Back in early December, Corvallis prospect Jesse Sims de-committed from Oregon State, University where he had planned to play college football, after head coach Mike Riley left for Nebraska.
Almost six weeks later, he’s coming closer to making a decision — again — to where he will take his football talents. But not quite yet.
The last time that Matt Softich and Matt Johnson shared a football field, by the latter’s recollection at least, was somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 years ago.
And the field wasn’t in Missoula where both men coach high school football now — Johnson at Big Sky, Softich at Hellgate. That last time was in Anaconda when Johnson was quarterbacking the Copperheads as a prep player and Softich was his QB coach.
They’re back together at Missoula County Stadium when the crosstown foes collide Friday night.
In January, the spotlight at Frenchtown High School turned away from the court and onto Libby boys’ basketball coach Wally Winslow before the Loggers’ Northwestern A matchup with the Broncs. Frenchtown coach Michael Botsford paid tribute to one of the league’s long-time leaders who planned to retire at season’s end.
“I look up to him,” Botsford said. “It’s the good one’s like that that you love coaching against.”
Botsford, who has coached against Winslow in some capacity for a decade-plus, presented the 16-year Loggers’ coach with a trophy before the road crowd roared and cheered.
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.
Hailey Jacobson summed up what I was feeling pretty well with one sharp observation at the University of Montana’s Grizzly Pool recently.
“You probably can’t even tell who we all are with just our black suits,” the Missoula Hellgate senior swimmer said.
This was last Saturday and I was at the pool working on a feature story on Hailey and her Missoula Aquatic Club teammate Kate Zimmer, a Big Sky High swimmer. But tracking them down was a bit tougher than I’d imagined.
That’s because at a Missoula high school swim meet rivals from Hellgate, Big Sky and Sentinel are anything but. They’re more like teammates playing for different sides. Continue reading
We in the media ask a lot of questions. I mean it’s kind of our job, right?
Well sometimes the people at which we’re directing said queries are not allowed to answer them. When such a quandary arises, you’ll usually see a flood of things like, “No comment,” and the like.
Sometimes, though, you get a real gem when an authoritative figure says everything you need to hear, without saying anything at all. Such was the case when the Missoulian contacted Stevensville boys’ basketball coach Joey Wark on Tuesday night looking for confirmation of the rumors that star athlete Jesse Sims had transferred schools.
Here’s what he had to say: Continue reading
To say the Missoula Hellgate Knights have struggled on offense would be, well, offensive. Through four games, the Knights hadn’t scored a point and were needless to say 0-4.
But that was before co-quarterback Andy Nemec got the lion’s share of the signal-calling duties in the Hellgate backfield.
The senior — who is still listed as wide receiver on the team’s depth chart — was a wildcat-only option in Hellgate’s offense. In layman’s terms, he was only brought in to run the ball while the “passing QB” Brayden Frohlich worked the throwing downs. Continue reading