Written by John Plestina
After receiving a pass from Dalton Hafner, Tyson Bridges (42) picks up a first down during the second quarter. The second photo is Dalton Hafner (5) tackling Malta’s Quintan Boos (21) during the first quarter. The ball appears to be loose. No fumble was called on this play. The Wolves took over on downs on the Malta 49-yard-line on the next play. (Photos by John Plestina)
After the Homecoming game loss to Glasgow, the Wolves needed to win both remaining games to earn a spot in the playoffs. That didn’t happen as a rainy, windy and lightning-filled night in Malta, Wednesday, Oct. 15, dashed the Wolf Point aspirations for a first trip to the playoffs in several years.
Lightning forced a 30-minute delay coming out of halftime.
Malta’s Mustangs corralled the injury-hampered Wolves 40-0 and secured a second place Northern 2B finish and a guaranteed spot in the playoffs. Once facing a 40-point deficit, the Wolves played against a running clock through much of the second half.
“We knew that we had to power run the football to compete with Malta and we had several great drives but some untimely events such as two fumbles and a dropped touchdown pass on fourth down, that would have tied the score, created the mental hardships that sucked the players energy levels down,” head coach Bruce Knerr said.
“Then a key injury in the third quarter to running back David Knerr hampered the ground attack since Wesley Weeks was moved to guard because of a player breaking a finger,” he said.
“With it raining, [quarterback] Dalton Hafner said the ball was slick and he couldn’t throw it,” Knerr said.
“The boys played hard to the end and some freshmen came in and played great filling in. Leslie Hawk collected six tackles in less than two quarters,” he said.
Senior Josh Neiskens, junior David Knerr and sophomores Ty Nygard, Brady Babb and Wesley Weeks all recorded nine tackles. Senior Cameron Quincy had eight tackles and a quarterback sack, and junior Austyn Juve had four tackles and a sack.
On offense, Hafner completed three passes for 28 yards and rushed for 28 yards. Senior Tyson Bridges caught two passes for 18 yards and David Knerr rushed for 91 yards on 17 carries. Quincy, a lineman, rushed the ball three times for 15 yards.
The Wolves host the Plentywood Wildcats Friday, Oct. 24, for the final game of the season. It will be Senior Night.
Wolf Point 0 0 0 0––0
Malta 14 20 6 0––40
M: Tyson Carney, 40-yard pass from Keenan Schipman (Allen Williamson kick), 7:24
M: Quintan Boos, 15 run (Williamson kick), 3:58
M: Collin Holman, 3-yard pass from Jase Galt (Conversion failed), 10:55
M: Boos, 1 run (Williamson kick), 6:11
M: Carney, 6-yard pass from Galt (Williamson kick), 2:28
M: Boos, 1 run (Williamson kick), 5:00
Written by John Plestina
The first photo is sophomore libero Ashtyn Hentges (1), with a defensive move against the Circle Wildcats, Tuesday, Oct. 14.. Also pictured are senior Christean Holen (4) and sophomore Shelby Hanks (3). The second picture is seniors Erin Presser (8) and Mariah Weeks (13).
(Photos by John Plestina)
With Wolf Point preparing for the B District 2 volleyball tournament in Plentywood, which starts in one week, the Lady Wolves are looking for better results than they have seen during the regular season.
Wolf Point lost to Circle at home and at Malta during the past week.
“We had a weird lineup [at Malta]. One of our setters was unable to make it. Another could not be there. We came up on the short end, but we played hard,” coach John Sweet said.
Two regular season matches remain, at Harlem, Friday, Oct. 24, and at Poplar Thursday, Oct. 23, beginning with junior varsity at 5 p.m., followed by the varsity match at 6 p.m., or a little later.
The Lady Wolves beat the Lady Indians in three games at Wolf Point in September.
“It’s late in the year. They [Poplar] probably improved as all teams do,” Sweet said.
“The matches still matter as far as seeding for the district tournament,” he said.
The district tournament will be played in Plentywood High School, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30 and 31, and Nov. 1.
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The senior Lady Wolves volleyball players were recognized with their families before the match with Circle, Tuesday, Oct.14. Pictured with their families are seniors (from left to right) Christean Holen, Sierra Hanks, Ashley Page, Mariah Weeks, Kendra Landsrud, Erin Presser and Ky’Lee Driftwood. (Photo by John Plestina)
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Five Wolf Point cross country runners have qualified for the state meet in Helena, Saturday, Oct. 25. Pictured are (from left to right) Brandon Red Boy Jr., Gillian Medicine Cloud, Sierra Summers,
Kateri Rush and Cody Melbourne. (Photo by John Plestina)
The Wolf Point Wolves cross country team traveled to Sidney for their annual invitational, Saturday, Oct. 11. The Wolves competed against Miles City, Glendive, Froid/Medicine Lake, Fusion, Glasgow, Frazer, Culbertson, Sidney, Plentywood, Circle and Poplar.
The course was very difficult with one long gradual uphill grade which the varsity runners had to cover twice.
“The times were slower than usual as the course was one of the most challenging of the season,” said coach Stacey Summers.
In the junior high boys’ race, Trey Fourstar claimed another individual title with a time of 8:58 over the 1.5-mile race. Also running well were: Cade Baker, Zane Falcon, Izaiah Rush and Caleb Blount, who tackled the tough course posting good times. Baker improved from the previous weekend with a time of 9:53 while Falcon nearly equaled his previous outing posting a time of 10:08. Rush also nearly equaled the time from his previous meet with a time of 10:18. Blount did very well, knocking off 21 seconds from his last outing in Havre at 12:27.
In the junior high girls race, Journey Erickson led the way for the young Wolves with a fast time of 10:38 to place third overall. Laressa Dale and Lauren Crawford ran close together while posting good times of 11:46 and 11:54 placing 15th and 17th overall. Mystic Baker and Alex Sutton ran hard negotiating the tough course for times of 13:08 and 15:28.
In the varsity boys’ race, Brandon Red Boy and Jeremy Azure handled the challenging course finishing the 3-mile race in 23:53 and 34:58.
In the varsity girls’ race, Sierra Summers and Kateri Rush ran close together while posting times of 21:06 and 21:16 to place third and fourth respectively. Gillian Medicine Cloud ran hard finishing the course in 32:40.
The Wolves competed in Plentywood this past weekend.
“We’re preparing for the final two weekends of the season,” Summers before the Plentywood meet. “Our junior high runners will conclude their season this weekend in Plentywood while the varsity has one last chance to set personal best times before the state meet in Helena.”
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Dillon McPherson of Wolf Point finished in first place in barrel racing at the NILE Rodeo in Billings, Saturday, Oct. 18.
Her time was 14.07 seconds and she won $3,899.