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Second quarter blues

A trip to the state Class A basketball tournament in Hamilton last week turned out to be much shorter than Polson's Lady Pirates had hoped for. After a first round 44-40 loss to Sidney, Polson dropped out of the tournament with a 52-44 loss to Havre on Friday. But, hopefully the Lady Pirates came back with some valuable experience that will key them toward better preparation for next year's run at a state berth. "I really hope they learned from it ... Just watching the Friday night games drove me nuts and I hope it drove the girls nuts, too," Polson head coach Randy Kelley said. "I was real proud of what our younger girls did ... and now they've got a taste of it." What they learne...

Bison drop 4th in a row

PABLO — The Salish Kootenai Bison will scuffle into the postseason as they prepare for their title defense of the AIHEC championship. In the final game of the regular season at the Joe McDonald Health and Fitness Center in Pablo Friday Night, the Bison dropped their fourth game in a row, falling to ...

Lady Bison push streak to 13

PABLO — The Salish Kootenai College Lady Bison couldn’t enter the postseason any hotter. In their final regular season game Friday night at the Joe McDonald Health and Fitness Center in Pablo, the Lady Bison knocked down 14 3-pointers in a 107-73 victory over the Northwest Indian College. The ...

Final four

Undersized and underestimated, the Warriors made the improbable at the Class C State Championship not only seem imaginable, but expected as they became one of only four teams out of the 88 Class C teams that started the season to play Saturday night at the Billings MetraPark Rimrock Auto Arena. Though the...

Under the radar

BUTTE — The Polson Pirates saved the best for last.  Finishing second at divisionals and working through an up and down basketball season, the Pirates put it all together for one final and very successful run.  With just about everyone talking about every other team's possibilities at l...

Lady Bulldogs go winless at divisionals

PABLO — The Lady Bulldogs were outscored 28-10 in the fourth quarter in a pair of losses to end their season at the Western B Divisional Tournament at the Joe McDonald Health and Fitness Complex in Pablo. The Lady Bulldogs, who entered the tournament as the third seed from District 7-B, only trailed...

Maidens battle into consolation championship

KALISPELL — The basketball season came to an end for the Ronan Maidens, but not without an important victory. Nobody was surprised that the Maidens weren’t in the Northwestern A Divisional title game on Saturday night. But that didn’t take anything away from the joy they felt earning a s...

Rising to the challenge

With the euphoria of their semifinal victory over White Sulphur Springs, seemingly farther than 100 miles away and more removed than three days, a young, short-handed Lady Viking crew pulled together and proved to the favored Lady Trojan team that they were up for the challenge. Determination and good def...

Vikings end decade-long drought at divisionals

BUTTE — The Charlo Vikings let any chance of playing at the state tournament slip through their fingers, committing 34 turnovers in a 54-35 season-ending loss to Twin Bridges. But attaining a hard-sought after goal and picking up the first Viking victory at the Western C Divisionals in more than a deca...

Gliding to state

KALISPELL — Just one bucket short, just one stop away, just a couple of free throws from getting over the hump, the Polson Lady Pirates came oh-so-close to a divisional championship last Saturday night. Polson had the Wildkats right where they wanted them, with both posts fouled out of the game and ...

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