Written by John Plestina
The first photo is sophomore running back and defensive back Owen Lepper (10) getting a first down in one of two plays he ran in the Forsyth game. Head coach Bruce Knerr is easing Lepper back into the lineup after being sidelined with an injury at Baker, Friday, Sept. 5. The second photo is the Wolves sacking the Forsyth quarterback. In the third photo, Forsyth’s Tristan Rogers (12) breaks up a pass from Dalton Hafner that was intended for Tyson Bridges (42). The fourth photo is cheerleader Aiyana Bridges (left) helping Alexandria Rodriguez put on her game face. (Photos by John Plestina)
A ground attack by undefeated Forsyth thwarted the Wolves for a 39-0 loss at home, Friday, Sept. 19.
The Dogies came ready to play. Quarterback Casey Cole ran for two touchdowns, and passed for one on a fake field goal. Running back Luke Webber rushed for 235 yards and three of the Dogies’ six touchdowns.
The shutout came despite the return of several Wolves who were injured at Baker, Friday, Sept. 5. Players back in action included senior quarterback Dalton Hafner and sophomore running back and defensive back Owen Lepper, who was on light duty for a few plays.
“Owen got in on a couple plays this week against Forsyth. He will be eased back into the games slowly. We are not rushing him back,” head coach Bruce Knerr said.
Senior running back Josh Nieskens left the game injured during the second quarter and was transported by ambulance to Northeast Montana Health Services - Wolf Point Campus, where he was evaluated and treated.
“Josh [Nieskens] has a concussion and we had another player get one in Circle at the JV game Saturday,” Knerr said.
He said the hit that injured Nieskens was helmet-to-helmet contact and that it should have been called against Forsyth.
“We [coaches] have to do certification every year on helmet-to-helmet contact,” Knerr said.
He added that it’s a player safety issue.
Knerr said Forsyth is a tough team made up of members of the Forsyth wrestling team that has won three consecutive state titles.
“We had chances. We kept getting called for holding calls,” he said.
“The best thing that came out of Friday night’s game was the Wolves had no turnovers on offense,” Knerr said.
The Wolves ran for 101 yards on 29 carries, with David Knerr rushing for a team-high 54 yards on 13 carries.
Hafner recorded 21 yards on nine keepers and completed seven of 15 passes for 61 yards.
Tyson Bridges caught four passes for 43 yards, Neiskens caught two for seven yards, including the play where he was injured, and Aaron D’Ambrosio caught one pass for 11 yards.
Sophomore Brady Babb led the Wolves defensively with seven tackles. David Knerr, Cameron Quincy and Wesley Weeks each had six. Weeks also recorded an interception.
Trevor Hamilton registered five tackles and one quarterback sack and Nieskens had five tackles in less than two quarters that he played.
The Wolves take the show on the road for two games Knerr said are winnable contests for Wolf Point, at Roundup Friday, Sept. 26, and Harlem, Friday, Oct. 3, against the Wildcats.
Knerr said he expects good things and a turnaround from the Wolves’ loss to Roundup in 2013.
“Last year, it was 18-7 Roundup at halftime and we lost 18-15,” he said.
“We’re a better overall team. I expect to win the next two games,” Knerr said.
The Wolves will host the Glasgow Scotties for the Homecoming game, Friday, Oct. 10.
Forsyth 7 13 7 12––39
Wolf Point 0 0 0 0––0
F: Weber, 6 run (Blackwell kick), 4:01
F: Weber, 38 run (Blackwell kick), 9:31
F: Weber, 22 run (kick failed), 2:47
F: Cole, 19 run (Blackwell kick), 3:07
F: Rogers, 19 run (kick failed), 11:01
F: Rogers, 22 pass from Cole (kick failed), 6:12
Written by John Plestina
Licensed to Kill -- Wolf Point’s Christean Holen (4), a proven aggressive hitter, gets the first of her team-high 10 kills over the hands of the jumping Jessica Pipe (10) of Poplar. The other players pictured include Wolf Point’s Sierra Hanks, and Poplar’s Brittnay Whiteman and Samantha Youngman. The second photo is Poplar's Kylee Stump (5) stopping what could have been a point for the Lady Wolves. The Lady Indians’ Jessica Pipe (10) is also pictured. In the third photo, Poplar’s Jessa Shields (11) can’t reach the ball after Wolf Point’s Ky’Lee Driftwood (22) hit it. The Lady Wolves’ Shelby Hanks (3) is also pictured. (Photos by John Plestina)
The Lady Wolves registered their first non-tournament win of the season, shutting down the Lady Indians in three sets (25-17, 25-13, 25-21) while playing at home for the first time this year, Saturday, Sept. 20.
The Lady Indians, with two wins behind them, took an early lead in the first set with Wolf Point finally knotting the tally at 8-8. The Lady Wolves led the remainder of the first game, winning 25-17. Wolf Point led the entire second set, expanding a 19-6 point spread before Poplar attempted to catch up. The Lady Wolves posted a 25-13 win. Poplar took an early third game lead and remained one to four points behind with the Lady Wolves winning 25-21 for the match.
Senior outside hitter Christean Holen led the Wolf Point attack, posting 10 of the Lady Wolves’ 26 kills. Senior outside and middle hitter Ky’Lee Driftwood recorded two of the Lady Wolves three blocks. Sophomore Shelby Hanks posted two of the team’s five aces. Sophomore libero Ashtyn Hentges recorded 20 of 66 digs. Sierra Hanks had 14 of 23 assists.
Poplar sophomore Avery Azure posted nine of 27 kills. Jessica Pipe recorded both of Poplar’s blocks. Other stats were: aces, four, two by Jessa Shields; 21 digs, libero Alyssa Youpee registering five; and 16 assists, with Brittany Whiteman having eight.
“There’s no shame in the record we have just because of quality of the teams we have played. There’s nothing to be ashamed of when you’re playing at a higher level,” Wolf Point head coach John Sweet said.
“You always want to have more wins than losses,” he said. “It’s a long season and the end of the season is more important.”
Poplar head coach Hilary Gourneau said the three game Wolf Point sweep of the Lady Indians was not what she expected.
“I thought my team would win,” she said.
“We picked it up the third game,” Gourneau said. “My team came back. They came to play the end of the second game. “The Lady Wolves played at Circle Tuesday, Sept. 23, after The Herald-News went to press and will play at Roundup on Friday, Sept. 26.
Five consecutive home matches follow, beginning with Plentywood visiting the Lady Wolves, Friday, Oct. 3.
Poplar is scheduled to host Plentywood, Thursday, Sept. 25, and Scobey on Tuesday, Sept. 30.
Written by Stacey Summers
The Wolf Point Wolves competed in the Frazer Invitational last Thursday with teams from Glasgow, Harlem, Poplar, Circle, Dodson, Culbertson-Bainville, Malta, Plentywood, Richey, Brockton, Wolf Point and Frazer participating.
In the high school boys’ race, Wolf Point’s Cody Melbourne and Jeremy Azure finished the rigorous three-mile course with times of 25:21 and 33:52 respectively. Both showing improvement from previous meets despite the steep Frazer hills making the course one of the toughest meets on the cross country schedule.
In the high school girls’ race, Sierra Summers finished second with a season best time of 20:16. Teammates Kateri Rush and Gillian Medicine Cloud also showed improvement from their previous outing with times of 22:25 and 32:00. Rush finished sixth overall.
In the junior high girls’ race, the duo of Journey Erickson and Cyreena Standing finished second and third with times of 10:28 and 10:29.
Laressa Dale finished ninth in 11:51 while Lauren Crawford finished 12th in 12:06. Mystic Baker and Alex Sutton finished 22nd and 26th in 14:37 and 14:59.
In the junior high boys’ race, Cade Baker finished seventh overall with a time of 10:18. Next to cross the finish line was the duo of Zane Falcon and Isaiah Rush finishing 10:20 and 10:23 respectively in ninth and 10th place. Caleb Blount ran well finishing the course in 13:34. The top 10 in each category received prizes.
“The kids are showing improvement from meet to meet as we are halfway through our season already,” said coach Stacey Summers.
Next weekend, the Wolves travel to Glasgow for the Scottie Invite which takes place at Kiwanis Park in Fort Peck.
Written by Herald-News
The following individual results are for local high school athletes participating in the Malta Athletic Club Invitational Cross Country Meet, Saturday, Sept. 13.
Boys varsity: Tristan Sun Rhodes, Culbertson/Bainville, third, 17:39; Michael Azure, Culbertson/Bainville, eighth, 18:28; Daniel Horsmen, Frazer, 13th, 18:57; Beau Hyatt, Culbertson/Bainville, 15th, 18:59; John Grandchamp, Wolf Point, 17th, 19:03; Andrew Moran, Poplar, 18th, 19:22; Lane Headdress, Poplar, 19th, 19:25; Chris LeMay, Poplar, 21st, 19:26; Jalen Johnson, 37th, Brockton, 20:11; Alfred Longee, Brockton, 38th, 20:19; Davey Winn, Culbertson/Bainville, 44th, 21:54; Coribin Cole, Frazer, 46th, 22:05; Brandon Red Boy, Wolf Point, 48th, 22:30; Patrick Butikofer, Culbertson/Bainville, 50th, 22:53; Richard Brown, Poplar, 52nd, 23:12; Chris Azure, Culbertson/Bainville, 56th, 23:44; Cody Melbourne, Wolf Point, 57th, 24:26; Dion Hopkins, Poplar, 58th, 25:05; Jeremy Azure, Wolf Point, 62nd, 34:48.
Girls varsity: Sierra Summers, Wolf Point, third, 20:40; Alleen Russell, Brockton, 10th, 22:32; Kateri Rush, Wolf Point, 14th, 23:02; Sky Little Fasthorse, Poplar, 22nd, 24:26; Catheryn Russell, Culbertson/Bainville, 26th, 24:46; Drew Reum, Poplar, 27th, 24:47; Brooke Boyd, Poplar, 37th, 25:59; Kamryn Azure, Poplar, 40th, 26:21; Shaedel Adams, Frazer, 42nd, 27:32.
Junior varsity boys: Austin Strickland, Culbertson/Bainville, ninth, 27:45; Joe Mikkelsen, Brockton, 11th, 28:56.
Junior varsity girls: Chenelle Contrell, Culbertson/Bainville, sixth, 28:28.
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Team scores: Culbertson-Bainville 13, Glasgow 23, Brockton 23, Poplar 39, Plentywood 75.
Top 10: 1, Tristan Sun Rhodes, CB, 17:39; 2, Tim Wright, Richey-Lambert 17:42; 3, Michael Azure, CB, 18:31; 4, Walker Allen, Gla, 18:37; 5, Jamis Rattling Thunder, Bro, 18:37; 6, Gabe Hallock, Gla, 18:44; 7, Matthew Rattling Thunder, Bro, 18:53; 8, Jeret Warren, Dodson-Whitewater, 19:01; 9, Beau Hyatt, CB, 19:11; 10, Lane Headdress, Pop, 19:33.
Team scores: Glasgow 13, Circle 26, Wolf Point 39, Richey-Lambert 47, Poplar 53.
Top 10 : 1, Sierra Summers, WP, 21:11; 2, Amanda Wolff, Gla, 21:33; 3, Kensey Keil, Pwood, 22:09; 4, Brinlie Nielsen, Gla, 22:29; 5, Abby Belus, Cir, 22:27; 6, Ellie Smith, RL, 22:30; 7, Alex Simensen, Gla, 22:40; 8, Kateri Rush, WP, 23:40; 9, Alleen Russell, Bro, 23:39; 10, Jayne Haynie, Cir, 23:42.