With the conclusion of Saturday’s championships in the Southwestern and Central A’s and Western B-C divisional softball tournaments, the state tournament brackets for Montana’s three high school sports classifications for spring 2014 are set.
Here are the first-round pairings for each, with tournament play beginning next Thursday in Great Falls and Polson:
From 2010 to 2013, Polson pitcher Shalaina Duford was a pain in the sides of more batters than possibly any other hurler in the history of the sport in Montana high schools.
She won three State A championships in ’10, ’11 and ’12 and more games than any other pitcher before or since. But strangely enough, Duford is out of the pitching circle now with the Community College of Spokane.
And killing it all the same
Polson’s Andrew Curley had a dream performance Friday night at the State A basketball tournament. The Pirates junior came off the bench to hit all seven of his shots in the first half, six of them 3-pointers, and the Pirates held a 30-20 lead at the break over Miles City.
But Curley’s 20 points, the hundreds of fans at Great Falls’ Four Seasons Arena chanting his name, even his mere presence in a Pirates’ uniform, are all the more special considering where he was a year ago.
Homeless. In trouble with the law. At his third school in three years.
Think of your favorite contact sport. Yes, right now.
Was it football? Maybe hockey? Or rugby? How about volleyball?
Volleyball. Columbia Falls’ outside hitter Haley Belgarde proved volleyball is very much a contact sport. Just give this little video a watch. The payoff comes just after the 20-second mark.
The Polson Bay Golf Course, home to the 2013 Montana State A high school golf tournament, is looking for volunteers to help with the set up and daily production of the championship event.
The tournament, which runs from Oct. 3 to 5, is in need of extra help with volunteers assisting in scoring, transportation, starting rounds, along with various other duties. Any golf fans interested in helping should contact the Polson Bay golf shop at (406) 883-8230 for more information.
The Polson girls will be shooting at their home course for a third straight team championship. That mark would tie Billings Central for the second most consecutive girls’ team titles in the classification. Only Whitefish (93-99) has had more at the Class A level with seven, including a tied co-championship in 1994.