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Lasting legacy

Polson track coach Bob Gunderson was awarded the Montana High School Association’s Coach of the Year Award in Great Falls Aug. 5. Now, he’ll just have to find a place to put it on an already crowded mantel. This year was Gunderson’s fourth time winning the award and the 2000 Montana Coaching Hall of Fame inductee’s 12th time being nominated for it. He was also nominated for the national coach of the year in 1997. “I think you have to be a motivator. You have to care for kids individually because there are a lot of one-on-one discussions that go on in track. They have their ups and downs and you have to keep them going,” Gunderson said, describing wh...

Lady Pirates eyeing another state run

POLSON — The Lady Pirates have earned a berth in the state tournament the past two years, and their coach sees no reason why they shouldn’t be playing in Bozeman in early November again this year. “No question about it,” Polson coach Jan Toth said when asked if the Lady Pirates sho...

Polson linebacker duo shine at Shrine game

BUTTE — An outgoing Pirate linebacker tandem made the most of their final game together. Polson graduates Joe Andrews and Brock Picard terrorized the East’s backfield to help the West storm back from an 18-0 deficit for a 34-18 victory in the 64th annual Montana East-West Shrine Game at the Bu...

Falling reign

In a rematch of the Class A state championship, the Polson Purple Rain lose two 16U championship games against Belgrade at the 2010 Montana ASA State Championship. BUTTE — The Polson 16U softball couldn’t repeat their performance at the high school state championship and finished second at the...

Wyatt Lytton wins national rodeo award

POLSON — Wyatt Lytton, an eighth-grader at Polson Middle School, was named the National High School Rodeo Association Junior Division Athlete of the Month. The program, which has more than 2,500 members competing, rewards one girl and one boy each month with a Professional’s Choice Air Ride Saddl...

Lil’ Lakers upset top seed, take 4th

The Polson Lil’ Lakers couldn’t have picked a better time to win their first game at the 2010 Splash Classic. The 10U team entered Sunday’s bracket play with an 0-3 record and had to play the top-seeded Helena Capital Thunder, who went 3-0 in pool play and allowed only seven runs in the ...

Purple Wave silence Fury for bronze at Splash Classic

The Polson Purple Wave were able to put a heartbreaking loss in the semifinals behind them to capture third place at the 2010 Splash Classic Sunday.  The U12 team didn’t dwell on being kept out of the championship game by a one-run loss for the second week in a row, instead they took their frus...

Lakers finish 4th at 2010 Splash Classic

An inexperienced Polson Laker team with little playing time together was able to come together to finish fourth at the 2010 Splash Classic. With a mixture of seventh-, eighth- and ninth-graders on the team and only four practices before the tournament, the fourth-place finish exceeded the expectations of ...

Trophy girls

The Polson girls’ tennis team brought home the hardware from a hard-fought state tennis tournament in Billings last week.  Battling through tough competition, inclement weather that forced the second day of play indoors, and some rough court conditions that included grass growing in cracks on t...

Team effort

Judged individually, they performed pretty darned well. But as a team they were head and shoulders above the rest.  Marking a season that just got better and better as the weeks went by, Polson’s Lady Pirates ended the track and field season with a stellar team performance that earned them a st...

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