Written by John Plestina
Now in sole possession of first place in District 2B with a 2-0 conference record after rolling Harlem with a 392-yard ground attack Friday, Sept. 23, the Wolves are hungry for a win over longtime rival Glasgow in the Homecoming game Friday, Sept. 30.
Written by John Plestina
The Lady Wolves easily shut down Harlem for a District 2B match win at home Saturday, Sept. 24, but struggled with a trio of non-conference losses to class C Scobey Thursday, Sept. 22, Circle Friday, Sept. 23, and Mon-Dak Monday, Sept. 26.
Written by John Plestina
Poplar’s Lady Indians volleyball team has been on a roll, sweeping a match at North Country Thursday, Sept. 1, and winning the Rocky Boy Invitational championship Saturday, Sept. 3. Poplar beat North Country at Saco 3-0 (25-20, 25-15, 25-8).
Poplar left Saco with wins at the varsity, junior varsity and middle school levels.
At the Rocky Boy tournament, the Lady Indians were undefeated in pool play and advanced to their bracket as the No. 1 seed.
In pool play, the Lady Indians defeated: Harlem, 25-6; Rocky Boy, 25-16; and Box Elder, 25-21.
In bracket play, Poplar beat Rocky Boy 2-0 (25-7, 25-13. Then the Lady Indians split 1-1 with Box Elder 21-25, 25-16. Poplar was given a win over Box Elder based on total points.
Head coach Hilary Gourneau said she is proud of the team. She cited team support, encouragement and positive attitudes for Poplar’s success.
Gourneau said she has never seen her team play as well as they are at the beginning of this season. She has coached her five seniors for five seasons, including as a middle school coach when they were eighth-graders.
“They’re playing at a higher level. They’re very intense. They’re very focused,” she said.
Gourneau shared that her team has set a goal of making it to the state tournament in Bozeman in November.
“As a team, they actually see themselves going farther than just going to divisionals,” she said. “It depends on how hard they work and how hard they want to work together.”
Last year, the Lady Indians played in their first divisional tournament since 2006, when Gourneau was on the team.
The Lady Indians opened at home with Scobey visiting Tuesday, Sept. 6. Poplar plays at Glendive Thursday, Sept. 8; hosts Malta Saturday, Sept. 10; and Wolf Point for Homecoming Thursday, Sept. 15.
Written by Tyler Manning
Following a city council meeting on Aug. 29, the City of Wolf Point has taken control of the local youth soccer league.
Soccer sign ups began on Aug. 31 and will persist throughout the season. Mike Bushman, volunteer coach of Wolf Point soccer, baseball and softball, said that they won’t turn away any youth this season no matter how late they try to sign up.
The fee to sign up for youth soccer is $20 and the age range is 3-14. This years league is based off the child’s age as of Sept. 1, 2016, so if they turn 15 a few weeks into the season there is no reason to worry. Sign up sheets are available at Wolf Point High, Northside, Southside and Frontier schools as well as at the concession clubhouse at the field and the city office.
Practices are scheduled for Sept. 6-9 at 5:45 p.m. and teams will be selected on Friday, Sept. 9.
Sept. 10 will be an open practice day for players as well as a day for all adult volunteers to help get the field game-ready.
The tentative start date for actual games is Sept. 13 at the time of writing.
The Wolf Point Youth Soccer league was led in the past by James Johnson of High Plains Motors, but Johnson has gotten very busy in recent years and reached out to the City of Wolf Point about potentially taking over.
Wolf Point Mayor Chris Dschaak said that the league was a perfect fit for the city being that they already handle youth baseball and softball. The coaches and many other assets will carry over to soccer quite easily.
The league still needs more volunteers so if you would like to help out, contact Chris Dschaak; Tommy Olsen, Northside PE teacher, 406-579-6510; or Mike Bushman, 701-580-0406.
Youth sports are still in need of coaches, referees, field maintenance workers, team sponsors, concession workers or any other help that you can provide.
Currently, Scott and Jennifer Nasner are coaching the youngest age group, but everything else is still tentative until more people volunteer.
If you have any questions, find the league on Facebook at Wolf Point Baseball/Softball.
Written by The Herald-News
The Lady Wolves volleyball team dropped a close match at Baker in five games Friday, Sept. 2.
Wolf Point posted a first set win, followed by two wins by the Lady Spartans. The Lady Wolves bested Baker in the fourth set and dropped the fifth and decisive game.
The final tally was 3-2 (25-21, 15-25, 10-25, 25-18, 10-15).
“We didn’t do what we should have done,” head coach Kim Hanks said.
Baker’s defense was tough.
“They took us out of our game,” Hanks said.
Wolf Point posted 28 kills, 12 by Aubrey Zilkoski. Other stats were: blocks, 4 (Shelby Hanks 2, Zilkoski 2); aces, 1 (Brenna Kurokawa); digs, 55 (Paisley Ferdina 40); and assists, 23 (Kelsie Neubauer 15).
Baker’s stats were: kills, 38 (Melissa Breitbach 13); blocks, 2 (Breitbach, Maryssa Rusley); digs, 125 (Scotti Robinson 27); aces, 12 (Robinson 5); and assists, 19 (Robinson 19).
The Lady Wolves play at Glasgow Thursday, Sept. 8, and at Poplar Thursday, Sept. 15.
“If we can come to play, we can beat [Glasgow],” Hanks said. “But, if we show up like we did in Baker, it will not end well for us.”