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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Sports at a Glance

All stories by Jean Schurman

Florence tops Seeley

Blue Devils roll

Hamilton finishes second in own tournament


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Florence tops Seeley

The Lady Falcons are coming into their own on the volleyball court and they showed just how tough they might be on Thursday against Seeley-Swan. With a combination of strong hitters and blockers and players that aren’t afraid to hit the floor for a dig, Florence is a team to be reckoned with. They defeated Seeley-Swan in three games – 25-11, 25-16, 25-14.

Jo Johnston knocked down 12 kills and nailed eight aces in the 7B conference win. Katie Niemeir had a couple of blocks and Kayla Daniels had 20 assists in the win.

Coach Kelly Daniels said, “I was pleased with passing and we had great serves. We just did everything great tonight.”

Maintaining their focus has been one of the goals for the Lady Falcons, especially against slower teams. “We’ve set some real goals for each and every touch of the ball,” said Daniels. “That seems to have happened.”

Daniels had the opportunity to work two of her younger setters into the rotation. In addition, she said they have been working on court transitions. “We always need to improve on court transitions, getting to where we need to be, not going halfway.”

Jo Johnston of Florence smiles as she knocks down a kill during the game against Seeley-Swan. The Lady Falcons defeated Seeley in three games. Johnston finished with 12 kills and 8 aces. Jean Schurman photo.

Florence def. Seeley-Swan 25-11, 25-16, 25-14.

Kills – Seeley 15, Florence 29 (Jo Johnston 12). Blocks – Seeley 3, Florence 5 (Katie Niemeir 2). Digs – Seeley 20, Florence 35 (Amanda Heffner 14). Assists – Seeley 8, Florence 23 (Kayla Daniels 20). Aces – Seeley 3, Florence 13 (Johnston 8).

Loyola defeated Darby in three games (25-13, 25-9, 25-8) on Thursday night. Mariah Cress had 12 kills for Darby as well as seven digs and three aces.

Victor fell to Arlee in three games on Thursday as well. Emily Copeland had 10 assists and two aces. Liz Taylor added four kills for Victor.

Frenchtown defeated Corvallis but it took five games. After losing the first game, Corvallis came back and won the next two. They battled to a 26-24 loss to the Broncs in the fourth game and then lost the final game. Ali Bierer had 17 kills and 10 blocks for the Blue Devils. Callie Ward added 11 digs and six aces.

Frenchtown def. Corvallis 25-21, 23-25, 18-25 26-24, 19-17.

Kills – Corvallis 38 (Ali Bierer 17), Frenchtown 39. Blocks – Corvallis 32 (Bierer 10), Frenchtown 17. Digs – Corvallis 46 (Callie Ward 11), Frenchtown 78. Assists – Corvallis 33 (Whitney Henderson 28). Frenchtown 27). Aces – Corvallis 16 (Ward 6), Frenchtown 17.

Ronan defeated Stevensville 25-19, 25-19, 25-12. The Yellowjackets were led by Maddie Jones who had 18 kills and four aces.

Hamilton fell to Dillon in three games.

Darby picked up a win over Valley Christian. The Lady Tigers were led by Mariah Cress with nine kills. She also had four blocks and 10 digs. The Tigers had 21 aces with Rachel Wetzsteon knocking down nine.

Darby def. Valley Christian 25-19, 25-18, 18-25, 25-14.

Kills – Valley Christian 26, Darby 26 (Cress 9). Blocks – Valley Christian 3, Darby 6 (Cress 4). Digs – Valley Christian 15, Darby 38 (Cress 10). Assists – Valley Christian 18, Darby 24 (Tara Sullivan 21). Aces – Valley Christian 10, Darby 21 (Wetzsteon 9).

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Blue Devils roll

The creed for this year’s Blue Devil football team has been one step at a time. Friday’s game against Stevensville was a big step for this football program that has been three years in the making, according to Corvallis coach Russ Hendrickson. The team put 49 points on the board, rushed for 367 yards and held the Yellowjackets to only eight points in the rivalry.

“We wanted to run the ball,” said Hendrickson. “That was our game plan. We were hoping to try to get 300 yards rushing and that’s what we got.”

Matt Smith is a critical part of the Blue Devils’ ground game. For the past few games, the 5’10”, 205-pound senior has been having a great year blocking but hasn’t really touched the ball that much. Hendrickson said the plan was to get Smith carrying the ball this game.

“He’s been blocking awesome,” said Hendrickson. “So we wanted to get him 200 (yards) because he deserves it. We told him before the game we wanted to get him 30 carries and to get 200 yards.”

Matt Smith races for a touchdown during the Stevensville Homecoming game against Corvallis. The 5’10” senior from Corvallis had three touchdowns and 203 yards, according to Blue Devil coach Russ Hendrickson. Jean Schurman photo.

Although Hendrickson initially thought Smith had achieved the 200 mark, the official yardage was 180 yards on 21 carries. That included three touchdown runs of seven, two and four yards each, as well as one two-point conversion.

Corvallis scored after a fake punt attempt and a pass from Kennan Strong to Drew Zeiler set the Blue Devils up deep in ‘Jacket country. Smith took the ball on an end-around and crossed the goal for the first score of the game. Rodee Anderson returned a kickoff for 75 yards and six points. He also had a seven-yard touchdown run. Austin Byron had a 30-yard scoring run and Nathan DuBose finished the Blue Devils’ scoring with a two-yard run. Corvallis had a safety as well.

It was a tough night for the Yellowjackets. Their only score was a seven-yard pass to Jalen Pfau from Logan Connors. Richie Brushia completed the two-point conversion. Ethan Pateman, Stevensville’s go-to player, left the game in the second quarter with what appeared to be an ankle injury. The younger and smaller Yellowjackets didn’t have any answers for the Blue Devils.

In other Southwestern A Conference action, Hamilton fell to Dillon, 51-21. Dillon put 36 points on the board in the first half while Hamilton only scored once when Brady Anderson pushed through from one yard out. Anderson also scored the third and last TD in the fourth quarter. Eric Brangoccio had a 16-yard run for the Broncs as well.

Darby fell to Deer Lodge, 21-6. Matt Converse caught an 11-yard pass from John Pyles to put the Tigers on the board in the fourth quarter. Jacob Thomas kicked the PAT.

The Victor Pirates rallied after losing to Twin Bridges last week. The Pirates stomped Philipsburg, 50-20, in Western C action. Cody Burdett pulled down a 25-yard pass from Gatlin Lamb for the first TD of the game. Next up was Saxton Coorough with a 77-yard scoring reception. Xavier Morigeau mixed it up with a three-yard run for another Pirate score and Coorough caught the pass from Lamb on the conversion. Cody Fishback powered through with Morigeau following on the conversion. Lamb then called his own number and raced 29 yards for six. Fishback then had a 12-yard run to complete the scoring for the Pirates.

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Hamilton finishes second in own tournament

Hamilton’s boys’ golf team had the advantage of knowing the course quite well but in some cases, the pressure to do well on the ‘home turf’ was a bit overwhelming for the Bronc boys. Coupled with that pressure, most of the team was also battling a ferocious cold that didn’t help at all. Still and all, the Hamilton team finished second to Whitefish.

Hamilton has three freshmen boys on the golf team. Even though they are young, coach Owen Burch says these three have really spent a lot of time on the course and it shows. They are poised and relaxed but competitive.

One of the freshmen, Tyler Jessop, finished in third behind Tyler Engebretson of Polson and Casey Diaz of Big Sky who were first and second with scores of 77 and 78. Jessop shot a 79 which tied him with Daniel Markus of Whitefish and Reed Platke of Whitefish. Another Hamilton freshman, Brad Palin, shot an 84 which put him in 10th spot in the eleven-team invite.

Stevensville’s Clay Pape shot an 86 to lead the Yellowjackets.

Whitefish won the team title with a 320 score. Hamilton had 333, followed by Polson with 336. Stevensville was fourth with a score of 365.

Hamilton – Tyler Jessop 79, Brad Palin 84, Jason Jessop 90, Eli Rogers 85, and Andrew Shook 85.

Stevensville – Clay Pape 86, Sam Lubbers 87, Nigel McCallum 106, Milan Plachy 91, Riley Slaughter 101.

On the girls’ side, a determined Cierra Smith shot a 96 to finish in 7th place. Polson won the girls scoring with 365. They were followed by Whitefish, Anaconda, Hamilton, Ronan, Libby, and Missoula Sentinel JV. Miranda Martin followed Smith with a 107 for Hamilton. Amber Gough finished with 108, Tess Rankin had 113, and Annie Schultz finished with 143 for Hamilton.

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The Corvallis boys defeated Stevensville, 4-2, in a battle of the unbeatens. Corvallis had goals from Marshall Johnson, Aaron Jessop (2), and Seth Pelkey. Stevensville’s Eric Depee scored both goals.

The Stevensville girls topped Corvallis, 2-0. Sherry Walters scored at the 65-minute mark and Sara Grimes scored in the last minute of the game.

The Hamilton boys topped Loyola, 7-0, and the Hamilton girls defeated the Breakers, 13-0.

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