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.
Following Tommy Tirrell’s tie-breaking chip-off victory Friday that earned him second place at the Loyola Sacred Heart Invitational golf tournament, he carried his iron off the 18th green to talk to a waiting reporter.
They introduced themselves, having never met before. Tirrell didn’t garner too many interviews in his sophomore or freshman seasons golfing at Loyola.
“You probably talked to Tom last year,” Tirrell said, no hint of animosity in his statement of fact, just an observation.
Tom Swanson, and with him Maggie Crippen on the girls’ side, dominated the action for the Rams and Breakers golf teams over the past few seasons. Each are gone now onto NCAA Division I programs, but the Loyola golf legacy still has some sheen on it.
Some sports are available to students no matter which Montana high school they attend. Others, like softball, can generally be found only at the larger classifications, Class B and up.
That leaves a void for many at smaller schools. Darby is filling one of those holes this spring for its diamond cravers, co-oping with Hamilton for spring girls’ softball.
Typically in cross-classification co-ops — where one smaller school sends its athletes to a larger one for after-school sports — the balance is hardly even. The setup allows the smallest educational institutions to offer a sport that they themselves don’t have the enrollment to hold in-house.
Well that’s not the case in Sanders County. The Plains Horsemen and Hot Springs Savage Heat have one of the most fearsome Class B-C wrestling squads from western Montana this year and a lot of that power is coming from the tiny town of Hot Springs. Continue reading
When running back Marty Pigeon went down with a shoulder injury in Loyola Sacred Heart’s quarterfinal football clash with Red Lodge, the Rams backfield was suddenly without the left jab in its 1-2 punch.
Senior Tony Madsen carried the load fine enough alone that week – to the tune of 137 yards on 31 carries for two touchdowns – but coach Dan Weber didn’t want his back worn down by so many touches.
So he shuffled the deck and came up with Stephen Sellman.
The strength of Western B volleyball clearly lived in the southern half of the region this year.
The top three teams at last week’s Western B Divisional volleyball tournament in Florence each hailed from District 6-B while the other half of the division, District 7-B, struggled.
Florence and Deer Lodge were at the top, the two teams that advanced to the State B tournament starting Thursday in Bozeman, while Loyola Sacred Heart earned a consolation prize in third after eliminating 7-B champ Bigfork in the third-place match. Continue reading
After yet another magnificent cross country season, Bigfork runner Makena Morley did more than just make the headlines around the state of Montana. Her utter dominance at the State B meet in Missoula two weekends ago earned her a mention on the national scale.
In Sports Illustrated no less.
Morley, a junior at Bigfork High School, led off the Faces in the Crowd section on Page 24 in the November 11th edition of the magazine (that’s the one with David Ortiz and the Boston police officers on its cover) after she destroyed the all-classification state cross country meet record with a time of 16 minutes, 35.31 seconds. Continue reading