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.
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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 following is a complete list of fall 2014 Coach of the Year recipients for Montana high school athletics, as voted on by fellow Montana Coaches Association members.
All 21 honorees won their respective state titles this fall.
The tiny towns of Westby and Grenora straddle the Montana-North Dakota border way up near where the United State meets Canada. Hot Springs in western Montana may as well be in a different country.
The MonDak Thunder 6-man football team, which comprises players from both towns, traveled almost 800 miles for its Class C quarterfinal playoff game at Hot Springs on Saturday on a journey split up into three days.
The drive home is always a little easier when there’s a win in tow.
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.
Even a narrow loss couldn’t keep the Ronan football team down.
“You don’t ever want to say you’re happy when you lose, but come on,” Chiefs head coach Jim Benn said gesturing to his surroundings. “Getting to coach here and letting our kids have this experience, I mean I’m watching my quarterback take pictures with his parents on the field.”
The special location was Washington-Grizzly Stadium Saturday, which hosted the first Hometown Pride Classic series between high school teams in Montana and Idaho — an event as pleasing to its organizer as it seemed to be to the players, coaches and fans involved.
Cherry Creek Radio will be carrying nearly all Class AA Missoula football games this fall on one of its two AM radio stations — 1450 KGRZ and 1340 KYLT.
That includes several away games with the only exceptions when Missoula’s three teams (Big Sky, Hellgate and Sentinel) play simultaneously.
Cherry Creek Sports Director Bill Schwanke will handle the calls along with Chris Stratton.
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.