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First things first: Lady Pirates shift focus to battling Libby at divisionals Friday

POLSON — The Polson Lady Pirates still haven't figured out how to collar Columbia Falls' DeWit sisters, but they did pick up a win to end the regular season on a positive note. Polson fell to the Wildkats in Columbia Falls Thursday night 52-44 but came back home to finish off the season with a 50-32 win over the visiting Ronan Maidens Saturday night.  In Columbia Falls, the Lady Pirates lost the battle of the boards and struggled to contain twin-tower posts Kayla and Kelsey DeWit. Kelsey spurred an early Columbia Falls run with and a quick eight points off the back side of Polson's 2-3 zone defense, sparking a 14-11 start for the Wildkats. "Kelsey really hurt us in the b...


Lady Bulldogs defeat Lady Bluehawks to snatch 3rd place at districts

LIBBY — With everything seemingly going against them and their season on the line, Mission coach Les Rice didn’t draw upon his 20 years of high-school coaching experience to come up with some complicated plan to mount a comeback – instead he wanted the Lady Bulldogs to forget everything he ...


Lady Vikings finish second at districts, head to divisionals

RONAN — The girls' District 14C basketball tournament ended up with the matchup everyone expected, but didn't end up the way the Charlo Lady Vikings and their fans had hoped. Charlo took care of business and beat Noxon 44-22 in the semifinals, but couldn't generate enough scoring in a 40-33 loss to ...


Upset-minded Chiefs focus on divisionals run

It sure wasn't the way they'd hoped to close out the regular season, but the Ronan Chiefs will hope to grind on it a bit, learn from it a lot, and then forget about it.  The Chiefs worked hard but couldn't stop the juggernaut Saturday night in Polson as the Pirates ran away with an 88-50 win in Linde...


Pirates tune up for divisional run with 88-50 win over Chiefs

POLSON — A slow start in both halves doomed the Polson Pirates in a showdown with the Columbia Falls Wildcats Thursday night, but they found their offense in a big way on Saturday night as Polson rumbled past Ronan in the regular season finale. The Wildcats took an early lead Thursday night, but thr...


Bulldogs come up a single game short of divisional tournament

LIBBY — The Mission Bulldogs played their best basketball of the season at the District 7-B Tournament, but it wasn’t enough to advance to the Western B Divisionals. Maybe it was the nerves of playing in their first postseason tournament in four years, maybe it was the pressure of being so clo...


Two Eagle River lets lead slip out of their talons

RONAN — Two Eagle River couldn’t hold onto a fourth-quarter lead and ended their season with a 56-50 heartbreaking loss to the Noxon Red Devils at the District 14-C Tournament in Ronan Saturday.  After sophomore Skyler Rossbach hit a long-range 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Eagles a...


Bound and determined

The large crowd from Saturday that had filled the upper bleachers at the Ronan Event Center had dwindled down to a couple hundred and no longer drowned out the sounds of the game, but the Vikings made sure to silence any of the echoes of their past frustrations at the district tournament. The Vikings show...


Repeat performance

Trailing Charlo by 11 points with less than a minute and a half to play in the third quarter in the District 14-C championship game, none of the Warriors panicked – why should they, they’ve been there before. It was a new league and a new stadium, but the results were the same, as the Warriors...


Charlo football head coach announces resignation

CHARLO — Charlo football head coach Steve Love announced his resignation at the Feb. 15  Charlo School Board meeting. The announcement was met with great disappointment from the school board, staff and Superintendent Paul Jenkins. “I found Steve to be passionate, structured and dedicated,...


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