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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Sports at a Glance

All stories by Jean Schurman

Stevensville continues winning

Lady Broncs top Stevi

Blue Devils pick up first win


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Stevensville continues winning

The Battle of the Bitterroot, part one, took place Friday in Stevensville. With Stevensville playing some of the best team play they have exhibited all year, the 'Jackets jumped out to a 13-point lead, taking advantage of the 1-3-1 defense Hamilton was playing. Although Hamilton made the defensive switch, Stevensville's lead held up throughout the game, ending with a 74-62 Southwest Conference victory.

"The boys played well," said coach Keith Chambers of his Yellowjackets, who shot 68 percent. "It was a typical rivalry game where you never know what's going to happen."

Stevensville was 22-of-31 from the field and only missed five shots out of 24 attempts inside the three-point line. Senior Nick Dahlquist poured in 22 points and led all scoring as he has for the past three games.

"He has really picked up his playing," said Chambers. Dahlquist only missed two field goals in the game.

Sophomore Drew Zeiler added 18 points for the 'Jackets and junior Ethan Pateman added another 10 for a balanced scoring attack by the 'Jackets. Hamilton was led by Jason Schallenberger's 18 points.

Stevensville goes into the Christmas break with a 4-2 record. They defeated Polson earlier in the week.

"We still have a lot of things to work on," said Chambers of his young team. "But it's a great way to go into the break. They are playing very well as a team."

Hamilton - Jason Schallenberger 18, Ryan Turley 14, Evan Green 11, Britt Farley 2, Devin Leonardi 2, Tyler Holley 7, Ben Endicott 8.

Stevensville - Nick Dahlquist 22, Drew Zeiler 18, Ethan Pateman 10, Logan Creech 9, Boone Chambers 9, Jeremy Rusnell 2, Richie Brushia 4.

The Hamilton Broncs ran into a red-hot Seeley Swan team on Saturday and were unable to contain the Blackhawks. Seeley won, 56-44. Schallenberger was again the high scorer, with 15 points.

Victor heads into the holiday break with only one loss, to Salmon, Idaho, on their record. The Pirates notched its fifth straight win Saturday with a 49-42 win over Alberton in Alberton. Led by senior guard Eric Taylor, the Pirates racked up 19 points in the third quarter to take the lead and then hold off the Panthers for the conference win.

Victor - Gatlin Lamb 4, Eric Bissett 2, Chris Mai 10, Tyler Swanson 3, Eric Taylor 16, Mark Frye 10, Clay Sacks 2, Josh Hixon 2.

Alberton - Philip Brovold 11, Cody Hoose 5, Jerry Brovold 11, Jordan Johnson 6, James Wemple 2, Jaime Davenport 7.

The Florence Falcons picked up a non conference win over Thompson Falls on Saturday, defeating the Blue Hawks, 65-59. The Falcons went into the second half with a three-point deficit but nine points by sophomore Reid Baerlocher was just the ticket to power the Falcons in the win. Baerlocher finished the game with 27 points, including five three pointers, while senior Damon Moe added another 22.

Florence - Reid Berlocher 27, Brandon Lorensen 7, Damon Moe 22, Alex Mitchell 7, Wedge Warford 2.

Thompson Falls - Dillon Gerstenberger 13, Brandon Damaskos 11, Brian Schenavar 13, Erik Gilbert 6, Dallas VonHeeder 14, Nathan Neigh 2.

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Lady Broncs top Stevi

Averyl LaSalle began the run for the Lady Broncs with the first basket of their game against Stevensville and although Allison Jones immediately answered with one of her own, Stevensville was not able to trade baskets with Hamilton. The red-hot Lady Broncs shot often and were deadly, making five of six treys in the first half. After building a 20-point lead at the half, the Lady Broncs held Stevensville at bay and claimed the 54-30 victory.

Hamilton's Ashley Albert, a junior, made the court her own, hitting long treys and then working underneath for a shot. She finished with 20 points. Another underclassman, Annie Schultz, added 12 points including two treys in the first half.

Hamilton is undefeated with a record of 2-0 in conference play and 5-0 overall.

Jones led the Lady 'Jackets with 14 points.

Hamilton - Misha Trotter 6, Ashley Albert 20, Averyl LaSalle 5, Cierra Smith 7, Dayna Moerkerke 2, Ali Mildenberger 2, Annie Schultz 12.

Stevensville - Sherry Walters 2, Allison Jones 14, Izzy Miller 2, Maddie Jones 4, Blaire Brookshire 3, Jessi Brunette 5.

Anaconda 82, Corvallis 29

Corvallis had the long road trip to Anaconda to take on the powerful Anaconda Copperheads. With an undefeated record, Anaconda is an experienced team which includes Lady Griz recruit Ali Hurley. The Blue Devils put up a valiant fight but were unable to slow Anaconda down. Anaconda won, 82-29.

Corvallis - Kelsey Lemon 5, Sunni Bleibtrey 10, Kirstin Bull 3, Megan Auch 5, Casey Burnette 2, Clarissa Boyer 2, Kayla Gingerich 2.

Anaconda - Emma Johnson 5, Kirstin King 13, McCall Flynn 1, Torry Hill 19, Ali Hurley 25, Lisa Laslovich 7, Korey Krumm 4, Chelsea Galle 4, Kelsey Austin 4.

Florence finished strong against the Lady Blue Hawks of Thompson Falls, taking a 43-36 victory. Using speed and quick hands as well as a strong pressure defense, the Lady Falcons built a lead in the first half and then kept up the pressure to take the win.

Kristina Kmetekova led Florence with 15 points.

Thompson Falls - Nicole Hagedorn 4, Rheanna Padden 7, Katie Petteys 8, Karli Cavill 4, Katelyn Jedlicka 8, Kyla Molzhon 5.

Florence - Rae Baerlocher 8, Brooke Zeiler 6, Jordan Rick 2, Odessa Conley 8, Kristina Kmetekova 15, Katie Niemeir 4.

Hamilton heads into the break with an undefeated record, picking up a non conference victory over Seeley Swan on Saturday. The Lady Broncs were led by Cierra Smith's deadly shot. Smith finished with 12 points, all treys.

Hamilton - Misha Trotter 3, Ashley Albert 7, Cierra Smith 12, Dayna Moerkerke 6, Annie Schultz 8.

Seeley Swan - Catalina Parcell 8, Kyani Murphy 12, Danielle Anderson 4, amy Meyer 2, Bobbie Pierson 2.

Victor fell to Alberton, 37-23, on Saturday in Alberton. A scoreless second quarter by the Lady Pirates was the difference in the conference game. Katie McCormick led the Lady Pirates with 10 points.

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Blue Devils pick up first win

The Corvallis Blue Devils have had a tough season so far and prior to Thursday's game, had yet put a mark in the win column. Early in their game against Anaconda, it looked as if the Copperheads would prevail. Trailing by two points at the end of the first quarter, and without their big guy, Dalton Sybrant, in the middle, the Blue Devils dug deep to take a 57-56 win.

"These kids needed that. They needed to get over the hump," said coach Dave Bradshaw, who is back at the helm of the Blue Devils after a one-year hiattus. "In our first four games, we weren't even in the game for all the four quarters."

Freshman Rodee Anderson sparked the Blue Devils with back to back treys in the opening seconds of the second quarter to give the Blue Devils a five-point lead. Anaconda came back but Corvallis' Garrett Morris stepped up and hit a couple of inside shots and then pulled down a defensive rebound to stymie the Anaconda momentum. Bradshaw said he thought Morris looked like he was having fun on the court. Morris finished with a game-high 13 points.

Anaconda took a four-point lead into the fourth quarter but scrappy play by the Blue Devils kept them right in the middle of the Copperheads. With two minutes remaining in the game, Nick Stoker hit a jump shot to give Corvallis a one-point lead. Anaconda's Henry Huber got the ball inside and went up for a shot which bounced off the rim. Braden Bowles tipped the ball to Stoker who was already racing down the court for the lay up. Corvallis had a three-point lead.

But then the wheels almost came off. Sam Ferguson of Anaconda sliced in for a bucket which pulled the 'Heads to within one point of the lead. But then Corvallis' Casey Seamons collected his fifth foul which led to a Corvallis technical. Seamons filled in for 6'7" junior Dalton Sybrant who was out of town.

"It was a nice night for him, coming off the bench," said Bradshaw of Seamons. "I think I may have talked the official into that (because) I just said to Casey, don't go over the back like that," said Bradshaw. "They came into the huddle and said that it's not over. Coming from a team that struggled last year, that was nice to hear."

With 10 seconds remaining, Anaconda sent Lucas Wagner to the line for two free throws on the foul. Although the Copperheads shot very well from the line, both shots bounced off the rim. Corvallis still had the lead. But then up stepped Ferguson to shoot the techinical foul shots. Again, both shots bounced off the rim and Corvallis was able to keep the ball moving until the buzzer sounded and the Devils had their win.

"It's a measure of how good our confernce is," said a surprised Bradshaw. "Anaconda has been playing pretty well. I never expected them to come down and miss a couple of free throws."

Corvallis 57, Anaconda 56.

Corvallis - Garrett Morris 13, Nick Stoker 12, Casey Seamons 11, Braden Bowles 10, Matt Smith 4, Rodee Anderson 7.

Anaconda - Sam Ferguson 4, Matt King 3, Henry Huber 14, Lucus Wagner 15, Steve Collins 14, Phil Dedman 6.

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