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Farmers Union Lumber manager Dave Fyfe (left) presents a $1,500 check to Craig Smith of the Wolf Point Baseball Association as a donation to reimburse the Wolf Point Baseball Association for the purchase of 20 new uniforms for the Wolf Point Yellow Jackets that play in the Hi-Line Babe Ruth League. The uniforms for 17 players and three coaches were purchased before the summer 2015 season. Babe Ruth Baseball is for youth ages 13 to 15. (Photo by John Plestina)
Written by Loren Boadle
The Poplar Indians couldn’t stay up with the speedy Mustangs in Malta and came away with a loss Friday, Sept. 25.
Turnovers and the speed of the Mustangs were too much for the Indians to overcome on the home turf of the Mustangs to come away with a victory. The Indians ended up falling to Malta 71-0, but the Indians got some important playing time for some of the younger players which will help at the end of the season.
The Indians hope to get back on the winning side when the Harlem Wildcats come to town for Homecoming, Friday, Oct. 2.
Written by John Plestina
The first photo is Wolf Point’s Wes Weeks (34) getting past the Poplar Indians’ Angel Boyd (35) for a big gain. The second picture is Poplar quarterback Damon Sadler (12) with a keeper and Wolf Point’s Adam Weinberger (77) giving chase. The third photo is Wolf Point's Wes Weeks (34) tackling Poplar's Coy Atkinson (22). Wolf Point's Morty Manning (42) is also pictured. The fourth picture is Poplar's Coy Atkinson (22) in the end zone with the Indians' only touchdown with 1:43 remaining to play in the game. Wolf Point's Raymond Kasier (6) and Cole Grandchamp (33) had been in pursuit of Atkinson. (Photos by John Plestina)
About 10 gallons of ice water was dumped on head coach Brett Scott as the Wolves posted their first season win over Poplar and first Homecoming win in several years at Lowry Field Friday, Sept. 18.
Wolf Point recorded losses in the first three games, all non-conference match-ups with 3B Southern teams. The southern Class B conference is considered one of the toughest in the state and the Wolves’ losses were to Forsyth, Baker and Colstrip, all possible state contenders.
The Indians, playing their first varsity season after competing at the junior varsity level only for several years, beat Lodge Grass Sept. 11 after posting losses to Southern 3B Forsyth and Class A Sidney JV.
With Wolf Point (1-0, 1-3) registering the Homecoming win over the Indians (0-0, 1-3), Poplar remains on the hunt for a 2B Northern conference win.
The Wolves bit the Indians hard from the opening minutes of the game.
Junior running back Wes Weeks led Wolf Point with 170 yards on 17 carries and three touchdowns. Junior quarterback Brady Babb posted six carries for 85 yards and three touchdowns. Senior running back Logan Nefzger recorded 65 yards on four carries and one touchdown.
After previously scoring just 14 points for the season and being shut out by Colstrip one week earlier, it took the Wolves less than two clock minutes to light up the board after a Poplar opening kickoff return fumble that gave Wolf Point a first possession on Poplar’s 23-yard line. Weeks advanced the ball into the red zone; first to the 17-yard line and then to the 6 for a first and goal situation. Babb scored on a 3-yard keeper and Weeks ran the conversion for an early 8-0 Wolf Point advantage.
The Wolves kept biting.
With less than six clock minutes elapsed, Poplar’s Jeffrey Berger intercepted a pass but lost it with a fumble that Babb recovered and ran for a 75-yard touchdown. Weeks again ran the conversion and it was 16-0. The painful first stanza wasn’t over for the Indians. Wolf Point wide receiver Morty Manning took a pass from Babb deep into Poplar territory, setting up a first and goal on the 6-yard line. Another Wolves score followed on a running play, this time a 2-yard rush by Nefzger. Babb ran a conversion. The 24-0 Wolf Point lead stood at the first quarter break, despite a more than 40-yard pass completion from Babb to Saunder St. Marks for what would have been a fourth first-quarter touchdown that officials called back on a penalty.
Wolf Point scored 22 second-quarter points on 12- and 42-yard carries by Weeks and a 35-yard rush by Nefzger. Two of three 2-point conversion attempts were good.
Poplar tried to get on the board after the intermission following Berger recovering a fumble on Poplar’s 37-yard line. The Wolves got it back with an interception on the 33, beginning a Wolf Point scoring drive that ended with a 10-yard keeper by Babb. He then passed to St. Marks for the conversion. The Wolves were still hungry. Weeks scored the final Wolf Point touchdown on a 1-yard pass from Babb. The conversion was unsuccessful, but the Wolves had a 60-0 lead in the third quarter.
Sophomore back-up quarterback Marques White Horse played the fourth quarter along with several other younger Wolf Point players. White Horse recovered a fumble on Poplar’s 49-yard line.
Poplar fought hard to avoid a shutout. Junior running back Coy Atkinson gained 38 yards to the Wolf Point 12-yard line, but the Wolves defense stopped the Indians on the 3-yard line turning the ball over on downs. The ball quickly turned over again with Poplar’s Bailey Day recovering a Wolf Point fumble on the 6-yard line. A personal foul called against the Wolves gave the Indians half the distance to the goal line and a first and goal on the 3-yard line, where they previously turned over the ball on downs. Atkinson crossed the goal line, but what would have been Poplar’s first score of the game was called back because of a holding penalty. The penalty pushed the Indians back to the 13-yard line. Poplar got the ball back to the 2-yard line. Atkinson scored the Indians’ only touchdown on a 2-yard run with less than two minutes remaining to play. A conversion failed and the 60-6 tally stood.
“It was a good win for us. We needed a win. We’ve had three extremely tough games. The kids needed this,” Scott said.
Right now, we’re 1-0 as far as I’m concerned,” he said of winning the conference opener.
Scott credited Poplar for their resolve to keep playing. He predicted that the Indians would be a good competitive team in future seasons.
“They [Wolf Point] put the damper on us. We were fighting an up-hill battle all the way,” Poplar head coach Brent Moore said.
“The kids didn’t quit,” he said.
“We have real young kids,” Moore said.
Poplar is a young team with 21 players on the roster that consists of four seniors, two juniors, six sophomores and nine freshmen.
In contrast, Wolf Point has a 32-player roster with seven seniors, 10 juniors, seven sophomores and eight freshmen.
“We’ve got to get ready for Malta [Friday, Sept. 25] and Harlem’s Homecoming [Friday, Oct. 2]. We’ll compete with Harlem. Malta ― we’ll do our best,” Moore said. “That’s been a strong program over many years.”
Wolf Point (2-2, 4-5 in 2014) needs three conference wins to make it into the playoffs, something the Wolves haven’t accomplished in several years.
Wolf Point has a pair of away district games the next two weeks, at Harlem Friday, Sept. 25, and Glasgow, Friday, Oct. 2. Both are winnable games.
The rival Scotties (0-0, 0-4) lost a substantial number of last year’s senior starters to graduation and remain on the hunt for a first 2015 win. Two of the four non-conference loses were shutouts, 14-0 to Big Timber Saturday, Sept. 19 and 40-0 to Baker on Sept. 11. The other losses were 20-15 to Glendive on Sept. 4 and 40-13 to Colstrip on Aug. 29.
The game at Glasgow is a must win for the Wolves to finish the season in third place, which would guarantee a playoff berth.
The final two games will be at home against Malta and Roundup.
“I’m looking forward to next week [at Harlem]. We’re going to spoil their Homecoming,” Scott said.
“Our kids just haven’t seen this kind of success and been able to show what they can do,” he said.
Wolf Point 60, Poplar 6
Poplar 0 0 0 6––6
Wolf Point 24 22 14 0––60
WP: Brady Babb, 3-yard run (Wes Weeks run), 10:34
WP: Babb, 75-yard fumble return (Weeks run), 6:41
WP: Logan Nefzger, 2-yard run (Babb run), 3:44
WP: Weeks, 12-yard run (conversion failed), 11:01
WP: Weeks, 42-yard run (Babb run), 8:43
WP: Nefzger, 35-yard run (Babb run), 4:34
WP: Babb, 10-yard run (St. Marks pass from Babb), 9:35
WP: Weeks, 1-yard pass from Babb (conversion failed), 3:03
P: Atkinson, 2-yard run (conversion failed), 1:43
Written by John Plestina
The first picture is Poplar’s Janaeya Sutherland (12) blocking a hit by Wolf Point’s Shelby Hanks (3). Wolf Point’s Mandi Martin (4) is pictured. The second photo is Wolf Point's Mandi Martin (4) hitting the ball. Mary Clark (12) and Shelby Hanks (3) are pictured. The third picture is Poplar's Avalynn Larson (2) and Heaven Escarcega (9). (Photos by John Plestina)
Before the season started, Poplar head volleyball coach Hillary Gourneau said the Lady Indians are an improved team from the 2014 squad, a force to be reckoned with in the 2B Northern district and predicted that Poplar would beat Wolf Point.
That did happen Saturday, Sept. 19, with the Lady Indians winning 3-2 (19-25, 25-20, 23-25, 25-20, 15-11).
For the Lady Wolves, the loss to Poplar came on the heals of a 25-17,25-21, 25-16 win over Harlem Friday, Sept. 18, which was Wolf Point’s first match win of the season.
Wolf Point fell to Class A Glendive 3-0 (10-15, 15-25, 12-25) Thursday, Sept. 17.
Both teams lost to Glasgow during the previous week.
The Lady Wolves are 1-1 in conference play.
Poplar recorded 28 total kills, 82 digs, 12 aces and four blocks. Kylee Stump posted 23 digs and nine assists. Samantha Youngman recorded 10 kills and eight aces, and Janaeya Sutherland registered two blocks.
Individual stats for Wolf Point players were not available from the matches with Poplar and Glendive.
Aubrey Zilkoski led the Lady Wolves in the Harlem match with six of Wolf Point 17 kills. She also recorded three of the team’s six blocks. Loverty Lindsay posted 15 of Wolf Point’s 33 digs and seven of 14 aces. Kelsie Neubauer registered 10 of 13 assists.
There are no seniors on the Poplar squad. Five are juniors, three are sophomores and three are freshmen.
The Lady Wolves have two seniors on the squad, seven juniors, two sophomores and no freshmen.
Wolf Point head coach Kim Hanks said she expected Poplar to come ready to play but she didn’t expect the outcome.
“We didn’t play our game. We didn’t hit the ball. We played in slow motion the whole night,” she said.
For the Lady Indians, the win boosted confidence for the players.
“We’re working on confidence building,” Gourneau said.
“We had a couple of moments where we shined through. It wasn’t an easy game,” she said.
Gourneau said she used freshman subs for some starters where she thought it was necessary.
“My two captains; they are phenomenal. My whole team works together. They believe in themselves,” she said.
“I don’t think we’ve beat Wolf Point here [at WPHS] in a long time,” Gourneau said.
She said the team still has a lot to work on with several conference matches ahead.
Written by Stacey Summers
The Wolf Point Wolves cross country teams had a busy weekend with three meets in three days.
On Thursday, the Wolves traveled to Frazer for their annual cross country meet held at Clark’s Hill south of town.
Teams from northeast Montana competed including Culbertson/Bain-ville, Poplar, Brockton, Froid, Wolf Point, Frazer, Harlem, Glasgow, Malta, Richey/Lambert and Dodson.
In the elementary girls’ race, Hamyanie Campbell posted an excellent time of 10:38 to win the event. Jaylee Azure ran hard finishing in fifth place in 12:32. Sierra Hamilton, seventh, 13:22; Kiona White, 11th, 14:06; and Gracie Medicine Cloud, 17th, 17:21 ran well over the 1.5-mile course which is very challenging due to the hilly terrain.
In the elementary boys’ division, Peyton Summers won the event with a time of 10:23 followed by Kraven Silk, fourth, in 11:55. Teammates Roderick Speed and Geordy Medicine Cloud ran a good race finishing in seventh and eighth place in 12:59 and 13:18.
In the junior high girls’ race for grades seven and eight, Cyreena Standing had a good showing finishing in third place in 11:00. Darlene MacDonald and Alex Courtney did well finishing in 13:12 and 15:43 for 17th and 23rd places.
In the junior high boys’ race, Kaholo Toves posted a speedy time of 10:34 for 10th place while teammate Sage Hutchison, 11:14, 15th; Jaxon Azure, 16th, 11:21; and Keyvin Fourbear, 14:38, 29th all had good showings at the meet, said head coach Stacey Summers.
In the varsity girls’ race, Sierra Summers, first place with a time of 20:50 won the event with teammate Kateri Rush close behind in third with a time of 21:14. Laressa Dale, 20th, 24:29; and Gillian Medicine Cloud, 37th, in 28:53. Mahala Shawl made her debut for the Wolves running hard over the challenging course posting a solid time of 29:23.
In the varsity boys’ race, Wolves’ freshman Trey Fourstar battled it out with Brockton senior Jamis Rattling Thunder with Rattling Thunder building a sizeable lead until a late charge by Fourstar made for an all out sprint to the finish line with Rattling Thunder holding on for a one second win. Fourstar posted a time of 17:40 over the three-mile course.
Also making his debut for the Wolves was sophomore Marques Spotted Wolf with a good time of 18:50, 13th place. Junior Karsen Wortman ran well with a time of 19:51 and 24th place.
A pair of freshman were next in for the Wolves as Joseph Williamson ran well finishing in 40th place with a time of 22:01 and Caleb Blount, 56th, in 26:53.
Jeremy Azure Jr. knocked over two minutes off his time from last season’s Frazer meet finishing in 31:41, Summers said.
On Friday, Wolf Point traveled to Sidney to compete with Eastern A competition that included Glendive, Miles City and Sidney along with smaller teams that included Poplar, Froid, Frazer and Terry.
In the junior high boys’ race, Cade Baker returned from an illness to post a good time of 9:55 for seventh place. Peyton Summers, eighth, 10:02; and Koholo Toves, 17th, 10:52 ran hard. Next in for Wolf Point was Kraven Silk, 18th, 10:57; and Sage Hutchison, 25th, 11:25. Geordy Medicine Cloud and Roderick Speed ran back-to-back for 28th and 29th place in 11:52 and 12:07.
In the junior high girls’ race, Cyreena Standing had a season best time of 10:44 for second place overall with Kiona White, 11th, 12:16; and Sierra Hamilton, 16th, 13:11. Darlene Macdonald, 17th, 13:25 all had good races. Alex Sutton, 23rd, 15:48; and Gracie Medicine Cloud, 26th, 12:21 rounded out the scoring for Wolf Point.
In the varsity boys’ race, Fourstar made up for his runner up finish the day before by taking the lead late and outdistancing a pair of Glasgow runners to hold on for first place in 17:37. Teammate Wortman had a good day finishing 24th, in 20:23 while Blount and Azure finished in 42nd and 43rd place for the Wolves.
In the varsity girls’ race, Sierra Summers took the lead early and held off a Miles City runner to finish in first with a season best time of 20:23. Rush was hobbled with a leg injury finishing in seventh place in 22:35. Dale, 17th, 25:10 and Shawl next to cross the finish line in 30:10. Medicine Cloud finished in 30:57.
“The varsity kids put in a lot of miles this week with back to back meets taking it’s toll on them,” coach Summers said, adding, “with some rest over the weekend they should be fine.”
On Saturday, the elementary and junior high teams competed in the Culbertson Invite making it three straight days of competition for the tired squad, said coach Summers.
In the elementary boys’ race, Peyton Summers finished the 1.5 mile course in 10:05 for first. Running in a tight pack was the trio of Silk, Speed and Geordy Medicine Cloud in fifth, sixth and eighth place with times of 11:01, 11:17 and 11:34.
“I like how the boys ran hard and together pushing each other,” said coach Summers.
In the elementary girls’ race, White, Sierra Hamilton and Gracie Medicine Cloud had solid times of 12:08, 12:47 and 16:34.
“They did well considering this was their third race in three days,” said Coach Summers.
In the junior high boys’ race, Cade Baker finished third in 9:37 with Kaholo Toves running well for sixth place in 10:26. Sage Hutchison was right behind in 10:31 for ninth place with Keyvin Fourbear, 13th, 14:26.
“Despite tired legs the boys pushed themselves hard. I’m very proud of them,” said Coach Summers.
In the junior high girls’ race, Standing and Campbell did well pacing each other as they cruised to third and fourth place just behind two Poplar runners with times of 10:19 and 10:21. Macdonald, 15th, 12:38; and Sutton, 18th, 14:07 had a good showing, said Coach Summers.
“Next up is the Glasgow Invite on Saturday giving the kids a chance to work on their conditioning and speed with some tempo runs,” said Coach Summers.