Wolf Point Herald

City Recreation Baseball Awards

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Wolf Point’s recreation baseball and softball program presented postseason awards to teams and players Thursday, Aug. 20, in the Wolf Point High School auditorium. Mayor Chris Dschaak presented the awards to the many youth who enjoyed the summer program.  (Photo by John Plestina)

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Wolves Reload For 2015 Opener After Good Scrimmage Showing

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The Wolves looked good in their scrimmage Saturday, Aug. 22. They are preparing for the season opener at Forsyth, Saturday, Aug. 29, at 7 p.m. There will not be a zero week game this year. Pictured are running back Wes Weeks (74) breaking a tackle and receiver Kenny Boos (14) with a big gain.   (Photos by John Plestina)


Armed with a new offensive scheme, the Wolves are reloaded for the 2015 season opener at Forsyth Saturday, Aug. 29, after a good showing at a scrimmage Saturday, Aug. 22.
The Southern 3B Dogies (3-2, 6-3 in 2014) are hosting Northern 2B Wolf Point (2-2, 4-5 in 2014) for the non-conference opener, scheduled for 6 p.m.
When the two teams last met, Forsyth thwarted the Wolves for a 39-0 loss at home, Sept. 19, 2014, but that was before the Dogies lost several top players to graduation and changed head coaches.
The Wolves also have changed head coaches with the departure of Bruce Knerr, who is now coaching at Livingston. Knerr led the Wolves for several seasons. The Wolves have also undergone personnel changes with the departure of several of last year’s senior starters. Junior Brady Babb has moved into the quarterback slot.
“I don’t know what they [Forsyth] have. They have a new head coach and they graduated a few key players,” Wolf Point head coach Brett Scott said.
“It will be kind of like they don’t know what we will do and we don’t know what they will do,” he said.
Despite having their best season in several years, the Wolves fell short of making it into postseason play last year. Scott is determined to take the Wolves deep into the playoffs this year.
He said the Wolves looked good at the scrimmage, but a little sloppy during the second part of the scrimmage.
“I just think, for us trying to put in a new offensive scheme, it went well,” Scott said.
“Everybody played well. The defense played well. Overall they did well,” he said.
The Wolves will host Southern 3B Baker (3-2, 6-4 last year) for the first game night at Lowry Field Friday, Sept. 4, at 7 p.m.
The Spartans swamped Wolf Point 48-0 at Baker last year and sent several wounded Wolves home with injuries that sidelined some for the next one or two games.
The Wolves will host Colstrip Friday, Sept. 11, and then host the Poplar Indians for the WPHS Homecoming game Friday, Sept. 18. The Indians will play their first varsity season after playing junior varsity only for several years.

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Four Weeks To Homecoming

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A Homecoming bonfire wood pile is building on a dirt area on the Wolf Point High School campus in preparation for Homecoming week activities in four weeks. The Wolves and Lady Wolves host rival Poplar for the Homecoming football game and volleyball match Friday, Sept. 18. The Poplar Indians will play varsity football this year for the first time in several seasons. Student volunteers throw wood on the pile they collected during a volunteer work day Saturday, Aug. 15.   (Photo by John Plestina)

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Skills And Drills

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The Basketball Skills and Drills camp for first- through fourth-grade boys and girls was held July 14-16, on the new hardwood gym floor at Frontier Elementary School. Pictured are Ryan Sanchez (left) and Xavier Nasner passing the ball back and fourth as part of a drill. Coaches Steph Neubauer is at left rear and Scott Nasner is at right rear. Three additional Skills and Drills camps are planned at Frontier Wednesday through Friday, July 29-31: fifth- through seventh- grade girls, fifth- and sixth-grade boys, and seventh- through ninth-grade boys. An eighth- and ninth-grade girls’ camp was held earlier this month.   (Photo by John Plestina)

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Wolf Point Couple Bring Home The Gold From Big Sky Games

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Laura and Darryl Ricker display medals they won earlier this summer at the Big Sky State Games in Billings.
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Long after they were high school track stars, a Wolf Point couple brought home gold, silver and bronze medals from the Big Sky State Games at Billings in July.
Darryl Ricker and Laura Ricker competed in the masters division, which is for competitors age 50 and over. They are 55 and 51 respectively.
“Laura competed in the 50-54 and I competed in the 55-60,” Darryl Ricker said.
He is a Southside Elementary School second grade teacher and his wife is a paraprofessional at Southside.
Darryl Ricker earned: gold, 5,000 meter run, javelin throw, and for participating on teams in the 4x400 and 4x100 relays; silver, 400 meter run; and bronze, 800 meter run.
The relay teams were comprised of runners from all over Montana.
Laura Ricker earned: gold, 5,000 meter run and the 800 meter run; bronze, 60 meter dash.
She is originally from Wisconsin and competed as a high school track athlete there.
Darryl Ricker is from Wolf Point. He went to Intermountain Indian School, a boarding school in Brigham City, Utah. He competed on the track team there.
Later, he attended Valley City State University in North Dakota. There he won 10,000 meter run.
“I competed all my life. I competed in the first Native American Olympics in Canada in 1991,” Darryl Ricker said. “Billy Mills gave me my bronze medal in the 5,000 [meter run].”
Mills, from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, is the second Native American to win an Olympic gold medal.
Both Rickers competed in triathlons until both were injured while competing in the multiple-stage competitions that include running, swimming and cycling.
Now, they are training again.
Darryl Ricker is training to enter Ironman triathlon competitions. That higher level of triathlon competition is organized by the World Triathlon Corporation and consists of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bicycle ride and 26.2-mile run. Breaks are not allowed.
The Rickers said they also hope to do something to promote youth fitness in Wolf Point. The former Fort Peck Tribes Boys and Girls Club closed several years ago and nothing is available to youth outside the schools.

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