Written by Al Stover
The Wolf Point Lady Wolves’ varsity volleyball team competed in the 2013 Montana 2B Volleyball District Tournament Nov. 1-2 in the Wolves’ Den.
The Wolves competed against Poplar, Glasgow, Plentywood and Harlem.
Wolf Point faced the Poplar Indians in the first round of the tournament. After four sets, the Wolves defeated Poplar, 3-1. The set scores for the match were 22-25, 25-23, 25-10 and 25-23.
Both teams displayed good offense in the first set with Poplar showing good serving and Wolf Point having several kills. Despite the Lady Wolves being ahead, the Lady Indians gained momentum and came back to win the set, 25-22.
In the second set, Wolf Point was on a verge of a comeback as they took the lead and won the set, 25-23.
The Lady Wolves would display their dominating offense in the third set as they took the lead early and kept it through the duration of the set, winning 25-10.
Erin Presser, who played on the Lady Wolves’ junior varsity and varsity teams during the regular season, scored an ace early in the fourth set. Poplar’s Alyssa Youpee answered Presser’s ace with a kill.
Several Wolf Point players made kills of their own during this set. Christean Holen would lead the game in kills with 11.
The Wolves would keep their lead until Poplar came back and tied the set. After both teams scored points, Wolf Point pulled away and won the fourth set, 25-23.
In addition to the offense, both teams had good defense, having a combined 90 digs.
Less than two hours after their match against Poplar, Wolf Point played the Glasgow Lady Scotties, who received a bye into the second round of the tournament.
After five sets, the Lady Scotties defeated the Lady Wolves, 3-2. The set scores for the match were: 18-25, 25-12, 25-22, 22-25 and 15-4.
Wolf Point displayed some strong serving early in the first set. Sarah Hafner and Sierra Hanks made aces during the set.
After both teams scored points, the Lady Wolves took an early lead. Wolf Point fans cheered as the Lady Wolves took a commanding lead.
Fans roared during a play where Sonica Archdale and Carry Vandall made saves before Glasgow hit the ball out of bounds.
The Lady Scotties began to gain momentum, almost catching up to the Wolves; however Wolf Point pulled away to win the set, 25-18.
In the second set, Glasgow would score six consecutive points before the Lady Wolves had a chance to serve the ball. After they regained the ball Glasgow scored eight more points to continue their lead. They would win the set, 25-12.
Both teams displayed good offense In the third set, the Lady Wolves took a quick lead, scoring six points with Holen, T’Elle Evans and Mariah Weeks making kills. Glasgow’s Megan Dailey made kills of her own during the set and would lead the match with 17.
After several exchanges, the Lady Wolves would win the set, 25-22.
The fourth set would be as close as the third, with Glasgow and Wolf Point trading the lead several times. Unfortunately, Glasgow would win the set in the end, 25-22.
Fans of both teams cheered and clapped as the Wolves began the final set of the match. Glasgow would show strong offense early in the fifth set. The Lady Scotties kept the momentum for the remainder of the match, winning the final set, 15-4.
The Lady Wolves ended the first night of the tournament facing the Harlem Wildcats, who were defeated by the Malta M’Ettes in the first round of the tournament.
After four sets, Wolf Point defeated Harlem, 3-1. The set scores for the match were: 22-25, 25-22, 25-15 and 25-13.
Harlem and Wolf Point showed good offense in the first set. The Lady Wolves scored points Archdale and Ashley Page having serving aces while Harlem’s Erin LaMere helped put points on the board for the Wildcats.
Although the Lady Wolves gained some momentum, Harlem kept the lead and won the set 25-22.
The second set was just as close as Wolf Point barely kept the lead over Harlem. After several exchanges, the Lady Wolves would pull away and clinch the set, 25-22.
Similar in the match against Poplar, Wolf Point would gain the lead early and keep it for the duration of the set, winning 25-15.
The fourth set began with the Lady Wolves taking an early lead. Although Harlem scored points early in the set, the Lady Wolves would maintain the lead and won the set, 25-13.
With this win, the Lady Wolves not only advanced to the next round of the district tournament, but also dashed Harlem’s divisional tourney hopes.
The sound of Queen’s We Will Rock You, along with cheers from the fans, filled gym as Wolf Point began the second day of the tournament against Malta, who had eliminated Poplar from the tournament.
After five sets, the M’Ettes defeated the Lady Wolves, 3-2. The set scores for the match were: 22-25, 25-17, 11-25, 25-11 and 15-11.
Following impressive serves by Evans and Hafner, the Lady Wolves would take the lead early in the set. Although the M’Ettes fired back and scored points, the Lady Wolves went on to win the set, 25-22.
Malta and Wolf Point would trade the lead several times throughout the second set. While the Lady Wolves did gain some momentum, the M’Ettes would keep the lead and win the set, 25-17.
In the third set, the Lady Wolves took an early lead and kept it through the duration of the set, winning 25-11.
Cheers of “Here we go, Wolves” filled the gym at the start of the fourth set. Despite kills from Evans, Holen and Kylie Driftwood, Malta took an early lead and managed to keep the Lady Wolves from continuing the good offense they displayed in the previous set.
Malta and Wolf Point fans roared at the beginning of the fifth and final set.
Although Wolf Point had more points, Malta’s Darby Schye made back-to-back kills to help her team take the lead from the Lady Wolves.
A continuous “Here we go, Wolves” chant filled the air and almost rained for the entire fifth set. During a timeout, “We believe in you” could be heard echoing in the gym. The Malta crowd cheered in the final minutes of the set.
Despite Wolf Point’s attempts to catch up, Malta would win the set, 15-11, clinching the match and advancing to the next round.
Wolf Point would finish the tournament in fourth- place.
Top Three At District
Malta would lose to Plentywood in the next round, 3-0. The set scores were 25-22, 25-11 and 25-20.
In the championship match, Glasgow and Plentywood would play three matches.
In the first match, the Lady Scotties defeated the Lady Cats, 3-0. The set scores for the match were: 25-13, 25-19 and 25-11.
Plentywood rebounded from the loss and defeated Glasgow in the second match, 3-1. The set scores were: 25-22, 25-22, 18-25 and 25-8.
The Lady Scotties would win the tiebreaker and the championship after they defeated the Wildcats, 3-0. The scores were 25-12, 25-17 and 25-23.
On To Divisionals
By placing fourth in the 2B district tournament, Wolf Point will advance to the northern divisional tournament in Malta, Nov. 7-9. Joining the Lady Wolves will be Glasgow, Plentywood and Malta.
Although they did not win the district championship, the Lady Wolves are proud of the way they performed on the court. Evans, the captain of the Lady Wolves’ varsity team, said the team played some of their best games of the season during the tournament.
Page said she was happy with how her and her team competed in districts. Page said she hopes the team does well at divisionals.
Holen, who jammed her hand during the match against Malta, said coming in at fourth place could give them a chance to advance to the state tournament.
In addition to the varsity players, members of the Lady Wolves’ junior varsity and C squads played in the district tournament. Freshman Shelby Hanks said the experience was scary for her at first, but her fears dimmed after watching the other players during the competition.
Evans said it was amazing to see the younger players on the court with varsity team members.
“They have improved every game,” Evans said. “They deserve to be out there with us.”
Evans said the team will have three practices where they will work on low spots and other areas before divisionals.
“We’ve got nothing to lose and we’re as good as the other teams playing [in Malta],” Evans said.
The Wolves will play Choteau in the first round of the Divisional tournament, Nov. 7, at 1 p.m.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 November 2013 10:30
Written by Al Stover
The Lady Wolves’ varsity volleyball team will face the Poplar Indians in the first round of the Montana 2B District Volleyball Tournament, Nov. 1.
The Wolves went 2-0 against Poplar in the regular season.
Wolf Point first played Poplar during Homecoming and Native American Week, Sept. 27. Despite being down two sets, the Lady Wolves were able to rebound from the losses and win the next three sets and the match, 3-2. The set scores were 22-25, 21-25, 25-15, 25-21 and 15-10.
In their second encounter, Wolf Point defeated Poplar on their home court, Oct. 14, 3-1. The set scores for the match were 22-25, 25-12, 25-18 and 25-16.
If Wolf Point gets past Poplar, they will face the Glasgow Lady Scotties in the second round of the tournament. Wolf Point went 1-1 against Glasgow during the regular season.
In their first match, Sept. 13, the Lady Scotties won, 3-1. The set scores for the match were 27-25, 23-25, 25-15 and 25-13.
In their second match, Oct. 5, the Wolves defeated the Lady Scotties, 3-2. The set scores for the match were 10-25, 25-22, 18-25, 25-22 and 16-14.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 09:53
Written by The Herald-News
Every hunting season some individuals unwittingly or knowingly violate the state’s game laws.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials urge hunters to review Montana's hunting rules and regulations to ensure they act within the law and that they recognize when others violate the hunting regulations and related laws.
Any violation afield can be reported to TIP-MONT at 800-TIP-MONT (800-847-6668). You can also report a violation online.
Here are some of the most common game violations:
•Failure to obtain permission from landowners before hunting on private property.
•Wasting part of a game animal suitable for food.
•Failure to properly validate a license/tag or to securely fasten the tag in a visible manner to a game animal immediately after it is taken and before it is moved or transported from the kill site.
•Taking game from the wrong hunting district.
•Using someone else's tag on a game animal you killed or tagging a game animal that someone else killed.
•Shooting game animals on or from any public highway or public right-of-way.
•Taking game without a license or the proper permit.
•Failure to validate a big game tag.
•Not leaving evidence of the sex or species of the game animal attached.
FWP encourages hunters to protect the future of their sport by hunting responsibly and reporting hunting violations to the toll-free 800-TIP-MONT number or report a violation online.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 09:52
Written by Al Stover
The Wolf Point Wolves ended their season in the same way they began, by traveling to Plentywood to take on the Wildcats.
After four quarters, the Wildcats defeated the Wolves, 54-13.
The Wildcats made the first points of the game after a 51-yard rushing touchdown from running back Nathan Woodman. After a failed PAT, the Wildcats led, 6-0.
Woodman would score another rushing touchdown after a first down run from Plentywood quarterback Oakley Ordahl followed Woodman’s run with a two-point conversion. The Wildcats continued to lead 14-0.
Hayden Hanks returned the kickoff to the 21-yard line. On the first play of the drive, Wolf Point quarterback Tukker Toavs pitched it to Hayden Hanks, who got eight yards, but it was nullified after referees called an offensive holding penalty.
After a couple of impressive passing plays to Tyson Bridges, Toavs scored the first points for the Wolves, after a quarterback sneak for a 1-yard touchdown, which brought the score, 14-6.
In the closing seconds of the first quarter, Plentywood’s RJ Becker had his first run of the game after getting a first down at 4th and 2.
In the beginning of the second quarter, Plentywood got a first down after the referees called a Roughing the Passer penalty against Wolf Point’s Cam Quincy, after his late tackle on Howard. During the drive, both Howard and Woodman had impressive runs.
On third down at the 6-yard line, Howard handed it off to Woodman, who scored his third rushing touchdown of the game. After the successful PAT from Ordahl, the Wildcats continued to lead, 21-6.
After forcing the Wolves into a punting situation, Plentywood recovered the ball to begin their seconddrive of the quarter.
Howard moved forward on two quarterback draws to get another first down for the Wildcats. Howard followed his first down run by throwing a pass to Jackson Marsh for 37 yards for another first down. He finished the drive with one more quarterback sneak, leading to his first running touchdown for the game. Plentywood continued to lead, 27-6.
Plentywood quickly recovered the ball after Jackson recovered a fumble. Following a short gain, Howard threw a pass to Tyler Michels for a first down. The Wolves were able to keep Plentywood at bay and force a turnover on downs.
Toward the end of the first half, the Wildcats hindered the Wolves’ running game. With less than a minute in the second quarter, Howard threw a pass to Woodman, who broke a couple of tackles and stayed in bounds to make his third trip to the end zone. After a successful PAT, the Wildcats led 34-6.
The Wolves ended the first half with a couple of runs from Toavs and Dalton Hafner.
Plentywood began the second half with Woodman recovering the ball and making it to the 40-yard line. Howard threw a 15-yard pass to Marsh, who made another first down. On third down, Howard made a quarterback sneak and gained enough yards for another first down for Plentywood.
Howard pitched it to Becker for a first down. After a couple of penalties against the Wolves, the Plentywood offense found themselves at the 3-yard line. Howard handed it off to Ordhal for his first touchdown of the night. After a successful field goal, the Wildcats continued to lead, 41-6.
The Wolves began their next drive on the 14-yard line. Hafner had a six-run gain. Toavs followed up Hafner’s run with a quarterback sneak to get a first down. On fourth down, Hafner punted the ball with Howard getting it to the Wolves’ 40-yard line.
On Plentywood’s next drive, Michels had two first down runs. With less than one minute in the quarter, Payden Anderson, replacing Howard as quarterback, handed it to Michels for another first down.
Plentywood began the fourth quarter at the 1-yard line. Anderson once again handed the ball to Michels, who punched it into the end zone. After another successful PAT from Woodman, his third of the game, the Wildcats continued to lead, 48-6.
On the first play from the drive, Toavs threw a pass to Hanks, who made it into the end zone for a touchdown. Kicker Nathaniel Paine made a successful PAT, which brought the score to 48-13.
The Wolves went for an onside kick, but the ball went the other way, allowing the Wildcats to begin the drive at the 46-yard line.
With less than seven minutes left, Anderson threw the ball to Dylan Murry for a 36-yard touchdown, bringing the score to 54-13.
The Wolves began their latest drive with Toavs throwing a pass, with Becker intercepting it and getting knocked out of bounds at the 44-yard line.
With 1:30 left in the game, the Michels had a 14-yard run for a first down.
In the final play of the game, Michels had one last run before getting forced out of bounds. He would take the final snap and knee it, as the seconds ran out, leaving the final score, 54-13.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 09:52
Written by Al Stover
Markell Blount, Shawn DeLeau, Connor McKay and Jeremy Azure represented Wolf Point as they raced in the Montana High School Athletics State Cross Country Championships Oct. 26.
Competing against runners from over 30 schools, McKay came in 87th place with a time of 19:14.64. Blount placed 115th at 20:03.38, LeDeau came in 160th at 21:34.47 and Azure placed 178th at 39:59.27.
Blount said the mountain air was hard to adjust to and the course was hard. He also said he took off too fast and felt he was trying too hard.
Prior to leaving for the state championships the cross country team had a sendoff potluck dinner put on by their families, coaches and teammates, at the Fort Peck Community College Dumont Center.
All four members received blankets from coach Janet Erickson’s mother, Rhonda Mason, for the trip to Missoula.
After the boys were presented with their gifts, Erickson reflected on the start of the season. She complimented the boys on their guts, their lion-hearted spirit and their progress over the season.
Following encouragement from Erickson, Martell stood up and gave a speech. He thanked coaches Erickson, Stacey Summers and Stan Moran, his family and the junior high cross country runners for their encouragement. He also thanked his teammates for challenging and pushing him.
Azure stood up next and gave a speech about finishing his first cross country race and his progression toward qualifying for the state championships.
“I kept trying and my time started going down,” Azure said. “[When] I did it, I started crying.”
LeDeau and McKay also thanked the coaches and family for their support and their teammates for pushing them.
Wolf Point High School athletic director Mike Erickson said he was proud of all four boys for taking on the challenge. He also said that cross country was more than just about winning a race, but about putting on a uniform and representing their community.
“I’m proud of these guys,” Mike Erickson said. “It doesn’t matter what time they get, as long as they go out there and lay it on the line.”
Blount said the race humbled him. He also said he had considered playing football his senior year, but with the result of the race, Blount said he will train all summer and run in cross country next year.
“I refuse to end my career with a bad performance like that,” Blount said. “I’ll return next year [and] and bring back an all-state medal.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 09:48