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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…

Lady Falcons finish second at district

Florence’s Autumn Round is surrounded by Ronan players in the championship game. Bekah Finch photo.

Florence will be heading back to the Western B Divisional this weekend in Kalispell. They are a more experienced team who is continuing to get improve with each game according to head coach Duane Zeiler. They will open against Troy, a team they defeated earlier in the season, at 1pm on Thursday. Florence lost to…

Darby takes third at district

Darby’s Andy Smith makes a lay-up with teammate John Beckers and Victor’s Connor Wilson looking on. Jean Schurman photo.

The Darby Tigers were the upset kids of the District 13C tournament. After notching only two conference wins in the regular season, the Tigers came back to finish third in the tournament. They played Hot Springs, the third place finisher in the District 14C tournament, on Monday night for a chance to advance to the…