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Strong start for Florence girls

The Lady Falcons are still a relatively young team. There are only three seniors on the team. But these ladies have been playing varsity ball for three years and are very experienced. Chloe Arthur, Autumn Round and Alexis Taulbee are these seniors. Arthur runs the plays and can step out and hit from outside. Even…

DeGroot takes over as Falcon boys coach

It’s not as if Caleb DeGroot is not familiar with Florence Falcon basketball. The new coach of the Falcons played in the gym many times when he was a student at Missoula Loyola. The rivalry between the two schools can be intense at times but DeGroot doesn’t think about that now. These days he is…

Hasquet is new coach of Lady Yellowjackets

Those familiar with University of Montana men’s basketball will recognize the fellow in the huddle of the Lady Yellowjackets basketball team this year. Jordan Hasquet is the new coach for the Stevensville girls’ basketball team. From his earliest years, he was in the gym. His father, Pete, was the Missoula Sentinel girls’ basketball team and…

Florence finishes fourth

Megan Kowalski of Florence led her team to a 4th place finish at the Class B state tournament in Bozeman. Star file photo.

The Florence Lady Falcons went into the state tournaments with high hopes and with an undefeated season behind them. They remained undefeated after the first match against Joliet after dropping the first game of the match. Megan Kowalski remained a force at the net, making 14 kills and four blocks in the match. Florence def….

Florence is Western B champ

The joy of victory! Blake Hempstead photo.

The Florence Lady Falcons will be making their seventh straight trip to the Class B state volleyball tournament this week. And, this will be their seventh straight time as the Western B champion. They will open their state tournament play against Joliet, the No. 3 seed from the South, at noon on Thursday in Bozeman…

Corvallis takes fourth, advances to state

The Corvallis Blue Devils will be making their sixth straight appearance at the All Class Volleyball tournament in Bozeman this weekend. The Blue Devils, who finished fourth in the Western A, will play Belgrade, the No. 1 seed from the Central A, at 4 on Thursday. Corvallis opened against Hamilton on Thursday and topped the…

Last second field goal ends Bronc hopes

The Hamilton Broncs and Belgrade Panthers played a tough, evenly matched game in Class A second round action in Belgrade on Saturday. Belgrade entered the game with only one loss, to Billings Central on September 2, while Hamilton went into the game with a record of 7-3. On the line for the two teams, a…

Pirates’ seasons ends

The Victor Pirates traveled 626 miles, one way, and never left the state in their quest to advance in the Class C 8 Man playoffs on Saturday. That’s farther than Edmonton, Seattle, or Portland. The team, and their followers, left Victor early Friday and made it as far as Miles City before stopping for the…

Blue Devils finish second in soccer

Senior standout Cayden Ayers takes a rare shot during the Class A championship game against Belgrade. He was double teamed most of the game. Corvallis lost, 2-0. Jean Schurman photo.

It was maybe too much to ask. After all one of the Murphy’s laws of sports is that it’s tough to beat a good team three times in post season play. But that was what Corvallis had to do, defeat the Belgrade Panthers for the third time in three years for the Class A state…

Hamilton, Victor advance in football playoffs

Victor quarterback Jesse Pearson hands off to Eli Rosen in the Pirates’ first-round playoff game against Great Falls Central. Michelle Alves photo.

With the post-season playoffs in full swing now, the two remaining football teams will hit the road this week for second round action. In Class A, Hamilton will travel to Belgrade, while Victor will make the long trip to Wibaux. Hamilton took on Butte Central in a wildcard game on Saturday in Hamilton. The two…