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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 a chance to take the lead in the final seconds. It was the kind of scenario little girls practice in school yards and driveways all across Montana.  But such is the drama of post-season basketball, where one team has to lose. Everyone expected Columbia Falls and Polson to be in the championship. Unfortunately, it was the Lady Pirates who came up just two points shy. After secu...

Grappling with giants

It was a nice little run while it lasted, the kind that can carry over into next year. But the Ronan boys' fun run ran out of momentum on Monday. With nothing to lose and nobody expecting them to do much, the Ronan Chiefs put together an impressive string of basketball games at last weekend’s Northw...

Sweet revenge

The story for the Warriors at the Western C Divisional Tournament was the same as last year, but this year they made sure to rewrite the ending — an ending that is still unfinished. At the Maroon Activities Center in Butte last week, the Warriors followed an identical path from last year to a challe...

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 i...

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 ...

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