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Scarlets cool off during long break in Drummond

DRUMMOND — During a close to four-hour break at the season-opening tournament in Drummond, the Scarlets lost the magic they had in the morning and made a quick exit in the afternoon play. Missing three varsity starters didn’t slow the Scarlets down in pool play. They went 4-2 in their three two-game matches to earn the top seed from their group. The Scarlets couldn’t take advantage of their high seeding and fell to Charlo 15-11, 15-8 in their first match of tournament play – they split their earlier match with the Lady Vikings. After splitting with eventual tournament champions Philipsburg to earn the group’s top seed at around noon, the Scarlets had to w...


Lady Vikings handle Hot Springs in straight sets

DRUMMOND – The Lady Vikings followed up a sweep of conference rival Hot Springs in the season opener with a semifinal finish at the Drummond tournament Saturday. After starting the season with a 3-0 victory over the Savage Heat at home Friday, the Lady Vikings went 4-2 in the morning play and won th...


Maidens start season strong in Whitefish

WHITEFISH — If there was ever a team that needed a good start, it was the Ronan Maidens and they got just that at the Whitefish Starter Tournament Saturday. Encouraged by a close opening straight-set loss to Libby in a match that they didn’t play their best, the Maidens only dropped one more g...


Lady Bulldogs go undefeated at own tourney

ST. IGNATIUS — Sometimes the best laid schemes of mice and men go awry – luckily for the Lady Bulldogs they had a back-up plan. After practicing a 6-2 offense all week leading up to their season-opening tournament, the Lady Bulldogs found out just minutes before the tournament that their secon...


Chiefs use ground attack to surge past Indians in 2nd half

BROWNING — When things are going wrong for the Ronan Chiefs, they go back to the basics and do what they do best; running straight at their opponents, and that was too bad for the Browning Indians Friday night.  After losing two of their running backs in the opening minutes in Browning Friday a...


Bronc busters

The untested Polson Pirates grew up in a hurry against the defending state champs. Despite having to replace 16 starters from the past season, the Pirates put together a veteran-worthy drive late in the fourth quarter, marching nearly 90 yards down the field for a touchdown to spoil the Broncs’ home...


Arlee football returns a senior-laden team to the gridiron

ARLEE — With 11 returning lettermen from last year's team that ended a decade-long playoff drought, it would be easy for the Warriors to be setting their sights on success in late October and early November, but their coach hasn't gotten past September. "Win the first one," Arlee coach Scott Palmer ...


Vikings hoping to speed through Western C

CHARLO — Mike Krahn's favorite duty as Charlo's new head football coach has been the paperwork. "My favorite thing to do as a head coach has been erasing the height and weight on the old roster," said Krahn, who has been an assistant at Charlo the past eight years and their defensive coordinator the...


Pirates relying on new cast for divisional title defense

POLSON — The Pirates have a lot holes to fill from last year's Northwestern A championship team and will have to have some of their new starters step up if they want to make it to their eighth playoff in the past nine years. "We're losing a ton, we lost a ton of kids, we have to replace 16 starters,...


Chiefs hoping O-line guides them to conference title

RONAN — In each year Jim Benn has coached at Ronan, the Chiefs have improved; now, entering his third year, Benn has something he has never had – a big offensive line. "I have size for the very first time," Benn said of the O-line. "And they're quick, too." The Chiefs don't announce starter...


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