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RONAN — The Ronan Chiefs took on Stevensville’s Yellowjackets for a football game on their home field Friday night with  homecoming excitement in the air. 

It was a hard-fought game, but in the end, the Chiefs lost 10-26. 

The Chiefs got their touchdown when Kolby Finley, the team quarterback, saw an opening and decided to run the ball to the end in the second quarter.

Ronan Chiefs head coach Traise Williams said, “There was something missing in every play and that stops things from clicking.” However, he said the Chiefs plan on working hard to prepare for their next game so they can bring home the win.

During halftime events, homecoming was celebrated with the traditional crowing of the king and queen. Keyan Pretty On Top was crowned king, and Kamiah Pretty On Top was crowned queen.  The Pretty On Top twins accepted the crowns and will rule together as king and queen, although neither of them expected to be crowned. Kamiah said, “I’m shocked, but I’m also excited since I didn’t expect it.” The king had similar thoughts to his twin saying, “I am super surprised right now. I wasn’t expecting it.” 

The night held another big event with the AGWest $65,000 grant announcement for the school. The grant will help fund a food truck that students requested to make it easier to sell their tacos. Students grow various vegetables at the school to put on the tacos they sell to fundraise. They plan on eventually adding potatoes so they can make French fries. Students thanked AGWest for the grant.

The Chiefs’ next home game is on Friday, Sept. 29 against Browning at 7 p.m.

POLSON — The boards were out as skaters tested their skills to celebrate their sport during the annual Skate Jam held at the Seventh Avenue Skatepark. 

This year’s Skate Jam was held Saturday, Sept. 23, with semi-clear skies, and no worry about the rain. The event brought in skaters ages 10 and up.

Nate Soehl, a skateboarder and hobbyist photographer, said: “We got many skaters at different ages and different levels.”  

A long-time skater, Soehl said he’s been skating since he was 14. He had lots to say about his love for the sport, but when asked if there was something he would like for everyone to know, he said: “Even though it’s kind of seen as a solo sport, everybody out here is super supportive, and we want to see everybody land the tricks that they’re trying.” 

He continued to describe the skating community as incredibly encouraging of one another, a sentiment most skaters at the event echoed.

Events like these connect experienced skaters, with years of knowledge to share, with the younger generation. 

Participants also said the event wouldn’t be possible without the people helping to put the event on like MVEMT Surf, Skate, Snow and owner Chuk Sisler. Sisler talked about the event and the difficulties of putting it on, including scheduling and coordinating a day of fun. He said: “I’d have to say putting the right stuff together to come and do competitions like this is a challenge.” 

Event staff thanked all the skaters who came out and participated. 

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