Written by John Plestina
At left: Wolf Point’s Hayden Hanks (10) takes a shot in a game with Culbertson. The Cowboys’ Tristan Sun Rhodes (22) is also pictured. In the photo on the right, Wolf Point freshman Brenna Kurokawa drives around Culbertson’s Zandalie Martell (23). (Photos by John Plestina)
The Wolves easily put away Fairview 48-35, for a great finish in the second annual Wolf Point Pre Season Basketball Tournament, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12 and 13.
Despite a 47-38 loss to Culbertson, the Wolves emerged from the tournament with a 1-1 overall start to the season.
The Lady Wolves beat Culbertson 52-45 and Fairview 40-32 for an overall 2-0 start.
The Wolves and Lady Wolves take the show on the road, Thursday, Dec. 18, for District 2B conference openers. Those games are scheduled for 6 and 7:30 p.m., for varsity games.
The Fairview boys finished 26-7 last year and were Class C state champions three years ago.
“We were able to hit some shots from the outside. Any time you can not be one dimensional, it really opens things up,” Wolf Point head coach Kelly Nieskens said.
“We were able to shoot a higher percentage from the field,” he said.
“Tonight, some of the young kids came off the bench and got some high energy,” Nieskens said.
“At the beginning of the year, that first game, it’s always good to get it [first win] out of the way,” he said.
Lady Wolves head coach Jeff Neubauer was cautiously optimistic after the opening round win over Culbertson.
“We didn’t take care of the basketball. I would have taken better shots. Taking better shots was the biggest thing and fouling,” Neubauer said.
Culbertson head coach Ashley Copple said she watched video of Wolf Point playing last year with several of the same girls. She observed that the Lady Wolves have quick, tall girls. She also observed that Wolf Point’s Shelby Hanks stayed right on Culbertson’s Emily Nielsen, who posted 20 points against the Lady Wolves.
Editor’s note: Box scores were not all available by press time.
WPHS girls 52, Culbertson 45
Culbertson 11 18 9 7―45
WPHS 10 17 11 14―52
Ashton Handy 5, Emily Nielsen 20, Mary Kirkaldie 12, Zandie Bighorn 3, Renee Granada 4, Mariah Machert 1
Shelby Hanks 10, Mariah Weeks 6, Mattia Black Eagle 4, Emma Gourneau 11, Ashtyn Hentges 4, Jessica Bauer 9, Mahala Shawl 6, Kateri Rush 2
Culbertson boys 47, WPHS 38
Culbertson 10 9 12 16―47
WPHS 10 7 8 13―38
Adam Buxbaum 5, Michael Azure 13, Chris Azure 18, Tony Williams 2, Tristan Sun Rhodes 9
Dalton Hafner 7, Trevor Hamilton 5, Hayden Hanks 7, Logan Nefzger 6, Josh Nieskens 7, Tyson Bridges 6
Brockton girls 77, Frazer 74
Frazer 7 17 22 28―74
Brockton 20 17 14 26―77
Amanda Buckles 8, Shaedel Adams 23, Kyrsten Miller 2, Kylie Jackson 5, Nakiya Hotomanie 9, Danielle Helgeson 21, Leslelgh Williams 6
April Brown 10, Jasmine Eder 15, Alleen Russell 40, Laney Boadle 4, Kiah Grey Bear 1, Ellyn Plain Bull 4
Fairview boys 67, Plentywood 36
Fairview 24 20 11 12―67
Plentywood 6 12 9 9―36
Jared Gustafson 16, Pat Handy 9, Ben Handy 16, Josh Hurley 3, Jon Leesock 8, Alex Taylor 4, Monte Cayko 11
Nate Harris 6, Tyler Michaels 8, Andrew Eberling 12, Blake Brenteson 2, Justin Marsh 2, Taylor Hilyard 4, Michael Dawley 2
Scobey girls 50, Savage 37
Scobey 19 9 14 8―50
Savage 12 11 4 10―37
Battleson 4, Fuhrman 5, Handy 15, Fjeld 2, Welchun, 12, Farun, 7, Thompson 5
Lexi Joslin 10, Soda Rice 7, Brittany Conradsen 7, Shelby Stanford 1, Brynn Salisbury 8, Tyler Lien 3, Kiana Miller 1
Scobey boys 48, Brockton 26
Scobey 10 18 10 10―48
Brockton 10 6 7 3―26
Kole Ralston 2, Peyton Nieskens 3, C.J. Nelson 19, Preston Baldry 6, Lane Knudsen 3, Kobe Ralston 5, Hugh Cole, 8, Dylan Booth 2
Jamis Rattling Thunder 4, Randen Bear 6, Alfred Longee 2, Leroy Boyd 7, Jalen Johnson 2, Melvin Rattling Thunder 5.
Frazer boys 56, Savage 48
Savage 18 9 5 16―48
Frazer 16 8 12 20―56
Braden Feisthamel, 2, Trent Prevost 4, Gage Salsbury 8, Jeff Scholla 4, Ryder Rice 8, Tucker Lien 3, Paxton Miller, 15, Tanner Lien 4
Jarom Talks Different 4, Jayson Jackson 6, Saunder St. Marks 11, Daniel Horsman 35
Fairview girls 39, Plentywood 37
Fairview girls 6 9 8 16―39
Plentywood 7 9 8 13―37
Faith Vitt 2, Torrie Hurley 5, Bailey Schriver 18, Caitlin Yadon 12, Amie Taylor 2
Lizzy Gomez 2, Paige Harris 7, Victoria Obergfell 13, Lindsay Wangerin 3, Paige McCrory 12
Culbertson boys 56, Scobey 45
Culbertson 12 11 15 18―56
Scobey 13 12 8 12―45
WPHS girls 40, Fairview 32
Fairview 9 11 6 6―32
WPHS 8 10 11 11―40
WPHS boys 48, Fairview 35
Fairview 9 8 4 14―35
WPHS 9 21 13 5―48
Plentywood girls 49, Culbertson 45
Culbertson 10 4 12 19―45
Plentywood 13 12 11 13―49
Frazer boys 58, Brockton 46
Brockton 12 11 14 9―46
Frazer 16 24 10 8―58
Written by John Plestina
At left, Wolf Point’s Slade Martinez picks up a Glasgow wrestler during the mixer in Wolf Point, Thursday, Dec. 11. Martinez, a senior, went 4-0 at the two mixers in Wolf Point and Glasgow. In the photo on the right, Wolf Point’s Jeremiah Paine has Poplar’s Angel Boyd at a disadvantage during the mixer in Wolf Point, Thursday, Dec. 11. Boyd went on to win by a decision. (Photos by John Plestina)
The Wolf Point wrestlers hosted a mixer, Thursday, Dec. 11, and traveled to Glasgow, Saturday, Dec. 13, emerging with wins in 65 percent of their matches in the two mixers.
The Wolves hosted Circle, Glasgow and Poplar, and competed against Circle, Glasgow, Poplar and Malta at Glasgow.
Head coach Bruce Knerr reported the following overall results from the two meets: Quinn Whitmus, freshman, 5-0; Slade Martinez, senior, 4-0; David Knerr, junior, 2-2; Leslie Hawk, freshman, 2-2; and Jordan Clark, sophomore, 1-1.
“It’s still early in the season and we’ve got guys trying to figure out what weights they want to wrestle at, and where they can best help the team,” Knerr said.
“We have some freshmen and new boys to wrestling that are finding out that the learning curve to high school wrestling can be harsh if you make mistakes and when you’re brand new you make lots of them,” he said.
“We are coaching ‘effort.’ We want them to give us lots of effort by wrestling fast and hard and good things will happen for them. It is working wonders with one of our freshman who had never put on head gear four weeks ago. He went to the Sidney tournament and lost all three of his matches and he was discouraged. We kept telling him to go fast and keep working hard because good things happen to hard workers. On Thursday night at Wolf Point, he picked up his first high school win by pinning a Glasgow wrestler and then lost his second match to a kid who went to State last year and won a match there and he was angry that he lost and forgot he had won 30 minutes before that. Then he did the same thing in Glasgow Saturday winning one and losing one so he is now 2-5. The wrestler that he lost to on Thursday he also lost to on Saturday and after the match he came up to us coaches and said, ‘He’s getting a lot better, he’s a tough match.’ He will keep getting better as the season goes on and like I told him ‘not to bad for a boy who only came out for wrestling to get better at tackling for football,’” Knerr said.
“Christmas break will give us almost three weeks to work on technique and clean up a few things with each of the wrestlers so when they wrestle again in January they will be a smooth running machine,” he said.
The Wolves travel to Dickinson, N.D., this next weekend before the Christmas break.
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The Wolf Point eighth grade girls won big over Scobey and Poplar at the Plentywood Jamboree, Saturday, Dec. 13.
WP 31, Scobey 8
Scobey scored just four points in each half with the Lady Wolves leading 15-4 at the half and winning 31-8.
Imani Bighorn recorded 9 points, followed by Semarah Wells, 6, Alyssa Archdale and Kassie Kirkaldie, 4 each, Sky Johnston, Cheryl Eagle, Paisley Ferdina and Laresa Dale, 2 each.
WP 50, Poplar 8
The Lady Wolves led the Lady Indians 18-2 at the half and won 50-8.
Eagle led with 12 points, followed by Dale, 9, Imani Bighorn, 7, Mary Bighorn and Kirkaldie, 6 each, Wells, 4, Archdale, Abby Juve and Ferdina, 2 each.
Coach Melissa Cromwell credited Imani Bighorn and Eagle for defensive play and the entire team for defense.
Juve recorded four rebounds. Mary Bighorn had four steals and Eagle had two assists. Imani Bighorn had four blocked shots.
“The girls came out very cold in game one, missing several inside shots and put backs. Defense got us back in the game and taking time to set the offense up finally put some points on the scoreboard. The girls did a good job of running a couple of new plays and executing a new side out play. In game two the girls took charge until the final buzzer sounded,” Cromwell said.
“I had great game play by Laresa Dale who played dual positions as I was missing a post player and Laresa stepped out of her forward position to play inside and did a super job,” she said.
“The young Wolves finished off their season with a perfect record of 10-0. I couldn’t be more pleased with their work ethic during practice, during game play and in the classroom. The girls committed to improving not only as individuals but also to being good team players. This will be a great group of ladies to watch in the years to come as they all have a future on the hard court,” Cromwell said.
“I appreciate their dedication this season and thank my hard working managers Dani Vine and Lauren Crawford, as well as the parents and fans who came out to support us,” she said.
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The Poplar fifth- and sixth-grade boys’ basketball season ended Nov. 25 with a game against Frontier.
The season began Oct. 27 and consisted of two games. The 11 players that started were the same players who participated throughout the whole season.
“I was very proud of how much these young men accomplished with a short season. Their ball handling, shooting, passing and defense improved a lot throughout the season. Every practice and game we had, they always gave their all,” coach Jake Riediger said.
The players who participated were Logan Boadle, Kyle First, Abe Frederick, Inyan GrowingThunder, Luthor Iron Cloud, Butch Prichard, Leil Reddog, Justin Reddoor, Dennis Red Eagle, Elwayne Rush and Mitchell Youngman.
Written by John Plestina
The Wolves won 25 matches at the Eagle Invitational wrestling meet, Saturday, Dec. 6, with competition that included three Class AA schools from Billings and nationally ranked teams from California and Washington, the.
The host school, Sidney, finished second in the 22-team field behind Poway, Calif., a four-time state champion that notched eight individual titles in Sidney. Lake Stevens, Wash., finished in third place, Billings Skyview was fourth and Billings Senior, fifth.
“The wrestling team had a great opening weekend winning a total of 25 matches and losing 32 as a team,” head coach Bruce Knerr said.
“We took 11 wrestlers, one senior, one junior, four sophomores and five freshmen. Three of the boys had never wrestled before so it was a great overall weekend,” he said.
Senior Slade Martinez went 5-2, freshman Jeremiah Paine went 5-2, sophomore Ty Nygard went 5-3 and sophomore Karson Wortman went 4-2.
Paine placed second in the 126-pound weight class in the junior varsity tournament.
Nygard placed fourth at heavyweight in JV tourney and Jordan Clark placed sixth in the JV tourney, also as a heavyweight.
Other Wolf Point JV competitors were Trevor Davis, Marcus Greene, Leslie Hawk, Brandin Kolski,
Four Wolves wrestled in the varsity tournament. They were senior Slade Martinez and sophomore Wortman at 103 pounds, freshman Quinn Whitmus at 120 and junior David Knerr.
The Wolves are home Thursday, Dec. 11, for a mixer and in Glasgow, Saturday, Dec. 13.