Written by John Plestina
Wolf Point School trustees approved the hiring and rehiring of several coaches during their monthly meeting Tuesday, June 10.
The school board discussed a district practice of not allowing administrators to serve as coaches.
They excluded two individuals from the list of people approved for coaching positions. Athletic director Mike Erickson was not approved as seventh grade girls’ basketball coach and Brett Scott was not approved as assistant football coach. Brent Nygard voted against the exclusions.
The following appointments were approved: football, head coach Bruce Knerr, assistant coach David D’Ambrosio, junior high head coach Scott Vandall; volleyball, head coach John Sweet, assistant coach KD Madison; cross country, head coach Janet Erickson, assistant coach Stacey Summers; boys’ basketball, head coach Kelly Nieskens, assistant coach Scott Nasner, eighth grade coach Tommy Olson; girls’ basketball, head coach Jeff Neubauer, assistant coaches Dave Allen and Danielle Solberg, eighth grade coach Melissa Cromwell; wrestling, head coach Ryan Helmer, assistant coach Eric Peterson, junior high head coach Vandall; track, head coach RC Page, assistant coach Eric Peterson, junior high head coach David D’Ambrosio, junior high assistant coach Bruce Knerr; tennis, head coach Nicole Boos; golf, head coach Rodney Paulson; and cheer, April Boitano, fall and winter seasons.
Written by Darla Downs
Pictured are Matt Poole, Kyle Vine and Colby Tognetti, Chuck Patterson and Steve Gorm, and Doug Quast and Cody Martinez. (Photos by Darla Downs)
Mother Nature cooperated with last weekend’s Rock Creek Walleye Tournament, giving anglers near-perfect fishing weather for the two-day tournament.
With just a breeze blowing across the water and temperatures that reached the mid-70s, 71 two-person teams hit the water Saturday and Sunday, June 7-8, to match wits against the wily walleye of Fort Peck Reservoir in a quest for prize money.
Cody Martinez and Doug Quast, both of Billings, took first place with 41.52 pounds of walleye, followed by Randy Murie of Alexander, N.D., and William “Buzzy” Redfield of Sidney took second with 38.48 pounds.
Glasgow anglers JR Rasmusan and Norm Sillerud took third with 38.04 pounds of walleye. Luke Sundby of Williston, N.D., and Jake Hazenbiler of Belle Fourche, S.D., took fourth place with 36.7 pounds of walleye.
Tanner Pronto of Harlem and Gene Pronto of Wolf Point took fifth place with 35.84 pounds of walleye. In sixth place were Scott Woodward and Kim Knudson of Glendive with 34.82 pounds.
Rounding out the top 10 were Wolf Point anglers Paul Wemmer and Ted Toavs, eighth, 33.52; Shawn Hooks and Eric Jaeger, ninth, 33.5; and Matt Poole and Pete Bertram, 10th, 32.24.
Top adult/child team was Matt and Blake Cowen of Billings with 33.94 pounds, putting them in seventh place overall.
Top mixed couple team was Carl and Cathy Seil-stad of Roy, with 29.18 pounds of walleye which gave them 15th place overall.
Troy and Jamie Egge took 20th place and were second place for mixed couple with 26.46 pounds of walleye. They also won the Cool Under Pressure.
New this year was the Wild West Wee Walleye Award, sponsored by the Wolf Point Chapter of Walleyes Unlimited, which earned $250 for the team with the smallest walleye under 10 inches weighed each day. Saturday, Martinez and Quast took the Wee Walleye prize money with a 7-inch walleye. Colby Tognetti of Bismarck, N.D., and Kyle Vine of Vida won Wee Walleye Award on Sunday with their 7-inch walleye.
Written by John Plestina
Despite no Wolf Point athletes making the top six in any Class B State Track meet events in Butte, Friday and Saturday, May 30 and 31, head coach R.C. Page sees successes.
“Even though we didn’t have any placers, it was nothing to hang our heads about because we have such a young team,” Page said.
“We still set some personal bests at the state track meet and I couldn’t ask for more,” he said.
“We don’t see the South and the West until we get to state,” Page said.
“I think the stage they performed on, the state track meet; everyone was in awe, especially the freshmen,” he said.
“There were so many different kids from so many different schools. It was really an eye opener for the kids,” Page said.
He said his team members believe they can make the top six at state next year.
“The next few years they are going to be on that podium [top six],” Page said.
He noted that the boys’ long relay team, all freshmen, improved their team personal best by five seconds. That team is Brady Babb, Kenny Boos, Owen Lepper and Wesley Weeks.
The following are individual results for Wolf Point and Poplar athletes only.
Weeks, WPHS, 18th, 11.97.
Lepper, WPHS, 14th, 23.92.
4x4 Meter Relay
WPHS, Austin Juve, Aaron D’Ambrosio, Lepper and Weeks, 18th in preliminaries, 46.68; 17th in finals, 3:46.59.
TJ Tuttle, Poplar, 11th, 134-03; Sheridan Stranger Horse, 15th, 121-05.
Sonica Archdale, WPHS, 17th, 1:06.81.
Drew Reum, Poplar, 17th place, 14:37.11.
Kateri Rush, WPHS, 17th, 52.31.
4x4 Meter Relay
WPHS, Archdale, Shelby Hanks, Ashley Page and Rush, 18th in preliminaries, 54.80; 15th in finals, 4:32.71.
Hanks, WPHS, tie for 14th, 4-06.00.
Archdale, WPHS, 17th, 30-11.00.
Shawna Hagadone, Poplar, 14th, 31-11.50.
Hagadone, Poplar, 13th, 99-09.
Page, WPHS, 12th, 105-04; Archdale, WPHS, 17th, 94-07.
Written by Karolyn Kohl
The Poplar High School cheerleading squad started out strong this year, with 10 girls participating in try-outs.
However, due to various factors, the season wrapped up with only four girls cheering at the district tournament in Malta.
Brooke Boyd, a sophomore this year, led the girls as the one returning member. Three new faces came from the freshmen class. They were Rachael Azure, Randi Azure and Courtney Martell.
Overall, it was a year of growth and development for the cheerleaders.
After an injury to Boyd’s knee, the freshmen were forced to step up and cheer on their own for three weeks. Boyd was cleared to participate again just in time for the final home game against Plentywood.
“It was great to see the amount of effort that the cheerleaders put in throughout the season. Even with such a young group, they were able to perform some difficult stunts and dismounts. There were some mishaps and falls along the way, but they kept trying and trying again. I hope to see all of them return next year, and encourage more girls to try out for the squad next November,” adviser Karolyn Kohl said.
Written by John Plestina
Pictured are Xander Little Thunder, Raymin Keiser, Raymond Knerr and Bryor Smith.
The Wolf Point Mosquitoes and Culbertson Oilers split a doubleheader in Wolf Point Friday, May 23.
It was the second time this season the two Babe Ruth teams have played. Culbertson beat Wolf Point earlier this month.
Wolf Point led 4-0 after one inning and 10-0 after three. Culbertson came back with a six-run fourth inning. The game ended after five innings with the Mosquitoes winning 16-6, an early end due to the 10-run mercy rule.
The second game went scoreless in the first inning. Wolf Point led 5-0 after two and 7-0 after three innings. A seven-run fourth inning knotted the score at 7-7.
The score remained tied at the end of five innings, when second half of twin bills normally end in the Babe Ruth league. Culbert-
son won 10-9 after six innings on an RBI hit by Davey Winn.
The first game counts toward conference standings, the second game does not, so the Oilers winning does not help Culbertson’s standings.
“They’re getting better every day,” Wolf Point Coach Bruce Knerr said.
He said the Mosquitoes played with several players missing from the lineup, including the best pitcher.
“We’re missing our older pitcher this week,” Knerr said of Orlando Young who was part of the Poplar Indians track team at the B Divisional meet in Great Falls.
Boy Youngman, also of Poplar, was also unable to play.
Most of the Wolf Point players in the lineup against Culbertson were young. Seven were 13 years old and there was one 12-year-old.
Culbertson coach Gordon Oelkers said there were too many errors committed in the first game.
“Really, it should have been 6-6 (after five innings) if we had eliminated some of our errors,” he said.
Oelkers said his team is young, with a majority of 13-year-olds in the league for 13- to 15-year-olds.
“There you go. It’s all pitching,” he said of the comeback win in the second game.