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Mission Mountain Classic Wrestling Tournament

Mission/Charlo, Arlee, Ronan

ST. IGNATIUS — The annual Mission Mountain Classic wrestling tournament was hosted in St. Ignatius on Jan. 28. Local teams from Arlee, Mission/Charlo and Ronan came to face off against visiting Three Forks, Plains, Superior, Powell County and Simms. 

Ronan had a great tournament, finishing second overall behind Three Forks with 100.5 points and having some stellar individual performances. Leona Dodson Howe finished first in the girls 152 pound division, winning the final by Fall and adding 26 points to the team. Landyn Hughes (girls 114), Peterson Watkins (152), James Courville (145), and Ian Dillard (103) all finished second overall and added 18 points apiece to the team.

Mission/Charlo finished fourth overall, scoring 85 points and having three first place finishers. Chance Bockman won the 160 pound division, as did Canyon Sargent in the 170 division. On the Girls side Lettie Umphrey finished first in the 114, while Aubrey Sharbono took second in the 138 division and Alexis Lamere took second in the 152 pound division.

Arlee finished sixth overall with 22 points. Jerry Belcourt and Isadore Mitchell battled it out for top spot in the heavyweight division final, with Belcourt coming out on top and taking first place. Dean Moran took second in the 113 pound division while Brody Smith took second in the 120 pound division.

Ronan next heads to Polson for the Western A Divisionals on Feb 3-4. Mission/Charlo and Arlee head to Pablo for the Western B-C Divisionals on Feb 3-4.



Charlo Girls

NOXON — The Lady Vikings traveled to Noxon to face the Red Devils on Jan. 27, winning 59-33. The first quarter was extremely close, with Charlo pulling ahead to lead by four and then never looking back. Charlo played some great team defense in the second and third quarters, allowing only three and six points in each, respectively. Sheadon Kain lead the Vikings in scoring with 11 points. Hayleigh Smith and Sidney Bauer both added nine more of their own. The Lady Vikings next host St. Regis on Feb. 3 at 5:30 p.m.

Mission v. Polson

ST IGNATIUS — The Mission Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs hosted local rivals Polson Pirates and Lady Pirates on Jan 24 in two very close games. 

The Bulldogs and Pirates both played some excellent basketball, with only one point separating them after the first quarter and were level at 33 at halftime. Although Mission was able to pull ahead by three points by the end of the third, it remained a single possession game until the closing minute. Mission was able to keep hold of the lead and see out the win 68-62. The Bulldogs point guard Zoran LaFrambois had an incredible individual performance with 47 points, while Kellen McClure was able to add 10 of his own. For the Pirates, Jarrett Wilson scored 22 and Trent wilson had 13.

The Lady Bulldogs and Lay Pirates game was just as close went down to the wire as well. Mission led 17-11 after the first quarter and were up 31-22 at halftime in what looked like a game that could have been a runaway. Polson started to claw their way back, closing the gap to six points at the end of the third. The Lady Pirates upped their defensive effort in the fourth, which held Mission to only eight points, allowing them to win by one point, 55-54. Polson was led by Mila Hawk and her 25 points, with Julia Barnard adding 15 of her own. Mission’s Kooper Page scored 22 points, Kason Page had 12 and Cora Matt had 10.

The Bulldogs next travel to Florence on Feb. 2 with games starting at 5:30 p.m. The Pirates next travel to Browning on Feb. 3 with games at 5 p.m.


ST. IGNATIUS — The Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs hosted the Eureka Lions and Lionesses on Jan 27.

The Lady Bulldogs played excellent all around and started the game on the front foot. They led 19-11 after the first quarter and extended their lead to 29-18 at halftime. In the third quarter, Mission pulled away and never looked back. They led 41-25 after the third and went on to win 62-33. Kieran Incashola led the team with 14 points, Cora Matt had 12 and Kason Page added 11 more.

In the boys game, the Bulldogs struggled early with the Lions leading by nine after the first quarter. They closed the gap to six at halftime but Eureka was able to extend to 15 at the end of the third. Mission stormed back in the fourth and looked like they were going to win after going ahead by three when Zoran LaFrambois buried a triple in the last minute. Eureka was able to score two free throws to close the gap to within one, and then score on the final possession of the game to win 52-51. LaFrambois had a great performance with 30 points while Carmine Adams added seven of his own.

Polson Girls

POLSON — The Lady Pirates hosted the Columbia Falls Wildcats on Jan. 28, winning in overtime 63-59. Polson led the whole game until the fourth quarter where Columbia Falls stormed back to tie the game at 54. In overtime, the Lady Pirates were able to outscore the Wildcats by four and clinch the home victory. Polson had four players in double digits: Mila Hawk had 15, Grace Simonich had 12, Nikki Kendall had 11 and Samantha Rensvold had 10.

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