• SOCCER=BOYS--WHITEFISH--GIRLS--LAUREL--SPEECH--COLUMBIA FALLS--DRAMA--LAUREL
  • SOFTBALL=BELGRADE; GOLF--BOYS=LAUREL; GIRLS=LAUREL. BOYS=KAHLE; GIRLS=ADAMS
  • VOLLEYBALL--CORVALLIS; FOOTBALL-MILES CITY; TENNIS=GIRLS=WHITEFISH; BOYS=DILLON
  • TRACK=BOYS=DILLON & LAUREL; GIRLS=WHITEFISH; BBALL 2019--BOYS--BILLINGS CENTRAL--GIRLS--HAVRE
  • X-COUNTRY--BOYS--COLUMBIA FALLS--GIRLS--HARDIN--WRESTLING--SIDNEY

News

SOCIAL MEDIA SITES FOR MT 'A' SPORTS

August 9, 2019

 

TWITTER= @nwmta

FACEBOOK= #nwmta

 


2019-20 WINTER COACHES OF THE YEAR

April 7, 2020

 

2020 Montana Coaches Association winter coaches of the year

Wrestling

Class AA: Luis Carranza, Great Falls High
Class A: Guy Melby, Sidney
Class B: Jory Casterline, Glasgow
Class C: Charlie Crabb, Alberton-Superior

Boys swimming

Class AA: Siobhan Gillmartin, Bozeman
Class A: Eric Hartl, Hardin

Girls swimming

Class AA: Siobhan Gillmartin, Bozeman
Class A: Robyn O'Nan, Billings Central

Boys basketball

Class AA: Jeff Hays, Missoula Hellgate
Class A: Andy Roundface, Hardin
Class B: Josh Stewart, Lodge Grass
Class C: Jason Wolfe, Scobey

Girls basketball

Class AA: Katie Garcin-Forba, Helena CApital
Class A: Cindy Farmer, Hardin
Class B: Travis Walker, Missoula Loyola
Class C: Marietta Boyce and Mauri Elness, Roy-Winifred

 


2020 'A' COLLEGE SIGNEES/COMMITMENTS

April 8, 2020

 

BROWNING INDIANS

 

BASKETBALL

 

FOOTBALL

 

COLUMBIA FALLS

BASEBALL

 

BASKETBALL

 

FOOTBALL

 

SOCCER

ALEXIS PURCELL--ROCKY

JOSIE WINDAUER--MONTANA

VOLLEYBALL

KIERA BROWN--NORTHWESTERN, ST PAUL

TRACK/X-COUNTRY

RAYCHEL HOERNER--TECH

 ANGELICA STREET--TEXAS A/M

LIBBY LOGGERS

 

BASKETBALL

 

CHEER

JAYCEE THORNOCK--CARROLL

 

FOOTBALL

CAYMAN LEE--MARY

 

VOLLEYBALL

 

WRESTLING

 

POLSON PIRATES

 

FOOTBALL

BO KELLEY--TECH

GOLF

CALI CANNON--DICKINSON

TRACK

 

X-COUNTRY

 

RONAN CHIEFS/MAIDENS

 

TRACK

JAMES NORMANDEAU--CARROLL

WHITEFISH BULLDOGS

 

BASEBALL

ZACH VENEMAN--VALLEY CITY (ND)

FOOTBALL

 

TRACK

 

VOLLEYBALL

 

BUTTE CENTRAL MAROONS

 

BASEBALL

RYAN WAHL--JAMESTOWN

 

BASKETBALL

LUKE HEAPHY--CARROLL

FOOTBALL

THOMAS MCGREE--CARROLL

TREVOR NEUMANN--TECH

GUIDO OSSELLO--MONTANA

AARON RICHARDS--MSU

MATT SIMKINS--MONTANA

 

TRACK/FIELD

CUTTER THATCHER--MONTANA

 

CORVALLIS BLUE DEVILS

FOOTBALL

 

DILLON BEAVERS

BASKETBALL

 

FOOTBALL

JACE FITZGERALD--MSU

JADE MORAST--TECH

JUSTUS PETERSON--TECH

TRACK

BRADEN ANDERSON--MSUB

 

VOLLEYBALL

 

 

FRENCHTOWN BRONCS

CHEER

MORGAN GOW--CARROLL

 

FOOTBALL

AIDAN CYR--TECH

JACE KLUCEWICH--???

HANK RUGG--CARROLL

GOLF

KARA KLIETZ--SOUTHERN OREGON

 

SOCCER

MADDIE TEAGLE--POINT LOMA NAZARENE-SAN DIEGO

 

SOFTBALL

CLAIRE BAGNELL--MSUB

LAYNE BAUER--CARROLL

HALLIE HABECK--SPOKANE FALLS CC

TRACK/FIELD

KAIDEN ROMNEY--CARROLL

HAMILTON BRONCS

 

BASEBALL

 

BASKETBALL

 

FOOTBALL

BROCK JONES--DICKINSON

TUCKER JONES--CARROLL

CARSON ROSTAD--MONTANA

BRIDGER WILLIAMS--DICKINSON

 

GOLF

TRISTAN HANSON--ROCKY

BRYCE REED--DICKINSON

 

SOCCER

RYLEE WIEDIGER--MSU-BILLINGS

 

SOFTBALL

ABBY JOHNSON--MILES CC

 

X-COUNTRY

SARAH PASSEY--WESTERN

 

WRESTLING

BRIDGER WILLIAMS--DICKINSON

STEVENSVILLE YELLOWJACKETS

SOFTBALL

SYD PAUL--BEMIDJI STATE

 

BELGRADE PANTHERS

BASKETBALL

 

FOOTBALL

 

RODEO

 

VOLLEYBALL

 

SOCCER

 

SOFTBALL

 

TRACK

 

WRESTLING

 

FERGUS GOLDEN EAGLES

BASKETBALL

 

SOFTBALL

MACY MANGOLD--PROVIDENCE

 

TRACK

ZOE DELANEY--MSU

NOAH MAJERUS--MSU

 

X-COUNTRY

SAM FULBRIGHT--IDAHO

 

HAVRE BLUE PONIES

 

BASKETBALL

KENDALL KELLER--MONTANA

 

FOOTBALL

MASON DIONNE--WESTERN

KASEE HENDERSON--NORTHERN

DETRICK KELLEN--TECH

VOLLEYBALL

CASSIDY ACOR--MILES CC

PEYTON BROWN--WILLISTON

JESSALYN CHVILICEK--NORTHERN

SAMANTHA OLIVER--ROCKY

 

WRESTLING

CONNOR HARRIS--NORTHERN

CAMERON PLENIGER--US MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY (NY)

PARK RANGERS

BASKETBALL

ABBY KOKOT--ROCKY

 

TENNIS

SLYVIE SCHOENEN--ARIZONA CHRISTIAN

BILLINGS CENTRAL RAMS

BASEBALL


BASKETBALL


FOOTBALL

ALEX BALKENBUSH--MT TECH

BO HAKERT--ROCKY

 

TREVOR NEUMANN--MT TECH

MASON YOCHUM--CARROLL

 

SOCCER

ZOIE ALTHOFF--CARROLL

MORGAN FERESTAD--CARROLL

WRESTLING

 

GLENDIVE RED DEVILS

 BASEBALL

MATT DUFNER--DICKINSON

 

BASKETBALL

KARSEN MURPHY--MONTANA

 SAVANNAH TOMS--SHERIDAN (WY)

 KASIDI WALKER--TECH

 

FOOTBALL

KIRBY BASTA--DICKINSON

NELSON CRISAFULLI--DICKINSON

VOLLEYBALL

MEADOW TORRES--DICKINSON

HARDIN BULLDOGS

 

BASKETBALL

MARIE FIVE--MSU-B

TRAE HUGS--WILLISTON STATE

FAMOUS LEFTHAND--ROCKY

 

FOOTBALL

CAYDEN REDFIELD--NORTHERN STATE (SD)

CONNER SCHWEND--CHADRON STATE (NE)

SOFTBALL

NATALIE EDGAR--WILLISTON STATE

NICOLE GREEN--DAWSON CC

VOLLEYBALL

NATALIE EDGAR--WILLISTON STATE

NICOLE GREEN--DAWSON CC

 

XC/TRACK/TRIATHLON

JOURNEY ERICKSON--MSUB

 

LAUREL LOCOMOTIVES

 

BASEBALL


FOOTBALL

ETHAN RENNER--TECH

GOLF

MADI COONEY--DICKINSON

 

SOCCER

 

X-COUNTRY/TRACK/FIELD

LIZZIE WISECUP--MSUB

MILES CITY COWBOYS/GIRLS

FOOTBALL

JESS BELLOWS--SDSU

JACK CLINE--ROCKY

MASON HARDING--ROCKY

JACOLBY MATTOON--NORTHERN

BASEBALL

JESS BELLOWS--SD STATE U

 

GOLF

ASHTON SWIGART--BLACK HILLS STATE

 

RODEO

PEYTON MULLANIX--DAWSON CC

SOFTBALL

ALI MCAULIFFE--MILES CC

 

TRACK/FIELD


X-COUNTRY

CHASE DRANGE--TIFFIN U (OH)

 

VOLLEYBALL

SYDNEY JOHNSTONE--MILES CC

 

SIDNEY EAGLES

BASKETBALL

 

SOFTBALL

MADDIE PETERS--MESSIAH (PA)

 

TRACK/FIELD

 

VOLLEYBALL

CASSIDY LARSON--DICKINSON

WRESTLING

KAIDEN CLINE--DICKINSON

 

 


SIDNEY EAGLES 2019-20 WINTER AWARDS

March 27, 2020

 

No photo description available.

 

 

 


CFALLS 2019 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

January 2, 2020

 

SIX TO BE HONORED AT WILDCAT HALL OF FAME GAME THURSDAY

 

Six Columbia Falls athletes will be the center of attention Thursday as they are inducted into the Wildcat Athletic Hall of Fame during at halftime of the girls basketball game against Bigfork.

This year’s class of inductees includes three girls and three boys who excelled in a number of sports during their time with the Wildcats.

They are:

Colten McPhee, the son of Ronnell Gravelin and Michael McPhee, holds the Montana Class A record for most touchdowns in a football season with 38 and for most rushing touchdowns in a season with 31. He holds the school record for yards in a season and was second in Class A in 2019. He is also the Wildcats all-time leader in career yards with 3,151, including 10.46 yards per carry. McPhee was an All-State selection at linebacker in 2017 and at running back in 2018, an All-Conference linebacker and running back in 2017 and 2018, the Conference Offensive MVP in 2017 and Offensive and Defensive MVP in 2018. A four-year letter winner in football, he was a member of the Wildcat state championship team in 2017, named to the USA Today All-Montana First Team in 2018 and was a selection for the Shrine Game in 2019. In wrestling, McPhee won the 182-pound divisional title in 2018 and 2019, was third at 160 pounds in 2017 and fourth in 2016. A four-year letter winner in the sport, McPhee set the school record with 37 pins during his senior season.

Trista Cowan, the daughter of Karen and Shawn Cowan, was a four-year letter winner in basketball and softball and a three-year letter winning with the Wildkats in volleyball. She was a member of the 2016 state-champion volleyball team and was a two-year Academic All-State selection in the sport. On the basketball court, Cowan was an All-State First Team and All-Conference First Team selection in 2019 and was an All-Conference Second Team selection in 2018. She led the Wildkats in rebounding and shooting percentage in the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons, led the team in free throw shooting in 2018-19 and was the recipient of the team’s X-Factor Award for the 2017-18 season and the Most Improved Player Award in 2016-17. On the softball field, Cowan was an All-State and All-Conference First Team selection in 2018 and 2019 and an All-Conference Second Team selection in 2017.

Tanner Gove, the son of Jesse and Naomi Einarson and Jeremy Gove, was an All-State and All-Conference football selection at linebacker in 2017 and 2018 as well as an All Conference selection at right guard. He was a three-year letter winner in the sport and a three-time Academic All-State selection. In track, Gove was a three-year letter winner and three-time Academic All-State selection. He was an All-State javelin thrower in 2016 and All-Conference in 2016 and 2017.

Ryley Kehr, the daughter of Robyn and Dave Kehr, was an All-Conference First Team and All-State volleyball selection in 2017 and 2018. She was an Esmark All-American selection her senior year and is also a member of the Wildkat 100-block and 300-kills club. She was a four-year letter winner in volleyball as well as a four-time Academic All-State winner. In basketball Kehr was an All-State and All-Conference First Team selection in 2019 and an All-Conference Second Team member in 2018. She was named to the USA Today All-Montana Second Team in 2019 and hold the state record with 16 steals in a game. She was a four-year letter winner and Academic All-State member. In softball, Kehr was an All-State and All-Conference First Team selection in 2018 and an All-Conference Second Team selection in 2019. She was a four-year letter winner and Academic All-State member.

Drew Morgan, the son of Pam and Eric Morgan, was an All-Conference wide receiver in 2017 and cornerback in 2018. He was an All-Conference and All-State quarterback in 2018. He was the team Offensive Back of the Year in 2018, an East-West Shrine Game selection and a member of the Wildcat state championship team in 2017. In basketball, Morgan was named the Team MVP and Defensive Leader in 2019 after leading the Wildcats in scoring, three-point and free throw shooting. He was also an All-Conference selection in his senior season. In track, Morgan was All-Conference in the 200, 400 and javelin in 2018 and 2019, the 100 in 2019 and the 400 and 1,600 relays in 2018. He was All-State in the javelin in 2019 (3rd), 100 (2nd), 200 (4th), 400 (6th). He was a member of the 2019 Wildcat state champion 400 relay team. He was All-State in 2018 in the 400 relay (6th) and 1,600 relay (2nd). He was named the team’s most improved member in 2019 and won the Powerhouse and Rocket Awards in 2019. He was a nine-time letter winner and Academic All-State selection across all of his sports in high school.

The 2019 Tom Dumay Award winner, Genevieve DeLorme, is the daughter of Violy Ihnot and Dean DeLorme. She was a three-time All-Conference Cross Country runner, finishing 13th in 2015 and 2018 and 15th in 2016. She was a four-year letter winner and Academic All-State member in the sport. In track, DeLorme was All-State in the 1,600 relay (4th) in 2017, the 800 (3rd) in 2018 and the 1,600 relay (3rd) in 2019. She was All-Conference in the 800 and 3,200 in 2016, the 800, 3,200, 400 and 1,600 relay in 2017, 800 and 1,600 relay in 2018 and the 800, 400 and 1,600 relay in 2019. DeLorme was a four-year letter winner and Academic All-State member in track. She was also a member of the Student Council, Student Body President in 2019, Junior Class Vice President in 2018, Sophomore Class Representative in 2017 and a National Honor Society member 2017-19.

 Six to be honored at Wildcat Hall of Fame Game Thursday

TRISTA COWAN

Six to be honored at Wildcat Hall of Fame Game Thursday 1

RYLEY KEHR

Six to be honored at Wildcat Hall of Fame Game Thursday 2

DREW MORGAN

Six to be honored at Wildcat Hall of Fame Game Thursday 3

COLTON MCPHEE

Six to be honored at Wildcat Hall of Fame Game Thursday 4

TANNER GOVE

Six to be honored at Wildcat Hall of Fame Game Thursday 5

GENEVIEVE DELORME

 


'A' FALL 2019 SPORTS ACADEMIC ALL STATE

February 4, 2020

 

COLUMBIA FALLS

Name Year GPA Sport
Siri Erickson Frosh 4 Cross Country
Courtney Hoerner Frosh 4 Cross Country
Azlyn Caldwell Soph 4 Cross Country
James Petersen Soph 3.67 Cross Country
Lara Erickson Jr 4.29 Cross Country
Thienhoa (TJ) Jacobi Jr 3.71 Cross Country
Katerina Riegelova Jr 4 Cross Country
Colin Smith Jr 3.57 Cross Country
Kara Mohr Sr 4 Cross Country
Kimberly Peacock Sr 4.4 Cross Country
Coleman Wollenzien Sr 4 Cross Country
       
Nicholas Lang Frosh 3.86 Soccer
Jason Albin Jr 3.58 Soccer
Tyler Hull Jr 3.67 Soccer
Winslow Nichols Jr 3.75 Soccer
Samuel Lovering Sr 4.2 Soccer
Reed Sandstrom Sr 3.6 Soccer
       
Zoey Byrd Frosh 3.86 Soccer
Gwen Jarvis Frosh 3.6 Soccer
Sydney Mann Frosh 4 Soccer
Cloey Ramage Frosh 4 Soccer
Aletheia Fisher Soph 3.86 Soccer
Alexis Green Soph 3.5 Soccer
Cheyanne Johnston-Heinz Soph 4 Soccer
Julia Martin Soph 4.14 Soccer
Madeline Robison Soph 4 Soccer
Kate Hatfield Jr 4.29 Soccer
LaKia Hill Jr 4 Soccer
Ave' McDonald Jr 4.13 Soccer
Abbey Underdahl Jr 4 Soccer
Alexis Purcell Sr 4 Soccer
Graceanne Sevesind Sr 3.5 Soccer
Josie Windauer Sr 4 Soccer
       
Kamber Brown Soph 4 Volleyball
Grace Gedlaman Soph 3.57 Volleyball
Lauren Falkner Jr 3.71 Volleyball
Dillen Hoerner Jr 3.5 Volleyball
Madysen Hoerner Jr 3.86 Volleyball
McKenna Rensel Jr 4 Volleyball
Tatem Schweikert Jr 4.4 Volleyball
Kiera Brown Sr 3.67 Volleyball
       
Tyler Langton Sr 3.6 Golf
       
Zane McCallum Soph 3.86 Football
Cade Morgan Soph 4 Football
Mason Peters Soph 3.71 Football
Daniel Henjum Sr 3.83 Football
       
Samantha Moser Soph 3.86 Cheerleading
Jaylen Rodgers Soph 3.5 Cheerleading
Emma Gonzalez-Walker Jr 3.67 Cheerleading

 

LIBBY

Name

Year

GPA

Sport

Sheyla Gallagher

12

3.5

Volleyball

Olivia Gilliam Smith

11

4

Volleyball

Julia Martineau

10

4.0 

Volleyball

Ashlyn Monigold

12

4

Volleyball

Kylee Quinn

12

3.83

Volleyball

Ember Rode

10

3.57

Volleyball

Sidney Rusdal

10

3.86

Volleyball

Laneigha Zeiler

11

3.50 

Volleyball

John Cheroske

12

4.0

Cross Country

Halona LaFleur

11

3.71

Cross Country

Lucky Martin

10

3.57

Cross Country

Thomas Roark

9

3.86

Cross Country

Rylee Boltz

9

3.57

Soccer

Elise Erickson

11

4.0

Soccer

Isabelle Kapan

11

3.83 

Soccer

Cierra Lucas

12

4.0

Soccer

Rubby Martin

11

4

Soccer

Alexus Moeller

11

3.57

Soccer

Billie Jo Moeller

11

3.57

Soccer

Bethany Thomas

11

4

Soccer

Taryn Thompson

10

4.0

Soccer

Sally Weber

11

3.83

Soccer

Cylis Goddard

9

3.71

Soccer

Isaac O'Rourke

11

3.86

Soccer

Steven Valencia

11

3.86

Soccer

Thomas Roark

9

3.86

Golf

Alex Svendsbye

12

3.5

Golf

Trey Thompson

12

4.0

Golf

Anna-Marie Kebschull

10

3.86

Cheer

Kylee Quinn

12

3.83

Cheer

Aspen Swartzenberger

11

3.83

Cheer

Taryn Thompson

10

4.0

Cheer

Jaycee Thornock

12

3.86

Cheer

Jay Beagle

11

4.0

Football

Aleah Ford

11

3.83

Football

Lucas Foreman

12

3.8

Football

Colton Halvorson

11

4

Football

Cayman Lee

12

3.5

Football

Ryker McElmurry

11

3.86

Football

Zane Nordwick

10

4.0

Football

Owen Wilkins

11

3.71

Football

Dawson Young

11

3.83

Football

Tripp Zhang

10

3.86

Football

 

RONAN

Madison Clairmont

2019

4.0

Volleyball

Olivia Clairmont

2019

4

Volleyball

Kylie Fetui

2019

3.7

Volleyball

Brooklyn Kenelty

2019

4.2

Volleyball

Rylie Lindquist

2019

3.8

Volleyball

Madline McCrea

2019

4.1

Volleyball

Hannah Rowe

2019

3.8

Volleyball

Leina Ulutoa

2019

4

Volleyball

Haylee Walchuk

2019

4

Volleyball

Peyton Cates

2019

3.7

Football

Caleb Cheff

2019

4

Football

Eric Dolence

2019

4

Football

Chloe Davis (Manager)

2019

3.5

Football

Dylan Kelch

2019

3.5

Football

Bruin Largent

2019

3.8

Football

Landon Lynch

2019

3.8

Football

Tucker Lytton

2019

4

Football

Trapper McAllister

2019

4

Football

Jayden Rodda

2019

3.6

Football

Kolby Reum

2019

4.0

Football

Garrett Bartel

2019

3.6

Football

Daniel Bishop

2019

3.5

Football

Troy Alford

2019

3.8

Golf

Ruben Couture

2019

3.8

Golf

Aaliyah Decker

2019

4

Golf

Macao Jackson

2019

3.8

Golf

Kylee Niemeyer

2019

4.0

Golf

Dillon Pretty On Top

2019

4

Golf

Alyssa Pretty On Top

2019

4

Golf

Kinsley Barney

2019

4.2

Cross Country

Nicholas Dresen

2019

3.7

Cross Country

Brant Heiner

2019

4

Cross Country

Olivia Heiner

2019

3.8

Cross Country

Xavier Nolen

2019

3.8

Cross Country

James Normandeau

2019

4.6

Cross Country

Christian Silgen

2019

4.4

Cross Country

Kaona Trahan

2019

3.7

Cross Country

Brogan Youngren

2019

4

Cross Country

Allisia North Piegan

2019

3.8

Cheer

Laya Pretty On Top

2019

3.7

Cheer

Narya Sharma

2019

4

Cheer

Kristiana Sopke

2019

3.8

Cheer

Aaliyah Decker

2019

4.1

Cheer

Lexie Gauthier

2019

4

Cheer

 

BUTTE CENTRAL

 

Name Grade 4.0 GPA Sport/Activity
Granell, David 12 ** Football
Harrington, Braden 12 ** Football
Heaphy, Luke 12 ** Football
McGree, Thomas 12 ** Football
Neumann, Trevor 12   Football
Ossello, Guido 12 ** Football
Richards, Aaron 12   Football
Simkins, Jared 12   Football
Simkins, Matt 12   Football
Fisher, John 11 ** Football
Holland, Bryan 11 ** Football
Lester, Egan 11 ** Football
Badovinac, Drew 10 ** Football
Guldseth, Gage 10 ** Football
Hart, Eric 10   Football
Sehulster, Joseph 10 ** Football
Garrison, Luke 9   Football
Gelling, Riley 9   Football
Holter, Kyle 9   Football
Peoples, Dougie 9 ** Football
Pochervina, Konnor 9 ** Football
Johnson, Cole 12   Golf
Yelenich, Gator 12   Golf
Dwyer, Phil 11 ** Golf
Harrington, Austin 10   Golf
Larson, Randon 9   Golf
Doherty, Makala 12   Volleyball
Keeley, Emma 12 ** Volleyball
Strizic, Cassidy 12 ** Volleyball
Sullivan, Sophie 12 ** Volleyball
Williamson, Breann 12 ** Volleyball
Anderson, Marissa 11 ** Volleyball
Bolton, Amira 11 ** Volleyball
Burton, Sophia 11   Volleyball
Hasquet, Delaney 11 ** Volleyball
Kelly, Avery 11 ** Volleyball
McGree, Matilyn 11 ** Volleyball
Reopelle, Maci 11 ** Volleyball
** denotes 4.0 GPA      

 

 

HAMILTON

Name

Year

Sport

Quoia Anderson

12

Football-MGR

Jesse Anson

9

Football

Reece Buchanan

11

FB

Tyler Burrows

11

FB

Landon Duce

12

FB

Bridger Huxtable

10

FB

Dalton Jessop

12

FB

Noah Johnson

9

FB

Brock Jones

12

FB

Tucker Jones

12

FB

Carter Lake

11

FB

Mason Murray

12

FB

Liam O’Connell

9

FB

Esten Pierce

10

FB

Cady Rollins

12

FB-MGR

Carson Rostad

12

FB

Tyson Rostad

10

FB

Eli Taylor

9

FB

Kaeli Valla

12

FB-MGR

Hudson Vegoren

11

FB

Cadogan Wheat

10

FB

Camas Cratty

11

Volleyball

Katelyn Dickemore

11

VB

Emma Ellis

12

VB

Ella Gabelhausen

11

VB

Myah Gassmann

11

VB

Jenna Guisinger

9

VB

Layne Kearns

9

VB

Magdalena Ringer

11

VB

Taryn Searle

9

VB

Katelyn Shepherd

10

VB

Hailey Zepeda

12

VB

Keenan Athman

12

Cross Country

Lane Cole

10

CC

Marie Davenport

12

CC

Logan King

11

CC

Colter Kirkland

10

CC

Cheyenne London

10

CC-MGR

Andrew McLinden

12

CC

McKinley Murray

9

CC

Sarah Passey

12

CC

Brynnli Poulsen

11

CC

Harrison Silverio

10

CC

Logan Vandenburg

11

CC

Madison Ward

9

CC

Jacob Wright

12

CC

Megan Yockey

11

CC

Hannah Hicks 

10

CC

Rylee Brackman

10

Cheer

Julie Hanssen

12

CL

Hannah Hurst

10

CL

Noah Hurst

12

CL

Maria Kanenwisher

10

CL

Brynn Lehtola

10

CL

Caitlyn Lucas

11

CL

Kelci Martin

12

CL

Grayden Beyer

11

Soccer

Ryan Craig

12

SCR

Josh Dickemore

12

SCR

Austin Drake

11

SCR

Kyle Guisinger

11

SCR

Isaac Harmon

10

SCR

Tyler Jones

10

SCR

Clay Kellar

12

SCR

James Kostecki

12

SCR

Drew Lehtola

12

SCR

Owen Lint

12

SCR

Harley Robertson

11

SCR

Radley Robertson

12

SCR

Christopher Truax

9

SCR

Rylee Brackman

10

SCR

Morgan Brenneman

11

SCR

Mikalyn Brickley

12

SCR

Em Courchesne

9

SCR

Catherine Frederick

12

SCR

Brynne Johnson

9

SCR

Madison Johnson

11

SCR

Katee Kostecki

11

SCR

Emma Lilienthal

12

SCR

Simona Rizzon

9

SCR

Anna Seifert

11

SCR

Emily Tuck

12

SCR

Rylee Wiediger

12

SCR

Max Cianflone

9

Golf

Tanner Hanson

11

Golf

Tristan Hanson

12

Golf

Jackson Heath

9

Golf

Bryce Reed

12

Golf

Lily Toenjes

9

Golf

 

BILLINGS CENTRAL

Name

Year

GPA

Sport

Kyra Brockhausen

12

4.0

Golf

Will Tipton

11

3.5

Golf

Fletcher Phillips

12

3.9 

Golf

Olivia Burmeister

11

3.6

Cross Country

Abigail Marcotte

10

3.6

Cross Country

Meg Parkan

10

4.0

Cross Country

Kate Schafer

10

4.0

Cross Country

Dylan Wichman

12

4.0 

Cross Country

Christian Kay

10

4.0

Cross Country

Sean Harrington

11

4.0

Cross Country

Pete Saliaris

12

3.8

Cross Country

Matias Babcock

12

3.8

Cross Country

Mya Hansen

10

4.0

Soccer

Morgan Ferestad

12

4.0

Soccer

Sophia Ball

11

4.0 

Soccer

Hailey Euell

10

4.0

Soccer

Cadie Reichert

11

3.8

Soccer

Gabby Stock

11

4.0

Soccer

Solei Elletson

10

4.0

Soccer

Annie Byorth

12

3.8

Soccer

Evelyn Nelson

10

4.0

Soccer

Zoie Althoff

12

3.8

Soccer

Alivia Powers

12

3.7

Soccer

Kate Strike

12

3.8

Soccer

Abby Derbyshire

9

3.7

Soccer

Halzey Ryan

10

4.0

Soccer

Kendall Wahl

9

3.9

Soccer

Lauren Dull

9

4.0

Soccer

Olivia Tourlotte

9

4.0

Soccer

Kellan Wahl

11

4.0

Soccer

Molly Molvig

11

4.0

Soccer

Lily Bland

9

4.0

Soccer

Alexa Hanser

11

3.8

Soccer

Ava Debourg

10

3.9

Soccer

Rachel York

12

4.0

Soccer

Garrett Button

9

3.8

Soccer

Christian Fink

11

4.0

Soccer

Camden Capser

11

4.0

Soccer

Matheus Penha de Santos

9

3.5

Soccer

Gabriel Penha de Santos

12

3.7

Soccer

Grace Zeier

11

3.9

Volleyball

Isabelle Erickson

11

4.0

Volleyball

Haley Jensen

11

3.5

Volleyball

Kristin Proctor

12

3.5

Volleyball

Ainsley Hauck

12

4.0

Volleyball

Cindy Gray

11

4.0

Volleyball

Mollie McGrail

11

4.0

Volleyball

Ally Foster

9

4.0

Volleyball

Carlyn Whitney

12

3.9

Volleyball

Kristina Schafer

12

3.8

Volleyball

Marcus Wittman

11

4.0

Football

Michael Hayden

11

3.7

Football

Charlie Parkan

12

3.6

Football

Vinece Dichos

11

3.6

Football

Regan LaFontaine

11

4

Football

Nate Sasich

11

3.7

Football

Camden Capser

11

4.0

Football

Logan Hill

11

3.6

Football

Clay Oven

9

4

Football

Keon Lockie

12

3.6

Football

Devon O”Neill

10

4.0

Football

Mason Yochum

12

4.0

Football

Bo Hakert

12

3.6

Football

Hunter Monroe

12

3.8

Football

Alex Balkenbush

12

3.6

Football

Aaron Foster

11

3.9

Football

 

MILES CITY

Name

Year

GPA

Sport

Ashtyn Swigart

12

3.83

Girls Golf 

Allie Wagner

12

3.61

Girls Golf

Karsyn Swigart

09

3.76

Girls Golf

Joel Christopherson

12

3.83

Boys Golf

Skyler David

11

3.57

Girls Cross Country

Jentry Dutton

11

3.72

Girls Cross Country

Jayna Henning

10

3.86

Girls Cross Country

Kiala Hirsch

10

3.81

Girls Cross Country

Fallon Bosckis

O9

3.95

Girls Cross Country

Natalie Notbohm

09

3.94

Girls Cross Country

Hope Herzog

12

3.72

Volleyball

Ashton Anderson

11

3.57

Volleyball

Mackenzie Rask

12

3.78

Volleyball

Sydney Johnstone

12

4

Volleyball

Carmella Prete

11

4

Volleyball

Madison Maier

12

4

Volleyball

Avery Hansen

11

3.94

Volleyball

Emily Doughty

11

3.89

Volleyball

Laney Jones

10

3.52

Volleyball

Bailey Nowicki

09

3.86

Volleyball

Caitlin Anderson

10

4

Volleyball

Ella Morris

09

3.76

Volleyball

Mallory Reddick

09

3.90

Volleyball

Chase Drange

12

3.67

Boys Cross Country

Anthony Ray

11

3.61

Boys Cross Country

Currey Brown

09

3.67

FB

Jacolby Mattoon

12

3.67

FB

Ali McAuliffe

12

3.56

FB

Nathan McAvoy

12

3.83

FB

Garren Todoroff

12

3.89

FB

Carson Hunter

11

3.94

FB

Rachel Kelly

11

3.78

FB

Kaden Kuchynka

11

3.76

FB

Justin Morris

11

3.67

FB

Slade Tredway

11

3.67

FB

Thomas Baker

10

3.71

FB

Aidan Cline

10

3.78

FB

Jesse Isaacs

10

3.90

FB

Dalton Polesky

10

3.95

FB

Dalton Tvedt

10

3.95

FB

Emma Barlog

09

3.71

FB

Aidan Barrows

12

3.57

FB

Jess Bellows

12

3.81

FB

Jack Cline

12

4

FB

Traton Ferrell

12

3.78

FB

Mason Harding

12

3.89

FB

Dayton Helmts

12

3.67

FB

Mackenzie Boschee

12

3.67

Cheer

Breanna Schell

12

4

Cheer

Logan Black

12

3.56

Cheer

 

 SIDNEY

Name

Year

GPA

Sport

Emma Torgerson

2019-20

3.5

Golf

Kade Anderson

2019-20

4.0

Golf

Matthew Hansen

2019-20

3.5

Golf

Braden Kindopp

2019-20

3.571

Golf

Lorainne Coronato

2019-20

4.0

Cross Country

Erin Erickson

2019-20

4.0

Cross Country

Claire Frank

2019-20

3.857

Cross Country

Serenity Kuntz

2019-20

3.667

Cross Country

Lillian Wick

2019-20

3.857

Cross Country

Everett Jensen

2019-20

4.0

Cross Country

Hudson Severson

2019-20

3.667

Cross Country

Bryanna Brakefield

2019-20

3.5

Cheer

Hailey Christensen

2019-20

3.833

Cheer

Liliana Johnson

2019-20

4.0

Cheer

Cassidy Wadley

2019-20

4.0

Cheer

Rebecca Aldrich

2019-20

3.667

Volleyball

Jenna Anderson

2019-20

4.0

Volleyball

Jaylen Baxter

2019-20

4.0 

Volleyball

Jenna Baxter

2019-20

4.0

Volleyball

Hadley Garsjo

2019-20

3.833

Volleyball

Ashlynn Kessel

2019-20

4.0

Volleyball

Cassidy Larson

2019-20

4.0

Volleyball

Shea Roberts

2019-20

4.0

Volleyball

Riley Thiessen

2019-20

4.0

Volleyball

Jaxson Franklin

2019-20

3.5

Football

Carter Johnson

2019-20

3.5

Football

Jett Jones

2019-20

3.857

Football

Ryan McGinnis

2019-20

3.833

Football

Cooper McGlothlin

2019-20

4.0

Football

Boston Peters

2019-20

3.5

Football

Brodey Skogen

2019-20

3.714

Football

Ecy Flores

2019-20

3.667

Football

Ali Merritt

2019-20

3.571

Football

Brooke Morrill

2019-20

3.714

Football

Zoe Morrill

2019-20

4.0

Football

 

 

 

 


CLASS 'A' SCHOOL WEBSITES

November 17, 2019

UPCOMING EVENTS

March 8, 2020

Contact info

email scores= tjw@centurytel.net

text scores to= 406-471-2263

 

BASKETBALL  
STATE 'A' @ BILLINGS  
Thursday, March 12, 2020  
BOYS  
GM1--#2 W FRENCHTOWN V #3 E PARK 9
GM2--#1E HARDIN V #4 W POLSON 1030
GM3--#2 E BILLINGS CENTRALV #3 W BUTTE CENTRAL 330
GM4--#1 W BROWNING V #4 E LAUREL 5
GIRLS  
GM1--#2 W HAMILTON V #3 E HAVRE NOON
GM2--#1E BILLINGS CENTRAL V #4W DILLON 130
GM3--#2 E HARDIN V #3 W BROWNING 630
GM4--#1 W CORVALLIS V #4 E PARK 8
Friday, March 13, 2020  
BOYS  
GM5--GM1 LOSER V GM2 LOSER LO 9
GM6-GM3 LOSER V GM4 LOSER LO 1030
GM7-GM1 WINNER V GM2 WINNER 330
GM8-GM3 WINNER V GM4 WINNER 5
GIRLS  
GM5--GM1 LOSER V GM2 LOSER LO NOON
GM6-GM3 LOSER V GM4 LOSER LO 130
GM7-GM1 WINNER V GM2 WINNER 630
GM8-GM3 WINNER V GM4 WINNER 8
Saturday, March 14, 2020  
BOYS  
GM9-GM7 LOSER V GM6 WINNER LO 9
GM10-GM8 LOSER V GM5 WINNER LO 9
GM11-GM10 WINNER V GM9 WINNER 3RD PLACE 330
GM12-GM7 WINNER V GM8 WINNER 1ST PLACE 630
GIRLS  
GM9-GM7 LOSER V GM6 WINNER LO 1030
GM10-GM8 LOSER V GM5 WINNER LO 1030
GM11-GM10 WINNER V GM9 WINNER 3RD PLACE 5
GM12-GM7 WINNER V GM8 WINNER 1ST PLACE 8

 

 


Coaches of the Year (Fall 2019-20)

December 17, 2019

 

Montana Coaches Association

Coaches of the Year (Fall)

Football: AA, Levi Wesche, Bozeman; A, Jeff Regan, Miles City; B, Trevor Utter, Eureka; 8-Man, Levi Seitz, Fairview; 6-Man, Craig Lunde, Wibaux.

Volleyball: AA, Rebecca Cleveland, Helena Capital; A, Laurie Jones, Corvallis; B, Iona Stookey, Huntley Project; C, Jill Ayers, Manhattan Christian.

Boys Cross Country: AA, Casey Jermyn, Bozeman; A, James Peacock, Columbia Falls; B, Andrew Gideon, Eureka; C, Nate TeSlaa, Manhattan Christian.

Girls Cross Country: AA, Casey Jermyn, Bozeman; A, Cindy Farmer, Hardin; B, Brooke Dolan, Townsend; C, Zelda Haines, Seeley-Swan.

Boys Golf: AA, Matt Clark, Bozeman; A, Jim O'Neill, Laurel.

Girls Golf: AA, Matt Clark, Bozeman; A, Jim O'Neill, Laurel.

Boys Soccer: AA, Jay Anderson, Missoula Hellgate; A, Nolan Trafton, Billings Central.

Girls Soccer: AA, Erika Cannon, Bozeman; A, Aloma Jess, Laurel.

Note: The 2020 MCA Awards Ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m. on July 30 at Great Falls CMR High School

 


MONTANA'S REFEREE PROBLEM

August 28, 2019

 

The Disappearing Referee

Overscheduling, poor treatment and apathy have depleted the pool of prep sports officials to a dangerous new low, but can anything be done to turn the trend around?

High school sports have a big problem, and it has nothing to do with the players on the field. It has nothing to do with the fields and gyms where the games are played, with the hours required of stretched-thin student-athletes and coaches, with the increasing costs of equipment, travel and private coaching, with the inherent injury risks associated with sports, and with big-money outside forces threatening to undermine the entire prep sports construct, although those remain concerns.

No, the most critical problem with high school sports is with officiating and, no, it isn’t that they blow every call, don’t know the rules or are out to get your son/daughter/niece/nephew/friend/neighbor’s team because of some unseen bias.

But the problem with officiating is so dire that it could change some of the fundamental ground on which prep sports is built. It could move football’s famed Friday night lights to other nights of the week, could jeopardize the safety of the student-athletes on the field of play and could put at risk the tenuous order of game competition that helps teach the lifelong lessons learned through sport.

It’s a problem that is not new to the people who are part of the profession, and one completely lacking a clear solution. And it’s one that has been getting worse, in the minds of almost every prep sports stakeholder, and putting so much pressure on the piping that connects schools and athletics to the community they serve that the whole system is threatening to burst.

There is a persistent and pervasive problem in modern refereeing: There just aren’t enough of them to go around.

“As I have stated before, I don’t think that the schools … will begin to change until the system crashes and we have games cancelled because we no longer have officials to cover them,” one regional referee director in Montana put it, in an email to the officials in his area.

“I believe we are right on the edge of the cliff statewide, and the edge is crumbling right now.”

Former Polson boys basketball head coach Karl Tait, left, discusses a call with official Ray Bamgarner during a Northwestern A Divisional Tournament game at Glacier High School. Beacon file photo

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) launched a major campaign to attract new officials in 2017, including a website (www.highschoolofficials.com), hashtag (#becomeanofficial) and targeted outreach, and while the program has been modestly successful, the country still faces a drastic officiating shortage from coast to coast.

“We talk, nationally, all the time when we get the 50 state directors get together, about officials,” said Mark Beckman, the executive director of the Montana High School Association, commissioner of the Montana Officials Association (MOA), current NFHS president and a former official himself.

As of Aug. 23, there were 1,319 officials registered to work in the state of Montana for the 2019-20 season, a number that should rise to approach the 1,630 officials registered last year once additional winter and spring sports officials sign up. It’s an improvement insomuch that the numbers are not in decline, but even 1,600 puts an undue burden on referees who need to cover games at the more than 170 member schools in the state, and it’s a stark drop from the 1,947 officials who were registered for the 2016-17 season. Worse still, officiating shortages exist in just about every sport and in just about all of the 11 geographical areas by which Montana officials are divided.

The state’s officials in the six sports that require sanctioned judges — football, basketball, wrestling, volleyball, soccer and softball — are overseen by the MHSA, MOA and the 11 regional directors, but the actual game assignments come from local, sport-specific pools. The Kalispell pool falls within Region 1, and its malleable footprint can mean those officials are responsible for games at Flathead, Glacier, Whitefish, Columbia Falls, Bigfork, Eureka, Thompson Falls, Plains, Polson, Ronan, Libby, Troy, Hot Springs and Noxon high schools, sometimes assisting other pools and sometimes asking other pools to chip in here. Further complicating matters, certified officials also work nearly every junior varsity, freshman, sophomore and middle school game — those contests are vital for training the next generation of referees — plus contests at non-MHSA schools like Stillwater Christian.

As the 2019-20 season gets set to kick off, there are only 158 total officials, spanning the six sports, registered in Region 1. There were 191 officials in Region 1 at the end of last season, and while the local total may approach that number again by the end this year, it still represents a total well below a level that would make everyone comfortable and confident in the pool’s ability to cover all the games.

There are three levels of officials in Montana — apprentice, certified and master — and only the top two levels, certified and master, are recommended to work varsity contests, according to the MOA handbook. In football, the state’s most popular sport, which kicks off on Aug. 30, the officiating shortage is at a critical level. The Kalispell pool has only 17 certified and master officials, and five-man crews are the absolute minimum required in a varsity game to maintain order and player safety. Having only 17 available varsity officials is as low of a number as Warren Dobler, a veteran referee gearing up for his 31st season and a former head of the Kaispell pool, can remember.

“That’s getting right down there,” Dobler said. “When I first started I think we were upwards of 25 plus, and usually 22-23. That was pretty good, but the last few years it just keeps bumping down.”

Activities directors around the Flathead Valley are used to having to go outside of the local pool to find officials, but this year even that might be a struggle. Officials prefer not to have mixed crews — some from one pool and some from another — because of familiarity concerns, and that means the 17 Flathead Valley officials can only work three games per week, likely all of which are scheduled at the same time, on Friday nights. Kalispell pool scheduler Joe Sullivan said there are 198 football games in the Kalispell pool’s coverage area this year.

As of the morning of Aug. 26, Bigfork High School Activities Director Matt Porrovecchio was still confirming officials for his team’s opening game (on Aug. 30), and Sullivan added that because of extreme shortages in Missoula, dipping into that pool, as is routinely done, may be a challenge this fall.

“(Missoula) lost seven officials, four of which who were master officials, and that’s devastating,” Sullivan said. “I texted (the Missoula pool scheduler) and asked, ‘You have any idea which dates you’ll need us?’ He said, ‘Every day.’ … They’ve gone so far as to tell schools down there you have to go Thursday or Saturday, or we can’t service you. And I’m afraid that we’re headed in that direction.”

 

And those fears are just over varsity games. Factor in sub-varsity contests, travel outside the pool area, conflicts with day jobs, injuries, illness, or the occasional request for a day off, and the numbers get tighter. In recent years, schools have had to regularly move game times or dates, and some sub-varsity games have had to be skipped entirely by MOA-recognized officials, instead either canceled or refereed by non-MOA officials, sometimes even parents from the crowd.

On top of the 17 certified and master officials, there are only five additional apprentices to help at the lower levels, even with three new refs signed up this year. It’s an equation that requires master officials to work not just varsity contests but almost all sub-varsity ones as well. Officials like Sullivan and Chris Parson, the head of the Kalispell football pool, a former helicopter pilot in the Marine Corps, the director of Flathead Valley Community College’s Continuing Education department, and a 10-year veteran football official, have to go to extreme lengths to balance refereeing with personal and work commitments.

“I typically do a double-header (on Fridays),” Parson said. “I’ll do a freshman game and then I’ll roll right into the varsity game. (You’ve) just got to; there’s not a lot of options.”

Parson said it’s not unusual for a football official to work a sub-varsity game on Monday night, another on Tuesday night, attend a study group with other officials on Wednesday night, add a third game on Thursday night and then work a doubleheader Friday. And they do all that in a job that requires good physical conditioning and even more mental discipline, even for a former Marine.

“It makes for a long afternoon and evening,” Parson said. “You’ve got to keep yourself focused in that second game, which is a key element, and that’s not easy.”

Todd Fiske, the Region 1 all-sport director and a basketball official with 30 years experience, says days can be even longer for hoops crews. He recounted the story of a three-man team from Kalispell being called to Noxon for a night, driving the nearly 150 miles to get there, then working the junior varsity girls game, varsity girls game, junior varsity boys game and varsity boys game, before getting back in the car and driving home. Officials make $60 for varsity contests — pay is less for sub-varsity and middle school games — and receive a travel stipend, but no matter the money, such a scenario is still far from ideal.

“We do four games on the same night; you come home, you’re just dead-ass tired,” he said. “Well, that’s not effective.”

Fiske said he sets aside the money he makes every year from refereeing for his family, and has used that money to pay for family vacations and outings with his wife. And that’s important, because since officials all work separate day jobs, then get taken away sometimes every night of the week, personal relationships can be difficult to maintain.

“I got to give kudos to my wife,” Dobler, the veteran football referee, said. “I mean, for 30 years she has let me, on Friday nights, go do my thing, and many other nights during the week. So that’s a family dynamic that each individual has to wrestle with as well.”

Dobler and Sullivan are both on the other side of 60, and Fiske has the scars of his own three-decade career, and their age makes them more the rule than the exception. Older referees have made it through the struggles of raising a family or advancing in their career while making time for officiating, two factors that cause loads of promising young officials to walk away from the job. But every year officials get older is a year they get closer to retirement, or face difficulty because of the physical realities of aging. Sullivan said two officials in the football pool have come back to work after bouts with cancer, and called he and Dobler’s generation “a Medicare group” while referencing his own two hip replacements and a knee surgery in recent years as evidence of the physical toll the work takes.

“You look at these guys reffing football, 90 percent of them have some fake joint or fake limb,” Porrovecchio said with a grim laugh. “They’re a dying breed and it’s hard to find people who want to put the time in. It’s a tough gig and it’s gotten tougher.”

Data on referee ages is not available in Montana, but no one is particularly encouraged about the current age breakdown that skews much more toward the gray-haired types. The primary stakeholders in prep sports identify two main areas of focus to change that: recruitment and retention. And the major impediment to improving either of those isn’t the schedule, isn’t conflicts with work — some games, particularly sub-varsity games, are played in the afternoon, before many employers are comfortable excusing their employees — and isn’t injury, although those all contribute. The main impediment is one you already know without reading another word.

“Why would I go make 35 bucks to get screamed at?” Grady Bennett asks, rhetorically, through a laugh. (Some sub-varsity games can pay as little as $25)

 

acier High School football coach since 2007 (and teaching at the school). Three years ago, Bennett stopped coaching basketball, decided to “make 35 bucks to get screamed at” and took the test to become a basketball a referee. His friends thought he was crazy.

“The first time I told them I’m going to get into officiating, they said, ‘Why in the world would you ever do that? Why would any human being want to do that?’” he said.

It’s a given, today anyway, that officials must deal with verbal abuse during games as a reality of the job. Fans, coaches and players, in descending order, are the primary offenders, and while it varies from sport to sport, it’s always there. Like the shortage in officials, it’s not a new problem, but it is one that is trending in the wrong direction.

The National Association of Sports Officials National Officiating Survey, completed by more than 17,000 officials from all levels and all sports in 2017, found that almost 57 percent of officials believe sportsmanship is getting worse, more than 64 percent had removed a spectator from a game, and a whopping 84 percent believe they are treated unfairly by spectators. (Coaches were not immune either, checking in at over 70 percent on the “treated unfairly” question.) Perhaps most troubling of all, an astounding 46 percent of officials reported they have “felt unsafe or feared for (their) safety” because of the behavior of players, coaches, administrators or fans.

“The work around good sportsmanship is a really big factor,” Fiske said.

No local official interviewed for this story recounted feeling unsafe in a game environment, but all of them had stories of out-of-control fans. Somewhat counter intuitively, they also reported that the abuse they receive is worse in middle school and sub-varsity games, a factor exacerbating retention problems.

“I had a couple of games this last year where our varsity refs helped out with sub-varsity basketball,” Bryce Wilson, Flathead High School’s activities director, said. “They came back afterward and said, ‘That’s worse than any varsity game I do.’ … One guy, he told me right then that, ‘I refuse to do a sub-varsity game again.’”

“You cut your teeth in the fifth, sixth, seven and eighth grade gyms,” Fiske said. “These little junior high games where there’s like 14 people and dad or mom are up there complaining, or a coach that’s complaining, you hear it all.”

Every official knows criticism comes with the job, and officials are fairly sympathetic to the hyper-competitive coaches, players, parents and fans who spit fire their way. Competitiveness is baked into sports, and when someone’s flesh and blood is involved, officials are patient so long as the offenders avoid personal attacks. But being insulted for hours can’t help but wear on everyone, especially officials who are new to the profession.

“When you look at it from the majority of people, it’s a good thing, because they’re supporting their sons or daughters in their activities,” Beckman, the MHSA commissioner, said. “But then always what happens, when there’s that intimate involvement, there can be ones that are saying, ‘I’m so tied up in this I’ve let myself go across the boundary line a little bit.’ They paid their money and they’re really invested and they’re emotionally tied to it.”

Ross Gustafson, the normally mild-mannered head coach of the Flathead basketball team, said he makes a goal every year of maintaining his composure when interacting with officials during a game. But even he is not immune to falling prey to his emotions.

“If you walked up and met (a referee) on the street, you’d never act that way,” he said. “That’s one thing I try to keep in mind because I run into these guys around town and they’re all great guys and gals, and you’ve got to remember that. That’s the challenge for me, is remembering that aspect in the heat of the moment.”

Columbia Falls head coach Cary Finberg has words with a referee during a Wildcats’ game against Dillon. Beacon file photo

Through it all, the MHSA, the activities directors, schedulers, and referees have found a way to make it work, sometimes by shifting games to other nights of the week, sometimes by subbing in a parent on a sub-varsity game, and sometimes by paying extra mileage to bring in officials from out of the area. But something has to give.

Those working today in Northwest Montana do their best to sell the perks of the job, beyond just the extra walking-around money. Through officiating, they say they remain involved in the sport they love, stay in shape, impact the lives of young men and women by teaching the sport and teaching sportsmanship, and sharpen life skills like working under pressure, acting decisively and exercising patience. And above all, they boast about the camaraderie; officials run in tight circles socially, routinely gathering after games to swap stories over a burger and a beverage.

But no one has a good answer to the question of how this trend will turn around. The default seems to be that there will always be enough referees because, well, there have to be. Sure, the numbers have been declining, and the refs are getting older, and some day they’re all going to retire, and people don’t want to get screamed at for three hours, but there just can’t be competitive sports without them. And no one is predicting the end of competitive sports. The MHSA has a slogan it uses on materials to drive up referee recruitment: “Without referees, it’s just recess.” That’s a clever one-liner but unwittingly portends a future where games are conducted under the nearly lawless dog-eat-dog rule of the schoolyard.

All hope is not lost, however. Bennett, the Glacier football coach and newbie basketball referee, is one of the success stories. He’s someone who decided to take the plunge and do this, despite the busy schedule, despite knowing what the worst impulses of some coaches and fans can be, and says he expects to continue doing it for the foreseeable future.

“I really can’t convince anybody (else to do this) — I’m not kidding you,” Bennett said. “For me, it’s the passion of loving education and caring about young people so much and wanting to be part of the sport. I just like to help the kids out … It’s just kind of my passion in life.”

And maybe there are more people like that, and maybe there will always be, to keep the fields and courts of high school sports safe and orderly. Because without more people like him, the next time you load the car to enjoy a football Friday night, you might just be going to watch recess.

 andy@flatheadbeacon.com

So You Want to Referee?

The Montana High School Association wants you to give officiating a shot, in one of the six sports — volleyball, football, wrestling, soccer, basketball and softball — that fall under the Montana Officials Association. To get started, fill out the brief questionnaire at www.highschoolofficials.com or call the MHSA at (406) 442-6010.

To become a member of the MOA, officials must pay annual dues ($65 for one sport; $30 for each additional sport), be at least 18 years old, and score 60 percent or higher on a rules examination. Officials must also purchase a uniform compliant with their sport and be “of good moral character.” To maintain membership, officials must attend at least six “study club” sessions annually in most sports. Officials in soccer and softball need only four study clubs per year.

In Montana, referees are paid $60 for varsity contests and are compensated 12 cents per mile for their travel. Drivers receive additional mileage for travel to games, paid at the federal rate.

 


EAST HELENA HIGH VIGILANTES

August 9, 2019

 

East Helena chooses high school colors, authorizes first staff positions

 
Entry View

The East Helena school board made several key decisions regarding the new high school at its December board meeting.

  • Colors for the new East Helena High School will be navy blue/silver.
  • The board will send someone to the Lewis and Clark County road department with a list of names to determine what to call the driveway in front of the new school, per a request by emergency services.
  • The board authorized the first high school teaching and coaching positions, which will be advertised by the Office of Public Instruction.
  • The board authorized Superintendent Ron Whitmoyer to help form the East Helena High School Booster Club.

Board members voted on five options after receiving community input about possible color combinations for East Helena High School. The community was polled on the combinations of navy blue/silver, black/gold, black/silver, forest green/grey and navy blue/red

Navy blue/silver won over the community with 281 votes, about 28.97 percent of those polled. It also won over the board members, who voted unanimously with the community.

Officials noted that the class B Anaconda Copperheads also use that color combination, and they were a class A school in the past. However, the culture committee that polled the community said enrollment at Anaconda is not trending up currently.

Emergency services asked the board to name a driveway in front of the new high school. Several names were suggested by school staff, but most were shot down for various reasons. Many board members were uncomfortable naming the drive because the board was unclear whether it would change the school’s address or not.

Board member Martin Balukas suggested sending someone to the Lewis and Clark County road department with a list of names. That person would then return with a short list of eligible names that meet the county criteria. All board members agreed and will return to the issue in January

For the upcoming 2019-20 school year, the district is looking to hire a principal or vice principal, counselor, social studies teacher, English teacher, science teacher, math teacher, special education teacher and physical education teacher. Additionally, the school will hire coaches for all of the various Montana High School Association sports including football, soccer, cross country, softball, golf, wrestling, tennis, basketball, swimming and track.

The district might also hire a music teacher, depending on student interest. 

Board member Kevin Bokovoy and community member Kelly Harris will be the co-heads of the new East Helena High School Booster Club. 

The booster club will be a legal entity separate from the school. Harris said he is ready to get started on the application process and fundraising for the district.

Board chair Scott Walter said he believes a booster club like this one is important because it “rallies the support of the community.”

 

Birdseye View

Birdseye View

 

Concessions/Back Porch

Concessions/Back Porch

 


Lockwood Lions AD knows first coaching hires are important

August 9, 2019

 

Building a pride: Lockwood Lions AD knows first coaching hires are important

 

BILLINGS — Tony Derrig clicked onto the Montana High School Association web site the other day to check the calendar for the 2019-2020 school year, and there one date loomed.

Not that Derrig needed any more pressure, but, wow, August 15, the first day for Class AA and Class A golf practice, is closer than it appears. Especially when there are a whole host of coaches to hire.

As the activities director for the Lockwood School District, Derrig will be part of a small committee tasked with hiring coaches for football, volleyball, cross country, golf, wrestling, boys and girls basketball, track and, whew, softball for Lockwood’s new high school.

Set to accept freshmen this fall — classes begin the Tuesday after Labor Day, in fact — while the construction of the high school is ongoing, Lockwood schools has already been interviewing prospective teachers. Interviews for prospective coaches begin this week, according to Derrig.

If it seems like a daunting task, well it is.

“Personally, it’s very stressful,” Derrig said last week, taking a break from volunteer work at the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament at Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark. “You know, you only get one chance to do it right the first time. We won’t get another chance to build another high school. This is our time.”

And there isn’t much of it, really. Derrig said that if they have the athletes, the Lions (that’s the Lockwood nickname, with colors of red and silver) might compete at the varsity level in some of the individual sports like cross country, golf, wrestling and track. 

Team sports, like football, volleyball and basketball (boys and girls soccer are in the plans, if/when they get enough interest) will play a freshmen schedule next fall and a froshmore or junior varsity schedule the year after. And, if the numbers are there, varsity by 2021-22, when construction of the entire school is expected to be completed.

So different programs could require a coach with different types of experience. The individual sports could see coaches who could help athletes compete at the varsity level right away, Derrig said, while team-sport coaches would be ones who have a “big vision,” a plan to carry a coaching philosophy from the younger grades all the way up through the high school level.

Plus patience, plenty of patience, keeping in mind that varsity games for the team sports are at least three years away. Lockwood will be part of Class A’s newly constituted Southeast Conference starting in the fall, along with Billings Central, Hardin, Laurel, Livingston and East Helena, another upcoming school which is in a situation similar to Lockwood.

“I just want to provide our kids with a great experience,” Derrig said, noting that Lockwood schools are still accepting teaching and coaching applications. “I want them with coaches who are excited about this opportunity. The academic side is going to be phenomenal, too. The people who have applied are just phenomenal, I think, so our principal will put together a great teaching staff. I just want the same for sports. I want them to get a great start with high school sports. It’s real important.”

Derrig said there are approximately 130 eighth-graders in the district this school year, and that most will stick around for their freshman year in Lockwood. Previously, Lockwood students transitioned to Billings high schools once they graduated middle school, and Derrig said a few will go elsewhere next school year, as well.

But he added there’s great excitement and support in the Lockwood community for the new high school, and the identity it will create. Derrig, who turns 57 soon, taught middle school in Lockwood for 26 years before moving to the administrative side. He’s coached for 30 years, too, at all levels and in a variety of sports, so he knows how important the programs can be to a community.

“I think it’s great for our community and our kids to have their own,” he said. “These kids can have opportunities to participate in sports — not that they didn’t before — but with their own classmates at their own school. It’s an unbelievable thing for the Lockwood community.”

 


2018-19 'A' COLLEGE SIGNEES/COMMITMENTS

July 3, 2019

 

BROWNING INDIANS

 

BASKETBALL

TYREE WHITCOMB--PROVIDENCE.

 

FOOTBALL

BRANT BREMNER--WESTERN

ETHAN RUNNING CRANE--WESTERN

 

COLUMBIA FALLS

BASEBALL

TRENTON TYREE--DAKOTA WESLEYAN

BASKETBALL

RYLEY KEHR--NORTHERN

FOOTBALL

COLTEN MCPHEE--WESTERN

SOCCER

CHANCE ADAMS--NORTHWESTERN U

JOSIE WINDAUER--MONTANA

 

LIBBY LOGGERS

 

BASKETBALL

JAYDEN WINSLOW--WESTERN

GOLF

RYGGS JOHNSTON--ARIZONA STATE

SOFTBALL

Bradeen Samantha   University of Jamestown (ND)

EMILY CARVEY--MILES CITY CC

VOLLEYBALL

ALLIE COLLINS--DICKINSON

MEHKI SYKES--PROVIDENCE

WRESTLING

BUDDY DOOLIN--DICKINSON

POLSON PIRATES

 

GOLF

Hobbs Matt   Montana Tech

 

SOCCER

DuCharme Jonah   Dawson Community College

 

TRACK

Frissell Beatrix   University of Montana

 

X-COUNTRY

JONAH DUCHARME--DAWSON CC

 

RONAN CHIEFS/MAIDENS

 

RODEO

Lund Maggie   Montana Western

 

WHITEFISH BULLDOGS

 

BASEBALL/FOOTBALL

JACK SCHWAIGER--ST OLAF

 

FOOTBALL

DILLON BOTNER--MONTANA

CARVER GILMAN--MONTANA

TRACK

Schulz Lauren   Montana State

 

VOLLEYBALL

MARLEE BENDER--NORTHERN

 

BUTTE CENTRAL MAROONS

 

BASKETBALL

CADE HOLTER--TECH

 

GOLF

TRICIA JOYCE--MONTANA

FOOTBALL

CLAY FISHER--TECH

SETH GARDNER--TECH

LUKE JENSEN--CARROLL

AARON RICHARDS--MSU

 

CORVALLIS BLUE DEVILS

FOOTBALL

Brown Garrett   University of Mary (ND)
Liedle Liang   Carroll College

 

DILLON BEAVERS

BASKETBALL

DeMark Warren   University of Providence

MICHAEL HAVERFIELD--WESTERN

 

TENNIS

Rakich Bradley   Morningside College (IA)

 

TRACK

Johnson Zane   University of Montana

VOLLEYBALL

Christiansen Tynn   North Idaho College

 

 

FRENCHTOWN BRONCS

BASEBALL

TRADD RICHARDSON--LASSEN COLLEGE IN CA

 

TRACK/FIELD

JESSE MECHAM--MONTANA

Yocum Natalie   Carroll College

HAMILTON BRONCS

 

BASEBALL

HUNTER OMLID--BOISE STATE

BASKETBALL

CARRIEANN KUNKEL--WENATCHEE JUNIOR COLLEGE

LAUREN RYTER--ROCKY

 

SOFTBALL

MALLORY MCGILL--WENATCHEE JUNIOR COLLEGE

 

STEVENSVILLE YELLOWJACKETS

SOFTBALL

ASHLIN HILLER--MILES CC

HALEY KAMPKA--CARROLL

MIKAYLA NEWMAN--BLACK HILLS STATE

ANGEL RICHARDS--DAKOTA COLLEGE (ND)

 

BELGRADE PANTHERS

BASKETBALL

CHEYANN TOOMAN--NVU-JOHNSON

FOOTBALL

ETHAN MAJOR--ROCKY

 

RODEO

Rasmussen Paige   Montana State

 

VOLLEYBALL

Barkell Vada   University of Providence

BAILEY CHRISTENSEN--PROVIDENCE

TAYLOR CHRISTENSEN--PROVIDENCE

JAIDEN BLAKELY--COLUMBIA BASIN COLLEGE

MCKENNA CARLSON--COLUMBIA BASIN COLLEGE

ARUNAS DUDA--PROVIDENCE

 

SOCCER

ELIZABETH GILBERTSON-- U OF MARY

MARIAH MORGAN--LONG ISLAND

LUKE TURNER--U OF MARY

KANON TEBO--ITALIAN ACADEMY

 

SOFTBALL

OLIVIA COOK--N IDAHO COLLEGE

KALEIGH BAUERLE--PACIFIC UNIVERSITY

ERIN ELGAS--BROWN UNIVERSITY

HAYLEE CURRY--CARROLL

TRACK

CYNTHIA SMITH--LEWIS AND CLARK

WRESTLING

Aiken Kevin   Southwestern Oregon Com College  

 

FERGUS GOLDEN EAGLES

BASKETBALL

JADEN GRAHAM--NORTHERN STATE, SD

WES JAMESON--TECH

MITCHELL NORSLIEN--TECH

 

FOOTBALL

JACOB CLINTON--CARROLL

Harrison Mason   Rocky Mountain College

WES JAMESON--TECH

TANNER TRAFTON--MSU

 

HAVRE BLUE PONIES

 

BASKETBALL

TOMMY BROWN--ROCKY

 

WRESTLING

LANE PAULSON--NORTHERN

AUSTIN RATLIFF--CONCORDIA MN

MARTIN WILKIE--MINNESOTA

 

PARK RANGERS

FOOTBALL

JOHN WADDELL--ROCKY

 

WRESTLING

Gibson Shane   Minnesota State University-Mankato

 

 

BILLINGS CENTRAL RAMS

BASEBALL

MICHAEL ZASKE--MSUB

BASKETBALL

CHRISHON DIXON--MSUB

SAM GRAY--MT TECH

FOOTBALL

THOMAS COOPER--TECH

DUNCAN KRAFT--CARROLL

MAVERICK ROBERTS--CARROLL

MARCUS WEHR--MSU

 

SWIMMING

Leuthold Jack   University of Wisconsin

 

WRESTLING

JACOB MORGAN--MARY

 

GLENDIVE RED DEVILS

 

BASKETBALL

KENDRA KAUFMAN--DAWSON CC

KARSEN MURPHY--U OF MONTANA

 

Steinbron Stephen   Dickinson State

FOOTBALL

KEEGAN MIRES--DICKINSON

VOLLEYBALL

Pearcy Bailey   Montana State Billings

 

HARDIN BULLDOGS

 

BASKETBALL

BERGEN REAL BIRD--YELLOWSTONE CHRISTIAN COLLEGE

MASHAYA ALDEN--YELLOWSTONE CHRISTIAN COLLEGE

SOFTBALL

DEMI UFFELMAN--ND STATE COLLEGE OF SCIENCE

 

VOLLEYBALL

KATIE MURDOCK--MSU-NORTHERN

MARIAH SIMMONS--MILES CC

 

XC/TRACK

TRAJAN HILL--ROCKY

LAUREL LOCOMOTIVES

 

BASEBALL

Gunther Noah   Miles Community College

CONNOR POLKOWSKE--NORTHERN STATE SD

FOOTBALL

LOGAN KENNEDY--TECH

 

GOLF

CASH GOLDEN--MSUB

PAUL O'NEIL--MSUB

SOCCER

ASPEN COTTER--CASPER COLLEGE

 

X-COUNTRY/TRACK/FIELD

LEVI TAYLOR--MSU

 

MILES CITY COWBOYS/GIRLS

FOOTBALL

TRISTAN HIRSCH--DICKINSON

BASEBALL

Benson Dustin   Northeast Community College (NE)
Lohrke Kole   Miles Community College
 
Myrick Cade   Chandler Gilbert Com College (AZ)
Pippen Braelen   Montana State Billings
Sinclair Shane   Spokane Falls Com College (WA)

 

SOFTBALL

RAQI MCAULIFFE--DAWSON CC

AUTUMN PORTER--MILES CC

AMBER TAYLOR--CONCORDIA (MN)

 

TRACK/FIELD

HEATHER BAKER--UTAH STATE

KEITH VANDERLAAN--DICKINSON

 

X-COUNTRY

ZACH AUSTIN--DAWSON CCSAIGE DIEGEL--MILES C

Roberts Austin   Dawson Community College

 

VOLLEYBALL

Diegel Saige   Miles Community College

KYRA OAKLAND--ROCKY

SIDNEY EAGLES

BASKETBALL

BRIDGER LARSON--TECH

SOFTBALL

LAUREN BEENKEN--CONCORDIA (MN)

 

TRACK/FIELD

KAITIE BERGLUND--NDSU

KAITLYN KEITHLEY--DICKINSON

CARTER HUGHES--MINNESOTA

WRESTLING

CHRISTEN DEAN--NORTHWEST (WY)

 


2018-19 ALL-STATE ACADEMIC--SPRING SPORTS

June 24, 2019

 

COLUMBIA FALLS

Name Year GPA Sport
Azlyn Caldwell 9 4 Track
Alexis Green 9 3.67 Track
Jenisha Green 9 3.57 Track
Cheyanne Johnston-Heinz 9 4 Track
James Petersen 9 4 Track
Madeline Robison 9 4 Track
Rebekah Walker 9 3.57 Track
Alyssa Williams 9 4 Tennis
Richard Babcock 10 3.86 Track
Lara Erickson 10 4 Track
Kate Hatfield 10 4 Track
LaKia Hill 10 4 Track
Aidan Jarvis 10 4 Track
McKenna Rensel 10 4 Track
Hannah Schweikert 10 4 Tennis
Julia Sowerwine 10 4 Tennis
Aaron Trueblood 10 3.75 Track
Abbey Underdahl 10 3.71 Softball
Emma Upton 10 3.71 Tennis
Kiera Brown 11 4 Track
Kylee Dougherty 11 4 Tennis
Daniel Henjum 11 3.86 Track
Martina Heupel 11 3.5 Tennis
Flora Jarvis 11 3.86 Track
Donald Laycock 11 3.57 Track
Anna Pickard 11 3.71 Tennis
Alexis Purcell 11 3.67 Track
Graceanne Sevesind 11 3.86 Softball
Josie Windauer 11 4 Track
Kaylee Ashe 12 4 Softball
Haileigh Bayee 12 3.75 Track
Logan Bechtel 12 4 Track
Steven Ciraolo 12 4 Track
Trista Cowan 12 3.5 Softball
Genevieve DeLorme 12 4 Track
Savannah Ellis 12 4 Softball
Tanner Gove 12 3.5 Track
Parker Greene 12 3.6 Track
Raychel Hoerner 12 4 Softball
Ryley Kehr 12 4 Softball
Colten McPhee 12 3.5 Track
Drew Morgan 12 4 Track
Cassidy Norick 12 4 Tennis
Trey Perkins 12 4 Tennis
Beau Umbriaco 12 3.57 Track

 

HAMILTON

Brooke Alexander---Softball 10
Delilah Beck 9
Mikalyn Brickley 11
Sophia Doyle 12
Abby Johnson 11
Maggie Ringer 10
Chantele Sisson 12
Jorden Taggart 12
Olivia Zepeda 12
Jacob Brickley (MGR) 9
Morgan Brenneman (MGR) 10
           
Drew Brackman--Track 12
Caden Brown 12
Tyler Burrows 10
Donald Carlson 12
Keanna Clark 11
Molly Craig 10
Camas Cratty 10
Marie Davenport 11
Katelyn Dickemore 10
Kaley Gordon 10
William Heitmann 9
Hannah Hicks 9
Dalton Jessop 11
Colter Kirkland 9
Ani Mason 12
Mason Murray 11
Teagan Oliver 9
Rebecca Parker 12
Sarah Passey 11
Brynnli Poulsen 10
Ashlee Searle 12
Haile Spear 12
Logan Vandenburg 10
Kavin Wickham 12
       
Rylee Brackman--Tennis 9
Ryan Craig 11
Eliana Foss 9
Kyle Guisinger 10
Cooper Gurney 9
Savanna Gurney 12
Gracie Hawkes 9
Ryan Jordan 9
Maria Kanenwisher 9
Grace Kemp 12
Lauren Kimzey 12
Brynn Lehtola 9
Holly Mahon 11
Claire Matthews 12
Sam Toenjes 12
Marcelina Wardecka 11

 

BILLINGS CENTRAL

Name Year GPA Sport
Alex Balkenbush  11 3.7 Tennis
Eli Berry
10 3.6 Tennis
Christian Coleman  11 4 Tennis
Sean Jiang  11 4 Tennis
Charlie Parkan
11 4 Tennis
Kyle Schreiber  10 3.9 Tennis
Annie Byorth  12 4 Tennis
Natalie Jennings
10 3.8 Tennis
Blayne Meyer  12 4 Tennis
Evelyn Nelson
9 4 Tennis
Sarah Pankratz
12 4 Tennis
Hailey Petermann
10 4 Tennis
Alvia Powers  11 4 Tennis
Emma Putnam
12 4 Tennis
Loree Reck
9 4 Tennis
Anna Sass  11 3.7 Tennis
Kassy Smith  10 4 Tennis
Abri Souza  11 3.5 Tennis
Whitney Vralsted  10 3.9 Tennis
Joe Byorth  12 3.9 Track
Camden Casper
10 4 Track
Vinece Dichos
10 3.5 Track
Duncan Kraft  12 4 Track
Niklas Krause
11 4 Track
Hunter Monroe  11 3.9 Track
Gabriel Penha Dos Santos
11 4 Track
Andrew Powell
11 3.8 Track
Seth Sasich
12 4 Track
Peyton Steussie  11 3.9 Track
Dylan Wichman
11 4 Track
McKenzie Bender
10 3.9 Track
Sophia Bohl
10 4 Track
Haley Euell  9 4 Track
Dominique Evans  9 3.9 Track
Meg Parkan  9 4 Track
Julia Peterson
11 4 Track
Rebekah Powell  10 4 Track
Bethany Power  12 3.8 Track
Liv Reich
9 4 Track
Dallas Roe  11 3.9 Track
Halzey Ryan  9 4 Track
Kellan Wahl  10 4 Track
Brett Wohlgenant  11 4 Track
Brynn Bohrer  9 4 Softball
Taylor Bowen  12 4 Softball
Alex Bryant  11 4 Softball
Faith Erramouspe  11 4 Softball
Alyssa Fjell
11 3.8 Softball
Keeley Harper
11 4 Softball
Sarah Kincy  12 4 Softball
Ellie Koerber  10 4 Softball
Laura Schulz  12 3.8 Softball
Raigan Skillestad  9 3.9 Softball
Rachel York  11 4 Softball

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ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS

August 2, 2019

 

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS

 

https://www.mhsa.org/page/show/2279465-northwestern-energy-academic-excellence-award

 

YEAR
CLASS AA
CLASS A
CLASS B
CLASS C
2018-19 Billings Skyview Libby