When most people think of Japanese wrestling, Sumo is the first discipline that comes to mind.
The island nation from Asia will have a chance to make Missoulians think twice next month when a team of 14 high-school aged wrestlers from Japan visit Big Sky High School on a wrestling cultural exchange trip.
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.
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.
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.
Missoula Big Sky sprinter Alex Mustard entered the 2014 track season with high expectations after a couple silver finishes from last spring.
But in mid-March, doubled over in pain in a Billings hotel room, his mind was a long way from this year’s State AA meet.
Mustard missed the beginning of this season’s competition after an emergency appendectomy last month. The senior Eagle is getting stronger by the day, though, inching closer to joining his teammates back on the track.
It can be tough to find a flow when a basketball game is stopped — on average — every 56 seconds because of fouls.
That wasn’t the case for the Missoula Big Sky girls on Saturday in a battle with Kalispell Flathead, a brawl-of-a-game that saw 51 fouls whistled combined. That’s because the Eagles practice in a similar environment, coach Damian Droessler said. Continue reading
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
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
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