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Early pressure sets up 51-26 Lady Pirate win over Maidens

POLSON — The Lady Pirates are still trying to gel after returning from the holiday break, but they picked up a conference win last week and tested themselves against a good Class AA squad. Polson put up 34 points in the first half to take control early in a 51-26 win in Ronan last Tuesday night, then sputtered a bit late Saturday night for a 65-40 loss at home to Class AA Glacier. The Lady Pirates put a lot of pressure on the Maidens early on Tuesday night, keying a 34-15 first half run.  "They're young and we knew that. So we put some pressure on them and got some quick layups early," Polson head coach Randy Kelley said. "We tried to take (Nina) Orozco out with Sierra (...


Warriors defeat Darby, Hamilton at Western Montana Duals

RONAN — The Arlee Warriors picked up two wins to finish in 10th place at the Western Montana Duals in Ronan Friday and Saturday. The Warriors, who finished 2-4 over the weekend, beat Western B-C’s Darby 46-26 Friday with wins by Austin Rubel, Cole Rice, Al Plant and Bryce Norling. Spurred on b...


Bulldogs take trio of duals in Ronan

RONAN — The Mission-Charlo Bulldogs picked up three team wins and had some of their younger wrestlers make big gains at the Western Montana Duals in Ronan Friday and Saturday. “I think we improved individually and team-wise,” Mission coach Lyle Cronk said. “We kind of caught fire a...


Pirates earn thrilling 36-35 wrestling dual win over Loggers

POLSON — The Polson Pirate wrestling squad launched off a thrilling 36-35 dual victory over the Libby Loggers Thursday night and into a slate full of wrestling matches at the Western Montana Duals in Ronan on Friday and Saturday. The Pirates started out their Thursday dual against the Loggers with a...


Four Chiefs go undefeated at Western Montana Duals

RONAN — The Chiefs capped a busy weekend of wrestling with a 42-39 dual victory over Libby Saturday evening to claim fifth place in the Western Montana Duals. Ronan hosted the two-day tournament in the Ronan Event Center, which kept six mats full of wrestling duals, including a fair amount of exhibitio...


Chiefs pin six, but fall to Pirates

POLSON — The Ronan Chiefs had a good run to open their Saturday dual in Polson, but came up just short to the Pirates. Polson won the dual 46-39, despite Ronan's strong start.  Shelby Grant opened the dual with a win by pin at 130 pounds to start a six-match run by Ronan, which won five of t...


Young Pirates key Polson in 46-39 wrestling dual win over Ronan

POLSON — The Polson won a pin-fest last Saturday night over valley-rival Ronan, edging the Chiefs 46-39 in a hard-fought wrestling dual. But it didn't start out all that well for the Pirates.  The dual started at 130 pounds and Ronan wrestlers rattled off six straight match wins, five of the...


Petersen leads Bulldogs at Mission Mountain Classic

ST. IGNATIUS — Mission-Charlo’s 145-pounder Jame Petersen held the banner for the Bulldogs at their tournament Saturday. Petersen pinned all four of his opponents at the Mission Mountain Classic and was the only Bulldog to win a championship at the 11-team tournament. After pinning Arlee&rs...


Warriors place 5th at Mission Mountain Classic

ST. IGNATIUS — The Warriors worked out the kinks from a long Christmas break at the Mission Mountain Classic in St. Ignatius Saturday. Warrior freshman Austin Rubel was the highest finisher for Arlee, finishing in second place in the 105-pound class, after being pinned by Frenchtown’s Glenn He...


Chiefs still searching for consistent offense

WHITEFISH — It wasn't the kind of return from the Christmas break the Ronan Chiefs wanted as they lost badly in Whitefish last Saturday. The Chiefs fell behind quickly 17-4 in the first quarter and had to try to scramble the rest of the night. But the Bulldogs didn't let them get very far, making an...


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