Written by John Plestina
The photos were taken at Wolf Point during the Wolves' home opener against Plentywood, Friday, Aug. 29. (Photos by John Plestina)
Just when it looked like Wolf Point had righted the ship, rolling Plentywood 25-8 in the zero week game, seven players got hurt one week later, the boat listed and the Wolves got swamped 48-0 in the regular season opener at Baker, Friday, Sept. 5.
Since the Spartans beat the Wolves 48-8 in the 2013 home opener at Lowry Field, Baker lost a starting quarterback, two high-volume running backs, all of the front five linemen to graduation and returned only two players who saw any substantial playing time last year. The Wolves easily ran all over Baker in a scrimmage in June at a football camp in Dickinson, N.D.
So, what happened?
“The game went fine. My kids played great. I had seven kids hurt and two go to the hospital,” head coach Bruce Knerr said. “By the middle of the third quarter, my top three running backs were out.”
Possibly the worst injury was running back and defensive back Owen Lepper who sustained what Knerr called a critical concussion.
Running back and linebacker Wesley Weeks had a possible broken rib. Five other players sustained injuries that included a high ankle sprain, deep hip bruise and a possible knee injury.
The Herald-News learned Monday, Sept. 8, that three players would sit out at least the game with Lodge Grass, Friday, Sept. 12.
In addition, there are three players temporarily suspended because of end- of-the-school-year grades. Eleven of the 26 Wolves who made the trip to Baker were freshmen.
“We knew we were going to have a dog fight,” Knerr said.
“Their quarterback made two amazing plays,” he said.
“Baker still has nine seniors,” Knerr said, adding that 18 current Baker players are seniors and juniors.
“They just reload. That’s what they do,” he said.
“They watched film on us against Plentywood and they took away our best plays,” Knerr said.
“The kids played hard. We had the ball. We had decent plays. We couldn’t put a full drive together. The kids played hard,” he said.
Sophomore quarterback Luke Gonsioroski was a problem for the Wolves.
Baker received the opening kickoff and took possession on their own 32-yard-line. Gonsioroski followed with a 57-yard keeper that was called back on a penalty. Starting over on their own 39-yard line, the Spartans ended up punting from the 50-yard line. The Wolves took their first possession on their 22. A pass from quarterback Dalton Hafner to running back Josh Nieskens was first called incomplete and then a fumble. A referee called it incomplete and another referee called a fumble.
“One of the refs; it was his first game ever last night. The two other refs were in their second year,” Knerr said Saturday, Sept. 6.
Baker recovered the ball on the Wolf Point 21-yard-line for what proved to be a costly turnover.
Baker’s Seth Barkley scored on a 21-yard run and kicked the point after for a 7-0 Baker lead with less than four clock minutes elapsed. The Wolves’ drive only advanced the ball from their own 29-yard line to the 43, forcing a punt. A 76-yard Baker drive produced the Spartans’ second score on a 6-yard keeper by Gonsioroski.
Later in the first quarter, Trevor Hamilton intercepted a Gonsioroski pass in the end zone and returned the ball 8 yards. The Wolves caught a break with a Spartan penalty on a third and long situation for a first down, but never made it to the end zone.
Starting the second quarter down 14-0, Wolf Point tried to answer with a drive deep into Baker territory that included a 40-yard Hafner to Nieskens completion with Gonsioroski intercepting a pass on his own 17. An 83-yard Baker drive ended with a 24-yard pass from Gonsioroski to Dallas Arnell for the Spartans’ third touchdown.
The Wolves tried to get back in the game on their own 24-yard line with a fumble recovery by freshman linebacker Leslie Hawk. Once again, Wolf Point had to punt the ball away. It appeared that the Wolves had thwarted another Baker touchdown late in the first half when defensive lineman Kenny Boos sacked Gonsioroski on the 4-yard line, but the Baker quarterback threw an underhanded pass as he was going down to Joe Fisher for touchdown. That time, the kick was no good, but the damage was 27-0 going into halftime.
There had been seven first-half penalties for 55 yards against the Wolves, several for false starts.
The Wolf Point defense held the Spartans to one score in the third quarter, a 25-yard pass from Gon-
sioroski to Arnell. Down 34-0 going into the final stanza, things seemed to go even worse for the Wolves with Baker’s Austin Brown intercepting one of Hafner passes for 28-yard return into Wolf Point territory. Arnell followed with another touchdown on a 29-yard run and Cadon Gentilini with a 1-yard run. A 2-point conversion was used after the final touchdown with a run by Dalton Herbst.
Offensively: Hafner completed seven of 18 passing for 70 yards with one interception; Neiskens caught four passes for 51 yards; Bridges caught one pass for 14 yards; and David Knerr had 44 yards on 13 carries and caught two passes for 14 yards.
In contrast, Baker chalked up 492 yards offense, 306 rushing and186 passing.
Defensively: Cameron Quincy had eight tackles; David Knerr had eight and a fumble recovery; Bridges had six tackles, a sack and forced a fumble; Lepper had eight tackles and forced a fumble; Aaron D’Ambrosio had eight tackles; Trevor Hamilton had three tackles and intercepted a pass; and Ty Nygard had five tackles, three of them for Baker losses.
Baker 14 13 7 14––48
Wolf Point 0 0 0 0––0
B: Barkley, 21 run (Barkley kick), 8:12
B: Gonsioroski, 6 run (Barkley kick), 4:50
B: Arnell 24 pass from Gon-
sioroski, (Barkley kick), 5:31
B: Fisher 4 pass from Gon-
sioroski (kick failed), 1:00
B: Arnell 25 pass from Gon-
sioroski, (Barkley kick), 1:35
B: Arnell, Arnell 29 run (Barkley kick), 10:04
B: Gentilini 1 run (Dalton Herbst run), 1:12
Written by John Plestina
Wolf Point High School’s Sierra Summers and Culbertson/Bainville’s Tristan Sun Rhodes finished in first place as cross country teams from throughout the Hi-Line competed in the Wolf Point Invitational, Saturday, Sept. 6.
Summer’s winning time was 20:46 and Sun Rhodes ran the course in 17:40.
The three-mile course and one-mile for elementary school athletes was at the Airport Golf Course.
High School Boys
Other results for local runners were as follows: Michael Azure, Culbertson/Bainville, fifth, 18:32; Beau Hyatt, Culbertson/Bainville, eighth, 18:53; John Grandchamp, Wolf Point, ninth, 19:17; James Rattling Thunder, Brockton, 10th, 19:29; Alfred Longee, Brockton, 11th, 19:31; Andrew Moran, Poplar, 12th, 19:48; Lane Headdress, Poplar, 13th, 20:03; Christopher Lemay, Poplar, 14th, 20:03; Defender Walking Eagle, Brockton, 15th, 20:06; Daniel Horsman, Frazer, 16th, 20:08; Matthew Rattling Thunder, Brockton, 17th, 20:53; Davey Winn, Culbertson/Bainville, 20th, 22:13; Brandon Red Boy, Wolf Point, 21st, 22:30; Korbin Cole, Frazer, 23rd, 23:19; Chris Azure, Culbertson/Bainville, 26th, 24:49; Print Feather Earring, Poplar, 27th, 24:50; Dion Hopkins, Poplar, 30th, 28:01; Austin Strickland, Culbertson/Bainville, 31st, 28:31; Joe Mikkelson, Brockton, 32nd, 31:30; Jeremy Azure, Wolf Point, 33rd, 34:59.
High School Girls
Other results for local runners were as follows: Kateri Rush, fourth, 22:45; Alleen Russell, Brockton, ninth, 23:37; Little Sky Fast Horse, Poplar, 13th, 24:08; Drew Reum, Poplar, 15th, 24:52; Cathryn Russell, Culbertson/Bainville, 16th, 25:03; Brooke Boyd, Poplar, 21st, 25:52; Shaedel Adams, Frazer, 25th, 28:15; Kamryn Azure, Poplar, 28th, 29:44; Gillian Medicine Cloud, Wolf Point, 32nd, 35:16.
Junior High Boys
Wolf Point’s Trey Fourstar finished in first place with a time of 8:43.
Other results for local runners were as follows: Wyatt Miller, Frazer, second, 9:20; Cade Baker, Wolf Point, ninth, 9:55; Izaiah Rusch, Wolf Point, 10th, 10:07; Daunte Azure, Poplar, 11th, 10:10; Zane Falcon, Wolf Point, 12th, 10:11; Kenny Smoker, Poplar, 14th, 10:16; Aaron Ayers, Poplar, 16th, 10:30; Alex Raining Bird, Frazer, 17th, 10:47; Caleb Blount, Wolf Point, 26th, 12:28; Miles Buckles, Poplar, 28th, 14:14; Clayton Marchwick, Culbertson/Bainville, 29th, 13:17; Leil Red Dog, Poplar, 30th, 13:20; Keyvin FourBear, Wolf Point, 34th, 17:48; Coy Azure, Poplar, 35th, 21:30.
Junior High Girls
Wolf Point’s Cyrenna Standing finished in first place with a time of 10:22.
Other results for local runners were as follows: Journey Erickson, Wolf Point, second, 10:23; Carlee Longtree, Poplar, third, 10:24; Ivey Lambert, Poplar, fourth, 10:32; Andrea Hale, Poplar, sixth, 10:49; Laresa Dale, Wolf Point, seventh, 11:22; Mya FourStar, Frazer, eighth, 11:32; Riley MacDonald, Poplar, 10th, 11:42; Allie Azure, Poplar, 12th, 12:10; Lauren Crawford, Wolf Point, 13th, 12:41; Jacora Youngman, Poplar, 14th, 13:09; Mystic Baker, Wolf Point, 16th, 13:37; Aliyah Kirn, Frazer, 18th, 13:51; Muriko Mireau, Poplar, 19th, 14:04; Catherine Martin, Poplar, 21st, 14:23; Alex Sutton, Wolf Point, 22nd, 14:40; Skyla Longtree, Poplar, 24th, 16:07.
Boys And Girls
Wayne Jaynes of Dodson finished first with a time of 10:42.
Other results for local runners were as follows: Dominique Gourneau, Wolf Point, second, 10:51; Rodrique Spred, Wolf Point, third, 11:16; Davon Curtis, Culbertson/Bainville, fourth, 11:40; Sage Hutchinson, Wolf Point, fifth, 11:44; Kelby Bauer, Frazer, seventh, 12:16; Ashley Curtis, Culbertson/Bainville, eighth, 12:18; Juelz Bauer, Frazer, ninth, 12:19; Hudson Atkinson, Culbertson/Bainville, 10th, 12:20; Autumn Bergu, Culbertson/Bainville, 11th, 12:22; Colby Olson, Culbertson/Bainville, 13th, 12:31; Jaxon Azure, Wolf Point, 14th, 13:12; Keein Ackerman, Frazer, 15th, 13:15; Abbey Granbois, Culbertson/Bainville, 16th, 13:41; Jasmine WindyBoy, Frazer, 17th, 13:42; Saydee Lambert, Culbertson/Bainville, 19th, 14:02; Ryker Ackerman, Frazer, 20th, 14:50; Allya Turntoes, Frazer, 21st, 14:53; Haidyn Raining Bird, Frazer, 22nd, 15:14; Sierha Eaton, Frazer, 23rd, 15:16; Mya Jackson, Frazer, 24th, 15:20; Jenine WindyBoy, Frazer, 25th, 15:23; Jaylee Azure, Wolf Point, 26th, 15:31; Courtney Spotted Wolf, Brockton, 28th, 15:53; Kaydence Headdress, Brockton, 29th, 16:24; Mylan Wetsit, Brockton, 30th, 16:24; Thea Weeks, Brockton, 32nd, 17:23; Blair Stump, Brockton, 34th, 17:55; Hunter Raining Bird, Frazer, 35th, 18:06; John Hotomanie, Frazer, 36th, 18:09; Alyssa Follet, Frazer, 37th, 18:10; Rita Track, Brockton, 38th, 18:11.
Written by Herald-News
The following are results from the Poplar Invitational cross country meet, Saturday, Aug. 30.
“It was a great turn out. Thirteen teams competed on a cool windy morning and the student athletes ran their hearts out,” Poplar activities director Patty Jo Black said.
“We would like to thank everyone who helped during the meet and we would like to thank everyone who attended and supported these student athletes,” she said.
High school boys
The overall winner was Keahna Little of Harlem with a time of 17:21:31.
Results for local athletes were: Tristan Sun Rhodes, Culbertson/Bainville, second place, 17:31:42; Beau Hyatt, Culbertson/Bainville, fourth, 18:12.23; Michael Azure, Culbertson/Bainville, fifth, 18:14:75; Matthew Rattling Thunder, Brockton, seventh, 18:21:23; John Grandchamp, Wolf Point, 10th, 18:40:66; Alfred Longee, Brockton, 11th, 18:41:58; Andrew Moran, Poplar, 15th, 19:08:42; Defender Walking Eagle, Brockton, 16th, 19:13:17; Lane Headdress, Poplar, 17th, 19:20:22; Jalen Johnson, Brockton, 18th, 19:31:03; Chris LeMay, Poplar, 19th, 19:35:99; Davey Winn, Culbertson/Bainville, 26th, 22:21:26; Print Feather Earring, Poplar, 29th, 22:50:86; Chris Azure, Culbertson/Bainville, 34th, 25:03:48; Dion Hopkins, Poplar, 35th; Austin Strickland, Culbertson/Bainville, 38th, 27:34:62; and Jeremy Azure, Wolf Point, 39th, 33:29:61.
Harlem was the first place team, Culbertson/Bainville second and Glasgow third.
High school girls
The overall winner was Amanda Wolff of Glasgow with a time of 20:30:51.
Results for local athletes were: Sierra Summers, Wolf Point, second, 20:41:20; Kateri Rush, Wolf Point, fourth, 22:19:77; Cathryn Russell, Culbertson/Bainville, eighth, 23:04.71; Little Skye Fast Horse, Poplar, 15th, 24:04:20; Alleen Russell, Brockton, 20th, 25:06:86; Brooke Boyd, Poplar, 24th, 26:04:92; Kamryn Azure, Poplar, 27th, 26:43:61; Shaedel Adams, Frazer, 28th, 26:57:12; and Gillian Medicine Cloud, Wolf Point, 35th, 31:50:74.
Glasgow was the first place team, Malta second and Circle third.
Boys, grades 5-8
Results for local athletes were: Trey Four Star, Wolf Point, first, 8:47:29; Wyatt Miller, Frazer, second, 9:25:34; Alex Raining Bird, Frazer, ninth, 9:55:20; Kenny Smoker, Poplar, 10th, 10:09:59; Daunte Azure, Poplar, 11th, 10:12:84; Izaiah Rusch, Wolf Point, 12th, 10:13:81; Aaron Ayers, Poplar, 13th, 10:17:54; Dominique Gourneau, Wolf Point, 14th, 10:29:05; Zane Falcon, Wolf Point, 15th, 10:40:85; Rodrick Speed, Wolf Point, 18th, 11:02:83; Kelby Bauer, Frazer, 21, 11:18:52; Davon Curtis, Culbertson/Bainville, 23rd, 11:35:75; Sage Hutchinson, Wolf Point, 24th, 11:37:12; Colby Olson, Culbertson/Bainville, 25th, 11:58:53; Hudson Atkinson, Culbertson/Bainville, 26th, 12:01:40; Wynn Main, Poplar, 28th, 17:03:92; Jaxson Azure, Wolf Point, 29th, 12:05:05; Caleb Blount, Wolf Point, 29th, 12:10:08; Leil Red Dog, Poplar, 31st, 12:11:07; Miles Buckles, Poplar, 32nd, 12:12:37; Clayton Marchwick, Culbertson/Bainville, 35th, 12:22:78; Darryl Joe, Poplar, 36th, 12:47:93; Ryker Ackerman, Frazer, 38th, 14:29;63; Hunter Rainingbird, Frazer, 39th, 18:18:07; John Hotomaine, Frazer, 40th, 18:19:41; Michael Pederson, Culbertson/Bainville, 41st, 18:35:06; and Coy Azure, Poplar, 42nd, 20:11:70.
Glasgow was the first place team, Wolf Point second and Poplar third.
Girls, grades 5-8
The overall winner was Alaina Sallee of Glasgow with a time of 10:03:59.
Results for local athletes were: Journey Erickson, Wolf Point, second, 10:05:13; Cyrenna Standing, Wolf Point, third, 10:15:72; Andrea Hale, Poplar, fourth, 10:25:30; Ivey Lambert, Poplar, fifth, 10:41:30; Carlee Longtree, Poplar, sixth, 11:07:52; Riley MacDonald, Poplar, seventh, 11:12:23; Laresa Dale, Wolf Point, eighth, 11:15:25; Allie Azure, Poplar, 10th, 11:38:91; Jacora Youngman, Poplar, 11th, 11:49:82; Ashley Curtis, Culbertson/Bainville, 12th, 11:52:83; Lauren Crawford, Wolf Point, 13th, 11:54:93; Autumn Bergum, Culbertson/Bainville, 16th, 12:42:88; Catherine Martin, Poplar, 17th, 12:43:99; Abbey Granbois, Culbertson/Bainville, 18th, 12:45:84; Jaylee Azure, Wolf Point, 20th, 13:31:25; Saydee Lambert, Culbertson/Bainville, 21st, 13:45:38; Muriko Mireau, Poplar, 24th, 14:12:94; Haidyn Raining Bird, Frazer, 25th, 14:24:99; Alex Sutton, Wolf Point, 26th, 14:31:22; Kaydence Headdress, Brockton, 27th, 15:22:60; Skyla Longtree, Poplar, 28th, 15:49:70; and Morgan Lucas, Culbertson/Bainville, 30th, 17:39:23.
Poplar was the first place team, Wolf Point second and Culbertson/Bainville third.
Written by Herald-News
The article about the Wolf Point football game on page 6 in the Sept. 4 edition should have included the score: Wolf Point 25, Plentywood 8. Wolf Point scored 13 points in the first quarter, six in the second and six in the third. Plentywood scored a touchdown and conversion in the third quarter.
Written by John Plestina
Wolves Touchdown -- The first two pictures are Wolf Point’s Tyson Bridges (42) getting past Plentywood’s Kyle Fawcett (8) to score in the third quarter after receiving a pass from Dalton Hafner. Bridges’ touchdown gave the Wolves a 25-0 lead. The third picture is is Wolf Point’s David Knerr (7) breaking a tackle with a 7-yard run. The fourth picture is little Wolves cheerleader Harper Weeks, 4, cheering with WPHS cheerleader Aiyana Bridges. The fifth photo is several Wolves sacking Plentywood quarterback Kyle Fawcett. The sixth photo is quarterback Dalton Hafner (5) seconds after scoring a touchdown on a keeper. The final piacure is Tyson Bridges (42) gaining a few extra yards before the Plentywood defense finally takes him down. (Photos by John Plestina)
If recent stats rather than records are a predictor, the Wolves [1-7 in each of the last three seasons] have a good chance to right the ship and put more wins than losses in the record book this year.
Wolf Point hit the ground running in the opening game, Friday, Aug. 29, launching a ground attack that thwarted Plentywood [4-6 in 2013]. The Wolves ran the ball 36 times for 225 yards –– an average of 6.2 yards per rush –– and passed for 162 yards for 387 total yards and four touchdowns.
The 25-8 win over District 2B Plentywood at Lowry Field was the Wolves first season-opening win in recent years. It was not counted as a conference game because it was a zero week contest. The Wolves and Wildcats meet again in a conference game, Friday, Oct. 24, also at Wolf Point.
The individual stats looked good in the opening game.
Quarterback Dalton Hafner completed 13 of 19 passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns. He gave up one interception. Hafner ran the ball 11 times for 21 yards and one touchdown.
Two receivers combined for 13 receptions for 162 yards. Senior wide receiver Tyson Bridges caught five passes for 83 yards and scored two touchdowns. Senior slot receiver and running back Josh Neiskens caught eight passes for 79 yards.
Junior running back David Knerr had 15 carries for 158 yards for an average of over 10 yards per carry and recorded one touchdown. He chalked up 50 yards on two rushing plays.
Aaron D’Ambrosio led defensively with eight tackles. He left the game with a shoulder injury shortly after halftime.
Linemen Cameron Quincy and Ty Nygard, and Nieskens [a linebacker on defense] each recorded seven tackles, and linebackers Knerr and Wesley Weeks each registered six.
The Wolves didn’t waste any time lighting up the board with Knerr scoring on a rushing play with a hand-off from Hafner with less than 2:30 elapsed on the clock. Freshman kicker Jeremiah Paine put the point after through the bars for an early 7-0 Wolf Point lead.
Four minutes later, Hafner scored on a 10-yard keeper. The point after attempt was wide but the Wolves took a 13-0 lead into the second stanza which went scoreless until Tyson Bridges took a pass from Hafner into the end zone with :22 remaining to play in the half. The kick was wide but the Wolves had a 19-0 advantage going into the intermission.
Another Hafner to Bridges pass gave Wolf Point a three-score, 25-0 lead with 8:33 on the third quarter clock.
The Wildcats got their only score late in the third period with a 2-yard run by Isaiah Detienne. A 2-point conversion was good.
Nygard recovered a fumble on the Wildcats’ 20 yard line with :14 remaining in the third quarter, but the Wolves were unable to capitalize on it despite being in the red zone. The fourth quarter was scoreless.
“The kids played well. I’m very proud of the leadership,” head coach Bruce Knerr said. “The seniors stepped up and led their program.”
He credited Bridges and Nieskens for both having good nights with 162 yards on receptions collectively and running back David Knerr for averaging 10 yards per carry.
“When a running back averages 10 yards a carry, it’s a good night,” Knerr said.
“My quarterback made the great reads,” he said of Hafner’s play calling.
“The defense swamped well. The defense tackled well,” he said.
“We put the pressure on,” Knerr said.
The Wolves played Plentywood with handicaps.
“We played with two of our starting linemen in the bleachers,” Knerr said.
With the win over Plentywood in the books, coach Knerr was already looking ahead to the next game, Friday, Sept. 5, at 7 p.m, a non-conference contest at Southern 3B Baker [11-1 last year].
The Spartans took 48-8 bragging rights home from Wolf Point following the Wolves’ 2013 home opener.
Since the 2013 season, Baker lost a substantial number of seniors that included all of the front five linemen. The Spartans returned only two players who saw any substantial playing time last year.
While Knerr expects to see a tough Baker team, he sees a winnable game for the Wolves.
The Wolves played Baker in June at a football camp in Dickinson, N.D.
“We rolled them,” Knerr said. “Next week will be a good test.”
The Wolves host Southern 3B Lodge Grass, Friday, Sept. 12, at 5 p.m. Lodge Grass hasn’t won a game since 2008. The Wolves thwarted the Indians 50-0 last year.
P.Wood 14 7 18 14––53
WPHS 0 12 8 0––20
WP: Knerr, run (Paine kick), 9:31
WP: Hafner, run (kick failed), 5:29
WP: Pass Hafner to Bridges (kick failed), :22
WP: Pass Hafner to Bridges (kick failed), 8:33
P: Detienne, 2-yard run (2-pt. conv.) 2:43