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Western Divisionals Wrestling
POLSON — Polson hosted the Western Class A Boys and Girls Divisional Wrestling tournaments Feb. 3 and 4 with teams from Ronan and Polson competing.
In the girls tournament the Ronan Maidens took first place with five first place finishes. Saellah Nomee (100), Landyn Hughes (114), Katie Dolence (126), Brynn Courville (132), Tirza Two Teeth (235) all took first in their weight classes. Destiney Finley (120) and Leona Dodson Howe (152) both took second and Juliette Cheff (120) took third, helping push the Maidens over the edge into Division Champions.
The Lady Pirates were able to take second, just behind their local rivals with three of their own first place finishes. Abigail Sorrell (152), Venessa Wheeler (165) and Pepper Featherstone (185) all went home as division champs, while Harli Kinney (145) took second, Ciri Nice (100) and Brylie Reum (126) both took fourth. Nizhoni Haynes (138) and Madelyn Huffine (114) both were able to place in the state qualifying spots.
The Chiefs also had a very successful tournament, taking third overall and having a number of individual podium places. Ridge Cote was able to win the 120 pound division, while Koda King and Landon Bishop took second in the 145 and 160 pound divisions, respectively,. August Courville took third in the 103 pound division, Lucy Cheff (113), James Kenelty (138) and Will Courville (145) all took fourth.
The Pirates’ Danjel Peterson was their highest finisher, taking fifth in the 152 pound division. Other Pirates that qualified for the state tournament were Max Remesar (120), Kyrin Doty (170) and Durai Mahkuk (205).
PABLO — The B/C Western Divisional Boys and Girls Wrestling Tournaments took place at SKC Feb. 3 and 4 and Mission/Charlo and Arlee athletes both competed.
Mission/Charlos Canyon Sargent finished third in the boys 170 pound division and Chance Bockman was able to take fifth in the boys 160 pound division. On the girls side, Aubrey Sharon took second in the 138 division, Lettie Humphrey and Alexis Lamere took third in the 114 and 152 pound divisions and Natalie Helser finished fifth in the 145 pound division.
Arlee had two athletes qualify for the state tournament. Brody Smith took eight in the boys 120 division and Jearemy Martin finished tenth in the 126 division.
The state tournament starts Feb 9-11 in Billings.
BROWNING — The Lady Pirates traveled to Browning to face the Indians Feb. 3, coming up short 34-43. Although Browning stormed out to an early lead, Polson was able to slowly claw back into the game. They trailed by 12 at halftime and halved that lead but ran out of time down the stretch. Mila Hawk led Polson with eight points, Julia Barnard added seven of her own. Polson next travel to local rivals Ronan Feb. 11 at 5:30 p.m.
The Polson Pirates boys basketball team also visited the Browning Indians Feb. 3, losing in a high scoring game 80-94. Polson fell behind early and ended the first quarter 25-9, but then both offenses got going. Dawson Dumont scored 28 of Polson’s points, Jarrett Wilson added 19 of his own and Fisher contributed 13 more. Polson next travel to local rivals Ronan Feb. 11t at 5:30 p.m.
DEER LODGE — The Mission Bulldogs traveled to take on the Deer Lodge Wardens Feb. 3, going home with the 69-37 victory. Mission jumped out to 14 point lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back. Zoran LaFrombois continued his excellent season with 24 points, Landon WalksOverIce had 13 and Carmine Adams kicked in 12.
The Lady Bulldogs also went to Deer Lodge to face the Lady Wardens Feb. 3 and won 73-32. Mission put on a dominant display at both ends of the floor, playing some excellent defense and keeping Deer Lodge to 19 points in quarters one through three. Kooper Page led all scorers with 24 points, Elannah Flat Lip had 14 and Kieran Incashola scored 13. Mission next host Plains on Feb 9 at 5:30 p.m.
Two Eagle River
HOT SPRINGS — The Two Eagle River Eagles traveled to Hot Springs to beat the Savage Heat in close game of 49-46. There wasn’t much to separate the teams throughout the game, with the teams still level at halftime. Can Burke scored 14 points and Thomas Spotted Eagle scored 12 to lead the Eagles to the victory. The Eagles next host Darby on Feb. 11 at 5:30 p.m.