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Florence adapting to new dynamic

With only three weeks until tournament, the Florence Falcons have to adjust to a new line up, one without spark plug Marcus Zeiler. The speedy junior suffered a season-ending injury two weeks ago. But the good news is, just as Zeiler went out, Tyce Pederson came back. Pederson is also pretty speedy, and was out…

Hockey time!

Victor senior Ali Elliott has played on the Missoula Lady Bruins hockey team for the past few years. She and her team finished first at the Northern Rockies Classic in the U19 division on Sunday. It was the first championship for the team since 2012. Elliott scored the first goal in the team’s 3-1 win…

Girls’ teams improving

The local basketball teams are gearing up for the final stretch of the regular season. Stevensville took on the defending state champion Butte Central Maroons. While they lost the game, the Lady Yellowjackets showed vast improvement and will be in the mix come tournament time. Corvallis handed league-leading Dillon their first conference loss. Upstart Troy…

Darby boys win two

The Darby Tigers picked up two wins over the weekend. They defeated Lincoln on Friday and then beat Victor on Saturday. Zach McCrossin and Dylan Parks combined for 41 points against Lincoln. The Lynx rallied in the final frame but could not overcome the deficit. Darby 62, Lincoln 53 Darby – Zach McCrossin 23, Zach…

Hamilton finishes 5th at Class A Duals

This year, the Class A Duals in Belgrade were truly a preview of what wrestlers could be at the state tournament in Billings in two weeks. Every Class A school attended. Each team competed four times on Friday in pool action. The top two teams in each pool then advanced to the championship round. Hamilton…

Hamilton bests Stevi, bested by Dillon

It was a tale of two different halves in the game between Stevensville and Hamilton. The Yellowjackets won the first half, but the Broncs came back in the second and went on to win, 69-57. Stevensville only had six varsity players dressed out, although some junior varsity players moved up for the game. But the…

Tough weekend for girls basketball

This was a tough weekend for the valley’s girls basketball teams with only Victor coming away with a win. Victor topped Hamilton took on the tough Dillon team and although they played a close game, the Lady Broncs couldn’t pull past Dillon. Florence sustained their second loss of the week and the season when Bigfork…

Wrestling Wrap-up

The Jug Beck Wrestling tournament held at Missoula Sentinel is one of the largest and most prestigious wrestling tournaments in the Northwest. Teams from eastern Washington, northern Idaho and Montana compete to be the best of the best. Kalispell won the team championship. Hamilton’s Justin Hinson won the championship at 205 pounds. He defeated Seth…

Lady Falcons escape Lady Wardens

The game between Deer Lodge and Florence began slowly with only 10 points scored collectively in the first quarter. But Florence held off the late charging Lady Wardens to win, 51-47, in District 6B action. “We’ve been in this situation before,” said Florence coach Duane Zeiler. “We know what it takes to finish.” Although Florence…

Hamilton pushes through another win

The Hamilton Broncs continued to put marks in the win column as they improved to 8-0 over the weekend with wins over Frenchtown and Whitefish. The Broncs topped Frenchtown, 55-49, and they defeated Whitefish, 80-70. Frenchtown, the top team in the Northwest A, came to town on Thursday and they were ready to play. Frenchtown…