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Head start

When the gun went off to open the track season, the Charlo track team was ready to go. The Vikings finished third in the 15-team field at the Jim Johnson Invitational and the Lady Vikings finished fifth. At Dornblaser Field Wednesday, the Vikings scored 83.5 points to finish behind Class B teams Darby (114) and Thompson Falls (93.5). The Lady Vikings’ 41 points led all Class C teams at the meet hosted by Alberton and Drummond. The Lady Wardens dominated the girls’ meet racking up 93 points to finish 27 points ahead of Thompson Falls. “It was a pretty good first track meet, but we got a long ways to go. At least, I hope they think they’ve got a long ways to go,&...


Lady Pirates reload, look to defend their conference softball crown

POLSON — The Polson Lady Pirates may have lost a lot off last year's conference champion softball squad, but don't look for any slack in their game. Gone are both pitchers from last year, as well as a lot of power-hitting, but head coach Larry Smith has a lot of young talent returning to his lineup....


Young, untested Maidens aiming to get back to state

RONAN — Last year, the Maidens had one of their most successful seasons in a long time. Unfortunately not many of the players that achieved so much last year will be back this season. The Maidens lost six seniors to graduation from the team that went 13-4 in the regular season and advanced to the fi...


Lady Bulldogs scorch Eureka for 29-run victory

EUREKA — The Lady Bulldogs couldn’t have started the season any hotter. When the Lady Bulldogs made the 130-mile jaunt up north to Eureka Saturday, they made sure to bring their bats. The ping of the aluminum connected with the ball was a familiar sound in the top of the first as the Lady Bull...


Young Bulldog squad ready to raise a racket in Western B-C

ST. IGNATIUS — The Mission tennis coach is counting on a youth movement to propel her team to success this season. Only three varsity boys – all juniors – are returning from last year’s team, who finished third in the state, and three sophomore girls are returning to last year&rsqu...


Polson girls prepare to defend divisional tennis title, boys ready to notch it up

POLSON — Spring has been kind so far to a Polson tennis squad that is itching to get back into competitive matches. The warm weather has given Polson players plenty of opportunity to work out the winter kinks and get ready for another competitive season on the courts. Last year's Lady Pirates squad ...


Spring high school rodeo kicks off in Eureka

EUREKA — The Mission Valley High School Rodeo Club kicked off the spring rodeo season with some great weather and solid performances in Eureka last weekend. On Saturday, Nichele Marmon won the team roping event with her partner, clocking a time of 12.90 seconds. Emily Schall won the barrel racing ev...


Pirate track gets started early at Corvallis meet

Early track season usually includes a little snow, but the tropical climate of the Bitterroot was just right last Saturday.  The Polson track team opened the season at last weekend's Gene Hughes Invitational track meet in Corvallis, enjoying partly sunny skies and 55-degree weather. The meet was host...


Mission Mountain Classic

PABLO — The valley’s best were given one more chance this season to suit up and lace up their basketball sneakers to play the game they love at the 15th annual Mission Mountain Classic Saturday night.  Players from Arlee, Mission, Charlo, Ronan, Polson, Bigfork, Hot Springs and Plains wer...


Rising stars

COLUMBIA FALLS — It’s said winning programs don’t rebuild, they just reload. If that’s the case, after last weekend’s Western Montana Little Guy Wrestling Championship, the area’s high school teams should be good for years to come. Six local Little Guy Wrestlers walked ...


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