The Western C 8-man football division title comes down to the last game of the year this Friday when the undefeated Arlee Warriors visit the equally unbeaten Flint Creek Titans in Drummond.
“It’s a huge matchup,” Arlee coach Mike Rogers said. “There’s gonna be a pile of talent on the football field Friday night. I think it’s gonna be a good game.”
Both teams come into the matchup 6-0 in league matches with the State C 8-man playoffs waiting the next weekend. Here’s a look at the winner-take-all matchup:
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.
From 2010 to 2013, Polson pitcher Shalaina Duford was a pain in the sides of more batters than possibly any other hurler in the history of the sport in Montana high schools.
She won three State A championships in ’10, ’11 and ’12 and more games than any other pitcher before or since. But strangely enough, Duford is out of the pitching circle now with the Community College of Spokane.
And killing it all the same
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.
UPDATED: A blizzard warning forced the postponement of the Sentinel-Capital basketball games Thursday. The action will be made up on Monday, Mar. 3, with Sentinel’s girls still hosting Capital at 7 p.m. and the boys on the road in Helena also at 7 p.m.
Almost four weeks ago, Helena Capital knocked Missoula Sentinel off the path of the unbeatens by upsetting the No. 1 ranked Spartans 55-50 in Helena.
Neither team has lost since as last year’s State AA finalists have been hurtling toward another rematch this week. The now top-ranked Bruins come to Missoula to face the second-ranked Spartans for a 7 p.m. tip-off Thursday, a meeting of two 17-1 clubs with high state aspirations.
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
The following is a full list of Montana all-conference volleyball teams within the Missoulian’s coverage area. The list will be updated as new information is provided.
All-state teams will also be posted as soon as the teams are available: