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Long ball lifts Mariner B team over Lakers

EUREKA — The Mission Valley Mariners B team’s bats started heating up along with the weather last weekend. The Mariners crushed six home runs to sweep a doubleheader over the Kalispell Lakers at home Friday night. Chris Clary, Cole McArthur, Jake Young and Dalton Mohlzon all went deep in an 11-1 victory in the opener. Clary and McArthur each had a three-run homer in the Mariners’ 11-4 victory in the nightcap. “It was nice to see them come out and get their sticks going,” Mariner manager Chris Brown said. “That was by far the best hitting all year.” First basemen Clary started the Mariners’ home run derby in the bottom of the fourth...

Mariners go 3-1 in Lewistown round robin

LEWISTOWN — The Mission Valley bats that had been pretty quiet in the spring showed signs of life at the Redbird Round Robin last weekend to help the Mariners come back from Lewistown on the right side of .500. The Mariners went 3-1 at the tournament to improve to 12-10 on the season. The Mariners s...

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 ...

Championship slips through their fingers

One uncharacteristic inning cost the Polson Purple Rain a chance at the 2010 Splash Classic Championship. In a tournament that is usually dominated by its host, the Polson U16 team was the only team wearing purple to make it to the championship game Sunday but watched any hope of claiming the first-place ...

Muddy trails

BOZEMAN — It started flat-out ugly but ended fairly pretty. The Montana State High School Rodeo Association’s state finals muddy, sometimes snowy, start in Bozeman, but the weather turned from spring to summer on Saturday for an almost normal finish. In the end, three members of the Mission Va...

Jumpstart to summer

The difference between the Mission Valley Mariners’ wins and losses at the Cloninger Classic American Legion Baseball Tournament at the Kindrick Legion Field in Helena Saturday and Sunday were night and day – or morning and afternoon. The Mariners went 2-2 at the tournament with both of their ...

Knight, Powell earn Wrangler Rookie awards

HAMILTON — Abby Knight and Will Powell led the younger Mission Valley rodeo athletes at last weekend’s Wrangler Division state rodeo finals in Hamilton June 4-5. Knight and Powell both earned Rookie Of The Year awards for their efforts throughout the rodeo season.  Powell and Barndon Y...

Runners compete in Torch Run

More than 100 athletes raced in the Torch Scholarship Run Sunday morning in Polson. The racers for the half-marathon portion of the event arrived a little before 8 a.m., while the 5-kilometer runners snatched another hour of sleep and arrived at the starting line a little before 9 a.m.  The brisk wea...

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