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Pirates shut out Wildcats as Polson celebrates homecoming

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POLSON — The City of Polson was drenched in the colors of purple and gold on Friday afternoon as Polson High School celebrated the fall tradition of homecoming with the traditional homecoming parade down Main Street.

During the mid-afternoon parade, students threw candy and waved at the crowds as they rode past on fire trucks and flatbed floats decorated to this year’s theme “Cage the Cats.” 

The Polson Pirates and Lady Pirates kicked off the homecoming sports week on Tuesday with a soccer match against the visiting Bigfork Vikings and Valkyries. The Vikings prevailed over the Pirates 2-1 while the Lady Pirates and Valkyries battled to a 2-2 stalemate.

Under the lights Friday night, the Pirates moved to 5-0 on the season as they defeated the previously unbeaten Columbia Falls Wildcats 37-0 in Northwestern A football action.

Pirate quarterback Jarrett Wilson completed 28 of 47 passes for 250 yards and threw four touchdowns. Wilson also rushed 123 yards on 14 carries.

Wide receiver Xavier Fisher booked two touchdowns, while Alex Muzquiz and Dawson Dumont each hauled in a touchdown apiece.

Also for the Pirates, Keyan Nash scored a rushing touchdown and Colton Graham had 110 yards receiving on nine catches. 

During halftime festivities Elizabeth Tolley was named 2021 homecoming queen, while Robert Perez was named homecoming king.

Rounding out the rest of the Polson homecoming court were Turquoise Pierre, Xavier Fisher, Maisie Murphy, Colton Graham, Joseph Martinez and Hallie Henninger.

Wrapping up the sports week on Saturday, the Polson Pirates’ golf team placed third and the Lady Pirates finished fourth during the State A golf tournament, hosted at the Polson Bay Golf Course.

For the Pirates, Carson Hupka earned a state top-10 finish and All-State honors, placing sixth overall with a two-day total score of a 6-over-par 150.

Lady Pirate Ashley Maki claimed an All-State nod and a sixth-place finish shooting back-to-back 83s for a total of 166.

The Pirates cross country team placed second and the Lady Pirates finished fourth during the Mission Shadow Duels hosted at the Polson Fairgrounds. 

Pirate Ryan Dupuis led the way for the boys with a fourth-place individual finish with a time of 17:40, while Ashtyn Wagner paced the Lady Pirates with a time of 20:44 for fifth place.

At Linderman gym, homecoming queen Tolley had 13 digs and three blocks helping the Lady Pirates to a three set 25-21, 25-20, 25-12 win over the visiting Libby Lady Loggers.

McKenna Hanson led the Lady Pirates with 15 assists, 10 digs and 11 kills.

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