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Season ends with All Valley Classic

The Kiwanis All Valley Classic put the cap on the basketball season on Tuesday, March 15. A good-sized crowd attended the showcase and enjoyed the last high school basketball game of the season. During halftime of the girls’ game, the boys competed in the three-point shooting contest. Hamilton’s Ky Burch drilled 15 in a minute…

Florence Falcons finish 22 and 4

Levi Clagett went over the 1,000 points scored mark during Florence’s game against Choteau. Jean Schurman photo

The Florence Falcons may have needed the rest the 12 days between the Western B Divisional and the state tournament this weekend in Butte, but even though they healed up, they also lost some momentum going into the tournament. The Falcons struggled early on and never seemed to come together the way they did during…

Sports Talk – Montana moments

By Jean Schurman   When I found out that the first and second rounds of the Men’s NCAA basketball tournament was going to be held in Spokane, Washington, I was excited. I mean, a chance to see that caliber of play, and visit grandkids all in one trip? Life couldn’t get much better than that….

Luke Channer, he’s kind of a big deal

Luke Channer stands in front of a mural in the Corvallis High School weight room. Jean Schurman photo.

Luke Channer is one big fellow. At 6’3”, 285 pounds, he’s one of the largest students at Corvallis. He’s also one of the bigger guys on the line that plays Class A football. And, to top it off, he was one of the larger wrestlers for the school and recently took fourth at the Class…

Broncs’ season comes to an end

Hamilton’s Ky Burch brings the ball up between Polson’s Tanner Wilson and Julius Jones during Friday’s game. Jean Schurman photo.

It didn’t end the way they hoped it would, but that’s not to say the Hamilton Broncs didn’t have a good state tournament. There’s so much more pressure on teams at the level of the ‘elite eight’, and while the Broncs didn’t show many nerves, it was the little things that finished their season. “The…

Broncs headed to state

Hamilton’s Carter Kearns chases down a loose ball during the consolation game against Butte Central. Jean Schurman photo.

The last time the Hamilton Broncs went to the state basketball tournament, it was 1994. It’s been a goal for every team since then but this year; the goal became a reality with the fourth place finish in the Western A Divisional. “It feels pretty awesome,” said senior Josh Heath. “We were kind of bummed…

Falcons finish second, advance to state

Florence’s ‘Big Dan’ Mickelson goes up for a shot. Keri Briney photo.

The Western B Boys Divisional may have been the toughest tournament in the state, including the state tournaments. With five strong teams vying for three places, two very good teams were not going to make it to the State B tournament in Butte on March 10-12. The Florence Falcons were well aware of this when…

Hamilton, Corvallis lose out Saturday morning

Hamilton’s Caitlyn Gillespie shoots a free throw. Jean Schurman photo.

  Hamilton may have come into the tournament as the defending state champion but that didn’t mean that this team had that much experience. Only one player, Kloie Nye, on this year’s team saw much playing time last year. The other five had very limited varsity, let alone tournament, experience. So a Saturday morning, loser…

Florence girls finish fourth

The Florence Lady Falcons lost a heart breaker to the Loyola Breakers in the semi finals at the Western B Divisionals. That loss sent Florence to loser out action on Saturday morning against Deer Lodge. Florence won that game but couldn’t get past Bigfork in the consolation game and finished fourth. Florence opened against Troy…

Florence takes district title

Levi Clagett of Florence sinks another one. Keri Briney photo

The atmosphere was electric, and not really very friendly for the Florence Falcons on Saturday night in Anaconda. The ‘Pit’, home of the Anaconda Copperheads, was filled to the rafters with hometown fans, and Florence fans for the District 6B championship game. It could have been a bit intimidating for the Florence Falcons, but it…