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Marc Kloker has been appointed as the Region 6 information and education program manager for Montana of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. He will be based out of Glasgow, and replaces Ron Selden, who passed away unexpectedly in August.
Kloker, 37, a longtime Valley County resident, comes to FWP from the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, where he worked as a land use specialist in Glasgow.
He graduated from Nashua High School and obtained college degrees in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana and Secondary Science Education from Dickinson State University.
For 10 years, Kloker taught science education in Nashua and Culbertson. During the summers he was a wild land firefighter and range technician with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at CMR in Fort Peck.
As the new information and education program manager, Kloker will be involved in several areas of public outreach and information, including news release distributions, social media updates, setting up public meetings, and administering the Citizens Advisory Council meetings for Region 6.
“I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to reach out to the public about all the great things that are taking place here,” Kloker said. “We have hardworking wardens, biologists, technicians, office staff and volunteers that help make Region 6 one of the best areas in the state for outdoor recreation.”
Kloker will also be involved in youth and adult education and is the Region 6 contact for the Hunter and Bowhunter Education programs. He is also a volunteer instructor.
Kloker will be engaged with other educational outreach, including working with teachers, helping present kids’ fishing classes and events, and developing programs for area kids and adults such as bird watching, bat netting, and insect collecting.
“I’m particularly excited about the educational aspects of the job,” Kloker said. “Coming from an education background, I’m eager to use my teaching skills to share my love and respect for hunting, fishing, nongame wildlife, and all other types of recreation we have in this region, which I hope can lead to developing positive relationships with the state’s fish, wildlife and parks now and into the future.”
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The Poplar Middle School Wrestling season ended with another successful season. The Indians started the season with 23 wrestlers, including three females, and ended the season with 18 wrestlers.
Eighth-graders Tyson Sutherland and Caleb Klinger were team leaders and did exceptionally well. Sutherland finished the season with three losses. The other team leader was seventh-grader Hunter Reum, who finished the season with two losses.
The squad improved throughout the year.
Other wrestlers were: seventh-graders Aaron Ayers, Daunte Azure, Smiley Gibbs, Dusette Grandchamp, Myles Grant, Damian Mathison, Trey Pribbernow, Kalen Smith, William Turcotte, sixth-graders Catherine Martin, Tyler Pribbernow, Anna Two Bulls, fifth-graders Jacob Berger, Jase Frederick and Payton Klinger.
Written by John Plestina
This basketball season has ended for the Poplar eighth-grade girls with a successful season as for fundamentals, but goals were not reached. Every game was important for the eighth-graders, who have been through so much as Lady Indians at the junior high level. Last weekend was their last game. Despite the season ending without a win, the girls got along and worked well with each other. Pictured are (front row, from left to right) Nancy Hagadone, E’leena Sherman, Mia Frederick, Andrea Hale, Labrea Boadle, Kallie Escarcega, Myah Young, (back row) Deah Blackdog, Mercedee Dionne, Reese Belton, LilyAnn Taflan, Aiesha Smith and Rachel Diaz-Deleon. (Submitted photo)
Written by John Plestina
The first picture is the participants in the Wolf Point Elks Lodge No. 1764 Hoop Shoot Free-Throw Contest on Saturday, Dec. 20, who placed for their ages and gender. They were: (front row, from left to right) Gracie Ferdina, fourth, girls ages 10-11; Jaxon Azure, first, boys, 10-11; Keein Ackerman, third, boys, 10-11; Christian Solberg, second, boys, 10-11; Brent Weston, second, boys, 8-9; Brian Weston, first, boys, 8-9; (back row) Tiara Whitmus, first, girls, 12-13; Micah Solberg, first, boys, 12-13; Sage Hutchinson, second, boys, 12-13; Mikaya Smoker-DeWitt, first girls, 10-11; Lu’Lani Miller, third, girls, 10-11; Jodi Houg, second, girls, 12-13; and Jaylee Azure, second, girls, 10-11. Not pictured is Emily Kinzie, who finished third in the girls, 12-13. In the second picture, Frontier Elementary School sixth-grader Jodi Houg takes one of 25 shots. She finished in second place in the girls ages 12 and 13 competition.
(Photos by John Plestina)
The road to the Elks Hoop Shoot National Finals in Springfield, Mass., started in the Wolf Point High School gym, Saturday, Dec. 20, for five future Wolf Point Wolves and Frazer Bearcubs who were winners in their gender and age groups at the annual Wolf Point Elks Lodge No. 1764 Hoop Shoot Free-Throw Contest.
Eight- through 13-year-old boys and girls from Frazer School, Frontier Elementary School, Northside School, Southside School and Wolf Point Junior High School garnered first, second and third place as they showed off their free-throw shooting skills.
Acing the Wolf Point competition were the following first- through third-placers: boys, 8-9 years old, Brian Weston Jr., first, Brent Weston, second; girls, 10-11, Mikaya Smoker-Dewitt, first, Jaylee Azure, second, Lu’Lani Miller, third; boys, 10-11, Jaxon Azure, first, Christian Solberg, second, Keein Ackerman, third; boys, 12-13, Micah Solberg, first, Sage Hutchinson, second; girls, 12-13, Liana Whitmus, first, Jodi Houg, second, Emily Kinzie, third.
There were no girls competing in the ages 8 and 9 category.
Winners received medals.
The top placers advance to the Montana East District Contest at Sidney High School, Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015. If first place finishers cannot attend, the second place finisher will be invited to represent Wolf Point. From the district contest, ace free-throw shooters advance to the state contest at Sleeping Giant Middle School in Livingston, Feb. 7, 2015, where they can earn bragging rights as the best in Montana for their age and gender. The next step for top state placers is the Northwest Central Region 2 Hoop Shoot Semi-Final in Rapid City, S.D., March 14, 2015, for the winners from Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota. Regional winners advance to the Hoop Shoot National Finals in Springfield, Mass., April 16-19, 2015, for a chance to win cash prizes and scholarships. The names of national winners are permanently inscribed at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield.
Montana has produced several national champions including Bailey Finn of Livingston, last year’s girls ages 8-9 champion; and Matt McCoy of Plentywood, 2001-2002 boys ages 8-9 champion.
The Elks National Hoop Shoot Free-Throw Program and Contest is funded by the Elks National Foundation, which offers youth the opportunity to engage in healthy competition. The Hoop Shoot program has continued every year since the 1960s.
More than 1.5 million youth participated in the hoop shoot last year on a national level.
Written by John Plestina
The first picture is Wolf Point’s Tyson Bridges (14) and Aaron D’Ambrosio (0) and Poplar’s Orlando Young (40) vie for the ball. The second photo is Poplar’s Alex Lone Bear (10) driving to the basket with Wolf Point’s Dalton Hafner staying with him. The third photo is Journey Gourneau, four, cheering on the Indians and ready to become a Poplar cheerleader in about 10 years. (Photos by John Plestina)
The Wolves beat the Indians 51-33 in Poplar Thursday, Dec. 18, and won 51-46 in Harlem, Saturday, Dec. 20, to start the season 2-0 in District 2B.
The Wolves (2-0, 3-1) did not play a scheduled non-conference game at Sidney, Monday, Dec. 22, due to weather. That contest might be rescheduled after New Year’s. The Wolves are next scheduled to play at Malta Friday, Jan. 2, at 7:30 p.m.
“The first half, their [Poplar’s] points were on free throws,” Wolf Point head coach Kelly Nieskens said. “You get them to the line.”
He did see some issues that need to be corrected.
“We could take care of the ball a little better,” Nieskens said.
“As long as we stay focused,” Nieskens said.
“We started out shaky,” Poplar head coach Frank Gourneau said.
“It’s tough when you’re trying to come back,” he said of the Indians trying to tighten the score after getting into a deficit. “We cut it to nine. That was as far as we got.”
Gourneau credited the Wolves for being a tough team.
“Wolf Point is a good team. We look forward to playing them again,” he said.
Trevor Hamilton recorded 22 points for the Wolves, followed by Tyson Bridges with 16.
Waylon Youpee recorded 15 points for the Indians.
Wolf Point 51, Poplar 33
WPHS 22 7 18 4―51
Poplar 3 15 10 5―33
WPHS: Dalton Hafner 3, Hamilton 22, Hayden Hanks 8, Josh Nieskens 2, Bridges 16
Poplar: Myltin Bighorn 7, Youpee 15, Orlando Young 1, Coy Atkinson 7, Alex Lone Bear 3