As the old saying goes, everybody makes mistakes.
Anyone who’s ever worked in a news service knows this all too well — the embarrassing zing when an error makes it to the public’s eye is more common than any of us would like.
But not all reporter gaffes show up in newsprint. And I had a doozy two weeks ago while working on a story about Columbia Falls girls AND boys basketball coach Cary Finberg. Luckily, Finny came to my rescue.
UPDATED: A blizzard warning forced the postponement of the Sentinel-Capital basketball games Thursday. The action will be made up on Monday, Mar. 3, with Sentinel’s girls still hosting Capital at 7 p.m. and the boys on the road in Helena also at 7 p.m.
Almost four weeks ago, Helena Capital knocked Missoula Sentinel off the path of the unbeatens by upsetting the No. 1 ranked Spartans 55-50 in Helena.
Neither team has lost since as last year’s State AA finalists have been hurtling toward another rematch this week. The now top-ranked Bruins come to Missoula to face the second-ranked Spartans for a 7 p.m. tip-off Thursday, a meeting of two 17-1 clubs with high state aspirations.
UPDATED: The Billings area schools are killing it in the online voting. Central-Laurel leads the way with Senior-West hot on its heels through the first week of voting and Malta-Glasgow coming in third.
You can vote daily by following this link. But remember, you must register to have your vote count. Go ahead, go!
Rivalries are what makes sports fun — well, that and maybe winning — but which schools in Montana have the state’s best sporting rivalry?
Well, that’s up to you. The Missoulian newspaper, in conjunction with Lee Enterprises and the Wisconsin State Journal, want you to get out there and vote! Cast your ballot for Montana’s best high school sports rivalry (sorry — no Griz or Cats allowed) by clicking here and supporting rivals and those teams you love to hate.
Is it Sentinel-Hellgate? How bout Loyola-Florence? Whitefish-Columbia Falls or Arlee-Charlo? Maybe Hamilton-Stevensville-Corvallis? Or Thompson Falls-Plains?
We’ll be back with updates and results as the competition goes along.
And don’t forget, you have to vote to have your thoughts count. We appreciate your comments below but they might as well be yelled from a moving car window.
i.e. they don’t count
A year and a half ago Koni Dole’s life — let alone his football future — took a devastating turn when an on-field injury forced the amputation of his right leg just below the knee.
Monday afternoon, Dole continued one of the great comeback stories not just in Montana, but anywhere in prep sports by earning a preferred walk-on spot with the Montana State Bobcats to play football next fall.
It can be tough to find a flow when a basketball game is stopped — on average — every 56 seconds because of fouls.
That wasn’t the case for the Missoula Big Sky girls on Saturday in a battle with Kalispell Flathead, a brawl-of-a-game that saw 51 fouls whistled combined. That’s because the Eagles practice in a similar environment, coach Damian Droessler said. Continue reading
Lost amid last week’s manic National Signing Day frenzy was a somewhat shocking decision — or not, depending on whom you talk to — of where the most prolific passer in Montana prep football history will continue his playing career.
Butte High’s Dallas Cook, who practically penned his own chapter in the Montana record books, committed to play junior college ball at North Dakota State College of Science last Wednesday. Continue reading
Typically in cross-classification co-ops — where one smaller school sends its athletes to a larger one for after-school sports — the balance is hardly even. The setup allows the smallest educational institutions to offer a sport that they themselves don’t have the enrollment to hold in-house.
Well that’s not the case in Sanders County. The Plains Horsemen and Hot Springs Savage Heat have one of the most fearsome Class B-C wrestling squads from western Montana this year and a lot of that power is coming from the tiny town of Hot Springs. Continue reading
UPDATED: It’s been a little over two months since college football had its big signing day. We brought you this list at that point, but it’s gotten quite a bit longer since then — up to 39 area signees.
It’s national signing day 2014 and the National Letters of Intent are flying around this morning with local athletes securing their spots for the future 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, both in signings and other forms of commitment.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or on twitter (@ajmazzolini).
With out further ado: Continue reading
Hellgate hoops likes to cram as much Missoula excitement as it can into one action-packed week.
Instead of spreading its crosstown games over its Western AA conference schedule, the Knights hit their Garden City rivals back to back in one crazy week. It pumps the energy level at games through the roof, Hellgate boys’ basketball player Devin Bray said Continue reading