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Bounce back

KALISPELL — They had to work hard at it — and it took a little longer than normal — but the Polson Pirates did punch their ticket to this weekend's Class A state basketball tournament.  The Pirates vaulted into Saturday's Northwestern A Divisional championship game at Glacier High in Kalispell with a 55-37 Friday evening semifinal victory over Libby. But a Columbia Falls Wildcat team that was feeling its oats overwhelmed the Pirates in the championship 60-46 Saturday night.  Since Polson hadn't beaten third-place Ronan, a challenge game was held Monday night at Glacier. And with a day of rest and the confidence of having beaten the Chiefs twice this year, t...

Maidens end regular season with loss to Lady Pirates

POLSON — The Maidens were able to score against the Lady Pirates, but couldn’t stop their fast and athletic attack in a 50-32 loss in Polson Saturday night.  The 32 points Saturday, was the Maidens’ highest offensive output since a 42-36 loss to the Lady Bulldogs in Whitefish Jan. 2...

Lady Eagles end season with straight losses at districts

RONAN — The Lady Eagles couldn’t string four good quarters together at the District 14-C Tournament and were eliminated after two games. Two River Eagle started the tournament with a 69-38 loss to Noxon Friday and ended the tournament with a 54-36 loss to Arlee Saturday. “If we could ...

Scarlets finish 4th at District 14-C tourney

RONAN — The Scarlets were able to pick up a couple of wins at the District 14-C tournament before bowing out with a 45-29 season-ending loss to Noxon in the consolation game. The district tournament at the Ronan Event Center, was a microcosm of the regular season, where the young Scarlet squad, whic...

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...

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...

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