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.
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.
Great Falls High and Great Falls CMR were part of the East-West Class AA softball exchange that blew through Missoula on Friday. Each stopped off at the respective Garden City schools for one matchup each in a tripleheader.
And boy did things go well for the Bison and Rustlers.
The Great Falls schools swept all three and again look like the favorites for the State AA title coming up in two weeks with the tournament held in, of course, Great Falls of all places.
Had Wednesday night’s clash of state Nos. 1 and 2 been played as originally scheduled, Olivia Roberts likely would have gotten to enjoy senior night with her fellow Spartans.
Initially slated for last Thursday before a slew of blizzards and school closures, the rematch of last year’s State AA finals that yielded Sentinel its second straight championship was pushed back a week before the Spartans could pull off the coup of Capital.
Roberts, though, watched from the bench and missed her second straight game because of illness.
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
Most everybody in Montana prep basketball circles knows about Missoula Sentinel seniors Olivia Roberts and Maddie Keast.
You know they’re the major contributors for the undefeated Spartans. You probably know they’re leading Sentinel in the hunt for a third straight State AA girls’ title. You probably also know they’ve both committed to Division I college programs for next year.
But there’s a whole heap of Spartans backing them up without whom Sentinel wouldn’t be in near the pretty position it is now. Continue reading
It’s been a long time since Missoula Sentinel wrestler Jaydn Wilson had lost a match at his Spartans’ home tournament, the Jug Beck Rocky Mountain Classic.
That’s three years to be exact. As he won his way into the semifinals of the 2014 addition of the tournament this weekend, the 37th such holding at Sentinel High School, he’d come to the spot where a freshman Wilson had been knocked off the championship path. In between were more than 15 wins.
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
Karen Deden racked her brain, trying to remember any time her Sentinel Spartan girls had rolled on such a run before.
“Maybe…,” the 14-year Sentinel head coach began before changing tracks, “but that wasn’t against AA.”
Any way you slice it, the Spartans’ 31-2 run against Western AA foe Kalispell Flathead on Saturday was one for the ages. The stretch leading into the first-half buzzer gave Sentinel a 37-7 lead and a definitive lock what would become a 53-25 victory.
But how did it all go down? Continue reading
Local basketball fans can tune in to Class AA games on the radio as Cherry Creek Radio this week announced its broadcast schedule for the remainder of the winter hoops season with Western AA league play the focus.
Games will air on both KGRZ (1450 AM) and KYLT (1340 AM) to allow coverage of multiple pairings on certain dates.
Cherry Creek will air 47 regular season contests of Missoula boys’ and girls’ basketball, including 10 road contests, while also carrying State AA play-in games for Missoula teams in early march and any ensuing tournament games played the following week in Billings, the home of the State AA tourney. Continue reading