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Lady Pirates saddle state champ Lady Broncs with first loss

POLSON — It was the kind of test that veteran softball coach Larry Smith prefers. And he was happy to see his young Lady Pirate squad pass the test, though they may not have aced it. Polson kicked off the softball season with a major test against the Frenchtown Broncs last Thursday afternoon. And although they gave up three unearned runs off fielding and throwing errors in the fourth inning, the Lady Pirates looked fairly sharp in beating the Broncs 10-3. Freshman Shay Duford earned her first varsity win on the mound for Polson. Duford was hit early ... literally. She spread out three hits over the first four innings without giving up a run, plus took a line drive in the leg ...


Young Lady Bulldog squad loses to Lady Lions in first match

EUREKA — The inexperience of the young Lady Bulldogs showed up in a season-opening 5-1 loss to the Lady Lions. For most of the Lady Bulldogs, the match in Eureka Saturday was the first time they have ever played against another team, and they soon found that a competitve match is a far cry from prac...


Six Arlee tracksters place in first meet

MISSOULA — With very few practices behind them a young Scarlet squad scored 26 points to finish in eighth-place in the 15-team field and the Warriors had two individual athletes and two relay teams place at the first track meet of the season. With dark, snow clouds threatening most the day at the Ji...


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 (11...


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...


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