Written by John Plestina
Wolf Point’s Brenna Kurokawa (left) and Mandi Martin appear to be on a collision course with a defensive move during the match with Glasgow Saturday, Sept. 12. (Photo by John Plestina)
The Lady Wolves volleyball team is still on the hunt for first a win of a match with two conference matches and one with a Class A team scheduled for Homecoming weekend.
Dawson County High School of Glendive visits Wolf Point Thursday, Sept. 17. A pair of 2B Northern conference matches follow at home with Harlem Friday, Sept. 18, and Poplar, Saturday, Sept. 19.
The Lady Wolves fell to Class C Circle at home Friday, Sept. 11 and to the Glasgow Scotties 3-0 (25-27, 17-25, 17-25) Saturday, Sept. 12. Scoring was not available for either match.
The Lady Wolves led for about half of the first match with Glasgow and were tied with the Scotties at 23-23, 24-24 and 25-25 late in the set. In the third game, Wolf Point came from behind and got within one point of Glasgow twice.
“They played the best they have played all year. They’re doing lots of things well,” head coach Kim Hanks said.
“They’re improving every day and they’re going to be a strong competitor if they keep that up,” she said.
The Lady Wolves are a young team with only one senior. There are six juniors and two sophomores among the varsity players. Libero Loverty Lindsay is the lone senior.
Written by John Plestina
The Wolves are looking for their first win of the season at the Homecoming game that will also be the 2B Northern conference opener at Lowry Field Friday, Sept. 18.
Wolf Point (0-0, 0-3 and 2-2, 4-5 in 2014) hosts the Poplar Indians for the Homecoming game at 7 p.m. The Indians (0-0, 1-2) are playing their first varsity season after playing junior varsity only for several years.
First-year Wolf Point head coach Brett Scott is hoping to take the Wolves deep into the playoffs with a new offensive scheme and several players moving up to starting positions with the departure of a number of last year’s seniors.
“We haven’t had a Homecoming win since I’ve been here [several years as WPHS assistant principal],” Scott said.
He said the Wolves must limit mistakes.
“We’ll have a tough week of practice,” Scott said.
“I’m definitely not taking them [Poplar] lightly,” he said.
The Wolves three non-conference losses were to Forsyth, Baker and Colstrip, all 3B Southern teams, a conference considered one of the toughest in the state. Baker scored 30 points in the second half and tied the Wolves 6-6 for the remaining three periods in the home opener on Sept. 4. Wolf Point fell 43-8 in the season opener at Forsyth on Aug. 29.
Colstrip 39, WPHS 0
Following 39 first-half Colstrip points and a scoreless second half, the Wolves couldn’t erase a goose egg on the scoreboard Friday, Sept. 11.
The size of the so-far-undefeated Colts, especially the offensive line, was a factor.
“Their size was definitely huge. When you’re starting kids that are 270 and 280 [pounds] — all five of them — it was hard for us,” Scott said.
He said two interceptions by Colstrip offense, one in the end zone, and several bad snaps contributed to the Wolves not getting on the board.
Several first-quarter penalties didn’t seem to hamper the Colts. They got on the board with less than 3½ minutes elapsed from the clock with a 14-yard pass from quarterback Lane Torgerson to Devin Stenulson. Colstrip scored again less than four minutes later with a 1-yard run by Brady Hansen. Two good point after kicks by Kade Minnie gave the Colts a 14-0 advantage going into the second stanza.
It got worse for the Wolves in the second quarter with four Colstrip touchdowns, but only one successful kick for points after. The halftime tally of 39-0 stood for the remainder of the game.
The Wolves had their moments where they shined in the second half but they still didn’t get on the scoreboard.
Wolf Point junior wide receiver and defensive back Morty Manning saved what might have been a Colstrip touchdown in the third quarter with an interception on the 5-yard line.
The Colts stopped a Wolf Point scoring drive in the fourth quarter with an interception in the end zone that followed Wolf Point’s biggest gain of the game with a long completion from junior quarterback Brady Babb to Manning that put the Wolves within striking distance on Colstrip’s 22 yard line. Pass interference called against Colstrip for face guarding on the next play put the Wolves in the red zone with a second and 10 on the 11.
Colstrip 39, W. Point 0
Wolf Point 0 0 0 0––0
Colstrip 14 25 0 0––39
C: Devin Stenulson, 14-yard pass from Lane Tor-
gerson (Kade Minnie kick), 8:35
C: Brady Hansen, 1-yard run, (Minnie kick), 4:39
C: Blake Schye, 12-yard pass from Torgerson (kick failed), 11:35
C: Ben Galloway 6-yard run (Minnie kick)
C: Hansen, 3-yard run (kick failed), 5:00
C: Cody Blaede, 6-yard run (kick failed), 2:23
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Area youth competed at the 49th annual Go-Getters Youth Rodeo held Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Go-Getters Arena south of Wolf Point. Rodeo results were not made available. (Photos by Eric Killelea)
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Wolf Point varsity boys’ runners Xavier Spotted Wolf, Trey Fourstar and Joseph William are pictured at the start line of the Malta Athletic Club Invitational boys’ race Saturday, Sept. 12. (Photo by Stacey Summers)
The following are results from the Malta Athletic Club Invitational cross country meet Sept. 12.
Team Scores: Winnett/Melstone, 217; Poplar, 207; Culbertson/Bainville, 198; Brockton, 190; Wolf Point, 182; Havre, 81; Glasgow, 39.
Top 10: Tim Wright, Richey/Lambert, 17:18; Walker Allen, Glasgow, 1:35; James Rattling Thunder, Brockton, 17:36; Trey Fourstar, Wolf Point, 17:38; Ellis McKean, Glas-gow, 17:45; Kevin Bingham, Hobson, 17:54; Beau Hyatt, Culbertson/Bainville, 17:55; Ian Fatzinger, Richey/Lambert, 18:00; Merlin McKean, Glasgow, 18:04; Austin Jones, Havre, 18:05.
Team Scores: Poplar, 123; Havre, 105; Malta, 86; Glasgow, 80; Winnett/Melstone; 64.
Top 10: BreElle Wacker, Winnett/Melstone, 19:56; Kateri Rush, Wolf Point, 20:33; Ellie Smith, Richey/Lambert, 20:47; Mystic Stryker, Malta, 20:55; Rachel David, Havre, 21:04; Kita Weingart, Winnett/Melstone, 21:17; Sierra Summers, Wolf Point, 21:39; Sophia Stiles, Malta, 21:41; Alleen Russell, Poplar, 21:56, Sofis Uruena, Winnett/Melstone, 22:00.
Written by Loren Boadle
For their second home game, the Poplar Indians got a win over the Lodge Grass Indians Friday, Sept 11.
Poplar came out on fire with Coy Atkinson running it in from 10 yards out for the first score to make it 6-0, due to a missed extra point. In the second quarter Atkinson had touchdown runs of 20-yards and 2-yards and Jeffrey Berger had one of 13-yards with Orlando Young running in one extra point try to make the score 26-0.
Just before halftime Lodge Grass threw a 37-yard pass for a touchdown and made their extra point. The first half ended with the Poplar Indians on top 26-8.
The second half was just as exciting as the first with Berger scoring twice on runs of 15-yards and 28-yards and Young had the sole extra point of the half. Lodge Grass scored three times, all on passes of 24, 58 and 30 yards, and one two point conversion run. The final score was 40-28 in favor of the Poplar Indians giving them their first varsity win in many years.
The coaches were very proud of all the players and how hard they all played.
To Slow Down Forsyth
In their first home game the Poplar Indians took on the Forsyth Dogies Friday, Sept. 4. Forsyth came out and showed why they are one of the top teams in Class B football this year. Forsyth scored four times in the first half to lead 26-0. Then they scored three more times in the second half to make the final score 47-0.
The Indians played hard the whole game, but had trouble dealing with the speed of Forsyth.
The coaches were very proud of how our players finished the game and kept fighting until the end.
To Ground Eagles
On Aug. 29, the Indians headed to Sidney for their first varsity football game in many years against the Class A Sidney JV. The coaches took 14 players to battle the Eagles, heat, and the smoke.
The Indians jumped out on top 7-0 with a 3-yd run by Atkinson and a extra point kick by Young. Sidney came back with a 37-yard run and a 2-point conversion to take the lead 8-7. Sidney then had a 80-yard punt return with a 2-point conversion to lead at halftime 16-7.
As the second half started the heat and lack of subs was showing up on the Indians. Sidney scored on a 8-yard run, but the extra point try failed to lead 22-7. Berger answered with a 3-yard run and no extra point to make the score 22-13. After that the Eagles scored two more times to make the final score 36-13.
Poplar 40, Lodge Grass 28
Lodge Grass 0 8 8 12––28
Poplar 6 20 8 6––40
P: Coy Atkinson, 10-yard run (kick failed)
P: Atkinson, 28-yard run (Damon Sadler run)
P: Atkinson, 3-yard run (kick failed)
LG: Darian Backbone, pass from Tyrell Old Bull (Old Bull run)
P: Jeffrey Berger, 8-yard run (kick failed)
P: Berger, 11-yard run (Berger run)
LG: Backbone, pass from Old Bull (Old Bull run)
P: Berger, 28-run (kick failed)
LG: Backbone, pass from Old Bull (run failed)
LG: Backbone, pass from Old Bull (run failed).