN

LOSS

PERCENT

PERCENT

LIVINGSTON

3

1

1

0

75.00%

100.00%

LEWISTOWN

2

1

0

0

66.67%

#DIV/0!

BELGRADE

1

1

0

0

50.00%

#DIV/0!

HAVRE

1

2

0

1

33.33%

0.00%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OVERALL

 

CONFERENCE

OVERALL

CONFERENCE

EAST

WIN

LOSS

WIN

LOSS

PERCENT

PERCENT

HARDIN

3

0

1

0

100.00%

100.00%

BILLINGS CENTRAL

3

0

0

0

100.00%

#DIV/0!

LAUREL

2

2

0

0

50.00%

#DIV/0!

SIDNEY

2

2

0

0

50.00%

#DIV/0!

GLENDIVE

0

3

0

0

0.00%

#DIV/0!

MILES CITY

1

2

0

1

33.33%

0.00%


2017-18 'A' BOYS BASKETBALL SCORES

December 10, 2017

 

Saturday, December 09, 2017
BOYS
HAMILTON 73 BROWNING 68
FRENCHTOWN 52 COLUMBIA FALLS 38
LIBBY 63 STEVENSVILLE 55
BUTTE CENTRAL 51 POLSON 40
CORVALLIS 63 RONAN 49
DILLON 50 WHITEFISH 31
BELGRADE @ MILES CITY
HAVRE 52 GLENDIVE 40
FERGUS 44 SIDNEY 38
HARDIN 84 LAME DEER 40
BILLINGS CENTRAL 59 PARK 47

 

Friday, December 08, 2017
BOYS
FRENCHTOWN 54 BROWNING 46
DILLON 49 COLUMBIA FALLS 35 OT
HAMILTON 89 LIBBY 41
POLSON 52 CORVALLIS 45
RONAN 53 STEVENSVILLE 44
BUTTE CENTRAL 55 WHITEFISH 20
SIDNEY 46 HAVRE 32
FERGUS 52 GLENDIVE 38
PARK 50 MILES CITY 35
BILLINGS CENTRAL 67 WORLAND 37

 

Thursday, December 07, 2017
BOYS
HARDIN 87 POPLAR 49

 

Tuesday, December 05, 2017
BOYS
WHITEFISH 72 EUREKA 36 F
LOYOLA 62 CORVALLIS 44 F

 

Saturday, December 02, 2017
BOYS
POLSON 57 STEVENSVILLE 53
HAMILTON 66 BIG SKY 58
LIBBY 70 THOMPSON FALLS 56
PARK 57 TOWNSEND 50
SENIOR 63 LAUREL 46
MILES CITY 65 WILLISTON 63

 

Friday, December 01, 2017
BOYS
SENTINEL 86 STEVENSVILLE 36 F
LAUREL 62 COLUMBUS 31 F
SIDNEY 61 WOLF PT 55 F

 

 


Thursday, December 07, 2017 'A' BOYS BBALL RESULTS/STATS

December 7, 2017

 

Thursday, December 07, 2017

BOYS

HARDIN 87 POPLAR 49

 

Hardin 87, Poplar 49

 
Hardin  24  20  25 18   87
Poplar  6  20  17  12  49

Hardin: Hugs 17, Small 7, Redfield 8, Shane 4, Goodluck 7, Evans 12, Tour'e 6, Old Crow 3, Lefthand 23

Poplar: Feverham 3, Smoker 13, Main 8, Sadler 13, Joe 6, Hopkins 5. 

 


WESTERN 'A' TIP OFF TRNY SCHEDULE

December 6, 2017

 

WESTERN 'A' TIP OFF TRNY SCHEDULE--12-8 AND 12-9

 

No automatic alt text available.

 

 

 


Tuesday, December 05, 2017 'A' BOYS BBALL RESULTS/STATS

December 5, 2017
Tuesday, December 05, 2017
BOYS
WHITEFISH 72 EUREKA 36 F
LOYOLA 62 CORVALLIS 44 F

WHITEFISH 72 EUREKA 36

WHITEFISH — Ryan Kemm and Lee Walburn both scored 17 points to power Whitefish to an easy nonconference victory over Eureka.

It was the season opener for Whitefish.

The Bulldogs jumped out to a 28-5 advantage and led 44-13 at the half.

Sam Menicke and Dillon Botner topped Whitefish in rebounding with eight each.

AJ Pacella had 13 points for Eureka.

Whitefish heads for Missoula and the Tip-Off Tournament versus Butte Central on Friday at 2:30 p.m. and Dillon on Saturday at 6:45 p.m.

Eureka 5 8 14 9 — 36

Whitefish 28 16 19 9 — 72

EUREKA — Austin Callender 2, AJ Pacella 13, Quade Anderson 6, Colton Cooper 5, Alex Lowe 1, Jake Kindel 9.

WHITEFISH — Alex Keuylian 12, Caleb Meehan 2, Brendyn Peacock 6, Mark Anderson 4, Sam Menicke 6, Ryan Kemm 17, Lee Walburn 17, Dillon Botner 8.

 

Locked-on Lincoln: Missoula Loyola's Jack Lincoln leads Rams over Corvallis with new look

  • KYLE HOUGHTALING 406mtsports.com

120617 loyola-1-tm.jpg

 

MISSOULA — Gone from Jack Lincoln's game day attire is the slim headband he used to hold back his hair during his sophomore season. Lincoln's locks Tuesday night, while still flowing, weren't quite as full and didn't need the extra support.

"Last year he could have got in the shampoo commercials; this year we'll have to come up with a new endorsement for him," Loyola Sacred Heart coach Eddie Stack said, jokingly. 

The good news for Loyola Sacred Heart is the haircut didn't lead to a Samson effect for the wing. His game-high 27 points in the Rams' 62-44 win against Corvallis at the Sister Rita Mudd Activity Center were proof plenty that the junior is at full strength.

 

Which is good, because Loyola — and Lincoln — have some lofty goals. 

"(Our goal) is a state championship, 100 percent," said Lincoln. Loyola is coming off a 2016-17 season that saw the Rams drop a double-overtime state semifinal game and Loyola ultimately left with no hardware.

"All we can do is try to win every game."

The Rams made good on that ambition in the season opener.

***

Behind the strength of a high-pressure, and constantly changing defense the Rams built a 10-0 lead to christen the game and the 2017-18 calendar. Lincoln scored four in the run, which was capped by Jacob Hollenback's steal and coast-to-coast finish on the other end. 

Less than three minutes in, Class B Loyola had a double-digit lead on Class A Corvallis.

"The way they play is so difficult because they trap you so many ways, they come at you hard, they have so many good guys on the perimeter and their big guys are tough," Corvallis coach Zane Warnken said, praising his opponent. "They're a really good basketball team."

But the Blue Devils battled back with a 14-4 run of their own to close the opening frame. Kobe Jessop, who led Corvallis with 21 points, channeled the Black Mamba himself with two late-quarter 3-pointers.

Jessop's second of the frame was vintage Kobe, as it beat the buzzer and tied the game at 14-apiece. He emphatically slapped his chest several times, inciting a furor on the Blue Devil bench.

"He can do a lot of things for us. He's a great leader by his attitude and his effort and he shows a lot to those other kids," said Warnken, who also acknowledged the five other seniors on his roster.

It was a sparse yet stingy student section who had the last laugh Tuesday, though. The 20-plus Loyola students started the evening by asking for donations to the food bank. 

They were later treated to an 11-4 third quarter advantage by the home team that had Loyola ahead 43-32 headed into the fourth quarter.

"The love for the game; the love for our 'Ramly' out here. These are our brothers and we're just a part of that brotherhood," Loyola's Robert Griffin said. "This is the start of something great."

The final period opened up well for Loyola, too. After Corvallis' Garrett Brown scored on a put-back to pull within nine, 43-34, Lincoln pushed Loyola's lead back to double figures. The junior skyed for an offensive rebound of his own, spun and hit the return shot while absorbing a foul in the process.

 

He finished the 3-point play to give the Rams a 46-34 lead with 7:08 remaining. Loyola led by 10 or more the rest of the way.

"He's a great player, he finishes very well and he has great vision," Loyola senior Joey McElroy said of Lincoln. "I think he should have the hair back, though. I like the flow when he has the headband, it kind of adds a little swag to the game."

McElroy, a Montana State football commit, finished with eight rebounds, four points and a pair of big-time blocks in the first half. Fellow senior Scotty Twite splashed a trio of 3-pointers — two assisted by Lincoln — to finish with 11 points. Ryan Tirrell added nine more for Loyola (1-0 overall).

Corvallis' Ridge Albright joined Jessop in double figures, as Albight knocked down a pair of treys an finished with 10 points.

Both squads will switch to tournament-style play this weekend. The Blue Devils play Polson and Ronan Friday and Saturday, respectively, at the Western A tip-off tournament. 

On the same days Loyola will be at the Shelby tournament, where some of the Rams will be looking for a little revenge. Loyola's football team lost to Shelby in the Class B state semifinals, 28-27.

They'll look a little different than when they met on the field last month, though. For starters, they'll have Lincoln, who played soccer instead of football.

And Lincoln's look has changed a bit, too.

Loyola Sacred Heart 62, Corvallis 44

Corvallis;14;13;5;12;–;44

Loyola;14;18;11;19;–;62

Corvallis: Ridge Albright 10, Garrett Brown 2, Caeson Jessop 1, Ryal Jessop 7, Ryan Wiggins 1, Zach Jessop 2, Kobe Jessop 21.

Loyola: Jack Lincoln 27, Scotty Twite 11, Jacob Hollenback 8, Ryan Tirrell 8, Charles Burns 1, Sean Kavela 3, Joey McElroy 4.

 

 


Saturday, December 02, 2017 'A' BOYS BBALL RESULTS/STATS

December 2, 2017

 

Saturday, December 02, 2017

BOYS

POLSON 57 STEVENSVILLE 53

HAMILTON 66 BIG SKY 58

LIBBY 70 THOMPSON FALLS 56

PARK 57 TOWNSEND 50

LAUREL 63 SENIOR 46

MILES CITY 65 WILLISTON 63

 

Hamilton 66, Missoula Big Sky 58

Hamilton;13;19;15;19;–;66

 

Big Sky;8;14;1719;–;58

Hamilton: Cam Rothie 2, Carson Rostad 3, Bridger Bauder 3, Ty Chouinard 6, Tyler Barnes 4, Hunter Omlid 15, Tanner Goligoski 19, Carter Kearns 14. 

Big Sky: Camdyn Larance 15, Dan Morin 15, Ben Maehl 7, David Gibson 6, Carl Butz 3, Jordan Casselman 10, Andrew Gardanier 2.

***

Libby 70, Thompson Falls 56

Libby: Brian Peck 5, JJ Davis 17, Ryan Goodman 2, Ryggs Johnson 24, Jay Beagle 4, Christopherson 8, Nik Jones 4, Keith Johnson 6.

Stats were not provided for Thompson Falls

• Libby topped Thompson Falls 70-56 as Ryggs Johnston had 24 points and JJ Davis added another 17.

• Class A Hamilton won the first half against Class AA Missoula Big Sky and it led to a 66-58 victory for the Broncs at the Eagles' gym. Tanner Goligoski led three Broncs in double figures with 19 points. Big Sky's Camdyn Larance and Dan Morin each scored 15 points.

Polson 57, Stevensville 53

Polson;18;12;10;17;–;57

Stevi;11;19;10;13;–;53

Polson: Shade Main 18, Robin Erickson 10, Connor Lanier 9, Trevor Schultz 6, Micah Askan 6, Asa Askan 4, Sam Schultz 4

Stevi: Logan Roth 26, Alex Gavlak 13, Ivan Yazvaac 8, Sean Craft 4, Colby Meeds 2.

• Polson's Shade Main shot 9 for 17 from the field and scored 18 points to pace his Pirates in a 57-53 win against Stevensville. The Yellowjackets' Logan Roth led all scorers with 26 points. 

 

Billings Senior 63, Laurel 46

 
Senior  15  15  10  23  63
Laurel  13  11 16   6 46 

Senior: Braxton Haws 20, Ben LaBeau 4, Connor Kickbusch, Slade Cobb 6, Christian Cotharn 2, Max Evenson 2, Brooks Zimmer 6, Sam Evenson 2. 

Laurel: Trey Soucy 2, Gaje Leischner 9, Colt Spencer 5, Levi Taylor 10, Camden Hill 20. 


Class A

Miles City 65, Williston, N.D. 63

Williston 19  20  14  10  63 
Miles City 18  15  12  20  65 

Williston, N.D.: William Brown 22, Sam Kortan 5, Dwason Sheets 7, Reed Hanson 4, Paul McSteves 5, Jadin Norby 6, Koby Klassen 4, Garrett Hill 4, Sam Olson 6.

Miles City: Gabe Gunlach 24, Kaden Stardley 24, Cameron Muri 6, Jess Bellows 5, Clay Prell 4, Jayden Venable 2.

• Braxton Haws led Class AA Billings Senior with 20 points in a 63-46 cross-class win over Class A Laurel. Camden Hill led Laurel with 20 points. 

 

MILES CITY 65 WILLISTON 63

MILES SCORERS=STRADLEY=24; GUNDLACH=24; MURI=6; BELLOWS=5; PRELL=4; VENABLE=2

• Gabe Gundlach and Kaden Stradley scored 24 points apiece as Miles City won at home against Williston, N.D., 65-63. The Class A Cowboys pulled the game out with a 20-10 scoring surge during the fourth quarter. William Brown led the visiting Coyotes with 22 points. 

 

PARK 57 TOWNSEND 50

 

PARK SCORERS=RICKETTS=23; FLOYD=15; WADDELL=8; ROSBERG=4; PETERSON=3; PURKETT=2; JOHNSON=2

RICKETTS, PARK TOP BROADWATER COUNTY: Jakim Ricketts scored 15 of his game-high 23 points in the final half, helping the Rangers generate a modest cushion and hold off the Bulldogs, 57-50.

Ricketts buried a pair of shots from beyond the arc and was 5 of 6 at the line for Park, which was 9 of 14 at the stripe and led by four at intermission. Teammate Rydell Floyd joined Ricketts in double figures with 15 and John Waddell contributed eight.

 

 


Friday, December 01, 2017 'A' BOYS BBALL RESULTS/STATS

December 1, 2017

 

Friday, December 01, 2017

BOYS

SENTINEL 86 STEVENSVILLE 36 F

LAUREL 62 COLUMBUS 32 F

SIDNEY 61 WOLF PT 55 F

 

 

Missoula Sentinel 86, Stevensville 36

 
Stevensville  16  4  11  5  36
Sentinel  17  25  26  18  86

Stevensville: NA 17, Ivan Yazvaac 5, NA 4, NA 4, Alex Gavlak 2, Devlin Sherman 2.

Sentinel: Sam Beighle 25, Scott Malikie 16, Gaige DeShazer 12, Brayden Danzinger 8, Nick Germer 8, Trey Kolb 8, Elias DeWaters 4, Brandon Morley 2, Rylan Ortt 2, Alex Germer 1.


Class A

Laurel 62, Columbus 32

Laurel   16  22  12  12 62 
Columbus  5  10  11  6  32

Laurel: Paul O’Neil 2, Deklan Harper 4, Trey Soucy 9, Brett Wagner 2, Gaje Lieschner 18, Noah Gunther 5, Colt Spencer 6, Camden Hill 16.

Columbus: Kenneth Smith 6, Brandon Horton 6, Carson West 4, Trey Stanpfel 7, Randy Davis 4, Ricky Treece 4, Tommy Campbell 1.

Sidney 61, Wolf Point 55

Sidney  14  17  13  17  61
Wolf Point  14  10  15  16  55

Sidney: Cooper McGlothlin 15, Aaron Entz 18, Alex Lee 2, Max Peters 5, Connor Larson 3, Bridger Larson 19. 

Wolf Point: Trey Fourstar 4, Logan Heser 2, Marques Whitehorse 1, Nick Page 10, Deshon Smoker-Devitt 3, Lance St. Germaine 11, Joseph Williamson 24. 

 


TOP 'A' BOYS BBALL PLAYERS

December 2, 2017

 

Dawson Fowler, Belgrade: The 5-foot-11 guard is the lone starter back for head coach Mike Deming and the Class B Panthers, which appeared in the state tournament in 2017 and finished at 18-7. Fowler possesses tremendous leading ability and averaged over 17 points per game. Deming said Fowler, a varsity player since his freshman campaign, has the chance to end his career as the school’s all-time leading scorer.

Jaden Graham, Lewistown: A 6-foot-5 small forward for head coach Scott Sparks, Graham leads a talented Eagles roster heading into the 2017-18 slate. Graham averaged 15 points per game as sophomore and was regarded as one of the top 3-point shooters in the conference. The Class A Eagles return eight out of their top 10 players, including three starters: Tanner Trafton, Andrew Lalum and Graham.  

Chrishon Dixon, Billings Central: The junior point guard for Jim Stergar has been starting for the Class A Rams since his freshman year. An All-State performer a year ago, Dixon averaged 12 points, six assists, six rebounds and three steals. The Rams fell to Dillon in the title game last season, 59-45. The southpaw Dixon is the lone starter back off that team, but Stergar expects Dixon’s game to rise to another level based on an improved accuracy and confidence on his shot.  

Honorable mention:

Michael Haverfield (Dillon); 

Tyree Whitcomb (Browning);  

Stephen Steinbron (Belgrade);

Brandon Aimsback (Browning);

 

 


BOYS BASKETBALL 2017-18 SEASON PREVIEWS

December 3, 2017

 

WILDCATS TO OPEN SEASON AT TIP OFF TRNY

By JEREMY WEBER Hungry Horse News

Wildcats to open season at Stillwater Christian

Senior Matthew Morrison and the Wildcats will open the basketball season at Stillwater Christian Saturday.

The Wildcats will be looking to rebound from last year’s 4-17 season as they open their 2017-18 basketball campaign Saturday at Stillwater Christian School in Kalispell.

With six seniors on this season’s squad, head coach Chris Finberg is hoping experience will be the key to success.

“Having that level of experience should make a tremendous difference for us this season,” Finberg said. “Three of the six seniors we will have this year got a lot of playing time on the varsity level last year and two of them got a ton of playing time on the junior varsity level. Our other senior is a transfer from Glacier, so he will not be able to play until the end of the semester and will miss our first 12 games. He will be ready for the end of the season and tournament time, though.”

The Wildcats lost three seniors from last year’s squad, but Finberg feels this year’s team will have a deeper bench, which should open up more options on both the offensive and defensive side of the court.

“Last year, we had to slow things down because our depth was not where we wanted it to be. This year, we should have a little more depth and more athleticism, so we should be able to get up and down the court a little better. A lot of that will be dictated by how these guys show what they can do in practice and games. We should find our identity as the season goes along,” Finberg said. “We will have a chance to do some pressing on defense this season, but again we will have to pick our spots of when to use it. We probably will not press a lot, but we will have that option.”

Finberg says the senior trio of Austin Green, Matthew Morrison and Quintin Schriver should provide a tough matchup for opponents.

“We will be looking for those three to use their experience from last season to help lead us this year. Those three, along with Drew Morgan and Glacier transfer Tucker Salmonsen should help make us a tough squad,” Finberg said. “I think we have some strong competitors on this year’s team, and that’s what we want to see. We have some kids that just came off a state championship in football, and that should helps us, too.”

The Wildcats averaged 43 points-per-game last season while giving up 56 per contest, but Finberg says he hopes to see those numbers reversed with the experience and depth this year’s team brings to the court.

“We will just try to get better every game and hope that we are playing our best basketball come tournament time. That’s our goal,” he said.

The Wildcats will travel to take on Stillwater Christian School in their opening game of the season Saturday, a team that defeated Columbia Falls in February last season, 75-43. The frosh will tip off at 1:30 p.m. with the junior varsity playing at 4:45.

The Wildcats will be back in action in Missoula Dec. 8 as they take on Dillon in the Tip-Off Tournament at 4:15 p.m. The team will continue the tournament against Frenchtown at 11:45 a.m. the following day.

The 2018 conference tour

 

nament will be in Ronan Feb. 15-17 with divisionals in Butte Feb. 22-24. The state tournament will be in Bozeman March 1-3

 

BROWNING RUNNIN INDIANS

The Browning Runnin' Indians head into the 2017-2018 season entering a new conference, the Western A. The Indians had been members of the Central A for the past 20 years since 1987-88. The Indians' new foes from Western A are Columbia Falls, Whitefish, Polson, Ronan and Libby. With only four conference opponents in the five team Central A last year, Browning picks up two more conference games in the 6 member Western A. The Indians will begin play with two early opponents from the SW A at the Missoula Tip-offs and also has home/away dates with old Central A rival Havre, for a total of 14 games against Class A opponents. That's four more Class A games than Browning has played for many years. Browning faces two Class B opponents in home/away contests including old historic rivals Shelby and Cut Bank. The Indians drop their traditional Fairfield and Conrad games who have had trouble fielding full Junior Varsity and Freshman teams for the younger Indians to compete with.

With the more competitive schedule looming, do not despair. Although Browning has not advanced to the State tournament since the 2012-2013 season, that could change as they bring back their top two scorers and rebounders from last year's squad in Senior Brandon Aimsback (11pts 8reb) and Junior Tyree Whitcomb (10.5pts and 7rebs). The squad replaces seven graduating Seniors with seven more on the Varsity team led by a slimmed down but even stronger and quicker footed Power Forward Aimsback who last year led the Indians in 2pt field goal percentage at 54% with his strong wide frame and fleet footedness in the paint. Billings Senior varsity basketball transfer and sharp shooting guard Nano Stiffarm is fundamentally sound in his defense, ball handling, passing and free throw shooting; just an all around good pick up for the Indians. Stiffarm's parents moved back to the area this summer, so Nano got to play summer ball with the team, and his talent was noticed immediately. The super athletic, versatile and strong Loring twins Derek and Dylan who stand at 5'11" should be set to finally break out in basketball after their record breaking football season at QB and RB and with their strength and athletic ability, they can play the 1-4 positions. 5'10" James Gilham had a good summer season and has potential to be a solid player this year at guard. Rounding out the Seniors are 6'2" small forward Peyton Crawford, an offensive spark off the bench and center Taylen Edwards whose 6'7" height and long arms could present match-up nightmares for shorter teams and can help neutralize taller opponents.

Five Underclassman bring different attributes that will contribute to the Indians success this year. Of course we already know about 6'6" Whitcomb's points and rebounds, but he also presents an outside shooting component to his game, having led last year's squad in three point field goals and percentage last year. Tyree was also first in Free Throw percentage and second in steals, although he also led in turnovers which should be neutralized by his growing experience. One other thing to mention is Whitcomb and Junior Ethan Running Crane spent the summer playing AAU ball with an all-star Montana Native squad, playing in Spokane and Las Vegas. Running Crane is 6'3" and a smooth ball handler and is deadly from three point range. He has a knack for jumping balls in the passing lanes and his long strides cover a lot of ground on the break. CJ Smith is also lanky and athletic and good in the fast break and scrappy on defense. He shined in summer ball this year, so his transition from JV to Varsity should be seamless. Rounding out the underclassmen on Varsity are Sophomores Deion Madplume and Justin Burd. These two players could be special in due time, having bested some talented juniors on the JV squad to make the Varsity team. Like Whitcomb and Running Crane, they play a lot of summer ball together, winning many 3 on 3 tournaments aroung the state over the years. Deion is about 6'1"-6'2" and a perfect basketball physique with ball handling skills and has an equally sound inside and outside game. 5'6" Justin is used to being undersized and uses it to his advantage. He is a quick and shifty point guard with great court awareness and can get lost in trees and come out of there with two.

Last year, Browning was second in Class A in scoring with 62.8 points per game. With the top scorers back, they could well lead in that category this year. If Browning has an Achilles heal, it could be Free Throw shooting which they were dead last in a season ago. The Indians were second in rebounding behind Hardin last year, and that could go up with a much taller team this year. Browning also led Class A in Steals and Assists which they should be able to continue to do with their style of basketball. Speaking of which, despite all those steals, Browning was third to last in defense last year.

That could be where new Head Coach and longtime Junior Varsity coach Dan Connelly separates his style from seasons past. The previous coach was a players coach, whereas Connelly is a more in your face, high energy coach which served him well at the JV level with three consecutive undefeated seasons. Connelly stresses hard nose defense and will yank you out if he catches you sleeping on that side of the ball. Many former players are glad to see Connelly finally get his shot and will tell you he was heavily involved in the the crunch in varsity games under Ray Augare and Mark Magee as an assistant. All the signs for this year point toward a deep State run for the Browning Indians who are loaded with any kind of player a coach needs for any situation and the coaching experience Connelly possesses will surely exploit that wealth of talent to the Indians advantage.

#mtscores by- Lockley J. Bremner for Pikanni Press

 

 PIRATES READY TO TRANSITION HEADED INTO 2017 SEASON

November 16, 2017 at 9:53 am | By Jason Blasco

Pirates ready to transition headed into 2017 season

J'von Niemeyer (Jason Blasco photo)

Pirates ready to transition headed into 2017 season 1

(Jason Blasco photo)

Last year the Polson Pirates’ boys basketball team was one of the perennial favorites to be in the mix to compete for a Class A state championship basketball title.

Though the Pirates didn’t get to their ultimate goal of capturing the title, they didn’t disappoint behind their senior leadership of forward-center Matthew Rensvold and point guard Tanner Wilson.

Both players were so athletically inclined they became the first Polson players to sign with the University of Montana-Grizzlies since Kirk Murphy did so in 1987.

The other significant change was one that affected several teams at the beginning of 2017. When the Montana State High School Athletic Association reclassified and aligned several teams in several classifications, it changed the competitive landscape of Class A.

The additions to the NWA Class A conference include two towns known for their strong basketball tradition. This includes Libby, Browning, and Ronan.

Pirates coach Randy Kelley said he felt he and his team will be ready for the new challenge they will face from their opponents and losing significant contributors to their team.

“I think when you bring in those three teams, it makes our conference stronger,” Kelley said. “We will have a District Tournament and everything will be just a little bit different.”

The Pirates lost Matthew Rensvold, Tanner Wilson, Jeremiah North Piegan and Jaden Bautista all to graduation.

“It’ll change and we will be missing an inside presence,” Kelley said. “We hope to open up a little more offensively and we are going to have to get after people. We are going to have to have a little bit more of a half court game. It changes every year and we’ve been kind of lucky to have the kids that we have. It’ll change our dynamics offensively and defensively. We will have to play a little harder, a little more aggressively and play team defense.”

Kelley said he is “encouraged” by his team’s summer participation this year.

“We actually had good turnouts for our open gyms and we have twenty to thirty kids playing basketball) two nights a week,” Kelley said. “We had the Whitworth Tournament in Spokane and we had ten kids play in that. That has been part of our gelling process for us and we are kind of excited.”

This December, the Pirates will play in a total of seven games. Kelley said he “isn’t worried” about the difficult schedule of basketball his team has in front of them before the Christmas break.

“We are kind of excited for the month of December because we will have seven games before Christmas,” Kelley said. “That will be a lot to ask of some of younger kids.”

Traditionally, the Pirates open up with a difficult schedule but unlike in previous seasons, they will now open their season up against Dilon and Frenchtown.

“We open up with Stevi, Butte Central, Corvallis, Hamilton and everyone from the southwest this year except Dillon,” Kelley said. “We possibly won’t see them until the divisional tournament.”

Because of their lack of an established inside threat, Kelley said he felt his team will have to adjust by becoming “more physical.”

“We are going to have to become more physical and maybe our players aren’t football types but we are going to have to get ourselves wrapped around that mindset,” Kelley said. “We have to be more physical, play better defense, and rebound better. Without Rensvold and Tanner, we will have our work cut out for us.”

The official day of practice doesn’t start until today. Kelley said he is “looking forward” to the season with a lot of the young talent he has on the roster.

“Looking forward, it’s going to be a different group and we are going to have to learn from every game that we will play,” Kelley said. “This season is going to be a little different. We don’t have that swagger. It’s going to get kids to step up, improve and knock off the teams we shouldn’t beat.

CHIEFS BASKETBALL GETS READY TO GET HIT THE HARDWOOD 

November 16, 2017 at 9:52 am | By Jason Blasco 

Chiefs basketball gets ready to get hit the hardwood

Aaron Misa (Jason Blasco photo)

Ronan Chiefs’ boys basketball coach Mitchell Wassum said he is excited about his team’s prospects as they prepare to head into the first official week of practice on Nov. 16.

Last year, Wassum’s team fell one point short of claiming a Class B state title birth falling to Deer Lodge at Hamilton Junior High School.

Last season, the team’s biggest strengths included their depth, their ability to shoot from the perimeter and the Chiefs’ senior and team leaders.

The Chiefs will look to build upon one of their hallmarks last season as they were able to successfully utilize their depth to win several closely-contested ball games.

Another emphasis of strength this season will be to be able to rebound. With the team dynamic shifting dramatically from last season with the loss of four seniors and surrendering more height to the bigger schools in Class A, Wassum knows his team will have to put an emphasis on rebounding.

“You have to be able to rebound the ball and we are going to have to be able to force some turnovers and get a lot of second shot opportunities,” Wassum said. “It’ll be be an interesting team dynamic with losing the four seniors in the early portion of the season. Especially since the seniors from last year all started for us at one point in time.”

Wassum’s team will be entering uncharted territory this season as they prepare to play some of the Class A schools but Wassum echoed the sentiments of the Chiefs’ head football coach Matt Detwiler, who said he is embracing the challenge of moving up in classification.

“We are going to change up the tempo of our offense a little bit,” Wassum said. “This year, we lost two of our big kids to transfers and with that, we lost some size. So we will have to move into more of an uptempo offense and try to get teams out of their element to make them uncomfortable. That will help us out against some of the bigger teams.”

This year, according to Wassum, Ronan looks to have more of the same as they prepare to head into the 2017-2018 campaign.

“I am really excited to get the season rolling,” Wassum said. “Being on the football staff, we have high expectations coming up from Class B to A. We aren’t going to roll over and battle. There are a lot of good Class A teams and we’ve been very competitive in open gym with about 30-45 kids participating in open gym.”

LIBBY BOYS BASKETBALL: COACH WEIGHS IN ON COMING SEASON 

The Western News

Coach: Josh Bean

How many seniors are on the roster? We have three seniors: Brian Peck, Logan Christensen, and Nik Jones.

Who do you consider to be team-leaders and why? Brian Peck and Ryggs Johnston. They are the only returning players that had substantial time at the varsity level last year. Everyone will look to their experience to help them out. Keith Johnson (sophomore) and Jay Beagle (freshmen) have shown great promise in the past couple weeks. They have shown they can contribute at the varsity level. Ryan Goodman (sophomore) and Chandler Bower (sophomore) expanded their skills over the summer and fall and should provide quality minutes.

Who are your strongest competitors and why? Coming back into the Northwest A will be tough every night. Browning I believe has the most complete group of kids. We played them this summer and they were really tough. Polson has been the mainstay at the top of the Northwest A. They lose three really good seniors but bring back a good group of role players and sub varsity kids. (But) we can’t sleep on anyone in this conference. It will be a tough contest every night.

Is the conference a strong one? I believe the conference is average with the exception of Browning. I believe the Southwest A and the Eastern A are the toughest conferences in the state.

What excites you most about the coming season? We have another group of kids that absolutely loves basketball. They are so eager to compete everyday when they come to practice. We are changing up our offense and defense a little so it is new and the kids are excited about the opportunities it will provide them.

What is your biggest challenge? Our biggest challenge will be defending teams that are tall. We lost our height to graduation. We will have to find ways to contain those teams that have a dominate post player.

BULLDOG BASKETBALL PRACTICING DEFENSE HEADING INTO OPENER

November 28, 2017 at 2:34 pm | By Daniel McKay 

Bulldog basketball practicing defense heading into opener

Ryan Kemm rises up for a floater during a recent Bulldogs practice. (Daniel McKay/Whitefish Pilot)

The Bulldogs are back on the hardwood and preparing for a season-opening showdown with Eureka next week.

The boys opened practice Nov. 16. Head coach Sean Duff returns to the court after a serious kidney failure left him hospitalized in early August.

This year’s squad will be led by seniors Caleb Meehan, Brendyn Peacock and Noah Fauth, as well as returning starters Lee Walburn, Dillon Botner and Ryan Kemm.

Sophomore Sam Menicke, measuring 6’5”, will join 6’6” Botner in the post to give the Dogs some height in the paint.

Duff said he’s not worried about offense with this team, despite losing last year’s leading scorers Derek Kastella and Sawyer Silliker.

“Defense is going to be the key, like always, with this group,” he said. “If we do that, points will take care of themselves. We won’t have a problem scoring. I can see us going a long ways.”

Last season Whitefish finished 7-13 overall and 2-4 in conference play.

Duff said he’s hoping to get a good idea of where his team is at right off the bat.

Following Tuesday’s game against Eureka, Whitefish will travel down to Missoula for this year’s Tipoff Tournament, where they’ll face Dillon and Butte.

Dillon finished last season with a perfect 24-0 record and a state championship, and Butte finished right behind in the Southwest A conference at 14-11.

“We’ll know right away how good we are and where we stack up, because we play Dillon and Butte. I would pick them for preseason one and two in the state,” Duff said.

Whitefish will host Eureka on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Whitefish High School.

BC boys have youth, experience on their side

BC boys have youth, experience on their side 

 

Butte Central junior Cade Holter is one of six Maroons with varsity experience. Here he is guarded by Dillon's Jamey Richardson during the semifinals of the 2017 Class A State tournament at the Butte Civic Center. (Butte sports photo)

By Bill Foley

It is an unusual mix to be sure.

When the Butte Central boys’ basketball team opens the 2017-18 season next week, the Maroons will do so without a single senior on the roster. The Maroons will also be playing with a team loaded with varsity experience.

“There’s six guys with varsity experience from last year. That helps,” said BC head coach Brodie Kelly, who is entering his 14th season in charge of the Maroons. “We still are young. We’ve got to keep that in perspective, too.

“It’s an unusual mix of youth and experience. You usually don’t see that many young guys with that much experience.”

Juniors Cade Holter and Dan McCloskey will be playing varsity for the third year. Sophomores Luke Heaphy, Aaron Richards, Matt Simkins and Jared Simkins are in their second year playing varsity.

Junior guard Dylan Sestrich will join the varsity squad after missing last season with an injury.

Sophomores Braden Harington, Trevor Neumann and Thomas McGree will also figure into the varsity mix for the Maroons, who advanced to Saturday morning of the Class A State tournament at the Butte Civic Center in March.

Heaphy, McCloskey, Holter, Richards and Matt Simkins will be the starting five to begin the season. Sestrich will be the first guy off the bench.

Jared Simkins, who broke his arm in BC’s playoff football game in Dillon, will likely be cleared to play again on Monday, Dec. 11.

Kelly, a coach who is rarely — if ever relaxed — during the basketball season, said his team is closing in on being ready to play.

“I’m comfortably uncomfortable,” Kelly said. “I’m excited, I am. If Jarred was in the mix right now, I’d be feeling much better.”

One reason Kelly is upbeat to start the season is his roster. To be more specific, he likes the “height” column of his roster.

Butte Central will be quite literally looking down on most of the competition this season.

Other than Heaphy (5-foot-9) and Neumann (5-10), the BC roster is full of players standing at least 6-foot.

“This is the biggest team that I’ve ever coached,” Kelly said.

How big? Well, the coach had a hard time believing it when he was finalizing his roster for the season.

“We asked them their heights the other day, and we felt like some guys were fudging,” Kelly said. “So we took out the tape, and Aaron, Matt and Jared are all legitimate 6-4 and half. Sestrich is 6-3.”

McCloskey and Harrington stand 6-1, while Holter and McGree are 6-foot.

“We had a team one year that was a 6-and under team,” Kelly said. “We’ve had a couple like that.”

The Butte Central varsity squad is so big that the junior varsity players aren’t big enough to really challenge them in practice. So, don’t bet on the junior varsity winning the Maroon and White scrimmage, which begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Maroon Activities Center.

“You’ve got a 5-10 guy guarding a 6-4 guy in the post,” Kelly explained. “It’s coming too easy.”

So, as you can imagine, the Maroons will feature more of an inside game than in the past. Actually, the transformation from the offense that shot a ton of 3-pointers each season has been a slow process that began a couple of years ago.

“The last few years we’ve been kind of tweaking our offense from what we used to run when we were shooting so many threes,” Kelly said. “We still have it in our package, but our offense now is much more post-oriented.”

The size will help the Maroons as they look to replace three long-time starters — Sam Johnston, Tanner Kump and Nate McGree — to graduation. The Maroons also lost senior Tyge Yelenich to the season with a knee injury he suffered on the golf course.

Central will play Whitefish and Polson in the Tipoff tournament at the Adams Center next Friday and Saturday in Missoula.

That is the start of a brutal December schedule for the Maroons. BC will play its home opener against Dec. 15 against Frenchtown. After hosting Stevensville and Belgrade, the Maroons close the pre-Christmas portion of their schedule at Hamilton on Dec. 22.

January doesn’t start off any easier. The Maroons come back from the holiday break Jan. 4 at Dillon. The Butte High-Butte Central game is Jan. 11.

(Complete schedule)

 

No seniors, no problem for Butte Central boys

BUTTE — A late foul in the semifinal of the Class A state tournament was the only thing that kept the Butte Central Maroons away from taking third place in 2016.

The team hasn’t forgotten.

“We all just have a bad taste in our mouth (after) coming so close,” said Central junior Cade Holter. “I think that definitely brings some motivation to the table to do a lot better this year.”

The Maroons are a squad with a chip on its shoulder this season. One thing it does not have is a senior. However, that doesn’t mean Central is totally lacking in experience or chemistry.

“This is a group of guys that really loves to play together,” said head coach Brodie Kelly. “You can see the enthusiasm that these kids play with and the way they like to play together — that stuff matters.”

Every team in the state will notice right away that this is among the bigger teams in Class A.

“That’s a strength of ours this year, unusually,” Kelly said. “We don’t usually have a lot of tall players…We got a lot of guys that can post, even including our guards.”

Other than “experience,” Central doesn’t have a glaring weakness on its roster. And when you add in the revenge factor, that makes for a team that can make a run, come March.

Eagles feature good size to open boys basketball season

By Bill Vander Weele Sidney Herald 

Eagles feature good size to open boys basketball season

Bridger Larson drives to the basket against the defense of brother Conner Larson.

Bill Vander Weele | Sidney Herald

Sidney’s boys basketball squad will feature a different look this season, but the Eagles should again contend near the top of the Eastern A standings.

Returning starters for the Eagles are senior guard Alec Lovegren and 6-6 junior Bridger Larson. Also back with some varsity experience are 6-3 senior Conner Larson, 6-2 senior Max Peters, 6-0 junior Aaron Entz and 6-0 sophomore Cooper McGlothlin.

Sidney Coach Dan Strasheim said Sidney’s inside game won’t only feature tall players but most of those players have football lineman type builds.

 

“We definitely have size,” Strasheim said. “We look to be a lot more physical.”

Another strength should be outside shooting. Although Sidney lost some three-point threats from a season ago, the Eagles are in good shape from long range with B. Larson, Lovegren, Peters and Entz.

“We have better overall shooters for sure,” Strasheim said. “But we won’t be as quick.”

Although the Eagles will still apply full-court pressure at times, Sidney will rely on zone defenses more than in the past.

“We have a couple different zones that we haven’t done for a while,” Strasheim said.

Other varsity players include senior Trenton Lambert, sophomore Carter Johnson, junior Trev Stewart, junior Ryan Howell, junior Alex Lee and freshman Ian Jurgens.

“I think everybody is looking forward to the season,” Strasheim said. “We will probably be picked fifth out of the six Eastern A teams.”

 

The coach noted that Hardin and Billings Central each return All-State players. Laurel lost all of its starters, but the Locomotives have an excellent junior class. Miles City returns six of its top nine players.

“Glendive will be improved,” Strasheim said. “I think the Eastern A will be loaded as always.”

As far as the teams from the Central A, Strasheim feels Lewistown might be one of the best teams in the entire state. 

Sidney opens its season in Wolf Point on Friday.

The Eagles return home to play Havre on Dec. 8 and Lewistown on Dec. 9.

Dillon looking for three-peat in tough Class A boys' field

JORDAN HANSEN 406mtsports.com 

Mike Haverfield (copy)

Junior Michael Haverfield will try to carry on his brother's legacy at Dillon.

Walter Hinick, 406mtsports.com

Can Dillon make it three in a row?

It certainly won’t be easy for the winners of the last two Class A boys' basketball championships. The Beavers lost both Tanner Haverfield and Troy Andersen to graduation, easily two of their best players.

Haverfield is now a freshman at Montana Western, playing basketball, while Andersen took his talents to the Montana State football team. That said, there could be a new budding start waiting in the wings – Tanner’s younger brother, Michael, who is a junior.

 

The younger Haverfield was named honorable mention on the All-State team a year ago, while 

The Beavers have been in the state championship four years in a row and have enjoyed a long run of success. That said, even though Dillon has gone 46-2 over the past two seasons, it's hardly the only threat to take the Class A crown.

Enter Billings Central.

The Rams have been the runner-up for each of the past two seasons and while they only return one starter, it’s an important one – junior Chrishon Dixon. Second on the team in points (12.2) and rebounds (6.1) they’ll count on him to lead the charge.

Lewistown returns two of the best players in Class A in Tanner Trafton and Jaden Graham. Graham is a certified sharpshooter and hit 41-percent of his three-pointers last season on his way to averaging 15.2 points and 6.1 rebounds a game. Trafton was a beast on the boards as well, hauling in 8.3 rebounds 13.2 points from his forward spot.

The Eagles finished 11-7 during last year’s regular season, but failed to make the state tournament. It was their first winning record since 2008 and they’ll be looking for a lot more this season.

Polson and Belgrade took third and fourth, respectively last season. It was Polson’s second-straight third-place finish, though the team will have plenty to replace. The Pirates’ lost All-Conference performers Matthew Rensvold and Tanner Wilson to the Montana football team.

Some other teams to watch?

Livingston, Hardin and Hamilton.

 

The Bulldogs lose three seniors after making the state tournament last season. Famous Lefthand will be set to lead Hardin after averaging 11.7 points and just over four rebounds per game last season and certainly will be a force to be reckoned with.

The Bulldogs also get back David Evans, a second-team All-Conference player last season.

Hardin lost its two state tournament games by a combined six points – 60-55 to Dillon in the first round and 68-67 to Belgrade in the first consolation game.

The Panthers finished fourth, while the aforementioned Beavers were state champions.

Hamilton will be attempting to make its third straight Class A state tournament appearance while Livingston will be trying to get back to the tournament for the first time in several years.

Lewistown juniors look to turn the tide for program that hasn't played a state tournament in decades

  • KYLE HANSEN 406mtsports.com

Tanner Trafton and Jaden Graham

Lewistown juniors Tanner Trafton, left, and Jaden Graham are aiming to help lead the Golden Eagles to their first state tournament appearance since 1998. The two started all of last season as sophomores. 

KYLE HANSEN, 406mtsports.com

Editor's note: This is the third in an eight-part series profiling some of the state's basketball stars as 406mtsports.com previews the 2017-18 season.

LEWISTOWN — Last basketball season when Tanner Trafton and Jaden Graham were sophomores for Lewistown, the two were thrown into the varsity mix as starters from the beginning.

For two young players seeing big-time minutes, one would think that the pace and flow of the game would be the toughest aspect to remember to get ready for. However, it was not the play that needed getting used to, but pregame situations — namely, the national anthem.

 

"We weren't used to doing the national anthem before games because we started walking out just to go line up for the (tip-off) because that's what we do in freshman games," Trafton admitted. "'Oh no guys, we have the national anthem,' and we're like 'Oh yeah, right, it's varsity.'"

But the two caught on quick with the varsity level and helped lead Lewistown to an 11-7 regular-season record, the school's first winning record since 2008. Graham was named all-state and both were named to all-conference teams as Lewistown entered the Central/Eastern A Divisional with high expectations. 

The Golden Eagles fell just short of making state, losing to Billings Central in the Saturday morning game, which clinched a state berth for the Rams. 

But Lewistown returns almost its entire roster from a year ago. And Trafton, Graham, head coach Scott Sparks and Co. have the town buzzing in a way it hasn't in about 20 years. 

"Last year was really cool," Graham said.

"Kind of unexpected," Trafton added. "We knew we'd play, but it was a little unexpected to be pushed right in there."

+2  
Lewistown's Jaden Graham

Lewistown's Jaden Graham (20) looks for an opening to pass during a game against Billings Central on Jan. 20 at Billings Central High School.

406mtsports.com file photo

The 6-foot-5 duo started all of last season for Lewistown. There were growing pains as the two learned the ins and outs of everything and their new teammates. Getting stronger for the varsity level was a tough adjustment, as was as the mental side of the game and losing some close games. But the result almost got the Eagles into the state tournament, a feat Sparks said hasn't happened for the school since 1998.

The Eagles earned a first-round 48-46 upset of Hardin at the Divisional, a game Trafton and Graham said they had never played in that sort of magnitude. After plenty of close losses throughout the season, including a 72-70 overtime loss to the Bulldogs early in the season, they finally pulled out a win in that situation, with Trafton leading his team in scoring with 12 points. Though they lost to Central, the win over Hardin was a sign of things that could come this year for Lewistown. 

"That was a turning point for us, winning a big game at a big time tournament like that," Trafton said. "We can do this. We can win big games. So now we know what to expect in those big games and how to execute in the end."

They continued to work on their craft in the summer and played AAU basketball in cities like Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Seattle. There, the two kids from Lewistown — population 6,000 — had their eyes opened to some of the nation's top recruits.

"It's kind of a reality check," Graham said. "You're good for your state, and then you get out and there's these 6-foot-6 kids with 44-inch verticals, and they're all way bigger. It was a blast."

The two grew up with Lewistown's history and the school's postseason drought. That state tournament drought made the two juniors want to break the trend. 

"Fergus, if you look back, there's nothing on the banners for 30 years," Graham said. "Nobody wins, nobody tries, athletes are partiers. So we were just kind of were raised differently and just came up as winners. And then we both have aspirations for college sports, so we both go and put ourselves out there."

"We're just trying to change things around here from a losing record and 'Who cares? We'll go party,'" Trafton said. "We're trying to keep our friend group tight, not do anything stupid, and try to be as successful as we can and have fun with it for sure."

Graham said the team as a unit has come back bigger, stronger and with more confidence and experience. Trafton added that the team feels more tight-knit as a group heading into the year, something that has come with the expectations and the experience of playing in big games together. That includes playing NBA 2K tournaments, competitions the two said can get testy between teammates because of how competitive everyone is, but all in good fun.

+2  
Lewistown's Tanner Trafton

Lewistown's Tanner Trafton (3) shoots the ball on Feb. 24 during the 2017 Central/Eastern A Divisional basketball tournament at Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark.

406mtsports.com file photo
 

As for Sparks, who is in his third year as Lewistown's head coach, he knew early on Trafton and Graham would be special. 

"They were well-coached coming up, I think that's the big thing," Sparks said. "They had a high basketball IQ when they came into the program as freshman. We made a choice to keep them down on the freshman team so they could play with their teammates and learn how to win ... Those two guys were great players for us last year, and they've come back from their summer on the AAU circuit with way more confidence. They're going to be tough matchups."

Seniors Andrew Lalum and Noah Agostinelli as well as junior Jake Clinton join Trafton and Graham as players with a wealth of varsity experience from last year. Seniors Landon and Cody Henderson and junior Wes Jameson should also see expanded roles for the Golden Eagles. Trafton and Graham said while they were seen as the go-to players a year ago, any one of their teammates can be counted on in crunch time, a trait that makes their team that much more dangerous this season.

"You can't replace experience," Sparks said. "To have eight kids playing that have substantial varsity time goes a long way when you're in crunch time. We've been a young team the past couple of years, so its nice to have that more experienced team. We've got a lot of guys on a given night that can lead us in scoring. I'm excited. They all play hard for each other, and it should be a fun year."

The team's confidence is high, and the expectations are even higher.

"I think we're pretty good contenders this year," Trafton said. "As long as we run good offense, play tough defense, be gritty and stay together as a team — which I don't think will be a problem with the group that we have. So I'm really confident coming into this year, but we can't look past anybody."

Graham added with a laugh, "We've got a $50 bet with Chrishon Dixon that we sweep them."

Dixon, Billings Central's junior point guard, plays AAU ball with Trafton and Graham. 

"Hopefully we can get a little shoe money out of that," Trafton said. 

Class A boys basketball overview: New-look Dillon eyes repeat; Billings Central again a contender

By Richie Melby 

Billings Central's Chrishon Dixon (3) and the Rams advance to the State A semifinal game. (BRANDON SULLIVAN / MTN Sports)

Dillon basketball fans are used to booking hotels through Sunday morning at the state tournament. The Beavers have played in four consecutive state title games, winning the past two, each against Billings Central. Fans in Beaverhead County are already talking about a fifth straight Saturday night appearance, but this season’s program has big shoes to fill.

“Obviously we lost a great group of kids to graduation with Troy (Andersen), R.J. Fitzgerald and Tanner Haverfield,” said Dillon assistant Jeff Edwards, who was filling in for head coach Terry Thomas, who was unavailable. “We pretty much lost six of our top seven players. We return Michael Haverfield, who has put a tremendous amount of work in. We have a great group of seniors coming in that work really hard and are good individuals, and I’m excited to watch them play and get the opportunity to show their talents.”

Andersen, who recently was named Big Sky Conference football freshman of the year, and the elder Haverfield, who is a freshman at Montana Western, willed Dillon to the title game last March. Andersen scored 44 points in three games, while Haverfield poured in 59, including a 26-point performance in the 59-45 win over Billings Central in the finale.

That scoring, along with the contributions from Fitzgerald, will be missed by the Beavers this winter. But Michael Haverfield, now a junior, added to his already-polished game in the summer months, giving Dillon a go-to guy on the offensive end.

“Michael has done a tremendous job in the offseason working on his game,” said Edwards. “I feel like he’s going to have a really solid year, but I think everyone will do their best to fill the roles that are left. I’m excited to see what they can do, and all of the hard work they put in this offseason will hopefully pay off.”

Dillon’s roster is filled with capable athletes – senior Clay Alison is listed at 6-foot-9; Andrew Lemiuex, Coby King, Jake Ferris and Anders Westman each enter their senior campaigns; and the program consistently reloads more than it rebuilds. Capturing another undefeated season is certainly a daunting task, but once the competition starts, carrying on the tradition kicks in.

“I’m excited to see, we have a lot of new kids playing their first varsity basketball. I want to see how they compete once the ball is tipped,” Edwards said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun to see some new faces and see them compete at a very high level and to play against other opponents rather than practicing against yourselves, that’s always fun.”

While Dillon seeks to find its identity early in the season, Billings Central appears in prime position to make another state championship appearance. Coach Jim Stergar returns one of the state’s most prolific athletes in Chrishon Dixon. Entering only his junior season, Dixon will set the tone for the Rams this season after averaging around 12 points and six rebounds per game as a sophomore.

“Chrishon is a great athlete,” said Stergar. “He did a lot of his scoring inside last season because he is so quick, but if he continues to improve his 3-point shooting he will be a challenge to defend.”

Stergar and Central will look to replace the likes of Peyton Hanser, Jet Campbell and Shay Dantic, each of whom contributed throughout last season. But the Rams’ coach points to senior guard Isaac Meyer as an athlete to keep an eye on this year. He says a familiar name also joined the program this winter.

“Liam Clancy is a name everyone knows from the golf season,” Stergar said about the Class A state champion and future University of Wyoming golfer. “He didn’t go out (for basketball) last year, but he’s here this year and we’re hoping he can step right in.”

Polson edged Belgrade in last year’s consolation game at the state tournament, but each team has its own holes to fill this year. The Pirates lost seniors Tanner Wilson and Matthew Rensvold, while the Panthers return senior Dawson Fowler to the fold. Fowler will be relied on more heavily this season after Brock Salsbury graduated last spring.

Stergar said Class A offers a bevy of individual talent for fans to follow this season. He was particularly keen of Hardin’s Famous Lefthand and says Lewistown’s combo of Jaden Graham and Tanner Trafton will be a handful each night.

Stergar also expects Pat Hansen and Laurel to make a push in the Eastern A.

Columbia Falls, which last month won the program’s first State A football title, goes head-to-head with Dillon in the first game of the season next weekend. Hamilton, which finished runner-up in that football finale, returns eight players from the state tournament team last season. Carter Kearns and Hunter Omlid were all-state selections, but the Broncs lack the size of some Class A teams, leaving Travis Blome seeking rebounding help on each end of the floor.

Young Hardin squad looking to surprise teams in Class A this year

Hardin's Famous Lefthand

FAMOUS LEFTHAND (BRONTE WITTPENN PHOTO)

BILLINGS — Anyone watching the Hardin Bulldogs boys basketball team on Thursday would've thought to themselves, "Wow, this team is quick and athletic."

Then, they would glance at the roster and think, "Wow, this team is not only that, but they're incredibly young as well. Their ceiling might be sky-high."

Well, Hardin coach Andrew Round Face feels the same way. 

 

The season is early, but Hardin flashed what could earn it success to come on Thursday at the All-American Indian Shootout at Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark. The Bulldogs defeated Class B Poplar 87-49, running all over the court, attacking the basket and knocking down 3's almost tirelessly in a group effort. 

Hardin faced plenty of questions coming into this season for two reasons: their youth and the loss of all-state do-everything star Darnell Lefthand. Lefthand was a two-time all-state selection for the Bulldogs.

"Losing Darnell, it was tough. I was kind of wondering how we would respond," Round Face said after the game. "He had really big shoes to fill. Most of these guys played together over the summer and we did pretty good. I was kind of excited to see what it would turn into once we actually got a chance to get everyone in the gym and work with everybody.

"To get in there and get everything rolling and then seeing everybody excited to take it as a challenge to try to replace Darnell. He does things nobody else can do and I'm not asking these guys to be exactly like Darnell because you can't do that. But we have a really surprising and good sophomore class and they're really fun to watch."

On Thursday, Hardin started three sophomores, including Darnell's younger brother, Famous. Famous Lefthand started for the Bulldogs as a freshman, but was running the show at will from the guard position against Poplar. Fellow sophomores Cayden Redfield and Trae Hugs joined Lefthand in the starting lineup, as well as seniors David Evans and Codi Small. 

"He's been in the weight room a lot and he's really been eating a lot better now and taking care of himself," Round Face said about Lefthand. "These other boys are starting to follow him now because they've seen what his results are now over a summer. He's toned up his muscles and he's been working so hard to be better. Now he's getting the full spotlight."

Lefthand finished with 23 points, attacking with ease and using an improved and smooth jumper to knock down shots. Hugs added 17 and Evans scored 12. Evans and Lefthand are the team's returning starters from a year ago, a team that competed in the Class A state tournament. Evans was second-team all-conference last year as Hardin's bruiser down low with post scoring and cleaning up the glass. Evans flew under the radar of many last year, but like Darnell Lefthand, was consistently a double-double guy for the Bulldogs. 

"Darnell had everything last year and David just kind of fed off of him," Round Face said. "Now it's his responsibility to take care of the paint for us. He's learning and has really stepped up as a vocal leader for us. He's just one of those people that wants to talk to everybody. He's coming in and taking care of business."

 

Redfield, who scored eight points, was primed to get more minutes last year as a freshman, but a freak injury at the Central/Eastern A Divisional basketball tournament resulting in a broken arm halted that postseason plan. Round Face said Redfield has returned completely healthy, and the lefty looked smooth on Thursday.

"He can open up everything for us," Round Face said. "He can drive it. He has the ability to get up and dunk it and he still has the outside shot. He has so many dimensions to his game."

And for the group as a whole, they couldn't earn enough praise from their third-year head coach. 

"They follow everything that I say and that's one thing I think Darnell instilled in everybody before he left was we're going to have to do it our way," Round Face said. "It's been crazy. It was really surprising to me as well when I started getting into practice and started working on everything. You lose Darnell and a couple other seniors and that was our main focus of our team last year and now I have eight guys that I can throw in there at different points of the game. It's kind of funny. I don't know where it came from." 

And if everything gels together, watch out for the Hardin Bulldogs not just for this year, but the foreseeable future.

"I'm really excited to see what we could do and where we're going to fit in at," Round Face said. "I think we kind of got written off because we lost Darnell and Darnell was our main person ... So we kind of got written off but I'm kind of glad we did. That gives us more motivation to surprise everybody."

Coach Round Face prepares Hardin young team for boys’ basketball season

Andrew Round Face, head coach for the Hardin Bulldog boys’ basketball team, is excited for their upcoming season. With the majority of his team standing over 6-foot-1 – and with eight returning players from last year’s team, including two starters – he thinks they’re off to a good start.
 
The team began the year with more than 78 potential players out, so he was forced to cut some – the current team stands at 34 players.
 
“It’s really tough [to choose]” he said. “It’s the part of the job I hate the most…everybody wants to play and be part of a winning program.”
 
Due to a loss of players from last year, Round Face’s current team consists largely of sophomores but, according to Round Face, he isn’t worried. A younger team, he said, allows the Bulldogs more time to grow.
 
Round Face said the main thing he wants is for his team to fit together. He believes this cohesion has been helped because the team have been playing and practicing together in basketball camps all summer. These excursions included tournaments branching as far away as North Dakota.
 
“Most of the varsity players are the ones that came in this summer and work on their own game. They work on their shooting, their dribbling, everything,” he said as his players ran drills nearby.
 
For his final point, Round Face wanted to stress how important not just grades were to the team, but also school attendance. He said his main goal is to get the players moved on from the school to college, whether it be a four year or a two year program.
 
“I want them to see there is a bigger world outside of Hardin,” he said, “I’d rather have all the kids in there playing all the time instead of having them sit at home not able to play because of grades.”

 

FERGUS LOOKING FOR SUCCESSFUL RUN INTO MARCH

By: 
Doreen Heintz
Lewistown News Sports Editor

The year 2018 could be the year for the Golden Eagle boys’ basketball team. After completing a winning season in 2017, Coach Scott Sparks is very optimistic about this year’s 2018 team.
Sparks, who is in his 16th year as a head basketball coach,  has four seniors on a team that came within two points of making it to the Class A State Tournament last season. The four seniors are Andrew Lalum, Noah Agostinelli, Landon Henderson and Cody Henderson. Add to the team four juniors who saw extensive playing time on the varsity last year and the recipe could be a very strong Golden Eagle team. The four juniors include all-conference performers Jaden Graham and Tanner Trafton, along with Wes Jameson and Jake Clinton.
“We have good size on the wings and three strong senior guards to run the offense,” said Sparks. “If we can stay healthy, I think this team has a chance to be really good and make a deep run in March.
“With the Central A conference down to only four teams, it feels like I’m back in the last year of the old 7C,” added Sparks. “We will only play six conference games all season long, so each one is extremely important.”
According to Sparks, Park (Livingston) returns a pile of talent and should be strong. Sparks said Belgrade’s Dawson Fowler is one of the best players in the league, but the Panthers did graduate a ton of talent. Sparks looks for Havre to be down this year, but they will continue to be competitive, even so. 
Because the Golden Eagles have only six conference games, they will be playing a number of teams from the Eastern A Conference, including Dawson County (Glendive), Sidney, Billings Central and Custer County. Fergus will again be competing in what is now known as the Eastern A Division come tournament time. The four teams in the Central Conference, along with the six teams from the East, will compete at the Eastern A Divisional Tournament in Billings in February. The top four boys’ teams from the divisional tournament will advance to the Class A State Tournament in Bozeman.
The Fergus boys’ team opens its season on the road this year. On Friday, Dec. 8, the Eagles will play Dawson County in Glendive. On the following day, Saturday, Dec. 9, the team will play in Sidney.
The boys’ home opener is Saturday, Dec. 16, against Huntley Project.
Sparks’ assistant coaches are Derek Lear, Orin Johnson, Jimmy Graham and Kyle Trafton. 

CENTRAL A

Belgrade Panthers

 

Head coach: Mike Deming

2016-17 record: 18-7

Starters returning: Dawson Fowler, All-State and First Team All Conference

Other key players: NA

Coach says: "Dawson Fowler is one of the best players in Montana and this will be his fourth year playing varsity basketball. We lost four senior starters from last year's successful team who played a majority of the minutes in each game. We will be using the early games to determine chemistry and what our identity will be. The current team is unproven and lack varsity experience. They are very coachable, competitive, athletic, and are working extremely hard."

Etc: Belgrade won the Central A regular-season title and lost in the fourth-place game to Polson in the Class A state tournament. ... Deming is 103-75 in eighth seasons with Belgrade.

Lewistown Golden Eagles 

Head coach: Scott Sparks

2016-17 record: 12-9

Starters returning: Jaden Graham, Jr; Tanner Trafton, Jr; Andrew Lalum, Sr.

Other key players: Noah Agostinelli, Sr; Landon Henderson, Sr; Jake Clinton Jr; Wes Jameson, Jr; Cody Henderson,Sr. 

Coach says: "For strengths we have great size and athleticism. We have strong senior guards. We are returning 8 players with a ton of varsity experience. Our weaknesses are that we are not very physical. I think we have two of the best juniors in the state in Jaden Graham and Tanner Trafton. Both had a great summer with Idaho Select, and have worked hard this off-season to get better. We have 8 kids that can really play and depth at all spots."

Etc: Graham was a All-State selection last season as well as being first team All-Conference....Trafton was a All-Conference selection....Lalum is a three year starter.

NORTHWEST A

Browning Indians 

Head coach: Dan Connelly 

2016-17 record: 10-10

Starters returning: Brandon Aims Back, Tyree Whitcomb

Other key players: Ames Gilham,Sr; Nano Stiffarm, Sr; Tyree Whitcomb, Jr. Ethan Running Crane, Jr. 

Coach says: "We have a strong foundation to build around having two returning front court starters (Brandon Aims Back Sr., 11.2 ppg, 8.2 rpg & Tyree Whitcomb Jr. 10.5 ppg, 6.9 rpg). We have talent throughout the program and a core group that is dedicated, determined, and focused. Browning has a strong boys basketball tradition and we are excited about continuing that trend this upcoming season. We look forward to being part of what will be a very competitive conference (Northwest A) and are working hard to become a top team in the State as well." 

Etc: Brandon Aims was a 1st team all-conference selection, Nano Stiffarm is a transfer from Billings Senior....

SOUTHWEST A

Dillon Beavers

Head Coach: Terry Thomas 

2016-17 record: 24-0

Starters returning: Michael Haverfield, Jr; 

Other key players: Andrew Lemieux, Sr; Clay Allison, Sr; Coby King, Sr; Jake Ferris, Sr. 

Coach says: "Good overall team quickness, athleticism, and ability to run the floor on both ends."

Etc: The Beavers were state champions last year going undefeated..... This is Coach Thomas's 13th year as head coach.....Michael Haverfield was 2nd team All-Conference last season. 

EASTERN A

Billings Central Rams

Head coach: Jim Stergar

2016-17 record: 17-8

Starters returning: Chrishon Dixon, Jr, PG, returning all-state

Other key players: Isaac Meyer, Sr; Jae Hugs, Sr; Sam Gray, Jr; Joe Byorth, Jr

Coach says: “We lost six seniors and leadership. We’ll be young and a team in progress looking to peak and be healthy at the right time again this year.”

Etc. This is Stergar's 6th season at Billings Central and 20th overall as a head high school basketball coach in Montana. In that time, Stergar has compiled a 258-170 record as a head coach ... The Rams have played in back-to-back state championship games, finishing second both times, and have been runners-up three out of the last five seasons.

 

Glendive Red Devils

Head coach: Wade Murphy

2016-17 record: 4-15

Starters returning: Stephen Steinbron, Honorable Mention All Conference; Robby Keiser

Other key players: Lane Walker, Jonny Egan, Logan Boner, David Skerritt, Logan Boner

Coach says: "We are fairly inexperienced, but have some kids who work hard and are fun to coach."

Etc: F. 

Hardin Buldogs

Head coach: Andrew Round Face

2016-17 record: 16-9

Key Players: David Evans, Sr, PF/C, Famous Lefthand, So, G/SG; Codi Small, Sr, G; Konnolly Shane, Sr, C; Malik Toure, Sr, C; Andrew House, Jr, F.

Coach says: "Our team strength will be our size and quickness. They work so hard and all understand what it's going to take to get back up to the top again." 

Etc: David Evans was 2nd team All-Conference last season....Cayden Redfield is coming back after suffering an unreal accident last season during the divisional tournament that kept him from showing his talent.

Miles City Cowboys

Head coach: Houston Finn

2016-17 record: 6-16

Starters returning: Gabe Gundlach, Sr, Kaden Stradley, Jr, Steven Ray, Jr. 

Other key players: Clay Prell, Jr, Cameron Muri, Jr. 

Coach says: "We will be young but our guys work hard and should improve greatly throughout the season. Our group of juniors saw a good amount of varsity time last year and understand what it takes to compete in the Eastern A." 

Etc: This is coach Finn's 7th year as head coach. 

 


2017-18 'A' BOYS BASKETBALL ROSTERS

December 15, 2017

 

NW 'A'

BROWNING RUNNIN INDIANS

Brandon Aims Back
Justin Burd
Peytan Crawford
Taylan Edwards
James Gilham
Derek Loring
Dylan Loring
Deion Mad Plume
Ethan Running Crane
Derek Sharp
C.J. Smith
CJ Smith
Nano Stiffarm
Tyree Whitcomb

.

COLUMBIA FALLS WILDCATS

    V/JV        
  Number First Name Last Name Year P Height
V/JV 10 Austin Green 12 G 5'11"
  11 Tucker Salmonsen 12 G 5'11"
  12 Drew Morgan 11 G 6'0"
  13 Lowell Panasuk 12 G 5'10"
  14 Jack Price 10 G 5'8"
  15 Billy Barrett 12 G 5'8"
  21 Quintin Schriver 12 G/F 6'1"
  22 William Dyon 10 G 6'0"
  23 Dillon Wanner 11 G 5'11"
  24 Logan Bechtel 11 G 5'8"
  25 Daniel Henjum 10 G 5'11"
  30 Zack Pletcher 11 F 6'3"
  31 Matthew Morrison 12 F 6'6"
  32 Mikey Tamburelli 10 G 5'11"
  34 Jakob Beich 11 F 6'4"
  35 Sam Hovde 11 F 6'3"
  40 Jake Bulawsky 10 F 6'1"
  41 Brad Nieves 10 G/F 6'0"
             
Csquad 10 Trenton Hayes 9 G 5'10"
  11 Jacob Thramer 9 G 5'4"
  12 Jace Vandevanter 9 G 5'6"
  14 Colter Casazza 9 G 5'9"
  24 James Role 9 G 5'11"
  25 Aaron Trueblood 9 F 6'2"
  30 Tyler Hull 9 F 5'11"
  31 Tyler Langton 10 G/F 5'11"
  32 Brad Nieves 10 G/F 6'0"
  34 Cooper Babcock 9 F 6'0"
  35 Mikey Tamburelli 10 G 5'11"
  40 Jake Bulawsky 10 F 6'1"
Head Coach: Chris Finberg
Asst. Coaches: Brandon Rice, Mike Dyon, Chad Green
Mgrs. Ashley Dierenfield, Haylee Johnson
Superintendent: Steve Bradshaw, Principal: Scott Gaiser
Assistant Principal: John Thompson AD: Troy Bowman
Athletic Trainer: Troy Bowman Cheer Advisors: Marissa Church, Kylie Rocker
Varsity members: Maddy Birdsell, Genevieve Devitt, Travis Greene, Chynna Graham, Kendra Courtney, Kaitlin Creekmore, Emily West
Alex Peters, Megan Nutzman, Jersey Larson(cheerleader in training), Holly Bennett, Emma Gonzalez-Walker, Kelly Vigil,
JV members: Madison Simpson-Wood, April West, Emily Berry, Abbey Underdahl, Noah Kilman, Abigail Jesmore

.
.LIBBY LOGGERS

Varsity
Name Number Height Year Position
Brian Peck 4 5-11 12 G
JJ Davis 10 5-10 11 G
Ryan Christensen 12 5-10 11 G
Chandler Bower 14 5-10 10 G
Ryan Goodman 20 5-11 10 G
Ryggs Johnston 23 6-3 11 G
Jay Beagle 24 5-10 9 G
Logan Christensen 32 6-0 12 F
Austin Swartzenberger 34 6-2 11 F
Nik Jones 40 6-1 12 P
Keith Johnson 42 6-2 10 F
Kevin Barnes 44 6-3 11 P
Tim Goodman 50 6-1 11 P
Junior Varsity
  Number Height Year Position
Alex Svendsbye 10 5-5 10 G
Ryan Christensen 12 5-10 10 G
Chandler Bower 14 5-10 10 G
Ryan Goodman 20 5-11 10 G
Jay Beagle 24 5-10 9 G
Daniel Shih 30 5-6 11 G
Austin Swartzenberger 34 6-2 11 F
Cayman Lee 40 6-1 10 F/P
Keith Johnson 42 6-2 10 F
Kevin Barnes 44 6-3 11 P
Tim Goodman 50 6-1 11 P
Froshmore
Name Number Height Year Position
Alex Svendsbye 10 5-5 10 G
Ryker McElmurry 12 5-7 9 G
Colton Halvorson 14 5-9 9 G
Drew Ginther 20 5-7 9 G
Daniel Shih 30 5-6 11 G
Bailey Nelson 32 5-9 9 G
Mike Hollingsworth 34 5-11 9 F
Cayman Lee 40 6-1 10 F/C
Keilen Rausch 42 6-0 9 F
Ian Wood 44 5-10 9 F/C
David Patterson 50 6-1 9 F/C
Head Coach: Josh Bean Managers: Laurynn Lauer
JV Coach: Nik Rewerts   Zach Carter
Frosh Coach: Pete Jacobson    
       
Principal: Ruth Van Worth-Rogers    
Asst. Principal/Activities Director Jim Germany    
Activities Coordinator: Nik Rewerts    
       
Cheerleading Advisor: Jen McElmurry    

.

POLSON PIRATES

NO. PLAYER NAME YR. HT. POS.
4 Parker Toth 11 6-00 F
12 Asa Askan 12 6-01 G
14 Robin Erickson 11 6-00 G
20 Keyan Dalbey 11 5-10 G
22 Ryker Wenderoth 10 5-09 G
24 Bo Kelley 10 5-10 G
30 Connor Lanier 11 6-02 G/F
32 Shade Main 12 6-03 F/P
34 Trevor Schultz 10 6-00 F
40 Sam Schultz 12 6-00 F
42 Weston Danley 12 6-03 F/P
44 Micah Askan 11 6-01 F/P

Head Coach: Randy Kelley 
Asst. Coaches: Brad Fisher, John Kelley

Managers: Adeline Day, Devin day, Daniel Pepion

Cheerleaders: Hope Unger, Elizabeth Violett, Payton Dupuis, Lexi Biederman, Reagan McDermott, Bentley Stinger, Taylor Bloomfield, Ashley Harp, Emmy Wall-Wilbert, Narya Sharma

Cheerleader Coaches: Amanda Clement, Alysha Valentine

Athletic Trainer: Katie Owe

.

RONAN CHIEFS

JV/Varsity

No.

Name

Yr.

Ht.

Pos.

2

Terrell Stump

Jr.

5-9

G

3

Randy Finley

Jr.

5-10

G/F

4

Ezekiel Misa

Sr.

6-0

G

5

Bryant Hales

Sr.

5-9

G

11

Nathan Dennis

Sr.

5-7

G

12

Levi Trahan

Jr.

5-7

G

13

Vincent Bird-Webster

Sr.

5-10

F

14

Elijah Durheim

So.

5-6

G

15

Aidan Birdinground

Jr.

6-1

F

20

Zarec Couture

Fr.

6-1

F

22

Perry Panzetanga

Sr.

5-9

G

23

Matt Victor, Jr.

So.

6-0

F

24

Dallas Durheim

Jr.

5-10

F

30

Trey Don’t Mix

So.

6-3

F

35

Jacob Gatch

So.

6-1

F

40

Kuba Detwiler

So.

5-10

F

50

Anthony Camel

Jr.

6-4

F

55

Logan Morigeau

Jr.

6-4

F

 

C-Squad

No.

Name

Yr.

Ht.

Pos.

3

Rope Ardis

So.

 

G

5

Nehemiah Long

So.

 

G

10

Daniel Kelsch

Fr.

 

G/F

11

Jayden Rodda

Fr.

 

G

12

Garrett Anderson

So.

 

G

13

Michael Brown

Fr.

 

G

14

Girma Detwiler

Fr.

 

G/F

15

Leonard Burke

Fr.

 

G

21

Saul Blackweasel

So.

 

G/F

22

Dylan Davis

Fr.

 

F

23

Wendall Nicolai

Fr.

 

G

24

San Tomma

So.

 

G

25

Franklin Zepeda

Fr.

 

G/F

Head Coach: Mitchell Wassam
Assistants: Zack Rowan, Rod Harris, and Seth Mason
Superintendent: Mark Johnston
Principal: Kevin Kenelty

Vice Principal: Frank Jobe

Athletic Director: Lucky Larson

.

WHITEFISH BULLDOGS

Mark Anderson
Dillon Botner
Justin Conklin
Danny Davis
Noah Fauth
Ryan Kemm
Alex Keuylian
Caleb Meehan
Sam Menicke
Brendyn Peacock
Jack Schwaiger
Lee Walburn

.

SW 'A' 

BUTTE CENTRAL MAROONS

Patrick Dolan
Braden Harrington
Luke Heaphy
Cade Holter
Dan McCloskey
Trevor Neumann
Aaron Richards
Dylan Sestrich
Matt Simkins
Cutter Thatcher
Ryan Wahl
Gator Yelenich

.

CORVALLIS BLUE DEVILS

Ridge Albright
Jace Barcus
Garrett Brown
Caeson Jessop
Kobe Jessop
Ryal Jessop
Zach Jessop
Jeff Stoker
Caleb Warnken
Ryan Wiggins

.

DILLON BEAVERS

C ALLISON
B ANDERSON
D CERVELLI
J FERRIS
J FITZGERALD
m HAVERFIELD
C KING
W KORPI
a lemieux
A PETERSON
B RAKICH
L STUDEMAN
T WALKER

.

FRENCHTOWN BRONCS

Cade Baker
Zack Baker
Adam Botkin
Jared Cole
Ty Hoppie
Ethan Pyron
Brock Rugg
Hank Rugg

.

HAMILTON BRONCS

No automatic alt text available.

.

STEVENSVILLE YELLOWJACKETS

Kaleb Behner
Dalton Bragg
Jacopo Carletto
Sean Craft
Alex Gavlak
Jaren Gum
Colby Meeds
Logan Roth
Riley Rust
Devlin Sherman
Ivan Yazvak

.

CENTRAL 'A'

BELGRADE PANTHERS

.

HAVRE BLUE PONIES

Ivar Aageson
Thomas Brown
Austin DeLaRosa
Jacob Irvin
Austin Jones
Trey Murphy
Tanner Parsons
Tysen Sangrey
Lazarus Windy Boy

.

FERGUS GOLDEN EAGLES

Jake Clinton
Jaden Graham
Cody Henderson
Landon Henderson
Wes Jameson
Nate Kindzerski
Andrew Lalum
Logan McQuinn
Mitchell Norslien
Jayce Phillips
Tanner Trafton

.

PARK RANGERS

Rydell Floyd
Brendon Johnson
Matt Netley
Austin Parker
Brock Peterson
Danner Purkett
Jakim Ricketts
Morgan Rosberg
John Waddell

.

EASTERN 'A' 

BILLINGS CENTRAL RAMS

VARSITY        
Name Number Position Year Height
Sterling Hofer 2 G 11 5'9"
Chrishon Dixon 3 G 11 5'11"
Charlie Parkan 4 G/F 10 6'1"
Mason Yochum 5 G/F 10 6'1"
Braden Molvig 10 G 11 5'10"
Liam Clancy 11 G 12 5'9"
Seth Sasich 13 G 11 6'1"
Johnny Day 21 G 10 5'7"
Cade Herriford 22 G/F 11 6'2"
Tyler Gray 23 G/F 11 6'0"
Isaac Meyer 24 G 12 6'0"
Alex Balkenbush 25 F 10 6'1"
Jae Hugs 32 F 12 6'4"
Sam Gray 33 F 11 6'6"
Joe Byorth 44 F 11 6'2"
JUNIOR VARSITY        
Sterling Hofer 2 G 11 5'9"
Johnny Day 3 G 10 5'7"
Charlie Parkan 4 G/F 10 6'1"
Mason Yochum 5 G/F 10 6'1"
Braden Molvig 10 G 10 5'10"
Seth Sasich 13 G 11 6'1"
Cade Herriford 22 G/F 11 6'2"
Tyler Gray 23 G/F 11 6'0"
Alex Balkenbush 32 F 10 6'1"
FRESHMAN        
Kyle Brilz 1 G/F 9 6'0"
Regan LaFontaine 11 F 9 6'0"
Sam Dull 12 G 9 5'9"
Thomas Jackson 14 G 9 5'9"
Logan Hill 15 G 9 5'11"
Nick Pasquarello 21 G/F 9 6'0"
Marcus Wittman 24 G 9 5'9"
Brady Winchell 30 G/F 9 6'0"
Nate Sasich 31 G 9 5'11"
Ben Schaak 33 G 9 5'9"
Malachi Stewart 34 G/F 9 5'10"
Derek Damjanovich 40 F 9 6'0"
Jaqwan Brackenridge 42 G/F 9 5'10"

Coaches: Jim Stergar, Connor Cunningham, Danny Desin, Joe Keller

Managers: Nolan Bartholomew, Sean Harrington, Cleveland Leider

Principal: Shel Hanser

Assistant Principal: Jim Hawbaker

Activities Director: Richy Powell

Physician: Dr. Jim Elliott

Trainer: Cody Osborne

Superintendent: Dr. Tim Uhl

President: Shaun Harrington

School Colors: Green/White

Website: billingscatholicschools.org

Facebook: Billings Catholic Schools Twitter: @wearebc1

 

Cheer Team: MaKay Loran, Roni Hecker, Allie Sandoval, Bethany Power,

Camille Ball, Ainsley Button, Emilee Scherr, Claire Frohlick, Brianna

Maxwell, Frankie Sindelar, Jacob Love, Dylan Bergsing, Ethan Melder,

Clay Nelson

Head Coach: Teah Watson-Doerr Asst. Coach: Kaitlin Overton

 

Pep Band: Gunnar Burk, Aaron Foster, Sean Harrington, Brett Hilton,

Natalie Jennings, Cleveland Leider, Logan Miller, Hailey Petermann,

Meghan Schneider, Philip Snyder, John Twichel, Sabrina Bennett, Alexandra

Bryant, Ainsley Button, Matthew Charles, Johnny Day, Eli Derrig, Faith

Erramouspe, Zoe Friez, Claire Frohlich, Bradley Irwin, Marian Kale, Jacey

Mitchell, Jacob Molloy, Joe Penwell, Andrew Powell, Hope Williams, Mason

Yochum, Sabrina Charney, Grace Mulholland, Sierra Schuster, Alex Wood,

Ethan Melder, Logan Tracy

Band Director: Codie Wahrman Assistant Director: Branden Martinez

 

Enrollment: 324

 

Accredited By:

Montana Office of Public Instruction

AdvancED 

Western Catholic Education Association 

.

GLENDIVE RED DEVILS

Logan Boner
Jonathan Egan
Kade Hellman
Jayden Holley
Robert Keiser II
Logan Phipps
David Skerritee
Stephen Steinbron
Lane Walker

.

HARDIN BULLDOGS

.

LAUREL LOCOMOTIVES

T Soucy

C Hill

D Filpula-Ankney

B Wagner

N Gunther

G Leichner

D Harper

P O'neal

C Spencer

L Taylor

.

MILES CITY COWBOYS

.

SIDNEY EAGLES

Varsity/JV

Number

Name

Year

Height

1

Alec Lovegren

12

5’9

2

Cooper McGlothlin

10

6’0

3

Carter Johnson

10

6’0

4

Boston Peters

9

5’8

5

Aaron Entz

11

6’0

10

Trev Stewart

11

5’11

12

Ryan Howell

11

6’0

13

Alex Lee

11

6’2

14

Kelton LeFors

11

5’7

15

Trenton Lambert

12

6’0

20

Dillon Scheetz

10

6’1

21

Trey Fischer

10

5’10

22

Max Peters

12

6’2

23

Ian Jurgens

9

6’1

24

Sean Montgomery

11

6’1

32

Connor Larson

12

6’3

35

Bridger Larson

11

6’6

C Squad

10

Boston Peters

9

5’8

12

Braden Klinke

9

5’9

15

Logan Jones

9

5’8

21

Steve Christensen

9

6’1

24

Kasten LeRoy

9

5’11

32

Riley Jackson

9

5’11

32

Jackson Thogeresn

9

5’7

33

Hudson Severson

9

6’1

34

Slade Cutler

9

5’10

35

Jed Fox

10

6’2

44

Tucker Swigart

9

5’11

Coaches: Mr. Dan Strasheim, Mr. Ben Berg, Mr. Craig Beiswanger, Mr. Chris Merica,

               Mr. Marcus Mayer, Mr. Colin Moran

Managers: Nick Edwards, Torey Dahl, Morgan Folstad, Tierney Messmer

Superintendent:  Mr. Monte Silk     Principal:  Mr. Brent Sukut      Asst. Principal:  Miss Loretta Thiel

Athletic Director: Mr. Chris Merica     Pep Band Director: Ms. Kilee Sundt

Drill /Cheer Team Coach: Mrs. Katie Dasinger   Assistant Coach: Mrs. Brooke Papka

Drill /Cheer Team: Cammy Heck, Hailey Christensen, Bryanna Brakefield, Trinity Diaz,

    Ashlee Lefors, Cheyenne Christian, Jessica Romo, Lilianna Johnson, Hailee Ivory

 

School Song:        “On Wisconsin”                 Mascot: Eagle                       Enrollment:  391

.

 


2017-18 'A' BOYS BASKETBALL SCHEDULES

 

NW 'A'

BROWNING RUNNIN INDIANS

OpponentDateSite  
Frenchtown 12/08/2017 Neutral
Hamilton 12/09/2017 Neutral
Ronan 12/15/2017 Away
Whitefish 12/16/2017 Away
Shelby 12/19/2017 Home
Polson 12/22/2017 Away
Cut Bank 01/05/2018 Home
Libby 01/06/2018 Away
Havre 01/12/2018 Away
Whitefish 01/13/2018 Home
Columbia Falls 01/18/2018 Home
Ronan 01/20/2018 Home
Shelby 01/26/2018 Away
Libby 01/27/2018 Home
Cut Bank 02/02/2018 Away
Polson 02/03/2018 Home
Havre 02/09/2018 Home
Columbia Falls 02/10/2018 Away

 

COLUMBIA FALLS WILDCATS

OpponentDateSite  
Dillon 12/08/2017 Neutral
Frenchtown 12/09/2017 Neutral
Kalispell Glacier 12/12/2017 Away
Stevensville 12/14/2017 Away
Kalispell Flathead 12/16/2017 Home
Big Fork 12/21/2017 Away
Ronan 12/22/2017 Home
Libby 01/05/2018 Away
Polson 01/06/2018 Home
Whitefish 01/11/2018 Home
Browning 01/18/2018 Away
Hamilton 01/20/2018 Home
Corvallis 01/25/2018 Away
Ronan 01/27/2018 Away
Polson 01/28/2018 Away
Libby 02/01/2018 Home
Whitefish 02/08/2018 Away
Browning 02/10/2018 Home

 

LIBBY LOGGERS

OpponentDateSite  
Thompson Falls 12/02/2017 Home
Hamilton 12/08/2017 Neutral
Stevensville 12/09/2017 Neutral
Ronan 12/16/2017 Away
Troy 12/19/2017 Away
Whitefish 12/21/2017 Away
Columbia Falls 01/05/2018 Home
Browning 01/06/2018 Home
Eureka 01/09/2018 Home
Polson 01/13/2018 Home
Ronan 01/18/2018 Home
Whitefish 01/19/2018 Home
Troy 01/25/2018 Home
Browning 01/27/2018 Away
Columbia Falls 02/01/2018 Away
Frenchtown 02/03/2018 Home
Eureka 02/06/2018 Away
Polson 02/10/2018 Away

 

POLSON PIRATES

OpponentDateSite  
Stevensville 12/02/2017 Away
Corvallis 12/08/2017 Neutral
Butte Central 12/09/2017 Neutral
Whitefish 12/15/2017 Home
Hamilton 12/16/2017 Home
Frenchtown 12/21/2017 Home
Browning 12/22/2017 Home
Ronan 01/05/2018 Home
Columbia Falls 01/06/2018 Away
Libby 01/13/2018 Away
Kalispell Glacier 01/18/2018 Home
Whitefish 01/20/2018 Away
Hamilton 01/23/2018 Away
Ronan 01/26/2018 Away
Columbia Falls 01/30/2018 Home
Browning 02/03/2018 Away
Big Fork 02/08/2018 Away
Libby 02/10/2018 Home

 

RONAN CHIEFS

OpponentDateSite  
Stevensville 12/08/2017 Neutral
Corvallis 12/09/2017 Neutral
Browning 12/15/2017 Home
Libby 12/16/2017 Home
Hamilton 12/19/2017 Home
Columbia Falls 12/22/2017 Away
Whitefish 01/02/2018 Away
Polson 01/05/2018 Away
Missoula Sentinel 01/09/2018 Home
Frenchtown 01/12/2018 Home
Condon 01/13/2018 Home
Libby 01/18/2018 Away
Browning 01/20/2018 Away
Polson 01/26/2018 Home
Columbia Falls 01/27/2018 Home
Whitefish 01/30/2018 Home
Big Fork 02/01/2018 Away
Frenchtown 02/09/2018 Away

 

WHITEFISH BULLDOGS

OpponentDateSite  
Eureka 12/05/2017 Home
Butte Central 12/08/2017 Neutral
Dillon 12/09/2017 Neutral
Polson 12/15/2017 Away
Browning 12/16/2017 Home
Frenchtown 12/19/2017 Away
Libby 12/21/2017 Home
Ronan 01/02/2018 Home
Kalispell Flathead 01/04/2018 Away
Hamilton 01/06/2018 Away
Columbia Falls 01/11/2018 Away
Browning 01/13/2018 Away
Libby 01/19/2018 Away
Polson 01/20/2018 Home
Stevensville 01/25/2018 Home
Ronan 01/30/2018 Away
Corvallis 02/02/2018 Home
Columbia Falls 02/08/2018 Home

 

SW 'A' 

BUTTE CENTRAL MAROONS

OpponentDateSite  
Whitefish 12/08/2017 Neutral
Polson 12/09/2017 Neutral
Frenchtown 12/15/2017 Home
Stevensville 12/16/2017 Home
Belgrade 12/19/2017 Home
Hamilton 12/22/2017 Away
Dillon 01/04/2018 Away
Livingston 01/06/2018 Home
Butte High 01/11/2018 Neutral
Corvallis 01/13/2018 Home
Frenchtown 01/19/2018 Away
Stevensville 01/20/2018 Away
Belgrade 01/23/2018 Away
Hamilton 01/27/2018 Home
Dillon 02/02/2018 Home
Livingston 02/03/2018 Away
Anaconda 02/08/2018 Away
Corvallis 02/10/2018 Away

 

CORVALLIS BLUE DEVILS

OpponentDateSite  
Missoula Loyola 12/05/2017 Away
Polson 12/08/2017 Neutral
Ronan 12/09/2017 Neutral
Hamilton 12/14/2017 Away
Stevensville 12/18/2017 Away
Dillon 12/20/2017 Home
Anaconda 01/05/2018 Home
Frenchtown 01/06/2018 Home
Florence 01/12/2018 Home
Butte Central 01/13/2018 Away
Hamilton 01/18/2018 Home
Dillon 01/19/2018 Away
Columbia Falls 01/25/2018 Home
Frenchtown 01/27/2018 Away
Stevensville 02/01/2018 Home
Whitefish 02/02/2018 Away
Florence 02/08/2018 Away
Butte Central 02/10/2018 Home

 

DILLON BEAVERS

OpponentDateSite  
Columbia Falls 12/08/2017 Neutral
Whitefish 12/09/2017 Neutral
Belgrade 12/14/2017 Home
Frenchtown 12/16/2017 Away
Corvallis 12/20/2017 Away
Livingston 12/21/2017 Away
Butte Central 01/04/2018 Home
Stevensville 01/06/2018 Home
Belgrade 01/11/2018 Away
Hamilton 01/13/2018 Away
Corvallis 01/19/2018 Home
Helena Capital 01/20/2018 Home
Frenchtown 01/25/2018 Home
Livingston 01/27/2018 Home
Butte Central 02/02/2018 Away
Stevensville 02/03/2018 Away
Butte High 02/08/2018 Home
Hamilton 02/10/2018 Home

 

FRENCHTOWN BRONCS

OpponentDateSite  
Browning 12/08/2017 Neutral
Columbia Falls 12/09/2017 Neutral
Butte Central 12/15/2017 Away
Dillon 12/16/2017 Home
Whitefish 12/19/2017 Home
Polson 12/21/2017 Away
Hamilton 01/04/2018 Away
Corvallis 01/06/2018 Away
Missoula Hellgate 01/09/2018 Home
Ronan 01/12/2018 Away
Stevensville 01/16/2018 Home
Butte Central 01/19/2018 Home
Dillon 01/25/2018 Away
Corvallis 01/27/2018 Home
Hamilton 02/01/2018 Home
Libby 02/03/2018 Away
Ronan 02/09/2018 Home
Stevensville 02/10/2018 Away

 

HAMILTON BRONCS

OpponentDateSite  
Missoula Big Sky 12/02/2017 Home
Libby 12/08/2017 Neutral
Browning 12/09/2017 Neutral
Corvallis 12/14/2017 Home
Polson 12/16/2017 Away
Ronan 12/19/2017 Away
Butte Central 12/22/2017 Home
Frenchtown 01/04/2018 Home
Whitefish 01/06/2018 Home
Stevensville 01/11/2018 Away
Dillon 01/13/2018 Home
Corvallis 01/18/2018 Away
Columbia Falls 01/20/2018 Away
Polson 01/23/2018 Home
Butte Central 01/27/2018 Away
Frenchtown 02/01/2018 Away
Stevensville 02/06/2018 Home
Dillon 02/10/2018 Away

 

STEVENSVILLE YELLOWJACKETS

OpponentDateSite  
Missoula Sentinel 12/01/2017 Away
Polson 12/02/2017 Home
Ronan 12/08/2017 Neutral
Libby 12/09/2017 Neutral
Columbia Falls 12/14/2017 Home
Butte Central 12/16/2017 Away
Corvallis 12/18/2017 Home
Florence 01/04/2018 Home
Dillon 01/06/2018 Away
Hamilton 01/11/2018 Home
Frenchtown 01/16/2018 Away
Butte Central 01/20/2018 Home
Florence 01/23/2018 Away
Whitefish 01/25/2018 Away
Corvallis 02/01/2018 Away
Dillon 02/03/2018 Home
Hamilton 02/06/2018 Away
Frenchtown 02/10/2018 Home

 

CENTRAL 'A'

BELGRADE PANTHERS

OpponentDateSite  
Miles City 12/09/2017 Away
Dillon 12/14/2017 Away
Havre 12/16/2017 Away
Butte Central 12/19/2017 Away
Lewistown 12/21/2017 Away
Livingston 01/05/2018 Home
Helena Capital 01/06/2018 Home
Three Forks 01/09/2018 Home
Dillon 01/11/2018 Home
Manhattan 01/16/2018 Away
Helena High 01/18/2018 Away
Havre 01/20/2018 Home
Butte Central 01/23/2018 Home
Lewistown 01/26/2018 Home
Livingston 02/02/2018 Away
Boulder 02/09/2018 Home
Manhattan 02/10/2018 Home
Hardin 02/16/2018 Away

 

HAVRE BLUE PONIES

OpponentDateSite  
Sidney 12/08/2017 Away
Glendive 12/09/2017 Away
Livingston 12/15/2017 Home
Belgrade 12/16/2017 Home
Malta 12/19/2017 Away
Great Falls High 12/22/2017 Away
Fairfield 01/05/2018 Away
Lewistown 01/06/2018 Home
Rocky Boy 01/11/2018 Home
Browning 01/12/2018 Home
Livingston 01/19/2018 Away
Belgrade 01/20/2018 Away
Great Falls CMR 01/26/2018 Home
Malta 01/27/2018 Home
Fairfield 02/02/2018 Home
Lewistown 02/03/2018 Away
Browning 02/09/2018 Away
Rocky Boy 02/10/2018 Away

 

FERGUS GOLDEN EAGLES

OpponentDateSite  
Glendive 12/08/2017 Away
Sidney 12/09/2017 Away
Billings Central 12/15/2017 Away
Huntley Project 12/16/2017 Home
Belgrade 12/21/2017 Home
Miles City 12/22/2017 Away
Conrad 01/05/2018 Home
Havre 01/06/2018 Away
Fairfield 01/12/2018 Home
Livingston 01/13/2018 Away
Huntley Project 01/20/2018 Away
Belgrade 01/26/2018 Away
Miles City 01/27/2018 Home
Conrad 02/01/2018 Away
Havre 02/03/2018 Home
Fairfield 02/09/2018 Away
Livingston 02/16/2018 Home
Billings Central 02/17/2018 Home

 

PARK RANGERS

OpponentDateSite  
Townsend 12/02/2017 Home
Miles City 12/08/2017 Away
Billings Central 12/09/2017 Away
Havre 12/15/2017 Away
Laurel 12/19/2017 Home
Dillon 12/21/2017 Home
Belgrade 01/05/2018 Away
Butte Central 01/06/2018 Away
Big Timber 01/11/2018 Home
Lewistown 01/13/2018 Home
Havre 01/19/2018 Home
Townsend 01/26/2018 Away
Dillon 01/27/2018 Away
Belgrade 02/01/2018 Home
Butte Central 02/03/2018 Home
Big Timber 02/09/2018 Away
Lewistown 02/16/2018 Away
Hardin 02/17/2018 Home

 

EASTERN 'A' 

BILLINGS CENTRAL RAMS

OpponentDateSite  
Worland WY 12/08/2017 Away
Livingston 12/09/2017 Home
Lewistown 12/15/2017 Home
Billings Skyview 12/19/2017 Away
Billings West 12/21/2017 Home
Miles City 01/05/2018 Away
Hardin 01/06/2018 Home
Glendive 01/12/2018 Away
Sidney 01/13/2018 Away
Laurel 01/20/2018 Away
Billings Skyview 01/26/2018 Home
Billings West 01/27/2018 Away
Miles City 02/02/2018 Home
Hardin 02/03/2018 Away
Glendive 02/09/2018 Home
Sidney 02/10/2018 Home
Laurel 02/15/2018 Home
Lewistown 02/17/2018 Away

 

GLENDIVE RED DEVILS

OpponentDateSite  
Lewistown 12/08/2017 Home
Havre 12/09/2017 Home
Colstrip 12/15/2017 Home
Hardin 12/16/2017 Away
Glasgow 12/19/2017 Away
Sidney 01/04/2018 Away
Wolf Point 01/06/2018 Away
Billings Central 01/12/2018 Home
Laurel 01/13/2018 Home
Colstrip 01/19/2018 Away
Hardin 01/20/2018 Home
Miles City 01/26/2018 Away
Glasgow 01/27/2018 Home
Wolf Point 02/03/2018 Home
Billings Central 02/09/2018 Away
Laurel 02/10/2018 Away
Sidney 02/15/2018 Home
Miles City 02/17/2018 Home

 

HARDIN BULLDOGS

OpponentDateSite  
Native Classic HS1 12/08/2017 Neutral
Native Classic HS2 12/09/2017 Neutral
Miles City 12/15/2017 Away
Glendive 12/16/2017 Home
Laurel 12/21/2017 Away
Sidney 12/22/2017 Home
Shepherd 01/05/2018 Away
Billings Central 01/06/2018 Neutral
Lodge Grass 01/13/2018 Away
Miles City 01/19/2018 Home
Glendive 01/20/2018 Away
Laurel 01/26/2018 Home
Sidney 01/27/2018 Away
Shepherd 02/02/2018 Home
Billings Central 02/03/2018 Neutral
Lodge Grass 02/08/2018 Home
Belgrade 02/16/2018 Home
Livingston 02/17/2018 Away

 

LAUREL LOCOMOTIVES

OpponentDateSite  
Columbus 12/01/2017 Away
Billings Senior 12/02/2017 Home
Star Valley WY 12/14/2017 Neutral
Wyoming HS1 12/15/2017 Neutral
Wyoming HS2 12/16/2017 Neutral
Livingston 12/19/2017 Away
Hardin 12/21/2017 Home
Miles City 01/06/2018 Home
Sidney 01/12/2018 Away
Glendive 01/13/2018 Away
Columbus 01/18/2018 Home
Billings Central 01/20/2018 Home
Hardin 01/26/2018 Away
Billings Senior 01/27/2018 Away
Miles City 02/03/2018 Away
Sidney 02/09/2018 Home
Glendive 02/10/2018 Home
Billings Central 02/15/2018 Away

 

MILES CITY COWBOYS

OpponentDateSite  
Williston ND 12/02/2017 Home
Livingston 12/08/2017 Home
Belgrade 12/09/2017 Home
Hardin 12/15/2017 Home
Sidney 12/16/2017 Away
Lewistown 12/22/2017 Home
Billings Central 01/05/2018 Home
Laurel 01/06/2018 Away
Williston ND 01/11/2018 Away
St. Labre 01/13/2018 Home
Hardin 01/19/2018 Away
Sidney 01/20/2018 Home
Glendive 01/26/2018 Home
Lewistown 01/27/2018 Away
Billings Central 02/02/2018 Away
Laurel 02/03/2018 Home
St. Labre 02/09/2018 Away
Glendive 02/17/2018 Away

 

SIDNEY EAGLES 

OpponentDateSite  
Wolf Point 12/01/2017 Away
Havre 12/08/2017 Home
Lewistown 12/09/2017 Home
Glasgow 12/15/2017 Away
Miles City 12/16/2017 Home
Hardin 12/22/2017 Away
Glendive 01/04/2018 Home
Poplar 01/09/2018 Away
Laurel 01/12/2018 Home
Billings Central 01/13/2018 Home
Glasgow 01/19/2018 Home
Miles City 01/20/2018 Away
Wolf Point 01/26/2018 Home
Hardin 01/27/2018 Home
Poplar 02/01/2018 Home
Laurel 02/09/2018 Away
Billings Central 02/10/2018 Away
Glendive 02/15/2018 Away

 

 


2017-18 'A' BOYS BASKETBALL STATS

November 24, 2017

'A' BOYS STATE TRNY TEAM ANNOUNCED

Haverfield voted MVP of State A boys’ tournament

Haverfield voted MVP of State A boys’ tournament

Dillon's Tanner Haverfield sets up to defend as Billings Central's Chrishon Dixon takes the ball down court Saturday during the Class A State tournament championship game at the Butte Civic Center. (Bill Foley photo)

Dillon star Tanner Haverfield was voted MVP of the Class A State boys’ basketball tournament.

The honor comes after the 6-foot-3 senior scored 26 points to lead the Beavers to 59-45 win over Billings Central in the State A championship game Saturday night at the Butte Civic Center. The win capped a 24-0 season and the second straight title for the Beavers.

Dillon went 46-2 in winning back-to-back state titles.

Haverfield scored 59 points in three games at the state tournament, averaging 19.7 points per game. He is joined on the first team of the All-Tournament team by teammate and fellow senior Troy Anderson.

Billings Central’s Peyton Hanser and Jet Campbell also made the first team along with Belgrade’s Dawson Fowler.

Media members and tournament officials voted on the All-Tournament Team, and the votes were compiled by ButteSports.com.

Butte Central senior Nate McGree earned a spot on the second team. Maroon teammates Sam Johnston, a senior, and Matt Simkins, a freshman, received an honorable mention.

Dillon’s Michael Haverfield, a sophomore, and Jamey Richardson, a senior, also took home an honorable mention.

2017 State A boys’ All-Tournament Team

First Team
Tanner Haverfield, Dillon (MVP)
Troy Anderson, Dillon
Peyton Hanser, Billings Central
Dawson Fowler, Belgrade
Jet Campbell, Billings Central

Second Team
Chrishon Dixon, Billings Central
Tanner Wilson, Polson
Jayden Bautista, Polson
Matthew Rensvold, Polson
Nate McGree, Butte Central
Darnell Left Hand, Hardin

Honorable Mention
Michael Haverfield, Dillon
Sam Johnston, Butte Central
Christian Jones, Laurel
Brock Salsbury, Belgrade
Layne Willis, Laurel
Shay Dantic, Billings Central
Shade Main, Polson
Trey Layman, Belgrade
David Evans, Hardin
Shay Osborne, Laurel
Matt Simkins, Butte Central
Carter Kearns, Hamilton
Jamey Richardson, Dillon
Virgil McCormick, Hardin

 

 


SCORES, PICS AND VIDEOS

Please text or email us your scores as soon as the game/match is complete so I can put them on our website, twitter and facebook pages. Text number is 406-471-2263.  Email is tjw@centurytel.net

Also, email us your pics/videos so we can put them on the website

Thanks.


BOYS SUPER-STATE BASKETBALL TEAM

Super-State basketball squad

Steve Schreck, sschreck@greatfallstribune.com8:34 p.m. MDT March 26, 2016
 8LINKEDINCOMMENTMORE

The groundwork for the Choteau boys’ basketball team’s recent dominance was laid many years ago.

It was all the way back in first grade that Dylan Pannabecker, Derrek Durocher and Collin Achenbach took the court together for the very first time.

Standing only a few feet tall, the task of getting the ball above the rim, let alone making the shot, presented certain challenges for these future Choteau stars.

“It took about every muscle in my body but I could barely get it there,” Achenbach said.

Said Durocher: “They had some pretty small hoops back in those days.”

In these days, Durocher and the Bulldogs are back-to-back Class B state champions, winners of 52 games in a row.

“You’re only as good as the players you got,” said Choteau head coach Matt Luedtke, the former Montana Gatorade Player of the Year at Ronan.

And Luedtke had some pretty good ones.

That selfless trio – Pannabecker, Durocher and Achenbach – is featured on this year’s Great Falls Tribune Super-State Team, which includes Class AA standouts Brendan Howard, Aaron Weidenaar and RayQuan Evans; Class A’s Dane Warp and Jacob Hadley; Class B’s Trase LeTexier; and Class C’s Brandon The Boy.

While Choteau’s basketball pipeline was born in elementary school, the strive for excellence may have begun back in February 2014.

Pannabecker, Durocher and Achenbach were all sophomores, and the upstart Bulldogs were still making a name for themselves.

They never made it to the state tournament that season, instead losing to Malta in a challenge game, finishing at 20-6 overall.

“That kind of fueled the fire and propelled them into what we accomplished the last two years here,” Luedtke said. “As talented as these kids are, the thing that sticks out to me is their ability to play together as a team.”

Choteau, which is 72-6 in the past three seasons, hasn’t lost since.

“All that hard work paying off is amazing,” Durocher said.

Pannabecker, an inside-outside threat at the forward spot, averaged 21.6 points, 8.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists in his final season, and a college decision between Rocky Mountain College and Carroll College is on the horizon.

The support from the Choteau community has been tremendous, Pannabecker said.

“Playing in Choteau, the fans, the community, everyone’s behind you,” he said. “You’re playing through the whole town, and there’s really a lot of pride that the town has in the team.”

Luedtke believes Pannabecker’s work ethic sets him apart from his competition, saying “I don’t think you’ll find a kid that will work harder than him.”

Pannabecker is a Super-State repeater.

“We obviously couldn’t have done what we’ve done without him,” Luedtke said. “He brings it every night, plays hard on both ends. He’s just a phenomenal, phenomenal player.”

Durocher, a 5-foot-11 shooting guard, is known for his pinpoint accuracy from distance.

He put up 18.8 points and 5.5 rebounds a game, and in a semifinal win at the State B tournament, the Montana Western recruit buried 9 of his 12 attempts from behind the arc.

“Derrek,” Luedtke said, “I think you’d be pretty hard-pressed to find a better shooter in the state of Montana.”

So why was this team, a team whose rotation featured just six bodies, able to be so successful, so dominant?

“We trust in each other,” Pannabecker said. “It all starts on the defensive end, and that’s what coach Luedtke preached all year, all throughout our careers, is it all starts on the defensive end and that’s where championships are won.”

One of the key characteristics, Luedtke said, that Pannabecker, Durocher and Achenbach all shared was their ability to sacrifice individual accolades for the betterment of the team.

“I could go on about these kids for days,” Luedtke said. “Not only talented, hardworking kids but outstanding human beings. Just happy to be a part of their lives and basketball careers.”

The 5-foot-9 Achenbach, a smooth southpaw, assumed the point guard duties.

“Definitely the team chemistry played a huge role,” Achenbach said. “Also, all the hard work and hours and hours in the gym. We did anything we could to be one step ahead of the opponent.”

Joining Durocher at Montana Western in the fall, Achenbach scored 13.7 markers and handed out 7 assists per contest, running and directing a dynamic offense, with its full arsenal to drive and shoot, that stretched opposing defenses more effectively than any team in the state.

Luedtke said Achenbach’s aptitude to not turn the ball over, as well as his shooting prowess, puts him right up there with the top point guards in the Treasure State.

“He just made everybody better out there,” he said.

Achenbach, who started all four years and missed just one game his entire career and that was due to injury, said he took a similar approach on the court this season as he did during his rookie campaign, when he focused more on facilitating than scoring.

“It was really nice because you have everyone who can score and make plays,” Achenbach said. “If someone was having an off night, you knew there’d be other guys that would step up and make plays.”

Luedtke said Pannabecker, Durocher and Achenbach have meant everything to the Choteau program.

“I feel like I’ve been lucky to coach them,” he said.

Howard is the 2016 Montana Gatorade Player of the Year.

The 6-foot-5 forward’s 25 points per game were a Class AA best, and his 10.4 rebounds a game were as well. The senior-to-be led the Great Falls High Bison in scoring in 22 of his team’s 23 outings.

Howard, whose ability to finish through contact and over taller defenders in the paint is unmatched, tallied a season-high 37 points in a game against Billings Skyview in February.

“I thought his outside game needed to improve, and he certainly did that this year,” C.M. Russell High head coach John Cislo said. “I think he evolved as a player, and I bet you he becomes a better ball handler between now and next year, also.”

Howard’s received interest from several schools in the Big Sky Conference.

Weidenaar, a 6-foot-7 senior forward who’s committed to Central Arkansas, averaged 16.9 points and 6 rebounds for a Bozeman Hawks squad that finished runner-up to Billings Skyview at the state tournament in Bozeman.

A capable shooter from the outside, Weidenaar became more of a leader in his senior season and has drawn praise from head coach Wes Almquist for doing so. His 49 3-pointers were second in the league.

Evans, at 6-foot-2, blossomed in the state tournament, throwing down multiple monstrous jams to the delight of a boisterous gym at Brick Breeden Fieldhouse, helping the Skyview Falcons to back-to-back state titles.

A player with as much upside as anyone in the state, the senior-to-be put up 14.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists and excelled at getting to the basket.

Evans, who still needs to develop a more reliable perimeter shot, will likely receive strong interest from the Big Sky before his high school career is over.

Warp finds himself on the Super-State squad for the third consecutive year.

A Carroll College commit, the 6-foot-4 shooting guard averaged 27 points per game to go along with 7.5 rebounds for the Havre Blue Ponies.

His head coach, Curt Leeds, said Warp “played at a whole new level” to end his career.

“He was already a great player going into his senior season and he really led us, especially on offense, in the first couple months,” Leeds said, “and then he exploded in the second half of the season.”

Hadley, a 6-foot-2 senior who helped the Billings Central Rams to the State A finals appearance, will play football at Montana State University for head coach Jeff Choate.

Hadley, known for his athleticism and his high-flying dunks, registered over 15 markers a game during the regular season and averaged 24 a game during three contests in Missoula at the Class A state tournament.

Leeds, who went up against Billings Central in a state semifinal game, called Hadley a “great, great athlete.”

“He can shoot the ball from the outside,” Leeds said. “He can get to the basket off the drive. He can do it all.”

LeTexier is a 6-foot-3 post player from Jefferson High.

A University of Montana football commit, he averaged a double-double, carrying the Panthers to a competitive showing at the state tournament in Butte.

He averaged 20 points and 12 rebounds in his senior season.

Jefferson head coach Clint Layng called him “relentless.”

“I’ve been a head basketball coach for 12 years,” Layng said, “and he’s the best player I’ve ever had. He just does so many things.”

The Boy may be the best point guard in the state.

“In some ways, Brandon’s got the leadership in his DNA,” Box Elder head coach Jeremy MacDonald said. “It’s not a thing that you’re coaching, it’s not a thing that you are teaching. It’s something that he brings from inside of him. You can’t teach that. You can’t coach that. It’s just something that the kid has.”

The 5-foot-9 senior guard averaged 16 points and 4.4 assists per game in his last go-round with the Bears, who won their second State C title in three years earlier this month at Four Seasons Arena.

As efficient as one can be from the field, The Boy, who has garnered interest from several Frontier schools, was named the Most Valuable Player of the State C tournament.

“He’s tough to guard,” MacDonald said. “He’s great in transition, whether it’s finishing or dishing. And he executes our offense so well. He recognizes things on the court, whether it’s a mismatch or a play that he thinks will work.

“As the season went on, he called out the offense most of the time. If I saw something, I’d call it. But most of the time, it was Brandon calling out plays, things that he wanted to happen out on the court. And most of the time we scored off of that. He’s just got a high basketball IQ.”


STATE TOURNEY TEAM

Dillon Tribune’s State A All-Tourney Team
MVP – Nate Simkins, Dillon, 5-10, sr.
Jacob Hadley, Billings Central, 6-6, sr.
Mathew Rensvold, Polson, 6-4, jr.
Tanner Haverfield, Dillon, 6-4, jr.
Dane Warp, Havre, 6-4, sr.
Troy Andersen, Dillon, 6-4, jr.
Darnell Left Hand, Hardin, 6-2, jr.


2015-16 CLASS 'A' ALL-STATE AND CONFERENCE

 

2015-2016 ALL CONFERENCE - BOYS BASKETBALL (NORTHWEST)
             
  Name   School Year   Team
1 Matthew Rensvold   Polson 11   All State/1st Team AC/MVP
2 Payton Lefthand   Polson 12   All State/1st Team AC
3 Austin Means   Frenchtown 11   All State/1st Team AC
4 Derek Kastella   Whitefish 11   All State/1st Team AC
5 Nathan Riley   Columbia Falls 12   1st Team AC
6 Julian Jones   Polson 12   2nd Team AC
7 Tanner Wilson   Polson 11   2nd Team AC
8 Andrew King   Frenchtown 12   2nd Team AC
9 Jacob Henry   Whitefish 10   2nd Team AC
10 Luke May   Whitefish 12   2nd Team AC
             
From Class A Handbook regarding all-conference & all-state selections            
             
A Each conference will choose its all-conference team at the divisional tournament.  It will consist           
  of five first team selections and five-second team selections.    
             
B Only all conference individuals are eligible for selection to all state.  
             
C Maximum number of all state selections in basketball is 16 with 3 from each conference and 
  one additional selection for each conference that has a team that places in the top 4 at the 
  state tournament.  Each conference should rank the next four all-conference selections to
   insure they are able to name additional all-state selections if awarded.
             
D The all-state team may be separated into first and second team all state at the discretion of the
   coaches.  If this is done, the combined first and second team must be within the maximum 
  number established for that sport.        
             
  Coach of the Year: Randy Kelley, Polson      
  NW A conference has four all-state selections because Polson finished in the top 4 at the state tournament, so that makes our 4th selection an all-state selection.      

 

 

2015-2016 ALL CONFERENCE – BOYS BASKETBALL (SOUTHWESTERN “A”)  
             
1.       Tanner Haverfield Dillon 11 All State/1st Team All-Conference/MVP
2.       Nate McGree Butte Central 11 All State/1st Team All-Conference
3.       Carter Kearns Hamilton 10 All State/1st Team All-Conference
4.       Troy Anderson Dillon 11 All-State/1st Team All-Conference
5.       Bryce Torrey Stevensville 12 1st Team All-Conference  
6.       Chase Jessop Corvallis 12 2nd Team All-Conference  
7.       Nate Simkins Dillon 12 2nd Team All-Conference  
8.       Josh Heath Hamilton 12 2nd Team All-Conference  
9.       Cole Harper Butte Central 12 2nd Team All-Conference  
10.   Hunter Omlid Hamilton 9 2nd Team All-Conference  

 

Central A Conference

All-State Selections

Dane Warp, Havre, Sr.;
Morgan Eitel, Belgrade, Sr.;
Laden Ricketts, Park, Sr.;
Dawson Fowler, Belgrade, Soph.

First Team All-Conference Selections

Dane Warp, Havre, Sr.;
Morgan Eitel, Belgrade, Sr.;
Laden Ricketts, Park, Sr.;
Dawson Fowler, Belgrade, Soph.; Ryan Loring, Browning, Sr.

Second Team All-Conference Selections

Nate Rismon, Havre, Sr.; Jordan Lehrer, Park, Sr.; Jerod Boles, Havre, Sr.; Koby Redhorn, Browning, Sr.; Hunter Errecart, Fergus, Sr.

Coach of the Year

Mike Deming, Belgrade

Gundlach all-state, Torstenbo and Burk earn all-conference

The selections have been announced for the 2015-2016 Eastern “A” Boy’s All-Conference basketball teams, and there are three Miles City players who earned honors: Gavin Gundlach.

 

First Team

1. Gavin Gundlach (12) – Custer County (All-State)

2. Jarod Asche (12) – Dawson County (All-State)

3. Jacob Hadley (12) – Billings Central (All-State)

4. Darnell LeftHand (11) – Hardin (All-State)

5. Casey Cole (11) – Laurel

 

Second Team

1. Conner Torstenbo (12) – Custer County

2. Cade Strasheim (12) – Sidney

3. Beau Venne (12) – Hardin

4. Chishon Dixon (9) – Billings Central

5. Tyler Burk (11) – Custer County

Headlines
Saturday, December 16, 2017 'A' BOYS BBALL RESULT/STATS
Friday, December 15, 2017 'A' BOYS BBALL RESULTS/STATS
2017-18 BOYS BBALL 30 PT CLUB
Thursday, December 14, 2017 'A' BOYS BBALL RESULTS/STATS
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 'A' BOYS BBALL RESULTS/STATS
Saturday, December 09, 2017 'A' BOYS BBALL RESULTS/STATS
Friday, December 08, 2017 'A' BOYS BBALL RESULTS/STATS
2017-18 'A' BOYS BASKETBALL SCORES
Thursday, December 07, 2017 'A' BOYS BBALL RESULTS/STATS
HOW TO ACCESS A CERTAIN ITEM SUCH AS STANDINGS
WESTERN 'A' TIP OFF TRNY SCHEDULE
Tuesday, December 05, 2017 'A' BOYS BBALL RESULTS/STATS
TOP 'A' BOYS BBALL PLAYERS
Saturday, December 02, 2017 'A' BOYS BBALL RESULTS/STATS
Friday, December 01, 2017 'A' BOYS BBALL RESULTS/STATS
2017-18 'A' BOYS BASKETBALL STANDINGS
2017-18 'A' BOYS BASKETBALL ROSTERS
BOYS BASKETBALL 2017-18 SEASON PREVIEWS
2017-18 'A' BOYS BASKETBALL SCHEDULES
2017-18 'A' BOYS BASKETBALL STATS
2016-17 BOYS BBALL ALL STATE/CONFERENCE
UPCOMING GAMES
2015-16 'A' IND/TEAM STATS
2016-17 SCORES
2016-17 'A' BOYS BBALL STANDINGS
2016-17 'A' BOYS BBALL POWERPOLL
2016-17 BOYS DIVISIONAL TRNY BRACKETS
2016-17 'A' BOYS STATE TRNY BRACKET
2016-17 'A' BOYS TOP SCORERS
2016-17 'A' BOYS TOP TEN TEAM LEADERS
2016-17 'A' BOYS TOP TEN LEADERS
2016-17 CLASS 'A' BOYS ROSTERS
2016-17 CLASS 'A' BOYS STATS
2016-17 EASTERN 'A' BOYS BASKETBALL SCHEDULES
2016-17 WESTERN 'A' BOYS BASKETBALL SCHEDULES
2016 WESTERN 'A' BBALL TIP OFF TRNY SCHEDULE
2014 'A' IND/TEAM STATS
2014 'A' IND/TEAM STATS-1
BOYS SUPER-STATE BASKETBALL TEAM
STATE TOURNEY TEAM
2015-16 CLASS 'A' ALL-STATE AND CONFERENCE
BOY'S STATE TOURNEY STATS
EASTERN 'A' DIVISONAL TOURNEY STATS
WESTERN 'A' DIVISIONAL TOURNEY STATS
STATE 'A' TOURNEY SCORING LEADERS
2015-16 DIVISIONAL SCORING LEADERS
STATE 'A' BOYS BBALL TOURNEY TEAMS STATS
SIDNEY 42 GLENDIVE 41 (PLAYIN GAME)
CLASS 'A' DIVISIONAL SCHEDULES
2015-16 CLASS 'A' DIVISIONAL BRACKETS
2015 WESTERN 'A' DIVISION TOP TEN INDIVIDUAL STATS
2015 EASTERN 'A' DIVISION TOP TEN INDIVIDUAL STATS
2015 WESTERN 'A' DIVISION TOP TEN TEAM STATS
2015-16 TOP SCORERS
2015-16 BOYS BASKETBALL STANDINGS
2015-16 STATE BASKETBALL SCORES
2015-16 BOYS BASKETBALL SCORES (PART 2)
2014-15 ALL-STATE/CONF
SCORES, PICS AND VIDEOS