Wolf Point Herald

Corps Informs Outdoor Enthusiasts Of Reduced Missouri River Releases

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Missouri River Basin Water Management Division began reducing releases from Fort Randall and Gavins Point dams on the Missouri River, Thursday, Nov. 6.
Because the area between Fort Randall and Gavins Point dams is popular for outdoor recreation, the Corps is reminding duck hunters to check their decoys, and river users to plan for lower levels.
Releases are being reduced by about 3,000 cubic feet per second in a stair-step manner during a four-day period, which will lower the river stage roughly two to three feet.
“The Corps is reducing releases because our planned evacuation of stored floodwater, which began in September, is ahead of schedule, and actual runoff is lower than forecasted,” explained Jody Farhat, chief of the Missouri River Basin Water Management Division.
Navigators that have been utilizing the higher river levels also may need to make adjustments; however, flows will continue to exceed full service targets by 5,000 to 6,000 cfs.
The reduced releases will not impact municipal or industrial water intakes because the river will still be higher than the average November flows of 28,700 cfs from Fort Randall Dam, and 31,000 cfs from Gavins Point Dam. The lower river levels may help improve drainage of farmland in this reach.
Fort Randall Dam releases will be stair-stepped down from the current 45,500 cfs to 43,000 cfs on Nov. 6, 40,000 cfs on Nov. 7, 37,000 cfs on Nov. 8, and 36,000 cfs on Nov. 9. Gavins Point Dam will be lowered from the present flow of 45,500 cfs to 42,500 cfs on Nov. 7, 39,500 on Nov. 8, and 36,000 cfs on Nov. 9. The new levels will remain in effect until winter releases are implemented in December.
Additional precipitation, lack of precipitation, or other circumstances could cause adjustments to the reservoir release rates. The Corps will continue to monitor basin conditions and fine tune the regulation of the reservoir system based on the most up-to-date information.

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Eastern Montana Gymnastics Team Includes Wolf Point, Vida Girls


Eastern Montana Gymnastics -- The girls on the 2014-2015 Eastern Montana Gymnastics team are: (front row, from left) Leah Beery, Vida; Kirsten Wagner, Circle; Sierra Nagle, Circle; (sitting on the bar) Olivia Fletes, Circle; Rylee Deming, Circle; (back, standing) Gracie Ferdina, Wolf Point; Paige Inion, Circle; and Cheyenne Clinton, Circle.  (Submitted photo)

Gracie Ferdina of Wolf Point and Leah Beery of Vida are among eight girls on this year’s Eastern Montana Gymnastics Team that is ready for the 13th competitive season, which will run from November through March.
The girls’ home gym is in Circle and they compete at meets sanctioned by USA Gymnastics in Montana and North Dakota.
Beery and Ferdina are among five girls that make up the Eastern Montana Gymnastics Level 3 Team. This will be Ferdina’s first season at that level and Beery’s second.
Each of the eight girls must have the skills required by USA Gymnastics for their level and have worked hard to learn their requirements and routines.
This year’s scheduled meets will be held in: Billings; Bozeman; Dickinson, N.D.; Bismarck, N.D.; Valley City, N.D.; and Jamestown, N.D.
The 2014-2015 season will end with the Montana State Gymnastics Championships in Bozeman at the end of March.
Kama Urton, an 11-year competitive gymnast in Levels 5-9, coaches the team.

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WPHS Advances To Divisionals

The Lady Wolves finished the 2B District volleyball tournament in Plentywood in third place and earned a berth in the Class B Northern Divisional Tournament that opens Thursday, Nov. 6, in Choteau.
In addition to the Wolf Point third place finish in Plentywood, Malta won the district championship, Plentywood was second and Glasgow fourth. Poplar and Harlem did not advance.
In Choteau, Wolf Point will open against Shelby, Thursday, Nov. 6, at 2:30 p.m. The winner will play either Malta or Fairfield, Thursday, at 7:30 p.m. The loser will play the loser of a Malta vs. Fairfield match. That consolation match is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 7, at 11:30 a.m. The championship will be determined Saturday, Nov. 8.
The following district tournament results were reported.
Thursday, Oct. 30
Wolf Point 3, Harlem 0, first round
Glasgow 3, Poplar 1, first round
Malta 3, Wolf Point 1, second round
Plentywood 3, Glasgow 0, second round
Friday, Oct. 31
Wolf Point 3, Poplar 1, loser out
Glasgow 3, Harlem 0, loser out
Malta 3, Plentywood 2
Wolf Point 3, Glasgow 1
Saturday, Nov. 1
Plentywood 3, Wolf Point 0
Malta 3, Plentywood 3-2

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Wolves Run Hard At State Cross Country Meet

The Wolf Point Wolves cross country team traveled to Helena, Saturday, Oct. 25, for the annual All Class State Cross country championships.
All teams throughout the state converged on Bill Robert’s Golf Course for eight races in both the boys and girls categories in the Class AA, A, B and C divisions.
Wolf Point brought five athletes to the state meet.  In the boys’ Class B race, Wolf Point’s young runners Brandon Red Boy and Cody Melbourne put forth a good effort in the packed field. Red Boy completed the three-mile course in 21:42 while Melbourne finished in 24:45.
“Both boys are first year runners and improved immensely throughout the season,” said coach Stacey Summers. “They worked hard all season.”
Red Lodge won the boys’ team title with 74 points followed by Manhattan and Townsend with 86 and 192 points respectively. Individually, Bigfork’s Logan Morley defeated last year’s state champ Tyus Mendoza of Colstrip 15:29 to 15:59 to take the prize.
In the girls’ Class B  race, freshman Sierra Summers claimed 10th place with a time of 20:04. Sophomore Kateri Rush ran hard, finishing 25th with a time of 21:21 while freshman Gillian Medicine Cloud who was feeling ill but still competed, finished the three-mile course in 31:45.
“I’m pleased with the weekly improvement of the girls. Rush and Medicine Cloud are first-year varsity runners and new to the program. All improved greatly from the first meet of the season to the state meet,” said Summers.
“Sierra ran a good race pacing herself off a few of the seniors who had been All State last year,” said Summers.
Individually, Makena Morely of Bigfork set a new all class state girls’ record breaking her record from last year while winning her fourth individual crown with a time of 16:33. Rounding out the top three places were: Brynn Morely, Bigfork, second, 16:59; and Tamia Two Moons, Lame Deer, third, 18:59.
Manhattan claimed the girls’ team title with 91 points. Red Lodge was second with 131 points while Bigfork was third with 134 points.  The top 15 individuals in all classes received All State honors.
“We’re pleased with  the kids’ performance as we had no seniors on the team with most of our athletes being underclassmen. With a strong incoming freshman class next year and continued improvement from our current squad, we should be much stronger next season,” said Summers.

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Poplar CC Coach Looks Back At Season

The entire Poplar Indian cross country season centers on the final meet and that was the state meet that took place in Helena Saturday, Oct. 25.
The weather was decent for them to run.
Our goal heading into this meet was to finish with their personal best. I would say some of the runners did a great job of meeting that goal, where others just fell short of their personal best.   I asked our runners to run the best race possible and to leave nothing in the tank. We all agreed that all seven boys runners and six girls did exactly that. They might not have had their best time or their best race of the state meet, but there was not a single young man or woman out there who did not give 100 percent of what their body was willing to give. Each runner went through many obstacles that they had to face throughout the season such as flu, colds, and injuries. One thing they never let up on was they kept trying.
There was disappointment at the end of the race because we knew that we had a shot to have most of our runners get their personal best but fell short of the goal. The biggest disappointment for all of us was knowing that our season had come to an end.
There are three seniors. Lane Headdress, Chris LeMay and Richard Brown ran their last high school meet. I’ve never been so proud for them. It was an honor to work with them and I wish them the best of luck in the future in whatever it takes them. They are going to be truly missed.
As a team, they finished 20th out of 32 teams with a score of 560 points. For the individual race the following runners that finished were Lane Headdress, 48th, 18:22; Andrew Moran, 110th, 19:58; Chris LeMay, 122nd, 20:28; Boy Youngman, 127th, 20:40; Richard Brown, 153rd, 22:09; Print Feather Earring, 159th, 23:17; and Dion Hopkins, 161st, 23:32.  Jacob LoneBear was the alternate but did very well through the regular season.
The Lady Indians finished 16th out of 32 teams. The following runners that placed were: Drew Reum, 64th, 23:10; Little Skye Fasthorse, 91st, 24:09; Brooke Boyd, 24:23; Kamryn Azure, 111th, 25:35; Rachael Azure, 127th, 26:48; and Grace First, 139th, 31:16.
Our season has been a great success along many fronts. We may have finished our season, but those of us close to the program know that great things come to those who work hard and are dedicated to meeting their goals.  I was pleased to see such a great group of athletes that worked together and supported one another with each and every practice and race.  I hope to see all the runners return next season to continue to show pride for the Poplar School and surrounding community.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank my assistance coach Dana Block for helping out and contributing to the team. He was definitely a great coach and was eager to learn the sport that he never coached. I wish him well in the future of coaching. Our wonderful manager Caitlyn Whiteman made sure that the meet stickers were ready and that we had the supplies that we needed. The athletic director Patricia Black got the meets, supplies and transportation set up throughout the season and came to support the team at meets.  Support for the student athletes by parents, guardians and school staff was appreciated.

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