Written by Al Stover
Markell Blount, Shawn DeLeau, Connor McKay and Jeremy Azure represented Wolf Point as they raced in the Montana High School Athletics State Cross Country Championships Oct. 26.
Competing against runners from over 30 schools, McKay came in 87th place with a time of 19:14.64. Blount placed 115th at 20:03.38, LeDeau came in 160th at 21:34.47 and Azure placed 178th at 39:59.27.
Blount said the mountain air was hard to adjust to and the course was hard. He also said he took off too fast and felt he was trying too hard.
Prior to leaving for the state championships the cross country team had a sendoff potluck dinner put on by their families, coaches and teammates, at the Fort Peck Community College Dumont Center.
All four members received blankets from coach Janet Erickson’s mother, Rhonda Mason, for the trip to Missoula.
After the boys were presented with their gifts, Erickson reflected on the start of the season. She complimented the boys on their guts, their lion-hearted spirit and their progress over the season.
Following encouragement from Erickson, Martell stood up and gave a speech. He thanked coaches Erickson, Stacey Summers and Stan Moran, his family and the junior high cross country runners for their encouragement. He also thanked his teammates for challenging and pushing him.
Azure stood up next and gave a speech about finishing his first cross country race and his progression toward qualifying for the state championships.
“I kept trying and my time started going down,” Azure said. “[When] I did it, I started crying.”
LeDeau and McKay also thanked the coaches and family for their support and their teammates for pushing them.
Wolf Point High School athletic director Mike Erickson said he was proud of all four boys for taking on the challenge. He also said that cross country was more than just about winning a race, but about putting on a uniform and representing their community.
“I’m proud of these guys,” Mike Erickson said. “It doesn’t matter what time they get, as long as they go out there and lay it on the line.”
Blount said the race humbled him. He also said he had considered playing football his senior year, but with the result of the race, Blount said he will train all summer and run in cross country next year.
“I refuse to end my career with a bad performance like that,” Blount said. “I’ll return next year [and] and bring back an all-state medal.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 09:48
Written by Al Stover
On a chilly Saturday morning, Markell Blount, Shawn LeDeau and Jeremy Azure run on the track as the wind blows through their hair.
With coaches, teammates and family members cheering them on, Blount, LeDeau and Azure ran two laps around the 1.5 mile course — the same course used by their teammates at the Wolf Point junior high meet, two weeks ago.
Blount, LeDeau and Azure comprise three of the four members of the Wolf Point varsity boys’ cross country team. They ran a time trial in preparation for the Montana State Cross Country Meet, Oct. 26, at the UM Golf Course in Missoula. Their teammate Connor McKay, who was running a time trial on his own in Utah, will also be going to the state championships.
To qualify for the state championships, runners had to complete a race in 30 minutes or less.
McKay and Blount, who were the first two runners to join the team, qualified at the first meet of the season at Poplar. McKay qualified with a mark of 20:11 while Blount qualified at 20:20. LeDeau qualified at the Wolf Point Invitational back in September with a time of 21:48.
Azure, who has shown progress over the season, qualified at the MSU - Northern meet in Havre with a mark of 29:49.
Coach Janet Erickson said all four runners are “very dedicated and hard working.”
In 2012, Wolf Point sent three girls’ varsity runners: Emma Gourneau, Mariah Weeks and Alicia LeDeau. Wolf Point also sent one boys’ varsity runner, Garrett Horsmon, to the state championships.
In that same race, Blount, who ran for Frazer at the time, came in eighth place and made All-State.
Over the summer, Blount moved from Frazer to Wolf Point. Although transitioning to a new city and a new school was difficult for him, Blount said the experience helped him mentally prepare for the season and the race. He also said his goal is to make the top 15 again and bring a medal back to Wolf Point.
Blount also said he was happy to see his team qualify for the state championships.
“I push them and they pushed me,” Blount said. “I couldn’t have made it [this far] without them.”
Blount also said he may make another transition, this to the gridiron as he has been thinking about joining football next year.
“This might be my last meet and I am going to make it memorable,” Blount said.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 10:21
Written by Al Stover
The rain drizzled from the sky as the Wolf Point Wolves’ football team stepped onto Lowry Field to take on the Malta Mustangs in the Wolves’ last home game of the season.
After four quarters, the Mustangs defeated the Wolves, 58-7.
In the first quarter, Wolf Point’s defense prevented Malta from scoring on their first offensive drive; however the Mustangs managed to keep the Wolves from scoring on their first possession.
Once Malta got the ball back, they displayed a strong running game. Mustangs’ running back Reid Robinson dashed down the field for 28 yards, giving the Mustangs a first down. After a short gain by teammate Quintan Boos and a penalty against Wolf Point, Robinson ran into the end zone for a touchdown, giving Malta a 6-0 lead.
Dalton Hafner returned the kickoff to the 29-yard line. The Wolves would possess the ball for a short amount of time before punting it on fourth down.
The Wolves would keep Malta from gaining field position for three downs. On fourth down, Boos went up the middle and ran into the end zone for another Malta touchdown. After a failed PAT attempt, the Mustangs continued to lead, 12-0.
After recovering the ball, Hafner would have a 20-yard gain up the middle, breaking two tackles along the way. The referees called a holding penalty on the Wolves and brought the ball back to the spot where they called the pen alty. On the next play, Hafner would get another first down for the Wolves.
Quarterback Tukker Toavs completed a pass to Hayden Hanks for a first-down. After a short gain from Hafner, Toavs had a quarterback keeper up the middle for five yards. Malta would recover the ball at the end of the quarter after a fumble on the next play.
In the opening seconds of the second quarter, Robinson went up the middle for another Malta first down. Boos would then have two more carries, his second resulting in another trip into the end zone for the Mustangs. Kalen Weide went up the left and completed a successful two-point conversion, making the score 20-0.
During another one of Malta’s scoring drives, Robinson would carry the ball to the 1-yard line. He finished the drive with his second rushing touchdown of the game, making the score 26-0.
The Wolves would get their first points of the game after Toavs’ quarterback keeper up the left side. Following Nathaniel Paine’s successful PAT, the score was 26-7.
Wolf Point would have to redo the kickoff, after the first kick was ruled as an illegal kick. After the second kickoff, Malta’s Allen Williamson recovered the ball and went up the right side, breaking three tackles along the way, before making it into the end zone, bringing the score, 32-7.
On the kickoff return, Hanks stops at the 33-yard line. After a short gain by David Knerr and an incomplete pass, Toavs ran a quarterback keeper up the middle for a first down. He then threw a pass, only for it to be intercepted by Malta’s Tyson Carney.
With one minute left in the half, Robinson raced up the left side for his third rushing touchdown, followed by a successful two-point conversion by Boos. At the end of the first half, the score was 40-7.
Wolf Point had the ball in the beginning of the third quarter, but Malta quickly forced a turnover on downs. Robinson would run up the middle for a first down. After Robinson’s carry, Boos would score his third rushing touchdown, making the score 46-7.
Boos would later catch his first receiving touchdown of the game. Dave Hopson would block the PAT, making the score, 52-7.
Malta would score their final points of the game in the fourth quarter after Robinson had a 47-yard rushing touchdown, bringing the score 58-7.
The team would exchange the ball once before Malta punted the ball, which they recovered after a fumble on the return. With the ball on the 7-yard line, Malta tried to get the ball into the end zone. They would lose the ball on downs after Hopson sacked the quarterback.
In the closing seconds, Toavs threw a pass to Garrett Pronto for a first down, followed by a pass to Hanks. The score ended 58-7.
Despite the loss, the night was not all bad for the Wolves’ football team. Senior players, wearing their Wolf Point jerseys for the last time at Lowry Field, were honored before the game. They were praised for their hard work during the season and awarded roses. Kailey Williamson, the team’s manager and a fellow senior, was honored and given a rose. The coaches were also honored.
During halftime, it was announced that Dan Hanks won the drawing for the quilt made by Annette Linder, mother of Wolf Point High School student Sonica Archdale, and her family. The drawing raised $1,100 for the Booster Club, which supports 10 sports programs at the high school.
The Wolves will travel to Plentywood to face the Wildcats Oct. 25 in their final game of the season.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 10:19
Written by John Summers
The newly formed Blue Earth Boxing Club got their first taste of competition in Fort Belknap, three weekends ago, with five fighters stepping into the ring to compete.
Andrew Azure, Mason Garfield, Josh Maloy, Tarryn Lilley and Brandon Hapa competed at the event. Hapa, 11 years old, placed first at 82 pounds and was awarded a trophy. Azure, who said his favorite sport is boxing, placed sixth at 90 pounds. Maloy and Lilley also competed.
The original Blue Earth Boxing Club was coached by Roy Harris and had several youth train at the club, including Robert Deserly, who became a three-time Golden Gloves champion. The club, which has been inactive for years, is giving youth a chance to exercise, learn the basics of boxing, make new friends and give them a competitive outlet.
The club, which recently began practicing at the old Bryan's building in downtown Wolf Point, is coached by Doug Garfield, a former member of the Blue Earth Boxing Club when he was a youth. He teaches up to 30 youth each week.
"I want to thank Doug ,our coach, for his time and making this boxing club a success," Hapa said.
Garfield coaches boys and girls — sometimes as many as 30 youth — on Wednesday and Sunday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. The youth learn how to punch by doing drills and hitting different punching bags.
They also wear protective headgear, gloves and mouth pieces while they spar with others of the same skill level and weight. These two-minute sessions gives both boxers a chance to use the skills they learned during practice.
In addition to the hitting drills and sparring, boxers do calisthenics performed with lots of pushups, pull-ups, sit-ups, medicine ball work and jump rope sessions.
"Everyone is welcome to stop by the club and watch us train," Maloy said.
On Nov. 2, the club will return to Fort Belknap to fight again.
"Wish us luck,” Lilley said. “Boxing is a great thing for us. It keeps us out of trouble."
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 10:12
Written by The Herald-News
The Lustre Grade School jamboree and junior high basketball teams held their first games in Opheim on Friday afternoon, Oct. 11.
The first game pitted the Saco/Hinsdale Jamboree team against Lustre. Whether it was first game nerves or that Saco just plain outplayed Lustre, the final score was Lustre 1, Saco/Hinsdale 30. Olivia Brown scored the only point for Lustre that first game.
In the second round of action, the junior high team battled against Opheim’s junior high and won, 18-6. Scoring were Levi Brown with 8 points, Thomas Brown with 6 points, and Sadie Brown and Zachary Brown with 2 points each.
In the third game, the Lustre jamboree team valiantly fought back against Opheim and came out victorious, 24-10. The scoring was evenly divided between team members with Megan Fast scoring 6, Kaleb Hoversland, Haille Reddig and Kolden Hoversland each with 4 points, and Brayden Toavs, Amber Reddig and Olivia Brown each with 2 points.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 10:04