Sports shorts for Sept. 1, 2021
Polson Lady Pirates
The Polson Lady Pirates opened their soccer season on the road with a tie and win this weekend.
On Friday in Livingston, the Lady Pirates battled Park High School to a 4-4 tie. Sophia Moderie scored two goals while Tia Mercer and Haislea Sternick each netted a goal for the Lady Pirates.
In Big Sky on Saturday, Polson outscored Lone Peak 7-1 for their first win of the year. Lady Pirates Mercer, Moderie and Madyson Luikart each scored two goals and Myranda Heiser added a goal.
Charlo Lady Vikings
The Charlo Lady Vikings opened their volleyball season on the road playing in the 12 team Drummond tip-off tournament Saturday. The Lady Vikings won the tournament by going 3-0 in pool play and 3-0 in bracket action.
After hosting the two-day Western A Volleyball tip-off on Friday and Saturday, the Ronan Maidens came away with the tournament championship Saturday afternoon with a two-set 25-19,25-16 sweep of Butte Central. The Maidens finished the 13-team tournament with an overall record of 5-1-1.
Polson Lady Pirates
The Polson Lady Pirates volleyball team competed on Friday and Saturday in the 13-team Western A Volleyball Tip-off tournament hosted by Ronan. After finishing with a 3-2 record in pool play on Friday, Polson concluded the tournament bracket action on Saturday with a 25-17, 14-25, 15-12 victory over Dillon for third place.
Mission Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs
The Mission Bulldogs boy’s cross-country team, on Saturday, notched their first team victory on the new season during the Grant-Kohrs Ranch Run in Deer Lodge. Bulldog Andrew Rush placed second with a time of 18:30.3. Thomas Nuila placed fifth. Robbie Nuila was in sixth, and Zoran LaFrombois took seventh. Senior Madyson Currie was the top finisher for the Lady Bulldogs placing 11th with a time of 27:11.3 minutes.
Ronan Chiefs and Maidens
Ronan Maidens Olivia Heiner placed 17th with a time of 23:33 and Brogen Youngren placed 22nd during the Corvallis Opener held in Corvallis on Saturday.
Charlo Vikings and Lady Vikings
Competing in the Grant-Kohrs Ranch Run in Deer Lodge on Saturday, senior Guinevere Contreras placed 10th with a time of 26:51.4 for the Charlo Lady Vikings. Hayden Smith, with a time of 23:11.3, was the top finisher for the Vikings in 16th place.
Jarrett Wilson threw five touchdown passes and rushed for two additional touchdowns during a rare Saturday evening home game under the lights as the Polson Pirates opened their season with a 49-21 win over the visiting Class AA Glacier JV squad.
Pirate wide receiver Colton Graham (7, 30, 11, 9) caught four of Wilson’s touchdowns, and Robert Perez caught the longest of the game with a 36 yarder.
Saturday’s game was a replacement for the scheduled Friday night home opener against Butte Central.
Due to an unspecified team and school policy violation by a group of players, Butte Central was forced to forfeit the game earlier in the week.
The Charlo Vikings football season got off to a rough start Friday night with a 42-0 shutout loss to the visiting Thompson Falls Blue Hawks.
Playing at home Friday night, the Arlee Warriors fell 26-8 to the Seeley Swan Blackhawks. On defense, Jake Knoll scored a two-point safety in the first quarter and caught a second-quarter 37-yard touchdown pass from Kendall O’Neill for the only score of the game.
In a high-scoring road game Saturday afternoon, the Mission Bulldogs outscored the Victor Pirates 66-44 for their first win of the 2021 season under new head coach Carson Oakland.
Bulldog quarterback Kellen McClure went 18 for 30 with 275 yards and three touchdowns. McClure ran the ball six times for 45 yards and a touchdown.
Canyon Sargent scored two touchdowns on three catches for 75 yards. Bryce Umphrey led the Bulldogs in receptions with eight catches for 103 yards. Charley Adams, Isaac Umphrey and Jose O’Brien each had a rushing touchdown. On defense, Kenny Ness and Bryce Umphrey each had two interceptions.