Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Jim Blow

Consistent defense, timely offense keys Lady Viking wins

CHARLO — They're still not where they want to be, but the Charlo Lady Vikings were plenty good enough to post two more wins last week and improve to 7-1. After a slow start, Charlo kicked its offense into gear to cruise to a 46-14 conference win over Arlee Thursday night. On Friday, the Lady Vikings...

Early pressure sets up 51-26 Lady Pirate win over Maidens

POLSON — The Lady Pirates are still trying to gel after returning from the holiday break, but they picked up a conference win last week and tested themselves against a good Class AA squad. Polson put up 34 points in the first half to take control early in a 51-26 win in Ronan last Tuesday night, the...

Pirates earn thrilling 36-35 wrestling dual win over Loggers

POLSON — The Polson Pirate wrestling squad launched off a thrilling 36-35 dual victory over the Libby Loggers Thursday night and into a slate full of wrestling matches at the Western Montana Duals in Ronan on Friday and Saturday. The Pirates started out their Thursday dual against the Loggers with a...

Four Chiefs go undefeated at Western Montana Duals

RONAN — The Chiefs capped a busy weekend of wrestling with a 42-39 dual victory over Libby Saturday evening to claim fifth place in the Western Montana Duals. Ronan hosted the two-day tournament in the Ronan Event Center, which kept six mats full of wrestling duals, including a fair amount of exhibitio...

Curl up with the real thing

I read somewhere that this is supposed to be the year of the electronic book.  It was probably a seed planted by Amazon.com, which just happens to sell a nifty electronic tablet — the Kindle — that stores innumerable books electronically. And it only costs $489, plus shipping. I’...

Chiefs pin six, but fall to Pirates

POLSON — The Ronan Chiefs had a good run to open their Saturday dual in Polson, but came up just short to the Pirates. Polson won the dual 46-39, despite Ronan's strong start.  Shelby Grant opened the dual with a win by pin at 130 pounds to start a six-match run by Ronan, which won five of t...

Young Pirates key Polson in 46-39 wrestling dual win over Ronan

POLSON — The Polson won a pin-fest last Saturday night over valley-rival Ronan, edging the Chiefs 46-39 in a hard-fought wrestling dual. But it didn't start out all that well for the Pirates.  The dual started at 130 pounds and Ronan wrestlers rattled off six straight match wins, five of the...

Chiefs still searching for consistent offense

WHITEFISH — It wasn't the kind of return from the Christmas break the Ronan Chiefs wanted as they lost badly in Whitefish last Saturday. The Chiefs fell behind quickly 17-4 in the first quarter and had to try to scramble the rest of the night. But the Bulldogs didn't let them get very far, making an...

Pirates win shootout over Yellowjackets 75-70

STEVENSVILLE — There were a lot of sore necks in the stands Saturday night after the Polson Pirates came down to the Bitterroot to take on the Stevensville Yellowjackets. Fans had to keep their head on a swivel all night as two run-and-gun basketball teams did just that for 32 minutes of play. Stevi...

Runners go the distance in memory of Linda Decker

RONAN — So many circles, so little time. A group of dedicated runners decided to end the year by running a whole bunch of circles — 288 of them, actually.  The 13 runners teamed up in a marathon relay at the Ronan Middle School running track to raise more than $1,000 that will benefit ...


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