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St. Ignatius celebrates homecoming week, welcomes alumni

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ST. IGNATIUS – The 2019 homecoming festivities in St. Ignatius wrapped up on Friday night after a week of contests, parades and games. Senior Karolyna Buck waited on the sidelines of the football field for half-time events with fellow homecoming queen nominees. “Today was the best day of the week because I got to spend it with my best friends,” she said.

Azia-Rain Umphrey was crowned homecoming queen and Issac Dumontier was crowned king. The other nominees included Olivia Garland, Hunter Eichert, Troy Matt, Darwin Adams and Jo Stults.

Buck said great memories were also created at the volleyball game on Thursday. “We beat Bigfork in three,” she said. “We were really happy. At the end, the student section rushed onto the court to celebrate the win.” The Mission Lady Bulldog Volleyball team won with a score of 25-9, 25-18, 25-22.

Buck had 11 kills for the Lady Bulldogs, and Eichert contributed a game high of 30. Lady Bulldog Keana Thomas scored three blocks. Combining for ten aces on the night were Sydney Brander (4), River Gonzalez (3) and Courtney Mitchell (3). 

The Mission Bulldogs celebrated homecoming with a 24-6 win over the Charlo Vikings. Bulldog quarterback Dumontier broke a second-quarter 0-0 deadlock when he connected with Trance Bird on a 30-yard touchdown pass.

In the opening minutes of the third quarter, Bulldog running back Matt broke free on a 37-yard touchdown run putting the Bulldogs up 12-0. A Dumontier two-yard rushing score extended the lead to 18-0 midway through the fourth quarter.

With less than a minute remaining in the game, Kolten Gardipee intercepts a Vikings pass that set up a final Bulldog score when Matt put the ball into the end zone for the second time on a 16-yard run to finish the game with a 24-6 win. 

The Bulldogs look to add another win to their 3-1 overall season record as they hit the road Saturday to face the Seeley-Swan Blackhawks.

During the week-long class competitions, the junior class won the Spirit Bone and the hall decorating contest. The seniors won the dodge ball class competition. The middle school finished their annual homecoming food drive on Friday. The sixth grade brought in the most items, but overall, the school donated over 2,700 items to the St. Ignatius Food Bank.

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