Wolf Point Herald

Wolves Roll Plentywood Again, Finish 2-2 In District, 4-5 Overall

 

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The first photo is Wolf Point sophomore Brady Babb (4) attempting a diving catch of a pass that is just out of his reach.  The second picture is David Knerr (7) rushing for a first down during the first quarter. He is one of the leading rushers in the state.  The third photo is senior football players, managers and cheerleaders being recognized before the game.   (Photos by John Plestina)


The Wolves rolled Plentywood 33-14 for a 2-2 Northern 2B finish, Friday, Oct. 24.
With playoff aspirations dashed in Malta earlier this month, the Wolves won the season finale at home, ending the best Wolf Point football season in several years.
Friday night was also senior night where all senior football players, managers and cheerleaders were recognized.
“The Wolf Point seniors played their last game at home like you should be ‘selling out,’” head coach Bruce Knerr said.
“Senior quarterback Dalton Hafner saved his best game for his last one wearing the maroon and silver,” Knerr said. “He capped his night off on defense with two tackles and intercepting a pass.”
The Wolf Point stats were impressive.
Senior Tyson Bridges caught six passes for 100 yards and three touchdowns, had 10 yards rushing on four carries, had three tackles and a quarterback sack on defense. Senior Cameron Quincy had eight tackles on defense and anchored the offensive line that led the Wolves to getting 242 rushing yards. Senior Aaron D’Ambrosio caught three passes for 58 yards and had one rush for a touchdown.
“Senior Night is always very emotional as a coach and it being the last game of the year made it even harder on me because of having to say goodbye to the seniors,” Knerr said.
“Junior Austyn Juve had a great game with 11 tackles and sophomore Wesley Weeks had nine tackles and two rushes for 24 yards on offense. Sophomore Ty Nygard had five tackles on the defensive line and junior David Knerr led the Wolves defense with 13 tackles and two pass breakups, and caused one fumble. On offense, he had 101 yards rushing on 22 carries. Sophomore Brady Babb had seven tackles and also caught two passes for 56 yards and junior Logan Nefzger got another interception on defense,” Knerr said.
“Logan has been a key piece for the Wolves on offense and defense both. He never knows what side of the ball he will get most his time on until after the game but wherever he plays he makes things happen. Logan has become a great story. He got injured on the third day of practice last year and couldn’t play last season, and I didn’t know if he was going to play this year. Boy, has he been a welcomed addition to the team. He has been an ‘all in’ player since our first practice this year and he will be a huge part of the team next year on both sides of the ball,” Knerr said.
“The seniors will be greatly missed for all the non-football things they have done for this team. The leadership events they participated in all and the team building exercises the led,” he said.


Plentywood    0    0   8    6––14
Wolf Point      7   7    7  12––33


Statistics
1st Quarter
WP: Hafner, 2 run (Jeremiah Paine kick), 2:45
2nd Quarter
WP: D’Ambrosio, 1 run (Paine kick), 7:40
3rd Quarter
P: R.J. Becker, 62 run (conv. good), 4:44
WP: Bridges 15 pass from Hafner (Paine kick), :49
4th Quarter
P: Tyler Michels, 5 run (conv. failed), 9:45
WP: Bridges, 9 pass from Hafner (conv. failed), 4:48
WP: Bridges, 4 pass from Hafner (conv. failed), :13

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Wolf Point, Poplar Open District Tournament Thursday

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In the first photom Wolf Point’s Kendra Landsrud (10) blocks a shot. The second picture is Poplar libero Alyssa Youpee (2) saving a point. Avery Azure (4) is also pictured.  (Photos by John Plestina)
                                                                    


The Lady Wolves defeated Poplar and Harlem in the last two regular season matches of the year, earning a fourth seed at the District 2B tournament that will be played at Plentywood High School, Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 30 to Nov. 1.
Wolf Point opens tournament play against No. 5 seed Harlem, Thursday, at 2 p.m. The winner plays No. 1 seed Malta at 5 p.m.
Poplar, seeded sixth, faces No. 3 seed Glasgow at 3:30 p.m., also on Thursday. The winner goes on to play No. 2 seed Plentywood at 6:30 p.m.
Wolf Point defeated Poplar 25-12, 25-22, 25-21 at Moccasin Square Garden at PHS, Thursday, Oct. 23, and won 25-16, 25-12, 20-25, 25-17 at Harlem the next day.

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Wolf Point’s Sierra Summers Finishes 10th -- Poplar Boys, Girls Place At State Meet

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Wolf Point freshman Sierra Summers [middle row, at left] finished 10th at the state meet in Helena. The second photo is Wolf Point freshman Brandon Red Boy.  (Photos by John Summers)

The Poplar boys finished in 20th place with a team score of 563 and the Lady Indians finished 16th with a score of 488 at the Class B State Cross Country Meet at Helena’s Bill Roberts Golf Course, Oct. 25.
Wolf Point’s Sierra Summers finished 10th with a time of 20:04.44.
No Poplar or Wolf Point male runners placed in the top 15.

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Wolves’ Postseason Hopes Dashed In Malta -- Final Game Friday Night

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After receiving a pass from Dalton Hafner, Tyson Bridges (42) picks up a first down during the second quarter.  The second photo is Dalton Hafner (5) tackling Malta’s Quintan Boos (21) during the first quarter. The ball appears to be loose. No fumble was called on this play. The Wolves took over on downs on the Malta 49-yard-line on the next play.   (Photos   by John Plestina)


After the Homecoming game loss to Glasgow, the Wolves needed to win both remaining games to earn a spot in the playoffs. That didn’t happen as a rainy, windy and lightning-filled night in Malta, Wednesday, Oct. 15, dashed the Wolf Point aspirations for a first trip to the playoffs in several years.
Lightning forced a 30-minute delay coming out of halftime.
Malta’s Mustangs corralled the injury-hampered Wolves 40-0 and secured a second place Northern 2B finish and a guaranteed spot in the playoffs. Once facing a 40-point deficit, the Wolves played against a running clock through much of the second half.
“We knew that we had to power run the football to compete with Malta and we had several great drives but some untimely events such as two fumbles and a dropped touchdown pass on fourth down, that would have tied the score, created the mental hardships that sucked the players energy levels down,” head coach Bruce Knerr said.
“Then a key injury in the third quarter to running back David Knerr hampered the ground attack since Wesley Weeks was moved to guard because of a player breaking a finger,” he said.
“With it raining, [quarterback] Dalton Hafner said the ball was slick and he couldn’t throw it,” Knerr said.
“The boys played hard to the end and some freshmen came in and played great filling in. Leslie Hawk collected six tackles in less than two quarters,” he said.
Senior Josh Neiskens, junior David Knerr and sophomores Ty Nygard, Brady Babb and Wesley Weeks all recorded nine tackles. Senior Cameron Quincy had eight tackles and a quarterback sack, and junior Austyn Juve had four tackles and a sack.
On offense, Hafner completed three passes for 28 yards and rushed for 28 yards. Senior Tyson Bridges caught two passes for 18 yards and David Knerr rushed for 91 yards on 17 carries. Quincy, a lineman, rushed the ball three times for 15 yards.
The Wolves host the Plentywood Wildcats Friday, Oct. 24, for the final game of the season. It will be Senior Night.


Statistics
Wolf Point 0    0   0   0––0
Malta       14  20   6   0––40
1st Quarter
M: Tyson Carney, 40-yard pass from Keenan Schipman (Allen Williamson kick), 7:24
M: Quintan Boos, 15 run (Williamson kick), 3:58
2nd Quarter
M: Collin Holman, 3-yard pass from Jase Galt (Conversion failed), 10:55
M: Boos, 1 run (Williamson kick), 6:11
M: Carney, 6-yard pass from Galt (Williamson kick), 2:28
Third Quarter
M: Boos, 1 run (Williamson kick), 5:00
Fourth Quarter
No scoring.

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District Tourney Near For Lady Wolves

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The first photo is sophomore libero Ashtyn Hentges (1), with a defensive move against the Circle Wildcats, Tuesday, Oct. 14.. Also pictured are senior Christean Holen (4) and sophomore Shelby Hanks (3). The second picture is seniors Erin Presser (8) and Mariah Weeks (13).
                                   (Photos by John Plestina)

With Wolf Point preparing for the B District 2 volleyball tournament in Plentywood, which starts in one week, the Lady Wolves are looking for better results than they have seen during the regular season.
Wolf Point lost to Circle at home and at Malta during the past week.
“We had a weird lineup [at Malta]. One of our setters was unable to make it. Another could not be there. We came up on the short end, but we played hard,” coach John Sweet said.
Two regular season matches remain, at Harlem, Friday, Oct. 24, and at Poplar Thursday, Oct. 23, beginning with junior varsity at 5 p.m., followed by the varsity match at 6 p.m., or a little later.
The Lady Wolves beat the Lady Indians in three games at Wolf Point in September.
“It’s late in the year. They [Poplar] probably improved as all teams do,” Sweet said.
“The matches still matter as far as seeding for the district tournament,” he said.
The district tournament will be played in Plentywood High School, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30 and 31, and Nov. 1.

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