Record keeping among high school athletics in Montana is an inexact science. In fact, there’s little scientific about it. Often times outstanding performances get lost in the fray and are never reported or officially recognized in the Montana High School Association record book.
Such was the case for a boys’ basketball game played 15 years ago.
Three weeks ago Misssoula Sentinel striker Adam Mickelson piled up three goals while leading the Spartans to an easy 4-1 win over the rival Big Sky Eagles.
Big Sky had a plan when the teams met to cap the Western AA soccer regular season Tuesday. It involved the big body of defender Viktor Lemeza playing the part of Mickelson’s shadow — and the scheme worked.
Well, mostly. The underdog Eagles pulled out the 1-1 draw that felt more like a win.
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.
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
With about 4 1/2 minutes ticked off the clock in the first quarter of Missoula Big Sky’s home opener with Butte High on Thursday, Eagles center Colin Bingham stepped to the free-throw line for a pair of charity shots.
His team already owned a 14-2 lead, and as Bingham hit his free throw to run the Bulldogs’ deficit to 13 early points, Butte coach Terry Hauser called his first time out of the boys’ basketball game.
That’s when the Big Sky bench exploded.
Midway through his team’s softball game with Missoula Sentinel on Thursday, Big Sky coach Dennis Staves used a break in the action to sneak a look out past the centerfield fence toward the junior varsity field and the schools’ JV game that was underway there. He wasn’t sure what he was seeing.
Were those the Eagles up to bat? No, no, maybe the Spartans. Continue reading