Written by John Plestina
In the first photo, Wolf Point’s Mandi Martin (4) hits the ball over Malta’s Sam Mitchell (4). In the second picture, Poplar Libero Aniston Sampson (0) with a save. Poplar’s (2) Heaven Escarcega. In the third photo, Wolf Point’s Keelia Brock (18) and Semarah Wells (10). The fourth picture is Wolf Point’s Abby Juve (14) with a kill. Brenna Kurokawa (5) and Ashtyn Hentges (6) are pictured. (Photos by John Plestina)
The Lady Wolves and Lady Indians open Northern B Divisional Tournament play at Glasgow High School Thursday, Nov. 5.
For Poplar, this is the first time the Lady Indians will play in a divisional tournament since head coach Hillary Gourneau was a player on the squad, about a decade ago.
The seeding for Northern B teams is as follows: Glasgow, No. 1; Malta, No. 2; Wolf Point, No. 3; and Poplar, No. 4.
Tournament play opens Thursday with the host school Glasgow facing Conrad at 10 a.m. The Lady Wolves play Shelby at 11:30 a.m. Poplar plays Choteau at 1 p.m., and Malta and Fairfield play at 2:30 p.m.
The winner of the Wolf Point vs. Shelby (District 1B No. 2 seed) match will play the winner of the Glasgow vs. Conrad match Thursday, at 6 p.m. The losers of the two opening matches will play each other Friday, at 10 a.m.
The winner of the Poplar vs. Choteau match will play the winner of Malta vs. Fairfield Thursday, at 7:30 p.m. The losers will play each other Friday at 11:30 a.m.
The championship match will be played Saturday at 1 p.m.
“We played Shelby early at the Choteau tournament in August. They have several girls who can hit the volleyball pretty well so we have to have a solid defensive day and solid blocking at the net,” WPHS head coach Kim Hanks said.
She said she is looking for the Lady Wolves to play good solid volleyball with enthusiasm.
“As a team, they have improved tremendously from August to November,” Hanks said.
“We were looking to get a win against Malta but both times we fell short,” she said.
“It feels good [to make it to Divisionals]. It really does. It’s exciting,” Gourneau said.
Choteau is the top seeded District 1B team.
“We don’t know what they’re bringing,” Gourneau said.
“We can only go in feeling positive. What ever they give us happens. It’s a learning experience for everybody,” she said.
“[District] 1B volleyball is always tough. They always bring great teams,” Gourneau said.
The top two teams that emerge from the divisional tournament will advance to the state tournament Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 12 through 14, at Montana State University in Bozeman.
In the District 2B Tournament in Glasgow Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30 and 31, Glasgow won the district championship. Malta finished second, Wolf Point third, Poplar fourth, and Harlem fifth.
Poplar beat Harlem 25-15, 25-21, 25-15
Kills 19 (Brooke Levaldo 6, Anita Bentley 6); assists 13 (Hailey Lamebull 9); aces 11 (Brooke Levaldo 3, Emma Humphreys 3); digs 29 (Jazzamyn Benson 7); blocks 1 (Kinsey Cornell 1).
Kills 19 (Samantha Youngman 6, Janaya Sutherland 6); assists 15 (Kylee Stump 9); aces 21 (Samantha Youngman 6); digs 20 (Emily Hagadone 9); blocks 1 (Kylee Stump 1).
Malta beat Wolf Point 25-20, 25-9, 16-25, 26-24
Kills 37 (Adrianna Bibeau 13); assists 31 (Sam Mitchell 27); aces 13 (Adrianna Bibeau 6); digs 58 (Sam Mitchell 20); blocks 5 (Adrianna Bibeau 2, Shay Garfield 2).
Kills 18 (Keelia Brock 6); assists 17 (Kelsie Neubauer 7); aces 7 (Loverty Lindsay 3, Jemarah Wells 3); digs 55 (Loverty Lindsay 17); blocks 4 (Shelby Hanks 2).
Glasgow beat Poplar 25-13, 25-16, 25-9
Kills 20 (Khloe Krumwiede 6); assists 14 (Teagan Fossum 9); aces 23 (Khloe Krumwiede 12); digs 19 (Khloe Krumwiede 5); blocks 7 (Khloe Krumwiede 2, Rachel Mickelson 2).
Kills 10 (Kylee Stump 3); assists 3 (Samantha Youngman 2); aces Samantha Youngman 2); digs 30 (Samantha Youngman 7); blocks 4 (Kylee Stump 2).
Wolf Point beat Harlem 25-13, 14-25, 25-16, 25-13
Kills 19 (Anita Bentley 6); assists 12 (Hailey Lamebull 9); aces 9 (Emma Humphreys 4); digs 48 (Emma Humphreys 13); blocks 1 (Anita Bentley 1).
Kills 17 (Semarah Wells 5); assists 15 (Kelsie Neubauer 9); aces 11 (Semarah Wells 4, Ashtyn Hentges 4); digs 29 (Loverty Lindsay 9); blocks 7 (Semarah Wells 3).
Glasgow beat Malta 25-21, 21-25, 25-12, 25-13
Kills 28 (Khloe Krumwiede 8); assists 22 (Teagan Fossum 15); aces 15 (Kiauna Barstad 3); digs 24 (Khloe Krumwiede 10); blocks 8 (Rachel Mickelson 7).
Kills 22 (Adrianna Bibeau 5); assists 16 (Sam Mitchell 14); aces 8 (Adrianna Bibeau 3); digs 46 (Sam Mitchell 13); blocks 4 (Adrianna Bibeau 2).
Wolf Point beat Poplar 25-11, 25-15, 25-19
Kills 21 (Keelia Brock 5); assists 21 (Kelsie Neubauer 11); aces 17 (Shelby Hanks 4, Ashtyn Hentges 4); digs 39 (Loverty Lindsay 12); blocks 1 (Shelby Hanks 1).
Poplar stats not available.
Written by Stacey Summers
Photos by John Summers
The All-Class Cross Country Championships took place Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Eagle Falls Golf Course in Great Falls where approximately 1,200 athletes competed in the annual event.
The Wolf Point Wolves cross country team entered nine athletes in the Class B boys and girls races. Other local teams that competed included Poplar, Brockton, Culbertson/Bainville and Frazer.
In the class B girls’ race, Wolf Point was one runner short of entering a full team as only four girls participated. The duo of Sierra Summers and Kateri Rush managed to place in the top 15, earning All-State honors. Summers ran a season best time of 19:55 to again place 10th overall while junior Rush also ran a season best time of 20:11 to place 15th. Rounding out the scoring for the Wolves’ was sophomore Gillian Medicine Cloud with a solid time of 28:18 and junior Mahala Shawl in 28:47.
“I’m very pleased with the girls’ progress this season. They had their ups and downs health wise but worked hard all year. We have no seniors and, with some up and coming junior high runners, are looking forward to next season.” said coach Stacey Summers.
The Poplar girls were led by sophomore Alleen Russell, 22:11; who was three seconds faster than senior teammate Drew Reum, 22:14. Poplar sophomore Andrew Hale was right behind in 22:15. The Lady Indians’ Kamryn Azure, 25:04; Alexis Whiteman, 25:16; Randi Azure, 26:50; and Little Sky Fasthorse, 27:33; rounded out the scoring for the Indians.
In the class B boys’ race, 186 athletes competed with Wolf Point entering five boys in the three-mile race. Big Fork’s Logan Morley repeated as individual champion with a time of 15:36. Other notables who placed included Wally Three Irons of St. Labre, eighth, 16:43. Wolves’ freshman Trey Fourstar ran hard over the fast course finishing in 18:15.34, 60th place. Poplar’s Andrew Moran was the next local in 18:50.15, 88th place. Wolf Point’s Karson Wortman, 19:00, 90th place was next in followed by Poplar freshman Ken Smoker Jr., 19:22. Wolves’ freshman Joseph Williamson completed the course in 21:06. The Poplar pair of Miles Buckles and Darryl Joe finished within seconds of each other in 22:35 and 22:39. They were followed by another Wolves’ freshman, Caleb Blount, 23:55. The Indians’ Jacob Lonebear and Dion Hopkins finished the course in 24:25 and 24:33 respectively. Wolf Point’s Jeremy Azure Jr. was next in nearly equaling his season best in 30:10.
“The boys showed a lot of improvement as the season progressed,” Summers said. “Wortman, Fourstar, Blount and Williamson were all first time varsity runners and had never experienced a state meet before. Caleb ran very hard, knocking nearly a minute off his season best time. Jeremy improved a lot since last season and nearly equaled his personal best set in Glasgow a month earlier. Karson improved steadily each meet getting faster and faster while Trey had an impressive early season winning the Sidney meet and finishing second on the tough Frazer course.”
In the boys class C race, Culbertson/Bainville’s Beau Hyatt finished 17th, 17:32 while Frazer freshman Wyatt Miller ran a season best time of 17:59.39, 26th, just ahead of Brockton’s Jamis Rattling Thunder, 17:59.96, and right behind former Poplar athlete Matthew Rattling Thunder of Northern Cheyenne, 17:54.
Sophomore Jacob Belgarde of Brockton, completed the course in 18:45 with teammate Phoenix Rattling Thunder, 19:31, holding off Frazer’s Corbin Cole, 19:32. Culbertson’s David Winn, 19:49, finished in 49th place. Brockton’s Melvin Rattling Thunder finished the course in 21:33 while Culbertson’s Chris Azure finished in 21:53 right ahead of teammate Andreas Hoffman, 22:01.
Evan Duggar of Darby won the individual crown in 16:09 with Richey/Lambert’s Tim Wright in second with a time of 16:42.
In the class C girls’ race, local athlete Kirsten Miller led the Bearcubs with a time of 24:41, while Tawnee Robinson of Froid finished the three-mile course in 25:07, just ahead of Culbertson’s Camille Ward in 25:14. Frazer sophomore Shaedel Adams finished in 25:30. Senior Bailee Parker of West Yellowstone won the event in 17:46 followed by Breelle Wacker of Winnett-Melstone in 18:58. A total of 96 girls entered the girls class C race.
Team scores: 1. Manhattan 33; 2. Townsend 123; 3. St. Labre 133; 4. Glasgow 165; 5. Thompson Falls 187; 6. Ronan 205; 7. Eureka 250; 8. Red Lodge 263; 9. Lame Deer 295; 10. Missoula Loyola 314; 11. Shepherd 357; 12. Joliet 398; 13. Colstrip 399; 14. Shelby 450; 15. Harlem 450; 16. Libby 479; 17. Whitehall 520; 18. Huntley Project 541; 19. Lodge Grass 611; 20. Columbus 632; 21. St. Ignatius 635; 22. Rocky Boy 659; 23. Wolf Point 676; 24. Cut Bank 712; 25. Anaconda 713; 26. Poplar 722.
Individual results [for local schools only]: Trey Fourstar, Wolf Point, 60th, 18:15.34; Andrew Moran, Poplar, 88th, 18:51.15; Karson Wortman, Wolf Point, 94th, 19:00.37; Kenny Smoker, Poplar, 102nd, 19:22.95; Joseph Williamson, Wolf Point, 155th, 21:06.37; Miles Buckles, Poplar, 173rd, 22:35.21.
Team scores: 1. Bigfork 63; 2. Manhattan 88; 3. Eureka 161; 4. Townsend 178; 5. Glasgow 192; 6. Red Lodge 231; 7. Huntley Project 231; 8. Roundup 275; 9. Libby 338; 10. Shepherd 354; 11. Colstrip 384; 12. Malta 410; 13. Anaconda 432; 14. St. Labre Catholic 441; 15. Shelby 446; 16. Columbus 449; 17. Poplar 454; 18. Big Timber 470; 19. Deer Lodge 534; 20. Missoula Loyola 556; 21. Lodge Grass 570; 22. Harlem 623; 23. Thompson Falls 628; 24. Rocky Boy 674.
Individual results [for local schools only]: Sierra Summers, WPHS, 10th, 19:55.65; Kateri Rush, WPHS, 15th, 20:11.64; Alleen Russell, Poplar, 60th, 22:11.93; Drew Reum, Poplar, 62nd, 22:14.88; Andrea Hale, Poplar, 63rd, 22:15.26; Kamryn Azure, Poplar, 132nd, 25:04.65; Alexis Whiteman, Poplar, 137th, 25:16.02; Randi Azure, Poplar, 146th, 26:50.5; Little Skye Fasthorse, Poplar, 151st, 27:33.59; Gillian Medicine Cloud, WPHS, 155th, 28:18.36; Mahala Shawl, WPHS, 158th, 28:47.99.
Team Scores: 1. Richey-Lambert 24; 2. Manhattan Christian 39; 3. Roberts 52; 4. Ennis 53; 5. Plenty Coups 78; 6. Darby 89; 7. Belt-Centerville 91; 8. Granite 111; 9. Sunburst 112; 10. Brockton 122; 11. Seeley-Swan 123; 12. Box Elder 126; 13. Harrison 128; 14. Culbertson/Bainville 142; 15. Charlo 157; 16. Sheridan 170; 17. Twin Bridges 183; 18. Arlee 184; 19. Great Falls Central 192; 20. Bridger 223; 21. Winnett-Melstone 243; 22. Plentywood 252; 23. Hays-Lodge Pole 268; 24. Gardiner 272; 25. Geyser 311; 26. Ryegate 361; 27. Heart Butte 375.
Individual results [for local schools only]: Beau Hyatt, Culbertson/Bainville, 17th, 17:32.69; Wyatt Miller, Frazer, 26th, 17:59.39; Jamis Rattling Thunder, Brockton, 27th, 17:59.96; Jacob Belgrade, Brockton, 38th, 18:45.51; Phoenix Rattling Thunder, Brockton, 57th, 19:31.04; Korbin Cole, Frazer, 58th, 19:32.37; Michael Sheehan, Culbertson/Bainville, 59th, 19:33.07; Davey Winn, Culbertson Bainville, 66th, 19:49.03; Bailey Christofferson, Froid/Medicine Lake, 70th, 19:55.78; Thor Lancaster, Froid/Medicine Lake, 74th, 20:02.58; Melvin Rattling Thunder, Brockton, 106th, 21:33.97; Jaden Strickland, Culbertson/Bainville, 109th, 21:43.46; Chris Azure, Culbertson/Bainville, 111th, 21:46.47; Andreas Hoffman, Culbertson/Bainville, 116th, 22:01.44; Chase Lambert, Culbertson/Bainville, 128th, 23:51.21; Adam Track, Brockton, 142nd, 28:24.42.
Team Scores: 1. Winnett-Melstone 20; 2. West Yellowstone 35; 3. Plains 48; 4. Seeley-Swan 62; 5. Twin Bridges 63; 6. Richey-Lambert 75; 7. Arlee 84; 8. Belt-Centerville 114; 9. Granite 128; 10. Charlo 133; 11. Northern Cheyenne 166; 12. Box Elder 177; 13. Sunburst 195; 14. Dodson-Whitewater 203; 15. Heart Butte 234.
Individual results [for local schools only]: Kyrsten Miller, Frazer, 49th, 24:41.67; Tawnee Robertson, Froid/Medicine Lake, 51st, 25:07.20; Camille Ward, Culbertson/Bainville, 52nd, 25:14.59; Shaedel Adams, Frazer, 54th, 25:30.10; Destiny Long, Froid/Medicine Lake, 62nd, 27:24.06.
Written by Herald-News
As basketball season rapidly approaches, Wolf Point High School held the 3-Spot Shoot Out Parent and Community Night Thursday, Oct. 22. Teams of three competed for a lay-up, free throw and 3-point shot. Each team included a high school or junior high boy and a high school or junior high girl and one adult. The free event included complimentary corndogs, pop corn and bottled water, and a door prize drawing. Pictured are Carrie Manning left attempting a three-pointer and her niece and teammate Jurnie Pepion, an eighth-grader. (Photo by John Plestina)
Written by John Plestina
The Wolf Point High School Class of 1960 replaced trophies their class earned between 1956 and 1960 and is challenging other classes that lost trophies in the 1967 fire to do the same. Pictured with the display case with the plaques in the WPHS Multi-Purpose Room are 1960 graduates (from left to right) Gary Sethre, Bev Evans and Marlene Jager. The second picture is the front page of The Herald-News reporting the fire in 1967. (Photo by John Plestina)
More than 48 years after fire destroyed the previous Wolf Point High School building, several members of the Class of 1960 funded plaques to replace sports trophies their class earned between 1956 and 1960 and is challenging all other classes that lost trophies in the fire to do the same.
The plaques earned by the Class of 1960 were placed in a display case in the WPHS Multi-Purpose Room last week.
“It was our high school years and we’re going to challenge other graduating classes to do the same thing,” 1960 graduate Gary Sethre said.
“It was easy for us back then. We only had three sports,” he said.
The only WPHS sports 55 years ago were football, basketball and track, all boys’ only sports. WPHS did have cheerleading, but it did not have the athletic status it has today.
“When we were in high school, girls couldn’t do sports,” said Marlene Jager, the wife of former mayor Dwayne Jager, who was the WPHS girls’ basketball coach from 1979 to 1984.
Girls’ basketball was played at WPHS from 1920 to 1938, when the program ended. It did not return until 1971.
“My mom played basketball here in the 30s, but it was half-court,” Sethre said.
The March 4, 1967 fire was called the worst fire in Wolf Point’s history.
No one was injured, but the building was nearly completely gutted leaving only a charred shell. Loses of the structure, school furnishings, books and equipment were estimated $1.5 million in 1967 dollars.
The Herald-News reported March 9, 1967, that roof of the gym collapsed just 10 minutes after firefighters cleared volunteers from the gym who had been removing athletic and band equipment.
The fire started sometime before 2:14 a.m. The building was fully engulfed when the Wolf Point Volunteer Fire Department arrived.
Firefighters from the former Glasgow Air Force Base, Poplar and Nashua were reported to have assisted the WPVFD along with other fire departments.
The fire was believed to have started on the second floor in the northwest part of the school. The Herald-News reported in 1967 that the cause was never determined but faulty wiring was suspected. Some people have said a boiler could have been the cause.
Sethre said he remembers a teacher saying the brick high school could never burn.
The school building that opened in 1952 at a cost of $629,000 had a short life, graduating just 14 classes.
The previous high school building remains today and is part of Southside Elementary School.
Headlines in The Herald-News during the two weeks prior to the fire included: “Great Falls And Havre Fall To Fast Break Wolves” and “Wolves Eighth In Big 32.”
Wolf Point was a Class A school with an enrollment of 470 students in grades nine through 12 at the time of the fire.
The fire was just one week after WPHS hosted the Class B district tournament.
The fire displaced students for more than two school years to makeshift classrooms in the Elks Club, Masonic Temple, several churches and some high school students were taking classes at Northside and Southside elementary schools.
Home basketball games and practices were held at Poplar and Nashua high schools.
The current school, built for $1.5 million, was completed during the summer of 1969 and students once again occupied the building starting on Sept. 15, 1969.
Written by John Plestina
The first picture is Wes Weeks (34) with a carry during a long WP drive in the second quarter. The second photo is Saunder St. Marks (30) takes down Roundup running back Dalton Saithe (7) during the second quarter. The third picture is Brady Babb (1) stopping Roundup’s Tristan Saithe (11). The fourth photo is cheerleader Jessie Smith getting a lift from from Aiyana Bridges and Alecia Macdonald. (Photos by John Plestina)
The Wolves ended the 2015 football season with a win that will be long remembered, a 22-14 non-conference win over 4B Southern Roundup in the first overtime finish at Lowry Field in 25 years.
The 1990 overtime game was a win over Malta and propelled the Wolves into the playoffs. Regulation time in that game ended scoreless.
Roundup got on the board in the first quarter with a 5-yard rush and a conversion run by Dalton Salthe.
The second stanza was scoreless. The Wolves finally answered with six points in the third quarter when running back Wes Weeks rushed six yards into the end zone. A conversion was not successful.
Quarterback Brady Babb scored on a 1-yard keeper in the fourth quarter and Weeks ran a conversion, putting the Wolves up 14-8. Kelson Eiselein answered for the Panthers with a 6-yard pass reception, knotting the tally at 14-all. The clock ran out sending the game into overtime.
Each team was allowed as many as four possessions in the overtime period starting from the 10-yard line. Once one team would score the other team would have the same opportunity from the 10-yard line. The clock was not run.
Weeks scored on a 6-yard run and a conversion, putting the Wolves up 22-14. An interception by Saunder St. Marks ended the game with the Wolves finishing the season in third place in the 2B Northern district with a 2-2 conference record and 3-5 overall. Only first place Malta and second place Glasgow advance to the playoffs.
“I don’t think you could ask for a better end. We finally put four quarters together against a good team,” Wolf Point head coach Brett Scott said.
He said he would miss the eight seniors on the team.
“I couldn’t ask for a better way to send our seniors out,” Scott said.
WPHS 22, Roundup 14
Roundup 8 0 0 6 0––14
WPHS 0 0 6 8 8––22
R: Dalton Salthe, 5-yard run (Salthe run) 3:46
WP: Wes Weeks, 6-yard run (run failed) 3:31
WP: Babb, 1-yard run (Weeks run) 9:26
R: Kelson Eiselein, 6-yard pass from Brode Grebe (run failed) 1:44
WP: Weeks, 6-yard run (Weeks run)