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.
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
A year ago, no Big Sky soccer player broke the double-digit mark for goals scored. The Eagles’ closest shot came from Miguel Gutierrez, a foreign exchange student who scored nine times and added two assists for the state-bound Missoula squad.
Big Sky took some grief from others around the state for having its best goal scorer be a foreign exchange player. Gutierrez’s play seemed like a free-agent pickup and the critics let coach Jay Bostrom hear about it — so much so that for the first few games at the beginning of this season, Bostrom made sure to note in conversations with the Missoulian that none of his goal scorers were exchange students. Continue reading
To say the Missoula Hellgate Knights have struggled on offense would be, well, offensive. Through four games, the Knights hadn’t scored a point and were needless to say 0-4.
But that was before co-quarterback Andy Nemec got the lion’s share of the signal-calling duties in the Hellgate backfield.
The senior — who is still listed as wide receiver on the team’s depth chart — was a wildcat-only option in Hellgate’s offense. In layman’s terms, he was only brought in to run the ball while the “passing QB” Brayden Frohlich worked the throwing downs. Continue reading