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Hamilton slips by Stevi

James Fry of Stevensville swats away a shot taken by Hamilton’s Josh Heath. Jean Schurman photo.

Any game between Hamilton and Stevensville is always an exciting game and the one last Thursday was no exception. Hamilton was looking to get revenge for an earlier loss while Stevensville was hoping to score the upset one more time. In the end, it was a three point shot by Hamilton’s Hunter Omlid that put…

Valley wrestlers advance to state

Dean Klakken (in the white headgear) works to get an advantage over teammate Kyler Pancake in the quarterfinals at 138 pounds at the Western B Divisional wrestling tournament in Florence. Jean Schurman photo.

Florence was the scene of the Western B/C wrestling divisional on Saturday. Teams from Eureka to Florence competed for a chance to advance to the All Class Wrestling tournament next weekend in Billings at the Metra. Hamilton, Corvallis and Stevensville were in Whitefish for the Western A Divisional. Florence finished in fifth place with 109…

Florence falls

The Florence Falcons fell out of the unbeaten ranks on Thursday in Anaconda. The Copperheads came back in the final minutes of the game to defeat Florence, 53-45. The Falcons were only down by three points with just more than a minute remaining but a turnover, a missed basket and a couple of calls that…

Lady Falcons in second

The Lady Falcons of Florence picked up a couple of conference wins over the weekend including a nail-biter double overtime win over Deer Lodge on Friday. With one more week of regular season play, Florence is looking to secure the No. 2 seed in the district and a first round bye. They played Ronan, who…

Wrestling divisionals

Kyle Anderson is just one of Hamilton’s many wrestlers that will be competing in the Western A Divisional tournament this weekend in Whitefish. The top five competitors in each weight division will advance to Billings for the state championship tournament next weekend. Florence will host the Western B divisional tournament on Saturday. That tournament begins…

Florence squeezes by Corvallis

The Corvallis Blue Devils gave the unbeaten Florence Falcons a run for their money on Saturday night. Although the Blue Devils never led in the game, they pushed the Falcons at almost every turn, playing scrappy defense and creating turnovers. Florence won, 70-63. Dan Mickelson had 17 points from under the basket for the Falcons…

Lady Yellowjackets hold on for win

The Stevensville Lady Yellowjackets picked up a non-conference win over Thompson Falls on Friday. Stevensville rallied from a five point deficit at the end of the first half to score 20 points in the third quarter. The two battled back and forth in the final frame. Stevensville took the lead with a little more than…

Granny shots give Victor the win over Darby

They are not the conventional free throw shot but this method works for Victor’s Jayce Allred. The senior hit two free throws to pad the margin for the Pirates in their District 13C win over rival Darby. Darby pulled within two points with less than a minute remaining and then forced a turnover by the…

Lady Tigers win

The Lady Tigers of Darby have struggled a bit this year, trying to find their identity after losing all five starters to graduation last year and having a new coach this year. Hoop Reed, long-time assistant boys coach in Darby, has moved over and taken on the head girls coaching position. This weekend gave them…

Stevensville wrestles tough but falls to Columbia Falls

The Stevensville Yellowjackets held a home wrestling dual on Saturday against Columbia Falls. The two teams battled to a draw on actual matches but Columbia Falls won four forfeits and so won the over-all match. The battle of the night was at 170 pounds when Stevensville’s Ben Crews went up against Storm Kemppainnen. Although they…