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Bagnell's offense, defense lead Pirates in fourth-quarter charge over Dogs

POLSON — There are always lessons to be learned after a bad loss. The Polson Pirates seemed to have learned well from their's. After playing the Flathead Braves close through three quarters last Tuesday night — and despite not shooting very well — the Pirates' wheels came off defensively in the fourth quarter. The Braves took full advantage to put up 34 points in the fourth quarter to run away with a 72-46 win. "It was the worst shooting night we've had," Polson head coach Brad Pluff acknowledged. But, he emphasized, it was the breakdown on the defensive end that bothered him the most. "Kalispell (Flathead) is a good, physical team ... and they were playing well. ...

Aggressive defense, patient offense leads to Charlo wins

CHARLO — The Lady Vikings earned another pair of wins last week with a 35-23 road victory in Plains on Tuesday and 36-27 win at home over Noxon on Saturday night. Charlo had to work for every point in Plains, taking a 10-4 first quarter lead that the Lady Vikings built into an 18-8 halftime lead. ...

Maidens close gap but fall short against Lady Bulldogs

RONAN — The Maidens displayed a lot of progress against the Lady Bulldogs but still couldn’t come away with a win. In the 40-33 narrow loss to rival Mission at home Saturday, it looked like a different Maiden team took the court than the one that only scored one first-quarter point and went 4-...

Scarlets stymie St. Regis to stop skid

LINCOLN — With a relentless style of defense, the Scarlets’ success can be measured by how much they get under their opponent’s skin —consider Friday night a success. The Scarlets stopped a five-game losing streak by completely frustrating the St. Regis Tigers, limiting their scori...

Lady Bulldogs’ defense pesters Maidens in 7-point victory

RONAN — The Lady Bulldogs used a scrappy defense and a late run in the third quarter against the Maidens to give their coach something he has rarely had in his nearly 20 years of coaching at the school: a winning streak against Ronan. The Lady Bulldogs swiped the ball 19 times and scored the final e...

Cruise control

The Lady Pirates played a lot of good defense did a lot of scoring last week as Polson ran away with a pair of victories to improve to 9-2 overall and 4-0 in conference play. Polson's defense held Class AA Flathead High School to just 35 points Tuesday night, spoiling former Lady Pirate, now Flathead head...

Ronan girl named runner-up for Miss Teen Rodeo Montana

GREAT FALLS — “I have a dream,” Keenan Hall said in her speech in the Miss Teen Rodeo Montana pageant this year. “A big sky country dream, where a girl like me could be royalty.” Keenan Hall, a vibrant 14-year-old, has a message for all Montanans, young and old. If you have a...

Bulldog’s Petersen claims first Choteau title, Gilleard grabs runnerup

CHOTEAU — Mission-Charlo 145-pounder Jame Peterson overcame some of his toughest opponents of the season to capture his first Choteau Classic Championship. The senior, one of four Bulldog wrestlers to place at the two-day tournament of 32 Class B-C teams, has breezed through most of his competition ...

Picard repeats as champ, Feistner earns his first title at Jug Beck

MISSOULA — The Polson Pirates came back from Missoula with two champions.  Brock Picard repeated as a Jug Beck Rocky Mountain Classic champion and freshman Craig Feistner earned his first title. The pair led Polson to an 11th-place finish among 28 teams, including some of the best wrestling tea...

Warrior’s Rice reigns in Choteau, Rubel takes 5th

CHOTEAU — With most the Class B-C teams competing at the Choteau Classic, the two-day tournament is a preview of what’s to come at the state tournament – if that’s the case, expect big things from Warrior 140-pounder Cole Rice in Billings this year. The Arlee junior cruised through...

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