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District 14C Champs

Warriors take title, missed free throws knock Scarlets into second

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The Arlee Warriors were already a force to be reckoned with during the regular season, but during the District 14-C  basketball tournament in Pablo last week, they found themselves competing against Plains on Saturday for the title of 14-C District Champions.

Arlee started out the first quarter with a 19-4 run that set the tone for the rest of the game. Plains tried to make a late comeback in the fourth quarter by outscoring the Warriors 15-10, but it was not enough. The Warriors stomped Plains 74-54. 

Tyler Tanner led the Warriors with 24 points. Patrick Bigsam added 17 points. 

Head Coach Zanen Pitts was excited about the win but is ready to make some minor changes before the divisional tournament.

“We still need to work on our defensive rotations,” Pitts said. “We need to close down on the backside help.”

Pitts believes that their success stems from a certain attribute.

“The kids have been really focusing on doing things correct the first time,” Pitts said. “In my timeouts, I only have to tell the boys one time and they listen to me. They listen to their point guard. They are extremely focused right now.”

With Western C Divisionals in sight, Pitts believes the season is only going to get better.

“This team is getting scarier every day,” Pitts said. “In practices we get better. In games we get better. I just believe that we are still peaking. We are still just climbing.”

The Arlee Scarlets also found themselves in the championship game against Plains. However, this match-up was no blow out. The Scarlets were leading the game 20-15 at the end of the third quarter but the Trotters were not going down without a fight. It was Plains post player Leah Thompson who hit a buzzer beater 3-pointer, in true championship style, to tie the game at 26-26 and send the game into overtime.

In the end, it came down to free throws. The Trotters hit nine of 14 compared to Arlee’s two of eight, sealing the 38-30 championship win. Despite their loss, Arlee Scarlets Head Coach Bill Stockton is looking forward to the divisional tournament.

“The last two years we have made it to divisionals. The first year we went 0-2 and last year we went 2-2 playing in the consolation championship game,” Stockton said. “This year I think we will really compete and hopefully be playing for a chance to go to state.”

Becca Whitesell and Alyssia Vanderburg both led the Scarlets with 7 points a piece.

The Arlee Warriors and Scarlets will play in the Western C

Divisional Tournament starting on Wednesday, Feb. 24, in Hamilton.



After losing in the semi-final game against Arlee Scarlets on Friday, Feb. 19, the Charlo Lady Vikings found themselves in the loser-out game against St. Regis the following night. Both teams fought to continue their season, but Charlo outscored St. Regis 35-25 for the win.

Cheyenne Nagy led the Lady Vikings with 17 points and Skyler Frame added 11.

Head Coach Brett Thompson was pleased with the outcome but explained that “the girls still have a few games to win in order to continue our season.”

The Lady Vikings played on Monday, Feb. 22 against Philipsburg for a chance to play in the Western C Divisional Tournament. Results will be available online at

The Charlo boys team started their district basketball tournament with a 46-40 win against Noxon on Thursday, Feb. 18. 

The following night the boys played in the semi-final game against Arlee. The Vikings lost the game 34-74, sending them into the loser-out game the next day. 

On Saturday, Feb. 20 the Vikings beat Two Eagle River School 64-31. Vikings Jade Smith led the team with 12 points. The Charlo Vikings played for third place against Hot Springs. The Vikings needed to win the game to continue their trek to Western C Divisionals. Smith led the team with 15 points, but his efforts were not enough to push pass Hot Springs. The Vikings ended their season to a 52-62 loss. 



The Two Eagle River girl’s basketball team lost their first game of the 14-C District Tournament to Charlo Lady Vikings on Thursday, Feb. 18. The following night, the Eagles played against Hot Springs in the loser-out game. The Eagles fought hard to continue their season winning the game 46-39. 

On Saturday, Feb. 20 Two Eagle River School had to push through one more game to make it to the divisional tournament by playing St. Regis. Shay Andrews led the Eagles hitting five 3-pointers and ended the game with 18 points. However, it was not enough for the win. The Eagles lost 59-41.

Head Coach Pearl Yellowman is pleased with her team’s ability to separate basketball and life off the hardwood.

“The court is the safest place for the girls to be,” Yellowman said. “At practice I would tell the girls, ‘Being here is the the best decision you can make right now.’”

The Eagles ended their season 5- 14. 

The Two Eagle River boy’s basketball fell to Hot Springs 69-21 on the first day of their district tournament. That forced them into the loser-out game on Friday, Feb. 19 playing St. Regis in hopes to continue on to Saturday. The Eagles won the game 82-69 and ended their opponents season. 

On Saturday, Feb. 20 the Eagles took on the Charlo Vikings. Eagles point guard, Julian Cut Finger led the team with 15 points, but it was not enough for the win. 

The Eagles ended their season losing to Charlo 31-64.




Charlo 46, Noxon 40



Charlo – Points: Tyson Petticrew 16, Michael Delaney 12, Jade Smith 9, Landers Smith 6, Dugan Runkel 2, and Zane Hafliger 1.


Two Eagle River School 21, Hot Springs 69

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Arlee – BYE


Feb. 19


Arlee 74, Charlo 34

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Arlee – Points: Phillip Malatare 21, Tyler Tanner 11, Alex Moran 9, Colt Brazill 8, Patrick Bigsam 7, Justis Haynes 6, Aaron Perry 4, Isaac Desjarlais 4, Greg Whitesell 3, and Rory Bird 1.

Charlo – Points: Runkel 9, Petticrew 5, Kane Sheyner 4, J. Smith 6, L. Smith 4, Garret Vaughan 3, Greg Montgomery 2, M. Delaney 2, and Nate Delaney 1.



Two Eagle River School 82, St. Regis 69

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Feb. 20


Arlee 74, Plains 54



Arlee – Points: Tanner 24, Bigsam 17, Malatare 11, Whitesell 8, Perry 6, Brazill 6, and Bird 2. 


Third place

Hot Springs 62, Charlo 52

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Charlo – Points: J. Smith 15, Petticrew 13, M. Delaney 10, Runkel 10, and Hafliger 4. 



Charlo 63, Two Eagle River School 31


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Charlo – Points: J. Smith 12, Sheyner 8, Petticrew 7, Runkel 7, Montgomery 6, Hafliger 6, L. Smith 5, Vaughan 5, M. Delaney 3, Packer Pearson 3, Sabin Perry 1.




Feb. 18

Arlee 69, Hot Springs 19


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Arlee – Points: Alyssia Vanderburg 21, Carly Hergett 13, Bryndle Goyins 8, Abby Yocum 6, Megan Shick 6, Noelle West 4, Becca Whitesell 4, Elk Lindberg 3, Ashley Tanner 2, and Megan Reed 2.


Charlo 59, Two Eagle River School 21


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Charlo – Points: Cheyenne Nagy 10, Mikaylan Roylance 8, Skylar Frame 4, Brooklyn Foust 4, Kenzie Couture 3, Ashley Tryon 2, and Sakoya Gaustad 1.


Feb. 19


Arlee 48, Charlo 36



Arlee – Points: Vanderburg 13, Whitesell 7, Hergett 7, Shick 7, Goyins 6, Ashley Revis 2, Morgan Malatare 1, and Ella Lindbergh 1.

Charlo – Points: Nagy 14, Tryon 6, Roylance 4, Gaustad 4, Kaitlin Cox 3, and Brooklyn Foust.



Two Eagle River School 46, Hot Springs 39

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Feb. 20


Plains 38, Arlee 30 – OT



Arlee – Points: Whitesell 7, Vanderburg 7, Goyins 6, Hergett 6, Malatare 3, and Shick 1.


Third place

Charlo 35, St. Regis 25


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Charlo – Points: Nagy 17, Frame 11, Roylance 5, and Tryon 2.



St. Regis 59, Two Eagle River School 41

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