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Bitterroot Sparks 14U ignite

Pictured left to right (top row) Haley Kampka, Stevensville; Erin Elgas, (Bozeman) Belgrade HS; McKenna Bessette Missoula Sentinel HS; Sydnee Paul (Florence) Stevensville HS; Mikayla Newman, Stevensville HS; Sophia Doyle, Hamilton HS; Ashlin Hiller (Lolo) Missoula Sentinel HS. (Bottom row) Dani Trangmoe, Stevensville HS; Brylee Meisinger, Missoula Big Sky; Makenna Liechty, (Lolo) Missoula Sentinel HS; Emily Kinnaman, Florence HS; and Natalie Dulac, Florence HS.

There are 12 girls from different schools that have come together to create a dynasty on the softball diamond. Based here in the Bitterroot, the Bitterroot Sparks 14U team has players from Hamilton to Missoula, as well as one player from Bozeman, on their team. Some of these girls have been playing together since they…

Bucs/Red Sox split

The Bitterroot Bucs and the Bitterroot Red Sox split a double header on Friday night in Hamilton. The Bucs won the first game, 7-6, in the seven-inning game and held off the Red Sox who rallied from four runs down in the bottom of the seventh inning. Dylan Gavlak was the winning pitcher. The Bucs…

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…