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Missoula's Riley King starting out in Arizona League

Missoula's Riley King starting out in Arizona League

It was about three weeks ago now that the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball snatched up Missoulian Riley King in the 2013 MLB first-year player draft.

The 19-year-old outfielder quickly chose baseball over returning to the hoops program at Carroll College, signing to play in the Royals’ minor league system and jetting off to Arizona and Kansas City’s extended spring training facility in Surprise. That was the last time we’d heard from the Missoula Sentinel graduate.

Well now an update: King will remain in Arizona, at least for now, with the Royals’ rookie-level affiliate in the Arizona League this season. Continue reading

Sentinel tennis, Hellgate girls' hoops add to coaching openings

Summer is usually hiring season for high school athletic departments filling out their coaching rosters for the upcoming school year. Missoula’s Big 3 – Big Sky, Hellgate and Sentinel – have already seen their share of coaching turnover and school has been out for less than a month.

The Knights and Spartans have added open positions to the market now after the resignation of a pair of coaches.

Sentinel tennis coach Jeanne Veteto retired from her position leading the Spartans’ girls and boys tennis squads. Hellgate girls’ basketball coach Sean Beddow has done the same. Continue reading

Catching up with former Missoula Mav Conner Anderson

Conner Anderson, a 2011 graduate of Missoula Sentinel, is the subject of the Missoulian sports Q & A this week. The 20-year-old former Missoula Maverick has been playing baseball for two year’s at Keuca College in upstate New York and got a gig with Cooperstown Dreams Park this summer working baseball operations.

Basically Anderson will be running little league baseball tournaments all summer in the shadow of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, but you can check Sunday’s sports section for more about that. This post is a few notes from my conversation with Conner this week that didn’t fit in the Q & A, mostly about non-Hall of Fame related business. Continue reading

West side players dot Tribune's Super-State Softball

West side players dot Tribune's Super-State Softball

Among the powerful bats of newly crowned State AA champion Great Falls High on the Great Falls Tribune’s Super-State Softball team are a handful of western Montana players.

Frenchtown’s Morgan Ray, Kalispell Glacier’s Jena Willis, Missoula Big Sky’s Jess Schafer and Polson’s Shalaina Duford were all listed when the Tribune came out with its post-season team this past Sunday.  Continue reading

Shrine Game to be played at Naranche Stadium

Construction work has forced the move of the 67th Montana East-West Shrine Game to Butte’s historic Naranche Stadium, West team coordinator Jeff Hartwick announced Wednesday.

“We’re very excited to play in Naranche Stadium,” Hartwick told ButteSports.com Wednesday. “It’s going to be a good experience for everybody involved.”

The game, which was played in Butte at East Middle School’s Bulldog Memorial Stadium three years ago, was scheduled to be back there when the game came to town July 20. Delays in work being done on the stands forced the move to an alternate location. Continue reading

Badlands Bowl rosters

Yes the Badlands Bowl rosters were announced months ago, but with the game coming up at the end of the week I thought we might need a brief reminder.

The 20th annual Knights of Columbus Badlands Bowl at Connors Stadium in Miles City is this Saturday. Here’s a look at the Montana talent that’ll be on display — with western Montanans bolded — against the neighbors from the east:

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Glacier's C Edwards (still) headed to Gonzaga

Ryan Edwards

Larry Beckner/Great Falls Tribune
Kalispell Glacier’s Ryan Edwards (44) defends a shot from Missoula Hellgate’s Tres Tinkle during the State AA boys’ basketball semifinals last season, at the Four Seasons Arena in Great Falls.

Nearly a year ago, Kalispell Glacier center Ryan Edwards made a committment to attend Gonzaga in the fall of 2013 to play basketball for the Zags. He signed a letter of intent in November making it official. Continue reading

Montana-Wyoming all-star hoops rosters

The annual Montana-Wyoming all-star basketball games are scheduled for the end of next week and ahead of some preview and feature action that the Missoulian will be putting together for next Friday, here’s a refresher as far as which prep athletes will be representing Big Sky Country.

And don’t forget, this year’s games — which showcase graduating seniors — are scheduled for June 7 at Sheridan College in Sheridan, Wyo., and June 8 in Billings at Rocky Mountain College. The girls’ game tips off at 6 p.m. with the boys’ contest to follow each night. Continue reading

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  • 03 Feb 2015

    UPDATED: 2015 national signing day's western Montana football commits

    UPDATED: With fall camps just around the corner, the list of western Montana natives in the Missoulian's coverage area has swelled near 50. Take a look:
      It’s national signing day 2015 and the National Letters of Intent were flying around this morning with local athletes securing their spots with college football programs. We’ll keep you updated with the area players who have made their commitments known throughout the day. Here’s a quick look at what we have so far. Don’t forget this is just a bare bones list right now and it will be updated often. Don’t see your name or your kid listed here? Leave it in the comments, or get in contact with us at ajmazzolini@missoulian.com or on twitter (@ajmazzolini).   MONTANA (4) TE Colin Bingham, Missoula Big Sky DE Andrew Harris, Kalispell Glacier S Josh Sandry, Bigfork DE Jesse Sims, Corvallis MONTANA STATE (5) LB Josh Hill, Kalispell Glacier LB Tanner Hoff, Hot Springs WR Logan Jones, Kalispell Glaicer QB Brady McChesney, Kalispell Glacier DE Byron Rollins, Missoula Sentinel EASTERN WASHINGTON (1) TE Jayce Gilder, Corvallis NORTH DAKOTA (1) TE Brock Shaide, Missoula Big Sky CARROLL COLLEGE (1) WR Paul Wilson, Missoula Hellgate MONTANA TECH (9) WR/RB Nate Gray, Hot Springs RB Jackson King, Missoula Sentinel WR/RB Danny Mannix, Flint Creek WR Sam McCamley, Kalispell Glacier WR Ty Morgan, Columbia Falls OL Matt Murphy, Missoula Big Sky OL Truman Pisk, Kalispell Glacier DB Tucker Rauthe, Kalispell Glacier LB Ike Schweikert, Columbia Falls MONTANA WESTERN (12) OL Zach Brown, Hamilton RB/LB Joe Caicedo, Darby WR Devin Cochran, Kalispell Glacier RB Cory Diaz, Missoula Big Sky RB/LB Jason Ferris, Dillon QB/S J.D. Ferris, Dillon WR/DB Justin Ferris, Dillon QB/DB Bo Hughs, Loyola Sacred Heart (transfer) RB/LB Raymond Matt, St. Ignatius LB Connor McKillop, Missoula Sentinel WR/DB Austin Ray, Corvallis OL Spencer Ross, Columbia Falls MONTANA STATE-NORTHERN (6) RB Zach Crace, Libby LB Travis Crawford, Missoula Big Sky FB Lane Foster, Hot Springs DL Trevor Frandsen, Missoula Big Sky MLB Jonathan Gragg, Missoula Hellgate OL Ryan Handley, Missoula Hellgate ROCKY MOUNTAIN COLLEGE (3) LB Joe Gallatin, Polson DE Jesse Grabowska, Florence RB Marty Pigeon, Loyola Sacred Heart DICKINSON STATE (1) DB Cain Boschee, Kalispell Glacier LEHIGH (1) OL Harrison Kauffman, Kalispell Glacier MACALESTER COLLEGE (1) WR Jack Streibich, Whitefish
  • 23 May 2014

    Makena Morley gets creative to fund trip to track nationals

    Ever wanted an autographed photo of one of Montana's all-time record-breaking prep runners? Now's your chance. Bigfork High School junior and State B champion of champions Makena Morley is raising money through technology and grass roots to help her reach the New Balance Outdoor High School Track & Field Nationals meet in Greensboro, North Carolina in mid June. And any donors of $25 or more through the fundraising website IndieGoGo.com receive a Morley original complete with signature.  As of this posting, Morley is about 75 percent of the way to her goal of $2,300 for travel and lodging costs for her and her father to the national meet. Events run June 13-15. Morley isn't new to the national running scene, but she appears to be getting create in funding her trips there. She won the West Regional of the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships back in December and then finished eighth in the ensuing national race. "As a junior I have been to 4 national championship races (three in cross country and one for indoor track) but I have never won a national title, so this one is very important to me because I would love for this to be the year for me to win," Morley wrote on her IndieGoGo.com fundraising page. "It is an important year for my college recruiting process, because this is the year when all colleges are looking at you and at what you have accomplished!" IndieGoGo is a kind of online kickstarter to raise money for a cause or idea. It's "the world’s most established crowdfunding platform," according to the organization's website. Crowdfunding is the process of pooling money from many different people for a cause. Morley, a three-time winner of the State B cross country title and Gatorade Runner of the Year for Montana, plans to run the 5,000 meters at the New Balance Nationals along with either the one or two mile. For more about her trip to nationals, or to donate, you can visit her page here.

  • 12 Feb 2015

    Entry to Montana wrestling's Four-Timers Club just got tougher

    Winning four straight state wrestling titles is hard enough, but the reclassification of weight classes in Montana that began this year will likely make the feat decidedly more difficult. When the Montana High Schools Association shifted from 15 to 13 wrestling classes, it eliminated the weight at which many four-timers wrestled as freshmen. The 98 and 105 weights were combined -- as were 195 and 220 on the upper end -- to form a new hybrid weight of 103 that will leave fewer holes in brackets and dual lineups. But it also adds new competition for the lightest weight, the one typically housing freshmen, by doubling the participants. "It's going to be interesting with the weight changes," said Columbia Falls wrestling coach Jesse Schaeffer, who has a senior in his wrestling room chasing state title No. 4 this week in Shonn Roberts. "I think that's going to maybe reduce that." Twenty-three Montana wrestlers have completed their four-peats and 11 of those started at 98 pounds of lower -- Gene Davis of Missoula County High, the state's first four-timer, won his freshman year at 95 pounds in 1960 before a similar weight shift later in the decade. Add in Roberts, who will compete at 138 pounds when state action begins Friday in Billings but won at 98 in 2012, and that's exactly half. "It's kind of weird since that's what I wrestled at as a freshman," Roberts began, "but 103, the 98-105 mix, I think that's reasonable. It'll make things a little bit tougher." That's hardly the thinking behind merging weights, though. At either extreme ends of the weight scale (195 and 220 became the 205 class) fewer teams -- especially at lower classifications -- could field a full lineup. Many times, too few entrants there led to a state bracket marred by automatic byes and regular season duals that might as well skip on to 105 pounds anyway. The unintended consequence is that 2015 may be near the last time wrestling fans will get a trio of four-time possibles all on the mats at the same time. Sidney's Gresh Jones joins Roberts in the Class A tournament this week at 126 pounds searching for his fourth, while Forsyth's Matt Weber will be the talk of Class B-C with a potential fourth title. Both boys won their first -- and lightest -- at 112 pounds, though.