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.”
Written by John Plestina
The Wolves are having intense practices this week in preparation for a home field tilt with southern 3B Colstrip Friday, Sept. 9.
The Colstrip game comes on the heals of a pair of non-conference losses to southern 3B Forsyth at home Aug. 26 and to the Spartans at Baker Sept. 2.
Colstrip (8-3 overall in 2015), which co-ops with Lame Deer, is coming off a 52-0 romp over Joliet Friday, Sept. 2. The Colts (0-0, 2-0) topped the Wolves 39-0 at Colstrip last year.
The game with Colstrip will be the third non-conference match-up with southern 3B teams for Wolf Point (0-0, 0-2). The southern 3B conference is considered one of the toughest in the state.
The Wolves will begin district 2B conference play at Poplar Friday, Sept. 16.
Baker, with a solid defense, was likely the most difficult challenge on the regular season schedule. The end zone eluded the Wolves, giving the Spartans a 47-0 shutout for their season opener.
Baker gained a combined 422 yards on the ground and in the air, while the Spartans’ defense held the Wolves to 170 yards.
The Spartans lit up the board early, receiving the opening kickoff and starting on their own 36-yard line. A pass from quarterback Luke Gonsioroski to wide receiver Clete
Wrzesinski gave the Spartans field position on the Wolves’ 33-yard line. Running back Angus Lund scored on a 33-yard run on the third play of the game for a total drive of 67 yards with 59 clock seconds elapsed. An attempted 2-point conversion failed, keeping the Wolves within easy striking distance.
Trying to answer Baker’s touchdown, a 19-yard rush on a third down with 11 to go by Saunder St. Marks gave the Wolves a first and 10 on Baker’s 37-yard line, and a first Wolf Point threat. The Wolves didn’t score.
Gonsioroski scored again with a 1-yard keeper and Angus Lund ran in a conversion, giving Baker a 14-0 lead with 8:47 remaining in the first stanza.
The Wolves threatened again in the first period, pushing into the red zone with a first down on the 14-yard line. Quarterback Brady Babb handed the ball to running back Wesley Weeks who pushed the line of scrimmage to the 9-yard line.
A holding penalty against Wolf Point sent the Wolves back to 18-yard line with a second down. Then came one of several disappointing turnovers for Wolf Point. Baker’s Kadon Gentilini intercepted a pass on the 14-yard line late in the first quarter. Baker capitalized on the turnover, making an 86-yard drive that ended in the second quarter with Wrzesinski scoring on a 2-yard run. After a good kick, Baker led 21-0.
Wrzesinski returned a punt 52 yards for what appeared to be another Baker score, but officials nullified the touchdown and Baker had possession on Wolf Point’s 47-yard line. Baker scored on the drive with a 27-yard keeper by Gonsioroski. A few minutes later, a passing play from Gonsioroski to Wrzesinski
produced a fifth Baker touchdown for a 35-0 lead at the end of the first half.
Early in the third quarter, Gentilini pulled down his second interception, which put Baker in scoring position on the Wolf Point 17-yard line. Gentilini scored on a 2-yard run. The point after kick failed.
Baker scored one more time in the fourth quarter on a 13-yard run by Dalton Herbst. An attempted point after kick failed.
In 2015, Baker recorded a disastrous 30-0 first quarter at Wolf Point. The Wolves went on to tie Baker 6-6 for the remaining three periods. Baker made it to the state Class B semifinals in 2015.
The game was Gonsioroski’s first after having an eight-pound tumor removed from his chest two months ago.
The Wolves presented a star quilt to Gonsioroski on behalf of the Wolf Point community.
Gonsioroski is one of the top college prospects at quarterback in Montana.
Wolf Point 0 0 0 0—0
Baker 14 21 6 6—47
B: Angus Lund, 33 run (conversion failed)
B: Luke Gonsioroski 1 run (Lund run)
B: Cleat Wrzesinski 2 run, (Isaac Nemitz kick)
B: Gonsioroski 17 run, (Aaron Smith kick)
B: Gonsioroski, 22 pass to Razinski (Aaron Smith kick)
B: Kadon Gentilini, 2 run (kick failed)
B: Dalton Herbst, 13 run (kick failed)
Written by John Plestina
Wolf Point High School head cross country coach Vivian Schultz announced results for top 10 finishers at the Wolf Point Invitational held Thursday, Sept. 1.
“It was a hot day. It was a little slower for some of the kids,” Schultz said.
“It wasn’t their best but it wasn’t their worst,” she said.
The following are results for local schools only. Teams from along the Hi-Line and western North Dakota participated.
High school boys: Rocco McMakin, Brockton, second, 19.36; Quinn Whitmus, Wolf Point, seventh, 20.30; Wyatt Miller, Frazer, eighth, 21.11.
High school girls: Cassi Wagner, Circle, 10th, 25.51.
Junior high boys: Colter Barnett, Glasgow, second, 9.41; Peyton Summers, Wolf Point, fourth, 10.04; Kraven Silk, Frazer, sixth, 10.15; Kenny Bauer, Frazer, seventh, 10.18; Sage Hutchinson. Frontier, ninth, 10.32.
Junior high girls: Iris McKean, Glasgow, first, 10.50; Hamyanie Campbell, Frontier, fourth, 10.59; Alex Crawford , Frontier, ninth, 11.38; Daley Aune, Glasgow, 10th, 11.47.