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Bitterroot U14 Sparks finish strong

Bitterroot Sparks 14U Softball Team, from l to r: standing - Head Coach Chris Newman, Sydnee Paul, Madi Kreiger, Bat Boy Angus Trangmoe, Jorden Taggart, Mikayla Newman, Sophia Doyle, Asst. Coach Dennis Elgas, Erin Elgas, Natalie Dulac, Ashlin Hiller, Asst. Coach Rick Meisinger; seated: Brylee Meisinger, Makenna Liechty.

The Bitterroot Sparks 14U fastpitch softball team ended the 2016 season showing the Western United States what Montana softball is all about. The season began in June with a 1st place finish at the Garden City Walk Off. Then it was off to the Tri Cities for the USA Preps College Showcase where the Sparks…

Red Sox are repeat champs

The Bitterroot Red Sox repeated as the district champions on Sunday in Florence. Front row: Cameron Rothie, Tanner Goligoski, Kyle Crossman, Joe Johnson, Kyle Norman, Chase Connor, Tylor Nixon, Justin Horvath. Standing: Coach Rich Poliquin, Garrick Richardson , Matt Brown, Justin Catanach, Nate Loranger, Austin Ray, Kade Hudgins, Hunter Omlid, Jonathan Ringer, Assis. Coach Jason Goligoski, Ladd Grenfell, Assist. Coach Jim Loranger, Assist. Coach Justin Nixon. Jean Schurman photo.

  By Jean Schurman The Bitterroot Red Sox have repeated as the American Legion Western A District champions. They thumped the Glacier Twins, 23-2, in the championship game to bring home the championship. The game started big for the Red Sox when Austin Ray hit a lead off homer. The Red Sox went on to…

Ringer signs with Miles City

Miles Community College head baseball coach Jeff Brabant has announced the signing of Jonathan Isaiah Ringer for the 2016-2017 season. Ringer is a 6’ 0”, 190 pounds, left handed pitcher. He graduated this year from Hamilton High School and is the son of John and Dawn Ringer of Darby. He joins the Pioneers after a…

Red Sox battle Bucs for sweep

By Jean Schurman   The Bitterroot Bucs and the Bitterroot Red Sox met on the diamond in Florence for one last double header before the district tournament this weekend. That tournament will also be in Florence and will begin on Thursday. The Red Sox took both games on Friday but the games were close throughout….

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.