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Volume XIX, Number 29


Wednesday, February 11, 2004

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Wrestling Wrap Up

Girls Basketball

Boys Basketball

Wrestling wrapup

The Corvallis Blue Devils finished in seventh place with 108.5 points after the State A tournament at the Metra in Billings. Sidney finished first with 251 points. Polson (143), Hardin (139/5), Libby (130.5) Anaconda (126) and Havre (122) were the top six finishers.

Only one Corvallis wrestler made it to the championship round. Brady Nagel lost a 7-1 decision to Josh Bauer of Colstrip at the 140 weight division. Nagel began his quest for the title with a forfeit decision over B. Hunter of Miles City. He then defeated V. Wagner of Browning, 10-4. Nagel defeated Josh LaForge of Hardin, 11-8 in the championship semi finals before wrestling Bauer.

Russ Jessop defeated J. Muhbeier of Hardin at 160 for third place. Kevin Owen of Polson defeated Russ Jessop in the semi finals. He pinned G. Larson of Sidney in 2:56 in the opening round on Friday. Ross Jessop pinned B. Michels of Havre at the 3:35 mark in the quarter finals.

Corvallis had three wrestlers finish in fifth place. Taylor Nagel defeated M. Cellmer of Laurel, 10-4, at 105. He drew a bye in the opening round and then defeated G. Chagnon of Havre, 8-2, before to losing to Caleb Wainwright of Whitefish in a close battle, 10-9.

Tyler Jolley defeated G. Seely of Havre in a major decision, 12-3, for fifth place at 160. He defeated Seely earlier in the quarter finals as well. ea Jolley was pinned by Sidney’s Nate Williams at 4:31 in the championship semi finals. He pinned Miles City's J. Johnson in just over 30 seconds in the opening round.

Dared Sybrant defeated T. Parker of Whitefish, 7-1 in the heavyweight division. The Corvallis senior pinned R. Becker of Miles City in 22 seconds in the opening round. He was pinned by K. Kovas of Livingston in the quarter finals and had to work his way back through the wrestlebacks.

Gordy Jessop finished sixth after losing to G. Wood of Libby at 145. He defeated T. Lucas of Belgrade, 6-1 and then lost to J. Brokaw of Hardin.

Joe Lewis of Hamilton finished fifth at 215. He pinned Lewistown's T. Swift at 2:11. Lewis pinned Swift in 1:58 in the opening round of the tournament. He then lost to K. Bermann of Hardin in the quarter finals.

Florence finished in the middle of the B/C pack with 53 points. Conrad won the team championship with 197-5 points.

Florence had one wrestler in the championship finals. Paden Jenkins lost an 11-9 decision to Tom Radach of Conrad at 215. Jenkins pinned Tommy Clement of Boulder in 2:39 in the championship semi finals. Jenkins defeated E. Godbodt of Whitehall in 30 seconds in the opening round. He then pinned S. Gagnon of Chester at 4:58 in the quarter finals.

Dan McChesney finished in third place after defeating T. May of Cascade at 152. He was pinned by Pete Betcher of Choteau at 3:13 in the championship semi finals. McChesney opened his tournament with a pin over S. Thacker of Sheridan in 3:12. He won a major decision over R. Oblander of Huntley Project in the quarter finals.

Darby finished with four points.

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Girls basketball roundup

The Lady Falcons of Florence closed out their season with wins over two other Bitterroot Valley teams, the Darby Lady Tigers on Thursday night and the Lady Broncs of Hamilton on Friday.

Coach Bryan Neuman was happy with his Florence team's performance, especially the half court defense the Lady Falcons have become known for.

"You have to love our half court defense. When we play man to man, that's what has gotten us 12 wins this year."

Florence jumped out to an 11 point lead at the end of the first half and built on that throughout the rest of the game. With Kaci Gaub and Heather Martin working the inside, the Lady Tigers could not get any rebounds to get their offense rolling. Florence won, 46-29. Gaub finished with 17 points.

Florence 46, Darby 29
Florence (46) -- Erin Dean 3, Liz Ashworth 2, Kristin Person 3, Aly Henderson 4, Heather Martin 8, Angela Vandeburgh 6, Ciara Hansen 3, Kaci Gaub 17

Darby (29) -- Laura Bratvold 3, Whitney Banks 6, Amy Hamilton 10, Tara Ray 5, Linda Hall 3, Jenna Blue 2.

Friday night Florence took on Hamilton. The Lady Falcons held off a third quarter surge by Hamilton to take the 49-35 victory. Gaub finished with 13 points and Erin Dean added 10. Hamilton was led by Katie Mildenberger's 11 points.

"It's good to get some experience on that floor (Hamilton's) and build our confidence as well," said Neuman.

The District 5B tournament will be held this week in Hamilton. Florence finished the season in third place with six conference wins and four conference losses. They are 13-5 overall. They will open against Superior (2-8, 7-11) Wednesday night at 8 p.m.

Darby finished witha 2-8 conference record and 6-12 overall. They will play Deer Lodge at 2 p.m on Wednesday at the 5B tournament.

Florence 49, Hamilton 35
Florence (49) -- Erin Dean 10, Liz Ashworth 8, Aly Henderson 3, Heather Martin 3, Angela Vandeburgh 8, Ciara Hansen 4, Kaci Gaub 13.

Hamilton -- Chelsee Kilorn 5, Sarah Lyons 7, Katie Mildenberger 11, Hannah Linkenhoker 2, Nicole Lawson 4, Clair Schultz 6.

Hamilton traveled to Columbia Falls on Saturday to take on the second place Wildkats. Columbia Falls poured in 22 points in the first quarter to set the pace. Hamilton came back in the fourth quarter to score 25 points but couldn't stop the Wildkats. Final score -- Columbia Falls 63, Hamilton 51. Sophomore Chelsee Kilorn led the Lady Broncs with 16 points.

Columbia Falls 63, Hamilton 51
Columbia Falls (63) -- Rachel Golden 7, Jenna Toole 2, Kellen Bennett 14, Bekah Stoltz 6, Cealee Brumwell 9, Katie Nolan 12, Sarah Hislop 11, Danielle Herman 2.

Hamilton (51) -- Chelsee Kilorn 16, JoDean Cook 3, Sarah Lyons 14, Katie Mildenberger 4, Hannah Linkenhoker 12, Laura Shrives 2.

Stevensville was Columbia Falls' victim on Friday night. The Wildkats scored 43 points in the second and thrid quarters to ensure a 74-50 victory.

Stevensville was paced by Melissa Pohland's 20 points. Jonna Davis added 14 as did Jodie Brown.

Columbia Falls 74, Stevensville 50
Columbia Falls (74) -- Mary Nolan 4, Rachel Golden 4, Jenna Toole 4, Kellen Bennett 3, Lindsay Johnson 7, Bekah Stoltz 20, Cealie Brumwell 8, Katie Nolan 11, Sarah Hislop 9, Danielle Herman 4.

Stevensville (50) -- Kelly Wasser 2, Melissa Pohland 20, Jonna Davis 14, Jodie Brown 14.

Bigfork defeated Stevensville, 46-36, Saturday night. The 'Jackets were led by Davis' 18 points.

Bigfork 46, Stevensville 36
Bigfork (46) -- Shanea Mikowski 2, Callie Gunderson 3, Hannah Hilley 8, Nikki Thompson 8, Mary Hall12, Gretchen Groenke 4, Brittany Brendsel 9.

Stevensville (36) -- Kelly Wasser 2, Melissa Pohland 5, Athena Bradshaw 1, Jonna Davis 18, Nadia Smorowkski 3, Jodie Brown 7.

Bigfork defeated Corvallis, 50-34, Thursday. The Blue Devils were unable to get any offense going according to Brent Polari, Corvallis coach.

"We got into some foul trouble, and that, along with the atmosphere up there, just kept us out of our game."

Vanessa Bliebtrey led the Blue Devils with 12 points.

Bigfork 50, Corvallis 34
Bigfork (50) -- Callie Gunderson 4, Hannah Hiley 2, Nikki Thompson 21, Gretchen Groenke 3, Britany Brendsel 15, Beth Bernel 5.

Corvallis (34) -- Beth Weidow 2, Vanessa Bliebtrey 12, Shanda Bradshaw 6, Cali Reinke 1, Heather Wofford 2, Evanie Squires 1, Jenna Tintzman 10.

Victor did not play this week but will compete at the District 13C tournament in Philipsburg. They will play Lincoln in the opening game on Thursday.

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Boys Basketball - Corvallis stops Ronan

The Corvallis Blue Devils are coming together at just the right time. They defeated the No. 5 ranked Ronan Chiefs, 74-71, in their final game of the regular season. With the momentum behind them, this Blue Devil team may just be the spoiler of the Western A Divisional tournament in Ronan this week.

Corvallis got off to a running start when senior Drew Huls sank two three pointers, pulled down a rebound and sank another duece. Corvallis was up by 11 before Ronan even got their bearings in the Blue Devil's gym. But Ronan came back strong behind the shooting of Jimmy Michel. Ronan pulled within three points at the end of the first quarter and then got the edge on Corvallis midway through the second quarter.

But the Blue Devils didn't give up. Colin Fehr and Brett Henry kept the nets hot for Corvallis while Joe Nisly struggled though a shooting drought. He worked his way through it and caught on fire in the third quarter. Nisly finished with 25 points. Colin Fehr had 17 and Huls 12.

"Drew really gave us some momentum and the Colin (Fehr) picked it up," said coach Dave Bradshaw. "It was really a team effort. Although we've only had five wins, we've had some really close games. We're a better team than our record says."

Corvallis will open the Western A Divisional at 1 p.m on Wednesday against Whitefish. Corvallis finished the season witha 4-10 conference record and 5-13 overall record.

Corvallis 74, Ronan 71
Corvallis (74) -- Trevor Fehr 3, Brett Henry 10, Jordan Mousley 1, Patrick McKay 4, Joe Nisly 25, Billy Wilson 2, Colin Fehr 17, Drew Huls 12.

Ronan (71) --Kellen Alger 4, Aaron Skogen 10, Remi Sargier 7, Jimmy Michel 14, Sam Herreid 2, Zanen Pitts 13, Dan Mays 21.

Stevensville avenged an earlier loss to Columbia Falls Friday night when they defeated the defending state champions, 53-40.

After trailing the Wildcats by five at the end of the first quarter, the Yellowjackets fired up their offense when Travis Browne hit a three, Daniel Creech stole the ball and Lasse Marck hit a short jumper. Both teams were back at square one. The two teams played neck and neck in the second quarter and when the buzzer sounded, only one point separated the two, with Stevi behind.

Defense became the name of the game for the 'Jackets in the third quarter. Their swarming defense caused four Columbia Falls turnovers and resulted in six unanswered points. Two blocked shots by Creech added to the edge the Stevi defense created. The frustration by Columbia Falls was evident as they received two techinicals.

"It was effective," said coach Keith Chambers of the Yellowjacket defense. "Our defense was good with a collective effort by all. Dustin Momand stepped up and really helped."

The Yellowjackets were led by Brown and Creech who each had 13 points. Marck added nine points.

With Ronan's loss to Corvallis, Stevensville stepped into the number two seed and as a result, drew a first-round bye at the Western A Divisional. They will meet the winner of the Bigfork/Polson game on Thursday at 8 p.m. Stevensville finished the regular season with 10-3 conference record and 13-5 overall.

Stevensville defeated Bigfork Saturday night, 63-50. Browne led all scorers with 17 points. Brandon Johnson added 16 points.

Hamilton lost to Columbia Falls, 56-46, Saturday. The Broncs were paced by David DeSantiago's 20 points.

Hamilton will play Ronan in game three of the Western A tournament. That game will begin at 6:30 on Wednesday evening. Hamilton finished with a 5-9 conference recor and 7-11 overall.

Florence defeated Darby, 64-60, Friday night. The Falcons had to come from behind in the third quarter to stop the Tigers. The big little guy in the middle, Justin Moe, got fired up and sank nine points in the third quarter to spur the Falcons on. He finished with a season high 16 points. Mike Kirby added 15 as did Mark Ward.

Darby was paced by Cody Ralsont's 17 points. Garrett Becker, returning from an injured ankle, added 15 points.

Darby will play Seeley Swan in the opening game of the District 5B tournament in Hamilton. That game will begin at 12:30 on Wednesday. Florence will play Deer Lodge at 6:30 on Wednesday.

Victor finished their season with a loss to Valley Christian in non-conference action. The Pirates will compete in Philipsburg at the District 13C tournament on Thursday. They will play Philipsburg. The Pirates finish the season with a 2-6 record and 3-15 overall.

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