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Valley’s state high school rodeo champs advance to nationals

Roper Kayla Schmiedeke of Stevensville won the state high school championship in break away roping and will advance to the national finals. Photo courtesy of Shelly King Photography.

By Jean Schurman State champion is usually the highest honor a high school student athlete can achieve, and that alone is quite a feat. However, in the rodeo world, the high school contestant can actually win a national championship. The top four placers in each rodeo event in 42 states, five Canadian provinces, and Australia…

Blue Devils add golf

For years, Corvallis was the only Class A school to not offer golf as one of their sports. This fall, that will change. The Corvallis School Board will allow golf to be one of the fall sports, providing they can raise $15,000 prior to August 1st. School officials say that by not having golf, some…

American Legion baseball results

The Bitterroot Red Sox and the Bucs were busy this weekend. The Red Sox were at Belgrade where they took on the NW Premier BBL team on Friday. The Red Sox won the first game, 5-2. Joe Johnson went 1-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs. Chase Conner went 2-for-3 with a triple and an…

Finley signs

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Jake Finley of Stevensville High School and the Bitterroot Bucs has signed a letter of intent to play baseball at St. Katherine College of San Diego, CA.  Jake is pictured at his signing with Coaches Bradley Schaff, Austin Nogle, along with his parents, Scott and Carrie Finley.

Another chapter ends in book of valley high school sports

  Sports Talk by Jean Schurman   The Class of 2016 has made their last walk. The cards have been read, the company has gone home and a new phase of their lives begins. This class, in all the valley schools, has been a unique class. They are doers, joiners, independent thinkers, and those not…

Corvallis girls take 6th straight title

Calla Haldorson of Corvallis won the state discus championship with a throw of 129’5”. Mark Haldorson photo.

The rosters may change but the outcome has not changed in six years – another state championship. For a while it was the hurdles that powered the Blue Devils with Paige Squire and Lakyn Conner winning titles, and then the races with Sadi Henderson setting the pace. Now, it’s the throwers providing the wins with…

Florence softball team takes third at state

They are young and most people didn’t expect the Lady Falcons to go very far this year at the state tournament. Even though Florence has had a run of state championships and has a winning tradition, most of these players are freshmen and sophomores. There are only two seniors on the team, Chloe Arthur and…

Tennis recap

Corvallis’ Caleb Powell defeated Alex Raymond, 6-2, 6-1, to finish third at the state tournament. Shane Belcourt of Stevensville finished fifth with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, defeat of Bradley Rakish of Dillon. Raymond sustained his first loss of the season against Harrison Fagg of Billing Central in the semi finals. Powell lost to Jeff Miller…

Legion baseball wrapup

The Bitterroot Red Sox defeated the Bozeman Bucks, 2-1, on Saturday. Tylor Nixon had two hits and an RBI. Nate Loranger also had an RBI in the game. The Red Sox also played Vauxhall on Saturday and defeated them, 10-3. Chase Conner had a triple and an RBI. Jonathan Ringer knocked in two runners, as…

Corvallis wins divisional track titles

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The Blue Devil track machine continued to win, clinching both the boys’ and girls’ divisional titles; however, it was a close race in the boys’ team scoring. Corvallis edged Columbia Falls by one point to win the divisional championship. The girls, on the other hand, outscored second place Hamilton by 25 points. Teams from both…