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.
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.
Everything about creating a new program can be tricky when the ingredients include a pair of longtime rivals with their own storied and distinct histories. The safest way to name the new 8-man football co-op between Drummond and Granite high schools, both sides agreed, was to create an entirely new identity.
The school districts settled on Flint Creek, carrying the mascot The Titans.
The State AA softball tournament in Great Falls chopped off a day from its traditional three-day format and wrapped up on Friday in an experimental schedule change for 2014.
The MHSA shortened the length of the eight-team tournament to see if 15 games of softball could squeeze into two days without any trouble, said Mark Beckman, executive director of the Montana High Schools Association. ASA tournaments do it all the time, he pointed out.
But should Montana’s state tournaments?
Libby and Anaconda both opted to drop from Class A to B starting in the 2015-16 school year. But against whom and in what district would the newly minted B schools play?
The Montana High School Association answered that question Thursday by placing the Loggers in District 7-B and the Copperheads in District 6-B, for most sports at least, as well as finding Plentywood a home at the Class C ranks.
UPDATED: Libby voted this week to move from Class A to B.
The recent news that Southwestern A school Anaconda is, like its enrollment, dropping to Class B for athletics has generated a bit of discussion ’round these parts.
What are the enrollment restrictions for classifications in Montana? Who’s close to those limits and who could be on the move next?
Several other schools are on the verge, though not all have decided to pack their bags and move yet. Let’s take a look at the tape:
The MHSA/Army National Guard Academic All-Team Award winners were announced Monday for the winter sports seasons.
The awards are given to the top three teams that exhibit outstanding academic achievement during the school year’s second quarter of play for each respective activity in each of the MHSA schools’ classification (AA, A, B and C). Member schools calculate their students’ accumulative grade point average for the award.
This season’s varsity winners with cumulative team GPA:
The Montana High School Association recently named the 2011-2012 winners of its NorthWestern Energy Academic Excellence awards, and two local schools won for their respective classifications.
Missoula Hellgate, for Class AA, and Florence, for Class B, had the highest combined grade-point averages among its student-athletes. The other winners were Billings Central (Class A) and Chester-Joplin-Inverness (Class C).
Hellgate, which had a total enrollment of 1,293 students last spring, compiled a 3.562 GPA among its 256 participants in athletics. Missoula Big Sky was second in the AA pool, compiling a 3.403 GPA between 293 athletes.
Florence posted the highest combined athlete GPA of any school in the awards competition. Florence, which had an enrollment of 252, received a combined GPA of 3.727 among its 74 participants. Class C winner C-J-I was next in line with a 3.714 GPA.
Whitefish was runner-up to Billings Central as the Class A GPA winner. The Bulldogs’ athletes combined for a 3.429 GPA, while the Rams tallied a 3.443 GPA.