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
A story ran in last Thursday’s Missoulian about two local prep swimmers Kate Zimmer and Hailey Jacobson who’ve committed to big-time colleges to continue their sporting careers.
But there was some interesting background on Zimmer, a Big Sky and Missoula Aquatic Club swimmer, that didn’t quite fit the narrative of that piece. Zimmer, an accomplished pool sprinter who’ll compete at LSU next year, nearly had her favorite sport taken away from her.
She developed a pair of bulging disks in the lumbar section of her back as a freshman that took her out of the water completely. Continue reading
You don’t have to be a skyscraper of a basketball player to block a shot. Just ask the Loyola Sacred Heart boys’ team.
Four mid-sized Rams combined for six blocked shots in Loyola’s 53-47 victory over league foe Deer Lodge on Thursday night in Missoula.
“We (block) and rebound really well for little guys,” joked Loyola coach Scott Anderson.
Maybe not little, but certainly not big. None of the four shot-blockers from Thursday’s game are taller than 6-foot-3. Continue reading
Missoula’s Hellgate High School narrowed the pool of candidates for its vacant head coaching position to three this past weekend, including one local man.
Missoula’s Matt Softich is joined by Emmett Dougherty of Lewiston, Idaho, and Shaun Murgel, of Winnemucca, Nev.
The field was cut to these three men late last week with a hire expected as early as Monday this week before the decision was delayed a few more days, Hellgate athletic director Lynn Farmer said.
In the meantime, let’s see what we know about the three men left in the Hellgate hunt. 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
With 2 1/2 minutes remaining in what would turn out to be a Frenchtown 81-74 victory over Loyola Sacred Heart on Friday night, Bronc John Chapman drove to the basket from the top of the 3-point arc before giving the Rams’ defense a lesson in respecting his all-around ability.
Chapman had 28 points at that moment and everyone in the key closed in on the senior guard to keep him from reaching an even 30. Instead, Chapman took a hard step to his left, turned his body squarely to face his teammates on the Frenchtown bench and tucked a nifty pass under his right elbow to Bridger Truett beneath the basket.
Truett’s easy lay-in gave Chapman nine assists for the night, nearly a double-double when coupled with his eventual 33 points. Continue reading
We in the media ask a lot of questions. I mean it’s kind of our job, right?
Well sometimes the people at which we’re directing said queries are not allowed to answer them. When such a quandary arises, you’ll usually see a flood of things like, “No comment,” and the like.
Sometimes, though, you get a real gem when an authoritative figure says everything you need to hear, without saying anything at all. Such was the case when the Missoulian contacted Stevensville boys’ basketball coach Joey Wark on Tuesday night looking for confirmation of the rumors that star athlete Jesse Sims had transferred schools.
Here’s what he had to say: Continue reading
What do the dates January 3 and February 22 have in common?
Before you go digging through your encyclopedia (do those still exist outside of school libraries?!), let me break the spell for you. The two dates are the days on the calendar in which the Missoula Sentinel boys’ basketball team earned their third wins of the season in each of the last two years.
The Spartans did so just this Friday (Jan. 3) with a 57-55 victory over last year’s Western AA front-runner Kalispell Glacier to improve to 3-2 on the young season.
Needless to say, there’s been a whole lot of improvement between Jay Jagelski’s first and second seasons at the helm of the Spartans. Continue reading