Sports shorts for Feb. 15, 2023
BILLINGS — The Ronan Maidens are the Class A-C state champions with every team member scoring points to contribute to the 119 point total that took home the title. For the girls tournament, class AA-C all competed against one another and the class A Maidens were able to punch up effectively. Tirza Two Teeth dominated the 235 pound weight class, taking home first against all athletes to be the Overall State Champion. Saellah Nommee took fifth overall in the 103 pound division, Katie Dolence and Brynn Courville both took third in the 126 and 132 pound divisions, respectively.
The Chiefs also had a successful state tournament in the Class A bracket. Ridge Cote took home the silver medal in the 120 pound division, while Koda King and Landon Bishop finished fourth overall in the 145 and 160 pound divisions.
In the B/C tournament bracket, Mission/Charlo’s Canyon Sargent took fourth in the 170 pound division. Congratulations to all of our Mission Valley Athletes on great seasons!
COLUMBIA FALLS — The Ronan Maidens traveled to Columbia Falls on Feb. 9 and came home with a hard-fought victory 50-48. Both teams played extremely well, with Columbia Falls leading by one point at the end of the first quarter and at halftime. Ronan upped their game own both ends for the floor in the third, only allowing six points and scoring 16. Columbia Falls wouldn’t go away, closing the gap in the fourth quarter to two, but Ronan were able to hold on to the victory. Olivia Heiner had 25 points in an excellent individual performance. Lauryn Buhr added seven of her own and Leona Ulatoa was able to kick in six.
COLUMBIA FALLS — The Ronan Chiefs came up just short on the road against the Columbia Falls Wildcats on Feb. 9, 59-53. Ronan fell behind early and was down 13 at halftime. They stormed back in the third to lead 44-41, but the fairytale comeback wasn’t to be. The Wildcats pushed on in the fourth and were able to get the six point win. Ted Coffman scored 16 points, Marlo Tonasket had 14 and Kolby Finley kicked in 11 more.
RONAN — The Lady Pirates did the double over local rivals Ronan Maidens on Feb. 11, 43-41. Both teams were tied at 11 after the first quarter, but in the second Polson were able to pull away and lead by eight at halftime. Ronan came out in the third and fought back to end the quarter tied at 32. The fourth quarter was back and forth, with Polson coming away with the two point win. Grace Simonich had 16 for the Lady Pirates and Mila Hawk added eight more. The Maidens Olivai Heiner led all scorers with 17 and Leina Ulatoa added 10 of her own.
RONAN — The Pirates traveled down to Ronan to face the Chiefs on Feb. 11, coming home with a 49-45 victory. The teams were tied at 12 after the first quarter and Polson led 25-23 at halftime. Polson dominated after the break, leading at the end of the third by nine. Ronan just wouldn’t go away in the fourth, with Polson having to dig deep to hold onto the victory. The Pirates Jarrett Wilson led all scorers with 14 and Espn Fisher had 11. Elijah Tonasket scored 11 to lead the Chiefs and teammate Josiah Finley had nine.
CHARLO — The Vikings hosted the Alberton Panthers on Feb. 7, coming away with the blowout victory 53-12. Charlo came out on fire and never gave Alberton a chance. Stetson Reum and Wesley Anderson both led the team with 14 points apiece.
CHARLO — The Lady Vikings rolled over the visiting Alberton Panthers Feb. 7, 64-7. Charlo played excellent defense, allowing no points between the end of the first and end of the third quarters. Sheadon Kain had 22 points to lead all scorers, Seeley McDonald kicked in 17 and Sidney Bauer had 10 of her own.
THOMPSON FALLS — The Mission Bulldogs visited Thompson Falls to face the Blue Hawks on Feb. 10, coming home with the victory, 68-61. Mission jumped out to lead the first quarter 25-13 and led the whole game and were always in control from there. Zoran LaFrambois continued his incredible run of scoring with another 31 points. Kellen McClure also had a great night with 18 points.
THOMPSON FALLS — The Lady Bulldogs traveled to Thompson Falls on Feb 10, winning an enthralling game of basketball 54-53. It turned out to be a back and forth game, with both teams leading at different points. The Blue Hawks led after one quarter 15-7 and 26-22 at halftime. Mission came out strong in the third to capture the lead 35-30 at the end of the quarter. Both teams played very well in the fourth but the Lady Bulldogs were able to hold onto the victory. It was a great team effort with Kason Page scoring 12 and Ellanah Flat Lip, Cora Matt and Kooper Page adding 11 a piece.