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Wednesday February 2, 2011

Sports at a Glance

All stories by Jean Schurman

Darby Invitational offers preview of divisional tournament

Victor rolls the Lynx

Lady 'Jackets win again

Victor forfeits

Knights of Columbus Hoop Shoot

Darby Invitational offers preview of divisional tournament

The Darby Invitational is the final wrestling tournament before both the Class A and Class B/C divisional tournaments this week. This Darby tournament gives wrestlers one last chance to observe their competition, tweak their techniques and mentally prepare for the upcoming Divisionals. With all but four schools from the Class B/C ranks in attendance, Florence and Darby took full advantage of the opportunity. Florence came away with the team championship, along with three individual champions.

"This is our divisional preview," said Florence coach Scott Stegler. " I think we're looking strong. We've got a few things to clean up as we do every week. But overall, everyone is ready for divisionals. We're at the time of the year where mentally it's time to take it to the next level.'

Florence's Tanner Cobbs (bottom) actually had the upper hand in his match against St. Ignatiusı Barrett Sargent in a semi final championship match at the Darby Invitational. Jean Schurman photo.

Stegler said he has a "salty" senior class and a group of juniors that are also very experienced. With only four wrestlers moving on to state, the pressure is on to earn one of those top four spots and advance to the state tournament which will be held in Hamilton this year.

"It's an opportunity to showcase wrestling in the west. We're really excited because we're going to get fans that don't have the chance to see the state champions," he noted.

Florence will take 14 wrestlers to the Divisional tournament in Arlee on Saturday, and will be in the hunt for a divisional championship as well as individual championships. Darby, on the other hand, only has five wrestlers on their team. But they are a very experienced group.

"I believe four of them are going to be in the championship match," said Darby coach Todd Ruark. "Christian Hammersmith, Tanner Evers, Dalton Roundy and Caleb Caicedo all have a chance."

Ruark said his wrestlers are very focused and working hard. He, too, is every excited to have the state tournament in his own back yard.

For Hamilton and Corvallis, the Darby tournament is not a preview for divisional but a chance to work on those little things before their own divisional. Corvallis brought just a limited number of wrestlers and so did not dominate as they usually do. Hamilton, who struggled with injuries early in the season, hoped to gain a little more experience for those who had been out of commission.

"We're about the same number of wrestlers as we were last year but we're getting over injuries this year," said Hamilton coach Chad Williams. "We were plagued with injuries early on. The team's finally back together, injury wise but when you're out for a month, you play catch up a lot."

Hamilton has three or four wrestlers Williams hopes will have success this weekend and at state. Troy Capp at 171 and Forrest Fortney at 189 have both had good success this year. Williams also thinks Michael Ledford and Landon Faulk could be on the podium as well.

Corvallis coach Jeff Nagel said he has been pushing and working his team really hard these last two weeks so when some chose to stay home, he was all for it.

"It's good for them to have a rest," said Nagel. "We're trying to peak and for them to come down and wrestle a full tournament after I drained them of almost everything they have in their bodies, itıs good for them to take a little bit of a break, both mentally and physically."

Nagel feels the divisional tournament will come down to a showdown between the Blue Devils and Frenchtown. Both teams have the numbers and match up very well. Although Corvallis recently defeated Frenchtown in a dual, Nagel said that doesn't necessarily mean they will top the Broncs this weekend. Corvallis will take 19 wrestlers to the tournament. That is one for every weight class and four extras.

"We have to be at the top of our game to beat them and vice versa. We have to really wrestle well," said Nagel. "It's going to be like last year. I think they won by one match. I expect that kind of battle."

The Southwest A divisional will be held at Hamilton on Saturday, Feb. 5, and will begin at 10 a.m. The Western B/C divisional will be in Arlee on Saturday.

Darby Invitational

Team scores - Florence 172.5, St. Ignatius-Charlo 143.5, Thompson Falls 129, Corvallis JV 102.5, Arlee 74, Drummond 64.5, Hamilton 60.5, Darby 59.5, Noxon 46, Plains-Hot Springs 42.5.



98 - Wade Gascon, TF, pinned Josh Venema, C, 1:35; 112 - Tucker Jessop, C, pinned Kenny Roxbury, TF, 2:44; 119 - Casey Nitschke, SI, dec. Kody Davidson, F, 10-6; 125 - Kenneth Beech, P, dec. Tanner Lund, F, 9-2; 130 - Scotty Gilleard, SI, pinned Tanner Evers, Dar, 4:38; 135 - Cody Lund, F, won by injury default over Christian Hammersmith, Dar; 140 - Dalton Roundy, Dar, pinned Cody Davis, Dru, 3:38; 145 - Cole Rice, A, won by injury default over Raymond Jessop, C; 152 - Jace Petersen, SI, dec. Zach Newbary, F, 9-7; 171 - Tanner Cobbs, F, dec. Eric Milner, TF 7-5; 189 - Adam Moore, N, dec. Forest Fortney, H, 10-6; 215 - KC Sutton, F, pinned Curt Seidel, A, 1:16;

Third-place matches

98 - Tanner Jensen, Dru, dec. Colton Cox, H, 12-10; 112 - Rod Carew, TF, pinned Kyle Eisenhaure, F, 3:33; 119 - Levi Gingerich, C, m. dec. Lucas Gruwell, TF, 13-0; 125 - Michael Ledford, H, tech fall Andrew Cox, TF, 15-0; 135 - Wyatt Jessop, C, dec. Landon Faulk, H, 8-6; 152 - Quincy Jessop, C, pinned Taylor Mann, TF, 1:44; 160 - Kolter Beneitone, F, pinned Austin Krier, F, pinned 1:54; 171 - Barret Sargent, SI, pinned Jacade Owings, C, 1:52; 189 - Josh Marquardt, F, pinned Ryan Parker, Dru, 1:42; 215 - Chad Anderson, SI, pinned Billy Winsett, H, :56; Hwt - Fabian Camacho, SI, pinned Damon Ward, F, 1:59. Hamilton 40, Anaconda 36

98 - Colton Cox, Ham, won by forfeit. 125 - Matt Bowdish, Ana, pinned Kyle Lubke, 5:40. 130 - Zach Wilson, Ham, pinned Mason Mavrinac, 3:29.5. 135 - Landen Faulk, Ham, pinned Jerod Arneson, 4:51. 140 - Andrew Krum, Ana, pinned Donald Thomas, 1:33. 152 - Brady Morey, Ham, won by forfeit. 160 - open. 171 - Troy Capp, Ham, won by forfeit. 189 - Forest Fortney, Ham, major dec. Taylor Scholler, 10-0. 215 - Billy Winsett, Ham, pinned Bryce Wigert, 3:21. 285 - Mike Wigert, Ana, won by forfeit

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Victor rolls the Lynx

The Victor Pirates knocked the Lincoln Lynx out of the No. 1 position in District 13C on Thursday. Anticipated to be one of the top games of the weekend, the game was a bit anticlimactic as Victor dominated, 71-31.

"They had six players out due to a violation of team rules," according to Victor coach Jay Jagelski. "Four are out for the season."

He went on to say that even though the Lincoln team wasn't what they expected, he encouraged the Pirates to play hard. His hope is to maintain their momentum so they can peak at the right time.

"We went out and busted our butts," he said. "But we know this Lincoln team won't be the same at districts either."

Senior Dennis Mitcham had a season high 21 points for the Pirates. Kyle Ball added 18 and Dalton Buker, who sustained a shoulder injury last weekend, had 12 points.

Victor's Kyle Ball looks for an open Pirate in their game against Lincoln as a defender tries to stop him. Ball had 18 points in the 71-31 blowout victory. Jean Schurman photo.

Victor 71, Lincoln 31

Lincoln - Fleming 12, Harris 7, Roberson 1, Tams 11. Victor - Dennis Mitcham 21, Randy Lewis 7, Kyle Ball 18, Dalton Buker 12, Curtis Manely 4, Corey Deering 3, Tanner Sacks 6.

Victor topped Darby on Friday, 66-44. Using their speed and quickness, the Pirates put 36 points on the board in the first half. Mitcham again had 21 points and Buker led all scoring with 25 points.

Darby's Sherman Smith, who was on a college visit, didnıt make it to the game until the second half, said Tiger coach Scott Marsh. Marsh said Josh McCrossin was also out due to injuries.

Victor 66, Darby 41

Darby - Sterling Kim 3, Jeremy Campbell 10, Dylan Leidner 3, Luke Meuchel 3, Devin Thomas 6, Ryan McCrossin 2, Sherman Smith 4, Storm Wanstrath 10. Victor - Dennis Mitcham 21, Randy Lewis 5, Kyle Ball 9, Dalton Buker 25, Kurt Manely 2, Corey Deering 1, Matt Kittel 3.

But the Pirates' good fortune came to an end Saturday in Alberton when the Panthers topped Victor, 57-46. Alberton controlled the game from the onset even though Victor threatened a few times. Ball had 16 points to lead the Pirates.

Alberton 57, Victor 46

Victor - Dennis Mitcham 4, Randy Lewis 7, Kyle Ball 16, Dalton Buker 11, Corey Deering 6, Kurt Manely 2. Alberton - Myrstol 2, Thompson 26, Webb 12, Lehl 15, Huson 2.

Basketball recap

The Florence Falcons topped rival Loyola, 63-59, in Missoula on Saturday. Led by senior Adam Greger and sophomore Ryne Baerlocher's 22 points apiece, the Falcons kept their composure and held on for the conference win. Florence, who struggled at the line last week, only missed five of 26 free throws this week.

Florence 63, Loyola 59

Florence - Ross Mangun 3, Ryne Baerlocher 22, Adam Huot 2, Adam Greger 22, Quinn Smith 8, Chantz Hotsinpiller 2, Aaron Ward 2, Jon Johnson 2. Loyola - Gilligan 6, Johnston 20, Finch 1, Janssen 18, Kerr 2, Sopko 8, Anderson 4. Florence topped Superior, 53-13. Jon Johnson, who moved to the district last fall and just became eligible for the Falcons, dropped in 11 points in first varsity game. Greger had 16 points to lead the Falcons.

Polson 74, Hamilton 57

Polson - Krell 8, DiGiallonardo 9, Bagnell 17, Camel 7, Fisher 7, Mohr 22, Fisher 4. Hamilton - Zach Stoeger 2, Brad Palin 10, Beau Maus 17, Graham Silcher 2, Tyler Pigman 6, Eli Rogers 2, Cody Lewis 2, Dace Moerkerke 14, Reese Isherwood 2.

Corvallis topped Frenchtown and Anaconda over the weekend and racked up 159 points in the process. Rodee Anderson had 25 points against Frenchtown and Riley Bradshaw added 21. Anderson had 26 points against the Copperheads and Bradshaw had 29.

Corvallis 75, Frenchtown 56

Frenchtown - Lebsock 12, Blank 25, Anderson 6, Price 7, Peacock 4, Daniels 2. Corvallis - Logan Connors 3, Colby Henderson 9, Rodee Anderson 25, Riley Bradshaw 21, Joel Connolly 2, Stuart Landis 2, Trevor Brown 11, Chase Walker 2.

Corvallis 84, Anaconda 72

Anaconda - Moore 26, Stoppler 6, Thompson 4, Barclay 6, Staedler 2, Wagner 10, Cook 13, Orrino 5. Corvallis - Logan Connors 2, Colby Henderson 5, Rodee Anderson 26, Riley Bradshaw 29, Joel Connolly 12, Trevor Brown 10.

Stevensville almost topped Polson, the No. 2 team from the Northwest A on Saturday. The Pirates had to come from behind for the 51-44 win. Freshman Tyler Gavlak had 14 points to lead the 'Jackets.

Polson 51, Stevensville 44

Polson - Krell 9, DiGiallonardo 3, Bagnell 18, Camel 2, Mohr 14, Fisher 3, Fischer 2. Stevensville -Brendan Jones 7, Austin Lords 6, Josh Schultz 9, Tyler Gavlak 14, Zach Gavlak 4, Caleb Vance 4.

Darby fell to Deer Lodge, 74-50. Sherman Smith had 29 points for the Tigers.

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Lady 'Jackets win again

The Lady Yellowjackets of Stevensville topped Hamilton and Polson over the weekend and continue to build momentum. Stevi poured in 43 points in the second half to defeat Hamilton, 69-29. Alycia Sims had 31 points in the game for Stevensville while Hamilton was led by Kaurie Albert and Mary Conwell with 12 points each.

Stevensville 69, Hamilton 29

Hamilton - Kaurie Albert 12, Mary Conwell 12, Kara Wetzsteon 3, Rebecka Hood 2. Stevensville - Alycia Sims 31, Blaire Brookshire 11, Kyla Paulsen 9, Lindsey Thorstad 7, Baylee Bergman 6, McKenzie Sebastian 2, Brittney Chilcott 2, Bailey Vercruyssen 1.

Stevensville jumped out to an early lead and then held on to top Polson, 41-36, in non-conference action on Saturday. Blaire Brookshire led the Lady 'Jackets with 14 points.

Stevensville 41, Polson 36

Stevensville - Alycia Sims 12, Blaire Brookshire 14, Kyla Paulsen 9, Britney Chilcott 4, Bailey Vercruyssen 2. Polson - Mackenzie Banner 4, Nina Orozco-Charlo 2, Mariah Hammel 4, Breanne Kelley 7, Riley Kenney 15, Heidi Rausch 4.

Hamilton fell to Polson in non-conference action. The Lady Broncs lead at the half but couldn't contain the Lady Pirates who put up 23 points in the fourth quarter. Kaurie Albert had 15 points and Rebecka Hood added 11 points.

Kyla Paulson of Stevensville makes a block on Hamilton's Megan Kratofil in Friday night's game. Jean Schurman photo.

Polson 50, Hamilton 44

Hamilton - Rebecka Hood 11, Presley Chadwick 7, Kaurie Albert 15, Meghan Kratofil 6, Mary Conwell 4, Casey Shifflett 1. Polson - Banner 12, Kelley 12, Kenney 15, Grant 2, Orozco-Charlo 8, Rausch 1.

The Corvallis Blue Devils couldnıt contain Frenchtownıs Sarah Lester who dropped in 24 points as the Lady Broncs defeated Corvallis, 65-32. Lakyn Connors made her debut in blue for the Blue Devils and scored 16 points.

Frenchtown 65, Corvallis 32

Corvallis - Jen Mosbrucker 7, Lakyn Connors 16, Carlie Jessop 4, Korie Conder 5. Frenchtown - Stavich 8, Lowry 6, Lester 24, Oostdyk 6, Tucker 6, Richarson 8, Garrison 7.

Corvallis nearly pulled off an upset over Anaconda on Saturday. Korie Conder had 19 points to lead the Blue Devils who lost, 57-46, to the Copperheads. Connors added 15 points for Corvallis.

Anaconda 57, Corvallis 46

Corvallis - Jen Mosbrucker 5, Annie Jessop 2, Lakyn Connors 15, Eden Hanrahan 1, Korie Conder 19, Jordan Miller 2, Carlie Jessop 2. Anaconda - Schafer 8, Moodry 8, Verlanic 6, Jense 12, Green 4, Stergar 10, Chapman 2, Morani 7. Kayla Johnson and Brittney Heinz combined for 33 points to lead the Lady Falcons over Superior.

Florence 50, Superior 34

Florence - Brittney Heinz 14, Grace Zeiler 3, Carli O'Brien 6, Rosie O'Brien 8, Kayla Johnson 19. Superior - Stenberg 2, Stroot 5, Chamberlain 6, Koke 6, Steinebach 9, Blaylock 6.

Florence lost to Loyola, 40-27. Grace Zeiler had 11 points for the Lady Falcons. Darby couldnıt stop the Deer Lodge Wardens in 6B action over the weekend. Deer Lodge won, 69-32. Sarah Jakober had 10 points to lead Darby.

Deer Lodge 69, Darby 32

Darby - Kailey Bergren 8, Halie Rennaker 4, Julie Abrahamsen 7, Sarah Jakober 10, Latisha Smith 4. Deer Lodge - Johnston 3, McKee 3, Nicole Bauman 2, Applegate 14, Anderson 3, Schalk 6, Senecal 13, Christnacht 11, Lombardi 2, Gravely 6, Walker 6.

Darby picked up a won over Victor on Friday in what could be a renewed rivalry next year when Darby drops to Class C. The Lady Tigers won, 34-28. Brianna Massey had eight points for Darby while Liz Taylor had 14 points for Victor.

Darby 34, Victor 28

Darby - Kailey Bergren 4, Halie Rennaker 2, Julie Abrahamsen 7, Sarah Jakober 12, Brianna Massey 8, Tisha Smith 1. Victor - Haley Tillotson 7, Ryanne Tracy 5, Elizabeth Taylor 14, Adrienne Cox 2.

Victor held off a late-charging Lincoln team for a 13C win, topping the Lady Lynx, 38-29. The Lady Pirates built a sizable lead at the half but Lincoln made some adjustments came back. Victor, playing with depleted numbers, was led by freshman Haley Tillotsonıs 18 points. Liz Taylor dropped in 16 points for the Lady Pirates as well.

Victor 38, Lincoln 29

Lincoln - DeBoer 2, Gardner 11, Fox 4, Eisenzimmer 6, Brady 2, Mahghan 2, Fehrs 1, Thompson 1. Victor - Haley Tillotson 18, Elizabeth Taylor 16, Adrianne Cox 2, Team 2.

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Victor forfeits

The MHSA has informally notified Victor that they will have to forfeit three girls' basketball games due to playing an ineligible player. The player, an exchange student, was originally approved to play said athletic director Dennis Pings. However the school was notified recently they were at fault and would have to forfeit two conference games, both against Philipsburg; and a non-conference game against St. Regis. Pings said that no written notification had been received as of Monday. He also said the player in question had played 8.6 seconds in one game and not much more in the other two games.

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Knights of Columbus Hoop Shoot

The Knights of Columbus Hoop Shoot will be held Sunday, Feb. 6, at 1 p.m. at the Hamilton Middle School Gym. The contest is open to all Ravalli County youth from 10-14 years of age. Competition age will be determined by the childıs age on January 1, 2011. There are categories for both boys and girls. Age 10 and 11 boys and girls use a regulation girl's basketball and shoot from 12 feet rather than the normal 15 feet. Girls from ages 12 to 14 will shoot the standard girlıs ball from15 feet and boys from ages 12-14 will shoot a regulation boyıs ball from 15 feet. Each contestant will shoot 25 free throws. Winners in each category will receive a plaque and all will receive a prize for competing.

There is no charge to enter. See your school's PE teacher for a signup sheet. A parentıs signature is required. Enter the west side of the gym from 6th Street in Hamilton.

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