Sports shorts for Jan. 25, 2023
LEWISTOWN — The Chiefs traveled to Lewistown for the Montana Class A Duels tournament Jan. 20 and 21. The Chiefs, who were ranked first in their pool, dominated their early matches in Pool D. After not losing a team match, they fell in the quarterfinals and ended up sixth overall. Individually, there were a number of undefeated wrestlers in multiple weight classes. Ridge Cote (120), Fortina Silva (138), and Brady Hout (170) won all of their matches, while August Courville (103), Koda King (145), James Courville (145), and Jackson Davis (285) only fell in the quarterfinal matches. The Chiefs next travel to Frenchtown on Jan. 26 at 5 p.m.
Ronan, Polson Girls
LEWISTOWN — The Ronan Maidens and Lady Pirates traveled to Lewistown for the Fergus Girls Wrestling Invitational on Jan. 20 and 21.
Ronan and had some of the best performances in the tournament. Katie Dolence (126) and Tirza TwoTeeth (235) both took first place in their divisions, while Saellah Nomee (100), Destiney Finley (120), Brynn Courville (132) andLeona Dodson Howe (152) all took second.
For the Lady Pirates, Harley Kenney(145B) took first in her division. Venessa Wheeler (165) took third, Shyloh Huffine (126B), Abighail Sorrell (152) and Pepper Featherston (185) all took fourth.
Ronan and Polson next travel to Frenchtown on Jan. 26 at 5 p.m.
POLSON — The Lady Pirates hosted Corvallis on Jan. 20, winning 60-38. Polson came out of the gates on fire, scoring 25 points in the first quarter and never slowed down. Julia Bernard scored 25 points, including five three-pointers with four scored in the first quarter. Nikki Kendall added nine of her own, while Mila Hawk and Grace Simonich scored eight each.
The following night, Polson hosted the Libby Loggers in what was a tough game for both teams. The Lady Pirates trailed for quarters one through three, only to lockdown Libby and find their scoring touch in the fourth. Julia Bernard scored 14, Mila Hawk scored nine and Grace Simonich added eight to help push Polson over the line.
Polson next travels to Columbia Falls on Jan. 26 at 4:15 p.m.
CORVALLIS — The Pirates traveled to Corvallis on Jan. 20, winning a very close game 72-67. Corvallis came out in the first quarter playing some very good defense and lead by one point. Polson came back strong in the second and led at halftime 28-25 and never looked back. Jarrett Wilson had an outstanding day, scoring 35 points in a dominant display. Espn Fisher added 14 of his own to help Polson take home the victory.
The Libby Loggers came to Polson to face the Pirates on Jan. 21. Polson started slow in the first quarter, trailing by two points, only to build each following quarter to run away with the win. Jarrett Wilson had 34 points, which was his second 30 plus point game in two days. Trent Wilson added 16 more the help secure the home win for the Pirates. Polson next travels to Columbia Falls on Jan. 26 at 4:15 p.m.
ANCHORAGE — The Chiefs and Maidens traveled all the way to Alaska to play in the Alaska Airlines Invitational. They beat out over 1,000 other schools to secure the invite spot.
The Maidens first faced off against the Metlakatla Miss Chiefs, winning 44-40. Lauryn Buhr scored 10 points, seven boards and four steals, while Olivia Heiner had nine points and Margaret Cordova added eight points and four steals. Additionally, Leina Ulutoa had eight rebounds, four steals, and three blocks to go with her six points. The Maidens were the first Montana team to win a game at tournament, but unfortunately fell in their final two games, losing to Tikigaq 67-43 and 51-41 against West Anchorage.
The Chiefs lost in their opening game to Anchorage West 65-45, but made it to the consolation game against Metlakatla. Ronan was down 23-8 after the first quarter, but clawed back in the second and third to set up a close fourth quarter. Josiah Misa scored seven straight and went on a 10-0 run late in the fourth to tie the game at 46. After, Ronan never looked back and went on to win 56-51. Misa ended the game with 17 points and Tonasket Jr scored 14 in two solid individual performances to lead the Chiefs to become the first Montana boys team to win a game in the tournament’s history. The Chiefs and Maidens next host the Libby Loggers on Jan. 27 at 2:30 p.m.
CHARLO — Two Eagle River traveled to Charlo to face local rivals in a great game of basketball, just losing 60-63. It was tied 16-16 after the first quarter and Two Eagle was leading by four at halftime. The Vikings stormed back in the third to lead by three and held on through the fourth, in which both teams scored 23 points. Charlos Keaton Piedalue led all scorers with 20 points, while Wesley Anderson scored 16 and Stetson Reum added 14 of his own. For the Eagles, Can Burke scored 16 points, Devon Arlee had 11 and Daniel Black Wolf had 10.
The Lady Vikings hosted the Lady Eagles from Pablo and came out victorious 50-16. Charlo’s Sheldon Kain led all scorers with 18 points, including three three-pointers, while Hayleigh Smith added 14 of her own. Two Eagle River and Charlo next face each other again in Pablo.
SKC All Indian Tournament
PABLO — The SKC Bison and Lady Bison opened their basketball seasons hosting the annual SKC All Indian Tournament Jan. 19 through the 21. Fort Peck College, Stonechild College, and SKC represented Montana’s All Indian Teams and Northwest Indian College traveled all the way from western Washington to participate in the annual tournament. No scores were available by time of writing. The Bison and Lady Bison next travel to the Little Big Horn College on Jan. 27 and 28.