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Wednesday March 9, 2011


Sports at a Glance

All stories by Jean Schurman


Corvallis falls short at State tourney

Alan Lear inducted into the Montana Officials Hall of Fame




Corvallis falls short at State tourney

The Corvallis Blue Devils came up against some stiff competition at the Class A state tournament in Bozeman over the weekend. Although they played strong and with every team, they didn’t make it to Saturday night and the championship.

They opened against last year’s state champion, Laurel. The third quarter proved to be the undoing for the Blue Devils who were outscored by 12 points in that period alone. A technical on Rodee Anderson slowed the momentum for the Blue Devils late in the game. Corvallis lost, 64-48. Riley Bradshaw led the Blue Devils with 22 points. Logan Connors had a breakout game with 10 points, including three treys.

Laurel 64, Corvallis 48

Laurel – Luke Lohof 12, Bobby Anderson 11, David Swecker 13, Jake McKinney 15, Derek Budge 5, Jay Dempster 4, Zach Cortese 4.

Corvallis – Logan Connors 10, Joel Connolly 1, Riley Bradshaw 22, Rodee Anderson 13, Trevor Brown 2.

The loss sent the Blue Devils into the loser’s bracket where they met up with Belgrade on Friday afternoon. Anderson sat out the first quarter but came back to become the hero of the game with a long shot at the buzzer. Corvallis won, 53-51.

Belgrade led throughout the first half but the Blue Devils came on strong in the third quarter. The Panthers came back to tie the game late in the fourth quarter. The lead swapped back and forth before Anderson hit his game-winning goal, making the score 53-51 in Corvallis’ favor. Corvallis had seven three point baskets.

Corvallis 53, Belgrade 51.

Corvallis – Logan Connors 3, Trevor Brown 3, Joel Connolly 2, Colby Henderson 6, Riley Bradshaw 23, Stuart Landis 2, Rodee Anderson 14.

Belgrade 51 – Jay Reichert 2, Andrew Elliot 15, Kade Page 6, Talon Taylor 6, Malachai Buti 20.

Corvallis then advanced to Saturday morning where they met up with future Southwest A conference member Butte Central. The Maroons join the Southwest A next year. Butte Central led throughout the game and went on to win, 65-60. Bradshaw, as he has done throughout the season, led the scoring with 24 points. Anderson finished with four treys and 18 points.

Butte Central 65, Corvallis 60.

Corvallis – Logan Connors 7, Colby Henderson 7, Joel Connolly 4, Riley Bradshaw 24, Rodee Anderson 18.

Butte Central – Phil Antonioli 2, Jonathan Richards 16, Aschan Richards 15, Andy Ritter 5, Colin Hollow 8, Zach Kasperick 16, Jake Simkins 3.



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Alan Lear inducted into the Montana Officials Hall of Fame

Corvallis’ Alan Lear was inducted into the Montana Officials Hall of Fame last fall. He was honored by his fellow MOA referees, coaches, teams and fans on Feb. 15, 2011, at the Hamilton/Stevensville basketball game. During his career, he officiated in games throughout Western Montana as well as over 100 post season games. He began his career in 1979. Lear retired from officiating a couple of years ago but still maintains his love of the game and acts as a mentor to many of today’s referees. About 20 past and present officials were on hand to recognize Lear and present him with a plaque and a ring.



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